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

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This post contains important current affairs of 9th February 2023. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 9th February 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 9th February 2023 Current affairs test.

 

National News

1. Visva-Bharati’s Pursuit of “Living Heritage University” Recognition

  • The prestigious “Living Heritage University” title is on the horizon for Visva-Bharati University, West Bengal, with the expected endorsement from UNESCO in April or May 2023.
  • Founded by the literary luminary Rabindranath Tagore in 1921, the institution transitioned to a Central University in 1951 via a legislative enactment.
  • The privilege of nominating the Vice-chancellor of the University is vested in the President of India.
  • Insight into UNESCO: Constituted on November 16, 1945, UNESCO, with its headquarters in Paris, is currently under the stewardship of Director-General Audrey Azoulay, boasting a membership of 193 countries.

International News

2. Tokamak Energy’s Revolutionary ‘Super’ Magnets from the UK

  • British enterprise, Tokamak Energy, has unveiled the world’s inaugural ‘Super’ magnets, engineered for nuclear fusion reactors’ trials.
  • Dubbed the Demo4 magnet, it brandishes a magnetic field strength approximately a million-fold stronger than Earth’s, optimizing it for nuclear fusion plasma containment.
  • Nuclear fusion’s potential as a pinnacle of clean energy has been under the research lens since the 1950s.
  • With ambitions set high, Tokamak Energy is on track to become the world’s first private entity to harness commercial fusion energy by the early 2030s.
  • Snapshot of the UK: London serves as its capital, with Pound sterling as its official currency, and the country’s leadership is currently held by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

Banking & Finance

3. MobiKwik Spearheads UPI Integration for Credit Cards

  • In a pioneering move, MobiKwik has launched RuPay Credit Cards on UPI, marking its position as the first Indian fintech to achieve this feat.
  • Users now have the facility to seamlessly connect their RuPay Credit Cards to their UPI IDs.
  • MobiKwik patrons can initiate transactions using the UPI QR code and the associated UPI PIN.
  • This integration, in congruence with NPCI’s overarching vision, seeks to democratize access to financial services.

Appointment and Resignation

4. Apsara Iyer’s Historic Elevation to Harvard Law Review Presidency

  • Apsara A. Iyer, a distinguished second-year scholar at Harvard Law School, has been chosen as the President of Harvard Law Review, breaking the glass ceiling as its first female leader in 136 years.
  • She is set to succeed Priscilla Coronado.
  • The esteemed journal traces its legacy back to 1887, with Apsara being its 137th president.
  • Other Landmark Appointments: Janani Ramachandran emerges as the pioneering LGBTQ woman of color in California’s city council. Sonia Guajajara helms Brazil’s brand-new Ministry of Indigenous People. PT Usha is crowned as the Indian Olympic Association’s inaugural female president. Captain Surbhi Jakhmola pioneers as a woman officer at BRO. Santhi Kumari becomes the first-ever female chief secretary of Telangana. Manpreet Monica Singh is recognized as the first female Sikh judge in the US.

5. Fresh Wave of Appointments in the Banking Realm

  • V Ramachandra joins the Advisory Committee of both SIFL and SEFL following RBI’s guidance.
  • Prabdev Singh has been entrusted with the CEO mantle at JP Morgan Chase & Co (India).
  • Michael Patra continues his tenure as the RBI Deputy Governor.
  • Surbhi Chawla is inaugurated as the chief of Paytm Payments Bank Limited.
  • Nalin Negi ascends as the provisional CEO at BharatPe.

6. RBI’s Innovative Approach: Dispensing Coins via QR Code

  • RBI is all set to launch a QR Code-centric Coin Vending Machine in collaboration with premier banks to streamline coin distribution.
  • The initial deployment will encompass 19 locations across 12 cities in India.
  • The QCVM, a pioneering cashless coin dispensing mechanism, will facilitate coin access by debiting the user’s bank accounts via UPI, eliminating the need for traditional currency notes.

Defense

7. Defence Ministry and L&T’s Collaboration for Modular Bridges

  • A collaboration between the Ministry of Defence and corporate giant Larsen & Toubro will culminate in the creation of 41 Modular Bridges for the Corps of Engineers in the Indian Army, with an estimated budget of ₹2,585 crore.
  • The design blueprint, crafted by DRDO, has been entrusted to L&T for execution.
  • The comprehensive bridge kit will include an array of carrier and launcher vehicles.

Science & Technology

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8. Skye Air Unveils India’s Maiden Drone Traffic System

  • Skye Air has introduced ‘Skye UTM’, a trailblazing drone-centric traffic management system in India, inaugurated by Nitin Gadkari, the Minister of Road Transport and Highways.
  • Fueled by Cloud technology, Skye UTM integrates drone traffic with conventional aviation airspace.
  • The system equips drone operators with tools for optimal route planning, flight trajectory plotting, and risk assessment.
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