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Tuesday, August 9, 2022



1.      India, Vietnam Bilateral Army Exercise ‘VINBAX 2022‘

·           The 3rd edition of Vietnam-India bilateral army exercise ‘Ex VINBAX 2022‘ is scheduled to be conducted at Chandimandir in Haryana from August 1-20, 2022

·           The theme of Ex VINBAX – 2022 is employment and deployment of an Engineer Company and a Medical Team as part of United Nations Contingent for Peace Keeping Operations.

·           There will be field training exercise which will enhance mutual confidence, inter-operability and enable sharing of best practices between both the armies.

·           The troops of both the Contingents will learn about the social and cultural heritage of each other.

·           Vietnam is the 15th largest trade partner of India and India is its 10th largest partner with bilateral trade standing at USD 11.12 billion in 2020-21.


2.      Tata Steel to roll out ‘First in India’ seating system for Vande Bharat Express trains

·           Tata Steel is set to manufacture ‘First-in-India’ 180-degree rotating seats for the Vande Bharat express trains.

·           Vande Bharat Express, also known as Train 18, is the second fastest train in India which is operated by the Indian Railways only on two prominent routes as of March 2022, one from New Delhi to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra and the other from New Delhi to Varanasi, operates at a speed of 130 km/hr.


3.      Indian & French Navies Conduct Maritime Partnership Exercise

·           The Indian and French Navies conducted a Maritime Partnership Exercise (MPX) in the North Atlantic Ocean.

·           The replenishment at sea was exercised between the Indian Navy Ship (INS) Tarkash and the French Fleet Tanker French Navy Ship (FNS) Somme.

·           Three biennial training exercises conducted between India & France-

·           Exercise Garuda with the Indian Air Force,

·           Exercise Varuna with the Indian Navy

·           Exercise Shakti with the Indian Army.


4.      UNAIDS Global AIDS Update 2022

·           According to the UNAIDS Global AIDS Update 2022: In Danger’, only half (52%) of children living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) are on life-saving therapy globally, considerably behind adults, who receive three quarters (76%) of antiretrovirals.

·           A new ‘Global Alliance for Ending AIDS in Children by 2030’ was announced at the 24th International AIDS Conference 2022 taking place in Montreal, Canada.

·           AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.

·           According to the UNICEF, about 2.8 million children and adolescents are currently living with HIV, nearly 88 per cent of them in sub-Saharan Africa.

·           The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO), and partners have joined forces to form the global alliance in order to guarantee that no child living with HIV is denied treatment by the end of the decade (2030) and to prevent new infant HIV infections.

·           The alliance will function for the next eight years, until 2030, with the goal of addressing one of the most glaring disparities in AIDS response.

·           12 countries that have joined the alliance in the first phase: Angola, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.


5.      England wins women’s Euro 2022  championship

·           England won the 2022 Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)’s European Women’s Football Championship for the first time after extra-time in the 2-1 Euro 2022 Final by defeating Germany.

·           The tournament was held at Wembley Stadium in London, United Kingdom.


6.      Astronomy lab in Bihar College Enters the Unesco Heritage List

·           United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has added a 106-year-old astronomical observatory at Langat Singh College in  Muzaffarpur, Bihar on its list of important endangered heritage observatories of the world which is first of its kind in eastern India.

·           The observatory was built in 1916 in the 123-year old Langat Singh college which is now affiliated to Bhim Rao Ambedkar Bihar University.

·           In India, a first-of-its-kind planetarium was also set up in the college in 1946.

·           UNESCO Director General – Audrey Azoulay,Headquarters – Paris, France


7.      GoI Formulates NAMASTE Scheme for Cleaning of Sewers, Septic Tank

·           The Government of India (GoI) has developed a National Action Plan for Mechanized Sanitation Ecosystem – NAMASTE scheme to achieve zero sanitation fatalities in India and to ensure that all sanitation work is undertaken by skilled workers.

·           The NAMASTE project is a collaboration between the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE) and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA).

·           According to the Supreme Court’s judgement from its ruling in Civil Writ Petition No. 583 of 2003 on March 27, 2014, the State Governments have been required to compensate the families of people who have died while cleaning sewers/septic tanks since 1993 with a sum of Rs. 10 lakh each.



·           As per the revenue-expenditure data released by the Controller General of Accounts (CGA), India’s fiscal deficit for April-June 2022 stood at Rs 3,51,871 crore, which is about 21.2% of its full financial year target.

·           The Central Government’s full-year target for fiscal deficit is Rs 16,61,196 crore.

·           The Indian economy is expected to grow around 7.2% year-on-year (y-o-y) in FY23, down from earlier estimates of over 8%, and 8.7% in FY22.

·           In total, the government received Rs 5,96,040 crore up to June 2022, comprising Rs 5,05,898 crore tax revenue (net to Centre), Rs 62,160 crore of non-tax revenue and Rs 27,982 crore of non-debt capital receipts.

·           The total expenditure incurred by the government is Rs 9,47,911 crore, 24.0% of the corresponding estimate of FY23.

·           India’s fiscal deficit for FY22 was 6.71% of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product), lower than the 6.9% projected in the revised estimates.

·           The revenue deficit at the end of FY22 stood at Rs 10,32,947 crore (4.37%) in absolute terms.


9.      AugusteTano Kouame is new World Bank’s Country Director for India

·           Auguste Tano Kouame, a national of Côte d’Ivoire, took charge as the World Bank’s Country Director for India . He replaces Junaid Kamal Ahmad 

·           He has served as the World Bank’s Country Director for Turkey.

·           As of July 2022, World Bank’s net commitments to India stood at USD 21.86 billion across 99 project.    


10.    ISSF World Cup in Changwon, South Korea

·           India won 15 medals, (5 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze medals) and topped the medals list in International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Changwon 2022 Rifle/ Pistol/ Shotgun held at South Korea

·           South Korea concluded the tournament with 12 medals (4 golds, 5 silver and 3 bronze medals).

·           The 2022 ISSF World Cup is the annual edition of the ISSF World Cup in the Olympic shooting events, governed by the ISSF.

·           ISSF Headquarters – Munich, Germany


11.    India Will Host 2025 Women’s ODI World Cup

·           The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced India will host the 2025 ICC Women’s One Day International (ODI)World Cup

·           The 2025 Women’s ODI World Cup will be hosted by India and Sri Lanka will host the 2027 Women’s T20 Champions Trophy.

·           Bangladesh will host the 2024 Women’s T20 World Cup.

·           The 2026 edition of the ICC T20 World Cup will be held in England.

·           ICC Headquarters-Dubai,Chairman– Greg Barclay


12.    Swiss Open Tennis tournament

·           Norway’s top seed and defending champion Casper Ruud has won the Swiss Open Tennis Tournament 2022 held at Gstaad, Switzerland by defeating Matteo Berrettini (Italy).

·           The Swiss Open Gstaad is a men’s tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts.

·           Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Headquarters London


13.    World Lung Cancer Day 2022- August 1

·           World Lung Cancer Day is annually observed on 1st August to spread awareness about the causes and treatment of lung cancer.

·           World Cancer Day is annually observed on 4th February by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).



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