Daily Current Affairs: Current Affairs on 4th August 2023

President Droupadi Murmu Inaugurates ‘Unmesha’ and ‘Utkarsh’ Festivals in Bhopal

In a grand ceremony, President of India, Droupadi Murmu, officially inaugurated the much-awaited ‘Unmesha’ – International Literature Festival and ‘Utkarsh’ – Festival of Folk and Tribal Performing Arts at Bhopal. The event witnessed the convergence of literary giants and the mesmerizing performances of various folk and tribal artists.

Launch of Study in India (SII) Portal by Dharmendra Pradhan and S. Jaishankar

A significant step towards promoting India as a global education destination, the Study in India (SII) Portal, was jointly launched by Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, and Shri S. Jaishankar. The portal will provide comprehensive information and assistance to international students planning to pursue higher education in India.

Parliament Passes the Offshore Areas Mineral (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2023

A major legislative milestone was achieved as the Parliament successfully passed the Offshore Areas Mineral (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2023. The bill is aimed at regulating and promoting the development of minerals in the offshore areas of the country.

Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal Launches Port Health Organisation (PHO) Module

The Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways (MoPSW), Sarbananda Sonowal, inaugurated the Port Health Organisation (PHO) module under the Sagar Setu – National Logistics Portal. This module will play a crucial role in ensuring the health and safety of the port workers and visitors.

Great Nicobar Project: Environmental Concerns Amid Ambitious Development

The ambitious ₹72,000-crore Great Nicobar Project, which promises substantial infrastructural development in the region, has raised environmental concerns as it may lead to the felling of approximately 9.64 lakh trees. Environmentalists and local communities have expressed apprehensions about the ecological impact of the project.

Rajya Sabha Passes Key Bills

In a productive session, the Rajya Sabha passed three crucial bills – the Offshore Areas Mineral (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, the Press and Registration of Periodicals Bill, and the Advocates (Amendment) Bill. The bills are expected to bring about significant changes in their respective domains.

One-Year Extension in Service Granted to Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has granted another one-year extension in service to the esteemed Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba. His exemplary leadership and dedication have earned him this well-deserved extension.

India Achieves a Milestone in Vulture Conservation

In a momentous achievement for wildlife conservation, the first instance of captive breeding of the Himalayan vulture was recorded in India at the Assam State Zoo, Guwahati. This milestone offers hope for the conservation of this critically endangered species.

Record Number of Income Tax Returns Filed for 2023-24

The economy witnessed a remarkable feat as a record number of over six crore 77 lakh Income Tax Returns (ITRs) were filed for the fiscal year 2023-24. This reflects the growing compliance and tax awareness among the citizens.

Temasek’s Significant Investment in Mahindra & Mahindra’s Passenger EV Firm

Temasek, a renowned investment firm, has announced a significant investment of ₹1,200 crore in Mahindra & Mahindra’s passenger electric vehicle (EV) company. This investment is expected to bolster India’s electric mobility sector.

Political Turmoil in Pakistan: Prime Minister Announces Dissolution of National Assembly

Pakistan’s political landscape witnessed upheaval as Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif announced the dissolution of the Pakistan National Assembly. This decision comes amid a challenging political climate in the country.

Former US President Donald Trump Indicted for Election Conspiracy

In a dramatic turn of events, former US President Donald Trump has been indicted for conspiring to overturn his 2020 election defeat. This development has significant implications for the political scenario in the United States.

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait Assert Ownership of Disputed Gas Field

Tensions escalate in the Middle East as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait assert sole ownership of a disputed gas field, which is also claimed by Iran. The dispute raises concerns about regional stability and energy security.

Pakistan’s Approval to Sign Communication Interoperability and Security Agreement with the United States

Pakistan has approved the signing of a Communication Interoperability and Security Memorandum of Agreement (CIS-MOA) with the United States. This agreement is expected to enhance communication and security cooperation between the two nations.

Badminton and Hockey Triumphs in the World of Sports

The BWF Japan Open 2023 witnessed intense competition, with Viktor Axelsen emerging victorious by defeating Jonatan Christie in the Tokyo final. In the women’s category, An Se Young secured the title, showcasing exceptional badminton skills.

Meanwhile, in the field of hockey, the Asian Champions Trophy 2023 saw India’s hockey team dominate the game, defeating China with a remarkable score of 7-2. The team’s stellar performance brought pride to the nation.