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Current Affairs February 8, 2023

By Manorama Horizon
Updated on: Feb 10, 2023 | icon5.0

1. Tumakuru Industrial Township: South India’s 1st Industrial Corridor Project
2. UNESCO to Declare Kolkata’s Visva Bharat as World’s First Living Heritage University 
3. Astronomers spotted 12 new moons of Jupiter 
4. Veteran singer Vani Jairam passed away 


Tumakuru Industrial Township: South India’s 1st Industrial Corridor Project

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the groundwork for the first industrial corridor project in south India, On 6 February. It would be built near Tumakuru under Chennai Bengaluru Industrial Corridor (CBIC). The CBIC project includes the construction of industrial townships in three locations: Krishnapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Tumakuru (Karnataka), and Ponneri (Tamil Nadu).  

Features of the Project 

  • Aims to contribute towards Make in India initiative of the country.  

  • In line with the Government of India mantra “Reform, Perform, and Transform”. Four such smart industrial cities have already been completed at Dholera in Gujarat, Shendra Bidkin in Maharashtra, Vikram Udyogpuri in Madhya Pradesh, Integrated Industrial Township at Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh. 

  • Tumakuru node to generate employment opportunities for approximately 88,000 people and it attract investment of around Rs. 7,000 crore over a period of 5-6 years. 

  •  The project will trigger growth and prosperity in the region. 

  • Chief Minister of Karnataka: Shri Basavaraj S. Bommai. 


UNESCO to Declare Kolkata’s Visva Bharat as World’s First Living Heritage University 

Visva-Bharati University, which was founded in 1921 by Rabindranath Tagore, will receive the ‘heritage’ tag from UNESCO to become the world’s first living heritage university. It is located in Shantiniketan, West Bengal, India.   It served as a college until Independence, whereas the institution was given the status of Central University in 1951 through a central Act. The first vice-chancellor of this institution was Rathindranath Tagore, who was the son of Rabindranath Tagore. The current vice-chancellor is Professor Bidyut Chakrabarty. 

What is UNESCO? 

UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. 

UNESCO was founded in 1945, with Paris as headquarters. It contributes to peace and security by promoting international cooperation in education, sciences, culture, communication and information. UNESCO promotes knowledge sharing and the free flow of ideas to accelerate mutual understanding and a more perfect knowledge of each other's lives.


Astronomers spotted 12 new moons of Jupiter

Astronomers have made a groundbreaking discovery of 12 new moons orbiting Jupiter, bringing the total number of its satellites to 92. Jupiter is now the planet with the most moons in our solar system, surpassing Saturn's previous record of 83.  

The new moons have officially been added to the list maintained by the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Centre. The moons were discovered using telescopes in Hawaii and Chile in 2021 and 2022. Uranus till now has 27 confirmed moons, Neptune has 14, Mars has two and Earth has one. Venus and Mercury do not have any satellites. 

What is a moon? 

Moons are celestial bodies which orbit planets and asteroids in solar system. They are also known as natural satellites. With this new discovery, Jupiter is the planet with the highest number of moons.  

  • There are more than 200 moons in our solar system.  

  • Pluto and some other dwarf planets, as well as many asteroids, also have small moons.  

  • They differ in size and shape and a few have atmospheres and even hidden oceans beneath their surfaces.  

  • Jupiter has the highest number of moons: 92 

  • Biggest moon in Solar System: Ganymede (Jupiter) 


Veteran singer Vani Jairam passed away 

Vani Jairam is a famous Indian playback singer in South Indian cinemas. She began her career as a singer in 1971 and has performed in 19 different Indian languages, including Malayalam. She won the National Film Awards for Best Female Playback Singer in 1975,1980 and 1981. Additionally, she received honours from the governments of Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha. In 2007, she was given the name South Indian Meera.  

  • Real Name: Kalaivani 

  • Born In: Vellore, Tamil Nadu 

  • Born on: 30 November 1945 

  • Died on: 4 February 2023 

  • 2023 - Padma Bhushan Award, Government of India 

  • Received National Film Awards for Best Female Playback Singer three times 

  • Received State Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer, awarded by Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha 

  • She is the youngest artist to be awarded the "Sangeet Peet Samman"(in 1992) 


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