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Current Affairs - 14 Feb 2023

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INDIA

  • Annual festival of National School of Drama to start in New Delhi: The 'Bharat Rang Mahotsav,' the annual theatre festival of the National School of Drama (NSD), is set to begin in New Delhi. The festival, which runs from February 14 to 24, will feature a mix of Indian and international theatre performances, workshops, and seminars.

  • Supreme Court upholds formation of J&K delimitation panel: The Supreme Court of India has upheld the formation of a delimitation panel to redraw the electoral constituencies of the Jammu and Kashmir region. The panel was formed following the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019.

  • West Bengal Governor to continue as Chancellor of State universities: The Governor of West Bengal, C.V. Ananda Bose, will continue to function as the Chancellor of State universities, according to a statement by the state government. The announcement comes after the Governor's term was extended by the Centre.

  • High-level committee formed for drafting revised guidelines for Ro-Ro/Ro-Pax ferry transportation service: The Indian government has formed a high-level committee to draft revised guidelines for the operationalization of the Ro-Ro/Ro-Pax ferry transportation service. The committee will be headed by the Secretary, Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.

  • Defence Minister to host conclave in Bengaluru: The Defence Minister of India, Rajnath Singh, is set to host a Defence Ministers' Conclave in Bengaluru on the sidelines of the Aero India 2023 event. The conclave will bring together defence ministers from various countries to discuss issues related to defence and security.

ECONOMY

  • Retail inflation rises to 6.52% in January: India's retail inflation rose to 6.52% in January, after two months of figures below the 6% mark. The increase was attributed to higher food and fuel prices.

  • Renault-Nissan to invest in Tamil Nadu: The Renault-Nissan alliance is set to invest ₹5,300 crore in Tamil Nadu to make six new car models at its plant near Chennai. The investment is expected to create over 2,000 jobs in the state.

  • General insurance companies have exposure to Adani Group: State-run general insurance companies in India have a total exposure of ₹348 crore in the Adani Group of Industries. The companies have said that they are monitoring the situation closely and have taken steps to protect their interests.

WORLD

  • Earthquake toll crosses 35,000 in Turkey and Syria: The death toll from the earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria has crossed 35,000. Rescue efforts are ongoing, with aid workers and volunteers from around the world rushing to the affected areas.

  • Zoox tests robotaxi with employees as passengers on public road: Amazon's self-driving vehicle unit, Zoox, has tested a robotaxi with employees as passengers on a public road. The test was conducted in San Francisco, and the company said it was a significant milestone in its efforts to develop autonomous vehicles.

  • Marburg disease outbreak confirmed by WHO: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed an outbreak of Marburg disease, a highly infectious virus, in a remote area of Africa. The WHO has said that it is working with local authorities to contain the outbreak.

  • New Zealand declares national state of emergency after being hit by Cyclone Gabrielle: New Zealand has declared a national state of emergency after being hit by Cyclone Gabrielle. The cyclone caused severe flooding and damage across the country, with some areas experiencing power outages and road closures. The government has urged people to stay safe and informed, and emergency services are working around the clock to provide assistance.

SPORTS

  • Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championships 2023 starts in Dubai: The Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championships 2023 has begun in Dubai, with teams from across the region competing for the championship title. The tournament will feature mixed doubles, men's doubles, and women's singles events, and is expected to attract top players from across Asia.

  • India defeats Pakistan by 7 wickets in Women's Cricket T20 World Cup: In a highly anticipated match at the Women's Cricket T20 World Cup, India defeated Pakistan by 7 wickets. India's strong batting performance, led by opener Smriti Mandhana, helped them chase down Pakistan's total of 139 with ease. The win puts India in a strong position in the group stage of the tournament, and they will be looking to build on this momentum in their upcoming matches.


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