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UPSC GK Capsule: This Week’s Top Events, Haryana’s Budget 2024 to ISRO Completing Human Rating of CE20 Engine

Every year, the Civil Services Examination, often known as the IAS test, is administered by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). IAS Exam 2024 online applications are now being accepted. The timetable states that this year’s IAS Exam for the preliminary phase of 2024 will take place on May 26.

Those who want to pass the UPSC or any other government test need to keep up with current national and international affairs. It is crucial for anybody studying for a hiring test, particularly government examinations in India, to keep up with current events. As a result, we have assembled a list of the most significant news items from the previous week.

HARYANA ANNOUNCES INTEREST WAIVER ON CROP LOANS AMID FARMER PROTESTS:
Manohar Lal Khattar, the chief minister of Haryana, presented a budget of Rs 1.89 lakh crore for the fiscal year 2024–25 on February 23 and announced the remission of interest and penalties on a number of agricultural loans. Amidst intensifying farmer demonstrations at the Punjab-Haryana border, Khattar unveiled the proposed budget and said that his administration had implemented several measures to guarantee farmers’ well-being, such as offering the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for fourteen crops. Furthermore, the government has chosen to provide families of troops killed in action with an additional Rs 1 crore in financial help.

A three-person team from the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) visited the trouble-plagued Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district on February 22 and interacted with the residents. The National Commission for Scheduled Castes and the National Commission for Women performed visits in the days before the NCST visit. “We are going to meet with the individuals and investigate their grievances,” NCST interim head Ananta Nayak said reporters. Regarding the continued violence and abuses of human rights in the region, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) sent a notification to the state administration and the head of police on February 21.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has completed the human rating of its CE20 cryogenic engine, which powers the cryogenic stage of the human-rate LVM3 launch vehicle for its Gaganyaan mission. This announcement was made on February 21. The engine’s last set of ground qualifications was completed on February 13. The space agency states that life demonstrations, endurance tests, and performance assessments under nominal operating conditions as well as off-nominal conditions in terms of thrust, mixture ratio, and propellant tax pressure were all part of the ground qualification testing for the CE20 engine’s human rating.

3 Russian officials face sanctions imposed by the US:
One week after Russia’s most well-known opposition politician passed away in an Arctic prison colony, the Treasury Department stated on February 23 that the US has placed penalties on three Russian government officials in relation to the death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny while he was in captivity. Hundreds of Russians rushed to makeshift shrines with flowers and candles for President Vladimir Putin’s most ferocious opponent after Navalny’s untimely death. Three officials will be nominated by the State Department, according to a Treasury Department announcement today.

THE BIGGEST WIN FOR INDIA IN THE RAJKOT TEST AGAINST ENGLAND:
On February 18, Team India made history in Rajkot as they defeated a helpless English team by 434 runs after restricting the visitors to 122 runs after establishing a 557 target. With the highest margin of victory for the squad, Rohit Sharma and company now lead the five-match Test series against England 2-1. India outbatted the visitors, with opener Yashasvi Jaiswal scoring 214 runs without losing and captain Sarfaraz Khan scoring 68 runs without losing.

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