Current Affairs 2022

Meghalaya win a UN award [10 Jun 2022]

Meghalaya recently won the 'Best Project' award at the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) held in Geneva for its paperless governance initiative, called 'e-Proposal System'. The initiative is a part of the Meghalaya Enterprise Architecture (MeghEA), set up in 2019 as part of the Digital India Mission, to improve service delivery to the state's residents. The goal of MeghEA — implemented by the state's planning department — is to standardize and organise the government department's IT structure.

RBI hikes Repo Rate by 50 basis points [08 Jun 2022]

The Monetary Policy Committee of Reserve Bank of India, which met from 6-8 June 2022, has unanimously decided to hike the Repo Rate by 50 basis points to 4.90 %. Consequently, Standing Deposit Facility Rate stands adjusted to 4.65% and the Marginal Standing Facility rate and Bank Rate to 5.15%. The MPC also decided to remain focused on the withdrawal of accommodation to ensure that inflation remains within the target going forward while supporting growth.

Cabinet approves Transfer of 10 In-orbit Communication Satellites from Government of India to M/s. NewSpace India Ltd.(NSIL) [08 Jun 2022]

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the transfer of 10 in-orbit communication satellites from the Government of India (Gol) to M/s.NewSpace India Ltd. (NSIL), a wholly-owned Public Sector Enterprise of GOI under the administrative control of the Department of Space.The Union Cabinet has also approved increasing the authorized share capital of NSIL from Rs.1000 crore to Rs.7500 crore. Transfer of these assets to NSIL will further provide the desired financial autonomy to the company to realize capital-intensive programmes/ projects and thereby offering huge employment potential and technology spin-off to other sectors of the economy. This approval is expected to trigger domestic economic activity in the space sector and increase India's share in the global space market.The Space Sector reforms mandated NSIL to undertake end-to-end commercial space activities and function as a full-fledged satellite operator. NSIL functioning as a single-window operator will also facilitate the ease of doing business in the space sector. NSIL Board will now be empowered to price the transponders as per the market dynamics and global trends in the Satellite Communication sector. NSIL is also authorized to offer and allocate capacity as per its internal policies and guidelines.

Alok Kumar Choudhary appointed as new Managing Director of SBI [07 Jun 2022]

State Bank of India (SBI) has appointed Alok Kumar Choudhary as its new Managing Director (MD) with effect from June 7, 2022. He has replaced former MD Ashwani Bhatia, who took charge as a whole-time member of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

National Tribal Research Institute Inaugurated by the Home Minister [07 Jun 2022]

The National Tribal Research Institute was inaugurated by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, the Minister of Home Affairs and Cooperation, Shri Amit Shah, in New Delhi. This National Tribal Research Institute was established on the vision of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, especially for the tribal society.

Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile, Agni-4, successfully tested [06 Jun 2022]

A successful training launch of an Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile, Agni-4, was carried out from APJ Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha. The successful test was part of routine user training launches carried out under the aegis of the Strategic Forces Command. The launch validated all operational parameters as also the reliability of the system. The successful test reaffirms India's policy of having a 'Credible Minimum Deterrence' Capability.

Indian Army Contingent Participates In Multinational Joint Exercise “Ex Khaan Quest 2022” Hosted By Mongolia [06 Jun 2022]

A Multinational Peacekeeping exercise “Ex Khaan Quest 2022” featuring participation from military contingents from 16 countries have commenced in Mongolia today. Mr. Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh, the Hon’ble President of Mongolia inaugurated the Exercise in an impressive ceremony organized at the exercise location in Mongolia. Indian Army is represented by a contingent from the LADAKH SCOUTS. The 14-day exercise is aimed at enhancing interoperability, building military to military relationships, and developing peace support operations and military readiness among participating nations. The exercise will also enable sharing of best practices between the Armed Forces of participating nations and will include field training exercises, combat discussions, lectures, and demonstrations. The military exercise will enhance the level of defense cooperation between the Indian Army and participating countries, especially with the Mongolian Armed Forces which will enhance bilateral relations between the two countries.

Ruthless Swiatek crushes Gauff to clinch second French Open title [05 Jun 2022]

World number one Poland's Iga Swiatek confirmed her dominance of women’s tennis by sweeping aside American teenager Coco Gauff 6-1 6-3 to claim her second French Open title in three years. The 21-year-old Pole’s blend of power, poise, and precision on the clay was too much to handle for the 18-year-old Gauff, who never recovered from a shaky start in her maiden Grand Slam final.

Rafael Nadal wins 14th French Open [05 Jun 2022]

Rafael Nadal won a 14th French Open and record-extending 22nd Grand Slam title with a straight-sets rout of Casper Ruud to become the oldest male champion at Roland Garros.

Golden Conch award for the Best Documentary at MIFF 2022 [04 Jun 2022]

The Dutch documentary film Turn Your Body to the Sun which tells the incredible story of a Soviet Prisoner of War, has won the prestigious Golden Conch award for the Best Documentary Film at MIFF 2022. The top award of the Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short Fiction, and Animation Films was presented by the Governor of Maharashtra Shri Bhagat Singh Koshiyari at the valedictory ceremony held at the Nehru Centre, Mumbai. The Award carries a Golden Conch, a Certificate, and a cash prize of Rs 1 million (Rs 10 lakhs).

A. Manimekhalai as the new managing director and chief executive officer (MD & CEO) of Union Bank of India [03 Jun 2022]

The government has appointed Canara Bank executive director A. Manimekhalai as the new managing director and chief executive officer (MD & CEO) of Union Bank of India for a period of three years. Manimekhalai holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in marketing from Bangalore University and has also cleared the Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB) exam, a premium test conducted by the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance.

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.

Israel Signs free Trade Deals with UAE [31 May 2022]

Israel signed a free trade deal with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which is the first with an Arab country. The UAE was the first Gulf country to normalize ties with Israel and only the third Arab nation to do so after Egypt and Jordan.

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)

Sergio Perez Wins Monaco Grand Prix 2022 [29 May 2022]

Sergio Perez of the Red Bull team emerged winner of the Monaco Grand Prix 2022 in Monaco as he finished the race fastest in 01 hours, 56 minutes, and 30-265 seconds. Sergio beat runner-up Carlos Sainz Jr of the Ferrari team by 1-154 seconds in a close contest.

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.

Bharat Drone Mahotsav 2022 [27 May 2022]

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated India's biggest Drone Festival - Bharat Drone Mahotsav. Bharat Drone Mahotsav 2022 is a two-day event and is being held on the 27th and 28th of May. The Prime Minister also gave away 150 drone pilot certificates.

Abhilasha Barak becomes the Indian Army's Woman Combat Aviator [25 May 2022]

26-year-old Captain Abhilasha Barak (from Haryana) became the first woman combat aviator of the Indian Army. Captain Abhilasha Barak graduated at a ceremony held at the Combat Army Aviation Training School in Nashik.

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.

Sangita Kalanidhi Awards 2020, 2021, and 2022 [22 May 2022]

Eminent vocalist and guru, Neyveli R. Santanagopalan, noted mridangam artiste and guru Tiruvarur Bhakthavathsalam, and Lalgudi violin duo G. J. R. Krishnan and Vijayalakshmi were chosen for the winners of the prestigious Sangita Kalanidhi awards of the music academy for  2020, 2021, and 2022.

Max Verstappen Wins Spanish Grand Prix 2022 [22 May 2022]

Red Bull's star Fl driver Max Verstappen continued his winning streak by winning the Spanish Grand Prix 2022 at Circuit de Barcelona, Catalunya, his third successive Fl victory and fourth win of the season. Verstappen finished the race in one hour, 37 minutes, and 20-475 seconds, about 13 seconds faster than runner-up and teammate Sergio Perez.

Manchester City Wins Premier League 2021-22 [22 May 2022]

Manchester City scored three goals in five minutes to turn around a tense and dramatic season finale and clinch a sixth Premier League title in 11 seasons, rallying to beat Aston Villa 3-2 and hold off Liverpool's challenge.

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.

Eintracht Frankfurt Wins UEFA Europa League 2021-22 Title [19 May 2022]

Eintracht Frankfurt pipped Rangers 5-4 on penalties in Sevilla, Spain to win the UEFA Europa League 2021-22 final and claim their first European trophy. The win also helped Frankfurt to qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season, Both clubs were looking to win a second European title in their history, Rangers after clinching the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1972 and Frankfurt after they lifted the UEFA Cup 42 years ago.

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.

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