Current Affairs  (8th-9th December)

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  • Famous folk dance “Garba of Gujarat” has been added to the Intangible Cultural Heritage list of UNESCO. It is 15th cultural item from India to secure its name under the prestigious list. Garba — a traditional and devotional dance offered to goddess ‘Shakti’ organised for nine days during the Navaratri.
    • Chau Dance of Purulia, Durgapuja of West Bengal, Kumbh Mela of Prayagraj and Navroz are other such names added in this prestigious list in the recent past.
  • Lionel Messi, the World Cup winning legend of Argentina was named ‘TIME’S ATHLETE OF THE YEAR 2023’. Messi also won his record eighth Ballon d’Or in 2023.
  • Famous artist and song writer Taylor Swift has been named ‘TIME’S PERSON OF THE YEAR 2023’. This title is usually conferred on the personality having the most influence on the global events in recent past.
  • Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI was names TIME’S CEO of the Year.
  • Dinesh Kumar Tripathi has been appointed by the Govt. of India as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff. The chief of Naval Staff is R. Harikumar.
  • Famous Bollywood actor Huma Qureshi has launched her first novel ‘Zeba’.
  • Anand Kripalu has taken the charge of Chairperson and Independent Director at Swiggy.
  • Indian origin veteran TV worker Samir Shah has been appointed as the new Chairman of the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation).
  • UAE’s Mohammed Al Ramsi has been appointed as the Chairman of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2023, held in Dubai. WRC is an event organised once in every four years by International Telecommunication Union to revise the global use of high frequency spectrum, geostationary satellite and non-satellite orbits.
  • Prashant Agarwal, a social worker from Rajasthan, has been awarded theBest Personality- Empowerment of the Differently Abled’ award by President Draupadi Murmu in New Delhi.
  • Three Union ministers who had won in the recently concluded state legislative elections in the three states of Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Rajasthan, have resigned from their ministries. They are Narendra Sing Tomar, Prahlad Sing Patel and Renuka Sing Saruta.
  • Former President of India, Ramnath Kovind has launched a new book based on the compilation of the speeches of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Indian Constitution named ‘Naye Bharat Ka Samveda’.
  • Michelle Zarate Palomec (works on water scarcity) from Mexico and Sebastian Mwaura (working of adoption of EVs) has been selected as the winner of UN Global Climate Action Awards.
  • The Reserve Bank of India has revised its prediction of the GDP to 7% from 6.5% for the financial year 2023-2024. And in the recently concluded meeting of Monetary Policy Committee, the RBI has kept the repo rate unchanged at 6.50 %. The repo rate is that at which the banks borrow funds from the RBI.
  • NITI Aayog has unveiled its first delta ranking of the Aspirational Block Programme(ABP), launched on June 2023.The rankings were based on the achievement of collective performance and progress of the blocks in achieving Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
    • 1st– Tiriyani Block of Kumuram Bheem Asifabad district of Telangana
    • 2nd – Kausambi block in Kausambi district, Uttar Pradesh.
    • NITI Aayog Vice Chairman – Suman K Berry
    • NITI Aayog CEO – SVR Subhramanyam.
  • Google has launched its latest and most  powerful AI model “Gemini”.
  • Recently, a wax statue of the father of Indian Constitution, D.R. BR Ambedkar was installed in the Wax Museum of Jaipur, Rajasthan.
  • Ahead of the beginning of the mass nesting season of endangered olive ridley sea turtles, the Odisa government has urged the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to pause missile testing off the Odisa coast in February and March. The DRDO is to pause its missile testing on the Wheeler Island off Odisa coast during the nesting season.
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