Daily Current Affairs (One Liner) – 4-5 February 2024

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National Affairs

National Schemes & Initiatives

1. What is the primary objective of ‘GHAR Portal’, recently seen in the news? – Digitally monitor the restoration and repatriation of children

2. ‘INS Sandhayak’, recently seen in the news, is what kind of vessel? – Survey vessel ship

  • The Indian Navy commissioned its latest survey vessel, INS Sandhayak, in Vizag.
  • It is the first in a series of four Survey Vessels (Large).
  • Constructed at GRSE, Kolkata, its primary purpose is hydrographic surveys for port approaches and navigational routes.

National Events & Programmes

3. What is the theme of World Cancer Day 2024? – Close the Care Gap

  • World Cancer Day, observed on February 4th, highlights the global challenge of cancer, affecting millions with its diverse forms.
  • The 2024 theme, “Close the Care Gap: Everyone Deserves Access To Cancer Care,” underscores the disparities in care, emphasizing accountability with the sub-theme “Together, we challenge those in power.”

International Affairs

International Events

4. Who has become the first country in the European Union to issue ‘Digital Schengen Visa’ France

  • France has started the initiative to issue Digital Schengen visas, becoming the first country in the European Union to issue this visa.
  • Specific eligibility criteria have been outlined for non-EU citizens seeking a digital visa.
  • Digital Visa will replace stickers with cryptographically signed barcodes.
  • The Schengen countries are part of the ‘Schengen Agreement’ which was established in 1995.

Economic Affairs

International Economic Activities

5. Who has become the first European country to accept Unified Payment Interface (UPI) – France

  • NPCI International Payments Limited (NIPL) recently announced that UPI users can now buy tickets for the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
  • For this, NIPL has partnered with Lyra e-commerce in France.
  • National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) launched UPI in the year 2016.

Science & Technology

6. Wheat Blast, recently seen in the news, is a disease of wheat crop caused by – Fungus

  • Researchers modeling future wheat blast spread predict a 13% global wheat production reduction by 2050 due to the fast-acting fungal disease caused by Magnaporthe oryzae.
  • Resistant to fungicides, Wheat blast affects various grasses, especially wheat, barley, lolium, and rice. It spreads through infected seeds and spores, thriving in warm, humid conditions.

7. Who has recently made the record of spending maximum time in space – Oleg Kononenko

  • Russian astronaut Oleg Kononenko has set a new world record for spending the most time in space by staying in space for 878 days or more than two and a half years.
  • Oleg Kononenko overtook the record set by compatriot Gennady Padalka.

Short News

Awards & Honours

8. Who won the ‘Best Global Music Album’ award at the Grammy Awards 2024 – ‘This Moment’

  • Veteran Indian musicians Shankar Mahadevan and Zakir Hussain won the Grammy Awards in the ‘Best Global Music Album’ category for their album ‘This Moment’ by fusion band ‘Shakti’.
  • Taylor Swift won the Best Album of the Year award for Midnights. The 66th Annual Grammy Awards 2024 were held in Los Angeles.

9. Who was given the ‘Best Green Bond-Corporate’ award at The Asset Triple A Awards for Sustainable Finance 2024 – REC Limited

  • REC Limited, a Maharatna enterprise under the Ministry of Power, has been awarded the prestigious Best Green Bond – Corporate Award at The Asset Triple A Awards for Sustainable Finance 2024.
  • REC has received the award for issuing a $750 million USD green bond due in April 2023, which was also the first USD green bond from India.

Appointments

10. Who has taken oath as the first woman Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court – Ritu Bahri

  • Governor Lieutenant General (Retd.) Gurmeet Singh administered the oath to Justice Ritu Bahri at a ceremony held at Raj Bhavan.
  • In October last year, Justice Ritu Bahri was appointed as the acting Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

11. Who was appointed as the new Advocate General of Rajasthan Rajendra Prasad

  • Rajendra Prasad has been appointed as the new Advocate General of Rajasthan.
  • Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra has approved the appointment of the new Advocate General.

State Current Affairs

12. Which state government recently launched ‘Operation Smile X’ to rescue child laborers? – Telangana

  • Telangana police conducted Operation Smile-X, rescuing 3,479 child labourers state-wide.