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22nd April, 2023 Current Affairs

22nd April, 2023 Current Affairs
22nd April, 2023 Current Affairs

ISRO to launch PSLV-C55 with two Singaporean satellites from Sriharikota

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO, will launch PSLV-C55 with two Singaporean satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota.
  • This is a dedicated commercial mission through NewSpace India Limited which is the commercial arm of ISRO.
  • The polar satellite launch vehicle will launch 741 kg TeLEOS-2 as the primary satellite and Lumelite-4, as a co-passenger satellite that weighs 16 kilograms. They are intended to be launched into an Eastward low inclination orbit. It is the 57th flight of PSLV and the 16th mission of the PSLV Core Alone (PSLV-CA) variant. This is the lightest version of PSLV.

Indian Software industry is expected to reach 100 billion US Dollars by 2025

  • Union Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports and Information & Broadcasting Anurag Thakur  said that the country is witnessing a digital revolution and enormous growth in IT sector and the Indian Software industry is expected to reach 100 billion US Dollars by 2025.
  • The Minister also pointed out that India is the second-largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world. The cabinet has taken a decision to launch the National Quantum Mission and Rs.6300 crore has been sanctioned for that project.
  • India is the 7th country in the world to launch the Quantum Mission. 

India proposed to develop G-20 park in New Delhi to symbolize 'togetherness on the path of development'

  • India has proposed to develop a G20 park in New Delhi to symbolize 'togetherness on the path of development' as part of its year-long presidency of the organization. It will showcase sculptures depicting national animals and birds of the G20 countries made with the Waste to wonder concept. The art pieces will be created on-site in a 20-day-long national camp mode from tomorrow and will run till the first of May. Each art piece will be made of scrap and other waste material sourced from the yards of New Delhi Municipal Council and other agencies.
  • Artists from different Indian states are working on artwork projects to create sculptures including Indian peacock, American bison, Brazilian jaguar, red-crowned crane from China, Korean magpie, Australian emu, Canadian gray jay, Russian brown bear, and Mexican golden eagle.

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U.S. President signs executive order on environmental justice to improve lives hit by toxic pollution & climate change

  • U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order directing every single federal agency to work toward environmental justice for all and improve the lives of communities hit hardest by toxic pollution and climate change.
  • The order would deepen work to reverse years of policies. According to media reports, the order will establish a new Office of Environmental Justice within the White House to coordinate efforts across the government. It requires federal agencies to notify communities if toxic substances are released from a federal facility.

British Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab resigns in midst of bullying allegations

  • British Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab today resigned in the midst of bullying allegations. Allegations surfaced about Raab in November, with former staff claiming he created a culture of fear in their departments. He denied the allegations and requested an investigation into himself after two formal complaints were made.
  • In his resignation letter, Raab revealed the report into his conduct had upheld two claims against him. However, he did call them flawed and claimed they set a dangerous precedent of a low threshold for bullying for the conduct of good government.
  • The Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Justice, Raab was appointed by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak after he took power in October. Raab's departure follows Sunak's decision to dismiss Tory party chairman Nadhim Zahawi from his post in January after the former chancellor was found to have broken the ministerial code over his tax affairs.

EAM Jaishankar discusses worsening situation in Sudan with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

  • External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar met United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York and discussed the worsening situation in Sudan on Friday. He said that the focus is on achieving a ceasefire through diplomatic processes.
  • Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed for a ceasefire in Sudan for at least three days to mark the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr and to allow people trapped in conflict zones to escape and seek medical treatment. More than 330 people have been killed so far in the violent power struggle which broke out last weekend between two previously allied leaders of Sudan’s ruling military junta.
  • The fiercest battles between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have been in and around Khartoum and in Darfur, still scarred by a protracted conflict that ended three years ago. The latest violence was triggered by disagreement over an internationally backed plan to form a new civilian government.

Home Minister Amit Shah chairs meeting of SCO responsible for Prevention and Elimination of Emergency Situations

  • Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah has said that India attaches special importance to Disaster Risk Reduction and is ready to share its expertise and experience in this field for greater cooperation and mutual trust among Shanghai Cooperation Organization, SCO Member States.
  • India now has a more accurate and timely early warning system in place for emergency situations like drought, flood, lightning, heat wave, cold wave, and cyclone.
  • While chairing the meeting of Heads of Departments of Shanghai Cooperation Organization Member States responsible for Prevention and Elimination of Emergency Situations.
  • India’s approach to Early Warning System is people-centric and the government wants to ensure that its forecasting and warning system is not just scientifically advanced but it is also communicated in a manner that is understandable, usable, and actionable by common people.
  • The SCO region faced high-intensity natural disasters with huge collateral economic losses and huge devastation has been caused around the world by emergency situations associated with Climate change.
  • The challenges of disaster prevention are similar around the World, and that is why all SCO Member States should learn from each other, innovate and increase mutual cooperation. On this occasion, the Home Minister called for adopting innovative strategies to build a safer world for the generations to come.

Wing Commander Deepika Misra becomes 1st woman IAF officer to get Gallantry Award

  • Wing Commander Deepika Misra has become the first woman Air Force officer to receive a gallantry medal.
  • President had conferred Vayu Seva Medal for gallantry on her at Independence Day last year and she received the medal from Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari at an investiture ceremony held in New Delhi on Thursday. Wing Commander Deepika Mishra was detailed to undertake Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations in response to flash floods in northern Madhya Pradesh in August 2021.
  • Braving deteriorating weather, strong winds and the near sunset time, she was the first and only respondent to reach the affected area the same evening. Her efforts helped in saving 47 lives.
  • A total of 58 personnel received gallantry awards from the IAF chief on Thursday.
Published date : 01 May 2023 05:39PM

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