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Army changes Agniveer recruitment process, online entrance test first
The army has announced a change in the Agniveer recruitment process and candidates wanting to join the force will now have to first appear for an online common entrance examination (CEE), followed by physical fitness and medical tests.
- Earlier, the recruitment process for Agniveers followed a different order, which began with the candidates undergoing a physical fitness test first followed by their medical tests. The qualifying candidates then had to write a common entrance examination and they were selected for training based on the final merit list.
Amit Shah lays foundation for Rs 450 Crore Nano Urea Plant in Jharkhand
Union Home Minister Amit Shah laid the foundation stone of a Rs 450-crore nano urea plant and township of the Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative (IFFCO) in Jharkhand’s Deoghar.
- This will be India’s fifth nano urea plant. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the world’s first nano urea plant in Gujarat last year, according to IFFCO.
- The plant will be constructed at a cost of Rs 300 crore and the township at a cost of Rs 150 crore.
Tourism minister launches Visit India Year 2023 initiative
Shri G. Kishan Reddy, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Development of North Eastern Region (DONER) launched the Visit India Year 2023 initiative and unveiled its logo at New Delhi, kicking off the year of grand plans and activities for promoting tourism in India.
- The Union Minister also said that more than one lakh foreign delegates will visit India this year and they will be showcased entire gamut of India’s Culture, including monuments and festivals.
- Shri G. Kishan Reddy added that each foreign delegate of G20 will be a brand ambassador of India’s culture, heritage and tourist destinations
India’s Haj quota for 2023 fixed at 1,75,025: Govt
Minority Affairs Minister Smriti Irani has informed that the Government, under the Annual Bilateral Agreement with Saudi Arabia for Haj pilgrimage this year, has restored the original Haj quota which stands at one lakh 75 thousand 25.
- In a written reply to Lok Sabha, Ms Irani added that in this direction the Ministry held a number of interactive sessions on Haj management with the stakeholders, including Haj Committees of the States and Union Territories wherein requests for restoration of Haj Quota were received.
Digi Yatra to be implemented at Kolkata, Pune, Vijayawada and Hyderabad Airports by March 2023
The Government has said that Digi Yatra will be implemented at Kolkata, Pune, Vijayawada and Hyderabad Airports by March this year.
- The Digi Yatra policy is an initiative for a biometric boarding system using Facial Recognition Technology at airports.
- The Civil Aviation Ministry said, Digi Yatra will be implemented across airports in a phased manner. In the first phase, Digi Yatra has been launched at Delhi, Bangalore and Varanasi Airports in December last year.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
Foxconn, Vedanta Plan Tech Tie-Up With STM For Indian Semiconductor Manufacturing Facility
Foxconn and Vedanta are almost ready to welcome European chipmaker STMicroelectronics as a technical partner in their projected semiconductor chip manufacturing facility in India.
- In the joint venture (JV) that was announced in February, Foxconn will serve as the primary partner. According to the person mentioned above, “the government is positive on Foxconn, which is committing big investments in India.
- As part of a $10 billion program to support local semiconductor production, the Vedanta-Foxconn cooperation is one of five bidders seeking government subsidies.
Saudi Arabia to host football’s 2027 Asian Cup
Saudi Arabia was declared the host of the 2027 Asian Cup by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) at the 33rd AFC Congress.
- The AFC’s executive committee had earlier shortlisted bids from India and Saudi Arabia in October after Qatar pulled out of the process following their successful bid to host the 2023 edition in place of original hosts China.
- Iran, Qatar and Uzbekistan were the other countries to have initially bid for the hosting rights.
Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera appointed to House Intelligence Committee
Indian-American Congressman Dr. Ami Bera has been appointed as a handling intelligence-related matters.
- The House Permanent Selection Committee on Intelligence is charged with providing oversight of the country’s intelligence activities, including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), National Security Agency (NSA) as well as the military intelligence programs.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
NASA partners with IBM to build AI foundation models to advance climate science
IBM has partnered with NASA to gain new findings on Earth’s climate through the power of AI technology. The two organizations will use AI tech developed by IBM together with the large amounts of Earth observation and geospatial data that NASA has available to share.
- Earth observation is the gathering of information about Earth’s physical, chemical, and biological systems, usually through the use of satellite imaging.
Pakistan’s former President Pervez Musharraf passes away
Former president of Pakistan and Army chief Pervez Musharraf passed away at a private hosptal in Dubai.He was 79.
- Musharraf was a four-star general who ruled Pakistan for nearly a decade after seizing power in a bloodless coup in 1999.
- He enjoyed strong support for many years, his greatest threat al Qaeda and other militant Islamists who tried to kill him at least three times