Daily Current Affairs for 16 June 2023


2025 IIAS (International Institute of Administrative Sciences) Annual Conference

  • India recently decided to host the 2025 IIAS Annual Conference.
  • This reflects India’s commitment to multilateralism, good governance, and administrative reforms

Gabon’s First Agri-SEZ Project

  • In a significant development the Union Minister of Education and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship flagged off Gabon’s first Agri-SEZ project from New Delhi.
  • This project, which focuses on agriculture and food processing, is set to bolster India-Africa relations and foster cooperation between the two nations

Lieutenant General P S Bhagat Memorial Lecture

  • The Indian Army recently organized the inaugural “Lieutenant General P S Bhagat Memorial Lecture” to pay homage to the exceptional legacy of Lt Gen Prem Bhagat.
  • Held at the Manekshaw Centre, under the auspices of the United Service Institution of India (USI), the event aimed to shed light on the remarkable leadership qualities and strategic vision demonstrated by Lt Gen Bhagat. 


India Makes Debut at Annecy International Animation Festival, Showcasing AVGC Expertise

  • India’s Animation, Gaming, Visual Effects, and Comics (AVGC) sectoris set to make a remarkable impression on the global stage as the country participates for the first time at the prestigious Annecy International Animation Festival (AIAF) in France.
  • Led by Apurva Chandra, Secretary of Information and Broadcasting, an Indian delegation comprising eminent personalities from the animation industry has been actively showcasing India’s prowess in creating animation and VFX content for global audiences at the AIAF


Tamil Nadu Government Withdraws General Consent to CBI

  • In a significant development, the Tamil Nadu government has decided to withdraw the general consent accorded to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct probes in the state.
  • This decision, made by the home department, has drawn attention to the functioning and jurisdiction of the CBI

Odisha celebrates ‘Raja’ agricultural festival

  • Raja or Raja Parba or Mithuna Sankranti is a three-day-long festival of womanhood celebrated in Odisha, India.
  • On this occasion, people enjoy by cooking traditional delicacies, relishing paan, playing cards and other games with family and friends.
  • First day of the festival is called “Pahili Raja” which marks the beginning of the festival in which people do all types of preparations for the festival.
  • Second day is called “Raja/Mithuna Sankranti” which signifies beginning of the solar month of Mithuna(June/July) from which the season of rains starts.
  • Third day is called “Bhumi Dahana or Basi Raja” which signifies the middle day of the festival in which people take a break from their routine work to relax and enjoy.
  • On the fourth day called “Basumati snana”, people give bath to mother earth with turmeric paste and adore it with flower, sindoor etc


India’s Defence Ministry Approves ‘Predator Drone’ Deal Ahead of PM Modi’s US Visit

  • In anticipation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’supcoming visit to the United States, the Defence Ministry of India has granted approval for the acquisition of ‘Predator (MQ-9 Reaper) drones’ from America.
  • The deal, which was approved during a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) on June 15, is estimated to be worth around USD 3 billion.
  • The final decision on the procurement will be made by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).
  • The announcement of the mega procurement deal is expected to take place after discussions between Prime Minister Modi and President Joe Biden at the White House.


International Day of Family Remittances 2023

  • The International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR)is a universally-recognized observance adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and celebrated every year on 16 June.
  • The Day recognizes the contribution of over 200 million migrants to improve the lives of their 800 million family members back home, and to create a future of hope for their children.
  • Half of these flows go to rural areas, where poverty and hunger are concentrated, and where remittances count the most.
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