Daily Current Affairs 30th & 31st July, 2023

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Over 13 Lakh Girls And Women Went Missing From 2019 To 2021, MP, Bengal Top The List: Govt Report
Over 13.13 lakh girls and women were reported missing across the country in the three years between 2019 and 2021, according to Union Home Ministry data. 

  • As per the data, 10,61,648 women above 18 years and 2,51,430 girls below the age of 18 went missing during the three-year period.
  • According to the data compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Madhya Pradesh accounted for the highest number of missing females, followed by West Bengal and Maharashtra. Among the Union Territories, Delhi recorded the highest number of missing girls and women. 

PM Modi launches Urea Gold for farmers
PM Modi during his visit in Rajasthan launched a new type of Urea called “Urea Gold” which is coated with sulphur that can help improve the soil quality and reduce the expenses of the farmers.

  • Urea Gold is a new variety of Urea that is coated with sulphur, which is expected to address sulphur deficiencies in the soil. Urea Gold which is considered as “innovative fertilizer” is more economical and efficient than neem-coated urea. Urea Gold will ensure improved nitrogen use efficiency, reduced consumption and enhanced crop quality.

Centre launches ULLAS mobile application to promote basic literacy
Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the inauguration of the Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Samagam 2023 at the Bharat Mandapam in New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan. The event likewise saw the Union Minister of Education and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan, presenting the logo, motto – “Jan Jan Sakshar“, and mobile app ULLAS: Nav Bharat Saksharta Karyakram. The event was held on the sidelines of the third anniversary of NEP 2020.

  • Attending the crowd, Union Minister Pradhan emphasised on the importance of the ULLAS mobile application in using technology to promote universal access to basic literacy. 
  • The initiative of ULLAS envisages unleashing a revolution in education and literacy across the nation by encouraging a conducive and comprehensive environment that takes special care of each and every person, bridging gaps in essential proficiency and basic fundamental abilities.


HDFC Bank overtakes SBI in CRISIL’s corporate banking ranking for 2023
India’s largest private lender HDFC Bank has overtaken State Bank of India (SBI) to earn top spot on the list of 2023 CRISIL’s Greenwich market share Leaders in Large Corporate Banking.

  • For middle market corporates, HDFC Bank again topped the list of 2023 Leaders among local banks, and joined ICICI Bank as the year’s joint Greenwich Quality Leaders.
  • Even among the PSUs, the trend toward consolidation among the largest providers persisted, with SBI doing a better job than smaller banks at maintaining corporate relationships, it added.
  • From 2021 to 2022, the share of Indian corporates working with one of the largest Indian private sector banks for overall corporate banking services increased to 38 per cent from 33 per cent.


Pixxel wins defence ministry grant to build satellites for IAF
Bengaluru-based space startup Pixxel said that it secured a multi-crore rupee grant from the Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) under the Ministry of Defence to manufacture miniaturised multi-payload satellites for the Indian Air Force (IAF). This marks Pixxel’s entry into the defence sector.

  • The grant will enable Pixxel to develop small satellites weighing up to 150 kgs. These satellites will be designed for electro-optical, infrared, synthetic aperture radar, and hyperspectral purposes. 
  • The grant is part of the SPARKS initiative, which falls under Mission DefSpace, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year.

India’s GDP to double by 2030 to $6 trillion: Standard Chartered Research
India’s GDP will nearly double in the next seven years to $6 trillion, and per capita income will increase to $4,000 by 2030, Standard Chartered Bank Research said in a report.

  • India’s GDP currently stands at about $3.5 trillion and per capita income at $2,450 during CY 2022.
  • While India turning into the third largest economy by the end of the decade is a known narrative, its potential transition to an upper-middle- income economy from a lower-middle- income is an under-appreciated theme, the report said. 
  • The report further said that several states are likely to be far wealthier than the national average by 2030 and household consumption expenditure may be similar to India’s current GDP levels by then.


Scotsman James Skea elected new IPCC chair in Nairobi
James Ferguson ‘Jim’ Skea has the United States of America defeating Vice President Thelma Krug in the run-off Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Elected as the new Chair of Skia won 90 votes while Krug won 69 votes. 

  • Krug, an IPCC vice-chair and former researcher at Brazil’s National Space Institute, narrowly missed out on becoming the IPCC’s first female chair.
  • The election took place at the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Program in Nairobi, where the IPCC was holding its 59th session.


Akshata Murty bags top spot on Britain’s best dressed list
Akshata Murty, Rishi Sunak’s wife and Narayana Murthy’s daughter has bagged the top spot in Britain’s best dressed 2023 list compiled by Tatler magazine as one of Britain’s best dressed for 2023. 

  • Canadian businesswoman Yana Peel, Lady Dalmeny, Princess Beatrice’s husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Love Actually star Bill Nighy were also named as the top 10 best dressed icons in the list that will appear in Tatler magazine’s September issue featuring Britain’s 25 best dressed personalities. 

Industrialist Ratan Tata to get Maharashtra Govt’s first ‘Udyog Ratna’ award
The Maharashtra government has decided to confer the first ‘Udyog Ratna’ award on veteran industrialist and chairman emeritus of Tata Sons, Ratan Tata, state Industries minister Uday Samant has said. 

  • Awards for young entrepreneur, woman entrepreneur and Marathi entrepreneur will also be given, Samant announced in the state legislative council. Just like the Maharashtra Bhushan award, which is presented to distinguished persons, the state government has decided to confer the Udyog Ratna award to Ratan Tata,” said. 


Indian, Japanese scientists discover remnants of 600 million-year-old river in Himalayas
New research by scientists from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Japan’s Niigata University has discovered water droplets in mineral deposits that are believed to be from an ancient ocean that existed around 600 million years ago.

  • In a release, the IISc said that analysis of the deposits revealed calcium and magnesium carbonates. This discovery led the team of scientists to suggest that there may have been a major oxygenation event in Earth’s history.
  • Scientists believe that the Earth may have been covered by thick sheets of ice between 700 and 500 million years ago, known as the Snowball Earth glaciation.

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