Daily GK Update: 8th May 2023

By Neha Bisarya|Updated : May 8th, 2023


1. India's first Air Force Heritage Centre inaugurated in Chandigarh


  • Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh has inaugurated India's first Indian Air Force Heritage Centre in Chandigarh.
  • It will highlight the IAF’s role in various wars.
  • It also houses the first IAF-made patent aircraft Air Force ‘Kanpur-1 Vintage Prototype Aircraft’, a single-engine indigenous flying machine designed and built by the late Air Vice Marshal Harjinder Singh in 1958.
  • In June 2022, an MoU on the heritage centre was signed between the Chandigarh administration and IAF.
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2. Spain's Carlos Alcaraz wins Madrid Open 2023


  • Spanish tennis player, Carlos Alcaraz has successfully defended his title at Madrid Open 2023 and won his fourth ATP Tour trophy of the year and his tenth overall.
  • In the final, he defeated Jan-Lennard Struff (German) 6-4 3-6 6-3.
  • While Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus has clinched the Women's singles title at Madrid Open 2023.
  • Other winners:
    • Men's doubles: Karen Khachanov /  Andrey Rublev
    • Women's doubles: Victoria Azarenka / Beatriz Haddad Maia
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 Science & Technology

3. Rocket Lab launches NASA satellites to study tropical storms and hurricanes


  • Rocket Lab has launched NASA's two satellites to study tropical storms and hurricanes.
  • The two CubeSats, the founding members of the agency's TROPICS network, launched atop a Rocket Lab Electron rocket, which was lifted off from New Zealand.
  • Aim: To improve forecasting and provide new insights into how tropical storms evolve and intensify
  • The TROPICS constellation will consist of four CubeSats in low Earth orbit.
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4. Union Minister G Kishan Reddy inaugurates PM Jan Aushadhi Kendra


  • Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy inaugurated a PM Jan Aushadhi Kendra at Warasiguda in Secunderabad.
  • Aim: To provide affordable healthcare and generate self-employment opportunities for youth
  • It was launched to make quality generic medicines available to the common man at a low cost.
  • PM Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana:
    • Launched by: Department of Pharmaceuticals,  Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers
    • Initially launched in 2008
    • The scheme was rechristened in 2015
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 Important Dates

5. World Red Cross Day 2023: May 8


  • World Red Cross Day is celebrated on May 8 every year to honor the birth anniversary of Henry Dunant, who founded the Red Cross.
  • World Red Cross Day is also known as Red Crescent Day.
  • The theme of World Red Cross Day 2023 is ‘Everything we do comes #fromtheheart’.
  • This day recognizes the significant contributions of the International Red Cross toward providing humanitarian services to individuals regardless of their race, religion, or political beliefs.
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 Summits & Conferences

6. Minister Piyush Goyal to attend 6th India- Canada Ministerial Dialogue


  • Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal, and Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Canada have co-chaired the discussions for the sixth India- Canada Ministerial Dialogue on Trade and Investment (MDTI) in Ottawa.
  • MDTI is a bilateral mechanism that provides an institutional mechanism to discuss a broad spectrum of trade and investment-related issues and cooperation areas.
  • The Ministers have also reviewed India-Canada CEPA negotiations.
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 National Affairs

7. New Lithium deposits discovered in Rajasthan after J-K


  • After Jammu and Kashmir, lithium reserves have been traced in the Degana district of Rajasthan.
  • According to officials, the lithium reserves are higher than the ones recently found in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Officials have also informed, that the quantity of lithium here can meet around 80% of India's demand.
  • For the first time, lithium reserves were found in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi in February 2023.
  • Lithium is a key component of batteries used in electric vehicles.
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 National Affairs

8. MoS Nityanand Rai inaugurates Dawki land port in Meghalaya


  • Union Minister Nityanand Rai has inaugurated the Dawki Land Port in West Jaintia Hills district, Meghalaya.
  • Aim: To promote trade and commerce between India and Bangladesh
  • The corresponding Land Port in Bangladesh is Tamabil, located in the Sylhet district.
  • The Dawki Land port will facilitate the movement of goods, people, and vehicles across the border.
  • It will also facilitate passenger movement across the border.
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 Important Dates

9. World Thalassaemia Day 2023: 8 May


  • World Thalassaemia Day is celebrated every year on May 8 to create awareness about the disorder and explore treatment options.
  • 2023 theme: Be aware. Share. Care: Strengthening Education to Bridge the Thalassaemia Care Gap
  • This day was created by Panos Englezos (President and Founder of the Thalassemia International Federation) in 1994.
  • Thalassemia is a genetic blood disorder that is inherited by children from their parents.
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 National & International Appointments

10. Joe Biden appoints Indian-American Neera Tanden as Domestic Policy Advisor


  • United States President, Joe Biden named Indian-American Neera Tanden as his Domestic Policy Advisor to help him craft and implement his domestic policy agenda.
  • She has replaced Susan Rice as Biden's Domestic Policy Advisor.
  • She served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, as well as presidential campaigns and think tanks.
  • Tanden previously served as senior advisor for health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services.
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Daily GK Update: 8th May 2023


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