News For 20th-Mar (Monday)
*National news*
1. The first test vehicle demonstration (TV-D1) under the Gaganyaan mission will be conducted on May 2023. It aims to test the abort process mid-air, the parachute system, and the recovery of crew members after splashdown. The demonstration involves using single liquid propellant-based rocket stage to carry the crew module to a sub-orbital level.
2. Reserve Bank Governor Shaktikanta Das has received the *'Governor of the Year'* 2023 Award by the international publication Central Banking.
3. Atal Innovation Mission - NITI Aayog, on Tuesday, launched ATL Sarthi, a comprehensive self-monitoring framework to strengthen the ecosystem of Atal Tinkering Labs.
*International news*
1. India and the World Bank have recently signed a loan agreement, of 500 million dollars, to construct 781 km of green highways across four states in India.
2. Recently, two United States Senators, one Republican and one Democrat, introduced a bipartisan resolution in Congress, reaffirming the US’s recognition of the McMahon Line as the international boundary between China and India in Arunachal Pradesh. The resolution also supports India’s position that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India and condemns China’s military aggression
3. The Telugu film ‘RRR’ has gained global attention following a Best Original Song win for ‘Naatu Naatu’ at the 2023 Oscars. The film fictionally narrates the life of real-life Indian freedom fighters Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem. Both the revolutionaries led tribal people in the present-day Andhra Pradesh to oppose the dominance of the Nizams and the British.
4. NISAR (NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar) Mission is a collaborative project between NASA and ISRO aimed at building and launching an Earth observation satellite equipped with a dual-frequency synthetic aperture radar. Notably, the satellite carries the most advanced radar system ever to be launched in a NASA Mission.
Defense news
1. The DAC has given the green signal to the Indian Army's proposal to buy 307 Advanced Towed Artillery Gun Systems (ATAGS).
2. BrahMos Aerospace is set to begin delivering supersonic cruise missiles to the Philippines by the end of 2023 as part of a deal signed last year.
Tech development
1. OpenAI has made a major announcement that has generated a lot of buzz in the artificial intelligence (AI) community. The company has unveiled its latest creation, GPT-4, a large multimodal model that can process both text and image inputs.
Sports news
1. India’s Youth Affairs and Sports Minister, Anurag Singh Thakur, inaugurated the 13th IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi, marking the beginning of a much-awaited event in the world of boxing. The tournament, hosted by the Boxing Federation of India, will take place from March 16 to 26
1. The fifth World Air Quality Report by IQAir shows that India is still facing a severe air pollution crisis. The report revealed that 39 Indian cities were among the world’s 50 most polluted cities based on PM2.5 levels in the air.
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