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Top Morning Current Affairs 10 May’23
Mission LiFE: Mass Mobilization for Sustainable Living Practices Across India
Four volumes of EIACP newsletter with scientific papers on green farming, aquaculture, and ornamental fishes were released in support of Mission LiFE objectives. Various awareness programs were also conducted as part of the mass mobilization campaign, including an on-the-spot painting competition, an interactive talk, a bird identification program, and an awareness program on encouraging millets. Additionally, NCSCM organized an awareness program on eco-friendly alternatives, responsible tourism, and coastal and marine conservation, while NIHE conducted an awareness program on saving energy and water and adopting a healthy lifestyle.
DARPG releases 12th report on Central Ministries’ performance for April 2023
The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) released the 12th report on Central Ministries’ performance for April 2023, showing that 106,847 grievances were redressed with an average disposal time of 17 days. The Unique Identification Authority of India, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Department of Financial Services (Pension Reforms), and NITI Aayog were the top performers in the Grievance Redressal Index for April 2023. The report also includes data on pendency and feedback received from citizens through the BSNL Call Centre.
National Event on Strengthening Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) under Mission Saksham Anganwadi and Poshan 2.0.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development is organizing a national event to discuss initiatives for strengthening Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) under Mission Saksham Anganwadi and Poshan 2.0. The event aims to highlight the importance of early childhood care and education, launch the “Poshan Bhi Padhai Bhi” program, and discuss capacity-building support for Anganwadi workers. The program will provide high-quality pre-school instruction for at least two hours daily to children, and promote holistic and quality early stimulation and pre-primary education. All states will follow the national ECCE taskforce recommendations for a play-based, activity-based learning pedagogy, targeted specifically at developmental milestones of 0-3-year olds as well as 3-6-year olds.
Highlights of the Third G20 Development Working Group Meeting in Goa, India.
The third G20 Development Working Group meeting, hosted by India, began with over 80 delegates discussing an ambitious agenda to achieve sustainable development and accelerate progress towards SDGs. Discussions on Data for Development and High Level Principles (HLPs) on LiFE were successful in reaching a common understanding. An exhibition showcasing India’s women-led initiatives and an art and craft exhibition were also held, and the day concluded with a cultural evening and gala dinner.
India Post Becomes Logistics Partner for Millions of Traders
India Post has signed an MoU with Confederation of All India Traders and Tripta Technologies to operate the ‘Bharat EMart’ portal, which will allow traders to pick-up consignments and have them delivered to customers across India. This move is expected to benefit eight crore traders associated with CAIT. India Post has previously signed similar agreements with other organizations and will soon onboard the Open Network for Digital Commerce platform. Minister of State for Communications praised India Post for its transformation and multiple services, including banking and insurance, and recalled its service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The MoU is hoped to provide much-needed logistics support to small traders, increasing their businesses and employment opportunities.
Death of female cheetah “Daksha” brought from South Africa in Kuno National Park on 09.05.2023
Female cheetah Daksha brought from South Africa to Kuno National Park was found fatally injured by the monitoring team, and despite treatment, she tragically died on the same day. The wounds suggest a violent interaction with a male during mating, which is common, and the autopsy is being conducted following protocol.
India-UAE Bilateral Trade Reaches All-Time High of USD 84 Billion in FY 2022-23 Following CEPA Implementation, DPIIT Secretary Leads Delegation to Strengthen Trade and Investment Linkages
India-UAE bilateral trade reaches USD 84 billion in FY 2022-23, marking an all-time high after the implementation of India-UAE Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). DPIIT Secretary led Indian delegation visited UAE to participate in the celebrations of the first anniversary of the agreement, inaugurating the International Jewellery Exposition Centre in Dubai, and strengthening trade and investment linkages between the two countries. Around 100 companies from India and UAE participated in a Business-to-Business (B-2-B) event organized by the Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC).
Indian pugilists Deepak Bhoria, Nishant Dev storm into quarterfinals of World Boxing Championships
Deepak Bhoria and Nishant Dev, Indian boxers, reached the quarterfinals of the men’s 51kg and 71kg categories respectively, at the Boxing World Championships in Tashkent. Deepak won with a unanimous decision over Zhang Jiamao of China, and is now one win away from a medal. Nishant knocked down Nidal Foqahaa of Palestine twice in under a minute, advancing to the quarterfinals. However, Sachin Siwach lost his pre-quarterfinal match in the 54kg category to Makhmud Sabyrkhan of Kazakhstan.
Men’s World Boxing Championships: Indian pugilist Sachin Siwach to face top seed Kazakhstan’s Makhmud Sabyrkhan in Tashkent
Indian boxer Sachin Siwach has advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the IBA Men’s World Boxing Championships in Tashkent after defeating Moldova’s Serghei Novac. Siwach will face Kazakhstan’s Makhmud Sabyrkhan in the next round. The tournament features 538 boxers from 107 countries, including several Olympic medallists, and will run until May 14th. Other Indian boxers, including Deepak and Nishant Dev, will also compete in pre-quarterfinal bouts.
India Extends $1 Billion Credit Line to Sri Lanka for Essential Imports
India has extended its $1 billion credit line to Sri Lanka by one year, providing backup funds for essential imports. This credit line was a part of the $4 billion emergency assistance provided by India during Sri Lanka’s financial crisis last year. The extension shows India’s continued commitment to supporting Sri Lanka’s economic recovery. Sri Lanka has since secured a bailout package from the IMF and is initiating debt restructuring talks with key bilateral creditors.
Karnataka Elections: 5.21 crore voters to choose 224 legislators
Over 5.21 crore voters will vote in Karnataka’s elections to decide on 224 assembly seats. The electoral fate of 2,615 candidates will be determined, with voting taking place on May 13 and counting on May 25. The Election Commission has set up 58,282 polling stations with an average of 883 voters per station, and 50% of the stations have webcasting facilities. The election will also see the facility of home voting for elderly and differently-abled voters. Over 9.17 lakh first-time voters will participate, and there is special emphasis on the participation of third gender and Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups.
CPGRAMS demonstrates India’s technology-driven governance model
India’s CPGRAMS is a technology-driven governance initiative that enables citizens to lodge complaints or grievances related to various government departments and agencies. It aims to promote transparency, accountability, and responsiveness in governance, and its online nature reduces paperwork, enhances data management, and facilitates efficient communication between citizens and government officials. CPGRAMS also centralizes the grievance redressal process, saving time and effort for citizens. The Minister highlights that India’s consistent efforts towards digital transformation and how the country is striving to create an inclusive, accessible, and citizen-centric digital ecosystem.
Low-pressure area over Southeast Bay, likely to intensify further: Bangladesh Met Department
Low-pressure area over Southeast Bay likely to intensify further and may develop into a cyclonic storm, says Bangladesh Met Department. IMD also predicts the same and adds that it may move towards Bangladesh-Myanmar coasts after May 11.
Fitch retains India’s sovereign rating stable on robust growth outlook
Fitch, one of the three big global credit rating agencies, has maintained India’s sovereign rating at ‘BBB’- stable, citing strong growth potential as the key reason. The agency also noted that India’s rating reflects stronger growth and financial resilience than other countries, allowing it to weather external shocks. Sovereign ratings are determined by the ability of governments to repay debt, based on factors such as the economy, market, and political risk.
World Thalassemia Day: ‘Donation of blood is important to save thousands of lives’
World Thalassemia Day is celebrated on May 8th to raise awareness about the genetic disease that affects millions of people worldwide. Thalassemia patients require blood every two to three weeks to survive, and the Union Health Minister of India has called for more blood donations to save their lives. The disease is passed down from parents to generations, and prenatal screening, counselling, prevention, management, and treatment are crucial. Despite government and non-government organizations’ efforts, there is still a lack of awareness about the condition and its treatment options, and a nationwide collaborative effort is needed to tackle the issue.
India leads as Sri Lanka’s top tourist source market for April 2023
India became the top source market for Sri Lanka’s tourism sector in April 2023 with 19,915 Indian tourists arriving, overtaking Russian tourist arrivals. In 2022, Indian tourist arrivals made up 17.1% of total arrivals, and in the first four months of 2023, Sri Lanka achieved nearly 7.2 lakh tourist arrivals. The target for tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka has been revised to 20 lakhs from the initial estimates of 15 lakhs.
Prime Minister Hasina urges Commonwealth to send diversified election observers for Bangladesh general elections
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the Commonwealth to send diverse election observers for the upcoming parliamentary elections. During a meeting with Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland in London, Hasina proposed that the Commonwealth oversee the elections with observers. Scotland stated that political commitment is needed from all parties to ensure peaceful, fair, and participatory elections. She also offered to provide training for Bangladesh election officers at the district level. Hasina emphasized that her government has made the election commission an independent and powerful institution to strengthen democracy in the country.
Bangladesh: RAB makes the biggest drug haul from Cox’s Bazar
Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) seized 24 kilograms of crystal meth worth Taka 120 crore from an under-construction house in Cox’s Bazar, arresting four people including the kingpin of the drug racket. The RAB acted on intelligence inputs and discovered the largest-ever recovery of crystal meth in the country. The drug was being smuggled from Myanmar to Cox’s Bazar, and then supplied to different parts of Bangladesh. Crystal meth is a synthetic and addictive drug that can cause severe psychological problems.
Border Haat between India and Bangladesh inaugurated at Bholaganj in Sylhet
India and Bangladesh have inaugurated a new border-haat at Bholaganj in Sylhet, which will enhance trade and people-to-people relations between the two countries. The haat will operate twice a week and 26 Indian stalls and 24 Bangladeshi stalls will be allowed to operate. This is the fourth border-haat in Sylhet division and three more are planned to be opened. Border haats have created job opportunities and promoted people-to-people connectivity between the two neighbouring countries.
10th Landport between India and Bangladesh inaugurated at Dawki in Meghalaya
The 10th Landport between India and Bangladesh has been inaugurated at Dawki in Meghalaya, providing facilities for passenger and cargo terminal buildings, warehouses, canteens, toilet blocks, and sewage treatment plants. State Minister for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said that the landport will boost trade and facilitate easier travel between the two countries, and will serve as an important economic and transportation hub between India and Bangladesh. The landport is situated about 84 kilometres away from the Meghalaya capital Shillong and faces Tamabil in Sylhet district on the Bangladesh side.