Daily Current Affairs For UPSC 10 January 2023: We bring to you ”Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Exam” based on the principle of updating UPSC CSE aspirants with Most Important Daily UPSC Prelims Specific Current Affairs. These Daily Current Affairs are prepared by our team in Bit Form/Abridged Form to save the precious time of UPSC Aspirants. In Today’s Prelims Bits we are covering Daily Current Affairs Bits for the below mentioned topics: Theme Of National Science Day 2023, Pongal Festival 2023, Tanimbar Region In Indonesia, The Republic Of Panama.
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Theme Of National Science Day 2023
Why In News?
Science and Technology Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh released the Theme of National Science Day 2023 at a function in New Delhi on Jan. 09, 2023.
Prelims Bits about National Science Day 2023
What Is The Theme of National Science Day 2023?
- This year the theme of National Science Day is ”Global Science for Global Wellbeing.”
- The theme has been chosen for the purpose of raising public appreciation of scientific issues in a global context which is having a bearing on global Well-being.
- The theme of Global Science for Global Wellbeing is perfectly in sync with India assuming the Presidency of G-20, where it will become the voice of the global south.
Why National Science Day Is Celebrated?
National Science Day is celebrated every year on the 28th of February to commemorate the discovery of the Raman Effect by Indian Physicist Sir C V Raman.
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Pongal Festival 2023
Why In News
- Marking the launch of ‘Pongal’ gift distribution scheme across the State, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Jan. 09, 2022 gave away the harvest festival hampers to beneficiaries here, which includes Rs 1,000 cash assistance.
- The gift pack, besides the cash component, comprises raw rice and sugar (one kilo each), a full piece of sugarcane in addition to a dhothi and a saree to all ‘rice’ category family card holders and inmates of Rehabilitation Camps for Sri Lankan Tamils (refugees).
Prelims Bits About Pongal Festival
- Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated by the Tamil community.
- It is a celebration to thank the Sun, Mother Nature and the various farm animals that help to contribute to a bountiful harvest. Celebrated over four days, Pongal also marks the beginning of the Tamil month called Thai, which is considered an auspicious month.
- It usually falls on the 14th or 15th of January each year.
- Pongal is also the name of the dish made and eaten during this festival. It is a mixture of boiled sweet rice. It is derived from the Tamil word pongu, which means “to boil over”.
Other Important Harvest Festivals
- It is a harvest festival held in honour of Saljong, the Sun-god of fertility.
- During this festival, the Sun God is worshiped with immense devotion and zeal.
- The celebration of the Wangala Festival marks the end of a period of toil, which brings good output of the fields.
- It is the harvest festival of the Garo tribe which marks the onset of winter.
- A 100 drums are played during the occasion. Women wear their traditional colorful clothes and dance while men rhythmically drum their ﬁngers on the traditional drum pads.
- The festival is also known as Nuakhai Parab or Nuakhai Bhetghat.
- Nuakhai is a Sambalpuri festival that is highly popular in Western Odisha.
- The area is densely populated with tribal people whose main occupation is agriculture and this is the reason they celebrate Nuakhai.
- The literal meaning of Nuakhai is ‘Nua’ means New and ‘khai’ means eating.
- The new harvest crops are worshipped and people celebrate it by eating the first rice of the harvest together with their family.
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Tanimbar Region In Indonesia
Why In News?
- A magnitude of 7.7 earthquake struck Tanimbar region in Indonesia on January 10, 2023.
- The Indonesian geophysics agency warned about a potential tsunami initially and then lifted the warning.
Prelims Bits on Tanimbar Islands
- Tanimbar Islands is a group of about 30 islands in Maluku province, eastern Indonesia.
- The islands lie between the Banda and Arafura seas.
- The largest of the group is Yamdena Island, the principal town of which is Saumlaki, a port on the southern coast. This island has thickly wooded hills along its eastern coast, while its western coast is lower and often swampy.
- The group, the total area of which is some 2,100 square miles (5,439 square km), lies outside the zone of historic volcanic activity.
|Did you know?
Indonesia, owning to its geographical position in the highly seismic ‘Ring of Fire’ – an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean is highly susceptible to earthquakes.
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The Republic Of Panama
Why In News?
India and Panama have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation in the training of diplomats
Prelims Bits on Panama
- Panama is a country of Central America located on the Isthmus of Panama, the narrow bridge of land that connects North and South America.
- Embracing the isthmus and more than 1,600 islands off its Atlantic and Pacific coasts, the tropical nation is renowned as the site of the Panama Canal, which cuts through its midsection.
- It is equally well known for its natural beauty, for its diverse plant and animal life, including hundreds of bird and tree species, and for its vibrant music and culture.
- Celebrated as “the door to the seas and key to the universe,” it served in the 1530s as the staging point for the Spanish conquest of the Inca empire, and until the 19th century it was a transshipment point for gold and silver destined for Spain.
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