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Wednesday, February 22, 2023




·                     Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has been included in the 25th edition of FORTUNE magazine’s list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” for 2023.

·                     In the annual ranking of corporate reputation, Apple topped the list for the 16th consecutive year, followed by a tie between Amazon and Microsoft for the 2nd spot.



·                     Morning Consult, a US-based consulting firm, reported that Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi has become the most popular leader in the world for the 2nd consecutive year, with a 78% approval rating in its Global Leader Approval Ratings.

·                     He is rated highest among the 22 countries studied, followed by Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico with an approval of 68% and and Swiss President Alain Berset occupied the third position with 62 per cent approval rating.

·                     PM Narendra Modi received an approval rating way ahead of US President Joe Biden, who received a 40% rating.



·                     According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the ‘NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR)’ will be launched from Indian soil in the first quarter of 2024, and science operations will commence 90 days after it reaches the intended orbit.

·                     NISAR is a Low-Earth orbit (LEO) observatory being developed jointly by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), United States (US) and ISRO, India.

·                     The NISAR Observatory will be launched on the expendable Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) contributed by ISRO from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC SHAR), Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh), India’s Spaceport on the southeast coast of the Indian peninsula.

·                     The anticipated launch readiness date is January 2024.

·                     NISAR, the joint NASA-ISRO Earth-observation mission, will map the entire globe in 12 days and provide reliable spatial and temporal data for analyzing changes in Earth’s ecosystems.

·                     This would be the first mission using advanced sweep Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) technique for dual-frequency radar imaging in the L-band and S-band.


4.                   KHELO INDIA WINTER GAMES-2023

·                     The Mascot, Theme Song, and Jersey for the 3rd edition of the Khelo India Winter Games were launched by Anurag Singh Thakur, Union Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports

·                     The 3rd edition of the Khelo India Winter Games, a 5-day event, is scheduled to be held from 10-14 February 2023 in Gulmarg, Jammu, and Kashmir.

·                     Mascot: The Snow Leopard depicts the vibrant heritage of the Himalayas.


5.                   WORLD CANCER DAY 2023 – FEBRUARY 4

·                     World Cancer Day (WCD) is annually observed across the globe on February 4 to raise awareness towards cancer and to encourage its identification, prevention, and treatment.

·                     The campaign theme of World Cancer Day 2022-2024 is “Close the care gap”.

·                     The Campaign theme of World Cancer Day 2023 is “Close the care Gap: Uniting our voices and taking action”.

·                     It was initiated on 4th February 2000 at the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium in Paris, France.

·                     The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC):Headquarters- Geneva, Switzerland



·                     India, France, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have announced an ambitious roadmap for cooperation in a wide range of fields, including defence, energy, and technology under a trilateral framework.

·                     A number of trilateral events will be organized to assist the efforts during the G20 Presidency of India and the hosting of 28th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 28) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by the UAE in 2023, respectively.

·                     The three nations also decided to enhance their cooperation through projects like the Indo-Pacific Parks Partnership, headed by India & France, and the Mangrove Alliance for Climate (MAC), led by the UAE.

·                     In the context of the International Year of the Millet 2023, the three countries decided to focus on major concerns like single-use plastic pollution, desertification, and food security.



·                     Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Bhupender Yadav, launched the ‘Save Wetlands Campaign’, a 1                 yearcampaign structured on a “whole of society” approach for wetlands conservation, during the National level Celebration of World Wetlands Day at Nanda Lake in Goa.

·                     During the event, The “India’s 75 Amrit Dharohar- India’s Ramsar Sites Factbook” and “Managing Climate Risks in Wetlands – A Practitioner’s Guide” booklets were also released.


8.                   IAF REVISES ITS DOCTRINE

·                     The Indian Air Force (IAF) made public a revised doctrine which defines the role of air power in the “no war, no peace scenario” setting in India.

·                     The doctrine highlighted the use of air power as part of a joint military strategy involving the two other forces.

·                     The doctrine, which refers to air power as aerospace power, also emphasised that defensive and offensive counter-operations are “inextricably linked”.

·                     The IAF first published a doctrine in 1995, which was revised in 2007. In 2012, a revised and unclassified basic doctrine was published. The latest doctrine revises the 2012 document.



·                     The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), India’s capital market regulator, has strengthened the green bond framework by introducing “Blue” and “Yellow” bonds as new modes of sustainable finance.

·                     These bonds are subcategories of Green Debt Securities (GDS), with ‘Blue Bonds’ pertaining to water management and the marine sector and ‘Yellow Bonds’ pertaining to solar energy.

·                     Green Debt Securities (GDS)-According to the regulatory framework, GDS are debt securities that are issued to raise funds for projects or assets that belong into specific categories.

·                     Sustainable finance is the process of taking environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into account when making financial investment decisions, resulting in increasing long-term investments in sustainable economic activities and projects.

·                     SEBIChairperson– Madhabi Puri Buch,Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra,Establishment– 1992


10.                INDIAN ACHIEVERS AWARD 2022

·                     R Vishnu Prassad, Founder and Chief Scientist at Vishnu Prasad Research Centre was awarded “The Most Distinguished Scientist of the Year 2022” at the Indian Achievers Award 2022 by Anurag Singh Thakur, Minister of Information and Broadcasting at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, Delhi.

·                     He was recognised for working tirelessly on sustainability, smart cities, and a vision to create a clean India through solid waste management and the treatment of huge water bodies.

·                     R Vishnu Prassad, a scientist from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, with 69 patents, has published over 300 research papers in International journals and has been awarded several patents for his inventions.

·                     The Indian Achievers Award is India’s most prestigious award and a prestigious recognition that is given to individuals for outstanding contributions in various fields including culture, science, sports and innovation.


11.                NEW BALANCE INDOOR GRAND PRIX 2023:

·                     Indian High Jumper Tejaswin Shankar won the gold medal in men’s high jump event with a leap of 2.26 metres at the 2022 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, a World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold Series event,  held in Boston, United States of America(USA).

·                     In 2018, Tejaswin Shankar set India’s indoor high jump record at 2.28 metres. He also holds the national record for men’s outdoor high jump in India with 2.29 metres.

·                     He won the bronze in Men’s high jump at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games(CWG) and became the first Indian to win a CWG medal in the sport.



·                     Pervez Musharraf, Former President of Pakistan (2001-2008) and retired General, passed away at the age of 79 in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

·                     Pervez Musharraf was born on 11th August 1943 in Delhi, British India (now New Delhi, Delhi, India).

·                     Pervez Musharraf was known as the architect of the 1999 conflict in Kargil.

·                     General Pervez Musharraf, then-Chief of Army Staff and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, led a coup against PM Nawaz Sharif and became head of government.

·                     In 2001, he appointed himself as the President of Pakistan and served till 2008.

·                     In 2002, he amended the constitution 29 times, giving himself the authority to dismiss parliament and remove the PM.

·                     He was charged with high treason and given a death sentence in 2019 for suspending the Constitution. To avoid criminal charges against him in Pakistan, he lived in self-imposed exile in the UAE, since 2016.

·                     He published his autobiography titled “In the Life of Fire: A Memoir” in 2006.



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