Daily Current Affairs – February 16 2024

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Current Affairs 16 February 2024
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Today’s Importance

National Almond Day
Paczki Day
Cycle to Work Day
Health Care Aide Day
National Magic Day
National Bow Tie Day
World Anthropology Day

World Anthropology Day

  • Observed on the third Thursday of February.
  • Celebrated on 15th February, with the theme “Connections and Collaborations.”
  • Highlights the significance of anthropology in understanding human cultural, social, biological, and environmental aspects.
  • Anthropology is the scientific study of humans in the past and present.
  • Aimed at recognizing the role of anthropology in comprehending the world.

IRCTC Leadership Change

  • Mr. Sanjay Kumar Jain assumes charge as CMD in IRCTC, a Mini Ratna Category-I CPSU.
  • IRCTC, wholly-owned by the Ministry of Railways, was incorporated in 1999.
  • Holds significance in the Indian rail and tourism sector.
  • Change in leadership influences strategic directions and operations.
  • Part of India’s transportation and tourism infrastructure.

PM Modi’s UAE Visit Highlights

  • Bilateral meetings with UAE President; Comprehensive Strategic Partnership discussions.
  • Launch of UPI RuPay card ‘Jaywan’ to enhance RuPay acceptance across the UAE.
  • Participation in World Government Summit 2024 in Dubai.
  • Inauguration of the first Hindu stone temple in Abu Dhabi.
  • Announcement of a new CBSE office in Dubai, emphasizing educational commitment.

UAE-India Collaborations

  • Launch of UPI RuPay card ‘Jaywan’ to facilitate seamless cross-border transactions.
  • Interlinking of instant payment platforms (UPI and AANI) for cross-border transactions.
  • Establishment of a CBSE office in Dubai to provide quality education to the Indian community.
  • Inauguration of the Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Mandir in Abu Dhabi.
  • Emphasis on fostering economic, cultural, and educational ties between India and the UAE.

Technology Innovation in UAE

  • UAE’s Technology Innovation Institute launches ‘Falcon Foundation’ at the World Government Summit 2024.
  • A $300 million initiative dedicated to advancing open-source generative AI models.
  • Boost for artificial intelligence research and development in the UAE.
  • Aligns with global efforts to promote innovation and technological advancements.
  • Highlights the importance of collaboration in the field of AI.

Bharat Mart in Dubai

  • Foundation stone laid for Bharat Mart in Jebel Ali, Dubai.
  • Aims to boost India-UAE bilateral trade leveraging strategic location and logistics strength.
  • Potential platform for MSME sectors to reach international buyers in the Gulf, West Asia, Africa, and Eurasia.
  • Enhances economic ties and trade relations between the two nations.
  • Strategic move to promote exports and economic cooperation.

Inauguration of Hindu Temple in Abu Dhabi

  • PM Modi inaugurates the Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Mandir.
  • First traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East, built in the Nagar style.
  • Represents harmony with seven shikhars symbolizing the seven Emirates of the UAE.
  • Inauguration ceremony attended by thousands, showcasing cultural diversity.
  • Utilizes materials like pink sandstone from Rajasthan and Italian marbles.

US Moon Lander Launch

  • Nova-C lander, named Odysseus, launched by Intuitive Machines on SpaceX Falcon 9.
  • Aims for the first U.S. lunar touchdown in over 50 years, marking a privately-owned spacecraft achievement.
  • Scheduled to land at Malapert A crater near the Moon’s south pole on February 22.
  • A significant milestone in lunar exploration, contributing to space advancements.
  • Reflects the growing role of private companies in space missions.

Japan’s Economic Position

  • Japan slips to the world’s fourth-largest economy, behind Germany, according to recent government data.
  • Economic contraction in the last quarter of 2023 and slowdown in consumer and business spending contribute.
  • Two consecutive quarters of contraction indicate a technical recession.
  • Decline attributed to a weaker Japanese yen, population decline, and lagging productivity.
  • Reflects economic challenges and the need for strategic reforms.

National Youth Parliament Competition

  • Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, stands first at the national level in the 16th National Youth Parliament Competition.
  • Organized by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs for 27 years.
  • Showcases students’ parliamentary skills and knowledge.
  • Competitions held at the GMC Balayogi Auditorium in the Parliament Library Building, New Delhi.
  • Highlights the importance of youth engagement in parliamentary processes.

Green Hydrogen Plant at Cochin International Airport

  • Cochin International Airport collaborates with BPCL for the world’s first green hydrogen plant.
  • Aims to produce 1000 KW of power for the airport, utilizing hydrogen as a clean energy source.
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between CIAL and BPCL.
  • Project expected to be completed in the coming year, contributing to sustainable aviation.
  • An innovative step towards greener and cleaner energy solutions.

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