4-5.6.23 APPSC Daily Current Affairs

IIM Vizag tops seven new IIMs
The Union government set up seven new Indian Institutes of Management in 2015 and 2016. IIM Visakhapatnam topped among all the seven new IIMs in the management category of the NIRF 2023, the results of which were released on Monday. IIM-V bettered its ranking by four notches by securing 29th place this year compared to 33rd rank in 2022.
IIM-V was rolled out in 2015 with about 50 students in its flagship PGP programme. The institute gave admissions to close to 300 students in PGP programme in 2022. The premier business school recently brought out a ‘start-up and innovation policy’.
NATO launches Arctic exercises, pledges protection of Finland
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries have kicked off military exercises with a pledge to defend their newest member, Finland, which is hosting its first joint training in the Arctic region since becoming part of the Western alliance in April. Nearly 1,000 allied forces from Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States – as well as NATO applicant Sweden – joined approximately 6,500 Finnish troops and some 1,000 vehicles for exercises this week, which mark Finland’s biggest modern-time land-force drill above the Arctic Circle.
Overseeing NATO exercises just a two-hour drive from the Russian border at one of Europe’s largest artillery training grounds in Rovajarvi, northern Finland, US Army Major-General Gregory Anderson from the 10th Mountain Division said his country stood ready to defend Finland.Some 150 aircraft from 14 NATO members and partner countries are also participating in Arctic Challenge 2023 exercises, according to NATO Air Command.
India Conducts Asia’s First Demonstration of Performance-Based Navigation for Helicopters
India recently achieved a significant milestone in the field of aviation as it conducted Asia’s first demonstration of performance-based navigation for helicopters. The successful flight from Juhu to Pune showcased the utilization of GAGAN satellite technology, a joint development by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Airports Authority of India (AAI). This groundbreaking achievement highlights India’s innovation and expertise in the aviation sector.
The Significance of Performance-Based Navigation:
Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) is a modern navigation concept that enables precise and efficient aircraft operations. By utilizing satellite-based technologies, PBN enhances accuracy, safety, and capacity in air traffic management. This demonstration marked a significant step forward for the Indian aviation sector, showcasing its commitment to adopting advanced navigation systems
Microsoft joins Indian govt to train 6K students, 200 educators in cybersecurity skills
Microsoft has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Directorate General of Training (DGT) under the Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) to train 6,000 students and 200 educators in digital and cyber-security skills in the country. As part of this collaboration with, Microsoft will offer a wide range of courses, including training in AI, cloud computing, web development and cybersecurity skills for students and 200 faculty members at government-led Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and National Skills Training Institutions (NSTIs).
The training will empower young students with industry-relevant skills, enhancing their employability, and connecting them to relevant job opportunities. In addition, trained faculty members can then train ITI students attending computer operator and programming assistant (COPA) training.
The ‘CyberShikshaa’ programme focusing on basic and intermediate cybersecurity skills training will also be expanded to students and educators at 10 NSTIs for women. Trends such as demographic transitions and technological changes such as Industry 4.0, Web 3.0, and extended reality technology are introducing immense possibilities for our youth that will change their lives forever.
‘GOBARdhan’ Scheme: Govt launches unified registration portal for biogas projects
The “GOBARdhan” scheme launched by the Government of India is in the news for its unified registration portal, which acts as a one-stop repository for assessing investment and participation in the biogas/CBG (Compressed Biogas) sector. The scheme aims to convert organic waste, such as cattle dung and agricultural residue, into biogas, CBG, and bio-fertilizers, thus promoting a circular economy and waste-to-wealth generation.
Introduction: The GOBARdhan scheme is an umbrella initiative of the Government of India, focused on converting waste into wealth. It aims to build a robust ecosystem for setting up biogas/CBG/Bio-CNG plants, driving sustainable economic growth and promoting a circular economy.
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