Current Affairs 2022

NMDC Wins two Awards at 80th SKOCH Summit 2022 [12 Apr 2022]

The largest iron ore producer of India, National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC), under the Ministry of Steel awarded one gold and one silver award in the 80th SKOCH Summit and SKOCH Awards recently conducted by SKOCH, New Delhi. The theme for the SKOCH Summit was ‘State of BFSI & PSUs’. NMDC won the Gold Award in the category of social responsibility for the project ‘Promotion of Technical Education & Skill Development in Dantewada District through NMDC ITI Bhansi’ and the Silver Award in the category of digital inclusion for the ‘Project Kalpataru’ for ERP implementation. The awards were received by Shri Amitava Mukherjee, Director (Finance) via video conferencing on behalf of Chairman and Managing Director, Shri Sumit Deb. The SKOCH Awards were given to the winners based on the application submitted on their website, a presentation to the jury followed by three rounds of popular online voting, and the second round of jury evaluation. In addition to the above, NMDC also received the 3 SKOCH – Order of Merit Awards for its exemplary efforts in ensuring seamless digitalization in Project Kalpataru, for its expansive CSR efforts in promoting technical education and skill development in the remote districts of Dantewada, and “Project Safety First” in the category Response to COVID.

DRDO successfully flight-tests Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet technology [08 Apr 2022]

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) booster at the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha on April 08, 2022. The test successfully demonstrated the reliable functioning of all critical components involved in the complex missile system and met all the mission objectives.The SFDR-based propulsion enables the missile to intercept aerial threats at very long range at supersonic speeds. The performance of the system has been confirmed from the data captured by a number of range instruments like Telemetry, Radar and Electro Optical Tracking Systems deployed by ITR. The SFDR has been developed by Defence Research and Development Laboratory, Hyderabad in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories such as Research Centre Imarat, Hyderabad and High Energy Materials Research Laboratory, Pune.

India's Ricky Kej wins second Grammy for Best New Age Album [04 Apr 2022]

Music composer Ricky Kej won his second Grammy in the Best New Age Album category. He won the award along with Stewart Copeland for “Divine Tides”. Bengaluru-based Ricky Kej won his first Grammy in 2015 for his album "Winds of Samsara" in the Best New Age Album category. Indian-American artist Falguni Shah won the Best Children's Music Album Grammy this year for "A Colourful World". Shah, who uses the stage name "Falu", is focused on using her music to send messages of inclusivity and unity. In her Grammy-winning album, she sings about kites, colours and rainbows.

Vinay Mohan Kwatra, India’s ambassador to Nepal, to take over from Shringla as Foreign Secretary [04 Apr 2022]

The government named Vinay Mohan Kwatra, India’s ambassador to Nepal, as the next Foreign Secretary. He will take charge as the Foreign Secretary, when incumbent Harsh Vardhan Shringla retires on April 30. Kwatra is a member of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) with an experience of nearly 32 years in a range of assignments. He has worked in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office from 2015 to 2017 before he went to France as India’s ambassador.

Indian-American Falguni Shah wins award for children's album [04 Apr 2022]

Indian-American artiste Falguni Shah has won the Best Children's Music Album Grammy this year for "A Colourful World". Falguni Shah, who uses the stage name "Falu", is focused on using her music to send messages of inclusivity and unity. In her Grammy-winning album, she sings about kites, colours and rainbows.

Exercise Varuna 2022 Culminated [04 Apr 2022]

The culmination of the 20th edition of the Indo-French bilateral Naval exercise ‘Varuna-2022’ took place on 03 Apr 22. The exercise this year has an expanded scope cover a broad spectrum of maritime operations. The eventful tactical sea phase of the exercise laid primary focus on advanced anti-submarine warfare tactics, gunnery shoots, seamanship evolutions, tactical manoeuvres and extensive air operations. The units also undertook cross deck landings by integral helicopters, showcasing a high level of interoperability between them. Gun firing and underway replenishment procedures were also exercised between ships. The final phase of the exercise progressed with tapered focus on advanced anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercises. INS Chennai with Sea King Mk 42B, maritime patrol aircraft P8i, French Navy frigate FS Courbet, support vessel FS Loire, and other units exercised on full spectrum of ASW operations. The later part of the exercise also included exchange of sea-riders at sea.

Dr. S Raju Takes over as DG, Geological Survey of India [02 Apr 2022]

Dr. S Raju has taken over as the Director-General of the Geological Survey of India (GSI) in Kolkata today. He succeeds Shri R. S. Garkhal who superannuated on 31st March 2022. Prior to assuming the present post, Dr. Raju was holding the post of Additional Director General and National Head, Mission-III & IV at GSI HQ. After taking over as DG, GSI Dr. Raju said that the Geological Survey of India is poised to focus continuously on the programs of core national importance in the field of mineral resources augmentation in the country and to aim for closer interactions and engagements with the mining sector, industries and academic institutes of national and international repute.

Vice Admiral Sanjay Mahindru, AVSM, NM assumed charge as Deputy Chief Of Naval Staff [01 Apr 2022]

Vice Admiral Sanjay Mahindru, AVSM, NM assumed charge as Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff on 31 Mar 22. Vice Admiral Sanjay Mahindru is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla. He was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 Jan 85 and is a Submarine and Navigation Specialist. In his career spanning over 37 years, he has held a variety of Command and Staff appointments both ashore and afloat. The Flag Officer has commanded INS Shalki, a Type 1500 Shishumar Class submarine, Cadets Training Ship INS Krishna, and Destroyer INS Rajput. He has also commanded INS Satavahana the Navy’s Submarine Training Establishment where he set up the School for Advanced Underwater Warfare. In his staff tenures, he has served in the Directorate of Submarine Operations and Directorate of Nuclear Submarine Acquisition at IHQ MoD (N). He has also carried out duties as Naval Assistant to FOC-in-C (West) and FOC-in-C (South).

Surat gets India’s first steel slag road [01 Apr 2022]

Surat has become the first city in the country to get a processed steel slag (industrial waste) road built as part of a joint-venture project by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), Union Ministry of Steel, government think-tank NITI Ayog, and ArcelorMittal-Nippon Steel (AM/NS), at Hazira. The slag is generated from a steel furnace burning at around 1,500-1,600 degree centigrade in the form of molten flux material as an impurity. The molten material is poured into the slag pits for cooling as per the customized procedure and further processed to develop stable steel slag aggregates.

Foreign Secretary of the UK Visited India [31 Mar 2022]

The Elizabeth Truss, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs and Minister for Women Equalities, United Kingdom, visited India to discuss bilateral, regional, and global issues of mutual interest. She also inaugurated the edition of the India- UK Strategic Futures Forum. The dialogue between the two countries was hosted by the Indian Council of World Affairs and Policy Exchange, UK.

5th BIMSTEC summit hosted by Sri Lanka [30 Mar 2022]

The 5th Summit of BIMSTEC or Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation was held. The Summit was took hosted by Sri Lanka in virtual mode will take.

Ila Patnaik, former Principal Economic Advisor, to join Aditya Birla Group as Chief Economist [30 Mar 2022]

Former Principal Economic Advisor Ila Patnaik is due to join aluminum-to-financial services conglomerate Aditya Birla Group as Chief Economist. Patnaik joins the conglomerate two months after Economist and Political Analyst Ajit Ranade left the position. Ranade has since assumed charge as the Vice-Chancellor of the prestigious Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics. Patnaik is a senior fellow and professor at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), a Delhi-based Finance Ministry think tank. Prior to joining NIPFP, Patnaik had worked at the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), the Indian Council for Research in International Economic Relations (ICRIER), and as Economics Editor at the Indian Express. She served as the Principal Economic Advisor to the Government from May 2014 to December 2015. She had also been part of several internal working groups in the Finance Ministry and the Reserve Bank of India.

5th BIMSTEC Summit [30 Mar 2022]

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the 5th BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) Summit hosted in virtual mode by Sri Lanka, the current chair of BIMSTEC. Prior to the 5th BIMSTEC Summit, preparatory meetings at the Senior Official and Foreign Minister levels were held in Colombo on 28th and 29th March in the hybrid mode. The Summit’s theme “Towards a Resilient Region, Prosperous Economies, Healthy People” captures the main current priorities of member states, and the efforts by BIMSTEC to develop cooperation activities that support member states’ programs to deal with the economic and development consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. The main outcome of the Summit was the adoption and signing of the BIMSTEC Charter, which formalizes the grouping into an organization made up of members states that are littoral to, and dependent upon, the Bay of Bengal. The Summit also saw considerable progress being achieved in the BIMSTEC connectivity agenda with the adoption of the ‘Master Plan for Transport Connectivity’ by Leaders which lays out a guidance framework for connectivity-related activities in the region in the future.

Raj Subramaniam, the IIT-B alumnus, who is the new CEO of FedEx [29 Mar 2022]

FedEx has appointed Indian American Raj Subramaniam as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the US multinational courier delivery giant. Raj Subramanian will replace Frederick W Smith, chairman, and CEO, who will step down from this position on June 1, 2022. Smith now be its executive chairman.

PV Sindhu clinches title Swiss Open 2022 [27 Mar 2022]

P V Sindhu notched up her second women’s singles title of the season with a straight-game win over Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the summit clash of the Swiss Open Super 300 badminton tournament.

Madhya Pradesh is the First State to Start MBBS Course in Hindi [25 Mar 2022]

Madhya Pradesh took the initiative to enhance the cultural value in the future of youth. Which Madhya Pradesh government is all set to start the MBBS course in Bhopal’s Gandhi Medical College from the next academic session stated by Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang. He informed that the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) will now be taught in Hindi language, in the state.

India's First of its Kind Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Technology Park Launched in Bengaluru [25 Mar 2022]

India's first Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Technology Park (ARTPARK) for creating a better world through an inclusive Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Robotics revolution have been inaugurated at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru, Karnataka. It was launched by the Government of Karnataka's Minister for Information, Biotechnology and Science and Technology, Dr. C. N. Ashwath Narayan. It is a joint initiative of IISc Bengaluru and AL Foundry, Bengaluru in a public-private collaborative model to promote technological innovations in the field of AI & Robotics. ARTPARK, is a one-of-its-kind, not-for-profit foundation with a total seed capital of Rs.230 crore, which is funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India with Rs. 170 crore and the Government of Karnataka with T 60 crore to create cutting edge innovations in terms of new technologies, standards, products, services, and intellectual properties outside of India.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in India for Two Days Bilateral Summit [19 Mar 2022]

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is in India (first visit India since assuming office last year) for two days to attend the bilateral summit. He was received at the Delhi airport by Ashwini Vaishnaw (Railways Minister) on 18 March, 2022. The Indian Prime Minister held bilateral talks with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on 19 March 2022 for the 14th India-Japan Annual Summit. This summit is regarded as the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Japan. The previous India-Japan annual summit took place in October 2018 between PM Modi and the then Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Karolina Bielawska from Poland Crowned Miss World 2021 [16 Mar 2022]

Karolina Bielawska from Poland was crowned Miss World 2021 at the 70th edition of the Miss World beauty pageant in San Juan, Puerto Rico beating 96 contestants across the globe. Bielawska was crowned the Miss World title by her predecessor Toni- Ann Singh of Jamaica at the finale. This is the second MissWorld title for Poland.

36th International Geological Congress to be held in New Delhi [16 Mar 2022]

The 36th International Geological Congress (IGC), themed “Geosciences: The Basic Science for a Sustainable Future” will be held here during 20-22 March 2022 on a virtual platform. The 36th IGC is a joint endeavour of the Ministry of Mines, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Indian National Science Academy, and the Science Academies of Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Described as the Olympics of Geosciences, the IGCs are held quadrennial, under the aegis of the International Union of Geological Congress (IUGS), the Scientific Sponsor of the IGCs. They draw participants to the tune of around 5000 - 7000 delegates from all over the world.The event would provide a unique platform for knowledge and experience sharing in the field of geosciences and professional networking. It would give first-hand information on the latest technologies in mining, mineral exploration, and management of water, mineral resource, and the environment. It would also facilitate increased academic production and create opportunities for capacity building across geoscientific streams.

NATIONAL SCIENCE DAY [16 Mar 2022]

National Science Day (NSD) 2022 was celebrated on the theme, “Integrated Approach in S&T for Sustainable Future” at a function organized at Vigyan Bhawan on 28 Feb 2022. The theme of NSD 2022 was chosen for the purpose of raising public appreciation and awareness of various scientific issues related to a sustainable future.

Yoon Suk Yeol elected South Korea's New President [15 Mar 2022]

In South Korea, opposition candidate Yoon Suk Yeol, a conservative former top prosecutor has been elected as the country's new President. Yoon Suk Yeol defeated his ruling liberal party opponent Lee Jae-Myung.

Ex-judge A. K. Sikri Becomes Chairperson of High Powered Committee on Chardham Project [15 Mar 2022]

Justice A. K. Sikri, former judge of the Supreme Court was appointed as the Chairman of the high-powered committee which was constituted to consider the cumulative and independent impact of the Char Dham Mahamarg Vikas Pariyojana (Char Dham Highway Development Project). He succeeds Professor Ravi Chopra who resigned recently from this post.

ISRO Successfully Tests Newly Developed SS1 of its New SSLV [14 Mar 2022]

Indian Space Research Organization(ISRO) successfully carried out the ground testing of the newly developed solid booster stage (SSI) for its new launch vehicle Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh (AP).

Katalin Novak Becomes Hungary's First-ever Female President [12 Mar 2022]

The Hungarian Parliament elected the ruling Fidesz Party lawmaker, Katalin Novak, as President. By winning the election, she has become Hungary's youngest-ever head of state at the age of 44. She received 137 votes (a 2/3rd majority) against her opposition rival, Peter Rona, an economist, who received 52 votes.

Chief Justice D. N. Patel of Delhi HC Appointed as Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) [12 Mar 2022]

The Ministry of Law and Justice issued a notification regarding the approval of this appointment by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), stating that he will serve the chair for a period of 4 years from the date of assumption of charge of the post or till attaining the age of 70 years, until further orders, whichever is the earliest. The conditions of his service will be governed by the provisions of the Tribunals Reforms Act, 2021 and Tribunal (Conditions of Service) Rules 2021.

India's First 100% Women-Owned Industrial Park Inaugurated in Hyderabad [09 Mar 2022]

India's first 100% women-owned 'FLO (FICCI Ladies Organisation) Industrial Part (FIP)' in Hyderabad, Telangana powered by the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Ladies Organisation (FLO) in partnership with Telangana government was inaugurated with the commencement of operations by 25 women-owned and operated units represent 16 diverse Green Category Industries at the Park.

Cabinet approves establishment of WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India [09 Mar 2022]

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the establishment of the WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine (WHO GCTM) in Jamnagar, Gujarat by signing a Host Country agreement between the Government of India and the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO GCTM will be established in Jamnagar under the Ministry of AYUSH. This would be the first and only global outposted Centre (office) for traditional medicine across the globe.

Former Finance and Revenue Secretary A.B. Pandey Appointed as NFRA Chairperson [08 Mar 2022]

The Government of India(GOI) appointed Ajay Bhushan Pandey, former Finance and Revenue Secretary of India, Ministry of Finance, as the new Chairperson of the National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA).The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved his appointment for a period of three years from the date of assumption charge or till he attains the age of 65 years.

HANSA-NG successfully completes sea level trials at Puducherry [06 Mar 2022]

India’s first indigenous Flying Trainer HANSA-NG designed and developed by CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore under the aegis of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, has successfully completed the sea level trials at Puducherry from 19th February to 5th March 2022. The aircraft was flown to Puducherry covering 140 nautical miles in one and half hours at a cruising speed of 155 km/hr on 19th February 22. The objectives of sea level trials were to evaluate handling qualities, climb / cruise performance, balked landing, structural performance including positive & negative G, power plant, and other systems performance. CSIR-NAL sources said that all the objectives of the sea level trials are met and the aircraft has been ferried back to Bangalore on 5th March 2022 after completing 18 hours of flying at Puducherry. The aircraft was piloted by Wg. Cdr. K V Prakash and Wg. Cdr. Dilip Reddy of ASTE. The flight was monitored by CSIR-NAL designers and Wg. Cdr. Reeju Chakraborty as Flight Test Director from telemetry. HANSA-NG is one of the most advanced flying trainers powered by Rotax Digital Control Engine with unique features like Just-In-Time Prepreg (JIPREG) Composite lightweight Airframe, Glass Cockpit, Bubble Canopy with wide panoramic view, electrically operated flaps, etc. CSIR-NAL further said that HANSA-NG is designed to meet the Indian flying club needs and it is an ideal aircraft for Commercial Pilot Licensing (CPL) due to its low cost and low fuel consumption. NAL has already received more than 80 nos. of LoIs (Letter of Intents) from various flying clubs.

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