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National and International Current Affairs 8th January 2024

1.     Hyperloop Facility : ArcelorMittal and IIT Madras are working together to create Asia's first Hyperloop facility.

2.     Toy Imports : Toy imports dropped by 52%, while exports increased by 239% over eight years.

3.     Pharma Manufacturing Rules : Health Ministry revised rules for pharmaceutical manufacturing to maintain quality.

4.     Sunderbans Honey : Sunderbans honey, collected by the "Mouli" community, got a GI tag.

5.     Black Nunia Rice : This rice, known as the "Prince of Rice," received its GI tag.

6.     Solar and Wind Power : Tata Power will invest ?70,000 crore to build 10 GW of solar and wind power in Tamil Nadu.

7.     National PACS Mega Conclave : An event celebrated the achievements of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendra by Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACS).

8.     India-Nepal Relations Boost : India and Nepal strengthened ties, agreeing for India to import 10,000 MW of hydroelectricity from Nepal and providing financial aid.

9.     Kyrgyzstan’s Snow Leopard : Kyrgyzstan declared the snow leopard as its national symbol, focusing on conservation.

10. Bangladesh Election : Sheikh Hasina secured her fifth term as Bangladesh's Prime Minister.

11. Delhi’s Economic Growth : Delhi's per capita income grew by over 14%, reaching Rs 4,44,768.

12. West Bengal’s GI Tags : West Bengal secured GI tags for products like Sunderbans Honey and Black Nunia Rice.

13. Tamil Nadu’s Economic Vision : Tamil Nadu aims for a $1 trillion economy by 2030.

14. RBI Financial Report : The report highlights the strength of scheduled commercial banks.

15. Vietnam’s Investment in Tamil Nadu : Vietnamese company VinFast Auto plans to invest $2 billion in an EV facility in Tamil Nadu.

16. ANC Foundation Day : The African National Congress celebrated its Foundation Day.

17. Earth’s Rotation Day : Celebrating Earth's rotation, honoring Léon Foucault's groundbreaking experiment.

18. Chennai as Best City for Women : Chennai ranked top for women inclusivity in 2023.

19. International Purple Fest : Goa hosted the inclusive festival for persons with disabilities.

20. India-Guyana MoU : India and Guyana signed an MoU for collaboration in the hydrocarbon sector.

21. Adani Ports CEO Appointment : Ashwani Gupta appointed as CEO of Adani Ports.

22. Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar : Awards recognizing contributions to sports development in India.

23. ICC Rule Changes : Altered rules in cricket for stumping incidents.

24. Indian Army Chief’s Book : Gen MM Naravane's autobiography titled "Four Stars of Destiny."

25. Electrically Conductive Soil : Swedish scientists developed "E-Soil" to boost plant growth, particularly barley seedlings.