Tuesday, December 26, 2023

DAILY GK 17-19 DEC

 DAILY GK 17-19 DEC

1.     INDIA’S 1ST SCHOOL OF SUSTAINABILITY

        Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited (KMBL) and the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur(IIT-K) in Uttar Pradesh(UP), has launched “Kotak School of Sustainability (KSS)”, India’s first fully integrated school of sustainability, at IIT-K Campus.

        The total project cost is around Rs 200 crore. Kotak will be contributing Rs 70 crore in the first phase.

 

2.     ‘GOLDEN OWL’ AWARD AT SRI LANKA’S DSCSC GRADUATION

         All 3 Indian Armed Forces officers, who underwent the Command & Staff course No 17 at the Defense Services Command & Staff College (DSCSC) in Sapugaskanda, Sri Lanka, were honoured with the “Golden Owl” for outstanding performance.

        The 3 Indian Officers were: Major Rohit from the Indian Army.

        Lieutenant Commander Sunnay Sharma from the Indian Navy

        Wing Commander S Mahajan from the Indian Air Force

        Indian Navy’s Sunnay Sharma also received the ‘Commandant’s Honours’ during the ceremony.

        The “Golden Owl” award serves as a testament to the officers’ exceptional analytical skills, strategic thinking, and potential for future leadership.

 

3.     14TH CM OF RAJASTHAN

        Bhajan Lal Sharma of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a 1st-time Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) elected from the Sanganer Constituency, sworn in as the 14th Chief Minister (CM) of Rajasthan.

        Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra administered oath of office and secrecy to Bhajan Lal Sharma in the event held in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

 

4.     HIGH-SPEED FLYING-WING UAV TESTED

        Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully carried out a flight trial of an indigenous high-speed tailless flying-wing stealth Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) from the Aeronautical Test Range, Chitradurga, Karnataka.

        The FWTD has been developed for India’s secret unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) programme called ‘Ghatak’.

        The UAV is called as Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator (FWTD)

        (DRDO): Chairman – Samir Vankatpati Kamat

        Headquarters – New Delhi, Delhi

        Established in – 1958

 

5.     WORLD’S DEEPEST PHYSICS LABORATORY

        China has commenced the operation of a 2,400-metre (7,874 feet) deep physics laboratory, Deep Underground and Ultra-low Radiation Background Facility for Frontier Physics Experiments (DURF) in Sichuan Province of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

        DURF has become the deepest and largest underground lab in the world.

        DURF is located beneath Jinping Mountain in Sichuan’s Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture.

 

6.     53RD VIJAY DIWAS – 16TH DECEMBER 2023

        Vijay Diwas, or Victory Day(Bijoy Dibos), is annually observed across India and Bangladesh on 16 December to celebrate the historic victory of Indian armed forces against Pakistan in the 1971 Indo-Pak war (India – Pakistan War of 1971).

        The Day commemorates the formal surrender of the Pakistani Armed Forces to the joint Indian and Mukti Bahini (Bangladeshi liberation forces) in Dhaka (now Bangladesh) during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.

        1971 Indo-Pak War: was a 13-day military confrontation between India and Pakistan that occurred during the Bangladesh Liberation War in East Pakistan from 3 to 16 December 1971.

        The war concluded with the Instrument of Surrender signed by the Eastern Command of the Pakistan military on December 16, 1971, in Dhaka.

 

7.     UAE HOSTED THE 28TH UNFCCC COP

        The 28th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)(COP 28) was held in Expo City, Dubai, The United Arab Emirates(UAE).

         Narendra Modi, Prime Minister (PM) of India, attended the COP 28 Presidency’s session on “Transforming Climate Finance” in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

        Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency(IREDA),  a Mini Ratna Category I Public Sector Undertaking(PSU) under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy(MNRE) has launched its retail division.

        Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure(CDRI) has launched a data platform named-“Global Infrastructure Risk Model and Resilience Index(GIRI)” on the sidelines of the COP28 summit.

 

8.     LIC NOTIFIES HIKE IN GRATUITY LIMIT TO RS 5 LAKH

        Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) has increased the gratuity limit to Rs 5 lakh from Rs 3 lakh with an aim to improve the working conditions and benefits of the agents.

        In September 2023, the Ministry of Finance(MoF) approved a series of welfare measures related to the amendments of LIC (Agents) Regulations, 2017.

 

9.     MAHARASHTRA BECOMES LARGEST ECONOMY IN INDIA

        According to a online blogging platform soic.in, Maharashtra has emerged as the largest economy of India. It has largest share of 15.7% in India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

        It is followed by Uttar Pradesh (UP) with 9.2% share in India’s GDP, and Tamil Nadu (TN) with 9.1%.

 

10.  EXERCISE ASTRASHAKTI 2023

        Exercise Astrashakti-2023, took place at the Air Force Station Suryalanka in Andhra Pradesh (AP).

        During this the Indian Air Force (IAF) showcased the abilities of Akash weapon system (AWS), and also successfully test fired Surface to Air Missile for Assured Retaliation (SAMAR) air defence missile system.

        Chief of the Air Staff – Vivek Ram Chaudhari

        Headquarters – New Delhi, Delhi

        Motto – Touch the sky with Glory

 

11.  VIJAY HAZARE TROPHY 2023–24

        The Haryana men’s cricket team captained by Ashok Menaria won the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2023-24 by defeating the Rajasthan men’s cricket team led by Deepak Hooda in the finals held in the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot (Gujarat).

        Haryana’s Sumit Kumar was awarded Player of the Tournament and Player of the Match in the finals.

        The Vijay Hazare Trophy (Ranji One-Day Trophy) is the annual one-day domestic tournament organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the inaugural season was held in 2002–03.

        The Vijay Hazare Trophy was named after the legendary Indian cricketer Vijay Samuel Hazare.

         Tamil Nadu is the most successful team, having won the trophy five times (2002–03, 2004–05, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2016–17).

 

12.  INTERNATIONAL  MIGRANTS DAY 2023 – DECEMBER 18

        United Nations (UN)’s International Migrants Day is annually observed across the globe on 18th December to create awareness about the important contribution of migrants while highlighting the challenges they face.

        The theme of International Migrants Day 2023 is ‘Act Today‘.

        International Organization of Migration (IOM): Director General – António Vitorino

        Headquarters – Geneva, Switzerland

        Established in – 1951

 

13.  MINORITY RIGHTS DAY 2023 – DECEMBER 18

        Minority Rights Day, also known as Minorities Day, is annually observed across India on 18th December to create awareness about the constitutionally assured rights of religious minorities.

        The theme of Minority Rights Day 2023 is ‘Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion’.

        National Commission for Minorities (NCM): Chairperson –  Iqbal Singh Lalpura

        Headquarters – New Delhi, Delhi

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