Jun 22, 2024

21st December 2023 Daily Current Affairs

Honours & Awards

1. Bhutan top honour for former Punjab cadre IAS officer Dr Khetrapal

  • WHO South-East Asia regional director Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh has been awarded Bhutan’s prestigious National Order of Merit Gold Medal for her distinguished services to the country.
  • Dr Singh is the retired Punjab cadre IAS officer of the 1975 batch.
  • Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh became the first Indian to be elected as the regional director of WHO South-East Asia.

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Important Dates

2. World Basketball Day 2023: 21st December

  • World Basketball Day is celebrated annually on December 21 to commemorate the growth of a sport that has inspired millions of people worldwide with its athleticism, joy, and camaraderie.
  • Basketball has developed into one of the most well-liked and extensively practiced sports in the world today.
  • According to estimates from FIBA, the agency that oversees basketball, there are currently at least 450 million basketball players worldwide.

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Honours & Awards

3. NTPC Kanti receives prestigious FICCI Water Award 2023

  • NTPC Kanti has been awarded the 11th Edition of FICCI Water Award 2023 under the “Industrial Water Use Efficiency” category.
  • The award recognizes NTPC Kanti’s exceptional efforts in water conservation and efficient use of water resources in its operation.
  • The award was presented to NTPC Kanti during the inaugural event of the 9th Edition of India Industry Water Conclave held at FICCI Federation House in New Delhi.

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Honours & Awards

4. Storyteller Sanjeev gets Sahitya Akademi Award 2023

  • Sahitya Akademi has announced its annual Sahitya Akademi Award 2023 in 24 Languages.
  • Sanjeev will get Sahitya Akademi Award for his Hindi novel Mujhe Pahachaano.
  • Neelam Saran Gour will get the award for her English Novel Requiem in Raga Janki.
  • Nine books of poetry, six novels, five short story collections, three essays and one literary study have won the Sahitya Akademi Awards this year.

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State Affairs

5. Dalai Lama inaugurates first International Sangha Forum in Bodh Gaya

  • Tibetan Spiritual leader Dalai Lama inaugurated the three-day International Sangha Forum 2023 in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment.
  • The event will see discussions among monks, nuns, and Bhikkhu scholars, that delve into the profound teachings of Buddhism.
  • Over 2,000 members of the sanghas and invited guests from 33 countries including Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea

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International Affairs

6. Noma added to WHO list of Neglected Tropical Diseases

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the gangrenous disease noma has been added to its official list of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
  • Primarily found in sub-Saharan Africa, noma mainly affects malnourished children between the ages of 2 and 6 years.
  • Poor oral hygiene, malnutrition, weakened immune systems, and extreme poverty are among the risk factors.

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State Affairs

7. Manipur Health Minister Launches SAANS Campaign 2023-24 to Tackle Pneumonia

  • In Manipur, the State Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Sapam Ranjan Singh launched the Social Awareness and Action to Neutralise Pneumonia Successfully (SAANS) Campaign 2023-24 at Imphal.
  • The Minister also inaugurated the State Newborn Resource Centre at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) in Imphal.
  • Pneumonia is a common, preventable, treatable disease if precautionary steps are taken up at the right time.

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National Affairs

8. Pralhad Joshi launches India’s National Geoscience Data Repository portal

  • Minister for Mines Pralhad Joshi launched India’s National Geoscience Data Repository (NGDR) portal.
  • NGDR is a comprehensive online platform that will host geospatial data for the entire country.
  • The launch of the portal puts India in the league of nations like the US, Australia, and Canada, that are advanced in their mineral mining journey.

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Banking & Finance

9. Razorpay and Cashfree to Operate as Payment Aggregators

  • Razorpay and Cashfree have received the final authorization from the Reserve Bank of India to operate as Payment Aggregators (PAs).
  • Payment Aggregators are entities that facilitate e-commerce sites and merchants in accepting various payment instruments from customers, streamlining the payment process without requiring merchants to create their systems.
  • PAs collect payments from customers, pool them, and offering a seamless transaction experience.

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