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Daily Current Affairs 19th February 2023: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 19th February 2023. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 19th February 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 19th February 2023 Current affairs test.

 

International News

1. Bengaluru’s Position in Global Traffic Movement Rankings

  • Renowned as the Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru is now distinguished as the world’s second slowest city for vehicular traffic, where a mere 10 kilometers can consume 29 minutes and 10 seconds.
  • TomTom, a prominent Dutch multinational that excels in location technology, unveiled these insights in a recent report.
  • Pune, another Indian city, made its mark by ranking sixth, whereas Delhi and Mumbai clinched the 34th and 47th spots, respectively. The former required 22 minutes and 10 seconds, and the latter demanded just a tad less at 21 minutes and 10 seconds to traverse 10 kilometers.
  • London was declared the world’s slowest city, necessitating 36 minutes and 20 seconds for the same distance. It is worth noting that Dublin, Sapporo, Milan, Pune, Bucharest, Lima, Manila, and Bogota completed the top 10 list.

National Affairs

2. Launch of the UAE India Business Council – UAE Chapter

  • The UAE and India have embarked on a new phase in their economic partnership by introducing the UAE India Business Council – UAE Chapter (UIBC-UC).
  • This venture aspires to amplify bilateral trade and investments, with a vision to escalate bilateral trade to an impressive $100 billion and funnel $75 billion in investments from the UAE to India.
  • Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, the UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Trade, played a pivotal role in inaugurating the UIBC-UC in Dubai.

Science & Technology

3. Inception of the APJ Abdul Kalam Satellite Launch Vehicle Mission-2023

  • Chengalpattu, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, witnessed the unveiling of the APJ Abdul Kalam Satellite Launch Vehicle Mission 2023, a collaborative endeavor of the APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation, Space Zone India, and the Martin Foundation.
  • This pioneering satellite launch vehicle is designed to facilitate comprehensive weather research, scrutinize atmospheric conditions, and assess radiation levels.
  • It stands as a testament to the prowess of Indian students, as those from grades 6 to 12, spanning various regions of the country—including 200 from the fishermen’s community—actively participated in its design and construction.

Banking and Financial

4. Deliberations at the 49th GST Council Meeting in New Delhi

  • The 49th session of the GST Council convened in New Delhi, under the stewardship of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
  • The council emphasized the urgent need to establish appellate tribunals and devise concrete strategies to curb tax evasion, especially within the pan masala and gutkha sectors.
  • A prior meeting in December 2022 had witnessed the council’s endorsement of the decriminalization of three distinct types of offenses, encapsulating misconduct against officers in the line of duty and intentional tampering with crucial evidence.

Important Dates

5. Commemorating Soil Health Card Day 2023

  • February 19, 2023, marked the 8th observance of Soil Health Card Day, an event that celebrates the inception of the Soil Health Card Scheme.
  • This pivotal scheme furnishes farmers with comprehensive data regarding the nutrient composition of their soils and proffers recommendations for nutrient supplementation, aimed at revitalizing soil health.
  • In addition to this, the initiative encompasses provisions for financial aid to farmers, aiding them in the implementation of corrective interventions to rectify nutrient imbalances.
  • It’s noteworthy that this progressive scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Rajasthan back in 2015.
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