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Daily Current Affairs 23rd August 2023: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 23rd August 2023. It includes all Major National, International, Business, and Sports related current affairs of 23rd 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 23rd August 2023 Current Affairs test.

International News

1. Thailand Elects Srettha Thavisin as Prime Minister

  • Following a significant win in a parliamentary election, Thai real estate magnate Srettha Thavisin has taken over as Thailand’s new Prime Minister. Winning two-thirds of the assembly’s votes, Thavisin has effectively put an end to the weeks of political instability that emerged after an election that took place 100 days earlier.
  • After finishing his education in 1986, Thavisin joined Procter & Gamble as an assistant product manager. During his four-year stint there, he gained important expertise.
  • Thavisin co-founded Sansiri, a leading real estate development company in Thailand, thereby leaving a lasting impact on the sector.

Banking News

2. YES BANK Unveils ‘IRIS’ Mobile App

  • Marking a monumental step in the Indian digital banking arena, YES BANK has launched IRIS, its revolutionary mobile banking app.
  • This groundbreaking app aims to redefine how customers interact with their banks by offering over 100 features at their fingertips. It combines unparalleled efficiency, personalization, and ease of use.
  • With an easy-to-navigate user interface, the app is equipped with robust security measures, such as Biometric Authentication, Sim-Binding, and 2-factor Verification.

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3. Sachin Tendulkar to Serve as Election Commission’s National Icon

  • Retired Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar will be the new national icon for the Election Commission (EC) to encourage voter participation.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding will be signed with Tendulkar in the capital city, formalizing a three-year partnership aimed at fostering voter education.
  • Given Tendulkar’s immense popularity and influence, especially among young people, his appointment is a strategic move to boost voter turnout.

Judicial Appointment

4. Justice Prakash Shrivastava Takes Over as NGT Chairperson

  • Justice Prakash Shrivastava has been named the Chairperson of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), succeeding the retired Justice A.K. Goel. In the interim, Justice Sheo Kumar Singh had served as Acting Chairperson.
  • Justice Shrivastava enrolled as an advocate on February 2, 1987, and has experience in Tax, Civil, and Constitutional law. He became a Judge of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh on January 18, 2008, and gained permanent status on January 15, 2010.

Important Days

5. Observance of the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

  • August 23 marks the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, with the theme for 2023 being “Fighting slavery’s legacy of racism through transformative education.”
  • The day remembers the 1791 uprising in Saint Domingue, now Haiti, which led to a revolution against the country’s ruling powers.
  • It serves as a day to both honor the victims of the slave trade and to renew our dedication to combating racism and inequality.

Sports News

6. Renaming of Khelo India Women’s League to Asmita Women’s League

  • Anurag Singh Thakur, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, announced that the esteemed Khelo India Women’s League will now be known as the “Asmita Women’s League.”
  • The acronym ASMITA stands for “Achieving Sports Milestone by Inspiring Women Through Action,” encapsulating the resilience, determination, and accomplishments of female athletes in India.
  • Thakur praised the Khelo India team for the innovative concept and appreciated the launch of the new Asmita Portal and logo as significant advancements in the digitalization of Indian sports.

Science and Technology News

7. Chandrayaan-3’s Upcoming Soft Landing on Moon

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  • India’s lunar exploration mission, Chandrayaan-3, is on the brink of making history by achieving a soft landing on the Moon, a feat that would set India apart.
  • Chandrayaan-3 aims for a controlled landing, to mobilize a rover, and to conduct scientific experiments.

8. Comparing Lunar-25 and Chandrayaan-3

  • Two significant lunar missions, Lunar-25 from Russia and Chandrayaan-3 from India, represent the tireless quest for extra-terrestrial knowledge.
  • While Lunar-25 has a launch weight of around 1,750 kg, a large part of which is fuel, Chandrayaan-3’s Vikram lander weighs roughly 1,752 kg, including a 26 kg Pragyan rover.
  • Lunar-25 is equipped with eight scientific instruments, including a Lunar Manipulator Complex for digging into the Moon’s soil. Chandrayaan-3 aims to maximize its operational lifespan on the Moon and is equipped with four scientific payloads.

Miscellaneous News

9. Inaugural Hydrogen Bus Trial in Leh, Ladakh

  • NTPC Limited, under the Ministry of Power, has initiated a landmark venture by commencing the trial run of India’s first hydrogen-powered bus in Leh, a region in the Union Territory of Ladakh.
  • This pioneering effort not only signifies the first use of hydrogen buses on public roads in India but also highlights NTPC’s dedication to promoting sustainability and reducing carbon footprints.
  • The hydrogen bus has reached Leh, marking the beginning of a significant three-month-long trial phase that includes extensive field testing, roadworthiness checks, and mandatory regulatory approvals.

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