Daily Current Affairs – 19 February 2024

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National Hickey Day ·
International Tug of War Day ·
National Family Day ·
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MILAN Naval Exercise Overview:
1. MILAN 24, 12th edition, in Visakhapatnam from Feb 19-27, 2024.
2. Largest-ever participation, inviting over 50 Friendly Foreign Countries.
3. Theme: “Forging Naval Alliances for a Secure Maritime Future.”
4. Aims to enhance collaboration among participating navies.
5. Biennial multilateral naval exercise initiated by the Indian Navy in 1995.

Key Details:
6. Dates: Feb 19-27, 2024, showcasing global naval cooperation.
7. MILAN 24 represents a milestone with its broad international participation.
8. Emphasis on strengthening maritime security and alliances.
9. Encourages information exchange and joint exercises among navies.
10. Reflects India’s commitment to fostering maritime stability through diplomatic engagement.

Jnanpith Awards 2023 Highlights:
1. Jagadguru Swami Rambhadracharya and Gulzar win 58th Jnanpith Awards.
2. Award honors distinguished writers in Sanskrit and Urdu.
3. Previous year’s recipient was Goan writer Damodar Mauzo.
4. 58th edition recognizes outstanding contributions to Indian literature since 1965.
5. Presented by Bharatiya Jnanpith, established in 1944.
6. Prize includes Rs 11 lakh, a Vagdevi statue, and a citation.
7. Committee headed by Odia writer Pratibha Rai selects awardees.
8. Second time awarded for Sanskrit and fifth time for Urdu.
9. Eminent Sanskrit poet Satya Vrat Shastri first received the award in 2009.
10. Jnanpith Awards promote literary excellence, showcasing diverse linguistic contributions.

ISRO’s INSAT-3DS Launch:
1. GSLV-F14 launches INSAT-3DS from Sriharikota for meteorological services.
2. Successfully deployed in geosynchronous transfer orbit for subsequent orbit-raising maneuvers.
3. Augments services alongside operational INSAT-3D and INSAT-3DR satellites.
4. Exclusive mission designed for enhanced meteorological observations.
5. Monitors land and ocean surfaces for weather forecasting and disaster warning.
6. GSLV, labeled the “naughty boy,” overcomes past failures for successful deployment.
7. Represents ISRO’s commitment to advancing space technology.
8. Integral for improving weather prediction capabilities and disaster preparedness.

Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO):
1. Spacecraft in GEO located 35,786 km above Earth, positioned precisely over the equator.
2. GEO ensures spacecraft stay synchronized with Earth’s rotation.
3. Enables continuous observation of a fixed point on the planet’s surface.
4. Essential for communication, weather monitoring, and Earth observation.

ISRO Overview:
5. ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) headquartered in Bengaluru.
6. Founded on August 15, 1969, by visionary Vikram Sarabhai.
7. Current Chairman: S. Somanath, leading India’s space endeavors.
8. ISRO renowned for pioneering space missions and technological advancements.

India’s First HEMS in Uttarakhand:
9. Uttarakhand to launch India’s First Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS).
10. Announced by Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, marking a healthcare milestone.

US Quad Cooperation Bill:
1. US House approves Quad bill for enhanced collaboration.
2. Instructs Biden administration to create Quad Intra-Parliamentary Working Group.
3. Focus on closer cooperation among US, Australia, India, and Japan.
4. Key areas: Pandemic preparedness, technological innovation, and economic integration.
5. Strengthens global partnerships in critical sectors.

ICJ Leadership Transition:
1. Lebanese Judge Nawaf Salam elected as the new President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
2. Judge Julia Sebutinde of Uganda chosen as Vice-President.
3. ICJ headquartered at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands.
4. Holds jurisdiction over legal disputes and provides advisory opinions on submitted issues.
5. Comprises 15 judges with nine-year terms, elected by the UN General Assembly and Security Council.
6. One-third of the court elected every three years for continuity, judges eligible for re-election.
7. Official languages: English and French, fostering international legal communication.
8. Dalveer Bhandari represents India as a judge on the ICJ, contributing to global legal governance.

Swiatek’s Qatar Open Triumph:
1. Iga Swiatek, world No. 1 from Poland, clinches third consecutive Qatar Open title.
2. Victory secured against No. 4 Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan.
3. Swiatek’s 18th career singles title, marking her first win of the year.
4. Notable achievement, as Serena Williams was the last woman to achieve three successive WTA wins in 2015.
5. Swiatek’s dominance highlights her consistent prowess in women’s tennis.

Mike Procter’s Passing:
1. Former South African all-rounder and coach Mike Procter passes away at 77.
2. Procter, an ICC match referee from 2002 to 2008, contributed significantly to cricket.
3. His legacy extends beyond playing to officiating, leaving a lasting impact on the sport.
4. Recognized for his multifaceted role in cricket, a loss felt in the global cricketing community.
5. Procter’s contributions remembered, influencing the game both on and off the field.

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