Daily Current Affairs 1st January, 2024

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PM Modi urges citizens to take JANMAN Survey on NaMo app
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the citizens to take JANMAN Survey on the NaMo app and share their views on the progress achieved by India in the last ten years. In a social media post, the Prime Minister asked the people to share their feedback directly with him using the hashtag #JanManSurvey.

  • The  Survey is an excellent platform for people to voice their opinion on the nation’s progress and development. BJP President J P Nadda said that people can share their feedback on a range of topics like government schemes, development works in their constituency and MP’s performance. He also requested everyone to take this survey and become a part of New India’s growth story.

Govt extends tenure of PLI scheme for Automobile industry by a year with partial amendments
The government has extended the tenure of Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for Automobile and Auto Components by one year with partial amendments. In a statement, Ministry of Heavy Industries said that under the amended scheme, the incentive will be applicable for a total of five consecutive financial years, starting from the financial year 2023-24.

  • The disbursement of the incentive will take place in the following financial year 2024-25. The scheme also specifies that an approved applicant will be eligible for benefits for five consecutive financial years, but not beyond the financial year ending on 31st of March, 2028.

Joint Military Exercise ‘Desert Cyclone 2024’ between India and UAE to be held in Rajasthan
The Joint Military Exercise ‘Desert Cyclone 2024’ between India and UAE will be held from January 2 to January 15 in Rajasthan.

  • The joint drills under ‘Desert Cyclone 2024’ will aim to enhance interoperability by learning and sharing best practices in urban operations. India and the UAE enjoy strong bonds of friendship which are founded on millennia-old cultural, religious and economic intercourse between the two regions.


BRICS welcomes five new members, signaling a global shift
The upcoming BRICS summit in Russia this October is set to undergo a significant transformation as it expands its membership to include five new nations alongside the original founding five – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.

  • This expansion, featuring Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, signifies a notable shift in the global landscape, characterized by increasing multipolarity and assertive middle powers challenging the established Western-led order.
  • Notably, Argentina, under its new President Javier Milei, has decided to withdraw from its planned entry into the expanding BRICS club of nations.

Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus sentenced to 6 month imprisonment in Bangladesh on charges of Labor Law violation
In Bangladesh, a Dhaka court has sentenced Nobel laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus and three top officials of Grameen Telecom to six months’ jail in a case over violation of labor law.

  • The court also fined Tk 30,000 each and ordered that, in case of default, the convicts would have to suffer 25 more days’ simple imprisonment. The court, however, responding to petitions submitted by the convicts, granted bail to Dr Yunus and other three convicts for one month.


GST collections rise 10% to Rs 1.64 lakh crore in December 2023
Continuing the upward trend, GST collections rose 10 per cent to about Rs 1.64 lakh crore in December compared to Rs 1.49 lakh crore in the same month a year ago.

  • During the April-December 2023 period, gross Goods and Services Tax (GST) collection witnessed a robust 12 per cent growth, reaching Rs 14.97 lakh crore against Rs 13.40 lakh crore mopped up in the same period of the previous year, the finance ministry said.
  • The average monthly gross GST collection of Rs 1.66 lakh crore in the first nine-month period this year represents a 12 per cent increase compared to the Rs 1.49 lakh crore average recorded in the corresponding period of FY23.


Australian batter David Warner announces retirement from One Day International cricket
Australia batter David Warner has announced his retirement from one-day international (ODI) cricket in the lead-up to his final Test match.

  • The 37-year-old, a key member of the Australia team that won the ODI World Cup for the sixth time in India last year, will play his 112th and final test against Pakistan at his home, Sydney Cricket Ground.
  • Warner scored 22 centuries and 6,932 runs at an average of 45.30 over 161 ODIs after his debut in January 2009, winning two World Cups in the format.

In Squash, Indian teenager Anahat Singh bags girls’ under-19 2023 Scottish Junior Open title at Edinburgh
Talented Indian teenager Anahat Singh produced a dominant performance, bagging the girls’ under-19 title at the 2023 Scottish Junior Open squash held in Edinburgh.

  • Anahat claimed a 11-6, 11-1, 11-5 victory over home favourite Robyn McAlpine in the final. It capped off a spectacular year for Delhi’s Anahat, who recorded the under-19 and senior National championship double and won the mixed doubles bronze along with Abhay Singh both at the Asian Games and in the inaugural Asian Mixed Doubles Championships.
  • In an intense boys’ under-15 final, Subhash Choudhary displayed resilience and skill as he rallied to beat compatriot Shiven Agarwal with a final scoreline of 5-11, 11-4, 6-11, 11-8, 11-5. Shresht Iyer emerged victorious in an all-Indian boys’ under-13 final, defeating Shreyansh Jah with a scoreline of 11-8, 11-8, 3-11, 11-8.


Gujarat sets Guinness Record for performing mass Surya Namaskar
In a remarkable display of health and unity, Gujarat etched its name in the Guinness Book of World Records for most people performing Surya Namaskar simultaneously on the occasion of the New Year morning.

  • More than 4,000 participants across 108 locations and 51 different categories performed the Surya Namaskar yoga, solidifying the state’s commitment to wellness and cultural heritage.


ISRO successfully launches its maiden X-ray polarimeter satellite
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launching the X-ray Polarimeter Satellite (XPOSAT) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.This significant launch, part of ISRO’s PSLV-C58 Mission, aims to explore and understand space-based polarisation of X-ray emissions originating from a variety of celestial sources.

  • Through this satellite, India will become the second country in the world after the United States to send a specialised astronomy observatory to study black holes and neutron stars in our galaxy.
  • The mission life of the primary payload XPoSat is about five years. Ten other scientific payloads were also launched along with XPoSat. The 10 other payloads are from TakeMe2Space, LBS Institute Technology for Women, K J Somaiya Institute of Technology, Inspecity Space Labs Private Ltd, Dhruva Space Private Ltd, Bellatrix Aerospace Private Ltd (two payloads) and three payloads from the ISRO.

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