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Current Affairs (9th January, 2024)

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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2024

  • Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), also recognized as Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Day, is observed on 9th January every year.
  • It is celebrated to honour the contributions and accomplishments of the global Indian community in advancing India's development.
  • The occasion also pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, greatest Pravasi, marking his return from South Africa to India in 1915.

ONGC Begins First Oil Production in Krishna-Godavari Deep-Water Block

  • The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), made an achievement by initiating the first oil extraction from the deep-water KG-DWN 98/2 Block.
  • It is situated in the Krishna Godavari (KG) basin off the Kakinada coast in the Bay of Bengal.
  • This achievement represents a significant progression in India's energy sector.

Denmark Announces Alliance on Green Fuels in India

  • Denmark has introduced the Green Fuels Alliance India (GFAI) initiative.
  • It aims to enhance collaborative endeavours between the two nations in the sustainable energy solutions sector and further their shared global objective of achieving carbon neutrality.
  • The primary goal of GFAI is to foster sustainable energy development in India by creating an ecosystem that encourages collaboration among businesses, government entities, research institutions, and financial stakeholders from both the Indian and Danish sectors.

U.S. Launches Peregrine-1 Lander to Moon in Historic Lunar Mission

  • The Peregrine-1 lunar lander, managed by the private company Astrobotic, has achieved a successful launch from Cape Canaveral it signifies the first American lunar mission in 51 years.
  • Scheduled to land on February 23, the mission, conducted under NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative, aims to study the Moon’s surface environment in preparation for upcoming human missions.
  • If successful, this mission would also involve the first landing of a private spacecraft on the Moon.

India’s First Inland Waterways Development Council

  • The first session of the Inland Waterways Development Council (IWDC) concluded in Kolkata.
  • It aimed at enhancing the capacity and sustainability of the country's inland waterways.
  • The primary focus was on unveiling key initiatives, such as the “Harit Nauka – Guidelines for Green Transition of Inland Vessels” and the “River Cruise Tourism Roadmap 2047.”
  • It is decided to make an investment of ₹45,000 crore for the development of river cruise tourism.
  • Out of this substantial amount, an estimated ₹35,000 crore is allocated for cruise vessels, while an additional ₹10,000 crore is earmarked for the creation of cruise terminal infrastructure by the end of Amrit Kaal, i.e., by 2047.