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Daily Current Affairs 13th March, 2024: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 13th March, 2024. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 13th March, 2024. 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 March, 2024 Current affairs test.

National News

Launch of Kochrab Ashram & Gandhi Ashram Memorial Master Plan by PM Modi

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi marked his presence at Sabarmati Ashram to officially open Kochrab Ashram and introduce the Gandhi Ashram Memorial’s Master Plan.
  • The Ashram, established on May 25, 1915, by Mahatma Gandhi after his return from South Africa, served as his initial Ashram in India, focusing on various activities such as farming, cow breeding, and Khadi.
  • Initially located on a barren piece of land near the Sabarmati River, the Ashram was moved to another location for both practical and symbolic purposes.


PM Modi Unveils India’s First In-Plant Railway Siding for Automobiles

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first-ever in-plant railway siding for automobiles at Suzuki Motor Gujarat Private Limited via video conferencing, marking a significant step in his Gati Shakti programme.
  • This initiative aims to lessen the environmental impact of logistics, cut down on fossil fuel use, and reduce road congestion.


State News

Odisha Announces Additional Casual Leave for Women Employees

  • The Odisha government, under the leadership of Naveen Patnaik, has introduced an extra 10 days of casual leave specifically for women employees in various government sectors.
  • This move is to acknowledge the multiple roles women play and to provide them with additional support for a better work-life balance, raising their annual casual leave to 25 days from the previous 15.

Inauguration of India’s First FutureLABS at C-DAC Thiruvananthapuram

  • Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the Union Minister for multiple departments, including Electronics and IT, inaugurated the first FutureLABS at C-DAC in Thiruvananthapuram.
  • This groundbreaking center, known as the “Centre for Semiconductor Chips & Systems for Strategic Electronics,” is aimed at fostering an ecosystem for advanced chip design, manufacturing, and research.

Defence News

Indian Navy Participates in Exercise Cutlass Express 2024

  • The Indian Navy represented by INS Tir, took part in the multinational maritime exercise, Exercise Cutlass Express 2024, held in Port Victoria, Seychelles.
  • This exercise, sponsored by the U.S. Africa Command and led by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, enhances maritime security and cooperation among participating nations.

    Economy News

    Industrial Output Growth Slows to 3.8% in January 2024

  • The growth rate of the Index of Industrial Production slowed down to 3.8% in January 2024, indicating a slowdown in the manufacturing sector’s growth to 3.2% from 4.5% the previous month, highlighting the manufacturing sector’s crucial role in the economy.


Retail Inflation Dips to 5.09% in February 2024

  • February 2024 saw retail inflation dropping to a four-month low of 5.09%, staying within the Reserve Bank of India’s target range.
  • The slight increase in food basket inflation and marginal price drops in certain food items indicate a mixed trend in inflation dynamics.


Banking News

CCI Green Lights Garagepreneurs Internet and NESFB Merger

  • The merger between financial tech company Garagepreneurs Internet Private Limited and North East Small Finance Bank has received approval from the Competition Commission of India, aiming to integrate their operations and subsidiaries for enhanced financial services.


SIDBI Secures $24.5 Million from GCF for ‘Avaana’ Fund

  • The Green Climate Fund has allocated $24.5 million to SIDBI for the Avaana Sustainability Fund, aimed at supporting early-stage companies focused on climate solutions, thereby contributing to climate change mitigation and sustainability in India.


SBI and Aurionpro Partnership for Transaction Banking

  • Aurionpro Solutions has secured a deal with the State Bank of India to provide its iCashpro+ platform for cash management and transaction banking, signifying a major collaboration in the banking sector.


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Business News

Completion of India’s Largest Solar and BESS Project by Tata Power Solar

Tata Power Solar Systems Limited has finished setting up India’s largest Solar and Battery Energy Storage Systems project in Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh, aimed at significantly contributing to the country’s renewable energy goals and reducing carbon emissions.


Important Days News

IREDA’s 38th Foundation Day

  • The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency celebrated its 38th Foundation Day, highlighting its continued excellence in promoting renewable energy development in India and its achievements in receiving an ‘Excellent’ rating for the third year in a row.

NCPCR’s 19th Foundation Day

  • The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights commemorated its 19th Foundation Day, focusing on engaging children in the Pariksha Parv campaign to share their experiences and strategies for managing exam stress.


Ranks & Reports News

India Leads in Global Arms Imports, According to SIPRI

  • India emerged as the world’s largest arms importer from 2019 to 2023, with a notable shift in its primary suppliers, as reported by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, highlighting changes in global arms trade dynamics.

Schemes News

Credit Assistance Program for Jan Aushadhi Kendras Launched

  • Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya initiated a credit assistance program for Jan Aushadhi Kendras, in collaboration with SIDBI and PMBI, aimed at making medicines more accessible and affordable, aligning with the government’s healthcare objectives.

    Appointments News

    Deepak Ballani Named as New Director General of ISMA

  • The Indian Sugar & Bio-energy Manufacturers Association appointed Deepak Ballani as its new Director General, bringing his extensive experience in public policy and organizational management to the forefront.Google and ECI Partnership for Voter Information
  • In preparation for the upcoming general elections, Google has teamed up with the Election Commission of India to provide reliable information on voting processes, aiming to enhance voter awareness and combat misinformation.

    Agreements News

    USOF, Prasar Bharati, and ONDC Sign Tripartite MoU

  • A Memorandum of Understanding between the Universal Service Obligation Fund, Prasar Bharati, and the Open Network for Digital Commerce aims to extend digital services to rural areas, utilizing BharatNet infrastructure.Collaboration between NIELIT and ITI Egypt
  • The National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology and the Information Technology Institute of Egypt have signed an MoU to enhance ICT skills, foster industry engagement, and promote international cooperation.MoRD and IIT Delhi Partnership for Tech in Rural Development
  • An agreement between the Ministry of Rural Development and IIT Delhi focuses on applying geospatial technology and AI to improve rural development programs, emphasizing technology’s role in addressing rural challenges.

Awards News

President Droupadi Murmu Receives Honorary Doctorate from the University of Mauritius

  • During her state visit to Mauritius, President Droupadi Murmu was awarded an honorary Doctor of Civil Law degree by the University of Mauritius, celebrating her contributions and the strong relationship between the two countries.

Srinivasan Swamy Awarded the 2024 IAA Golden Compass

  • At the 45th IAA World Congress in Malaysia, Srinivasan Swamy was recognized with the IAA Golden Compass Award for his contributions to the marketing services industry, marking him as the first Indian recipient of this award.

Science & Technology News

“National Speed Breeding Crop Facility” Inaugurated at NABI

  • Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh opened the National Speed Breeding Crop Facility at the National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute, aiming to enhance crop improvement programs and support Agri StartUps.

    Miscellaneous News

    Discovery of New Scorpion Species in Thailand

  • A new scorpion species with 8 eyes and legs was discovered in Thailand’s Kaeng Krachan National Park, adding to the biodiversity knowledge of the region and highlighting the ongoing exploration of wildlife.
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