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

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

National Updates

1. Nataraja Statue Graces G20 Summit Location

  • The grandeur of G20 Summit will be magnified by a 27-foot Nataraja statue that depicts Lord Shiva in his cosmic dance form. Made of ashtadhatu, a composite of eight metals, this 18-tonne marvel was ferried to Delhi on a trailer with 36 tires.
  • Marrying age-old craftsmanship with contemporary aesthetics, the sculpture draws inspiration from ancient Nataraja idols. It is the brainchild of distinguished sculptors Srikanda Sthapathy, Radhakrishna Sthapathy, and Swaminatha Sthapathy, who are siblings.
  • Employing the age-old ‘lost-wax’ casting technique of the Chola dynasty, the initial idea was to forge the statue in panja loha. However, it was eventually cast in ashtadhatu. This majestic piece is appraised at Rs 10 crore, inclusive of GST.

Regional Headlines

2. Zayed Charity Marathon to Debut in Kerala in 2024

  • Kerala is set to host the inaugural run of the Zayed Charity Marathon in 2024, as revealed by its Higher Organising Committee.
  • The event signifies the burgeoning ties between Kerala’s authorities and the Indian expatriates in the UAE, accentuating the cultural and economic affinities.
  • Proceeds from the marathon will be allocated to bolster Kerala’s healthcare, primarily pioneering cancer research. Additionally, participants have an opportunity to win from a whopping prize pool of AED1 million.

3. Poila Baisakh Recognized as West Bengal’s Foundation Day

  • The West Bengal legislative assembly has taken a significant decision to celebrate Poila Baisakh, the Bengali New Year, as the state’s official foundation day on April 15th. This decision faced a few dissenting voices.
  • The proposal recommends observing Poila Baisakh as ‘Bangla Diwas’ and adopting Rabindranath Tagore’s iconic ‘Banglar Mati, Banglar Jol‘ as the state anthem. The resolution garnered 167 affirmatives from the 294-member assembly, although unanimity was absent.

Economic Bulletins

4. NPCI Introduces ‘Hello UPI’ and ‘Bharat BillPay Connect’

  • During the Global Fintech Fest, the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) unveiled two revolutionary conversational payment platforms: ‘Hello UPI’ and ‘Bharat BillPay Connect’.
  • ‘Hello UPI’ facilitates payments through conversational engagements with users’ mobile gadgets, aiding them in an array of transactions ranging from dining to peer-to-peer payments.
  • ‘Bharat BillPay Connect’, on the other hand, streamlines bill payments with voice-activated assistants like Alexa, delivering a seamless transactional experience.

5. Revised GST Guidelines for Online Gaming and Casinos

  • The Finance Ministry has disseminated an update concerning GST provisions for online gaming and casino activities.
  • A cardinal change obligates gamblers to remit GST on the complete chip value upon purchase.
  • The insertion of clauses 31B and 31C in the GST rules ensures that any grievances presented by clients are included in the overall tally, fostering an integrated taxation perspective.

Conference and Summit Updates

6. 20th ASEAN-India Summit and 18th East Asia Summit Witness Participation from Prime Minister Modi

  • Prime Minister Modi actively engaged with ASEAN counterparts during the 20th ASEAN-India Summit, reinforcing the comprehensive strategic partnership between the territories.
  • In the 18th East Asia Summit, he emphasized the paramountcy of the EAS platform, India’s commitment to strengthening it, and endorsed ASEAN. Mr. Modi championed a collaborative Indo-Pacific framework.
  • Furthermore, he accentuated collaborations to address global challenges, such as terrorism and climate changes, and spotlighted India’s pioneering ventures in these sectors.

Notable Days & Events

7. Celebrating International Literacy Day 2023

  • Marked on September 8, International Literacy Day underscores the essence of literacy in fostering a respectful, rights-based, and sustainable global society. UNESCO commemorates this day with international and regional events.
  • The theme for 2023, ‘Promoting literacy for a world in transition: Building the foundation for sustainable and peaceful societies’, will be revered universally. On this occasion, UNESCO will accolade this year’s most exemplary literacy initiatives.
  • The inception of International Literacy Day can be traced back to 1966 when, at its 14th conference, UNESCO established this annual celebration. The maiden observance transpired in 1967.
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