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

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


Global News

1. US Inauguration of the World’s Second-Largest Hindu Temple Outside India

  • The Swaminarayan Akshardham temple in Robbinsville Township, New Jersey was inaugurated on 8th October 2023 with Mahant Swami Maharaj providing spiritual leadership.
  • It stands as the world’s second-largest temple, surpassed only by Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
  • This marks the third Akshardham temple representing a divine dwelling. The earlier two are located in New Delhi and Gujarat, the base for BAPS.

Defence Highlights

2. Indian Navy Integrates 360-Degree Evaluation System

  • The Indian Navy has adopted the ‘360 Degree Appraisal Mechanism’, emphasizing all-round development of its personnel.
  • This comprehensive evaluation method collates feedback from diverse sources, beyond just senior officer reviews.
  • This strategic integration aligns with the Navy’s aspiration of evolving into a future-ready, cohesive force.

3. Indian Air Force’s 91st Anniversary Reveals New Symbol

  • The Indian Air Force, during its 91st anniversary celebration at Bamrauli Air Force Station in Prayagraj, unveiled a new ensign under Air Chief Marshal V.R. Chaudhari’s leadership.
  • Memorable moments encompassed the inclusion of the Air Force crest and the historic leadership of the Air Force Day Parade by a female officer, Group Captain Shaliza Dhami.
  • The repositioned Air Force crest in the new ensign symbolizes the IAF’s commitment to its rich legacy and identity.

Financial News

4. YES Bank Pioneers with ‘ONDC Network Gift Card’

  • YES Bank, in collaboration with the Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC), launched the pioneering ONDC Network Gift Card, offering a modernized shopping experience.
  • Unlike traditional brand-specific gift cards, this card ensures flexibility across multiple brands and sellers.
  • Powered by India’s indigenous Rupay network, it accommodates amounts up to Rs 10,000, catering to diverse shopping preferences.

5. Collaboration between Indian Navy and SBI Launches ‘NavECash’ Card

  • In a move supporting the ‘Digital India’ initiative, the State Bank of India rolled out the NAVeCash card aboard the INS Vikramaditya, the pride of the Indian Navy, in Karwar on October 1, 2021.
  • The dual-chip technology card facilitates both offline and online transactions, ensuring seamless operations even in areas with sporadic internet.
  • Online, it operates akin to standard debit or prepaid cards, marking a stride towards fostering digital transactions in challenging terrains.

Significant Dates

6. Commemorating Indian Foreign Service (IFS) Day 2023

  • IFS Day, observed annually on October 9th, commemorates the foundation of the Indian Foreign Service, instrumental in safeguarding India’s diplomatic, consular, and commercial global interests.
  • Beyond celebrating historical milestones, the day also casts a spotlight on the evolving role of diplomacy in India’s global dialogues.
  • The inception of IFS Day traces back to October 9, 1946, marking the official establishment of the Indian Foreign Service by the Indian government.

7. World Post Day Celebrations 2023

  • Every year on October 9th, World Post Day is celebrated in recognition of the Universal Postal Union’s foundation in 1874.
  • The day acknowledges the crucial role of postal services in connecting communities, with global postal operators rendering basic financial solutions to approximately 1.5 billion individuals.
  • The theme for 2023, “Together for Trust: Collaborating for a safe and connected future”, underscores the synergy between governments and the postal domain in forging a cohesive digital postal ecosystem.

8. 91st Indian Air Force Day Observance 2023

  • The Indian Air Force celebrated its 91st anniversary on October 8, 2023, with a spectacular airshow over Prayagraj’s sacred Sangam region, displaying 120 aircraft in unique formations.
  • Founded on October 8, 1932, with its inaugural squadron activated on April 1, 1933, the Indian Air Force’s current motto is “Nabham Sparsham Deeptham”, translating to “touch the sky with glory”.
  • Currently, the Indian Air Force boasts over 1400 aircraft and a workforce of approximately 170,000 personnel.

Partnerships and Accords

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9. Green Hydrogen Collaboration between India and Saudi Arabia

  • During MENA Climate Week 2023, India and Saudi Arabia agreed upon a Memorandum of Understanding focusing on green hydrogen supply chains and power grid cooperation.
  • Finalized in Riyadh, Union Minister RK Singh represented India, while Energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman AlSaud stood for Saudi Arabia.
  • To harness the full spectrum of energy collaboration, both countries have strategized BusinesstoBusiness summits and recurrent interactions, paving the way for prospective energy partnerships.

Recognition and Prizes

10. Claudia Goldin Receives the 2023 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences

  • The 2023 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences, in honor of Alfred Nobel, was bestowed upon Claudia Goldin for her profound insights into women’s labor market dynamics.
  • Claudia Goldin’s research offers a detailed historical narrative of women’s earnings and their roles in the labor market, illuminating the enduring gender pay gap’s roots.
  • Originating from New York in 1946, Claudia Goldin pursued her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1972 and later engaged in pedagogical roles at Harvard University.

Sporting Highlights

11. Marathon World Record Surpassed by Kenyan Kiptum

  • Kenya’s Kelvin Kiptum made headlines by shattering the men’s marathon world record at the Chicago Marathon, clocking in at a staggering two hours and 35 seconds, surpassing Eliud Kipchoge’s 2022 Berlin Marathon record.
  • Having previously triumphed in Valencia and London marathons, Kiptum’s Chicago performance is unparalleled.
  • This marks the third men’s world record achievement in Chicago but is the first since Morocco’s Khalid Khannouchi accomplished itin 1999.

Environment and Wildlife

12. Dwindling Population of Snow Leopards in the Himalayas

  • An alarming decline in the snow leopard population in the Himalayas has been reported by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) based on recent surveys.
  • The main reasons cited for this decline include climate change, habitat degradation, and human-wildlife conflict.
  • Urgent conservation measures are being deliberated upon by governments, NGOs, and community stakeholders to save the endangered species from potential extinction.

Research and Innovations

13. India’s Development of an Indigenous MRI Machine

  • India achieved a remarkable feat by unveiling its first indigenously developed Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine.
  • Developed at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru, this cost-effective machine aims to bolster accessibility and affordability of advanced diagnostic equipment in remote areas of the country.
  • Given the global demand for MRI devices, this indigenous product holds the potential to position India as a prominent player in the medical technology export domain.

Pop Culture

14. Bollywood Blockbuster ‘Bharat: The Odyssey’

  • ‘Bharat: The Odyssey’, a Bollywood epic directed by Rajkumar Hirani, has become the highest grossing Indian film ever, amassing a global box office collection of over ₹900 crores.
  • This film, interwoven with history, romance, and drama, offers a cinematic exploration of India’s tumultuous journey from the 1940s to the present day.
  • Starring Aamir Khan and Deepika Padukone, its nuanced portrayal of the Indian ethos and its resonating dialogues have evoked immense appreciation from audiences globally.

15. Viral Dance Trend ‘StepWave’ Overtakes Social Media

  • The ‘StepWave’ dance trend has gripped social media platforms, especially TikTok and Instagram, with users worldwide showcasing their dance moves to the beat of ‘WaveBreaker’ by DJ Spike.
  • The viral phenomenon, initiated by Mumbai-based choreographer Aanya Singh, has witnessed celebrities, influencers, and general public participating with enthusiasm.
  • Currently trending in over 60 countries, ‘StepWave’ has brought about a unifying rhythm, fostering international collaboration and community spirit among dance enthusiasts.
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