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Daily Current Affairs 9th April, 2024: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 9th April, 2024. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 9th April, 2024. 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 9th April, 2024 Current affairs test.

National News

Pune Hosts Yoga Mahotsav Leading Up to International Yoga Day

  • Pune, in the state of Maharashtra, celebrated the Yoga Mahotsav, which commenced the 75-day countdown to International Day of Yoga.
  • This event was put together by the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga along with the National Institute of Naturopathy under the Ministry of Ayush.
  • A vast number of individuals participated, engaging in the Common Yoga Protocol (CYP) activities from 6:00 AM on April 7, highlighting yoga’s increasing appeal.

India Obtains Control Over Second International Port: MEA Sanctions Sittwe Agreement

  • Through a decisive action aimed at expanding its maritime influence and improving regional connections, India has secured operational rights over Myanmar’s Sittwe Port.
  • This was made possible following the Ministry of External Affairs’ (MEA) approval. The management of the port, located along the Kaladan River, will be under India Ports Global (IPGL), a firm wholly owned by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.
  • This marks India’s second acquisition of an international port, following the Chabahar Port in Iran.

International News

John Alfred Tinniswood, Aged 111, Recognized as World’s Oldest Living Man

  • The Guinness World Records announced that John Alfred Tinniswood, a 111-year-old man from England, has been recognized as the world’s oldest living man.
  • Tinniswood shared his secrets to longevity and offered advice for living a long life in a video.

China Overtakes India as Top Importer of Russian Crude Oil

  • China has become the leading importer of Russian crude oil via maritime transport, with March figures showing China importing 1.82 million barrels per day (bpd), surpassing India’s imports of 1.36 million bpd.
  • The change is attributed to a reduction in India’s imports, influenced by sanctions and increased prices.

Appointments News

Manoj Panda Appointed to the Finance Commission by the Centre

  • Manoj Panda has been appointed to fill an empty slot in the Sixteenth Finance Commission, allowing it to begin its responsibilities.
  • Panda is a respected economist and the former head of the Institute of Economic Growth, joining as a permanent member.

Banking News

Record Surge in Mudra Loans Exceeds ₹5 Lakh Crore in FY24

  • According to recent government figures, there has been a historic increase in small business loans under the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) in FY24, surpassing the ₹5 lakh crore mark.
  • The total disbursements reached ₹5.20 lakh crore, significantly higher than the ₹4.40 lakh crore disbursed in the previous fiscal year, with women making up nearly 70% of the loan recipients.

Consumer Confidence Boosted, RBI Survey Reveals

  • The Reserve Bank of India’s survey from March 2024 shows a notable rise in consumer confidence looking forward.
  • The Future Expectations Index (FEI) increased by 2.1 points, reaching 125.2, the highest since mid-2019, reflecting positive sentiments towards the economic situation, job prospects, and spending capabilities.

RBI Announces Measures on NBFCs Registration

  • The Reserve Bank of India has announced important regulatory measures concerning the registration of non-banking financial companies (NBFCs).
  • It has revoked the certificates of four NBFCs and accepted the voluntary license surrender from 11 others due to various reasons, including exiting the business and amalgamation.

Defence News

‘Parivartan Chintan’: First Tri-Service Planning Conference Held

  • The Ministry of Defence hosted the first Tri-Service Planning Conference, named ‘Parivartan Chintan,’ in New Delhi on April 8, 2024.
  • The conference aimed to promote unity and integration within the Indian Armed Forces, aligning with efforts to establish unified theatre commands.

Indian Army Strengthens Air Defence with Igla-S MANPADS

  • The Indian Army has significantly enhanced its Very Short Range Air Defence (VSHORAD) capabilities by acquiring Igla-S Man Portable Air Defence Systems (MANPADS) from Russia.
  • This acquisition includes 120 launchers and 400 missiles, marking a considerable improvement over previous systems.

Awards News

Aleksei Navalny and Yulia Navalnaya Awarded Freedom Prize

  • The late Russian opposition figure Aleksei Navalny and his spouse, Yulia Navalnaya, will be posthumously honored with the Freedom Prize by the Ludwig Erhard Summit, a prestigious German forum.
  • This award is given annually to individuals who have significantly contributed to promoting freedom of speech, dialogue, and democracy.

Science and Technology News

TASL Launches TSAT-1A, India’s First Private Sector-Built Earth Observation Satellite

  • Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL), in partnership with Satellogic, has launched TSAT-1A, the first sub-metre resolution surveillance satellite built by India’s private sector.
  • This launch represents a pivotal moment in India’s space exploration efforts, enhancing the country’s surveillance capabilities.

Obituaries News

Cinematography Icon Gangu Ramsay Dies at 83

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  • Gangu Ramsay, a pivotal figure in Indian cinematography and filmmaking, has died at the age of 83 in Mumbai.
  • As a key member of the Ramsay Brothers banner, he played a significant role in the production of over 50 iconic films.

Miscellaneous News

Celebrating Gangaur Festival 2024: Traditions and Significance

  • The Gangaur festival, a significant celebration in Rajasthan, honors the divine union of Lord Shiva (Gan) and Goddess Parvati (Gauri).
  • It symbolizes marital bliss and well-being, playing a crucial role in the cultural landscape of Rajasthan.

British Adventurer Becomes First to Run Across Africa

  • Russ Cook, a British national also known as the “Hardest Geezer,” has completed a remarkable feat by running the entire length of Africa in 352 days.
  • Covering over 10,000 miles across 16 countries and taking more than 19 million steps, he faced numerous challenges, including health issues and an armed robbery, to raise funds for charity.
  • Cook’s journey started in South Africa and ended in Tunisia, marking a significant achievement.
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