Daily Current Affairs for 28 June 2023

NATIONAL

What is Uniform Civil Code in India?

  • Uniform Civil Code in India: The Uniform Civil Code, also known as the UCC, is a proposed law in India to create and execute personal laws of citizens that are applicable to all people regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, or religion.
  • Currently, the religious texts of different communities regulate their personal laws.

Multidisciplinary Education and Research Improvement in Technical Education Project

  • The World Bank has recently given its approval for a substantial loan of USD 255.5 million to India, aiming to improve the quality of technical education in the country.
  • This ambitious project is set to make a significant impact by focusing on research, entrepreneurship, innovation, and governance improvement in government-run technical institutions.  

INTERNATIONAL

ASEAN to Hold First-Ever Joint Military Exercise in South China Sea

  • ASEAN, the Southeast Asian bloc, is set to make history by conducting its inaugural joint military exercise in the highly contested South China Sea.
  • The decision was made during a meeting of military commanders from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Indonesia.
  • The exercise, scheduled for September, will specifically take place in the North Natuna Sea, which is located in the southernmost region of the South China Sea.

India-Egypt Strategic Partnership

  • India and Egypt have taken significant steps to enhance their bilateral cooperation through a strategic partnership agreement.
  • During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Egypt, several key developments unfolded, solidifying the relationship between the two nations.  

STATES

UP launches ‘Operation Conviction’ for cow slaughter

  • The Uttar PradeshPolice has recently initiated a comprehensive program named ‘Operation Conviction‘ to combat criminals and organized crime in the state.
  • This strategic initiative aims to expedite the conviction process, particularly in cases related to heinous crimes such as rape, murder, cow slaughter, religious conversion, and those registered under the POCSO
  • By ensuring immediate arrests, robust evidence collection, meticulous investigations and effective representation in courts, the authorities seek to minimize the time taken for criminals to face justice.

Odisha Gunvatta Sankalp

  • The Odisha Gunvatta Sankalp (Odisha Quality Mission) is a collaborative initiative launched by the Government of Odisha, Quality Council of India (QCI), and various industry associations.
  • This mission aims to prioritize and promote quality in different sectors within the state of Odisha.  

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Hasarius Mumbai

  • Researchers in Mumbai have made an exciting discovery in the field of arachnology. A new spider species, Hasarius mumbai, has been documented and named after the city where it was found.
  • The spider was spotted at the Bombay Natural History Society’s conservation education centre in Goregaon East. This finding adds to the growing knowledge of spider diversity in the region.

SCHEMES

Sarbananda Sonowal Launches New CSR Guidelines ‘Sagar Samajik Sahayog’

  • The Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, unveiled the new guidelines for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) called ‘Sagar Samajik Sahayog’ by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways.
  • The guidelines aim to empower ports to address local community issues more efficiently and collaboratively.
  • The launch event was attended by Union Minister of State for Ports, Shipping & Waterways, Shri Shantanu Thakur, and Union Minister of State of Ports, Shipping & Waterways, Shripad Yesso Naik.

AWARDS

Priya A.S. received Sahitya Akademi Award 2023 for children’s literature

  • Priya A S,a talented writer, has been honored with the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2023in the Malayalam language for her novel “Perumazhayathe Kunjithalukal” (The Children Who Never Withered). 
  • This recognition adds to her previous achievement of winning the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Children’s Literature in 2020 for the same novel.

SPORTS

Indian Women’s Doubles Pair Shines at WTT Tournament in Tunis

  • The Indian contingent showcased their exceptional skills and determination at the WTT (World Table Tennis) Contender tournament in Tunis (Capital of Tunisia).
  • The women’s doubles pair of Sutirtha Mukherjeeand Ayhika Mukherjeeemerged victorious after a thrilling final, marking a significant milestone for Indian badminton.

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