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Daily Current Affairs 8th May 2023: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 8th May 2023. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 8th 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 8th May 2023 Current affairs test.



1. Carlos Alcaraz Clinches Madrid Open 2023 Title

  • Carlos Alcaraz, a renowned tennis player from Spain, has triumphantly retained his championship at the Madrid Open 2023. This win marks his fourth ATP Tour title this year, taking his career total to ten. In the ultimate match, he bested Jan-Lennard Struff from Germany with scores of 6-4, 3-6, and 6-3.
  • On the women’s side, Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus secured the singles championship of the Madrid Open 2023.
  • Other victors included:
  • Men’s doubles champions: Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev
  • Women’s doubles champions: Victoria Azarenka and Beatriz Haddad Maia

Science & Technology

2. NASA’s Tropical Storm Satellites Launched by Rocket Lab

  • Rocket Lab has propelled two NASA satellites into space with the mission of observing tropical storms and hurricanes. These CubeSats are the pioneering satellites of NASA’s TROPICS network. The Rocket Lab Electron rocket, which carried the satellites, was launched from New Zealand.
  • The primary objective of this initiative is to enhance storm predictions and to gain a deeper understanding of the development and escalation of tropical storms.
  • The entire TROPICS network will be composed of four CubeSats orbiting at a low Earth altitude.

National News

3. Chandigarh Unveils India’s Premier Air Force Heritage Centre

  • The Defence Minister of India, Rajnath Singh, has unveiled an unparalleled Air Force Heritage Centre in Chandigarh. This establishment resulted from a collaboration agreement between Chandigarh’s Union Territory and the Indian Air Force, formalized in the preceding year.
  • Covering an expansive 17,000 square feet, it stands as the IAF’s maiden heritage center. It visually represents the IAF’s significant roles during the wars in 1965, 1971, the Kargil conflict, and the Balakot airstrike, using murals and miniatures.
  • The center displays an array of attractions like aircraft replicas, aero engines, and armaments, inclusive of the Gryazev-Shipunov dual-barreled guns.
  • Implementing advanced technologies like augmented and virtual reality, holography, and interactive kiosks, it offers comprehensive insights into the IAF’s history. Visitors can also enjoy flight simulators for an authentic flying experience. Furthermore, the exhibit features five antique aircraft and SAM-III Pechora missiles.

Notable Dates

4. World Red Cross Day 2023 Celebrated on May 8

  • Every year, the 8th of May is observed as World Red Cross Day, commemorating the birth of its founder, Henry Dunant. It’s also popularly known as Red Crescent Day.
  • This year’s theme for the day is ‘Everything we do comes #fromtheheart’.
  • The day pays homage to the significant humanitarian efforts of the International Red Cross, which offers services irrespective of racial, religious, or political differences.

5. Observance of World Thalassaemia Day 2023 on May 8

  • May 8th is also marked annually as World Thalassaemia Day, aiming to elevate awareness about the condition and its available treatments.
  • The theme for 2023 is “Be aware. Share. Care: Strengthening Education to Bridge the Thalassaemia Care Gap.”
  • Initiated by Panos Englezos, the founder and president of the Thalassemia International Federation, in 1994, this day highlights thalassemia, a hereditary blood condition passed down through generations.
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