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Current Affairs (1st December, 2023)

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“Drift,” Directed by Anthony Chen, Honoured with ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal at IFFI

  • The film "Drift," a collaborative effort between France, Britain, and Greece and directed by Anthony Chen, was honoured with the prestigious ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal during the 54th International Film Festival of India.
  • The film is an emotional portrait of an immigrant woman who seems condemned to wander by the traumatic and terrible reality of human madness.
  • The award was announced at the grand Closing Ceremony of the festival at Goa.

Government Extends PMGKAY Scheme for 5 More Years

  • The Indian government has declared a five-year extension for the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) scheme.
  • This program is designed to furnish 5 kilograms of complimentary foodgrains each month to 81.35 crore economically disadvantaged individuals.
  • This will result in an expenditure of around ₹11.80 lakh crore for the national treasury.

Nepal Becomes the First South Asian Country with Same-Sex Marriage Registration

  • Nepal officially records its inaugural same-sex marriage five months after it was legalized by the Supreme Court.
  • This event took place in the Dordi Rural Municipality of Lamjung district in Western Nepal.
  • 35-year-old trans-woman Maya Gurung and 27-year-old gay man Surendra Pandey got married legally.

Inauguration of ‘Classic Imperial’ Luxury Cruise in Kerala

  • Nitin Gadkari virtually inaugurated the 'Classic Imperial,' a luxury cruise vessel, in Kochi.
  • The inauguration ceremony took place at the Neo-classic Boat Jetty on Marine Drive.
  • This marks a noteworthy achievement in the promotion of cruise tourism in the region.
  • Being hailed as the largest cruise vessel of its kind constructed in Kerala, the 'Classic Imperial' has the capacity to accommodate 150 people simultaneously.

UNHRC Nansen Refugee Award 2023

  • Abdullahi Mire, a Somali refugee, has been honoured as the Global Laureate of the 2023 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award for his advocacy in advancing the right to education for displaced children.
  • Raised in the Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya, Mire has distributed over 100,000 books to children and youth affected by displacement in the country.
  • The award will be presented to him during a ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland, scheduled for December 13, 2023.

Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra Launched in South West Garo Hills

  • The District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) orchestrated an event to inaugurate the Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra at the district level in South West Garo Hills.
  • Held at MFC, Ampati, this initiative is a nationwide outreach program designed by the Central Government to educate and empower citizens about its key schemes and programs.
  • The primary objective of the Yatra is to enhance awareness and streamline the distribution of benefits from welfare schemes.
  • It is an integral component of the broader Hamara Sankalp Viksit Bharat campaign.

Launch of ‘Anganwadi Protocol for Divyang Children’

  • The Minister for Women and Child Development (WCD) officially introduced the 'Anganwadi Protocol for Divyang Children' during a National Outreach Program held in New Delhi.
  • The objective of the event was to enhance the overall well-being of children with disabilities.