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Daily Current Affairs 15th September 2023: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 15th September 2023. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 15th September 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 15th September 2023 Current affairs test.

National News
1. India Welcomes Its Premier Airbus C295 Aircraft

  • In a groundbreaking development in aviation, India welcomed its first C295 aircraft, a collaboration between Airbus and Tata Group, marking an Indian private entity’s entry into aircraft manufacturing. This aircraft is set to replace the IAF’s ageing Avro fleet. The C295 boasts features like carrying up to nine tonnes or 71 personnel, cruising at 480 km/h, and a rear ramp for loading an ability not seen in the Avro. Its versatility is evident from its capability to fly up to 30,000 feet and handle various airstrips.

2. Government Greenlights E-Courts Phase III for a 4-Year Span

  • The Indian government has approved the third phase of the e-Courts project with a generous budget of Rs 7,210 crore, marking a significant step towards modernizing India’s judiciary. This phase focuses on establishing a digital, paperless court system by digitizing all court records. The initiative, which began in 2007, falls under the National e-Governance Plan and is overseen by the Supreme Court, with funding from the Department of Justice.

3. Birth Certificate: Key Document for Aadhaar, Driving License, and Employment from the Following Month

  • The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has made significant changes regarding birth certificate usage for essential services, effective from October 1, 2023. The amendments come under the Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Act, 2023, aiming to streamline public service delivery. This Act enables sharing the national database with approved entities and state databases with state-authorized entities. Consequently, from October, birth certificates will be essential for school admissions, creating voter lists, marriage registration, and obtaining government jobs.

4. Government Sanctions Expansion of Ujjwala Scheme

  • The Indian government has rolled out the third phase of the Ujjwala scheme, aiming to provide 7.5 million underprivileged families with free gas connections, cooking appliances, and refills over the next three years. This takes the total beneficiaries of the program to an impressive 103.5 million households. The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana’s (PMUY) latest phase includes a complimentary gas connection, stove, and a 14.2kg cylinder, with an expected cost of ₹1,650 crore, initially borne by state-run oil companies and later reimbursed by the government. Notably, the scheme now covers households previously ineligible for LPG connections.

State News
5. Karnataka Introduces Rs 4 Lakh Insurance for Gig Workers

  • In an innovative move, the Karnataka government has rolled out an insurance package worth Rs 4 lakh for gig workers, encompassing life and accidental insurance. The ‘Karnataka State Gig Workers Insurance Scheme’ seeks to benefit around 2.3 lakh gig workers in the state. Additionally, the scheme covers hospital expenses up to Rs 1 lakh resulting from accidents, whether they occur during work or off-duty. The Karnataka State Unorganised Workers’ Social Security Board will oversee its immediate implementation.

6. Fitch Retains India’s Growth Prediction at 6.3% for FY24, Highlights Inflation Concerns

  • Fitch Ratings has maintained its economic growth forecast for India at 6.3% for FY24, even amidst certain economic challenges. The Indian economy displayed a robust 7.8% growth in the April-June quarter, primarily driven by strong demand and a resurgent service sector. Fitch also projects a 6.5% growth rate for FY24-25. However, the agency has raised inflation concerns, revising its year-end inflation prediction upward, particularly pointing out the potential effects of El Nino.

Banking News
7. Collaboration Between Yes Bank and BriskPe for MSMEs’ Cross-Border Payments

  • BriskPe, a renowned cross-border payments FinTech firm, has forged a partnership with YES BANK to launch “BriskPe A2A”, a platform tailored to support exporters and importers. This collaboration aims to simplify international business for Indian companies. A standout feature enables BriskPe users to accept payments in over 36 currencies from more than 180 countries, convert these to Indian Rupees (INR), and transfer to local Indian accounts within a day, significantly aiding the MSME sector.

Business News
8. Air India Unveils ‘Project Abhinandan’ for Enhanced Passenger Service

  • Air India has initiated ‘Project Abhinandan’, focusing on providing passengers with a custom and seamless experience, especially concerning baggage management and missed flights. Under this program, Air India has positioned specially trained service assurance officers (SAOs) at 16 major airports across the country. These 100 officers are equipped to efficiently address passenger grievances and are available to assist all Air India passengers, irrespective of their ticket class.

Important Days News
9. International Day of Democracy 2023 Celebrated

  • Recognized worldwide on September 15th, the International Day of Democracy stresses the importance of democracy as a core human right and the foundation for governance and peace. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) established this day in 2007. The theme for 2023, “Empowering the next generation”, highlights the critical role of youth in promoting democratic values.

10. Observance of National Engineers’ Day 2023

  • India commemorates National Engineers’ Day annually on September 15th to acknowledge engineers’ vital contributions. The theme for 2023, ‘Engineering for a Sustainable Future’, underlines the significance of engineering in tackling global challenges. The day also pays tribute to Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, a respected Indian engineer, on his birth anniversary.

Appointments News
11. Mastercard India Appoints Ex-SBI Chief Rajnish Kumar as Chairman

  • Mastercard has chosen Rajnish Kumar as the Chairman for its India division, reinforcing its dedication to enhancing its operations in India. Kumar, having concluded his tenure as the SBI Chairman in 2020, brings extensive banking experience to the table. He will oversee Mastercard’s South Asia executive team, presently under the leadership of Gautam Aggarwal. Kumar has made a notable impact in Indian banking, with YONO, a revolutionary digital banking platform, being among his significant contributions.

12. Hrithik Roshan Announced as Brand Ambassador for Mobil™

  • Exxon Mobil, an established leader in energy technology, has appointed Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan as the brand ambassador for its lubricant brand, Mobil™. Mobil has been a dominant figure in the automotive lubricants domain for decades, and this collaboration with Roshan as the face of its brand aims to further consolidate its market position in India.
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