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Daily Current Affairs 13th February 2023: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 13th February 2023. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 13th February 2023. A brief explanation of every current affair is provided to further enhance your general knowledge. Once you have gone through these current affairs we would recommend to you to try 13th February 2023 Current affairs test.

 

National News

1. Jammu & Kashmir Witnesses First National Lok Adalat of 2023

  • The Jammu & Kashmir Legal Services Authority presided over the year’s inaugural National Lok Adalat throughout the region.
  • During this single-day event, 142 Benches settled 75,250 out of 88,723 cases presented across various courts in the UT, awarding Rs. 45,05,14,697 in various claims such as motor accidents, civil and criminal disputes, labor issues, utility bills, and more.
  • Four such Adalats are to be held this year, with the subsequent one scheduled for May 13, 2023.

Banking and Financial News

2. SBI Launches Specialized Startup Branch in Gurugram

  • The State Bank of India (SBI) has opened a dedicated branch for startups in Gurugram.
  • Ranking third in housing the most unicorns nationally, following Bengaluru and Mumbai, Gurugram is an apt location for this.
  • The branch aims to guide startups from inception to public offerings, serving as a comprehensive financial hub.
  • Beyond startups, the branch will cater to the needs of private equity, venture capital, and alternative investment funds.
  • A Brief on SBI: Established on July 1, 1955, with its headquarters in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Dinesh Kumar Khara heads the bank with four managing directors. Previously known as the Imperial Bank of India, it emerged from the merging of the Presidency Banks in 1921. It is recognized by various taglines, including “Pure Banking Nothing Else” and “The Nation banks on us.”

Important Dates

3. World Radio Day 2023 Celebrated on 13th February

  • Marked annually on February 13, World Radio Day highlights the significance of radio in keeping people informed.
  • The 12th iteration in 2023 revolves around the theme ‘Radio and Peace’, emphasizing radio technology’s rapid evolution.
  • The date marks the United Nations Radio’s foundation in 1946.

4. Kotak Mahindra Bank’s Acquisition: Buys Sonata Finance for ₹537 Crore

  • The bank disclosed its plans to purchase Sonata Finance, a microfinance non-banking financial company, for Rs 537 crore.
  • This move would expand Kotak Mahindra Bank’s reach by adding 502 Sonata Finance branches across ten states, post regulatory clearances.
  • Uday Kotak is the MD & CEO of Kotak Mahindra Bank.

Sports News

5. Formula E-Championship Flagged Off in Hyderabad by Anurag Thakur

  • Hyderabad witnessed its maiden Formula E-race event flagged off by Union Minister Anurag Thakur.
  • The race took place at the ‘Hyderabad Street Circuit’, showcasing Gen3 race cars with 22 competing drivers from 11 teams.
  • This marks the first motorsport event in a decade in India and is the first zero-carbon emission event of its kind.
  • Anurag Thakur’s recent initiatives include unveiling the FIH Hockey World Cup 2023 trophy and launching various sports-related programs and platforms.

6. Ashwin’s Remarkable Feat: Quickest Indian to 450 Test Wickets

  • Ravichandran Ashwin achieved a milestone during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy game between India and Australia, becoming the swiftest Indian and second globally to take 450 Test wickets.
  • He achieved this in 89 Tests, trailing only Muthaiah Murlidaran, who did it in 80 matches.

7. Rohit Sharma: First Indian Captain with Centuries in All Formats

  • Rohit Sharma recorded centuries in all three cricket formats, becoming the first Indian captain to do so.
  • This achievement places him alongside international skippers like Babar Azam, Faf du Plessis, and Tillakaratne Dilshan.
  • He accomplished this during the 1st Test series against Australia.

8. International Epilepsy Day Commemorated on 13th February 2023

  • This day, observed on the second Monday of February, shines a spotlight on epilepsy.
  • The 2023 focus is on “STIGMA,” addressing negative perceptions associated with the neurological disorder.
  • The World Health Organization and various nations observe this day to raise awareness.
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