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Daily Current Affairs 21st May 2023: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 21st May 2023. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 21st May 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 21st May 2023 Current affairs test.


Recognitions & Awards

1. IIFA 2023 to Commend Kamal Haasan with Distinguished Accomplishment

  • The esteemed actor, Kamal Haasan, is set to receive the Remarkable Achievement in Indian Cinema award at the 23rd IIFA Awards 2023, taking place in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
  • Over the years, he’s earned accolades such as the Padma Shri in 1990, the Padma Bhushan in 2014, and the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2016.
  • Additionally, Ritesh Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza are slated to get the Notable Achievement in Regional Cinema accolade.
  • Fashion in Cinema will see Manish Malhotra being acknowledged with a prominent achievement award.

Domestic Updates

2. Inaugural Commercial Flight Using Eco-Friendly Fuel Takes to Indian Skies

  • A pioneering commercial flight by AirAsia India, an Air India offshoot, recently flew between Pune and Mumbai using a domestically produced sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) blend.
  • Flight I5767 utilized a mix of SAF and conventional aviation turbine fuel.
  • This blend was facilitated by Indian Oil in collaboration with Praj Industries, who brought the requisite technology.
  • An overview of SAF:
    • Often called bio-jet fuel.
    • Manufactured from renewable biomass and waste materials.

3. ’75/25′ Campaign Rolled Out by Health Ministry

  • The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare introduced the “75/25” campaign, targeting the screening of 75 million individuals for hypertension and diabetes by 2025 using Standard Care.
  • As part of this initiative, the Shashakt Portal has been launched to train around 40,000 primary healthcare officers on the Standard Treatment Protocol for NCDs.
  • Updated operational guidelines for the NP-NCD program have also been unveiled by the ministry to expand its reach.

Banking & Monetary Updates

4. Central Government to Receive ₹87,416 Crore Dividend from RBI for Fiscal Year ’23

  • The Reserve Bank of India’s governing board has sanctioned a transfer of ₹87,416 crore as a surplus to the government for the financial year 2023, overshooting the budgeted amount by a significant 82%.
  • Initially, the national budget projected a combined dividend of ₹48,000 crore from RBI and state-run banks.
  • This sizable surplus contribution from RBI will support the government in streamlining its fiscal calculations.
  • For comparison, the previous fiscal saw RBI disbursing ₹30,307 crore to the government.

Innovations & Science Updates

5. Blue Origin, Owned by Jeff Bezos, Entrusted with NASA’s Artemis V Lunar Lander

  • For the Artemis V mission, aiming to land astronauts near the moon’s southern extremity by 2029, NASA has picked Blue Origin.
  • This partnership will furnish NASA with an alternative lunar transportation method.
  • Blue Origin is set to collaborate with multiple industry stakeholders such as Lockheed Martin, Draper, Boeing, Astrobotic, and Honeybee Robotics.
  • The company anticipates deploying its yet-to-be-launched New Glenn rocket to send both the lunar lander and its refueling counterpart.

Significant Days

6. May 21 Commemorates World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

  • Celebrated annually on May 21st, the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, often termed as Diversity Day, emphasizes the significance of cultural diversity in ensuring peace and sustainable growth.
  • The day was first pronounced by the United Nations General Assembly in 2002, subsequent to UNESCO endorsing the 2001 Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, underscoring the crucial role culture plays in fostering wealth, sustainable growth, and peaceful global coexistence.
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