Daily Current Affairs 15 April 2023 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.
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Kolkata Metro becomes India’s first metro train to run under river
Kolkata Metro has achieved a significant milestone as it became the first metro rail in India to complete an under-river journey. The metro rakes passed through an underwater tunnel beneath the Hooghly river.
- The Kolkata Metro is set to cover the 520-meter distance under the Hooghly river in just 45 seconds. The tunnel, which is 32 meters beneath the water level, is expected to begin trial runs on the 4.8-km underground section from Howrah Maidan to Esplanade soon. The four stations on this stretch include Esplanade, Mahakaran, Howrah, and Howrah Maidan.
Telangana CM unveils 125 ft-tall Ambedkar statue unveiled in Hyderabad
The Chief Minister of Telangana, K Chandrasekhar Rao, unveiled a 125-foot bronze statue of BR Ambedkar in Hyderabad to commemorate the 132nd birth anniversary of the renowned Indian Constitution architect.
- The unveiling ceremony was a grand affair, with provisions made to accommodate over 35,000 individuals from all 119 constituencies.
- Additionally, approximately 750 state-owned Road Transport Corporation buses were deployed to facilitate public transportation to the event. This statue in Hyderabad is now the tallest statue of Ambedkar in India.
India ranked 77th in the world’s ‘Most Criminal Countries’ ranking
World of Statistics has shared the ranking of the world’s “most criminal countries“. On the list, Venezuela has been ranked top, followed by Papua New Guinea (2), Afghanistan (3), South Africa (4), Honduras (5), Trinidad (6), Guyana (7), Syria (8), Somalia (9) and Jamaica (10), respectively.
- India stood at 77 spots while the US and UK were ahead of India in the criminal ranking country. The USA was at 55th number and the UK at 65th rank, according to the World of Statistics.
- Turkey, Germany, and Japan were among the least criminal countries, ranking at 92nd, 100th, and 135th ranks.
Ghana becomes first country to approve Oxford malaria vaccine for children
Ghana has become the first country in the world to approve an effective malaria vaccine developed at Oxford University.
- The R21/Matrix-M vaccine, the first to exceed the World Health Organization (WHO)’s target of 75 per cent efficacy, has been approved for use in children aged 5-36 months, the group most at risk of malaria death.
- This marks a culmination of 30 years of malaria vaccine research at Oxford with the design and provision of a high efficacy vaccine that can be supplied at adequate scale to the countries who need it most.
BANKING & FINANCE
RBI issues framework for acceptance of green deposits by banks, NBFCs
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released comprehensive instructions for banks and non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) regarding the acceptance of ‘green deposits’. These deposits can be utilized for financing ventures such as renewable energy, green transport, and green buildings.
- Effective June 1, 2023, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has introduced a framework to encourage Regulated Entities (REs) to offer green deposits to customers, protect depositors’ interests, aid customers in achieving their sustainability objectives, address greenwashing concerns, and boost credit flow to green activities/projects.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
WhatsApp launches ‘Stay Safe’ campaign to educate users on safety features
WhatsApp has initiated a safety campaign called ‘Stay Safe with WhatsApp’ aimed at educating users about the product features that can assist them in maintaining their online safety and improving their messaging experience.
- The company stated that the campaign, which will last for three months, will emphasize on straightforward methods to activate WhatsApp’s safety features that can provide users with various layers of protection as they spend more time online in their day-to-day lives.
New York City appoints first-ever Rat Czar to get rid of menace of rats
Kathleen Corradi has been appointed by NYC Mayor Eric Adams to tackle the city’s severe rodent issue.
- She has been designated as the city’s inaugural “rat czar” and given the responsibility of minimizing the rat population and creating a cleaner and more hospitable environment for residents.
- In addition, the Adams administration is dedicating $3.5 million to the Harlem Rat Mitigation Zone, a new initiative to expedite rat control measures throughout Harlem.
Shakib, Ishimwe win ICC Player of the Month awards for March
The ICC has revealed the winners of the ICC Player of the Month awards for March 2023, with Shakib Al Hasan from Bangladesh being named as the ICC Men’s Player of the Month, while Henriette Ishimwe from Rwanda was selected as the ICC Women’s Player of the Month.
- This is Shakib’s second time winning the Player of the Month award, with his first win being in July 2021.
Kumar Mangalam Birla received AIMA’s ‘Business Leader of the Decade’ award
Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman of Aditya Birla Group, received the ‘Business Leader of the Decade Award’ at All India Management Association’s (AIMA) 13th Managing India Awards ceremony.
- Birla said, last ten years had been a period of epochal change for India and the leaders of industry have had a chance to participate in that change and shape the future of the country.
- The annual event to facilitate the titans of the industry, held in New Delhi, also recognised contributions of several other leaders and institutions.
Shah Rukh Khan, S.S. Rajamouli among world’s 100 most influential people: Time
Shah Rukh Khan and ‘RRR’ director SS Rajamouli are included in Time Magazine’s annual 100 Most Influential People of 2023, becoming the only two Indians on the list. Both SRK and Rajamouli’s last big screen ventures, Pathaan and RRR, earned over Rs 1000 crore worldwide.
- The esteemed list by Time magazine includes the likes of US President Joe Biden, King Charles, billionaire CEO Elon Musk, Bella Hadid, and Beyonce, among others.
- Other names in the list include ‘The White Lotus’ star Jennifer Coolidge, Booker Prize-winning author Salman Rushdie, ‘The Last Of Us’ star Pedro Pascal, and Everything Everywhere All At Once’s Ke Huy Quan.
- This year’s list features 50 women, including Jennifer Coolidge, Beyoncé, Laurene Powell Jobs, Karen Lynch, Doja Cat, Lea Michele, Kate Orff, Colleen Hoover, Brittney Griner, Oleksandra Matviichuk, Cindy McCain, Sarah Kate Ellis, Angela Bassett, Bella Hadid and others.
- The list features U.S. President Joe Biden, and other U.S. political figures including Hakeem Jeffries, Mitch McConnell, Janet Yellen, Samuel Alito and more.