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Saturday, February 24, 2024

DAILY GK 14-15 FEB

 DAILY GK 14-15 FEB 

1.         SWATI PORTAL FOR WOMEN IN STEMM

·           GoIlaunched ‘Science for Women: A Technology and Innovation (SWATIPortal (https://swati.nipgr.ac.in/), India’s 1st-of-its-kind interactive online portal on Indian women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics& Medicine).

·           SWATI portal was developed, hosted and maintained by the National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR).

·           SWATI portal is an initiative by the Inter Academy Panel of India (IAP) on Women in STEMM.

 

2.         INDIA EXTENDS UPI SERVICE IN SRI LANKA AND MAURITIUS

·           https://affairscloud.com/assets/plugins/wccp-pro/images/transparent.gifNarendra Modi, Prime Minister (PM) of India, along with Mauritius PM Pravind Kumar Jugnauth and Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe, virtually launched India’s Unified Payments Interface (UPI) in Mauritius and Sri Lanka.

·           The UPI and RuPay card projects were developed and executed by NPCI International Payments Limited (NIPL) along with partner banks / non-banks from Mauritius and Sri Lanka, under the guidance and support of the Reserve Bank of India.

·           The list of countries that accept UPI payments are Bhutan, France, Mauritius, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and the United Arab Emirates(UAE).

·           NPCI Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra

·           Incorporated in 2008

 

3.         RBI RAISES WAGE CEILING FOR NEDS OF BANKS TO RS 30 LAKH

·           Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has increased the remuneration ceiling of Non Executive Directors (NEDs) of banks from Rs 20 lakh per annum to Rs 30 lakh with immediate effect.

·           RBI cancelled the licence of Jai Prakash Narayan Nagari Sahakari Bank Ltd., Basmathnagar, Maharashtra. Reserve Bank of India (RBI):

·           Governor – Shaktikanta Das

·           Establishment – 1st April 1935

·           Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra

 

4.         AUSTRALIA WINS U19 MEN’S CRICKET WORLD CUP 

·           The Australian Under-19 (U19) cricket team won the International Cricket Council (ICCU19 Men’s Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2024 title defeating India in the finals held in Willowmoore Park stadium in Benoni, South Africa.

·           The Indian U-19 team was captained by Uday Saharan, and the Australian team was captained by Hugh Weibgen.

·           This also marks India’s fifth consecutive final appearance in the U19 Men’s CWC, including in 2016, 2018, 2020, 2022, and 2024.

·           Player of the Tournament – Kwena Maphaka (South Africa).

·           TheICC U19 World Cup tournament has been conducted once every two years since its second edition in 1998.

 

5.         INTERNATIONAL DAY OF WOMEN AND GIRLS IN SCIENCE 2024- FEBRUARY 11

·           The United Nations (UN)’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science (IDWGIS) is annually observed across the globe on 11 February to promote full and equal access to and participation of women and girls in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

·           The theme of IDWGIS 2024 is “Women and Girls in Science Leadership: A New Era for Sustainability

·           The subtheme of IDWGIS 2024 is “Think Science … Think Peace”.

·           UNESCO Director-General– Audrey Azoulay

·           Headquarters– Paris, France

·           Establishment– 1945 (came into force in 1946)

 

6.         INDIA & RUSSIA AGREEMENT TO STRENGTHEN BILATERAL NUCLEAR COOPERATION

·           India and Russia signed a protocol to amend the 2008 intergovernmental agreement focusing on cooperation in constructing additional nuclear reactors at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) site and new Russia-designed nuclear power plants at new sites in India.

·           The KKNPP in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu(TN) is a joint initiative of India and Russia.

·           Kudankulam Plant Development: India’s only nuclear power plant established with another country (Russian technical support) is the KKNPP in Tamil Nadu.

 

7.         IOB CELEBRATES 88TH FOUNDATION DAY

·           Indian Overseas Bank (IOB), a public sector bank, celebrated its 88th Foundation day on 10th February 2024 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

·           IOB also launched Freedom Current Account and Saving Account (CASAvariant.

·           IOB was founded on 10th February 1937 by  M.Ct.M. Chidambaram Chettyar. IOB stated operation in Karaikudi, Chennai and Rangoon, Burma (presently Myanmar) and Penang, Malaysia.

·           Rupay Credit Card Variants: RuPay Platinum offers reward points and benefits, and includes personal accident coverage of up to Rs 10 lakhs

 

8.         PV NARASIMHA RAO, CHAUDHARY CHARAN SINGH & MS SWAMINATHAN CONFERRED BHARAT RATNA

·           Government of India (GoI) announced that two former Prime Ministers(PMs), Chaudhary Charan Singh and PV Narasimha Rao, and father of India’s ‘green revolution’ Dr MS Swaminathan will be awarded Bharat Ratna in 2024.

·           The total number of Bharat Ratna recipients in 2024 becomes five.

·           This is the highest number of Bharat Ratnas awarded in a year since its inception in 1954.

·           In January 2024, GoI announced Bharat Ratna for Former Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna (LK) Advani and Former Bihar Chief Minister Karpoori Thakur (posthumously).

 

9.         SPORTSTAR ACES AWARD 2024

·           Indian Olympian Neeraj Chopra was awarded the Sportstar of the Year (Male) award at the 2024 Sportstar Aces Awards held at the TajMahal Hotel in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

·           The 2024 Arjuna Awardee Sheetal Devi (para-archer) won the Sportstar Aces Award for the Sportstar of the Year(female).

·           She also won the Moment of the year award.

·           The 2024 Australian Open men’s doubles champion and 2024 Padma Shri awardee Rohan Bopanna was awarded the ‘Ace of Aces award’.

 

10.      GOOGLE LAUNCHES ‘LUMIERE’ AI TO GENERATE 5-SECOND VIDEOS

·           Google has introduced a new video-generation Artificial Intelligence (AI) model ‘Lumiere’, a Space-Time Diffusion Model to generate 5-second videos that portray realistic, diverse and coherent motion.

·           It deploys a text-to-video diffusion model for generating videos from text descriptions.

 

11.      NATIONAL PRODUCTIVITY DAY 2024 – FEBRUARY 12

·           National Productivity Day or National Productivity Council Foundation Day is annually observed across India on 12th February to mark the foundation day of the National Productivity Council of India (NPC) and raise awareness of productivity, efficiency, and innovation.

·           The theme for National Productivity Week 2024 is ‘Artificial Intelligence (AI)- Productivity Engine for Economic

·           National Productivity Council of India (NPC) President – Piyush Goyal (Union Minister of Commerce and Industry)

·           Headquarters- New Delhi, Delhi

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