07 Feb 2023: Current affairs for IAS/PCS, Banking, IBPS, SSC, Railway etc

This section contains daily current affairs taken from all major newspapers and magazines like - The Hindu, Indian Express, PIB, Live Mint, RSTV etc.

These current affairs are written in a easy to remember format and are useful for UPSC, IAS/PCS, Banking, IBPS, SSC, Railway, UPPSC, RPSC, BPSC, MPPSC, TNPSC, MPSC, KPSC and other competition exams.

Ethanol-laced Petrol (E20 Petrol)

20% ethanol-laced Petrol (E20 Petrol) was made available at a few select gas stations in 11 states and UTs.

Currently, 10% ethanol is blended into Petrol (90% Petrol, 10% ethanol), and by 2025, the government wants to quadruple this amount.

When sugar is fermented, ethanol, also known as C2H5OH, is produced on its own. This will reduce the country's use of fossil fuels.

Asia's Largest Helicopter Manufacturing Facility

PM Modi dedicates to the nation the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) helicopter factory in Karnataka's Tumakuru.

The facility will enhance India’s capacity and ecosystem to build helicopters.

About - Main Bharat Hoon

The Election Commission of India's (ECI) creative communication techniques like the song "Main Bharat Hoon, Hum Bharat ke Matdata Hain" in partnership with the Subhash Ghai Foundation, is already starting to gather popularity on social media.

The song’s Hindi and multilingual formats have amassed more than 3.5 lakh views and 5.6 lakh impressions in just one week.

36th Surajkund Handicrafts Mela

Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar inaugurated the 36th Surajkund International Crafts Mela at Faridabad, Haryana.

What is "PM-KUSUM Scheme" ?

The government has extended PM-KUSUM scheme till March 2026.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has launched the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evem Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) Scheme in 2019 for farmers for installation of solar pumps and grid connected solar and other renewablepower plants in the country.

Youth20 Inception Meeting 2023

The first Youth20 (Y20) Inception Meeting 2023 under G20 began in Guwahati, Assam.

India designated as a "Pioneer Investor"

The International Seabed Authority with headquarters in Jamaica (Caribbean island nation) has officially designated India as a "Pioneer Investor".

The ISA was established in 1982 by UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the 'Law of the Sea') and is an autonomous intergovernmental body with 167 members.

India Energy Week 2023

PM Modi inaugurated the India Energy Week (IEW) 2023 event that aimed to showcase India's rising prowess as an energy transition powerhouse.

The IEW is being held in Bengaluru from 6th to 8th February 2023.

Ladakh's first biodiversity heritage site

Yaya Tso, known as birds' paradise has been proposed as Ladakh's first biodiversity heritage site (BHS).

First civic body to launch green bonds

Indore Municipal Corporation has ranked top in cleanliness survey for six consecutive years, has become the country's first civic body to launch green bonds.

The issue will be listed on the National Stock Exchange (NSE).

A green bond is a debt security issued by an organization for the purpose of financing or refinancing projects that contribute positively to the environment and/or climate.