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

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This post contains important current affairs of 9th January2024. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 9th January2024. 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 January2024 Current affairs test.


National News

1. Kolkata Hosts Inaugural Inland Waterways Development Council Meeting

  • The Inland Waterways Authority of India, functioning under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, organized the first meeting of the Inland Waterways Development Council (IWDC) in Kolkata.
  • Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal presided over this landmark meeting, which saw participation from state representatives, central government officials, and industry experts aboard the MV Ganga Queen.
  • Key discussions included the launch of ecofriendly initiatives like the “Harit Nauka” for sustainable inland vessels and formulating a strategic plan for river cruise tourism development by 2047.

2. ONGC Commences Oil Extraction from Krishna Godavari Basin

  • Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), a leading energy enterprise in India, initiated oil extraction from the KGDWN 98/2 Block located in the Krishna Godavari basin near Kakinada coast in the Bay of Bengal.
  • This development marks a significant milestone in the advancement of India’s energy sector.

3. West Bengal Launches ‘Yogyasree’ Scheme for SC/ST Students

  • Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, introduced the ‘Yogyasree’ welfare scheme, targeting SC/ST students in the state.
  • The scheme offers free training for entrance and competitive examinations, aiming to improve the educational opportunities for these communities.

4. Kerala Teenager Sets Guinness World Record for Singing in 140 Languages

  • Suchetha Satish, a young talent from Kerala, achieved a Guinness World Record by performing songs in 140 different languages at the ‘Concert for Climate’ held in Dubai on November 24, 2023.

5. Rs 60,000 Crore Investment Announced for River Cruise Tourism and Green Vessels

  • Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal declared a significant investment of Rs 60,000 crore by 2047, dedicated to the development of river cruise tourism and green vessels in India.
  • This ambitious plan aims to enhance passenger capacity and generate employment opportunities, with Rs 45,000 crore specifically allocated for river cruise infrastructure.

6. Microsoft India’s ‘AI Odyssey’ to Train 100,000 Developers

  • Microsoft India launched ‘AI Odyssey’, a program designed to train 100,000 Indian developers in AI technologies.
  • The initiative seeks to bolster the skills of developers for AI projects, aligning with business goals.

7. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas: Celebrating the Indian Diaspora and Gandhi’s Return

  • Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (NRI Day) is observed on January 9 to honor the contributions of the overseas Indian community and commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s return from South Africa in 1915, signifying his role in India’s independence movement.

8. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh Lead India’s MSME Sector

  • A report by CBRECREDAI highlights Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh as the top three states in India’s MSME sector.
  • These states collectively house nearly 40% of the nation’s over 3 crore MSMEs.

9. Denmark Introduces Green Fuels Alliance India at GIM 2024

  • At the Global Investors Meet (GIM) 2024, Denmark presented the Green Fuels Alliance India.
  • This initiative, part of the Green Strategic Partnership established in 2020, aims to foster sustainable energy collaboration between Denmark and India.

10. Ritesh Pai Appointed CEO of PhonePe’s International Payments Division

  • PhonePe, a Walmartowned company, named Ritesh Pai as the Chief Executive Officer of its international payments division.

11. Indra Mani Pandey Assumes Role as BIMSTEC Secretary General

  • Ambassador Indra Mani Pandey commenced his tenure as Secretary General of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for MultiSectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC).
  • He brings extensive diplomatic experience to this multisectoral cooperation initiative in the Bay of Bengal region.

12. National Sports Awards 2023 Announced

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  • The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports released the list of National Sports Awards 2023, celebrating achievements in various sports.
  • Badminton players Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty were awarded the prestigious Khel Ratna, while 26 sportspersons received the Arjuna award.

13. Passing of German Football Legend Franz Beckenbauer

  • Franz Beckenbauer, a football icon known for his achievements with the German national team and Bayern Munich, and one of the few to win the FIFA World Cup both as a player and a manager, passed away at the age of 78.

14. U.S. Launches Peregrine1 Lunar Lander

  • The United States embarked on a historic mission to the Moon with the launch of the Peregrine1 lunar lander, the first such mission in 51 years.
  • Part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program, this mission aims to gather vital data in preparation for future human expeditions to the lunar surface.
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