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Tuesday, August 9, 2022



1.      10 more Wetlands added as Ramsar sites in India

·           India has designated 10 more wetlands under the Ramsar Convention or the Convention on Wetlands, taking the total number of Ramsar sites in India to 64 from 54 with area coverage of 12,50,361 hectare (ha).

·           The 10 new sites include 6 sites in Tamil Nadu (TN) and 1 each in Goa, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha.

·           To be a Ramsar site, at least one of the nine criteria as defined by the Ramsar Convention of 1971 must be met by the wetland.

·           Sundarbans in WB is the largest Ramsar site in India.

·           Chilika lake is Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon and first Indian wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

·           The United Kingdom (175) has maximum Ramsar sites whereas Bolivia spans the largest area with 148,000 sq km under the Convention protection.


2.      World’s largest floating solar power plant to be built in MP

·           The World’s largest floating solar plant is set to be built on Omkareshwar Dam in Narmada River at Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh (MP) which will generate 600 Megawatt power by 2022-23. 

·           The estimated cost of the projects is around Rs.3000 crore.

·           In July 2022, India’s largest floating solar power project was made fully operational after NTPC Limited declared commercial operation of the final part capacity of 20 MW out of 100 MW Ramagundam Floating Solar PV Project at Ramagundam in Telangana.


3.      Amazon Partners with Indian Railways to Boost Delivery of Packages

·           Amazon India partnered with Indian Railways to boost its delivery services in India by transporting packages in more than 110 inter-city routes, ensuring one to 2-day delivery for its customers.

·           In 2019, Amazon India became the first online delivery company to work with the Indian Railways to build an express transportation product through rail.


4.      LIC ranked 98th in 2022 Fortune 500 list

·           Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) was ranked 98th, with revenue of USD 97.26 billion in the 2022 Fortune Global 500 list.

·           Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) jumped 51st rank to 104th in the list.

·           LIC is the only Indian company ranked among the top 100 of the 2022 Fortune Global 500 list.

·           Walmart topped the list for the 9th straight year, followed by Amazon, and Chinese energy giants State Grid.

·           Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL) has been ranked 142nd, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), has ranked 190th,State Bank of India (SBI)’s ranked 236


5.      Mrs India World 2022-2023

·           Mrs. Sargam Koushal, hailing from Jammu & Kashmir, was crowned as the winner of the Mrs India World 2022

·           Mrs India World 2022-2023 was held at Goregaon, Mumbai, Maharashtra.

·           Mrs. JuhiVyas was adjudged as 1st runner up and Mrs. ChahatDalal as 2nd runner up.


6.      Indian Navy’s all-women crew completes 1st independent surveillance mission over Arabian Sea

·           Five officers of the Indian Navy created history by completing the first all-women independent maritime reconnaissance and surveillance mission in the north of the Arabian Sea,  onboard a Dornier-228 aircraft.

·           The mission was completed on 3rd August 2022.

·           The Dornier-228 aircraft was captained by the Mission Commander,  Lieutenant Commander Aanchal Sharma, who was accompanied by a team of pilots, Lieutenant Shivangi and Lieutenant Apurva Gite, Tactical and Sensor Officer Lieutenant Pooja Panda and Sub Lieutenant PoojaShekhawat.

·           They are part of the Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS)-314, based at Naval Air Enclave, Porbandar, Gujarat.


7.      President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih visit to India

·           The President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was on a 4-day visit to India in August  2022

·           The Maldivian President held extensive talks with the Indian PM Narendra Modi .Both leaders participated in the virtual ‘Pouring of First Concrete’ of the Greater Malé Connectivity Project (GMCP).

·           The President and the PM also presided over the exchange of six key Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) between the two nations.

·           Maldives Capital– Male


8.      French Govt Chevalier Award

·           The French Governemnt has honoured  Kannan Sundaram, publisher of Kalachuvadu, with Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite, the Knight of the Order of the Merit, for his contribution to the publishing collaboration between India and France.

·           L’Ordre national du Mérite is a French order of merit with membership awarded by the President of the French Republic.


9.      DRDO Successfully Test Fires Indigenously Developed Laser-Guided ATGMs

·           Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Army successfully test fired indigenously developed Laser-Guided Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) from Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun at KK Ranges in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra

·           The ATGM employs a tandem High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT) warhead to defeat Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA) protected armoured vehicles.


10.    South Korea launches first Moon mission: Danuri 

·           South Korea’s first-ever lunar orbiter, Danuri was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida to observe the Moon and it aims to reach the Moon by mid-December.

·           This lunar mission has been jointly developed by NASA and the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI).

·           With this launch, South Korea will become the seventh country in the world to have launched an unmanned probe to the Moon.



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