16 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.

Cheetah Reintroduction Program

Union Environment Minister announced 12 cheetahs will be flown in from South Africa to he Kuno National Park, MP.

Under the ambitious Cheetah reintroduction program, PM Modi released the first batch of eight spotted felines — five females and three males — from Namibia into a quarantine enclosure at the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh on his 72nd birthday on September 17 last year.

Most-polluted city in India

Mumbai has been ranked as the most-polluted city in India and second most polluted city globally, according to Swiss air tracking index IQAir.

Rannk 1 - Lahore (Pakistan)
Rannk 2 - Mumbai (India)
Rannk 3 - Kabul (Afghanistan)

Second slowest traffic to drive through

According to a latest report by TomTom, Bengaluru's traffic is the second slowest place to drive through in the world in 2022.

The absolutely slowest city to drive in in the world is London.

Bengaluru ranked fifth in terms of CO2 emissions per driven mile during rush hour. London is the major emitter of CO2 in terms of CO2 emissions per driven mile.

Joint Exercise Tarkash

A joint counter-terrorism exercise Tarkash between National Security Guard (NSG) and US Special Operations Forces (SOF) culminated in Chennai, India.

What is "PRASHAD Scheme" ?

Under Swadesh Darshan 2.0, the Ministry has identified ‘Hampi’ and ‘Mysuru’ as destinations for development.

Swadesh Darshan was launched in 2014-15 for integrated development of theme-based tourist circuits — Buddhist Circuit, Coastal Circuit, Desert Circuit, etc.
The GoI launched the Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) scheme in the year 2015 under the Ministry of Tourism.

National Aadi Mahotsav

PM Modi inaugurated the National Aadi Mahotsav on 16th February 2023 in New Delhi.

The Aadi Mahotsav is a major platform to catapult the tribal products into national and international markets.

Solar-powered drone SURAJ

Drone startup Garuda Aerospace, Chennai has unveiled its solar-powered drone "SURAJ" at Aero India 2023 (Bengaluru).

SURAJ is an ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance) high-altitude drone designed specifically for surveillance operations.