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Daily G.K. - Top Stories

26 Feb 2024

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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Mobile World Congress 2024

  • The Mobile World Congress 2024 (MWC 2024) is taking place in Barcelona, Spain, from February 26 to February 29, 2024. The MWC 2024 showcases a plethora of brands with exciting products and new phone launches.
  • The Mobile World Congress 2024 is being hosted by GSMA, the global association representing the interests of mobile network operators worldwide.
  • The main theme is 'Future First', with sub-themes including Humanising AI, 5G and Beyond, Connecting Everything, Manufacturing DX, Game Changers, and Our Digital DNA.

Tuvalu Names Feleti Teo Prime Minister

  • Tuvalu announced former attorney general and fisheries official Feleti Teo as its new Prime Minister, after he was elected unopposed by lawmakers in the Pacific Islands nation. Former Prime Minister Kausea Natano lost his seat in the January 26 general election, which was closely watched by Taiwan, China, the US and Australia, amid a geopolitical tussle for influence in the South Pacific.
  • Teo received unanimous support from the 16 lawmakers.
  • Teo, who was educated in New Zealand and Australia, was Tuvalu's first attorney general and has decades of experience as a senior official in the fisheries industry - the region's biggest revenue earner.

Geeta Batra Becomes First Woman from India to Lead World Bank's GEF Independent Evaluation Office

  • Geeta Batra, a distinguished Indian economist, was appointed as the Director of the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the World Bank's Global Environment Facility (GEF). This appointment marked a significant milestone, as Batra became the first woman from a developing country to assume this prestigious role.
  • Geeta Batra brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her new position. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Chief Evaluator & Deputy Director for Evaluation at the GEF's IEO. Her career has been characterised by a deep commitment to environmental sustainability and development, with a focus on leveraging evaluation as a tool for improving the efficacy of environmental initiatives.
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BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

Kalyani Steels Signs MoU with Odisha Govt. to Set up Manufacturing Unit

  • Kalyani Steel Ltd signed an MoU with the Odisha government to set up a manufacturing facility with an investment of Rs. 11,750 crore. The project for manufacturing titanium metal, aerospace and automotive components and advanced speciality steel at Gajamara in Dhenkanal district will create 10,000 job opportunities.
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Scientists Find 3 Previously Unknown Moons of Uranus and Neptune

  • Scientists discovered a new moon of Uranus after more than 20 years along with two new moons of Neptune, announced the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Centre.
  • The three newly discovered moons are the faintest ever found around these two ice giant planets using ground-based telescopes. It took special image processing to reveal such faint objects.
  • With the latest addition, Uranus has 28 moons in total. The latest measures only about 8 kilometres and is most probably the smallest moon of the planet. It takes 680 days to orbit the planet and has been named S/2023 U1.
  • With the two new moons, now Neptune has a total of 16 moons. Among Neptune's new additions, one moon stands out for its unusually long orbital journey, taking approximately 27 years to complete a single lap around the icy giant.
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SPORTS

Ashwin Equals and Overtakes Kumble for Different Records

  • Ravichandran Ashwin broke records during the India versus England Test series 2024 as he overtook Anil Kumble and became the highest wicket-taker in Indian conditions in the red ball format of the game. In the same game, he also equalled Kumble and became the joint-holder of the record for most five-wicket hauls by an Indian in Tests.

Deepika Bags Double Gold in India's Big Haul

  • Former world No. 1 archer Deepika Kumari returned to winning ways 14 months after embracing motherhood as she bagged two gold medals in India's rich haul of 14 medals at the Asia Cup 2024 archery stage-1 tournament in Baghdad, Iraq. India's archers dominated the field on the final day, winning all seven finals. India ended with 10 gold, three silver and one bronze medals.

Centre Asks States to Fix 6 Years as Minimum Age for Class 1 Admission

  • The Centre issued a notice to all states and Union Territories to fix six years as the minimum age for admission to Class 1, in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009.
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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

PM Narendra Modi Inaugurates India's Longest Cable-Stayed Bridge, 'Sudarshan Setu'

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India's longest cable-stayed bridge in Gujarat's Dwarka.
  • The 'Sudarshan Setu', connecting Okha and Beyt Dwarka island, has been constructed at the cost of Rs. 979 crore. PM Modi had laid the foundation stone of the 2.3 km-long bridge in October 2017, saying that it will serve as a link between old and new Dwarka.
  • Sudarshan Setu boasts a unique design, featuring a footpath adorned with verses from the Bhagavad Gita and images of Lord Krishna on both sides.
  • The bridge, earlier known as the 'Signature Bridge', has been renamed as 'Sudarshan Setu'.
  • The Prime Minister also inaugurated Gujarat's first All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Rajkot.

PM Modi Dedicates NTPC's 1600MW Lara Thermal Plant

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicates NTPC's 1,600 MW Lara Super Thermal Power Station and lay foundation stone for another 1,600MW of the plant under Stage-II in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh. While Stage-I of the station is built with an investment of approximately Rs. 15,800 crore, the Stage-II of the project will be constructed on the available land of Stage-I.
  • Stage-II will entail an investment of Rs. 15,530 crore.

S. P. Singh Baghel Inaugurates National Public Health India Conference 2024

  • Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare S. P. Singh Baghel inaugurated the first National Public Health India Conference (NPHICON-2024) in the presence of V. K. Paul, Member NITI Aayog. This three-day long conference was organised from February 23 to 25, 2024 by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) under the Directorate General of Health Services.
  • Addressing the gathering, Minister SP Singh Baghel praised the NCDC for its leadership and dedication in organizing the event, foreseeing its crucial role in the development of resilient health policies. The conference brings together experts, doctors, and researchers to discuss ongoing health research and advancements.
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DEFENCE

India-Japan joint Exercise 'Dharma Guardian'

  • The fifth edition of the joint military exercise 'Dharma Guardian' between the Indian Army and the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces is being held at Mahajan Field Firing Range in Rajasthan. The exercise will conclude on March 9.
  • 'Dharma Guardian' is an annual exercise held alternately in India and Japan. The Japanese contingent is being represented by soldiers of the 34th Infantry Regiment, and the Indian Army contingent is being represented by a battalion of the Rajputana Rifles. Both sides have 40 military personnel each.
  • The objective of the exercise is to promote military cooperation and enhance joint capabilities to conduct joint operations in semi-urban environments under Chapter VII of the United Nations mandate.
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GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND SCHEMES

Odisha Government Extends KALIA Scheme for 3 More Years

  • The Odisha state cabinet extended the cash assistance scheme, Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) for farmers to overcome distress, by three more years with a proposed expenditure of Rs. 6,029 crore.
  • The state cabinet announced that the scheme exclusively meant for small and marginal farmers as well as sharecroppers will be operational till 2026-27.
  • The KALIA scheme was announced in December 2018 by Naveen Patnaik government.
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GENDER/ HEALTH/ EDUCATION

Indraprastha University Launches PhD in Sports Injury

  • The Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University launched a PhD programme in sports injury.
  • The programme will be offered at the Sports Injury Centre of Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, an affiliated medical college of the university.
  • The programme was launched keeping in mind the surge in demand of specialised persons in the field of sports injury and increase of sports culture in the country.

Haryana Launches Innovative 'Savera' Program for Early Breast Cancer Detection

  • Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar inaugurated the 'Savera' program, a groundbreaking initiative aimed at early detection and prevention of breast cancer in women. Developed in collaboration with the Medanta Foundation and the Health Department, Savera leverages the unique ability of visually impaired women to conduct breast cancer screenings.
  • The program capitalises on the naturally heightened tactile sensitivity possessed by visually impaired individuals.
  • The launch of Savera coincided with the establishment of the National Cancer Institute at AIIMS Jhajjar, equipped with 1,000 beds.
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ART AND CULTURE

Khajuraho Dance Festival, A Spectacle of Classical Dance

  • The renowned Khajuraho Dance Festival marked its 50th year of celebration in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, marking a milestone in the preservation and promotion of India's classical dance heritage. This prestigious event was inaugurated by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav, and showcased the state's commitment to cultural festivities.
  • The festival was held from February 20 to 26, 2024.
  • The Khajuraho Dance Festival captivated audiences with performances from some of the country's most esteemed artists. The festival featured a diverse array of classical dances, including Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Odissi, and Kuchipudi, each telling its own story through intricate movements and expressive gestures.
  • The festival was organised by the Culture Department of the Madhya Pradesh Government, in collaboration with the Ustad Alauddin Khan Academy of Music and Arts.

President Murmu Launches 'Purple Fest' For Disabled

  • After the success of the 'International Purple Fest, 2024' held in Goa from January 8 to 13, 2024, the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) under the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment hosted a day-long celebration of inclusivity at Amrit Udyaan in the Rashtrapati Bhawan on February 26, 2024.
  • President Droupadi Murmu inaugurated the 'Purple Fest' for people with disabilities at Amrit Udyaan in the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
  • The 'Purple Fest' promised a plethora of fully inclusive and interactive stalls featuring organisations dedicated to accessibility, inclusion, and disability rights.
  • The 'Purple Fest' served as a platform for individuals to showcase their ideas and insights, fostering dialogue and collaboration towards creating a more inclusive and accessible society.
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