Daily Current Affairs – 23 January 2024

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India elected as First Vice Chair of COFI Sub-Committee on Fisheries Management

  • India has been elected as the First Vice Chair of the Food and Agriculture Organization FAO COFI Sub-Committee on Fisheries Management. 
  • India’s role in this crucial Sub-Committee as the representative of Global South would give much-needed balance and perspective to the global narratives concerning fisheries governance and management. 
  • India will serve as member of a FAO Fisheries Bureau on ‘Capture Fisheries’ for the first time in 57 years. 
  • India is one of the top fishing nations with over 28 million inland and marine fishers.

Food and Agriculture Organization: 

Formation: 16 October 1945

Founded at: Canada

Headquarters: Rome, Italy

Director-General: Qu Dongyu

Parent organization: United Nations Economic and Social Council

Akasa Air sign MoU with Noida international airport

  • Fledgling airline Akasa Air and the upcoming Noida International Airport (NIA) entered a strategic partnership, paving the way for the former to operate flights from the new airport, which is expected to start operations before the end of this year. 
  • With this, Akasa Air has become the second carrier to sign up for operations from the NIA.
  • In November, the country’s largest carrier IndiGo had inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with NIA, becoming the airport’s launch carrier.
  • As per the Akasa Air-NIA agreement, which was inked at Wings India 2024 in Hyderabad, the airline will base aircraft at the new airport coming up in Jewar in western Uttar Pradesh and operate domestic and international flights from there. Both the airline as well as the airport operator said that detailed contours of the partnership, including initial number of flights, would be finalised closer to the operationalisation of the airport.
  • The first phase of the NIA, with one runway, and one terminal will have the capacity to handle traffic of 1.2 crore passengers annually. After the completion of the fourth phase, the airport will have the capacity to manage 70 million passengers per year.

Akasa Air: 

Founded: December 2021

Commenced operations: August 2022

Parent company: SNV Aviation Pvt. Ltd

Headquarter: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Founder, MD & CEO: Vinay Dube

Co-founder: Aditya Ghosh

Zaka Ashraf Steps Down As Chairman Of Pakistan Cricket Board Management Committee

  • Zaka Ashraf, who had served as the Chairperson of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee, announced his resignation. 
  • A member of the PCB’s Board of Governors since July 6, 2023, Ashraf assumed the role of chairperson after replacing Najam Sethi. 
  • His resignation was tendered during a management committee meeting at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, where he submitted it to the Patron Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, as per a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) statement.
  • Ashraf’s administration was previously granted a three-month extension by the caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, extending his initial four-month term. However, following the World Cup, Ashraf was tasked with conducting elections for the PCB chairman and finalizing the Board of Governors “at the earliest.”

Pakistan cricket board: 

Director: Mohammad Hafeez

Men’s coach: Mohammad Hafeez (interim)

Women’s coach: Mohtashim Rasheed (interim)

TATA Secures IPL Title Rights Until 2028

  • In a significant development for the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Tata Group has successfully extended its title rights for the IPL until 2028. 
  • The agreement entails a commitment to contribute Rs 500 crore per season. As per the rules outlined in the Invitation To Tender (ITT) document, Tata retained the title rights by matching the highest offer, presented by the Aditya Birla Group at a valuation of Rs 2500 crore. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to award Tata Group the title rights. 
  • Tata has been the IPL title sponsor since 2022, succeeding Vivo. Their earlier deal involved Tata contributing Rs 365 crore per season, with Vivo covering the remaining value under a sub-licensing arrangement. Vivo initially secured the title rights in 2018 for a planned five-year period, extended to six due to the pandemic.

Tata Group Overview:

Founded: 1868

Founder: Jamsetji Tata

Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Chairman Emeritus: Ratan Tata

Chairman & Managing Director: Natarajan Chandrasekaran

India and Cuba Sign MoU on Digital Public Infrastructure

  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology of India and the Ministry of Communications of Cuba. 
  • The MoU aims to promote digital transformation through capacity-building programs, exchange of best practices, and collaborative activities to benefit the digital ecosystems of both countries. India will collaborate with Cuba on development partnerships, facilitating the adoption of Digital Public Infrastructure in Cuba.

Cuba Overview:

Capital: Havana

Currency: Cuban Peso

Prime Minister: Manuel Marrero Cruz

Continent: North America

Official Language: Spanish

Amit Shah Releases Book on Lachit Barphukan in Guwahati

  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah released the book ‘Assam’s Braveheart Lachit Barphukan,’ authored by Arup Kr Dutta. The book narrates the story of Lachit Barphukan, a heroic figure in Northeast India, who fought against bigotry and power-hungry forces, securing victory. 
  • Shah likened Lachit Borphukan to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj of Eastern India, emphasizing the significance of the Battle of Saraighat in India’s freedom struggle. He commended Lachit for preventing invasions and safeguarding Assam, highlighting the bravery of this hero.

Assam Overview:

Capital: Dispur

Chief Minister: Himanta Biswa Sarma

Languages: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo

Bird: White-winged duck

Flower: Foxtail orchid

Ravi Kumar Dahiya makes a comeback

  • Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Ravi Kumar Dahiya, who was sidelined for the entire 2023 international season due to injuries, made a successful comeback by securing a bronze medal at the Grand Prix De France Henri Deglane wrestling tournament in Nice, France. 
  • The Indian wrestler clinched the bronze in the 61kg freestyle category after defeating Kairat Amirtayev of Kazakhstan. Despite facing a setback in the semi-final against Arman Eloyan of France, Dahiya showcased resilience and earned the bronze medal in the subsequent bout.

Grand Prix de France Henri Deglane 2024:

The wrestling event, known as the Grand Prix of France 2024 and Henri Deglane Grand Prix 2024, took place in Nice, France. The tournament pays tribute to the memory of the 1924 Olympic Gold medalist Henri Deglane

Man United appoint new CEO Omar Berrada from rivals Man City

  • Manchester United have appointed Omar Berrada as the club’s new chief executive after he departed from his role at Manchester City.
  • Berrada established himself at the reigning Premier League and Champions League holders, United’s fierce rivals, as the club’s commercial director.
  • He then took over as chief operating officer before becoming the chief football operations officer.
  • United’s previous chief executive, Richard Arnold, left the role in November ahead of Ineos taking a 25% stake in the club.
  • Head of legal at Manchester United, Patrick Stewart, had assumed the position on a temporary basis.
  • Initially it had been anticipated that one of Ineos’ representatives on the United club board, Jean Claude Blanc, would take over, but instead they moved for the City man.

Manchester United

Manager: Erik ten Hag

Owner: INEOS Group Limited

Leagues: Premier League, UEFA Champions League, FA Cup, EFL Cup

Founded: 1878

Nickname(s): The Red Devils; United

Explainer: Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about an Interim Budget

  • An Interim Budget is similar to a Union Budget in that the ruling government tables in Parliament the estimates of its expenditure, revenue, fiscal deficit, and financial performance and projections for the upcoming financial year.
  • Although major tax proposals are not made, the ruling government can tweak some taxes. 
  • This had happened in the interim budget ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections when the income tax deduction limit was raised by the government to give salaried professionals some relief.
  • The government, however, does not make any major policy announcements during the Interim Budget which could financially burden the next government that will present the full Union Budget.
  • According to the Election Commission’s Code of Conduct, the ruling government cannot include any major scheme in the Interim Budget as it could influence voters.
  • The government also does not present the Economic Survey along with the Interim Budget which is done a day before the presentation of the main budget.

Need:

  • An Interim Budget is presented by a government in its last year in office ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
  • The need for an interim budget arises because fresh approval is required from the Parliament to withdraw money from the Consolidated Fund of India to run the government as the existing 2023-24 Budget is valid only till March 31 this year.
  • Since the Lok Sabha elections will be held in April-May this year, funds will be required to run the country till the new government takes over after the elections. 
  • The interim budget is a practical arrangement that enables the government to fill this gap.
  • The full Union Budget is presented by the newly-elected government after the Lok Sabha polls.

Jindal Stainless elevates whole time director Tarun Khulbe as CEO

  • Jindal Stainless Ltd has elevated Whole Time Director Tarun Khulbe as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
  • He has been serving as the Whole Time Director of the company since May 2018. He will continue to hold the post besides that of the CEO.
  • Khulbe has around 35 years of industry experience in business development, supply chain management, people practices and IT enablement.
  • Khulbe joined JSL as a general manager for the cold rolling mills at Hisar, Haryana, in October 2004.
  • Part of O P Jindal Group, Jindal Stainless is India’s largest stainless steel manufacturer.

Jindal Stainless

Industry: Stainless Steel

Founder: O P Jindal

Headquarters: New Delhi, India

Chairman: Ratan Jindal

Managing Director: Abhyuday Jindal

The Ministry of Education issues ‘Regulation of Coaching Centers 2024’ Guidelines.

  • The guidelines prohibit coaching centers from enrolling students below the age of 16.
  • Student enrollment should occur only after the secondary school examination.
  • Coaching centers are instructed not to make misleading promises or guarantees of ranks or good marks.
  • Emphasis is placed on mental well-being, fair practices, and inclusivity in these guidelines.
  • State and UT governments are urged to regulate coaching centers, with legal actions mentioned, including PILs and letters to states and UTs.
  • Guidelines include provisions for fair and reasonable fees, a proper grievance redressal system, and infrastructure requirements for coaching centers.
  • The guidelines propose a model framework for coaching centers and outline procedures for registration, renewal, and cancellation of certificates, along with an appeal process.
  • Coaching centers are not allowed to engage tutors without qualifications below the graduation level.
  • The guidelines address the growing number of unregulated private coaching centers in the country, highlighting issues such as exorbitant fees and resulting stress leading to student suicides.

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