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Daily Current Affairs 17th April 2023: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 17th April 2023. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 17th April 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 17th April 2023 Current affairs test.


Honours & Awards

1. Rajasthan’s Nandini Gupta Wins Femina Miss India World 2023 Title

  • 19-year-old Nandini Gupta from Kota, Rajasthan, bagged the title of Femina Miss India World 2023 during its 59th edition.
  • Delhi’s Shreya Poonja and Thounaojam Strela Luwang from Manipur secured positions as the first and second runners-up, respectively.
  • Gupta is a Business Management graduate.
  • The event took place at the Indoor Stadium, Khuman Lampak in Imphal, Manipur.

National Affairs

2. US Tops India’s Trade Partners List for FY23

  • The commerce ministry’s preliminary data highlights that trade between India and the US grew by 7.65% to reach USD 128.55 billion in the fiscal year 2022-23, up from USD 119.5 billion the previous year.
  • The US now stands as India’s primary trade partner for 2022-23.
  • Comparatively, trade with China decreased by roughly 1.5%, settling at USD 113.83 billion.
  • Following China, the UAE (USD 76.16 billion) and Saudi Arabia were other significant trading partners.

International Affairs

3. Syria Transforms into Dominant ‘Narco-State’

  • Syria’s economic stability is now predominantly tied to the production and export of Captagon, labeling it as the leading narco-state.
  • The UNODC (2021) has classified Captagon as an illegal drug. It is a man-made stimulant that combines elements of amphetamine and caffeine.
  • Per the Collins Dictionary, a “narco-state” describes a country where a large part of its economy revolves around the illegal drug trade.

Science & Technology

4. IIT Hyderabad Welcomes DRDO’s Industry Academia Centre of Excellence

  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) Industry Academia Centre of Excellence (DIA-CoE) was unveiled at the Indian Institute of Technology in Hyderabad.
  • Dr. Samir V Kamat, the DRDO Chairman, marked the launch at the IIT-Hyderabad campus in Sangareddy, Telangana.
  • The government is pursuing visionary projects that support long-term research essential for the DRDO.
  • Among the 15 CoEs nationally, the DIA CoE at IITH is the most extensive.

Appointments and Resignations

5. RBI Greenlights Sekhar Rao as Karnataka Bank’s Interim MD and CEO

  • The Reserve Bank of India endorsed Sekhar Rao’s appointment as the interim Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Karnataka Bank.
  • Rao’s tenure is fixed for three months or until a permanent MD and CEO is selected, whichever comes first.
  • He takes over from Mahabaleshwara M S, whose term concluded.
  • Before this, Rao held the position of the bank’s executive director.

Significant Days

6. Observance of World Hemophilia Day on 17 April

  • World Hemophilia Day is commemorated annually on April 17.
  • Goal: To raise consciousness about hemophilia and related inherited bleeding disorders like the Von Willebrand disease.
  • 2023’s Theme: Access for All: Prevention of Bleeds as the Global Standard of Care
  • The World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) designated this day in 1989, marking it in respect of its founder, Frank Schnabel.
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