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Daily Current Affairs 9th December 2023: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 9th December2023. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 9th December2023. 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 December2023 Current affairs test.


National News

1. India-ADB Loan for Madhya Pradesh Roads

  • India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have secured a $175 million loan to enhance Madhya Pradesh’s road network.
  • The project entails upgrading around 500 km of roads to two-lane standards, with a focus on climate resilience and disaster readiness.
  • ADB will also bolster the capabilities of the Madhya Pradesh Road Development Corporation Limited in areas like climate response and road safety.
  • The initiative includes adopting eco-friendly road building methods, establishing electric vehicle charging facilities, and emphasizing gender equality and social inclusion.

2. ADB’s $98 Million Loan for Horticulture in India

  • The Asian Development Bank approved a $98 million loan to enhance access to certified disease-free planting materials for horticulture farmers in India.
  • This loan supports the Atmanirbhar Clean Plant Program, aiming to establish centers for disease-free planting materials and a related certification scheme.
  • At least six centers equipped with modern diagnostic tools and expert staff will be set up.
  • The project also focuses on developing regulatory frameworks, accrediting private nurseries, and implementing a certification scheme for clean plants.

3. Amrit Bharat Station Scheme by Indian Railways

  • The Ministry of Railways introduced the Amrit Bharat Station Scheme for the development of stations across Indian Railways.
  • A total of 1309 stations are earmarked for development under this initiative.
  • The scheme incorporates various development models, including EPC, non-EPC, and some under Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

4. One Bharat Sari Walkathon

  • The Ministry of Textiles is organizing India’s largest ‘One Bharat Sari Walkathon’ in Mumbai to promote handloom sari culture and support local craftsmanship.
  • The event aims to highlight diverse sari-wearing styles, cultural richness, and advocate for women’s fitness.
  • It is anticipated to draw over 5000 women from various backgrounds.

5. Uttarakhand Global Investors Summit 2023

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Uttarakhand Global Investors Summit 2023’ themed ‘Peace to Prosperity.’
  • The summit aims to position Uttarakhand as a prime investment location, focusing on growth, development, and employment opportunities.
  • Notable industry leaders, including Shri Pranav Adani, discussed Uttarakhand’s potential for private investment.

6. UNESCO Honors Garba Dance

  • UNESCO listed Gujarat’s Garba dance in its Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
  • Garba, a traditional folk dance of Gujarat, marks India’s 15th element on UNESCO’s list.
  • The Indian government, in collaboration with the Gujarat government, submitted the nomination.

7. Debt Treatment Plan for Sri Lanka

  • Sri Lanka reached a preliminary agreement with India and the Paris Club on a debt treatment plan, aiding its recovery process with the IMF.
  • The agreement aligns with the IMF’s Extended Fund Facility arrangement with Sri Lanka.
  • The Official Creditor Committee, led by India, Japan, and France, facilitated this accord.

8. India-UAE Green Credit Initiative at COP-28

  • India’s Prime Minister and the UAE President co-hosted a ‘Green Credits Programme’ event at COP-28 in Dubai.
  • The initiative encourages eco-friendly practices, covering areas like tree plantation and sustainable agriculture.
  • India’s Green Credit Programme, initiated in 2023, complements this global effort.

9. New Zealand’s Stance on Smoking Ban

  • New Zealand’s new government revoked the proposed smoking ban for individuals born after January 1, 2009.
  • The original ban aimed at deterring youth from smoking.

10. Maharashtra’s Educational Initiatives

  • Maharashtra Governor Ramesh Bais introduced five educational programs focused on comprehensive student development, such as promoting cleanliness and reading culture.

11. ‘The Hump WWII Museum’ in Arunachal Pradesh

  • Chief Minister Pema Khandu and US Ambassador Eric Garcetti inaugurated this museum dedicated to the Allied Forces airmen who served in WWII.
  • The museum is the second of its kind in Asia, emphasizing the history of the critical air route known as ‘The Hump.’

12. First Female Director General of ICFRE

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  • Kanchan Devi, an Indian Forest Service officer, has been appointed as the first female Director General of the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education.
  • With over three decades of forestry experience, she has made significant contributions to forest management and research.

13. Indian Immunologicals’ New Vaccine ‘Mabella’

  • Indian Immunologicals launched ‘Mabella,’ a measles and rubella vaccine for children, developed in partnership with Vietnam’s Polyvac Institute.

14. Taylor Swift as Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

  • Taylor Swift was honored as Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” for 2023, her second time receiving this recognition.
  • Her first award was in 2017 as part of the Silence Breakers for speaking out against sexual misconduct.
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