Current affairs 11 May 2023

Argentina’s Lionel Messi wins Laureus Sportsman of the Year 2023.

  • Argentina footballer, Lionel Messi has been named the Sportsman of the Year at the 2023 Laureus World Sports Awards.
  • He was awarded for his remarkable achievements on the pitch in the past year, which included leading Argentina to victory in the FIFA World Cup.
  • Sportswoman of the Year: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica) Athletics
  • Team of the Year: Argentina Men’s Football Team
  • Breakthrough: Carlos Alcaraz (Spain) Tennis
  • Comeback: Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Football

IIT Madras, DRDO develop sensor technology for underwater communications.

  • IIT Madras and DRDO have developed cutting-edge sensor technology for underwater communications.
  • The Indigenous technology will enable the fabrication of devices at a relatively lower cost.
  • Piezoelectric MEMS technology is required to develop high-performance thin films and convert 'piezo thin film' into state-of-the-art futuristic naval sensors and devices for underwater applications.
  • The Piezo Thin Films are one of the vital components of piezo MEMS devices.

Pakistan Surrenders Hajj Quota to Saudi Arabia for First Time in 75 Years.

  • Pakistan has surrendered the Hajj quota to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) for the first time in 75 years due to the worsening economic and financial crisis and drying up of the government's foreign currency reserves.
  • Faced with a critical dollar shortage, Islamabad has failed in fulfilling its annual Islamic pilgrimage targets.
  • For the year 2023, Pakistan was given a Hajj quota of over 179,000 pilgrims. Of these, at least 50 per cent was allocated to the private Hajj operators and the remaining target was divided between the Regular Hajj Scheme of the government and the Sponsorship Scheme.
  • This year, Saudi officials allocated a quota of 179,000 pilgrims to Pakistan. A total of 89,605 Hajj pilgrims were set under the state-run scheme.

Fakhar Zaman, Naruemol Chaiwai named ICC Players of the Month for April.

  • ICC has named Pakistan batter Fakhar Zaman as ICC Men’s Player of the Month for April 2023.
  • While Thailand’s skipper Naruemol Chaiwai as ICC Women's Player of the Month.
  • Fakhar Zaman: He becomes the first Pakistani player to win the monthly accolade since Sidra Ameen in November 2022.
  • Naruemol Chaiwai: She chipped in with 55 runs across the T20I series that followed, her 29 in the second T20I helping her side edge out Zimbabwe in a five-wicket win.

Rukart, SBI ties up for buying cold storage system "Subjee Cooler".

  • Rukart has tied up with SBI for providing easy loans to customers for buying the cold storage system Subjee Cooler.
  • Rukart sells Subjee Cooler to enhance the shelf life of fruits and vegetables by 4-6 days.
  • It is a cold chain storage system that requires only 20 liters of water a day.
  • The cost of the product is Rs 50,000 each and one Subjee Cooler has a storage capacity of 100 kg.
  • It is dedicated to minimizing the carbon footprint through innovative solutions.

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