Summary of The Hindu 23 August 2023 Current Affairs___

BRiCS is a platform for global South , days Modi

PM Modi landed in South Africa to attend 15 th BRICS summit .

” BRICS has been pursuing a strong cooperation agenda across various sectors .We value that BRICS has been a platform for. Discussing and deliberating on the issue of concern if global South , including development initiative and reform in multilateral system ,” said Mr Modi in a statement issued before his departure .

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Brazilian President Lula de Silva reached one day before to attend BRICS business forum meeting along with South African President Cyril Ramphosa.

Russian President will attend through video conferencing , while Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will officiate .

African Union countries and small island countries from from Asia has also been invited .

Expansion of BRICS can one be one of the focal point ,Inclusion of countries like Iran ,Bangladesh and other developing countries in BRICS will be a major point of discussion .

There is high chance of bilateral talk between PM Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping .

PM Modi will fly to  Athens at the invitation of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis . It will be first prime ministerial visit to Greece in four decades .

Chandrayaan 3 lander all set to touchdown today

Nearly four years after launch of Chandrayaan 2 , Chandrayaan 3 on Wednesday will try to touchdown moon surface . The landing time has been scheduled 6:04 PM evening .

On Tuesday checks were carried out on Lander .ISTRAC Bengaluru of ISRO will carry out landing. During Chandrayaan 2 , It had left contact with moon about 2.1km above the moon surface due to software glitch .

However with Chandrayaan 3 ISRO has made several changes to make it a success , which include landing a landers leg , reduction in number of engines , increasing the quantity of propellant and inclusion of new sensors .

A few hours after landing rover will be deployed to carry out an in-situ chemical analysis of lunar surface during course of its mobility for 14 days .


Manipur assembly to convene on Aug 29

Manipur Governor Anusuiya Uikey on Tuesday summoned the Monsoon session of the 60 member assembly on August 29 following the recommendation of the state cabinet ,officials said.

On August 4 cabinet had recommended to call Assembly session , and it had to be called by 21 August . But Governor didn’t issued notification in this regard . It had brought a situation of ” constitutional crisis ” in Manipur .

The 10 kuki MLAs ,including seven from BJP are unlikely toanatrend session for ” security reason ” . A similar reason has been cited by 10 NAGA MLAs who may skip the session too.

Congress has been demanding President rule in the state .

Inflation prices may linger but food prices to ease soon

India’s inflation woes are not over yet but food price spike may be ” transitory ” , the finance ministry said on Tuesday .

The retail inflation in July was 15 month high to 7.44%, food inflation in July was 11.5% third highest since 2014.Core inflation * was 39 month low to 4.9%.

External Reasons behind food price rise :

     Termination of black sea deal by Russia has disrupted supply of wheat and sunflower oil .

     US and Canada is facing dry season , leading to less production of sunflower oil , rapeseed and Soyabeen which India imports .

     Malaysia a major source of palm oil but has seen down in production .

Domestic disruption  :

     Interruption in supply chain of Tomatoes in due to white fly disease in Kolar district of Karnataka and the swift arrival of monsoon in North India has caused a surge in Tomato prices

     Tur dal prices have spiked due to deficient production.


Rules will be made to curb vulgar languages on social media : govt

Center has assured Delhi High Court that it will bring necessary rules  and regulations in its , future policies to regulate social media platforms and intermediaries for maki them safer for the use of vulgar language , include ng profanity and bad words .

On March 6 , the court observed ” The challenge faced by our country , as faced by many other countries for enacting  appropriate law , guidelines and rules to regulate the content on Social Media and OTT platforms need urgent attention.”

The use of profanity is also a moral issue and should be regulated the court had observed .

In March 6 verdict Delhi High court had asked police to register FIR against TVF and others for languages used in web series college romance .


Causing floods ia a terrorist act in law proposed to replace Indian Penal Code

The bill says that a terrorist refers to a person. That ” develops , manufactures , possess acquire , transport , supply or uses ,weapons , explosive or release nuclear , radiological or other dangerous substance , or cause , fire floods or explosion .”


Coast guards of Philippines and India to further bonds

Commanders of Coast guard of India and Philippines signed a Memorandum of Underrating (MoU) on Enhanced maritime Cooperation .


Bharat NCAP : India to get its own car testing programme from October

India has launched indigenous Car testing programme – Bharat New Car Assessment Programme ( Bharat NCAP) . Transport minister Nitin Gadakari launched it on Tuesday.

Bharat NCAP is based on Global NCAP , a project towards zero foundation day .

From October 1 , car manufacturers can volunteer to get their models tested under Bharat NCAP .

The new programme will be applicable to their passenger vehicles with not more tha. eight seats in addition to the driver’s seat with a gross vehicle weight not exceeding 3500 kg .

. A rating between one to five will be assigned to vehicles after evaluation of three parameters – adult occupant protection , child occupant protection and safety assist technologies present in Car .

The programme is voluntary except in certain cases such as a popular variant has cloaked 30,000 sales or when the ministry recommends based on feedback and public safety .


Goyal urges onion growers not to go for panic selling

Food and Consumer minister Piyush Goyal said the NCCF and NAFED has started procuri g onions from farmers at a “historically high ” rate of ₹2410 a quintal .

Also NCCF and NAFED has started selling onion at a subsided rate of ₹25 since Monday .

In Nasik farmers staged protest against center’s decision to increase export duty .


Center to buy 521 lakh tonnes of rice this Kharif season .

Center will buy 521 lakh tonnes of rice this Kharif season . The decison was taken at a meeting between union govt and state food secretaries here on Tuesday .

In the meeting decision on universalisation of distribution of fortified food ahead of March 2024 was also taken.

Currently 250 lakh tonnes of rice is there with Food Corporation of India ( FCI ) out of which only 12 lakh tonne was non fortified rice .

Ministry has found fortified rice to be safe , there were concerns regarding diseases like , sickle cell anaemia and Thallasymia . Ministry has found food to be safe with all these .

In Public Distribution System ( PDS ) give supplies 5 kg  fortified rice per person per month . Among 160 grams of fortified rice contain 7 mg of iron .


Ashok Gehlot launches Mission 2030 to make Rajsthan leading state

“Rajasthan mission 2030 ” was laiched by CM Ashok Gehlot . The purpose is to bring Rajsthan in top row among developed states by 2030 . The opinions and views would be sought from subject experts , academicians , students traders , office workers and labourer till September 15 .Based on that a vision state for state development will be prepared .


Congress promised caste census in M.P., apart from five guarantees

The five promises of Congress are waiving farmers debt , 100 unit free power , ₹1500 monthly stipend for women , has cylinder for ₹500  and restoration of old pending n scheme .



World Athletics Championship 2023 , Budapest


Richardson clinches 100 m gold with late surge

In woman 100 m race USA’s ShaCarri Richardson won gold clocking 10.65 seconds .



Thai Parliament elects Srettha Thavisim as PM

Thai lawmakers approved tycoon Srettha Thavisin as a Kingdom’s as the kingdom’s new PrimeMinister on Tuesday . He will be 30 th PM of Thailand .His party Pheu Thai came second in elections .

Move Forward Party ( MFP) had emerged as largest party after elections but it could not get majority in parliament as many of pro military member didn’t support . Mr. Srthha got support from a dozen of parties and pro military members both .


Japan to release water from Fukushima nuclear plant

Japan will release 500 Olympic swimming pool worth of water from Fukushima Nuclear power plant to Pacific Ocean .Operator TEPCO has said that water will be diluted and filtered to remove all radioactive substances except tritium , which are far below it’s below dangerous level .

Chines foreign ministry said ” The Ocean is common property of all humankind , not a place for Japan to arbitrarily dump nuclear contaminated water ” Foreign Ministry spolesperson Wang Wenbin told .

China has already partially  halted Chinese food shipments . Hongkong and Macau said they would ban  import of ” aquatic products ” from all 10 Japanese region .

In Fukushima Daichi nuclear accidents about 18,000  people had died after a earthquake caused meltdown of three reactors .

African Union bars Niger over coup

African Union ( AU) has bared Niger from its membership till a civilian government is restored there .

The peace and security council ” requests the AU commission to undertaken assessment of economic  social and security implications deploying a stand by force in Niger and reoirt back to council ” a statement of AU told .


Trump to surrender to face Georgia Charges

Donald Trump said he will turn himself in Thursday to face rackteeiring and other charges in Georgia . The charges from the events after he along with his supporters tried to protest against 2020 presidential election results


China research ship request to dock in Srilankan, date not decided


Fastering wounds

Manipur continues to be on boil die to ineffective governance

About the editorial

The editorial talks about situation of Manipur which again is seeing blockade by Kuki community


Current situation of Manipur

Though violence looks to be stopped but tension is still there . Kuki community ha told that it will block NH2 that connects Dimapur and Imphal .

Recently conflict between police and paramilitary forces was seen when police filed FIR against Assam Rifles for favouring Kukis .

 How situation has unfolded

Kuki community has demand of separate administration . Many houses has been burnts and hundreds killed there are many from both communities which are still living in camps and has not returned to theor homes .

 What Union. Govt should be doing ?

One very important decision that Union govt should be taking according to editorial istonremove current govt , that will help calming down the situation .

Easing credit flow

RBI’s platform for loan approval will help small borrowers

 About the editorial

RBI has told that it will establish ” Public Tech Paltform for frictionless  credit ” the editorial talks how this platform will work and benefit creditors .

RBI announcement

RBI has announced that it will establish ₹ Public Tech platform for seamless credit ” . Once established it will act as one stop platform for public credit .Initially thenpaltform will be used as a pilot projects and would focus of. Programmes such as Kisan Credit Card ( KCC ) loan of upto. ₹1.6 lakh , loans to MSMEs etc .

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