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Top Morning Updates: Current Affairs – 16th May 2023
1. Birth of Tiger Cubs at National Zoological Park, New Delhi: A Step Towards Tiger Conservation
Tiger cubs were born at the National Zoological Park in New Delhi. The mother, Siddhi, delivered five cubs, with two alive and three stillborn. The cubs are dependent on their mother and are being monitored by CCTV cameras and zoo staff. The zoo has a collection of four adult Royal Bengal Tigers, and they have been involved in conservation and breeding programs. The acquisition of tigers is part of a coordinated effort to maintain a genetically healthy tiger population.
2. National Workshop on Inclusive Learning: Empowering Persons with Disabilities and Implementing Education Reforms
The Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) is organizing a national workshop on inclusive learning to enhance training institutions’ capacity and implement provisions of the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP). The workshop aims to promote human resource development in special education and the disability sector. Dignitaries and delegates, including 300 professionals and parents of children with special needs, will participate. The workshop will focus on capacity building, NGO involvement, and the implementation of flexible and inclusive education. The outcomes are expected to empower persons with disabilities and support the NEP’s goals.
3. Shri Dharmesh Sharma appointed as Additional Judge of Delhi High Court for two years, starting from his assumption of office.
4. Indian Naval Ships Strengthen Ties with Cambodia in Successful Port Visit
Indian Naval ships Delhi and Satpura, led by Rear Admiral Gurcharan Singh, concluded their visit to Sihanoukville, Cambodia, demonstrating India’s strong ties and growing cooperation with Cambodia. The visit included interactions with senior officials, professional exchanges, training sessions on disaster relief and firefighting, and tours of the ships for visitors and the Indian diaspora in Cambodia. The port call further strengthened the friendship between the two navies.
5. Sustain: The Craft Idiom Exhibition Showcasing India’s Heritage and Crafts at 2nd G20 Culture Working Meet in Bhubaneshwar
‘Sustain: The Craft Idiom’ is a curated cultural exhibition inaugurated at the 2nd G20 Culture Working meet in Bhubaneshwar. The exhibition showcases over 35 crafts and various languages of India, emphasizing the importance of living heritage for a sustainable future. It aims to raise awareness about mindful utilization of natural resources and harmony with nature. The exhibition is divided into three parts: Akshara highlights Indian scripts, Stambh explores indigenous crafts, and there are demonstrations by master artisans.
6. India’s G20 Presidency Advances Energy Transition with Low-Cost Finance for Emerging Technologies
India, as the G20 President, is committed to a responsible and just energy transition through international cooperation. A side event hosted by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy discussed low-cost financing for emerging energy technologies. Reports on financing needs for critical technologies were unveiled, emphasizing the importance of low-cost finance for renewable energy deployment. Panel discussions focused on estimating financing for energy transitions and the role of international financial institutions. The event concluded with closing remarks on the need for sustainable financing for an energy transition.
7. ESI Scheme March 2023: 17.31 Lakh New Workers Added, 19,000 Establishments Registered, Benefits Extended to Transgender Employees
In March 2023, the ESI Scheme saw the addition of 17.31 lakh new workers, with around 19,000 new establishments registering under the scheme. Benefits were extended to 41 transgender employees. The majority of new registrations were from employees up to the age of 25, and 3.36 lakh female members were enrolled. The provisional payroll data is continuously generated.
8. Union Minister Inaugurates Integrated Biological Control Laboratory for Sustainable Agriculture in Hyderabad
The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, inaugurated the Integrated Biological Control Laboratory in Hyderabad. The minister emphasized the importance of using biocontrol methods to reduce pesticide use, lower cultivation costs, and increase farmer income. He urged the dissemination of technologies developed in the laboratory to farmers with limited access to information. The new laboratory aims to promote sustainable agricultural practices, reduce chemical pesticide and fertilizer usage, and improve soil and plant health. It is equipped with advanced equipment and staffed by qualified faculty members. The facility will offer training programs and showcase agriculturally important insects and weeds. The inauguration marks a significant milestone in the development of chemical-free sustainable agriculture in India and will contribute to the knowledge and skills of agriculture officers, extension officers, and farmers in the country.
9. Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare meets Japanese Pharma Companies to Enhance Collaboration in Global Pharmaceutical Industry
India’s Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, met with representatives of Japanese Pharma Companies in Tokyo. He emphasized India’s role as a global pharmaceutical hub and its contribution to improving health outcomes worldwide. The Indian pharmaceutical industry, comprising 3,000 drug companies and 10,500 manufacturing units, is projected to reach a value of $130 billion by 2030. Dr. Mandaviya encouraged Japanese companies to explore opportunities in the Indian market, highlighting investment, partnerships, and collaborations. He also discussed the potential of Indian traditional medicines and the importance of research and innovation in emerging therapies and technologies.
10. G20 Presidency Meeting in Mumbai: Focus on Energy Transition and Carbon Emissions Reduction
The 3rd ETWG meeting under India’s G20 Presidency has begun in Mumbai. Discussions are focused on alternatives to fossil fuels and reducing carbon emissions. Over 100 delegates from G20 member countries and international organizations are deliberating on priority areas such as technology gaps, low-cost financing, energy security, and universal access to clean energy.
11. Government Bans Import of 928 Military Items to Boost Domestic Defence Industry
Government bans import of 928 military items to promote domestic defence industry. The ban is part of a phased approach and aims to achieve self-reliance in defence manufacturing. The Defence Ministry has released a fourth list, adding to the previous three, containing a total of 1,238 items. The new list includes line replacement units, sub-systems, and spares, and the import ban will be implemented between December 2023 and December 2029. The Defence PSUs will work on indigenising these items through various methods.
12. India’s Sudirman Cup Badminton Campaign: Disappointing Start but Hopeful for Match against Malaysia
India suffered a disappointing start in the Sudirman Cup Badminton tournament, losing 1-4 to Chinese Taipei. In their opening matches, India’s mixed doubles and men’s singles players were defeated. P. V. Sindhu also lost in the women’s singles event. However, India managed to secure a win in the women’s doubles, preventing a complete defeat. Today, India will face Malaysia in the tournament.
13. Chief of Defence Staff General Anil Chauhan Attends Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue in US
Chief of Defence Staff General Anil Chauhan will participate in the Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue in the US today. The three-day event in California involves senior military commanders from Quad member countries. General Chauhan will interact with military officers from the US, Japan, and Australia. This is his first international visit as CDS since October last year.
14. CISCE Class 10th & 12th Results Declared: Girls Outperform Boys; Re-check Option Available
Results of ICSE Class 10th and ISC Class 12th exams declared with pass percentages of 98.94% and 96.93% respectively. Girls outperformed boys, with pass percentages of 99.21% and 98.01% for Class 10th and 12th, while boys achieved 98.71% and 95.96%. CISCE provides access to results on cisce.org and results.cisce.org, and offers a re-check option until May 21st. For queries, schools can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1800-203-2414.
15. US to Send Pre-Election Observer Mission to Bangladesh: Ensuring Fair Elections and Supporting Democratic Environment
The United States plans to send a pre-election observer mission to Bangladesh without specifying a date. The mission’s report will determine whether an observer team will be dispatched for the upcoming elections. The US government focuses on the electoral environment, aiming to support civil society and political parties’ freedom of expression and ensure a fair election with democratic institutions in place.
16. Annual Science Fiesta in Muscat: Promoting Curiosity and Passion for Science by Indian Science Forum
Indian Science Forum to organize annual Science Fiesta in Muscat on May 19-20 at Al Hail Campus of the National University of Science and Technology. The event includes various competitions, exhibitions, and special guests like Mylswamy Annadurai and Amit Narang. It aims to promote curiosity and passion for science among students.
17. Bangladesh: Cox’s Bazar Airport Resumes Operations and Water Vessel Movement After Cyclone
Cox’s Bazar airport and water vessel movement in Bangladesh have resumed after the cyclone. Minimal damage and no casualties were reported, thanks to evacuations. The repair work has begun, and people have returned to their homes.
18. India and EFTA Forge Trade Agreement to Boost Investment and Jobs
India and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) are moving towards a new trade agreement that will boost investment, create jobs, and stimulate economic growth. The agreement aims to establish a comprehensive Trade and Economic Partnership Agreement (TEPA) and will enhance trade relations, promote economic cooperation, and eliminate trade barriers. The discussions between India and EFTA emphasized trust and respect for each other’s sensitivities as the foundation for a fair and equitable agreement. TEPA aims to provide increased market access, a level-playing field, and facilitate the flow of goods, services, and investments, ultimately fostering economic growth and mutual benefits.
19. India’s WPI Inflation Hits 34-Month Low, Driven by Price Declines in Multiple Sectors
WPI inflation continues to decline for the 11th consecutive month in India, reaching its lowest point in 34 months. This decrease is primarily due to lower prices in various sectors, including basic metals, food products, mineral oils, textiles, non-food articles, chemicals, rubber and plastic products, and paper products. In April 2023, the WPI inflation rate stood at -0.92%, compared to 1.34% in March 2023. Prices of primary articles and fuel and power also experienced fluctuations, while manufactured products remained relatively stable. The WPI Food Index saw a slight increase, but the year-over-year inflation rate decreased. The WPI figures are provisional and subject to revision based on the final revision policy. The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) releases the wholesale price index numbers monthly, based on data collected from various sources and manufacturing units across India.
20. India Shines at Cannes International Film Festival: Showcasing Creative Economy with Four Indian Films
India to showcase its creative economy at Cannes International Film Festival with four Indian films being featured. The Indian Pavilion will serve as a platform for networking and collaboration, while Union Minister Anurag Thakur will highlight India as a global hub for content creation. Indian cinema’s global reach and recognition continue to grow, opening new opportunities for filmmakers.
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