1 Prime Minister Narendra Modi flags off Assam’s first Vande Bharat Express train in Guwahati via video conference
Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off Assam’s first Vande Bharat Express train in Guwahati through video conference . This train will connect Guwahati to New Jalpaiguri and travel time will come down to five hours and 30 minutes. Please tell that this is the first Vande Bharat train of Northeast and the third of West Bengal. Will be The trial run of this train took place on Sunday, 21 May 2023 between New Jalpaiguri to Guwahati. This is the second Vande Bharat train to run from New Jalpaiguri. Earlier, a Vande Bharat was run from New Jalpaiguri to Howrah. The Prime Minister also inaugurated the newly constructed Diesel Electric Multiple Unit and Main Line Multiple Unit shed at Lumding in Assam. Shri Modi also dedicated 182 kilometer long newly electrified railway sections to the nation. With this, electric trains will be able to go to Meghalaya.
2 Comptroller and Auditor General of India-CAG Girish Chandra Murmu has been elected as the external auditor of the World Health Organization for four more years
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India – CAG Girish Chandra Murmu has been elected as the external auditor of the World Health Organization for four more years . His tenure will be from 2024 to 2027. Mr. Murmu has been on this post since 2019. In the first round of voting at the 76th session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Mr. Murmu was elected with an overwhelming majority of one hundred and 14 votes against one hundred and 56.
3 ISRO launches navigation satellite NVS-1
Indian Space Research Organisation- ISRO successfully launched the country’s first second generation navigation satellite NVS -01 by GSLV-F-12 from Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh . GSLV-F-12 successfully orbited the navigation satellite NVS-01. The 2,232 kg satellite is the first of the second generation satellites envisaged for navigation along the Indian constellation.
4 Indian Space Research Organisation- ISRO Chairman S Somnath said that Chandrayaan-3 will be launched in July this year
Indian Space Research Organisation- ISRO Chairman S Somnath said that Chandrayaan-3 will be launched in July this year . He gave this information after the successful launch of the second generation navigation satellite NSV-Zero One from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. ISRO Chairman said that the target is to launch Chandrayaan in July and ISRO is working in this direction. Chandrayaan-3 is a follow-up mission to Chandrayaan-2 which will demonstrate the capability to land safely on the Moon. It consists of an indigenous lander module, a propulsion module and a rover. The lander and rover will carry payloads for experiments on the lunar surface.
5 Union Coal and Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi has said that the government is working towards completely stopping the import of thermal coal by 2025-26.
Union Coal and Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi has said that the government is working towards complete stoppage of thermal coal import by 2025-26 and for this transparent process of discovery and auction of new coal mines is in progress. He was speaking at the inauguration of the first Mining Startups Summit at IIT Bombay . He said that through this event, the country is taking a step forward in the direction of converting the aspirations of self-reliant India into reality in this field. The Union Minister informed that 82 start-ups and 140 participants are participating in this first mining start-up conference.
6 Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni arrived in New Delhi, he is on a three-day visit to India
Cambodia ‘s King Norodom Sihamoni has reached New Delhi on a three-day visit to India. Minister of State for External Affairs Rajkumar Ranjan Singh received the Cambodian King. There will be bilateral meetings with President Draupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi . The visit is taking place to mark the completion of 70 years of diplomatic relations between India and Cambodia. This visit of the King of Cambodia to India is taking place after six decades. India and Cambodia enjoy warm and friendly relations characterized by cultural and economic ties and deep people-to-people ties.
7 Shri Praveen Kumar Srivastava took oath as the Central Vigilance Commissioner
Shri Praveen Kumar Srivastava took oath as the Central Vigilance Commissioner . President Draupadi Murmu administered him the oath of office and secrecy. Shri Srivastava is a 1988 batch retired Indian Administrative Service officer of the Assam Meghalaya Cadre.
8 Defense Minister Rajnath Singh to attend the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Nigeria ‘s President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu in Abuja . He is on a three-day visit to Nigeria. His visit will further strengthen India-Nigeria bilateral relations. This is the first visit of an Indian Defense Minister to Nigeria. In view of the growing defense cooperation between India and Nigeria, senior officials of the Ministry of Defense and top leadership of important Defense PSUs also accompanied Shri Singh. Shri Singh will hold a meeting with representatives of Nigerian industry and the Armed Forces.
9 India’s Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam to start second hydroelectric project Arun-4 in Nepal
Nepal has given permission to India ‘s Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam – SJVN to start the second hydroelectric project in Nepal . SJVN is currently developing the 900 MW Arun-3 Hydroelectric Project on the Arun River in eastern Nepal. It is likely to be completed in the year 2024. The draft project development agreement was approved at a meeting of the Nepal Investment Board chaired by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, an official statement said. The agreement will be signed with Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam of India to develop the 669 MW Lower Arun Hydroelectric Project in Eastern Nepal.
10. Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry to launch a trade mission in India
Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry A trade mission to India to explore investment opportunities and discuss potential areas of cooperation between the two countries will start. Organized by Sharjah Export Development Centre, S. Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, President of the CCI, will lead the two-month long mission. Among other officers S. The delegation included Waleed Abdul Rahman Bukhatir, Second Vice President of CCI, Ahmad Mohammed, Ubaid Al Nubadah Board Member, Joint Director General of Trade and Communications. The delegation will hold meetings with the Indian business community to explore investment opportunities and promote joint economic partnership. In addition, the delegation will encourage the Indian business community to invest in sectors that are in line with Sharjah’s economic vision.
11 Bandra-Versova sea route to be renamed as Swatantra Veer Savarkar Bandra-Versova Sagari Setu, Maharashtra CM announces
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has announced that the Bandra-Versova sea route in Mumbai will be renamed as Swatantra Veer Savarkar Bandra-Versova Sagari Setu . He said this at a program organized on the 140th birth anniversary of Swatantra Veer Vinayak Damodar Savarkar in Mumbai . He also said that Swatantra Veer Savarkar Shaurya Puraskar will also be given for incomparable works in the state on the lines of the gallantry award given by the Central Government.
12 Jammu and Kashmir’s Jammu Zoo to be opened to the public
With a view to tap the potential of Jammu tourism in Jammu and Kashmir, the ambitious Jammu Zoo near Nagrota on the outskirts of Jammu will be thrown open to the public. Named after King Jambu Lochan , the founder of the city of Jammu, the zoo will have artificial waterfalls and 27 species of animals including Royal Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Lion, Leopard, Bear, Crocodile. Situated on more than three thousand 32 hundred kanals of land in Nagrota area on the Jammu Srinagar National Highway, this zoo is considered to be the largest zoo in North India and will be a major center of tourism for travelers coming to Kashmir or Mata Vaishno Devi.
13 Kerala tops NITI Aayog’s Health Index 2020-21
NITI Aayog ‘s Annual ‘ Health Index ‘ for Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana during the Covid period for the year 2020-21‘ has emerged as the top performer among the ‘big states’. Among the 19 ‘large states’, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana have secured the first, second and third places, respectively, in terms of overall performance. Bihar (19th), Uttar Pradesh (18th) and Madhya Pradesh (17th) rank last in the list. Among the eight smaller states, Tripura recorded the best overall performance, followed by Sikkim and Goa; Arunachal Pradesh (6th), Nagaland (7th) and Manipur (8th) rank last in the list. Among the eight Union Territories, Lakshadweep has been ranked as the top performer in terms of overall performance, while Delhi has been ranked the last. Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Odisha have emerged as the top three performers in the year 2020-21 as compared to their performance in the year 2019-20.
14 Kheer Bhawani Mela 2023 celebrated by Kashmiri Pandits
Kashmiri Pandit Mata Kheer Bhawani Temple in Ganderbal , Jammu and Kashmir Goes on annual pilgrimage. However, in recent years, participation in the pilgrimage has declined due to an increase in terrorist attacks targeting Kashmiri Pandits. Since the revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in 2019, many Kashmiri Pandits have been victims of such attacks in the region. The history of Kheer Bhavani fair is centuries old, which is a symbol of people’s reverence and devotion towards the divine mother Ragni Devi. It is celebrated on Ashtami day in the month of Jyestha (June-July) during Shukla Paksha or the waxing phase of the moon. This vibrant festival reflects the harmonious coexistence and communal harmony prevalent in the region, promotes cultural exchange, Also appreciates the rich shared heritage of Kashmir. It shows the unwavering faith of the Kashmiri Pandit community towards the fair and their determination to uphold the traditions despite the challenge of terrorist attacks. It stands as a powerful symbol of tolerance and resilience, as the festival upholds solidarity and inspires hope in the face of adversity.
15 UPI transfers to dominate the Indian digital payments landscape by 2027
According to a report titled ” The Indian Payments Handbook – 2022-27 ” by PwC India (PricewaterhouseCoopers) , the value of Unified Payments Interface (UPI) transactions is estimated to reach $1 billion per day by FY 2026-27 . Under this, 90% increase in terms of retail digital payments in the country which will further strengthen the position of UPI in India’s digital payments system. The report states that during the financial year 2022-23, about 75% of the total transfers in the retail sector were done in UPI. The Indian digital payments market is expected to witness a significant compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 50% in terms of transaction volume with an estimated growth of 103 billion transactions in FY 2022-23 to 411 billion transactions in FY 2026-27. Further, the report shows the profitability of the credit card business, which accounts for about 76% of the total card revenue in the year 2022-2023. It added that the revenue from credit card issuance witnessed a substantial growth of 42% over the previous year and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 33% over the next five years.
16 Karnataka Bank appoints Srikrishna Harihar Sarma as MD & CEO
Karnataka Bank has announced the appointment of Srikrishnan Harihara Sarma as its new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). With nearly four decades of extensive experience in commercial, retail and transaction banking, technology and payments, Sarma brings a wealth of expertise to his new role. The appointment is subject to the approval of the shareholders in the ensuing Annual General Meeting or within a period of three months from the date of joining, whichever is earlier.
17 sudarshan shakti 2023 exercise
The Sapta Shakti Command of the Indian Army conducted exercise ‘ Sudarshan Shakti 2023 ‘ along the western borders in Rajasthan and Punjab . ‘Sudarshan Shakti 2023’ was designed to drive operational plans in a network-centric environment. During this, Combat Power, Combat Support and Logistic Support were exercised.
18 FY24 GDP growth rate estimated to be 6-6.5 percent: BoB Eco Research
Experts from various agencies have projected India’s economic growth to be in the range of 6-6.5% for the financial year 2023-24 . There are slight variations in the decimal points, but the general consensus suggests a positive outlook for the country’s GDP growth. Factors such as improvement in agricultural production, improvement in connectivity-intensive sectors and government initiatives are expected to fuel this growth. However, there are also downside risks, including geopolitical tensions and a reduction in external demand.
19 Bank of Maharashtra: Top in NPA Management
Pune- based state-owned lender Bank of Maharashtra (BoM) has been ranked as the best bank in managing bad loans by achieving a remarkably low net non-performing assets (NPA) ratio of 0.25% during the financial year ending March 2023. recognized as such. This is the lowest ratio among not only public sector banks (PSBs) but all banks with a total business of more than ₹3 lakh crore, according to the published annual numbers of banks. HDFC Bank’s net NPAs fell to 0.27 per cent followed by the Pune-based state-owned lender and Kotak Mahindra Bank with 0.37 per cent net advances.
20 New rules issued for SPGs
Recently, new rules have been introduced to strengthen the Special Protection Group and optimize its operations. The SPG is a special force dedicated to providing security to the Prime Minister, former PMs and their families . It was established in 1985 after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi . Since then, SPG has played a vital role in ensuring the security of top leaders of our country. Under the new rules, the SPG will be headed by an Additional Director General of the Indian Police Service (IPS). be headed by an officer of the rank of This ensures that experienced and senior officers will manage this force. The headquarters of the SPG is located in the capital of India, New Delhi, which enables effective coordination and quick response in security matters.