Current Affairs 9 January 2024

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India and Saudi Arabia strengthen ties with bilateral Hajj agreement.

India and Saudi Arabia signed bilateral Haj Agreement 2024, giving priority to the well-being of pilgrims.

The agreement underlines India’s commitment to inclusivity, exploring ways for women to participate without male guardianship.

Smriti Irani and Saudi Haj Minister Dr Taufiq Bin signed the MoU acknowledging the importance of enhanced medical facilities for the well-being of pilgrims.

 

Alvaro, the first cyclone of 2024, hits Madagascar.

On January 1, 2024, Cyclone Alvaro, the first storm of the year, made landfall in Madagascar, close to Morombe.

The cyclone most affected areas such as Etsimo-Andrefana, Haute Matsyatra and Menabe, causing difficulties in evacuation and rainwater drainage.

Cyclone Alvaro is expected to affect about half the number of people affected by Cyclone Freddy in Madagascar in 2023.

 

CDSCO sub-zonal office and health facilities inaugurated in Indore.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya opened CDSCO sub-regional office and drug testing laboratory in Indore.

Inaugurated various health facilities at AIIMS Bhopal with emphasis on expanding health care infrastructure.

Mandaviya highlighted the importance of AIIMS Bhopal and the government’s commitment towards healthcare services in the states.

 

Rajiv Shah appointed as ‘Class C’ director on the board of the Federal Reserve.

Dr. Rajeev Shah, current Chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation and former head of USAID, has been appointed as a ‘Class C’ Director on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

The appointment was made by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Dr. Shah has been leading the Rockefeller Foundation, a leading philanthropic organization, since 2017.

 

The Minister of External Affairs will be present at the 19th NAM Summit in Uganda.

 

Jaishankar will visit Uganda for the 19th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit from January 15-20, 2024.

The purpose of the summit of 120 developing countries is to discuss global cooperation, solidarity and common goals in politics, economics and culture.

India wants to strengthen ties with African countries with a focus on sustainable development, digital partnerships and health infrastructure cooperation.

 

CM Stalin announces compensation of Rs 10 lakh for leopard attack victims.

On the deaths due to leopard attack in Nilgiris of Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister M.K. Stalin has expressed condolences.

A compensation of Rs 10 lakh each was announced for the families of victims Prashant and Nancy.

Recent incidents of leopard attacks have prompted government action; The captured leopard will be taken to Mudumalai Tiger Reserve Forest.

 

Indra Mani Pandey assumes the role of BIMSTEC Secretary General.

Indra Mani Pandey assumes the position of Secretary General at the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC).

Pandey will replace Tenzin Lekhfel of Bhutan and will hold the post for a tenure of three years.

In his inaugural address in Dhaka, Pandey expressed his commitment to work diligently towards realizing the collective vision of BIMSTEC.

 

Eros Investments unveils Rs 16,000 crore ‘Emerso AI Park’ plan.

Eros Investments signs MoU with Government of Gujarat for India’s first AI Park, ‘Immerso AI Park’ in GIFT City.

The project is estimated to be worth Rs 16,000 crore, focused on ethical AI, education, startups and enterprise technology companies.

Expected to be operational in mid-2025, the park aims to foster deep technology startup, generative AI and research incubation on a global scale.

 

Health Minister inaugurates India’s first ‘PRASADAM’ food street.

Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya inaugurated the country’s first healthy and clean food street PRASADAM in Ujjain.

Inaugurated various health care initiatives, including 17 civic works and COVID-19 response facilities worth Rs 218.76 crore.

Launched ManHit app with emphasis on mental health awareness and unveiled efforts to promote safe and healthy eating habits through PRASADAM.

 

M.M. Naravane’s book reveals insights on China border crisis.

General M.M. Naravane’s upcoming book, “Four Stars to Destiny”, provides an unknown account of high-level decision making during the 2020 China border crisis.

The book includes insights on communications with Defense Minister Rajnath Singh during PLA mobilization at Rechin La Pass in eastern Ladakh.

General Naravane recalled the operational response decided during the LAC standoff with China.

 

 

India and Mauritius are partnering on a small satellite project worth Rs 20 crore.

India and Mauritius signed agreement for joint development of a small satellite, to be launched by ISRO in early 2024.

The project timeline is estimated to be achieved within 15 months, with an estimated cost of Rs 20 crore to be borne by India.

The collaboration ensures continued support for ISRO’s ground tracking station in Mauritius and signals possibilities for future bilateral space projects.

 

Uttar Pradesh’s ‘paying guest’ scheme promotes tourism in Ayodhya.

 

Under ‘Navya Ayodhya’, Uttar Pradesh government launched Paying Guest Scheme to enhance tourism experiences.

Locals were encouraged to offer homestays, showcase Awadhi culinary heritage, create jobs and increase income.

There is a possibility of increase in the number of tourists in Ayodhya, hotel rates will also increase; The scheme aims to register 1,000 households, promote community participation and economic development.

 

Sheikh Hasina wins the election for the 5th time as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to secure her fifth term as the country’s leader after the 12th general election.

Sheikh Hasina is expected to secure a fourth consecutive victory for her Awami League-led coalition, making it her fifth term overall.

The main opposition party BNP had boycotted the elections.

Voting took place in 299 constituencies out of 300.

 

Amit Shah chairs National PACS Mega Conference for Jan Aushadhi.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will chair the ‘National PACS Mega Conclave’ in New Delhi.

The mega conclave focuses on integrating Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACS) into Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Jan Aushadhi Kendra for affordable health care.

The objective of the initiative is to provide economic opportunities for PACS, increase the income of farmers and generate employment in rural areas.

 

Tamil Nadu signs $4.4 billion investment deal with Tata, Pegatron.

Tamil Nadu signs investment agreements worth over $4.39 billion with Tata, Pegatron and Hyundai Motors.

Tata Electronics has committed to invest Rs 120.8 billion for mobile phone assembly in line with India’s development goals.

Apple supplier Pegatron invests Rs 10 billion to expand production; Hyundai has committed Rs 61.80 billion, which also includes funds for electric vehicle and car manufacturing.

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