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Daily Current Affairs 18th August 2023: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 18th August 2023. It includes all Major National, International, Business, and Sports related current affairs of 18th August 2023. We have briefly explained every current affairs matter to help you further understand your general knowledge. Once you have gone through these current affairs, we would recommend that you try the 18th August 2023 Current Affairs test.

National News
1. Approval for the PMeBus Sewa Scheme by Union Cabinet: A Leap for Electric Public Transit

  • Marking a significant stride in modernizing urban transit and encouraging electric transport, the Union Cabinet has sanctioned the “PMeBus Sewa” program.
  • The strategy entails the introduction of 10,000 electric buses via a Public-Private Collaboration framework.
  • The estimated expenditure for the PMeBus Sewa program stands at Rs 57,613 crore, with the Central government pledging a contribution of Rs 20,000 crore. The initiative is spread across a decade.
  • Targeting cities with populations over three lakh according to the 2011 census, including Union Territories’ capitals, the North Eastern Region, and Mountainous States, it particularly focuses on urban centers without systematic bus services.
  • The strategy’s rollout is expected to generate between 45,000 and 55,000 direct employment opportunities.

2. Mayem in Goa: The Site of India’s Premier Village Atlas

  • Goa’s Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant, presented the Mayem Village Biodiversity Atlas.
  • This unique atlas encompasses an extensive sociocultural lineage dating back to the 12th century, standing as an incredible wellspring of historical and ecological information.
  • Recognized as the debut village atlas in India, this document provides a detailed chronicle of Mayem village’s transformative journey.
  • The atlas digs deep, revealing a sociocultural mosaic that has been intricately assembled across ages.

International News

3. OpenAI’s Initial Purchase is of an AI-Driven Design Firm

  • OpenAI has effectively taken over Global Illumination, a pioneering New York-based startup leveraging AI to develop pioneering creative instruments, digital interfaces, and sturdy frameworks.
  • Initiated in 2021 by the visionary triad, Thomas Dimson, Taylor Gordon, and Joey Flynn, Global Illumination quickly distinguished itself in the tech landscape.
  • Their impressive suite includes tools created for industry giants like Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Google, Pixar, and Riot Games.
  • OpenAI, a U.S.-situated AI research entity, is resolute about propelling AI.
  • Incepted in 2015, its notable achievements include the launch of ChatGPT, a revolutionary chatbot released in November 2022.

Significant Days News

4. Commemorating World Humanitarian Day 2023: Overview and Importance

  • Annually on August 19, the global community unites to laud humanitarians, relentless in their endeavors to uplift individuals affected by crises.
  • The spirit of World Humanitarian Day celebrates the indomitable will of these champions who, amidst adversities, remain committed to their humanitarian objectives.
  • The 2023 theme, “No Matter What,” embodies the enduring commitment of global humanitarians.

Sports News

5. Four-Year Suspension for Dutee Chand After Dope Test Failure

    li>Renowned Indian sprinter Dutee Chand, celebrated as the quickest Indian woman sprinter and custodian of the national 100m benchmark, faces a four-year prohibition after an adverse result in a doping test taken outside of competition.
  • The assessment detected selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs), prompting the suspension verdict.
  • The prohibition, starting from January 3, 2023, arises from her positive test for SARMs on December 5, 2022.
  • Consequently, her achievements post the sample collection will be nullified.
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