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Daily Current Affairs 16th September 2023: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 16th September 2023. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 16th 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 16th September 2023 Current affairs test.

National News
1. India Introduces UPAg: A New Comprehensive Agricultural Data Portal

  • To address governance issues in India’s agricultural sector, the government has launched UPAg (Unified Portal for Agricultural Statistics). This platform aims to provide stakeholders with timely, accurate, and consistent data to encourage more effective agricultural policies.
  • By consolidating data from various sources, such as prices, production, yield, area, and trade, UPAg offers a comprehensive overview of agricultural goods, ensuring that information is easily accessible.

2. ‘Swachhata Pakhwada-2023’ Initiated by Ministry of Railways

  • The Ministry of Railways, committed to cleanliness, has begun the Swachhata Pakhwada 2023 campaign starting from 15th September 2023.
  • Typically observed from 116th to 30th September, the Ministry has extended Swachhata Pakhwada 2023 until 2nd October in alignment with Mahatma Gandhi’s Jayanti. South Western Railway led the awards last year, followed by Western and North Eastern Railways.

State News
3. 108-Feet Adi Shankaracharya Statue to be Unveiled by Shivraj Singh Chouhan

  • Madhya Pradesh’s Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, is set to inaugurate a grand 108-foot statue of renowned philosopher Adi Shankaracharya in Omkareshwar on September 18, titled “Eaktmta Ki Pratima” (Statue of Oneness).
  • This impressive statue honors Adi Shankaracharya, who left Omkareshwar at age 12 and traveled throughout India promoting the Advaita Vedanta philosophy.

4. Trade Deficit for India Decreases in September

  • In September 2023, India’s merchandise exports dropped by 6.86% to $34.48 billion year-on-year. Sectors like Non-petroleum and non-gems and jewellery saw this decline.
  • Both imports and exports decreased, but the trade deficit for September 2023 shrank to $24.16 billion, marking a 2.8% improvement from the previous year. Total exports and imports for the month were $60.87 billion and $72.50 billion, respectively, resulting in a trade deficit of $11.63 billion.

Important Days News
5. Interventional Cardiology Day Commemorated

  • Annually observed on 16 September, the International Day for Interventional Cardiology celebrates the crucial contributions of interventional cardiology to global heart health.
  • This day commemorates Dr. Andreas Grüntzig’s groundbreaking coronary angioplasty performed on 16 September 1977. The General Assembly established this day in September 2022 to raise awareness about cardiovascular diseases and their prevention.

6. World Ozone Day Highlights

  • Celebrated every 116th September, World Ozone Day emphasizes the critical role of the ozone layer in Earth’s protection.
  • This year’s theme, “Montreal Protocol: Fixing the Ozone Layer and Reducing Climate Change”, underlines the significance of the Montreal Protocol. This day originated from alarming discoveries in the 70s and 80s about the ozone layer’s depletion over Antarctica.

Schemes News
7. Kalaignar Women’s Rights Fund Scheme Unveiled by Tamil Nadu CM

  • Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister MK Stalin introduced the “Kalaignar Magalir Urimai Thogai Thittam” scheme on C N Annadurai’s birth anniversary to improve women’s lives in the state.
  • This program aims to provide a monthly support of ₹1,000 to eligible women beneficiaries. This initiative pays tribute to the late DMK leader M Karunanidhi, fondly known as “Kalaignar”. An impressive 1.06 crore women are expected to benefit, with payments disbursed through Direct Benefit Transfer.

Ranks and Reports News
8. Infosys Recognized in TIME’s ‘World’s Best Companies Of 2023’

  • Based in Bengaluru, Infosys has secured a place on TIME magazine’s prestigious ‘The World’s Best Companies of 2023’ list, achieving the 64th rank.
  • With remarkable growth, Infosys also ranked 135th in sustainability and 103rd in employee satisfaction. This recognition resulted from a meticulous evaluation carried out by TIME in collaboration with Statista.

9. India Tops in Grassroot Adoption of Cryptocurrency

  • Chainalysis’ 2023 Global Crypto Adoption Index ranked India first among 154 countries in grassroots cryptocurrency adoption, demonstrating resilience despite regulatory challenges.
  • India excelled in four major areas, moving up from its fourth position last year, reflecting the nation’s growing acceptance of cryptocurrency. Following India in the rankings are Nigeria, Vietnam, the United States, and Ukraine.

Awards News
10. Erica Robin Wins Miss Universe Pakistan 2023

  • Erica Robin from Karachi was crowned “Miss Universe Pakistan 2023”, marking her as the first Pakistani woman to receive this accolade.
  • Jessica Wilson secured the first runner-up position, with Hira Inam, Malyka Alvi, and Sabrina Wasim completing the list of finalists. Robin is set to represent Pakistan in the global Miss Universe competition in El Salvador, marking Pakistan’s debut in this prestigious beauty pageant.

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