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Current Affairs (8th February, 2024)

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Iran Abolishes Visa Requirement for Indian Citizens

  • The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in New Delhi has declared that Indian citizens are now exempt from obtaining visas for travel to Iran.
  • Individuals holding Indian passports can enter Iran visa-free every six months for a non-extendable period of 15 days.
  • The Embassy conveyed that this decision was made in accordance with the approval from the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
  • The abolition of visas for Indian citizens has come into effect from 4th February 2024, contingent upon specific conditions.

PM Modi to Reply on 'Motion of Thanks' in Rajya Sabha

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reply to the Motion of Thanks to the President's Address in Rajya Sabha on 7th February 2024.
  • He replied to the Motion of Thanks to the President's Address in Lok Sabha on 5th February 2024.

Divya Kala Mela 2024

  • The Divya Kala Mela, organized by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), is poised to enrich the lively city of Agartala, Tripura.
  • Commencing on February 6, 2024, this event endeavours to honour the abilities and expertise of Divyang artists and business owners nationwide.
  • Divya Kala Mela is being organized from 6th to 11th February 2024.

India to fence Indo-Myanmar border

  • India has commenced fencing its entire shared border with Myanmar, effectively terminating the Free Movement Regime.
  • This significant development was officially announced by Home Minister Amit Shah, responding to ongoing requests from Meitei groups based in the Imphal Valley.
  • In the wake of the Myanmar military coup in 2021, numerous anti-Junta rebels have sought refuge in India, with additional concerns about tribal militants crossing into Indian territory through the porous border.

Dr Jitendra Singh Launches the Theme for National Science Day 2024

  • Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of Science & Technology; and Minister of State for the unveiled the theme for "National Science Day 2024" as "Indigenous Technologies for Viksit Bharat".
  • The theme emphasises the importance of achieving self-reliance in India through scientific endeavours while addressing topics of significance for the entire human race.
  • National Science Day, celebrated annually on February 28th, commemorates the discovery of the 'Raman Effect'.