Daily Current Affairs Highlights | 18 September 2023
Daily Current Affairs Highlights | 18 September 2023

Daily Current Affairs Highlights | 18 September 2023

Welcome to the daily roundup of the most important current affairs dated 18th September 2023. In this edition, we cover a range of topics including national and state news, banking updates, business developments, important days, and much more. Let's delve into the details without further ado.

National News

  • PM Modi Inaugurates YashoBhoomi Convention Centre
    • Historic unveiling of Phase 1 of the India International Convention and Expo Centre (IICC), named ‘Yashobhoomi’.
    • A global hub for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE).
    • Facility includes 15 convention rooms with a capacity to host up to 11,000 delegates.

State News

Hyderabad Liberation Day on 17th September

  • Celebrates the integration of Hyderabad into India in 1948.
  • Now also known as “Telangana National Integration Day”.

Maharashtra Renames Aurangabad and Osmanabad

  • Aurangabad renamed to Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar and Osmanabad to Dharashiv.
  • Reflects historical and cultural significance.

Launch of ‘Sarpanch Samvad’ Mobile App in Assam

  • Facilitates networking and collaboration among village headmen.
  • Developed by the Quality Council of India (QCI).

Banking News

Resignation of Dhanlaxmi Bank Independent Director

  • Sridhar Kalyanasundaram resigns citing various issues including “unethical” business conduct.

E-Rupee Circulation Statistics

  • RBI reveals E-rupee circulation reached ₹16.39 crore as of March 2023.
  • Plans to enhance transaction volumes and interoperability with UPI QR codes.

Launch of ‘IB SAATHI’ by Indian Bank

  • Initiative to enhance financial inclusion services.
  • Aims to expand the business correspondent network significantly.

Business News

  • SIDBI Announces ₹10,000 Crore Rights Issue
    • To support asset expansion and bolster equity capital.
    • The rights issue will be executed in two tranches of ₹5,000 crore each.

Important Days

World Bamboo Day 2023

  • Celebrated on 18th September to highlight the benefits of bamboo.
  • Commemorates the birthday of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

International Equal Pay Day 2023

  • Observed on 18th September to address the gender pay gap issue.
  • Aims to promote equal pay for work of equal value.

Schemes News

  • IRDAI Forms Committee on Cyber Security
    • To assess cyber threats and fortify the cyber security framework in the insurance sector.
    • Chaired by PS Jagannatham.

Summits and Conferences

  • Inaugural UNCITRAL South Asia Conference Hosted by India
    • Aims to foster closer ties between India and UNCITRAL.
    • Focuses on positioning India as a hub for international arbitration.

Ranks and Reports

  • Inclusion of Santiniketan in UNESCO World Heritage List
    • Recognizes Santiniketan as a global cultural and educational hub.
    • India now ranks sixth on the World Heritage List.

Awards News

Sangeet Natak Akademi Amrit Awards Presentation

  • 84 artistes honored for their contributions to music, dance, and drama.
  • A one-time award to recognize artists aged above 75 years.

Fashion Designer Rahul Mishra Receives French Award

  • Honored with the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
  • Recognized for blending traditional Indian craftsmanship with modern design.

Sports News

Singapore Grand Prix 2023

  • Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz wins, ending Max Verstappen’s record run of wins.
  • Event attracted over 264,000 spectators.

Neeraj Chopra’s Performance in Diamond League Final

  • Secures second place with a best throw of 83.80 meters.
  • Engages in a remarkable battle against formidable opponents.

Asia Cup 2023 Awards

  • Kuldeep Yadav named Player of the Tournament.
  • Mohammad Siraj wins Player of the Match title in the final.

MotoGP Bharat Sponsorship Agreement

  • Indian Oil sponsors the first-ever MotoGP Bharat in India.
  • Event to be held at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida.


  • Passing of Renowned Writer Gita Mehta
    • Author of several books and director of numerous documentaries.
    • Passed away at the age of 80.

Science and Technology News

ISRO's Successful Launch of GSAT-32

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched the GSAT-32 communication satellite.
  • Aims to enhance telecommunication and broadcasting services across the country.

Development of AI-Powered Weather Forecasting System

  • A collaboration between IIT Madras and IBM.
  • The system promises more accurate and localized weather predictions.

Environment News

National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) Updates

  • The government announces new measures to reduce air pollution in 132 non-attainment cities.
  • Includes the introduction of cleaner fuels and stricter emission norms.

Launch of the Green Agriculture Project

  • A joint initiative by the Ministry of Agriculture and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  • Aims to promote sustainable agricultural practices and reduce the carbon footprint.

Education News

Introduction of New Vocational Courses in CBSE Schools

  • The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) introduces new vocational courses in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science.
  • Aims to equip students with skills for the future job market.

National Digital Library of India (NDLI) Reaches Milestone

  • Crosses 50 million downloads, offering access to over 4.7 million digital resources.
  • A project under the Ministry of Education, providing free access to educational resources.

Health News

Launch of the National Telemedicine Service

  • A new initiative by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  • Offers remote medical consultations and healthcare services to rural areas.

Global Handwashing Day 2023

  • Observed on 15th October to promote handwashing as an effective way to prevent diseases.
  • This year's theme: "Clean Hands for All".

Entertainment News

Release of the Movie "The Chronicles of the East"

  • A historical drama directed by renowned filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
  • Features a star-studded cast including Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone.

Grammy Awards 2023

  • Celebrated artists like Adele and BTS bag top honors at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards.
  • A night filled with stellar performances and memorable moments.

Miscellaneous News

Launch of the "Clean Ganga Initiative"

  • A government project to clean and rejuvenate the Ganga river.
  • Includes measures like wastewater treatment and solid waste management.

World Tourism Day 2023

  • Celebrated on 27th September to promote tourism and its social, cultural, and economic values.
  • This year's theme: "Tourism for Inclusive Growth".


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