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Current Affairs (3rd February, 2024)

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World Wetlands Day 2024

  • World Wetlands Day is annually observed on 2nd February and was first celebrated in 1997.
  • This day marks the date of the adoption of Convention on Wetlands on 2nd February 1971, in Ramsar, Iran.
  • The day primarily aims to raise global awareness regarding the crucial role of the wetlands for human beings and the planet.
  • The theme of the day 2024 is Wetlands and human wellbeing.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day 2024

  • World Rheumatic Arthritis Day is annually observed on 2nd February.
  • This day raises awareness of rheumatoid arthritis, an inflammatory disease that affects the joints.

Vice Admiral Lochan Singh Pathania Appointed as Chief Hydrographer

  • Vice Admiral Lochan Singh Pathania became the Government of India’s Chief Hydrographer.
  • He is a Hydrography Specialist and has commanded IN Ships Darshak and Sandhayak.
  • He has held various shore appointments being Interviewing Officer & Deputy President of Naval Selection Board, Principal Director (Hydrography) at NHQ, Officer-in-Charge, National Hydrographic Office (NHO) and Joint Chief Hydrographer.

RBI Bars Paytm Payments Bank

  • Reserve Bank of India has imposed restrictions on Paytm Payments Bank and barred the entity from offering incremental banking services effective March 2024.
  • The RBI stated that after February 29, Paytm Payments Bank should not offer services like fund transfers, bill payments, or UPI facilities.

Karnataka Government Launched Digital Detox Initiative

  • The Karnataka government launched a Digital Detox initiative in collaboration with the All-India Game Developers Forum (AIGDF).
  • The aim is to spread awareness about the ills of spending too much time in the digital world and instead create an environment of responsible gaming.
  • The Government will work with AIGDF and the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) to raise awareness about mindful technology.