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12th December 2023 Daily Current Affairs

National Affairs

1. eShram cards issued to over 29 crore unorganized workers registered

  • The Government today said that eShram cards have been issued to over 29 crore unorganized workers registered on the eShram portal.
  • The eShram portal was launched in 2021 for registration of unorganized workers.
  • The main objective of the eShram portal is to create a national database of unorganized workers and to facilitate the delivery of Social Security and welfare Schemes to such workers.

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International Affairs

2. Myanmar is world’s biggest opium producer

  • The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released its Southeast Asia Opium Survey 2023.
  • The report states that Myanmar is the world’s biggest opium producer.
  • Earlier Afghanistan held the infamous title but since the ascent of Taliban to power in 2021, cultivation of opium poppies has seen a decrease of 95 per cent.
  • Opium is dried latex obtained from the seed capsules of the opium poppy Papaver somniferum.

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National & International Appointments

3. Donald Tusk elected as new Prime Minister of Poland

  • Members of the Polish Parliament backed Donald Tusk to become Poland’s Prime Minister after current leader Mateusz Morawiecki lost a confidence vote in the country’s Parliament.
  • According to media reports, the vote was 248 in favour and 201 against.
  • Tusk returns nearly two months after a coalition of opposition parties led by him secured victory in the national election held in October this year.

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National Affairs

4. 58 Airports in the country have been covered under ‘Krishi Udan Scheme’

  • The Government has said that 58 Airports in the country have been covered under the Krishi Udan Scheme.
  • The Scheme was launched in 2020 on international and national routes to assist farmers in transporting agricultural products to help improve their value realization.
  • Krishi Udan Scheme 2.0 was also announced in 2021 focusing on transporting perishable food products from the hilly areas, North Eastern States, and tribal areas.

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Honours & Awards

5. Lakadong Turmeric from Meghalaya Receives GI tag

  • Meghalaya’s Lakadong turmeric has been awarded the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
  • It is considered to be one of the world’s best varieties of turmeric, with a curcumin content of around 6.8 to 7.5%.
  • It is darker in colour and is grown organically without the use of fertilisers.
  • It is found in the Lakadong area of Jaintia Hills, and has high curcumin content.

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National Affairs

6. PM Modi to inaugurate Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) Summit, at Bharat Mandapam in New Delhi.
  • Aim: Bridge the gap between theory and practice on Artificial Intelligence by supporting cutting-edge research and applied activities on AI-related priorities.
  • Top Artificial Intelligence Gamechangers from across the world will participate in different events.
  • India is the lead chair of GPAI in 2024.

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Honours & Awards

7. Brandon Hall Group’s Excellence in Technology Awards

  • NTPC has been declared as the winner at the Brandon Hall Group’s Excellence in Technology Awards 2023 in an online broadcast held.
  • The company received the coveted silver awards in two distinct categories: “Best Advance in Corporate Wellbeing Technology” and “Best Advance in Augmented and Virtual Reality.”
  • NTPC stands out as the only PSU in India to secure dual accolades in the Technology Awards category.

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Obituaries

8. Chinese Doctor and AIDS Activist Gao Yaojie passes away at 95

  • A renowned Chinese doctor and activist Gao Yaojie passed at the age of 95 years in New York.
  • Dr Gao became well-known and beloved across China in the late 1990s for her relentless activism in exposing a man-made AIDS crisis and for her work to remove the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.
  • She discovered that AIDS was spreading through ramshackle blood transfusion centers set up with official government backing.

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Important Dates

9. International Day of Neutrality 2023: 12th December

  • The International Day of Neutrality, observed annually on 12th December, holds paramount significance in promoting global peace, sovereignty, and the resolution of conflicts through diplomatic means.
  • Neutrality, as defined by the United Nations, is a legal status resulting from a nation’s decision to abstain from participating in wars between other states.

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Important Dates

10. United Nations mission in Mali officially ends after 10 years

  • The United Nations mission in Mali has officially ended a 10-year deployment in the country.
  • The mission, known as the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), lowered the UN flag in its headquarters in the capital Bamako.
  • In June, Mali’s military government, which seized power in 2020, demanded the departure of the decade-old mission.

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Banking & Finance

11. Bank Of India launches Nari Shakti Savings Account

  • Bank of India has launched Nari Shakti Savings Account, aimed at catering to women aged 18 and above with an independent source of income.
  • This account offers benefits and features designed to empower women financially and promote their well-being.
  • The Nari Shakti Savings Account can be opened at all 5132 domestic branches and also through digital platforms.

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Honours & Awards

12. Ex-UN Secy Gen Ban Ki-moon gets Power of One Award 2023

  • In the United States, former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Power of One Award 2023 ceremony, organised by the Diwali Foundation USA.
  • The awards are granted to selfless individuals for their help to form a peaceful and secure world for all.
  • They are hailed as the ‘Oscars of diplomacy‘.

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11th December 2023 Daily Current affairs 

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