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Daily GK Current Affairs News is viable on 20 February 2023. – Here is the Regular current affairs viable of 20 February 2023 covering the following news headlines: mPassport Police App, Joint military exercise, Taliban Terrorist Attack, LORA Ballistic Missile, India’s GDP.

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Here current affairs have been categorized which is as follows

  • National News
  • International News
  • Economy News
  • Obituaries News

National News

  1. mPassport Police App: Police verification for passport in just 5 days
  • The mPassport Police App, developed by the Consular, Passport, and Visa Division of the Ministry of External Affairs for law enforcement agencies, is being launched with 350 tablets for Special Branch personnel of the Delhi Police.
  • This personnel is responsible for the verification of antecedents of passport applicants. A new app developed by the Ministry of External Affairs and launched in New Delhi is expected to reduce the time taken for police verification of passport applicants by five days and reduce the scope for abuse of the process.
  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah launched new digital services during the 76th Raising Day Parade of Delhi Police.

International News

  1. Russia-China and South Africa start a joint military exercise
  • What some countries claim is support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, South Africa is launching a joint military exercise with Russia and China.
  • The US has also criticized the 10-day naval exercise to mark the first anniversary of the war in Ukraine.
  • The South African government, however, insists that it is still neutral in the conflict and that it often hosts such exercises alongside other countries such as France and the US.
  1. Taliban Terrorist Attack in Pakistan, 5 Terrorists, 3 Soldiers Dead
  • Five Tehreek-e-Taliban (Pakistan) militants with heavy weapons were killed when security forces were able to regain control of the Karachi Police Chief’s headquarters following a daring attack by the militants in the nation’s most populous city.
  • Around 10.50 p.m. on 17th Feb, the nearly four-hour-long operation to retake the five-story building came to an abrupt end as a result of a heavy exchange of gunfire between the TTP militants and security forces, which also resulted in the deaths of four other people, including two police constables, a ranger, and a civilian.
  • According to a top security source, the operation resulted in the deaths of five terrorists.
  • He claimed that two people committed suicide while two were killed in the long gun battle, which also resulted in some structural damage to one floor.

Economy News

  1. Forex Reserves declined by $8.31 bn to $566.94 bn
  • The Indian rupee declined as the US dollar rose on speculation that the Federal Reserve would continue to tighten repo rates.
  • The need to deal with a free fall in the value of the rupee forced the Reserve Bank of India to stop selling foreign currency.
  • This is likely to add to India’s foreign exchange reserves by $8.31 billion for the week ending February 10. This has reduced the reserves to $566.94 billion.
  • India’s foreign exchange reserves declined by 8.3 percent in the week ended February 10, the biggest decline in 11 months, according to the statistical supplement released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
  1. India’s GDP likely to grow at 6.2% in FY24, says Morgan Stanley
  • India’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow at 6.2 percent in FY24 as domestic demand drivers remain intact amid fears of an impending recession, Morgan Stanley said in a research report released.
  • The report said that as the economy fully reopens in 2022, leading to a cyclical recovery in consumption, a healthy balance sheet in the private corporate and financial sector with a pick-up in private capex and a pick-up in government capital expenditure, the world’s fifth largest economy will cross this threshold. The consensus GDP growth rate is 6 percent.
  • Earlier, the Union Budget for FY24 projected modest GDP growth of 10.5 percent as the Center raised capital investment outlay by 33 percent to Rs 10 trillion for the third year in a row.

Obituaries News

  1. Yakshagana Bhagavat Balipa Narayana Bhagavatha passes away at 85
  • Famous Yakshagana singer and screenwriter Balipa Narayan Bhagwat passed away at the age of 85. He had mastered a unique style of singing, due to which fans have given it the name of ‘Balipa Style’.
  • Rich in voice, Bhagwat has written more than 30 Yakshagana ‘Prasanga’ (scripts). He was well versed in over 100 Yakshagana episodes, which he composed by heart.
  • He had served in the field of Yakshagana for about 60 years. He was the chief Bhagwat of Kateel Durgaparameshwari Prasadita Yakshagana Mandali (Kateel Mela).
  • Born on April 13, 1938, in Padre village of Kasargod district (Kerala), Bhagavata wrote several Yakshagana episodes. Bhagwat entered the Yakshagana field at the age of 13.

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