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  17 November, 2023 Current Affairs 

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 Suresh Wadkar named for Maharashtra’s ‘Lata Mangeshkar Award 2023’

The Maharashtra government has chosen the esteemed playback singer and National Award winner, Suresh Ishwar Wadkar, as the recipient of the prestigious 'Gansamragini Lata Mangeshkar Award' for 2023.The Maharashtra government has chosen the esteemed playback singer and National Award winner, Suresh Ishwar Wadkar, as the recipient of the prestigious ‘Gansamragini Lata Mangeshkar Award’ for 2023. The announcement was made by Cultural Affairs Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, recognizing Wadkar’s remarkable contribution to the world of music.

Suresh Wadkar’s selection for the ‘Gansamragini Lata Mangeshkar Award’ is a testament to his exceptional contribution to the music industry. The award not only recognizes his achievements but also underscores the rich cultural heritage and talent within Maharashtra. The ceremony, yet to take place, will celebrate the achievements of these artists who have left an indelible mark on the cultural tapestry of the state.

Suresh Wadkar, a Sangeet Natak Akademi laureate in 2018, aged 68, has been an influential figure in the music industry. Originating from a modest family in Kolhapur, his journey from a wrestler to a music teacher in Mumbai showcases his diverse talents. Wadkar gained recognition by winning a singing competition in 1976, leading to his first playback singing opportunity in 1977 with the late music director Ravindra Jain.

Wadkar’s early hits, including “Sona Kare jhilmil jhilmil” (from the film ‘Paheli’) and “Seene Me Jalan” (‘Gaman’), drew attention, with Lata Mangeshkar recommending him to other renowned music composers. His illustrious career spans hits for films like ‘Krodhi,’ ‘Hum Paanch,’ ‘Pyaasa Sawan,’ ‘Prem Rog,’ ‘Henna,’ ‘Prem Granth,’ ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili,’ ‘Parinda,’ and ‘Sadma,’ among others.Apart from being a music sensation, Wadkar has been imparting his knowledge by teaching music and has showcased his versatility by singing in various Indian languages and genres.

The ‘Gansamragini Lata Mangeshkar Award’ for 2023 is a recognition of Wadkar’s significant contributions to the world of music. The award includes a cash prize, a commendation, and a memento, to be presented at a ceremony later.

AIFF-FIFA talent academy to be launched in Bhubaneswar on November 21

All India Football Federation (AIFF) to establish a world-class football academy is set to materialize in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, on November 21, 2023.The All India Football Federation (AIFF) to establish a world-class football academy is set to materialize in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, on November 21, 2023. The AIFF-FIFA academy, initiated under the FIFA Talent Development Scheme (TDS), will be inaugurated by Mr. Arsene Wenger, Chief of Global Football Development at FIFA. The inauguration of the AIFF-FIFA academy in Bhubaneswar marks a significant milestone in Indian football.

Under the FIFA Talent Development Scheme, the academy aims to provide a world-class platform for nurturing young football talent. The active involvement of global football leaders, including Mr. Arsene Wenger, reflects a shared commitment to elevating football standards and fostering a new generation of football stars in India. The ceremony on November 21, 2023, is poised to be a momentous occasion for Indian football, signaling a bright future for the sport in the country.

The FIFA TDS is a comprehensive program designed to collaborate with Member Associations globally, aiming to enhance the competitiveness of their national football teams. In line with this initiative, FIFA has introduced the Talent Coaching Programme, intending to provide active on-ground support to Member Associations. The scheme focuses on developing the football ecosystem by fostering talent at grassroots levels.

The AIFF-FIFA academy in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, represents a significant step in the development of football in India. The inauguration ceremony, scheduled for November 21, 2023, will be graced by Mr. Arsene Wenger, a prominent figure in the football world. His presence symbolizes the global commitment to nurturing football talent and promoting its growth at a grassroots level.

Mr. Arsene Wenger, in his role as the Chief of Global Football Development at FIFA, has played a pivotal role in shaping football development strategies globally. His presence at the inauguration reinforces the collaborative efforts between FIFA and AIFF in creating a conducive environment for nurturing football talent in India.   

Indian Navy’s Diplomatic Mission in West Africa and the Atlantic

As part of the Indian Navy’s strategic mission-based deployment to West Africa and the Atlantic, INS Sumedha made a significant port call at Walvis Bay, Namibia, from November 10-13, 2023. This diplomatic initiative underscores India’s commitment to enhancing maritime security, strengthening ties with Namibia, and showing solidarity with its allies in the region.

During the visit, the Commanding Officer of INS Sumedha engaged in courtesy calls with prominent Namibian dignitaries and senior defense officers. These interactions facilitated professional exchanges, cross-deck visits, and social engagements with the Namibian Navy, with the aim of sharing best practices and reinforcing collaborative efforts.

India and Namibia share a history of warm bilateral relations built on common values such as democracy, development, and secularism. Over the years, the two nations have solidified their ties through various bilateral arrangements for cooperation and military exchanges. India has also extended training opportunities to numerous Namibian military officers in its institutions, further strengthening their defense collaboration.

This current mission aligns with the Indian Navy’s broader strategy of building ‘Bridges of Friendship’ and enhancing international cooperation. The visit not only emphasizes India’s commitment to supporting friendly nations but also aims to reinforce the existing bonds of friendship with Namibia.

Senate Passes Stopgap Funding Bill, Averting Government Shutdown

The U.S. Senate has passed a stopgap funding bill to avoid a government shutdown, pushing the spending fight into the holiday season. The bipartisan vote of 87-11 secured the passage of the bill, which had previously cleared the House with a lopsided 336-95 vote. The legislation now awaits President Joe Biden’s expected signature.

The stopgap funding bill, known as a continuing resolution (CR), received support from both sides of the aisle, highlighting bipartisan cooperation. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer emphasized that the bill would keep the government open without any contentious provisions, benefiting the American people.The CR offers a temporary solution to government funding, preventing a shutdown that would have occurred if funding had run out late Friday. It sets different funding deadlines for various government departments, with some funded through January 19 and others through February 2. This approach aims to avoid last-minute omnibus spending packages before Christmas.

The CR is considered “clean,” with no spending cuts or divisive policy provisions that could hinder Democratic support. It does not include a supplemental package for issues such as aid for Israel and Ukraine, humanitarian assistance, or border security, leaving these matters for future consideration.

The passage of this CR provides additional time for House Republicans to advance appropriations bills and for House and Senate negotiators to reach a funding deal. While the House has passed seven of the 12 annual appropriations bills, the Senate has passed only three. The goal is to reach consensus on funding and prevent government shutdowns.

The House has faced challenges in advancing individual appropriations bills, with intraparty divisions over amendments causing delays. The ability of the House to complete its spending bills before upcoming funding deadlines remains uncertain.

Despite these challenges, House Speaker Mike Johnson expressed confidence in the process, emphasizing the ongoing effort to reach consensus on funding and appropriations bills.

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