Asia Economic Dialogue 2023 begins in Pune.

  • An annual flagship event of the External Affairs Ministry on Geo-economics, Asia Economic Dialogue is being conducted in Pune, Maharashtra from 23 -25 February 2023.
  • This event is being co-hosted in collaboration with Pune International Centre.
  • Theme 2023: Asia and the Emerging World Order.
  • The Dialogue also discusses themes such as Global Growth Prospects, How the Global South Will Shape the G20 Agenda and the Metaverse.

ICAR develops wheat variety to beat the heat.

  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has developed a new wheat variety called HD-3385.
  • It can overcome the challenges arising out due to changes in weather patterns and rising heat levels.
  • It is amenable to early sowing, escaping the impact of heat spikes, and can be harvested before March's end.
  • Recently, the Centre announced to set up of a committee to monitor the situation arising from the increase in temperatures and its impact on the current wheat crop.

Kerala HC becomes 1st to publish judgements in regional language.

  • The Kerala High Court has become the 1st high court in the country to publish judgments in the regional language.
  • On February 21 (International Mother Language Day), Kerala published two of its recent judgments in Malayalam.
  • The judgments in Malayalam were uploaded on the court's website just below the English version.
  • The Kerala High Court made use of SUVAS (Supreme Court Vidhik Anuwad Software ) tool to translate the judgments.
  • CJ of Kerala HC: S. Manikumar

University of Auckland, Tata Memorial Hospital sign MoU for cancer care.

  • Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH) and Waipapa Taumata Rau (Auckland University) signed an MoU to engage in long-term cooperation in cancer care.
  • TMH is the most renowned cancer care hospital and research center in India.
  • Initial projects envisaged for the partnership include a digital platform:
    • For clinical trials to track study-related activities for patients, investigators, and regulators
    • To make outpatient clinics more efficient
    • To enhance prescription medicine safety

SBI allows Bhim-based real-time payment with Singapore.

  • The State Bank of India has partnered with PayNow (Singapore Payment System) for cross-border payments.
  • The facility is offered through SBI's Bhim SBIPay mobile application.
  • This partnership will allow fund transfers from India to Singapore through registered mobile numbers, and from Singapore to India using the UPI ID.
  • This initiative will boost the digitization initiatives, providing an easy, seamless cross-border payment facility to users.
  • SBI chairman: Dinesh Khara.

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