4.3.23 BPSC Daily Current Affair

13% rise in crimes against women in Bihar: ES report
The number of cases registered and disposed of relating to crimes committed against women have increased by 13.05% and 19.7%, respectively in 2021-22, when compared to previous year, according to the Bihar Economic Survey report, which was released by the state government recently.
It may be attributed to increased awareness and integrated support provided by the Sakhi Centre, the one-stop centre scheme of the government, as many women are coming forward to register cases with the authorities concerned, the officials said. The scheme was started in April 2016 in all 38 districts, to provide assistance to women affected by violence, both in private and public spaces, and facilitate immediate emergency and non-emergency access to a range of services that include police, medical, legal aid and psychological support.
Earlier, due to a lack of information, adolescent girls and women were generally ignorant of their rights, but to protect them from atrocities and overcome this challenge, the state government carried out awareness drives across the state through workshops, symposiums, seminars, and organised street play on child marriage, dowry harassment, sexual harassment at the workplace and foeticide.
Rs 330 crore package for onion, potato farmers announced in Gujarat
Agriculture minister Raghavji Patel told the assembly that Gujarat is likely to produce 19.28 lakh metric tonnes of onions, of which 7 lakh tonnes of red onions are likely to arrive in markets during the rabi crop.
This would mean that a farmer could get a maximum of Rs 50,000 if he sells the onions in APMCs. Also, the farmers will get aid of Rs 20 crore for transportation (of the produce) to other states and abroad.
The minister said that the government has also decided to provide financial aid of Rs 240 crore to potato growers affected by a fall in prices due to high production. He said the production of potatoes exceeded by 2 lakh metric tonnes, and the total output is estimated to be around 40.26 lakh metric tonnes.
Nepal elects Ram Chandra Paudel as its next president
Ram Chandra Paudel has been elected to serve as the new president of Nepal. According to the Nepalese Election Commission, he received 33,800 electoral votes, while his opponent, Subash Chandra Nembwang, received 15,500 votes. Ram Chandra Paudel received votes from 352 members of provincial assemblies and 214 members of parliament.
An electoral college made up of representatives from the federal parliament and the provincial assembly chooses the president. The overall number of electors in Nepal’s presidential election is 882, including 550 representatives from each of the country’s seven provincial assembly and 332 members of the parliament. As Nepal’s new president, he will take over from Bidya Devi Bhandari.
India needs to develop both offensive and defensive space capabilities: IAF chief
India needs to develop “both offensive and defensive space capabilities to safeguard our assets”, Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari said on Tuesday, in the backdrop of China furiously building and deploying anti-satellite weapons from direct ascent missiles and co-orbital killers to directed-energy laser weapons and electronic jammers.
India did successfully test an anti-satellite (A-Sat) interceptor missile to destroy the 740-kg Microsat-R satellite, at an altitude of 283-km in the low earth orbit (LEO), under “Mission Shakti” in March 2019.
Rs 8,800 crore assets seized in 5,931 I-T searches in 8 years: Govt
The government on Monday told the Lok Sabha that the income tax department has seized assets of over Rs 8,800 crore during the 5,931 search operations conducted by it between 2014-15 and 2021-22.
648 disclosures involving undisclosed foreign assets worth Rs 4,164 crore were made under the one-time three months compliance window, which closed on 30 September. 2015. Penalty and tax from this added up to Rs 2,476 crore.
India received Golden & Silver Star at ‘Golden City Gate Tourism Awards
The International Golden City Gate Tourism Awards 2023 in the categories of “TV/Cinema Commercials International and Country International” were won by the Indian Ministry of Tourism and Government of India, respectively. As part of a global effort on advertising in the post-Covid period to reopen opportunities in India, the award has been granted to promotional films/television ads made by the Ministry.
Each year, the tourism and hospitality industries compete for the Golden City Gate Tourism Multi-Media Awards in a number of categories. The “Golden City Gate” is an international creative multi-media competition for nations, cities, regions, and hotels. An international panel made up of professionals in the film and tourism industries judges the submissions submitted for the prizes. The premier tourism trade show in the world, ITB Berlin, is the location of the yearly award presentation.
Asia’s largest 4-metre liquid mirror telescope inaugurated in Uttarakhand
In another scientific milestone for India, Asia’s largest 4-metre International Liquid Mirror Telescope (ILMT) was inaugurated at Devasthal in Uttarakhand.
The telescope is located at an altitude of 2,450 metre on the Devasthal Observatory campus of Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), an autonomous institute under the Science and Technology (DST) department, in Nainital district. The ILMT, which achieved its first light in the second week of May 2022, is now ready to explore the deep celestial sky. The telescope was designed and built by the Advanced Mechanical and Optical Systems (AMOS) Corporation and the Centre Spatial de Lie’ge in Belgium.
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