Current Affairs 2022

Benzema named Champions League Player of the Season [01 Jun 2022]

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has been named the Champions League Player of the Season after a stellar 2020-21 campaign where he finished as top scorer, UEFA said. France international Benzema, 34, won the competition for the fifth time as Real beat Liverpool 1-0 in the final, having netted 15 goals in 12 games including hat-tricks against Paris St Germain and Chelsea in the knockout stages.

Shri Rajesh Gera joins as Director General, National Informatics Centre (NIC) [01 Jun 2022]

Shri Rajesh Gera joined as the Director-General, National Informatics Centre (NIC), Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) on 31st May 2022. In his association of more than 31 years with NIC, Shri Rajesh Gera headed several prominent divisions - Video Conferencing Division, Satellite Network Division, Aadhaar Authentication Division, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Ayush, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, NITI Aayog, PMO, Cabinet Secretariat, President Secretariat, Labour and Employment Informatics Division, and National Database of Unorganized Workers (NDUW) Project.

New Jalpaiguri-Dhaka Mitali Express [01 Jun 2022]

Passenger train connectivity between India and Bangladesh took a step forward with the railway ministers of the two countries virtually flagging off New Jalpaiguri-Dhaka Mitali Express. The train made its inaugural run from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station in West Bengal. The two countries already operate Maitree and Bandhan express trains connecting Kolkata with Dhaka and Khulna respectively.

Gujarat Titans won maiden IPL title [30 May 2022]

Having begun the Indian Premier League 2022 under an injury cloud and as a raw captain, Hardik Pandya delivered the title for Gujarat Titans in their maiden season in their first match at their home ground, the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

IPL 2022 champions – Gujarat Titans
Emerging player of the season – Umran Malik
Super Striker of the season – Dinesh Karthik (strike rate of 183.33)
Game changer of the season – Jos Buttler
Perfect Catch of the Season – Evin Lewis (catch that ended the Kolkata Knight Riders’ campaign)
Purple cap – Yuzvendra Chahal (27 wickets, which is the most by a spinner)
Orange cap – Jos Buttler (863 runs)

Real Madrid defeated Liverpool to be crowned the champions of Europe for a record-extending 14 times [28 May 2022]

Real Madrid defeated Liverpool to be crowned the champions of Europe for a record-extending 14 times. The last time this team lost a European final was in 1980-81 when they fell to, you guessed it, Liverpool. This is Real Madrid, a team built on European domination that turns into this unbeatable beast when the lights are the brightest.

PM inaugurates India's biggest Drone Festival - Bharat Drone Mahotsav 2022 [27 May 2022]

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated India's biggest Drone Festival - Bharat Drone Mahotsav 2022. He also interacted with Kisan drone pilots, witnessed open-air drone demonstrations, and interacted with startups in the drone exhibition center.

ONGC becomes the first Indian gas producer to Trade on IGX [23 May 2022]

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.(ONGC) has become the first Exploration and Production company in India to trade domestic gas on Indian Gas Exchange (IGX). The gas traded was from ONGC Krishna Godavari 98/2 block. The first online trade was made on 23rd May by ONGC Director (Onshore) in charge of marketing Anurag Sharma on IGX which is India's first automated national level Gas Exchange.

Vinai Kumar Saxena appointed as Delhi's new lieutenant governor [23 May 2022]

President Ram Nath Kovind has been pleased to appoint Vinai Kumar Saxena to be the Lt. Governor of National Capital Territory of Delhi with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office. Baijal's successor, Saxena, is presently posted as chairperson of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC). He was appointed as its chief in October 2015. The KVIC functions under the Ministry of Medium, Small and Micro Enterprise, and is responsible for generating employment opportunities in rural areas through implementing khadi and village industry programmes.

Nikhat Zareen won gold medal in World Boxing Championship [20 May 2022]

Nikhat Zareen, India’s new boxing superstar won the gold medal at the 52-kg World Boxing Championships tournament in Istanbul. She defeated Thailand’s Jutames Jitpong 5-0 and won the match with a unanimous decision. With this, Zareen has become the only woman boxer after Mary Kom to have achieved this feat. She is also the fifth Indian woman boxer to win the gold medal and world championship.

BSE appoints SS Mundra as Chairman [17 May 2022]

BSE Limited announced that it has approved the appointment of SS Mundra, Public Interest Director as the Chairman of the board of directors of the company. Mundra will replace Justice Vikramajit Sen who is the current chairman. Mundra was appointed as Public Interest Director at BSE in January 2018. He retired as Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India on 30th July 2017 after completing a stint of three years. Prior to that, the last position held by him was as Chairman and Managing Director of Bank of Baroda from where he superannuated in July 2014.

India wins maiden Thomas Cup title, beats Indonesia 3-0 in finals [16 May 2022]

India created history by winning the iconic badminton championship Thomas Cup against Indonesia. It won three straight matches, two men’s singles and a men’s doubles match to seal the championship. With this win, India has become the sixth country to win the title. India's Kidambi Srikanth defeated Indonesia's Leonardus Jonatan Christie in Thomas Cup Final 2022 held in Bangkok.

Dr Manik Saha sworn in as 11th Chief Minister o Tripura [15 May 2022]

Dr. Manik Saha took oath as Chief Minister of Tripura after Biplab Dev step down as Chief Minister. Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya administered the oath of office and secrecy at Raj Bhavan, New Capital Complex here in Agartala city. Dr Saha was unanimously elected as the president of Tripura Pradesh BJP on January 15, 2020. Later, he was elected as the Rajya Sabha MP. Now, he has become the 11th Chief Minister of the state.

Shri Rajiv Kumar assumes charge as the 25th CEC of India [15 May 2022]

Shri Rajiv Kumar assumed charge as the 25th Chief Election Commissioner of India at Election Commission of India, Nirvachan Sadan, New Delhi in pursuance of the Ministry of Law & Justice, Government of India’s Gazette Notification dated May 12, 2022. Shri Rajiv Kumar has been serving in ECI as Election Commissioner since September 1, 2020. During his tenure as Election Commissioner, elections have been held for State Assemblies of Bihar in 2020, Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal amidst Covid concerns in March-April 2021 and also elections to Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh recently in early 2022.

Shri Rajiv Kumar appointed as Chief Election Commissioner [12 May 2022]

The President is pleased to appoint Shri Rajiv Kumar the senior-most Election Commissioner, as the Chief Election Commissioner in the Election Commission of India. Shri Rajiv Kumar will assume the charge of the office of the Chief Election Commissioner with effect from the 15th May 2022 vice Shri Sushil Chandra consequent upon his demitting the Office of the Chief Election Commissioner on the 14th May 2022.

2nd India-Nordic Summit [04 May 2022]

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the 2nd India-Nordic Summit along with Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen of Denmark, Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir of Iceland, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre of Norway, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson of Sweden and Prime Minister Sanna Marin of Finland. The Summit provided an opportunity to review the progress of the India-Nordic relations since the 1st India-Nordic Summit, which was held in 2018 in Stockholm. Discussions were held on multilateral cooperation in post-pandemic economic recovery, climate change, sustainable development, innovation, digitalization, and green and clean growth. Discussions were also held on cooperation in the maritime sector with a focus on sustainable ocean management. Prime Minister invited Nordic companies for investing in the Blue Economy sector, especially in India’s Sagarmala project. India’s partnership with the Nordic region in the Arctic Region was discussed. Prime Minister noted that India’s Arctic Policy provides a good framework for the expansion of India-Nordic cooperation in the Arctic region.

PM inaugurates the Semicon India Conference 2022 [29 Apr 2022]

Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated SemiconIndia Conference 2022, the global semiconductor conclave designed to bring together key stakeholders to showcase existing capabilities, ideate innovations, and discuss global best practices. The flagship conclave with the theme Catalyzing India’s Semiconductor Ecosystem is being held in Bengaluru from 29th April to 1st May 2022. The conference aligns with the larger national narratives such as Make in India and Atmanirbhar Bharat and is pegged as the launchpad for India Semiconductor Mission (ISM). The brightest minds in the sector have come together to help actualize India’s aspirations of becoming a superpower in the semiconductor sector. The three-day conclave is designed to provide impetus to India’s semiconductor strategy and chart its future course of action and growth milestones.

Lieutenant General Baggavalli Somashekar Raju appointed as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff [29 Apr 2022]

Lieutenant General Baggavalli Somashekar Raju is appointed as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff and will assume his office on 01 May 2022. An alumnus of Sainik School Bijapur and National Defence Academy, he was commissioned in the JAT Regiment on 15th December 1984. He commanded his Battalion during OP PARAKRAM in the Western Theatre and in Jammu & Kashmir. He also holds the distinction of commanding the Uri brigade along the Line of Control, a Counter Insurgency Force, and the Chinar Corps in the Kashmir Valley. The General Officer also served as the Commandant, of the Indian Military Training Team in Bhutan. During his illustrious career spanning 38 years, he has tenanted many important regimental, staff, and instructional appointments in the Army Head Quarters and in field formations to include, including Colonel Military Secretary Legal in Military Secretary branch, Brigadier General Staff of the operationally active White Knight Corps, Deputy Director General Military Operations & Director General Staff Duties. Prior to taking over as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff, the General Officer was tenanting the appointment of Director General Military Operations during the standoff on the LAC.

Atal Tunnel receives IBC Best Infrastructure Project award [28 Apr 2022]

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) Engineering Marvel Atal Tunnel built in Rohtang of Himachal Pradesh received Indian Building Congress (IBC) ‘Best Infrastructure Project’ award on April 28, 2022 in New Delhi. More than thirty state of the art infrastructures were nominated for the prestigious awards, the strategic tunnel was adjudged by the Jury of IBC as the Best Projects for Excellence in Built Environment in 2021. Director General BRO, Lt General Rajeev Chaudhry received the award during 25th annual Convention of IBC for the stupendous achievement of BRO in constructing this engineering marvel connecting Manali to the Lahaul-Spiti Valley.

Cabinet approves construction of 540 Megawatt Kwar Hydro Electric project [27 Apr 2022]

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the investment of Rs.4526.12 crore for 540 Megawatt (MW) Kwar Hydro Electric Project located on river Chenab, in Kishtwar district of Union Territory of Jammy and Kashmir. The project will be implemented by M/s. Chenab Valley Power Projects Private Limited (M/s. CVPPL) a joint venture company between NHPC and JKSPDC with equity contribution of 51% and 49% respectively on 27.04.2022.

Cabinet approves opening of Indian Mission in Lithuania [27 Apr 2022]

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has accorded approval to the opening of a new Indian Mission in Lithuania in 2022. Opening of Indian Mission in Lithuania will help expand India’s diplomatic footprint, deepen political relations and strategic cooperation, enable growth of bilateral trade, investment and economic engagements, facilitate stronger people-to-people contacts, allow for more sustained political outreach in multilateral fora and help garner support for India’s foreign policy objectives. Indian Mission in Lithuania will also better assist the Indian community and protect their interests.

Pune entrepreneur wins US honour for providing solutions for clean potable water during calamities [25 Apr 2022]

An entrepreneur from Pune has been honoured with a gold prize in the industrial technology category at the prestigious Edison Awards ceremony in the United States. Rahul Pathak, who runs a firm called Aqua Plus, won recognition last week for his innovative solution of making clean potable water available quickly at affordable prices for people facing natural calamities like floods and earthquakes.

Macron re-elected as French president, defeating Le Pen [25 Apr 2022]

Emmanuel Macron has won the French presidential election for his second term, the first French president to do so in a generation. He has defeated his opponent candidate Le Pen.

Gautam Adani overtakes Warren Buffett to become world's fifth richest person [25 Apr 2022]

Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani has become the fifth richest person in the world, overtaking legendary investor Warren Buffett. According to a Forbes report, the 59-year-old Adani has an estimated net worth of $123.7 billion, as of 22nd April 2022, passing Buffett's $121.7 billion fortune. Industrialist Gautam Adani Gautam Adani has added $43 billion to his wealth in 2022, a stellar spike of 56.2% in his portfolio, according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Adani is now only behind the four richest tycoons in the world, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates ($130.2 billion), Bernard Arnault ($167.9 billion), and Jeff Bezos ($170.2 billion), and Elon Musk ($269.7 billion). Adani’s estimated $123.7 billion net worth makes him the richest person in India.

Crew of first private flight to ISS head back to Earth [25 Apr 2022]

The crew of the first fully private mission to the International Space Station departed the orbiting laboratory on Monday to head back to Earth. The three businessmen and a former NASA astronaut had spent more than two weeks on the station on a history-making mission organized by startup company Axiom Space. The SpaceX capsule was undocked from the ISS at 0110 GMT for the return trip and was scheduled to land in the ocean off the coast of Florida at around 1:00 pm local time (1700 GMT). The four men - three of whom paid tens of millions of dollars for the rare chance to take part in the mission - were originally scheduled to spend only eight days on the space station.

PM Modi receives first Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award [24 Apr 2022]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday received the first Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award for his selfless service to the nation and society. The award has been instituted in memory and honor of the legendary singer who passed away at the age of 92 years in Mumbai earlier this year. The family and the Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Smruti Pratishthan charitable trust issued a statement where they asserted that the Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Puraskar award will be conferred to a single individual every year who made a 'path-breaking, spectacular and exemplary contributions to the nation, its people and society.'

NMDC Conferred at PRSI Awards 2022 [23 Apr 2022]

The National Mineral Development Corporation Ltd. (NMDC), swept the Public Relations Awards 2022 conferred by the Public Relations Society of India (PRSI), winning the first position in four categories. Chief Guest, Telangana Minister of Prohibition & Excise, Sports & Youth Services, Tourism & Culture, Shri V Srinivas Goudpresented the award to NMDC’s Shri Praveen Kumar, ED (Personnel), and Shri Ch. Srinivasa Rao, DGM (Corporate Communications) received the awards on behalf of the Navratna PSU. Shri Srinivasa Rao, DGM (Corporate Communications) received the awards on behalf of the Navratna PSU.

PM lays the foundation stone of WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in Jamnagar [19 Apr 2022]

The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine (GCTM) in Jamnagar, in the presence of the Prime Minister of Mauritius Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, and Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO). GCTM will be the first and only global outpost centre for traditional medicine across the world. It will emerge as an international hub of global wellness. Video messages from the Prime Ministers of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and the President of Maldives were played on the occasion. Union Ministers Dr. Mansukh Mandavia, Shri Sabananda Sonowal, Shri Munjapara Mahendrabhai, and Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Bhupendrabhai Patel were among those present.

Government appoints Lt Gen Manoj C Pande as new Chief of Army Staff [18 Apr 2022]

Government has appointed Lt Gen Manoj C Pande, presently Vice Chief of the Army Staff, as the next Chief of the Army Staff with effect from the afternoon of April 30, 2022. Born on May 06, 1962, Lt Gen Manoj C Pande was commissioned on December 24, 1982 in the Corps of Engineers (The Bombay Sappers) of the Indian Army. During his long and distinguished service spanning over 39 years, he has served in a variety of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments. The Command appointments of Lt Gen Manoj C Pande include Command of an Engineer Brigade in the Western Theatre, as part of Strike Corps and an Infantry Brigade along with Line-of-Control in Jammu & Kashmir. Other important Command appointments include a Mountain Division in the high-altitude area of the Western Ladakh and Command of a Corps, deployed along the LAC and in Counter Insurgency Operations area of Eastern Command.

PM Modi inaugurates Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya in New Delhi [14 Apr 2022]

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya in New Delhi. Union Minister for Culture, Tourism and DoNER Shri G.K Reddy; Minister of State for Culture and External Affairs Smt. Meenakashi Lekhi, Union Minister of State for Culture and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal; Chairperson of the executive council of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML), Shri Nripendra Mishra; family members of former Prime Ministers and a large number of other dignitaries were also present on the occasion. The Pradhan Mantri Sangrahalaya is a tribute to every Prime Minister of India since independence and a narrative record of how each has contributed to the development of the nation. The Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya has employed technology-based interfaces to encompass heterogeneity in content and frequent rotation of the display.

Shri S. Iqbal Singh Lalpura assumes charge as Chairperson, National Commission for Minorities [13 Apr 2022]

Shri S. Iqbal Singh Lalpura has assumed charge as Chairperson of the National Commission for Minorities, NCM, in New Delhi today after being re-nominated as Chairperson vide Ministry of Minority Affairs Notification dated 12.4.2022. During his previous term as Chairperson, NCM, he worked tirelessly for the welfare of all the Minorities with a focused approach to ensure that the grievances of the Minorities are addressed and they avail the benefits of the Welfare schemes run by the Government.

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