- 10 February 2023
- By GyanOk
Daily Current Affairs Notes for 10 February 2023
World Pulses Day 2023 is Observed On 10 February
World Pulses Day 2023: World Pulses Day is celebrated on February 10 with an aim to spread awareness about the nutritional and environmental benefits of pulses.
World Pulses Day 2023
The World Pulses Day is celebrated annually on February 10 with the purpose of promoting awareness about the nutritional and eco-friendly advantages of pulses in sustainable food production. The United Nations General Assembly acknowledged the importance of pulses and designated a day to honor them in 2019, with the goal of raising global awareness and improving access to these nutritious legumes. Pulses, also known as legumes, are considered a staple food worldwide and are grown in nearly every country.
World Pulses Day 2023: Theme
The theme for the 2023 celebration of World Pulses Day is "Pulses for a Sustainable Future." This year's celebration will focus on highlighting the role of pulses in enhancing soil fertility, fortifying farming practices, improving the livelihoods of farmers in water-deficient regions, and more. Given their low water usage and ability to withstand drought and environmental challenges, pulses are crucial for achieving sustainable food production.
World Pulses Day 2023: Significance
The significance of pulses as a crop is immense for farmers as they serve as both a source of income and sustenance. Pulses are also straightforward to cultivate and require relatively low amounts of water, making them resilient to drought and environmental hazards. This stability and security not only benefits the farmers economically but also ensures the fertility of their land, thanks to the nitrogen-fixing properties of pulses. Thus, the celebration of World Pulses Day is crucial in promoting awareness and promoting the wider adoption of these valuable legumes worldwide.
World Pulses Day: History
The United Nations General Assembly acknowledged the worth of pulses in 2013 and declared 2016 as the International Year of Pulses (IYP). The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN then raised public awareness of the nutritious and environmental benefits of these legumes. Following the conclusion of the International Year of Pulses, Burkina Faso, a West African landlocked country, proposed the establishment of World Pulses Day. Finally, in 2019, the UN General Assembly officially designated February 10 as World Pulses Day.
IPL 2023 Schedule, Teams and Expected Dates
IPL 2023 Schedule: The Indian Premier League Schedule 2023 will be announced soon and it is expected to be organized from April to June 2023.
IPL 2023 Schedule
The schedule for the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) is expected to be revealed shortly and is rumored to take place from April to June 2023, with the tentative start date of April 1st 2023, as per sources. However, there has been no official confirmation from the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
The 2023 IPL season will feature ten teams, and the player auction was held in December of the previous year, allowing teams to acquire their desired players.
IPL 2023 Overview
|Organization||Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)|
|Tournament||Indian Premier League|
|Number of Teams||10|
|Start Date||April 2023 (Tentative)|
|Previous Year Winner||Gujarat Titans|
IPL 2023 Team List
The 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) will feature ten teams, including the defending champions from the previous season, the Gujarat Titans. The participating teams are:
- Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
- Mumbai Indians (MI)
- Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
- Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)
- Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)
- Gujarat Titans (GT)
- Rajasthan Royals (RR)
- Punjab Kings (PBKS)
- Delhi Capitals (DC)
- Lucknow Super Giants (LSG)
PL 2023 Schedule (Expected)
The tentative dates for the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) schedule are reportedly set to start from April 1st 2023 to June 4th 2023. However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not yet officially confirmed these dates.
|1st April 2023||GT vs RR||7:30 PM|
|2nd April 2023||DC vs MI||3:30 PM|
|2nd April 2023||PBKS vs RCB||7:30 PM|
|3rd April 2023||CSK vs LSG||7:30 PM|
|4th April 2023||SRH vs KKR||7:30 PM|
|5th April 2023||RCB vs KKR||7:30 PM|
|6th April 2023||LSG vs CSK||7:30 PM|
|7th April 2023||KKR vs PBKS||7:30 PM|
|8th April 2023||MI vs RR||3:30 PM|
|8th April 2023||GT vs DC||7:30 PM|
|9th April 2023||CSK vs PBKS||7:30 PM|
|10th April 2023||SRH vs LSG||7:30 PM|
|11th April 2023||RR vs RCB||7:30 PM|
|12th April 2023||KKR vs MI||7:30 PM|
|13th April 2023||LSG vs DC||7:30 PM|
|14th April 2023||PBKS vs GT||7:30 PM|
|15th April 2023||CSK vs SRH||3:30 PM|
|15th April 2023||RCB vs MI||7:30 PM|
|16th April 2023||KKR vs DC||3:30 PM|
|16th April 2023||RR vs LSG||7:30 PM|
|17th April 2023||SRH vs GT||7:30 PM|
|18th April 2023||CSK vs RCB||7:30 PM|
|19th April 2023||MI vs PBKS||7:30 PM|
|20th April 2023||RR vs GT||7:30 PM|
|21st April 2023||SRH vs KKR||7:30 PM|
|22nd April 2023||MI vs LSG||3:30 PM|
|22nd April 2023||DC vs RCB||7:30 PM|
|23rd April 2023||PBKS vs SRH||3:30 PM|
|23rd April 2023||GT vs CSK||7:30 PM|
|24th April 2023||RR vs KKR||7:30 PM|
|25th April 2023||LSG vs RCB||7:30 PM|
|26th April 2023||DC vs PBKS||7:30 PM|
|27th April 2023||MI vs CSK||7:30 PM|
|28th April 2023||DC vs RR||7:30 PM|
|29th April 2023||KKR vs GJ||3:30 PM|
|29th April 2023||RCB vs SRH||7:30 PM|
|30th April 2023||LSG vs MI||7:30 PM|
|1st May 2023||PBKS vs CSK||7:30 PM|
|2nd May 2023||RCB vs RR||7:30 PM|
|3rd May 2023||GT vs SRH||7:30 PM|
|4th May 2023||DC vs KKR||7:30 PM|
|5th May 2023||PBKS vs LSG||7:30 PM|
|6th May 2023||GT vs RCB||3:30 PM|
|6th May 2023||RR vs MI||7:30 PM|
|7th May 2023||DC vs LSG||3:30 PM|
|7th May 2023||SRH vs CSK||7:30 PM|
|8th May 2023||KKR vs RR||7:30 PM|
|9th May 2023||GT vs PBKS||7:30 PM|
|10th May 2023||RCB vs CSK||7:30 PM|
|11th May 2023||DC vs SRH||7:30 PM|
|12th May 2023||GT vs MI||7:30 PM|
|13th May 2023||PBKS vs RR||3:30 PM|
|13th May 2023||LSG vs KKR||7:30 PM|
|14th May 2023||SRH vs RCB||3:30 PM|
|14th May 2023||CSK vs DC||7:30:PM|
|15th May 2023||MI vs KKR||7:30 PM|
|16th May 2023||LSG vs GT||7:30 PM|
|17th May 2023||RR vs DC||7:30 PM|
|18th May 2023||CSK vs MI||7:30 PM|
|19th May 2023||RCB vs PBKS||7:30 PM|
|20th May 2023||KKR vs SRH||7:30 PM|
|21st May 2023||CSK vs GT||3:30 PM|
|21st May 2023||LSG vs RR||7:30 PM|
|22nd May 2023||PBKS vs DC||7:30 PM|
|23rd May 2023||MI vs SRH||7:30 PM|
|24th May 2023||KKR vs LSG||7:30 PM|
|25th May 2023||RCB vs GT||7:30 PM|
|26th May 2023||RR vs CSK||7:30 PM|
|27th May 2023||MI vs DC||7:30 PM|
|28th May 2023||SRH vs PBKS||7:30 PM|
|TBA||Qualifier 1||7:30 PM|
|TBA||Qualifier 2||7:30 PM|
|4th June 2023||Finals||7:30 PM|
Indian Premier League 2023 Expected Dates
The 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction was held in December 2022, and all the teams have finalized their rosters for the upcoming tournament. The schedule for the IPL 2023 is still to be confirmed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). However, it is expected to commence either in the first week of April or in the last week of March.
Pakistani PM approves IMF deal, Geo reports, without giving details
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has approved a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and all matters over the bailout programme are settled, citing sources.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has given his approval for an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) regarding the bailout program, resolving all related issues. Pakistan, facing a severe shortage of funds, was in the process of negotiating with the IMF to secure the release of funds from a $6.5 billion bailout to prevent an economic crisis.
The Timeline of Pak-IMF Deal:
Previously, a report by AFP stated that the Pakistani government was still in intense discussions with the IMF regarding the crucial financial bailout. A delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) arrived in Islamabad recently to negotiate difficult terms that the Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif, described as "beyond imagination".
According to economic analyst Abid Hasan, a former World Bank advisor, the IMF is demanding much more than what the government is willing to agree to, even with some pressure applied. The Finance Minister, Ishaq Dar, informed reporters that the final round of talks was ongoing.
The IMF is seeking to increase the inadequate tax base, eliminate tax exemptions for the export sector, and raise artificially low prices for petrol, electricity, and gas that are meant to assist low-income families. The organization is also pushing for Pakistan to maintain a sufficient amount of US dollars in the bank through guarantees from friendly nations like Saudi Arabia, China, the UAE, and the World Bank.
Pakistan had previously outlined a $6.5 billion loan agreement with the IMF, of which roughly half has already been disbursed.
Pak-IMF Deal: Asking for much more
In August, the government obtained a loan of $1.1 billion, which was a component of the $6.5 billion agreement made in 2019. However, the loan disbursement has been suspended multiple times due to Islamabad's inability to fulfill the loan conditions and disputes over the spending plans following the floods.
Pakistan’s Economic Crisis:
Pakistan's economy is facing severe difficulties, struggling with a balance of payment crisis as it tries to manage its high external debt levels amid political turmoil and worsening security. The central bank recently released data showing that its foreign exchange reserves had dropped by $170 million in a week, leaving it with only $2.9 billion.
Years of economic mismanagement and political instability have severely impacted Pakistan's economy, and this damage has been compounded by a global energy crisis and devastating floods that affected a third of the country. The government loosened control over the rupee to combat the widespread black market for US dollars, causing the currency to reach an all-time low, and increased petrol prices by 16%.
Struggling industries are pressuring the government to lift restrictions on imports, with thousands of shipping containers being held up at the Karachi port. The steel industry has warned that unless imports of scrap metal are resumed, it will lead to a decline in employment. The rupee appreciated 1% to 270.51 per dollar, while the benchmark stock index rose 1.8% at the close of the day, marking its fourth consecutive day of gains. Its dollar bonds also improved, with notes due in 2024 showing a 4.5 cent increase, trading at 59.6 cents on the dollar, representing the largest jump in about two months.