Current Affairs 2022

Government approves creation of Weapon Systems branch in Indian Air Force [08 Oct 2022]

In a historic step for the Indian Air Force (IAF), Government has approved the creation of a new branch, called the Weapon Systems (WS) branch. The creation of WS branch would entail the unification of all weapon system operators under one entity dedicated to the operational employment of all ground-based and specialist airborne weapon systems. The branch would encompass operators in four specialized streams of Surface-to-Surface missiles, Surface-to-Air missiles, Remotely Piloted Aircraft, and Weapon System Operators in twin/multi-crew aircraft. The branch will contribute immensely by enhancing the warfighting capability of the Indian Air Force.

Nobel Prize in Literature 2022 [07 Oct 2022]

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2022 is awarded to the French author Annie Ernaux "for the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory". In her writing, Ernaux consistently and from different angles, examines a life marked by strong disparities regarding gender, language, and class. Her path to authorship was long and arduous.

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2022 [06 Oct 2022]

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2022 to Carolyn R. Bertozzi (Stanford University, CA, USA), Morten Meldal (University of Copenhagen, Denmark), and K. Barry Sharpless (Scripps Research, La Jolla, CA, USA) "for the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry".

Nobel Prize in Physics 2022 [04 Oct 2022]

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics 2022 to Alain Aspect, John F. Clauser, Anton Zeilinger "for experiments with entangled photons, establishing the violation of Bell inequalities and pioneering quantum information science".

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2022 [03 Oct 2022]

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to Svante Pääbo "for his discoveries concerning the genomes of extinct hominins and human evolution".

PM launches 5G Services [01 Oct 2022]

Ushering in a new technological era, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi launched 5G services in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The Prime Minister also inaugurated the sixth edition of the India Mobile Congress and also witnessed the IMC Exhibition that was put on the occasion.

Asha Parekh honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award, 2020 [30 Sep 2022]

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2020 to the legendary actress Ms. Asha Parekh. The award will be presented at the National Film Award ceremony in New Delhi. Ms. Asha Parekh is a renowned film actress, director and producer, and an accomplished Indian classical dancer. Starting her career as a child actor she made her debut as the lead heroine in Dil Deke Dekho and has gone on to act in over 95 movies. She has acted in celebrated films like Kati Patang, Teesri Manzil, Love in Tokyo, Aya Saawan Jhoom Ke, Aan Milo Sajna, and Mera Gaon Mera Desh. Ms. Asha Parekh was conferred the Padma Shri in 1992. She also served as the head of the Central Board for Film Certification from 1998-2001.

India climbs to the 40th rank in the Global Innovation Index of WIPO [29 Sep 2022]

India had come a long way in the Global Innovation Index (GII) from the 81st spot in 2015 to the 40th spot in 2022. The Global Innovation Index (GII) is published by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

PM declares 36th National Games open in Ahmedabad [29 Sep 2022]

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi declared the 36th National Games open at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. National Games are being held in the state of Gujarat for the very first time. It will be organised from 29th September to 12th October 2022. Nearly 15,000 sportspersons, coaches, and officials from across the country will be participating in 36 sports disciplines, making it the biggest National Games ever. The sporting events will be organised in six cities of Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot and Bhavnagar. Under the leadership of the then Chief Minister and the current Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gujarat embarked on the journey to create a robust sports infrastructure of international standards, which helped the state to prepare for the games in a very short span of time.

Saudi king names crown prince Mohammed bin Salman as prime minister [28 Sep 2022]

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz named his son and heir Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the kingdom's prime minister and his second son Prince Khalid as defence minister.The reshuffle kept another son, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, as energy minister, the aged king said in the royal decree, carried by state news agency SPA.

India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida Conferred “National Tourism Award 2018-19 [28 Sep 2022]

India Expo Centre & Mart received the prestigious ‘National Tourism Award 2018-19 for best standalone convention centre’ during "National Tourism Awards" 2022 ceremony held at Vigyan Bhawan on September 27, 2022.

Lt General Anil Chauhan (Retired) as Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) [28 Sep 2022]

The Government has decided to appoint Lt General Anil Chauhan (Retired) PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM as the next Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) who shall also function as Secretary to Government of India, Department of Military Affairs with effect from the date of his assumption of charge and until further orders. In a career spanning over nearly 40 years, Lt Gen Anil Chauhan had held several command, staff and instrumental appointments and had extensive experience in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu & Kashmir and North-East India.

Successful Flight Tests of Very Short Range Air Defence System (VSHORADS) [27 Sep 2022]

DRDO conducted two successful test flights of Very Short Range Air Defence System (VSHORADS) missile from a ground-based portable launcher at the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha. VSHORADS is a Man Portable Air Defence System (MANPAD) designed and developed indigenously by DRDO’s Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories and Indian Industry Partners. VSHORADS missile incorporates many novel technologies including a miniaturized Reaction Control System (RCS) and integrated avionics, which have been successfully proven during the tests. The missile, meant for neutralizing low-altitude aerial threats at short ranges is propelled by a dual thrust solid motor. The design of the missile including the launcher has been highly optimized to ensure easy portability. Both the flight tests have completely met the mission objectives.

Varanasi nominated as the first-ever SCO Tourism and Cultural Capital [16 Sep 2022]

The city of Varanasi has been nominated as the first-ever SCO Tourism and Cultural Capital during the period 2022-2023 at the 22nd Meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Heads of State in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on September 16, 2022. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the Summit. The nomination of Varanasi as the first ever SCO Tourism and Cultural Capital will promote tourism and cultural and humanitarian exchanges between India and the SCO member Countries. It also underlines India’s ancient civilizational links with the Member States of SCO, especially the Central Asian Republics. Under the framework of this major cultural outreach program, a number of events will be hosted in Varanasi during 2022-23, for which guests will be invited to participate from the SCO Member States. These events are expected to attract Indologists, scholars, authors, musicians and artists, photojournalists, travel bloggers, and other invited guests. The regulations for the nomination of the SCO Tourism and Cultural Capital were adopted at the Dushanbe SCO Summit in 2021 with the objective of promoting cooperation between the SCO Member States in the field of culture and tourism.

KRITAGYA 3.0- A National level Hackathon on crop improvement by ICAR [16 Sep 2022]

Indian Council of Agricultural Research with its National Agricultural Higher Education Project and Crop Science Division is organizing Hackathon 3.0 "KRITAGYA" on promoting "speed breeding for crop improvement". Taking forward the vision of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi through National Education Policy-2020, this program will provide an opportunity to students/faculties/entrepreneurs/innovators, and others to showcase innovative approaches and technology solutions to promote innovation for crop improvement.

SBI becomes third Indian lender to surpass Rs 5 trillion market cap [14 Sep 2022]

State Bank of India became the third lender and seventh Indian company to cross the Rs 5-trillion market cap for the first time after its shares rallied over 22 percent so far this year. HDFC Bank Ltd and ICICI Bank Ltd achieved this milestone earlier. Among other Indian companies, Reliance Industries, Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys, Hindustan Unilever, Life Insurance Corp of India and HDFC are in the league.

Mr. Likith YP won Bronze Medal in the Skill of Prototype Modelling WorldSkills Competition 2022 [12 Sep 2022]

Mr. Likith YP won Bronze Medal in the Skill of Prototype Modelling at the WorldSkills Competition 2022 (WSC2022). Likith has completed his diploma in Mechatronics from Toyota Technical Training Institute and was under training for this competition since January 2022. He has also won India’s National Skill Competition “IndiaSkills 2021” in Prototype Modelling Skill. He has been trained by Toyota India Expert Mr. Bhaskar Singh, who is also a Chief Expert in Prototype Modelling Skill at the WorldSkills International platform. WorldSkills Competition is an international competition of skilled youth between member countries of WorldSkills International. Earlier WorldSkills Competition was scheduled to take place in Shanghai but due to covid outbreak over there, it got shifted to 15 countries to be conducted over the span of 2 months. Competition of Prototype Modelling Skill was the beginning of WSC2022 in phase 1. Phase 1 of WSC 2022 took place in Bern, Switzerland from 7-10 September 2022.

Japan-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise – Jimex 20 [12 Sep 2022]

The sixth edition of Japan India Maritime Exercise 2022 (JIMEX 22) hosted by the Indian Navy commenced in the Bay of Bengal on 11 Sep 22. The Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) ships are being led by R Adm Hirata Toshiyuki, Commander Escort Flotilla Four, and Indian Naval ships by R Adm Sanjay Bhalla, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet. The Indian Naval ships welcomed JMSDF ships Izumo, a Helicopter Carrier, and Takanami, a Guided Missile Destroyer, on their arrival in the Bay of Bengal. The Indian Navy is being represented by three indigenously designed and built warships; Sahyadri, a multi-purpose stealth frigate, and Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvettes Kadmatt and Kavaratti. Guided Missile Destroyer Ranvijay, Fleet Tanker Jyoti, Offshore Patrol Vessel Sukanya, submarines, MIG 29K fighter aircraft, Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft, and ship-borne helicopters are also participating in the exercise. JIMEX 22 involves two Phases; exercises at sea and a harbor phase at Visakhapatnam.

President of India launches Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan [09 Sep 2022]

The President of India, Smt Droupadi Murmu virtually launched the Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan. The Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan has been envisioned to bring together all community stakeholders to support those on TB treatment and accelerate the country’s progress towards TB elimination.

NTPC to supply RE Power to Military Engineering Services (MES) [09 Sep 2022]

NTPC Ltd, India’s largest integrated energy company has entered into an agreement to supply Renewable Energy Power to the armed forces (Military Engineering Services). This is the first-ever agreement by the Indian armed forces for sourcing power from Renewable Energy sources. This will go towards the gradual decarbonization of the armed forces.

PM inaugurates 'Kartavya Path' and unveils the statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at India Gate [08 Sep 2022]

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated 'Kartavya Path' today. It symbolises a shift from erstwhile Rajpath being an icon of power, to Kartavya Path being an example of public ownership and empowerment. The Prime Minister also unveiled the statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at India Gate.

Cabinet approves signing of MoU between India and United Arab Emirates on cooperation in the field of Education [07 Sep 2022]

The Union Cabinet chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved to sign of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Education, Government of India, and the Ministry of Education of the Government of the United Arab Emirates on cooperation in the field of Education. The objective of the MoU is to further strengthen our ongoing educational collaboration between India and UAE and widen the scope of our engagements. This MoU will rejuvenate educational cooperation and increase academic mobility between India and UAE besides facilitating the exchange of information in order to promote mutual recognition of these qualifications. It also covers cooperation in TVET as UAE is a major work destination for Indians.

First Nasal Vaccine against COVID- 19 supported by DBT-BIRAC gets emergency use authorization from India drug regulator DCGI [07 Sep 2022]

Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and its PSU, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) is delighted to announce approval from DCGI for emergency use authorization first of its kind intranasal COVID-19 Vaccine to Bharat Biotech (BBIL). Supported by DBT and BIRAC under the aegis of Mission COVID Suraksha, the mission was launched by DBT and implemented by BIRAC to reinforce and accelerate COVID-19 vaccine development efforts as part of Aatmanirbhar 3.0. Scientific leadership at various levels of vaccine development was provided by DBT laboratories and BIRAC. This is the fourth success story for the Covid-19 vaccine under mission Covid Suraksha. BBV154 is an intranasal replication-deficient chimpanzee adenovirus SARS-CoV-2 vectored vaccine. It consists of a replication-deficient ChAd vector expressing the stabilized Spike SARS-CoV-2 (Wuhan variant).

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi commissions India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant in Kochi [02 Sep 2022]

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi commissioned the country’s first indigenous aircraft carrier Indian Naval Ship (INS) Vikrant at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL). ? During the event, the Prime Minister also unveiled the new Naval Ensign (Nishaan), doing away with the colonial past and befitting the rich Indian maritime heritage. He dedicated the new ensign to Chhatrapati Shivaji.

Cabinet approves signing of an MoU between India and Nepal in the field of biodiversity conservation [31 Aug 2022]

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change for signing an MoU with the Government of Nepal on biodiversity conservation, with a view to strengthen and enhance the coordination and cooperation in the field of forests, wildlife, environment, biodiversity conservation and climate change, including restoration of corridors and interlinking areas and share knowledge and best practices, between the two countries.

Justice Uday Umesh Lalit takes over as the 49th Chief Justice of India [27 Aug 2022]

At a ceremony held in the Darbar Hall, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Shri Justice Uday Umesh Lalit was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India. He made and subscribed to the oath of office before the President. Justice Uday Umesh Lalit takes over as the 49th Chief Justice of India.

DRDO & Indian Navy successfully flight-test Vertical Launch Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile [23 Aug 2022]

Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Navy successfully flight tested Vertical Launch Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha. The flight test was carried out from an Indian Naval Ship against a high-speed unmanned aerial target for demonstration of vertical launch capability. The missiles, equipped with indigenous Radio Frequency (RF) seeker, intercepted the target with high accuracy. The VL-SRSAM system has been indigenously designed and developed by DRDO. During the test launch, flight path and vehicle performance parameters were monitored using flight data, captured by various Range instruments such as Radar, Electro-optical tracking system (EOTS) and Telemetry systems deployed by ITR, Chandipur. The launch was monitored by senior scientists from various DRDO labs involved in the design and development of the system such as Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad and R&D Engineers, Pune.

Goa becomes the First ‘Har Ghar Jal’ Certified State [18 Aug 2022]

Goa and Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu (D&NH and D&D) become the first ‘Har Ghar Jal’ certified State and UT in the country respectively, where people from all the villages have declared their village as ‘Har Ghar Jal’ through a resolution passed by Gram Sabha, certifying that all households in the villages have access to safe drinking water through taps, ensuring that "No One is Left Out". All 2.63 lakh rural households of Goa & 85,156 of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu have access to potable water through tap connection. Jal Jeevan Mission is a flagship programme of the Government of India which was announced from the ramparts of Red Fort by the visionary Prime Minister on August 15, 2019. The mission aims to make provision of potable tap water supply in adequate quantity, of prescribed quality, and on a regular & long-term basis to every rural household of the country by 2024. The program is implemented by the Government of India in partnership with States/UTs.

Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar sworn in as the 14th Vice President of India and Chairman of Rajya Sabha [11 Aug 2022]

Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar took over as the fourteenth Vice President of India and Chairman of Rajya Sabha. A renowned lawyer and former West Bengal Governor, Shri Dhankhar, was administered the oath of office by the President, Smt. Droupadi Murmu at a swearing-in ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

PM dedicates 2G Ethanol Plant in Panipat [10 Aug 2022]

On the occasion of World Biofuel Day, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi dedicated the 2nd generation (2G) Ethanol Plant in Panipat, Haryana to the nation.

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