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Daily Current Affairs 15th January 2024: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 15th January2024. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 15th January2024. 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 15th January2024 Current affairs test.

 

 

BANKING & FINANCE NEWS

1. Launch of SBI Green Rupee Term Deposit Scheme

  • The State Bank of India has launched the SBI Green Rupee Term Deposit scheme, a unique fixed deposit program aimed at raising funds for environment-friendly projects and supporting the growth of India’s green finance sector.

2. Introduction of Green Deposits

  • Green Deposits are innovative fixed-term investment options designed for individuals who wish to invest in eco-friendly projects. These deposits offer fixed interest rates similar to regular term deposits but are distinct in their allocation of funds to environmentally beneficial projects, including solar and wind energy, organic farming, and energy-efficient infrastructure.

3. New Development Bank’s Loan to Gujarat Government

  • The Shanghai-based New Development Bank has committed to providing a $500 million loan to the Government of Gujarat as part of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit, with the aim of enhancing rural road infrastructure in the state.

4. IMF’s Financial Aid to Pakistan

  • The International Monetary Fund has approved a substantial $700 million loan to Pakistan. This financial aid is a component of a broader bailout package intended to support Pakistan’s ailing economy.

NATIONAL NEWS

5. 14th India-United States Trade Policy Forum Meeting

  • The 14th India-United States Trade Policy Forum meeting was held in New Delhi. The event was co-chaired by Minister Piyush Goyal and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, focusing on initiating joint ventures across various sectors.

6. New Republic Day Parade Tableau Policy

  • A newly implemented system guarantees that every state and Union Territory (UT) in India will have the opportunity to showcase their tableau at the Republic Day parade within a three-year rotation.

7. CBIC’s Introduction of ‘Samay’ App

  • The Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs is set to launch ‘Samay’, a dedicated app designed to efficiently track and manage tax appeal cases, thereby aiming to reduce the duration of litigation processes.

STATE NEWS

8. Karnataka’s Yuva Nidhi Scheme

  • The Government of Karnataka has initiated the Yuva Nidhi Scheme, a program designed to offer financial support to educated yet unemployed youth within the state.

9. Bikaner’s International Camel Festival

  • Rajasthan’s Bikaner is preparing to host the International Camel Festival, an event that celebrates the significance of camels with various cultural activities.

10. 2024: International Year of the Camel

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  • The United Nations has officially declared the year 2024 as the International Year of the Camel, highlighting the importance of these animals globally.

11. Gangasagar Mela in West Bengal

  • The Gangasagar Mela, a prominent Hindu pilgrimage event, is scheduled to take place in 2024 in West Bengal’s Sagardwip, also known as Sagar Island.

AWARDS AND HONOURS

12. NLC India Ltd’s Contract to BHEL

  • NLC India Ltd has awarded BHEL an extensive contract to establish a 2,400 MW Thermal Power Project in Odisha, employing Ultra Super Critical Technology.

13. Swachh Survekshan Awards 2023

  • President Droupadi Murmu honored various cities and states at the Swachh Survekshan awards 2023, with Surat and Indore receiving top accolades for their cleanliness initiatives.

ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS

14. Tata Consumer’s Acquisition Plans

  • Tata Consumer Products Ltd is in the process of acquiring Capital Foods and Organic India, planning significant all-cash deals for these prominent brands.

15. Tata Motors and Ford’s Sanand Plant

  • Tata Motors aims to begin operations at Ford’s former Sanand manufacturing plant within the next 12-18 months, intending to amplify its production capacity.

16. BlackRock’s Major Acquisition

  • In a significant move to expand its infrastructure investment portfolio, BlackRock has acquired Global Infrastructure Partners for a remarkable$12.5 billion.

DEFENCE NEWS

17. Indian Army’s 2024 Focus

  • The Indian Army has designated 2024 as the ‘Year of Technology Absorption’, emphasizing the integration of advanced technologies including drones and establishing Command Cyber Operations Support Wings.

18. India-Japan Coast Guard Joint Exercise

  • The 20th joint exercise between the Indian and Japanese Coast Guards was conducted off the coast of Chennai, marking continued maritime collaboration between the two nations.

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS

19. Reappointment of RBI’s Deputy Governor

  • Michael Patra has been reappointed as the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, extending his tenure for another year.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

20. NSPAAD’s ‘Report Fish Disease’ App

  • The National Surveillance Programme for Aquatic Animal Diseases has launched the ‘Report Fish Disease’ mobile app, aimed at monitoring fish diseases across India.

RANKING AND INDEX

21. India’s Most Polluted City in 2023

  • Byrnihat in Meghalaya, surpassing Delhi, has been identified as India’s most polluted city in 2023 by the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air.

22. Global Risks Report 2024

  • The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2024 has highlighted AI-led misinformation as a significant global threat, especially in the context of upcoming elections.

MOUS AND AGREEMENTS

23. Odisha’s Vaccine Production Facility

  • The Odisha government has collaborated with the National Dairy Development Board to establish a vaccine production facility in Ganjam district, focusing on anthrax and ENT vaccines.

SPORTS NEWS

24. Beach Games in Diu

  • Madhya Pradesh emerged victorious in the first-ever Beach Games held in Diu, showcasing impressive athletic performances and securing the champion title.

IMPORTANT DAYS

25. Indian Army Day

  • Indian Army Day was celebrated on January 15th, honoring the valiant contributions of Indian soldiers in World Wars and recognizing the historical transition of command post-Independence.
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