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Current Affairs Date: 15 January 2023

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IInvenTiv - the first-ever all-IITs R&D Showcase

⇒ Union Minister for Education and Skill Development and Patron-in-Chief of IInvenTiv Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, inaugurated IInvenTiv – the first-ever all-IITs R&D Showcase at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi on 14 October 2022.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan said that IInvenTiv will emerge as a key forum which will provide solutions to complex global problems.

    • The two-day event that concluded on October 15th brought academia and industry under one roof to showcase India’s global R&D strength.
    • The R&D Fair was organized in commemoration of the 75th year of India’s Independence in line with the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav initiative.
Representatives:

The two-day event hosted representatives from Confederation of Indian Industry, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry and National Association of Software and Service Companies, along with students, global IIT alumni, faculties of various CFTIs, scientists from DRDO, ISRO, CSIR and ICAR, and so on.

    • It brought together over 300 representatives from industry, including startups, along with government, and embassy officials, and global IIT-alumni.
Showcase:

» A total of 75 projects by the 23 IITs were exhibited to mark the 75th year of India’s Independence.

    • There were 75 projects and 6 Showcase projects on diverse themes such as, Defence and aerospace, Healthcare (including devices and digital health), Environment and Sustainability (including air, water, rivers), Clean Energy & Renewables (including Hydrogen and EV), Manufacturing (including smart, advanced and industry 4.0), AI/ML/Blockchain technologies (including quantum computing), Smart Cities & Infrastructure (including smart mobility), Communication Technologies (including education and 5G), Robotics, Sensors & Actuators, and Semiconductors, Flexible electronics & Nanotechnology, were exhibited at the event.
    • The projects were aligned with the vision of Make in India, Digital India, and Atmanirbhar Bharat, and aimed to impact the lives of all sections of society.

Guinness World Record Award for ‘Knittathon’

⇒ Air Force Wives Welfare Association (AFWWA) celebrated its 62nd anniversary on 15 October 2022.

    • To commemorate the occasion, AFWWA organised a cultural program at Air Force Auditorium, Subroto Park, New Delhi.
Guinness World Record Award for ‘Knittathon’:

The event also marked the culmination of a special drive by AFWWA called ‘Knittathon’, wherein approximately 3,000 ladies (all AFWWA members) had collectively knit over 41,000 woolen caps over a period of three months.

» AFWWA has made the Guinness world record for making a huge quantity of knitted caps  (41, 541) in mere three months.

    • The Award was announced by the Adjudicator, Guinness World Record on the occasion. Mrs Neeta Chaudhari, President, AFWWA received the award on behalf of AFWWA.
About AFWWA:

» Air Force Wives Welfare Association is the core welfare organisation for the families of the Indian Air Force.

    • Empowerment of its members known as Sanginis, holistic development of the children, extending helping hand to the needy sections of the society are few of its primary objectives.
    • The Association’s contribution to the senior citizens, special children and orphans over the years deserves special mention.

International

5th South Asian Geoscience Conference, Geo India 2022

⇒ Union Petroleum and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep S. Puri inaugurated the three-day 5th South Asian Geoscience Conference, Geo India 2022 on 14 October 2022.

The Minister also inaugurated the Exhibition of Geo India 2022, where a number of Indian and global petroleum companies and service providers are showcased their cutting-edge services and tools for Exploration and production of oil and gas.

» Veteran Geologist Shyam Vyas Rao, former Director (Exploration), ONGC was also presented with the Life Time Achievement Award by the Minister in the inaugural session.

About 5th South Asian Geoscience Conference, Geo India 2022:

To share the latest researches on improved production of natural gas and oil, the three-day 5th South Asian Geoscience Conference, GEO India 2022, was held at JECC Sitapura, Jaipur, Rajsthan on October 14-16.

Organized by:

The global conference was organized by the Association of Petroleum Geologists (APG).

Theme:

The theme of the 5th South Asian Geoscience Conference, Geo India 2022, was ‘Fossil Fuels, Decarbonization and Changing Energy Dynamics’.

Discussion:

Over a hundred experts from India and other countries including the United States, Norway and the European Central participated to discuss the issues and share their experiences.

    • The conference brainstormed on the role of oil and gas in the context of energy transition in the fast-changing world.
About Association of Petroleum Geologists (APG):

» The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) is one of the world’s largest professional geological societies with more than 40,000 members across 129 countries.

    • The AAPG works to advance the science of geology, especially as it relates to petroleum, natural gas, other subsurface fluids, and mineral resources; to promote the technology of exploring for, finding, and producing these materials in an economically and environmentally sound manner; and to advance the professional well-being of its members.

» Association of Petroleum Geologists (APG) India is AAPG’s India arm.

    • It is a forum which brings together Petroleum Geoscientists and Engineers on one platform to discuss, deliberate and plan ways and means to supports worth-while educational and scientific programs or projects related to the geosciences.
    • It focuses on advancement of the science of Petroleum Geology and promotion of technology for exploration and production in economically and environmentally sound manner.

Sports

2022 Women's Asia Cup

⇒ The 2022 Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup took place from 1 October to 15 October, 2022 in Sylhet, Bangladesh. It was the 8th edition of the Women’s Asia Cup tournament.

» Bangladesh was the host nation for the 2022 Women’s Asia Cup.

    • The tournament was contested between Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and United Arab Emirates.
Final:

The 2022 Women’s Asia Cup Final was played between Sri Lanka and India at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet on 15 October 2022.

Winner:

India won their 7th title by defeating Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in the final.

    • Player of the series: Deepti Sharma (India)
    • Most runs: Jemimah Rodrigues (217) (India)
    • Most wickets: Deepti Sharma (13) (India) & Inoka Ranaweera (13) (Sri Lanka)

Source: PIB & Other News Reports

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