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1st August 2023 Daily Current Affairs

Science & Technology

1. Isro PSLV-C56 mission launched with 7 foreign satellites

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation launched the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C56), from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
  • The primary payload of the PSLV-C56 mission is the DS-SAR satellite, a Synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) that creates two-dimensional images or three-dimensional reconstructions of objects.
  • Aims: To fulfill the imagery requirements of various Singapore government agencies and ST Engineering’s commercial clients.

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Books & Authors

2. Amit Shah releases ‘Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam: Memories Never Die’ book

  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah, launched the book titled ‘Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam: Memories Never Die’ in Rameshwaram in July 2023,
  • The book is about the history of Indian rocketry, science, technology and innovation, beautiful representation of Indian politics and administrative system and description of many incidents related to wishes and imagination of Dr. Kalam.
  • Amit Shah also paid a visit to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam House and the Mission of Life Gallery Museum.

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Agreement

3. Ministry of Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship signed MoUs

  • The Ministry of Education and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship jointly signed 106 MoUs in New Delhi. 
  • Aim: To foster innovation, research, and knowledge exchange in multiple domains, promoting collaboration in education and industry-academia linkages.
  • 15 MoUs were signed with organizations like Atal Innovation Mission, to focus on skill development and education.
  • National Institute of Open Schooling signed 3 MoUs, one with Indian Sign Language Research

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National Affairs

4. Nirmala Sitharaman Launched AMC Repo Clearing Ltd and CDMDF

  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the Corporate Debt Market Development Fund (CDMDF) and initiated the muhurat trading in the Limited Purpose Clearing Corporation mechanism — AMC Repo Clearing Limited (ARCL). 
  • Objective: To deepen the functioning of the corporate debt markets.
  • AMC Repo Clearing Limited aims to provide a settlement guarantee in the repo market, which will help eliminate the need for bilateral counterparty exposure limits.

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National Affairs

5. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla inaugurates 20th annual conference

  • Lok Sabha Speaker, Om Birla inaugurated the 20th annual conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, India Region in July 2023.
  • The conference will focus on discussing natural disasters and management strategies, particularly concerning the northeast region.
  • He also highlighted the importance of regional cooperation and connectivity through the Act East policy, as it can lead to enhanced regional integration at economic, and social levels in the North East

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Sports

6. Indian women’s team wins 100th Anniversary Spanish Hockey Federation

  • The Indian women’s hockey won the 100th Anniversary Spanish Hockey Federation – International Tournament held in Terrassa, defeating hosts Spain with a scoreline of 3-0.
  • Lalremsiami showcased her remarkable skills, scoring a hat-trick for India. With this win, India took the top spot in the standings, earning five points from three matches.
  • Hosts Spain came second, with four points.
  • England finished their campaign, with four points from four games.

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Important Dates

7. World Hepatitis Day is celebrated on 28th July

  • World Hepatitis Day is observed annually on July 28 to raise awareness about viral hepatitis and its impact on global health.
  • 2023 theme: One life, one liver
  • Objective: To promote prevention, testing, and treatment while showing support for those affected by hepatitis.
  • Aims: To increase public awareness about the issue and the necessary steps to enhance efforts in the prevention, screening, and control of viral hepatitis.

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National Affairs

8. India and ADB signed $200 mn loan deal to enhance urban services

  • Govt of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $200 million loan as additional financing in Rajasthan
  • Objective: For the ongoing Rajasthan Secondary Towns Development Sector Project to expand water supply and sanitation systems and enhance urban resilience and heritage living in towns
  • A new feature in ADB’s support is the water facility development for urban resilience improvement and heritage-sensitive urban development in eight heritage towns

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Important Dates

9. World Day Against Trafficking in person 2023

  • World Day against Trafficking is observed on July 30 to raise awareness about human trafficking trends as identified by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
  • The theme of World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2023 is ‘Reach every victim of trafficking, leave no one behind’.
  • It seeks to exert pressure on governments, law enforcement agencies, and civil society to strengthen their efforts in preventing trafficking and supporting victims.

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State Affairs

10. Madhya Pradesh to have India’s 1st Esports Academy

  • Madhya Pradesh is set to introduce its maiden online gaming industry, named “MP State Esports Academy,” 
  • Objective: To offer young esports players a platform and opportunity to elevate their skills to a professional level.
  • Goal: To train and nurture aspiring gaming and esports professionals.
  • Out of the available seats, 80% will be reserved for gamers from Madhya Pradesh, while the remaining seats will be open to gamers from across the country

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