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National and International Current Affairs 7th January 2024

1.     ERNET Launch: The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology launched ERNET, a web portal for educational institutions.

2.     Greener Boats Plan: The government prepared a 15,000 crore plan for eco-friendly ferries and boats.

3.     Jewellery Trade Show:  Piyush Goyal inaugurated the India International Jewellery Trade Show.

4.     Education Initiative:  The Education Ministry introduced PRERANA: Experiential Learning.

5.     Climate Action: NABARD, ADB, and Gates Foundation launched a climate action initiative.

6.     Solar Projects: SBI signed a $165 million LoC with the World Bank for rooftop solar projects.

7.     Corporate Tie-up:  Karur Vysya Bank and HDFC Life formed a corporate agency tie-up.

8.     New Airport:  Prime Minister inaugurated Maharishi Valmiki International Airport.

9.     RBI Update:  RBI revised the definition of politically-exposed persons for KYC purposes.

10. Economic Growth: Projected growth rate for FY 2023-24 is 7.3%, focusing on key sectors like construction, mining, financial services, and real estate.

11. PRITHvi Scheme:  Union Cabinet approved the "PRITHVI" scheme for Earth system observations and modeling, including sub-schemes.

12. ISRO-MRIC MoU: ISRO and MRIC signed an MoU for joint satellite development.

13. Space Developments:  ISRO tested a fuel cell power system, while various space missions for 2024 were announced.

14. Biodiversity Credits: CoP15 introduced biodiversity credits for conservation, restoration, and sustainable use.

15. Sports Recognition: Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports announced Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar recipients for 2023.

16. Slums in India:  Insights into the prevalence of slums and their infrastructure challenges in Indian towns.

17. GI Tag for Red Ant Chutney:  Mayurbhanj's red ant chutney received a geographical indication (GI) tag.

18. Biotech Park:  North India's first Biotech Industrial Park was highlighted in Kathua.

19. Cyclone Alvaro:  Impact and challenges faced by Madagascar due to the cyclone.

20. Clean Energy Initiative in Himachal Pradesh:  Steps taken by Himachal Pradesh towards clean and green energy by 2026, focusing on electric vehicles and solar power.