Current Affairs 2022

M Jagadesh Kumar appointed UGC Chairman [04 Feb 2022]

M Jagadesh Kumar, the Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), appointed as the Chairman of University of Grants Commission (UGC). Kumar will head the education sector's regulatory body for a period of five years or till he attains the age of 65.

Dr. Madan Mohan Tripathi joins as Director General, NIELIT [02 Feb 2022]

Dr. Madan Mohan Tripathi has joined as Director-General of the National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology (NIELIT) on Monday. National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology (NIELIT) is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India. Before joining NIELIT, Dr. Madan Mohan Tripathi was working as Professor at Delhi Technological University (DTU), New Delhi. In DTU he also worked as Director Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) and Coordinator of Intellectual Property Rights Cell. He started his carrier as a Research Scientist with the Institute for Plasma Research (IPR), Gandhinagar (Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India) in 1994 and worked for 5 years on many R&D projects. In the year 1999, he joined the Centre for Electronics Design & Technology of India, Gorakhpur as Senior Design Engineer and worked for 10 years on various design and development projects in the areas of Information, Electronics and Communication Technology (IECT).

Lt Gen Manoj Pande, PVSM, AVSM, VSM took over as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff [01 Feb 2022]

Lt Gen Manoj Pande, PVSM, AVSM, VSM took over as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff. An alumnus of National Defence Academy, Lt Gen Manoj Pande was commissioned in December 1982 to the Corps of Engineers (The Bombay Sappers). The General Officer commanded an Engineer Regiment during Operation Parakram in the sensitive Pallanwala Sector along the Line of Control of Jammu and Kashmir. He is a graduate of Staff College, Camberley (United Kingdom) and attended the Higher Command (HC) and National Defence College (NDC) Courses.

Zee News Editor-in-Chief Sudhir Chaudhary bags 'Most Popular Face' prize at Visionary Awards 2021 [29 Jan 2022]

Zee News Editor-in-Chief Sudhir Chaudhary on Saturday (January 29) was awarded the 'Visionary Awards 2021' for the 'most popular face' of the Hindi news industry. The award was presented by the Union Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju to seven dignitaries in a virtual ceremony. 'Visionary Awards of 2021' was presented by Governance Now - a platform for analysis of public policy and governance from the house of Sri Adhikari Brothers.

Ash Barty beats Danielle Collins to win Australian Open 2022 title [29 Jan 2022]

Ash Barty beats Danielle Collins to win Australian Open 2022 title. Ash Barty has won the Australian Open final to end a 44-year drought for Australian women at their home Grand Slam tournament. Barty is the first Australian women’s singles champion since Chris O’Neil in 1978. She was the first homegrown player to reach the final since Wendy Turnbull in 1980. The pressure is off the 25-year-old Aussie, who has made a remarkable career comeback after taking time off _ missing every Grand Slam tournament in 2015 and ’16 _ and briefly flirting with taking up a professional cricket career after three first-round exits at the majors in 2014.

Appointment of Dr V Anantha Nageswaran as the Chief Economic Advisor [28 Jan 2022]

The Government has appointed Dr V. Anantha Nageswaran as the Chief Economic Advisor and today, he has assumed charge. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Nageswaran has worked as a writer, author, teacher and consultant. He has taught at several business schools and institutes of management in India and in Singapore and has published extensively.He was the Dean of the IFMR Graduate School of Business and a distinguished Visiting Professor of Economics at Krea University. He has also been a part-time member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India from 2019 to 2021. He holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and a doctoral degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Cochin Shipyard delivers three Floating Border Out-Post vessels to BSF [28 Jan 2022]

Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), under the Ministry of Ports, Ships and Waterways, has successfully delivered the second lot of three Floating Border Out-Post (FBOPs) vessels to the Border Security Force. CSL has got orders for building nine such FBOPs to protect Nation’s water borders. Three more vessels are likely to be delivered in the coming months.

South Maubuang becomes Mizoram's first ODF plus village [27 Jan 2022]

Given that all households and institutions have functional toilets and measures in place for effective management of solid and liquid waste, the village of South Maubuang in Aibawk block of Aizawl district in Mizoram has been declared a model ODF Plus village, having fulfilled all the criteria as per SBM-G Phase II guidelines.

Indonesia names new capital that will replace Jakarta [19 Jan 2022]

Indonesia has announced that its new capital will be called Nusantara, meaning "archipelago" in Javanese. It came as parliament approved a bill to relocate the capital from Jakarta, which is rapidly sinking. The idea of building a new capital 1,300km (800 miles) away on the island of Borneo was first proposed in 2019. Jakarta has become crowded, polluted and is sinking at an alarming rate due to the over-extraction of groundwater. Home to more than 10 million people, it sits on swampy land on the large island of Java.

Govt appoints Vikram Dev Dutt as Chairman, MD of Air India Limited [18 Jan 2022]

The Ministry of Civil Aviation appointed Vikram Dev Dutt as Chairman and Managing Director of Air India Limited. He will get the rank and pay of Additional Secretary. Prior to this, Dutt was appointed as Principal Secretary for the Health and Family Welfare Department of the Delhi government in June 2020.

Shri Narendra Goenka takes over as new Chairman of AEPC [17 Jan 2022]

Shri Narendra Kumar Goenka, took charge of the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) as its new Chairman. Padma Shri Dr. A Sakthivel handed over the charge to him.

Ratan Tata-backed fuel-at-doorstep venture wins National Startup Award 2021 [16 Jan 2022]

Pune-based Repos Energy run by Aditi Bhosale Walunj and Chetan Walunj won National Startup Award 2021 in the Energy distribution category. Repos was one among the 150 startups that presented their recommendations at the virtual gathering that had Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal in attendance. Repos, backed by former chairman of Tata Sons Ratan Tata, was recognized by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas for its initiation of door-to-door delivery of fuel. The startup is establishing a one-stop destination to stimulate the creation and growth of energy on a doorstep-delivery business model. “By bringing the entire petrol pump on wheels, they have achieved unparalleled speed in creating new infrastructure for energy distribution,” the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade under Ministry of Commerce and Industry said in a statement.

IIIT-A director awarded Educator of the Year Award, 2021 [16 Jan 2022]

Making the city and the institution proud, the director of the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad (IIIT-A), Prof P Nagabhushan, has been conferred with the prestigious award of the IEEE Uttar Pradesh Section, a constituent organizational unit of IEEE, United States of America. IEEE has recognised Prof Nagabhushan with the Educator of the Year Award-2021, for his outstanding contributions and exemplary services in the fields of technical education and to promote IEEE at various levels. Sri Nivas Singh, the fellow IEEE, and the chairman award and recognition committee informed that the names of many reputed persons from IIT, NIT, IIIT, and other universities and institutes from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand were considered for the award, and among them, Prof Nagabhushan was found the most appropriate on the basis of the academic, technical, and societal services offered by him to the nation.

Shri. S Somanath assumes charge as Secretary, Department of Space [14 Jan 2022]

Shri. S. Somanath assumed charge as Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman, Space Commission. Shri. Somanath assumed charge after a stint of four years as the Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananathapuram. He also served as the Director of Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC), Valiamala, for two and half years. Shri. Somanath obtained B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering from TKM College of Engineering, Kollam, and Masters in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, specializing in Structures, Dynamics, and Control with a Gold Medal. He joined VSSC in 1985 and was a team leader for the Integration of PSLV during the early phases.

Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas, the IMF's new chief economist [10 Jan 2022]

The IMF has announced that French economist Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas will be succeeding Gita Gopinath as the fund’s chief economist. In December 2021, Gopinath, who has served the IMF for three years, was promoted to IMF’s First Deputy Managing Director. Gourinchas will begin his part-time charge from January 24 before assuming a full role from April 1.

Union Jal Shakti Minister Announces 3rd National Water Awards [07 Jan 2022]

Union Minister of Jal Shakti Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat announced 3rd National Water Awards-2020, here. In the Best State category, Uttar Pradesh has been awarded first prize, followed by Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. The first National Water Award was launched by the Jal Shakti Ministry in 2018. National Water Awards have provided a good opportunity to start-ups as well as leading organizations to engage and deliberate with senior policymakers on how to adopt the best water resources management practices in India.

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Nepal for construction of bridge over Mahakali River at Dharchula (India) – Dharchula (Nepal) [06 Jan 2022]

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Nepal for the construction of a bridge over Mahakali River at Dharchula (India)- Dharchula (Nepal). With the signing of the MoU, diplomatic relations between the two countries will further improve. As close neighbours, India and Nepal share unique ties of friendship and cooperation characterized by an open border and deep-rooted people-to-people contacts of kinship and culture. Both India and Nepal have been working together on different regional forums i.e. SAARC, BIMSTEC as well as global fora.

Elon Musk Named Time Magazine's 'Person of the Year' 2021 [05 Jan 2022]

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tesla & SpaceX, Elon Musk has been named the 'Person of the Year 2021' by Time magazine. He took over the title from US president Joe Biden & Vice-President Kamala Harris, who received the title in 2020.

Shri G Asok Kumar takes over as the new Director General for the National Mission for Clean Ganga [03 Jan 2022]

Shri G Asok Kumar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Jal Shakti took over as the new Director-General for the National Mission for Clean Ganga, Ministry of Jal Shakti. He belongs to the Indian Administrative Services Telangana Cadre 1991 batch. In the past, he has held several important positions such as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, and Director in the Ministry of Power. In the past, he has also served as the Executive Director of Projects in National Mission for Clean Ganga.

RedInk Awards: Danish Siddiqui named ‘Journalist of the Year’ [29 Dec 2021]

Senior journalist Prem Shankar Jha and Reuters’ photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, who died while reporting in Afghanistan in July, were awarded the top two RedInk Awards by the Mumbai Press Club Wednesday. While Jha will get the lifetime achievement award, Siddiqui will be bestowed upon the journalist of the year, posthumously. The RedInk Awards for Excellence in Indian Journalism will be presented by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana virtually who will also deliver the keynote address.

Indian StartUp "Botlabs" fly 1,000 Drones during 'Beating Retreat' ceremony [29 Dec 2021]

The Indian StartUp "Botlabs", funded by the Technology Development Board (TDB) under Union Ministry of Science & Technology and led by IIT Delhi alumni, fly 1,000 Drones in "Beating Retreat" ceremony tomorrow evening, as a part of the Light Show marking the conclusion of nearly week-long programs related to Republic Day. This makes India the fourth country, after China, Russia, and the UK, to carry out such a large-scale show with 1,000 drones.

Ramnath Goenka Award [28 Dec 2021]

Sumant Banerji of Business Today is the print media winner in the Business and Economic Journalism category while Ayushi Jindal of India Today TV is the winner in broadcast media.

Vikram Misri, ex-envoy to China, named deputy NSA [28 Dec 2021]

Vikram Misri, who was India’s envoy to Beijing for almost three years till early this month, has been named the next Deputy National Security Advisor. He will succeed Pankaj Saran, ex-Indian envoy to Russia and Bangladesh who demits office on December 31. He was in Beijing during one of the most challenging phases in the relationship with China, as a border stand-off has been ongoing for more than 19 months now.

Alia Bhatt is PETA India’s 2021 ‘Person of the Year’ [28 Dec 2021]

Alia Bhatt, who has everyone impressed with her exemplary acting skills and fashion sense, has now added another feather to her cap. The actor is now turning out to be an inspiration off-screen as well as she was recently named 2021 ‘Person of the Year’ by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India. She was awarded the prestigious title to “celebrate her work in support of an animal-friendly fashion industry and her advocacy for dogs and cats in need,” PETA India said.

DRDO successfully conducts Flight-Test of Indigenous Aerial Target ‘Abhyas’ [23 Dec 2021]

DRDO successfully conducted the flight test of Indigenously developed High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) Abhyas from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast, Odisha. During the flight trial, a High subsonic speed trajectory at a very low altitude with high endurance was demonstrated. Two boosters provided initial acceleration during launch and a small turbojet engine is used to sustain high subsonic speed with long endurance. The indigenous data link designed by Bengaluru based Industry partner has been successfully flown and tested during the flight. The performance of the system during the entire flight duration has been confirmed from the data captured by various Range instruments deployed.

DRDO conducts maiden launch of indigenously developed new generation surface-to-surface missile ‘Pralay’ [22 Dec 2021]

Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully conducted a maiden flight test of indigenously developed surface-to-surface missile ‘Pralay’, from Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha in December 22, 2021. The mission has met all its objectives. The new missile followed the desired quasi ballistic trajectory and reached the designated target with high degree accuracy, validating the control, guidance, and mission algorithms. All the sub-systems performed satisfactorily. All the sensors deployed near the impact point across the eastern coast, including the downrange ships, tracked the missile trajectory and captured all the events. The Missile is powered by a solid propellant rocket motor and many new technologies. The missile has a range of 150-500 kilometers and can be launched from a mobile launcher. The missile guidance system includes a state-of-the-art navigation system and integrated avionics.

Eishin Chihana assumes office as chairman of India Yamaha Motor [22 Dec 2021]

India Yamaha Motor has announced that Eishin Chihana has taken charge as its chairman. Eishin Chihana has been associated with Yamaha Motor Company and its group companies across the globe since 1991.

Leftist Gabriel Boric to become Chile's youngest ever president [21 Dec 2021]

Leftist candidate Gabriel Boric has won Chile's presidential election to become the country's youngest-ever leader. He will lead a country that has been rocked in recent years by mass protests against inequality and corruption. Mr Boric's victory prompted celebrations on the streets of the capital Santiago, with his supporters waving flags and honking car horns.

Raducanu wins Sports Personality of the Year 2021 [20 Dec 2021]

Emma Raducanu wins Sports Personality of the Year 2021. Emma Raducanu is a British professional tennis player. She reached a career-high ranking of No. 19 by the Women's Tennis Association, and is the current British No. 1. Raducanu is the reigning US Open champion, and the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title since Virginia Wade in the 1977 Wimbledon Championships.

Rachael Blackmore crowned BBC World Sport Star of the Year 2021 [20 Dec 2021]

Irish jockey Rachael Blackmore has been voted World Sport Star of the Year, after becoming the first female rider to win the Grand National at Aintree.

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