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Daily Current Affairs 24th August 2023: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 24th August 2023. It includes all Major National, International, Business, and Sports related current affairs of 24th 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 24th August 2023 Current Affairs test.

International News
1. US FDA Greenlights Pfizer’s Vaccine for Maternal RSV Protection in Infants

  • The United States Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first immunization aimed at preventing Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) associated Lower Respiratory Tract Diseases (LRTD) and severe conditions in infants from birth to six months.
  • Marking a significant development in maternal and infant health, this is the first vaccine authorized specifically for pregnant women, to be administered between the 32nd and 36th weeks of pregnancy via a single muscle injection.
  • RSV often leads to lower respiratory infections like bronchiolitis and pneumonia in infants, particularly hazardous during the initial three months after birth.

2. Global Spread of African Swine Fever Hits 49 Countries Since Last Year

  • African Swine Fever (ASF), a highly infectious disease, has been spreading worldwide since its comeback in January 2021, affecting 49 countries as of August 2023.
  • Known for almost 100% mortality in domestic and wild pigs, the disease has decimated over 1.5 million pigs in this period.
  • The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) published an in-depth report on August 21, 2023, highlighting the concerning extent of the outbreak.

State News

3. Inauguration of Kerala’s First AI-based School in Thiruvananthapuram

  • Kerala has opened its first Artificial Intelligence-based educational institution at Santhigiri Vidyabhavan in Thiruvananthapuram, unveiled by the former Indian President, Ram Nath Kovind.
  • The school, developed by iLearning Engines and Vedhik eSchool partnership, sets a new standard in education, offering students an exceptional learning environment rooted in AI.
  • The school complies with the National School Accreditation Standards and is aligned with the revolutionary National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, aiming for educational excellence.

4. RBI Sanctions Fusion of Twin Cities Co-operative Urban Bank and Kranti Co-operative Urban Bank

  • The Reserve Bank of India authorized the voluntary merging of Twin Cities Co-operative Urban Bank Ltd and Kranti Co-operative Urban Bank Ltd.
  • The consolidation plan will be effective starting August 23, 2023, streamlining the urban cooperative banking sector.
  • Post-merger, the Twin Cities Co-operative Urban Bank’s branches will operate as those of Kranti Co-operative Urban Bank, ensuring uninterrupted banking services for customers.

Summits and Conferences News

5. Upcoming Launch of ‘Mera Bill Mera Adhikar’ Invoice Incentive Scheme

  • The Indian government is about to introduce ‘Mera Bill Mera Adhikar,’ an innovative initiative geared towards financial transparency and consumer empowerment.
  • The scheme, which is scheduled to kick off on September 1, encourages people to ask for invoices when making purchases.
  • Conceived by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), the program offers cash rewards ranging from ₹10,000 to a staggering ₹1 crore, distributed via monthly and quarterly lucky draws.

6. 2023 BRICS Summit Focuses on Empowering Global South and Expansion Plans

  • The 15th BRICS Summit was held in Johannesburg and was attended by the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
  • This was the first physical gathering of the BRICS leaders since 2019, and it aimed to discuss shared global issues and consider expanding the coalition.
  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted India’s accelerated economic growth and aspirations to achieve a $5 trillion economy shortly.

Sports News

7. Global Suspension of India’s Wrestling Federation

  • The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), responsible for governing wrestling activities in India, has had its membership suspended by United World Wrestling (UWW) due to unresolved controversies and delays in holding mandatory elections.
  • Initially scheduled for June 2023, the WFI elections have been postponed repeatedly, leading to legal challenges and protests.
  • The suspension disallows Indian wrestlers from representing the country at the upcoming World Championships, forcing them to compete as ‘neutral athletes.’

Science and Technology News

8. ISRO’s Chandrayaan-3 Mission Becomes the Most Streamed Live Event on YouTube

  • The live broadcast of ISRO’s Chandrayaan-3 soft landing on August 23, 2023, set a new record for peak concurrent viewership on YouTube, attracting over 80 lakh viewers.
  • It surpassed various high-profile live streams including FIFA World Cup 2022 matches and other globally significant events.

9. ISRO to Launch Aditya-L1 Sun Observing Mission in Early September

  • Hours after the successful landing of the Chandrayaan-3 mission, ISRO’s Chief S Somanath announced the imminent launch of the Aditya-L1 mission aimed at studying the Sun.
  • Aditya-L1, a follow-up to the 2015 AstroSat mission, will focus on various aspects of solar activity and will be launched using the PSLV XL rocket with seven onboard instruments.
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