Daily Current Affairs 21st September, 2023

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India invites US President Joe Biden for Republic Day celebrations
India has invited US President Joe Biden for Republic Day celebrations next year, confirmed US ambassador Eric Garcetti.

  • The invitation was extended during a bilateral meeting that occurred a day before the G20 summit in New Delhi.
  • The last, and only, US President to participate in India’s Republic Day parade as chief guest was Barack Obama in 2015.

ECI ropes in Chacha Chaudhary & Sabu to educate and motivate young voters
The Election Commission of India has announced that they will be using popular Indian comic characters like Chacha Chaudhary, Sabu, Raaka, Dhamaka Singh, Billoo and others to create awareness about elections among children.

  • The ECI on their X handle shared glimpses of the comics that have messages for children to understand the importance of voting.
  • In an unique initiative, the comic book, “Chacha Chaudhary aur Chunavi Dangal”, published by Pran Comics, was released by the Commission.

Nipah: Kerala gets ICMR approval to conduct Truenat test to detect virus
Strengthening the hands of the Kerala health system that is fighting to contain the spread of the Nipah virus in Kozhikode district, the Indian Council for Medical Research has allowed the state to conduct Truenat tests, which uses portable, smart chip-based, battery-operated RT-PCR kits, in certain hospitals.

  • Only hospitals having level 2 biosafety facilities, where there are certain strict protocols in place to prevent contamination of samples, will be permitted to use Truenat test facilities.


UK PM Rishi Sunak delays petrol, diesel car ban in setback to Net Zero target
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak laid out a shift in strategy towards achieving the country’s Net Zero climate action targets, including a delay of five years in imposing a proposed ban on petrol and diesel cars to 2035.

  • In a speech , the British Indian leader reiterated that there is no change to the UK’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions to hit its Net Zero target by 2050 but only a shift towards a more “pragmatic, proportionate and realistic path” to achieving that goal amid a cost-of-living crisis.

Indian Naval Ships, submarine and LRMP aircraft reach Singapore to participate in SIMBEX 23
Indian Naval Ships Ranvijay and Kavaratti and submarine INS Sindhukesari arrived in Singapore to participate in the 30th edition of the Singapore India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX), an annual bilateral Naval exercise between the Indian Navy and Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), which is being conducted since 1994. SIMBEX holds the distinction of being the longest continuous naval exercise that Indian Navy has with any other country.

  • SIMBEX-2023 is being conducted in two phases – Harbour Phase at Singapore from 21 to 24 September 2023, followed by a Sea Phase. Besides Ranvijay, Kavaratti and Sindhukesari, Long-Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft P8I is also participating in the exercise.


Volvo to end diesel car production by 2024, to become all-electric carmaker
The Swedish car manufacturer, Volvo has declared its intention to cease the production of diesel-powered vehicles by early 2024, marking a significant step toward its goal of becoming an all-electric carmaker.

  • This decision aligns with Volvo’s commitment to transitioning fully to electric vehicles by 2030.
  • While a majority of the cars Volvo sold in Europe were diesel as recently as 2019, in 2022 they made up just 8.9 per cent of the Swedish carmaker’s sales.

ADB lowers FY24 GDP forecast to 6.3%, India Ratings raises it to 6.2%
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) revised India’s growth forecast for FY24 to 6.3 per cent, a change of 10 basis points, attributing it to erratic monsoon patterns that are likely to affect agricultural output.

  • Meanwhile, India Ratings and Research has increased its FY24 growth estimate for India to 6.2 per cent, up by 30 basis points, citing factors such as sustained government capital expenditure (capex), deleveraged corporate and banking balance sheets, and the likelihood of subdued global commodity prices.


Adidas unveils Team India’s Jersey for ICC World Cup 2023
With just two weeks left for the 2023 ICC World Cup, Adidas, the official kit sponsor of the Indian team, has unveiled the jersey for the Men in Blue.

  • Adidas launched the jersey through a video anthem created for the Indian team for the World Cup. The anthem, aptly titled “3 ka dream”, serves as a testament to India’s relentless pursuit of their third men’s ODI World Cup.

BCCI announces SBI Life as Official Partner for domestic & international season 2023-26
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced SBI Life as the official partner for the BCCI Domestic and International Season 2023-26.

  • This is a three-year deal, and the partnership will begin with the upcoming three-match ODI series against Australia, starting September 22, 2023.


Government comes out with new set of awards Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar
The Government has instituted a new set of National Awards in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation known as ‘Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar’.

  • This award is meant to recognize the notable and inspiring contribution made by scientists, technologists, and innovators in various fields of science, technology and technology-led innovation. The award is in four categories, which include Vigyan Ratna, Vigyan Shri, Vigyan Yuva-Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar, and Vigyan Team.
  • The award shall be one of the highest recognitions in this field in India and will have the status at par with other National Awards.

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