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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

DAILY GK 8-9-10 FEB

 DAILY GK 8-9-10 FEB

1.         INDIA CONTRIBUTION TO UN REGULAR BUDGET FOR 2024

·           India contributed USD 32.895 million (approximately Rs. 273 Crore) to the United Nations (UN) Regular Budget (RB) for 2024 and earned its spot in the “Honour Roll of the UN for 2024”. 

·           Honour Roll is a list of UN that have paid their mandatory financial support in full to the UN’s RB within 30 days of issuance of a payment note from the UN.

·           43 Member States have paid their regular budget assessments in full within the 30 day due period specified in Financial Regulation 3.5 (by 8 February 2024).

·           UN Secretary-General– António Guterres

·           Headquarters– New York, USA

·           Established in– 1945

 

2.         66TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS

·           The 66th Annual Grammy Awards (Grammy 2024) was held at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California

·           Taylor Swift won the Grammy 2024 – Album of the Year for her album Midnights and became the first ever artist to win “Album of the Year” four times.  

·           She also won the award under “Best Pop Vocal Album” category

·           Victoria Monét won the Best New Artist at the 2024 Grammys

·           The band Shakti, led by Tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain and featuring vocalist Shankar Mahadevan, percussionist V Selvaganesh, violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan and John McLaughlin, has won the Best Global Music Album award for their latest release ‘This Moment’.

 

3.         PRESIDENT OF EL SALVADOR

·           Nayib Armando Bukele Ortez(42-year-old), President of  El Salvador, won the general elections 2024 and was re-elected to the post for the 2nd consecutive term.

·           Nayib Bukele, the founder of Nuevas Ideas (New Ideas) political party, has been serving as the President of El Salvador since 2019.

 

4.         ZOHO, JUSPAY, AND DECENTRO RECEIVED RBI NOD FOR PAYMENT AGGREGATOR BUSINESS

·           Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has granted final approval to two fintech startups namely Juspay Technologies Private Limited(Juspay) and Decfin Tech Private Limited (Decfin) and a Software-as-a-Service(SaaS) provider Zoho Payment Technologies Private Limited (Zoho) to act as a Payment Aggregator (PA).

·           These entities will carry on the business of a PAs as defined in ‘Guidelines on Regulation of Payment Aggregators and Payment Gateways’ issued by RBI.

 

5.         WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

·           Nima Sarikhani of the United Kingdom(UK) won the 2023 Wildlife Photographer of the Year 59 People’s Choice Award by the Natural History Museum, London(UK).

·           Nima Sarikhani won this award for his photo of a polar bear sleeping peacefully on a small iceberg.

 

6.         PM OF KAZAKHSTAN

·           Kazakhstan’s president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has appointed Olzhas Bektenov(43 years) of Amanat party as the new Prime Minister (PM) of Kazakhstan.

·           The appointment comes after the dismissal of Alikhan Smailov’s government which was in power since January 2022.

 

7.         ADB COUNTRY DIRECTOR FOR INDIA

·           The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has appointed Mio Oka as its new Country Director for India.

·           Mio Oka will take over from the incumbent Takeo Konishi who has been elevated as ADB Director General for South Asia.

·           ADB President  Masatsugu Asakawa

·           Headquarters – Mandaluyong City, Manila, Philippines

·           Established in – 1966

 

8.         UTTARAKHAND  1ST STATE TO PASS BILL ON UCC

·           Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly passed the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) Uttarakhand Bill, 2024 which aims to govern and regulate laws related to marriage, divorce, land, property and inheritance for all citizens, irrespective of their religion.

·           The bill was Introduced in the House by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami.

·           The UCC Bill is based on the draft submitted by a high-level committee formed by the Uttarakhand government under the chairmanship of retired Supreme Court judge Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai.

 

9.         WORLD GOVERNMENTS SUMMIT IN DUBAI

·           The 2024 World Governments Summit, scheduled to be held in Dubai  has designated India, Türkiye, and Qatar as guests of honor.

·           ThemedShaping Future Governments,’ the summit aims to facilitate discussions among over 25 government and state heads worldwide.

·           President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani to lead their respective delegations

 

10.      PATHUM NISSANKA SMASHES DOUBLE CENTURY

·           Pathum Nissanka etched his name in Sri Lankan cricket history, by becoming the first-ever player to score a double century in One Day Internationals (ODIs) for the nation.

·           His unbeaten knock of 210 runs against Afghanistan was a masterclass in batting, shattering records and propelling Sri Lanka to a massive victory.

·           Nissanka’s 210 is the highest individual score by a Sri Lankan batsman in ODIs, surpassing Sanath Jayasuriya’s 189 from 2000.

 

11.      LOGISTICS PERFORMANCE INDEX REPORT 2023

·           According to the World Bank's 'Logistics Performance Index Report (2023): Connecting to Compete 2023', India ranks 38 out of 139 countries.

·           India’s rank has improved by six places from 44 in 2018 and sixteen places from 54 in 2014.

 

12.      TATA GROUP BECOMES FIRST INDIAN CONGLOMERATE TO CROSS RS 30 LAKH CR MARKET CAP

·           Tata Group achieved a historic milestone as its combined market capitalization surpassed Rs 30 lakh crore on February 6, making it the first Indian business house to reach this valuation. 

·           The overall valuation of Tata Group now stands at Rs 30.6 lakh crore, making it the most valued conglomerate in the country, surpassing Reliance Group and Adani Group in market cap rankings.

 

13.      SAFF U-19 WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP

·           India has won the South Asian Football Federation's (SAFF) U-19 Women's Championship beating defending champion Bangladesh in the final of the fournation tournament in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

·           The winner of the match was decided by a toss after a lengthy penalty shootout.

·           All eleven players from each side converted their penalties in the shootout after the contest ended 1-1 at full time.

 

14.      BHARAT RATNA TO NARASIMHA RAO, CHARAN SINGH AND MS SWAMINATHAN

·           Former prime ministers P.V. Narasimha Rao and Charan Singh, along with scientist M.S. Swaminathan will be awarded the Bharat Ratna

·           The late PV Narasimha Rao served as the ninth Prime Minister of India from 1991-1996.

·           He is widely credited as the architect of India’s economic liberalization in the 1990s.

·           Former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh is being honored with the Bharat Ratna award posthumously for his unwavering commitment and invaluable contributions to the welfare of farmers in India.

·           Singh served as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh twice

·           His birth anniversary is celebrated as Kisan Diwas or National Farmers Day.

·           Renowned agricultural scientist M.S. Swaminathan has been honored with India’s highest civilian award for his instrumental role in pioneering the Green Revolution in India.

 

15.      PRADHAN MANTRI MATSYA KISAN SAMRIDHI SAH-YOJANA (PM-MKSSY)

·           The Union Cabinet approved the “Pradhan Mantri Matsya Kisan Samridhi Sah-Yojana (PM-MKSSY)”, a Central Sector Sub-scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada aimed at formalizing the fisheries sector and supporting fisheries micro and small enterprises.

·           The scheme will be implemented from FY 2023-24 to FY 2026-27 in all States/Union Territories with an estimated outlay of Rs. 6,000 crore.

·           50% of the investment will be public finance and 50% is expected from the private sector.

 

16.      WORLD PULSES DAY-10 FEB

·           World Pulses Day is observed every year on 10th February. The day originated from the UN’s International Year of Pulses (IYP) in 2016. 

·           World Pulses Day 2024 theme is “Pulses: nourishing soils and people”.

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