Stay informed and engaged with the August 16, 2023 daily current affairs. This issue covers a range of topics including CSIR-CDRI’s Independence Day celebration, India’s G20 presidency support, the ‘Graphene-Aurora Program’ launch, PM Modi’s initiatives, Indian shooting squad at ISSF World Championships, humanitarian crisis in Sudan, and more.
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The August 16, 2023 daily current affairs highlight key events across various domains, offering insights into India’s progress, global relations, and humanitarian concerns. Dive into this issue to broaden your understanding of the world around you.
In This Issue – August 16, 2023 Daily Current Affairs
1. CSIR-CDRI Celebrates 76th Independence Day
The CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute (CSIR-CDRI) marked India’s 76th Independence Day with great enthusiasm. Dr. Radha Rangarajan, the Director of CSIR-CDRI, emphasized the institute’s pivotal role in drug discovery and development for the pharmaceutical industry. Acknowledging India’s progress, she underscored the importance of aligning research efforts with evolving societal needs.
2. S Korean Ambassador Supports India’s G20 Presidency
South Korean Ambassador Chang Jae-bok extended warm wishes to India on Independence Day, highlighting the shared significance of August 15 for both nations. He expressed strong support for India’s G20 presidency, emphasizing its leadership and the upcoming G20 Summit in New Delhi. The Ambassador also discussed the growing fascination with Korean culture among Indians, exemplified by a popular Korean dance cover.
3. India Launches ‘Graphene-Aurora Program’
India has embarked on the ‘Graphene-Aurora Program,’ a groundbreaking initiative to advance Graphene Engineering. Backed by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), the Government of Kerala, and industry partners, the program aims to establish the ‘India Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre.’ With a budget of Rs 94.85 Crore, this initiative positions India as a global leader in new material innovation.
4. PM Modi Increases ‘Jan Aushadhi Kendras’
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day address, unveiled a plan to expand the number of ‘Jan Aushadhi Kendras’ to 25,000. These centers offer affordable generic medicines, promoting healthcare accessibility for all. The initiative aims to provide quality medicines at significantly reduced prices, benefiting the middle class and the public.
5. PM Modi’s Address Highlights India’s Technological Strides
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech underscored India’s remarkable progress in the Electronics and IT sector. The transformative impact of technology was highlighted, with a focus on digital empowerment, the startup ecosystem, and achievements in areas like renewable energy, space exploration, and quantum computing.
6. PM Modi Marks 4th Anniversary of Jal Jeevan Mission
On the 4th Anniversary of the Jal Jeevan Mission, Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated its achievements in providing tap water to rural households. He announced a spending of Rs 2.00 lakh Crore under the mission, emphasizing its impact on health, employment, and education. The mission’s integrated approach was lauded for transforming rural life.
7. Indian Shooting Squad at ISSF World Championships
The Indian national shooting squad has commenced its participation in the ISSF World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. With 34 Indian shooters competing in 15 Olympic and non-Olympic events, India’s prowess in shooting sports is on full display. The event officially kicks off on August 17th.
8. Expanding Access to Affordable Medicines
On Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the expansion of ‘Jan Aushadhi Kendras,’ offering affordable generic medicines. This initiative, which has already covered 743 out of 764 districts in India, aims to make quality medicines accessible to all, promoting healthcare affordability.
9. Indian Community in UAE Celebrates Independence Day
The Indian community in the UAE celebrated India’s 77th Independence Day with fervor. Ambassador Sunjay Sudhir highlighted values of democracy and unity, urging commitment to India’s 2047 development goals. Cultural performances and martial arts demonstrations showcased the Indian expatriate community’s significant role in the UAE.
10. Humanitarian Crisis in Sudan Deepens
The United Nations warns of a dire humanitarian crisis in war-torn Sudan, where conflict has led to chaos and displacement. Over four million people are displaced, and essential services are disrupted. Efforts to broker a ceasefire face challenges, leaving humanitarian agencies struggling to provide aid.
11. Russia Raises Key Interest Rate to Counter Inflation
Russia’s central bank raises its key interest rate by 350 basis points to counter inflation and stabilize the currency. However, analysts remain cautious about its long-term effectiveness amid underlying issues like sanctions and ongoing conflict.
12. India-Saudi Arabia Celebrate Diplomatic Relations
On India’s 77th Independence Day, the Embassy of India in Riyadh celebrated the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia. Cultural programs and exhibitions marked the occasion, highlighting the strengthening ties between the two nations.
13. CSIR-CDRI’s Enthusiastic Independence Day Celebration
CSIR-CDRI celebrated India’s 76th Independence Day with zeal. Dr. Radha Rangarajan emphasized the institution’s responsibility in drug discovery and development for the pharmaceutical industry. Science’s role in economic growth and societal contributions was underscored.
14. Tomato Price Reduction to Benefit Consumers
Starting from August 15, 2023, the National Consumer Cooperative Federation (NCCF) and the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation (NAFED) are selling tomatoes at Rs. 50 per kg. This move aims to provide relief to consumers following a decline in wholesale tomato prices, making essential commodities more affordable.
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As you explore the August 16, 2023 daily current affairs, you’ll gain valuable insights into pivotal developments. From technological strides to international partnerships, this issue captures the essence of current global affairs.