Friday, May 17, 2024

DAILY GK 17-19 APRIL

 DAILY GK 17-19 APRIL

1.         INDIA’S 1ST LOCALLY-MADE ELECTRIC MINING TRUCK

·           Sany Heavy Industry India PrivateLimited (SANY India), a construction and mining equipment manufacturer, launched the SKT105E, India’s first locally manufactured fully electric opencast mining truck.

·           The truck has a unique electric propulsion system that ensures zero emissions and optimal performance while lowering the carbon footprint.

 

2.         WORLD’S BUSIEST AIRPORTS IN 2023: ACI

·           The Airports Council International (ACI) World released its report on the ‘Top 10 Busiest Airports Worldwide for 2023‘ with Delhi Airport (Indira Gandhi International Airport – IGIA) securing the 10th spot in 2023.

·           Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), United States (US) regains title as world’s busiest with 104.65 million passengers in 2023

·           Airports Council International (ACI)Headquarters– Montreal, Canada

 

3.         DEPOSITS OF SENIOR CITIZENS SURGED BY 143%

·           As per the State Bank of India (SBI) Economic Research Department (ERD) report, the total amount of deposits in senior citizen accounts increased by 143% to Rs 34.367 lakh crore at the end of December 2023 from Rs 13.724 lakh crore in 2018.

·           The report revealed that senior citizens term deposit accounts increased by about 81% to around 7.4 crore in December 2023

·           The report estimated that at least 7.3 crore of these accounts have a balance of over Rs 15 lakh and fetching interest of 7.5% on these deposits.

·           The report showed that the average amount per senior citizen term deposit account surged by about 39% to Rs 4.63 lakh  by the end of December 2023

·           The report revealed that Government has collected around Rs 27,000 crore in taxes from senior citizens on the interest they earned on term deposit in FY24.

·           Government of India(GoI) has increased the threshold of TDS(Tax Deducted at Source) on deposits for senior citizens to Rs 50,000.

 

4.         NEW PM OF KUWAIT

·           Kuwait’s Emir, His Highness Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has issued an Emiri decree appointing Kuwaiti Economist Sheikh Ahmad Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah as Prime Minister (PM) of Kuwait 

 

5.         INDIAN ARMY CONDUCTS ATGM TRAINING EXERCISE

·           The Indian Army’s Trishakti Corps conducted a training exercise of Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) at a super-high altitude area of 17,000 feet in Sikkim.

·           The exercise was conducted with the aim of “Ek Missile Ek Tank” and highlighted the accuracy and effectiveness of the ATGM system in high-altitude environments.

 

6.         INDIA’S POPULATION EXPECTED TO HAVE TOUCHED 1.44 BILLION MARK

·           According to the report released by the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) State of the World Population, titled Interwoven Lives, Threads of Hope: Ending Inequalities in Sexual and Reproductive Health and RightsThe report revealed that India’s population is estimated to double in 77 years.

·           The report also stated that India is the global leader in terms of the population with an estimated population of 1.44 billion ahead of China at 1.425 billion.

·           The UNFPA report highlighted that an estimated 24% of India’s population is aged 0-14 while 17% lies within the range of 10-19 years.

·           The 10-24 years age segment is estimated to constitute 26%, with the 15-64 age group comprising of 68%.
UNFPA has been operating in India since 1974.

·           Executive Director – Natalia Kanem

·           Headquarters – New York, United States

·           Founded – 1969

 

7.         NIGERIA THE 1ST COUNTRY GLOBALLY TO LAUNCH MEN5CV MENINGITIS VACCINE

·           Nigeria has become the 1st country to launch a new vaccine called Men5CV, recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to protect people against 5 strains of the meningococcus (Neisseria meningitidis) bacteria (A, C, W, Y, and X), responsible for meningitis.

·           Men5CV potentially paving the way for the WHO’s goal of eliminating meningitis by 2030.

·           The new vaccine was a collaborative effort between PATH (formerly Program for Appropriate Technology in Health), and the Serum Institute of India(SII). 

 

8.         MONTE CARLO TENNIS MASTERS 2024

·           Greek tennis player StefanosTsitsipas won the Singles title at the Monte Carlo Masters 2024 by defeating Norway’s Casper Ruud.

·           SumitNagal, India’s emerging tennis player, defeated  MatteoArnaldi of Italy and became the 1st ever Indian to win a main draw match at the Monte Carlo Masters.

 

9.         WORLD HEMOPHILIA DAY 2024 – APRIL 17

·           World Hemophilia Day (WHD) is annually observed across the globe on 17 April to raise awareness about Hemophilia, an inherited bleeding disorder, and other bleeding disorders that prevent blood from clotting properly.

·           The theme of World Hemophilia Day 2024 is “Equitable access for all: recognizing all bleeding disorders”.

·           World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving and sustaining care for people with inherited bleeding disorders around the world.

·           Headquarters– Quebec, Canada

·           Established in 1963

 

10.      NEW FDI LIMITS FOR SATELLITE RELATED ACTIVITIES UNDER FEMA

·           The Ministry of Finance notified the amendment to Foreign Exchange Management (Non-Debt Instruments Rules) Rules 2019 to operationalise the new foreign direct investment (FDI) limits for satellite-related activities.

·           The new rules will be known as Foreign Exchange Management (Non-Debt Instruments) (3rd Amendment) Rules, 2024.

·           Under the amended FDI Policy, 100% FDI is allowed in the space sector.

·           As per amended FDI policy, the satellite sub-sector has been categorized into three different activities with defined limits for foreign investment in each sector.

·           In manufacturing of components and systems or sub-systems for satellites, ground segment and user segment, up to 100% FDI is allowed under the automatic route.

·           In Satellites-Manufacturing and Operations; Satellite Data Products; and Ground Segment and User Segment up to 74% FDI is allowed under automatic route and FDI over 74% will require government approval.

·           InLaunch Vehicles and associated systems or sub-systems and Creation of Spaceports for launching and receiving spacecraft up to 49% FDI is allowed under automatic route and FDI over 49% will require government approval.

·           Automatic Route: Under automatic route, the non-resident or Indian company does not require nod of the Reserve Bank of India(RBI) or Government of India(GoI).

·           Sectors which come under automatic route are: medical devices, petroleum refining, pension, insurance etc.

·           Government Route: The Government’s approval is mandatory under Government route.

·           Sectors which come under government route category are: print media, multi-brand retail training, broadcasting content services etc.

·           Foreign Investment Facilitation Portal(FIFP): acts a single-window clearance and processes applications for FDI The applications for FDI is approved or rejected in consultation with the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade(DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce.

 

11.      UP’S 13 PRODUCTS GETS GI TAG

·           The Government of India’s (GoI) Geographical Indication Registry granted Geographical Indication (GI) tags to 13 new products of Uttar Pradesh (UP).

·           With this the total number of GI products from UP becomes 75. UP has retained its position as the state with most number of GI tagged products in India.

·           Tamil Nadu is the 2nd position with a total of 58 GI tagged products.

·           New GI tagsin Food Stuff to Banaras Tirangi Barfi, Banaras Lal Peda (Sweet), JaunpurImarti (Sweet).

·           New GI tags in Handi Crafts are Banaras Metal Casting Craft, LakhimpurKheriTharu Embroidery, Bareilly Furniture, Bareilly Zardoji Craft, Pilkhuwa Home Furnishing, BanarasiTabla (Musical Instrument), Banaras Shehnai (Musical Instrument), Banaras Mural Painting

·           New GI tags in Agriculture are ChiraigaonKaronda of Varanasi, Banaras Lal Bharwamirch (Red Pickel Chilli)

 

12.      ASIAN WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2024

·           Indian wrestlers won a total of 9 medals (4 silver and 5 bronze) in the Asian Wrestling Championships (Seniors) 2024 held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

·           The teams were ranked based on the points in each of three categories: men’s freestyle, Greco-Roman, and women’s wrestling.

·           India was ranked 11th in Greco-Roman;  7th in men’s freestyle and 4th in Women’s wrestling.

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