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22nd February, 2023 Current Affairs

22nd February, 2023 Current Affairs
22nd February, 2023 Current Affairs

Troika of Space, Drone and Geospatial Policy to propel India as pre-eminent technological power in few years, said Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh

  • Union Minister of State for Science and Technology, Dr Jitendra Singh has said that the Troika of Space, Drone and Geospatial Policy will propel India as a pre-eminent technological power in a few years from now.
  •  Addressing a National Conference on “Geospatial Policy for National Development” in Delhi, Dr Jitendra Singh said, unlocking of the Space sector for private participation and final approval of Geospatial Policy are the transformative game changes decisions by  Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Dwelling on Geospatial Policy, Dr Jitendra Singh said, this technology is going to be an instrument of change in 21st Century. It has a huge potential of revenue generation and employment opportunities. As per one industry estimate, Indian Geospatial economy in 2021 employed approximately 5 Lakh people across the country which is expected to rise over 10 lakhs by 2025.
  • Geospatial information has an important role to play in the sectors like agriculture, environment protection, power, water, transportation, communication and health.
  • India is on the cusp of Geospatial Revolution which would help India in becoming a 10 trillion dollar economy by 2030.

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Russia decides to suspend participation in New START treaty for nuclear arms control with US

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Moscow was suspending its participation in a major arms control agreement with the United States. The New Start treaty is the last remaining nuclear arms deal between Moscow and Washington, and it was extended for five years in 2021. The New START treaty was signed in Prague in 2010 and came into force the following year. It caps the number of strategic nuclear warheads that the United States and Russia can deploy, and limits the use of missiles that can carry atomic weapons.
  • US President Joe Biden will give a speech in Poland after yesterday's high-stakes visit to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. President Biden will hold talks with Poland President Andrzej Duda at the presidential palace in Warsaw before making the speech.
  • During his visit to Ukraine, which was organised in strict secrecy, President Biden promised Ukraine 500 million dollars in fresh arms and unwavering American support.

Joe Biden to meet with leaders of 9 countries on NATO's eastern flank in Warsaw

  • US President, Joe Biden will meet with the leaders of nine countries on NATO's eastern flank in Warsaw today to reaffirm support for their security.
  • Millions of Russian citizens who only want to live in peace with their neighbours are not the enemy.
  • Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia. Addressing a crowd of several thousand people outside the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland, Mr Biden said, Kyiv stands strong, Kyiv stands proud, it stands tall and most importantly it stands free.
  • US President reiterated the West's continued support for Ukraine. He said, there should be no doubt that their support for Ukraine will not waver, NATO will not be divided and they will not tire. Mr Biden is on an official visit to Poland, the second in the past 12 months. He was speaking a day after his surprise trip to the Ukrainian capital.

Israel's parliament advances contested law for judicial overhaul

  • Israel’s Parliament, the Knesset, passed two Bills that seek to overhaul Israel’s judiciary after garnering a majority of 63 to 47 votes in a 120-member Parliament. The Bills, proposed by the ruling coalition, increase government control over judicial appointments and block courts from reviewing Basic Laws. The Bills were passed in the first out of three readings, amidst mass protests which witnessed thousands of Israelis, gathered in the streets, blocking highways to the capital of Jerusalem.
  • Both “judicial reform” Bills will now return to the Knesset’s Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee for discussion and will be followed by second and third readings, which must be cleared to ultimately pass the laws.

Prime Minister Hasina honours Dr. Mahendra Mishra with the International Mother Language Award in Dhaka

  • Indian educationist and social worker for the promotion of indigenous languages in Odisha Dr. Mahendra Kumr Mishra was conferred the International Mother Language Award by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka on Tuesday. Dr. Mishra is the first India to receive this award. Dr. Mishra has worked over three decades on the language, culture  and education of the marginalised languages of Odisha.
  • The award instituted in 2021 by UNESCO is given in recognition of the extraordinary contribution to the preservation, revitalization and development of mother languages.
  • Prime Minister Hasina conferred the two national awards and two international awards to four recipients in Dhaka. Bangladeshi nationals Habibur Rahman and Ranjit Singha were given the national awards, while Mahendra Kumar Mishra and Mother Language Lovers of World Society, Vancouver, Canada were conferred with the international awards.

Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik André Henrik Christian on five-day visit to India from Feb 26

  • The Crown Prince of Denmark Frederik André Henrik Christian and  Crown Princess, Mary Elizabeth will be on a five-day visit to India from Sunday.
  • The visit of the Royal Couple will be the first ever from the Danish Royal family in two decades. They are visiting India at the invitation of Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar.
  • During the visit, the Crown Prince will meet Vice President  Dhankhar and will address the Opening Session of the India-Denmark: Partners for Green and Sustainable Progress. He will also call on President Droupadi Murmu.
  • India and Denmark as vibrant and open democracies, share common values of a rules-based international order and convergence of views on significant multilateral issues. The visit is expected to further strengthen and enhance the close and friendly ties between India and Denmark.

India remains fastest-growing major economy with expected 7 % growth in current fiscal despite disruptions caused by COVID pandemic, says ADB President

  • The President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Masatsugu Asakawa has said that despite the disruptions caused by the COVID pandemic, India remains the fastest-growing major economy with expected seven per cent growth in the current fiscal.
  • This is Mr Asakawa’s maiden visit to India since taking over as the President, of ADB in 2020.
  • Mr Asakawa also complimented Mrs Sitharaman for India’s G-20 Presidency and conveyed ADB’s support for various initiatives India has taken under its G-20 Presidency.
  • Mrs Sitharaman suggested to Mr Asakawa that ADB may attune its priorities to the Government of India's vision for Amrit Kaal, and initiatives like Energy Transition, PM Gati Shakti, Logistics Policy, Industrial Corridors, Climate Change Adaptation, Health and Skill India.
  • The Asian Development Bank President informed Mrs Sitharaman that following the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ADB has set up the secretariat for South Asia Sub Regional Economic Co-operation (SASEC) in ADB’s India office.

India's young shooter Rudrankksh Balasaheb Patil wins gold medal at ISSF Shooting World Cup

  • Young Indian shooter Rudrankksh Balasaheb Patil won the gold medal in the 10m Air Rifle individual event at the ongoing ISSF Shooting World Cup at Cairo in Egypt on Tuesday. The 19-year-old Rudrankksh defeated Maximilian Ulbrich from Germany with a score of 16-8 in the final.
  • Croatia's Miran Maricic took the bronze medal. This was Patil's second gold at the ongoing competition, having won the yellow metal in the 10m rifle mixed team event with Narmada Raju.
  • Other Indian shooters Divyansh Singh Panwar and Hriday Hazarika narrowly missed out on the qualification. With this, India's medal tally in the World Cup has risen to four, including three gold.
  • Pair of Rhythm Sangwan and Varun Tomar clinched gold in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed team event, the duo of Rudrankksh Patil and Narmada Raju bagged gold in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed team event while Varun won Bronze in the 10m Air Pistol individual event.

Indian teen Tilottama Sen win bronze medal in women’s 10m Air Rifle at ISSF World Cup

  • Indian teen Tilottama Sen has won bronze medal in the women’s 10m Air Rifle at ISSF World Cup at Cairo in Egypt.
  • The 14-year-old Sen won second bronze for India, fifth overall after ending the top eight ranking round with a score of 262. She missed out on the gold medal match by the narrowest possible margin of 0.1. Great Britain’s Seonaid Mcintosh won gold and Switzerland’s Olympic Champion Nina Christen came second to win silver.


Health Dept., YosAid Innovation Foundation to implement Care Companion Programme in Andhra Pradesh

  • The Health and Family Welfare Department, in association with Bengaluru-based YosAid Innovation Foundation (YIF), will implement the Care Companion Programme (CCP), an initiative to support mothers and newborns.
  • Health Commissioner J. Nivas, YIF co-CEO and co-founder Shahed, country director Seema Murthy and associate director Tanmay Pathani exchanged Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) documents at Mangalagiri.
Published date : 22 Feb 2023 06:04PM

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