Wednesday, August 17, 2022

DAILY GK 7,8 AUG

 DAILY GK 7,8 AUG

1.         INDIAN ARMY CONDUCTS EXERCISE SKYLIGHT

·           The Indian Army performed a Pan-Indian exercise called “Skylight” to test and evaluate its entire satellite-based communication network to ensure operational readiness in the wake of a future conflict.

·           All Army satellite communication assets were activated during the two-week exercise, and a number of technical and operational space domain scenarios were simulated.

·           The exercise was attended by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and various agencies responsible for space and ground segments.

 

2.         AURANGABAD BECAME 1ST CITY IN INDIA TO GET GOOGLE’S ENVIRONMENTAL INSIGHTS EXPLORER DATA

·           As per the Aurangabad Smart City Development Corporation Limited (ASCDCL), Aurangabad became the first city of India to officially release the Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE) data from Google.

·           EIE data is consistent with Aurangabad’s commitment to the United Nations, with respect to ‘race to zero’ and ‘race to resilience program’.

·           Google’s EIE feature helps cities to measure the carbon emission sources, conduct analysis and identify strategies to reduce emissions that help counter air pollution.

 

3.         EAM DR. S. JAISHANKAR’S VISIT TO CAMBODIA

·           Dr. S. Jaishankar, India’s External Affairs Minister (EAM), visited Cambodia and attended the ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting (AIFMM) 2022, an annual event that reviews the ASEAN-India partnership, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital.

·           The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was founded in 1967 with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration in Bangkok, Thailand (Bangkok Declaration).

·           ASEAN Members – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam

·           EAM Dr. S Jaishankar also visited the 12th century heritage sites of Ta Prohm Temple and Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia.

·           The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is in-charge of the restoration and conservation work at these cultural heritage sites

·           Cambodia Prime Minister – Hun Sen

 

4.         RBI’S 3RD BI-MONTHLY MONETARY POLICY OF 2022-23

·           The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) released the RBI’s 3rd bi-monthly monetary policy of FY23

·           Policy retained India’s real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth at 7.2% for the FY23

·           Real GDP growth for Q1FY24 is projected at 6.7%.

·           The MPC raised the repo rate by 50 basis points to 5.40% from 4.90%.

·           Consequently, Standing Deposit Facility (SDF) Rate adjusted to 5.15% and Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) rate and Bank Rate to 5.65%.

 

5.         SEBI CONSTITUTES 15-MEMBER FPI ADVISORY COMMITTEE

·           Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has constituted a 15-member advisory committee, FPI (Foreign Portfolio Investment) Advisory Committee (FAC) to increase foreign investments and to simplify investment process in the capital markets.

·           The committee will also take care of the increasing participation in the domestic bond markets.

·           Former Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) KV Subramanian has been appointed as the Chairman of the committee.

·           Members – The committee consists of 14 members representing foreign banks, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and stock Exchange depositories.

·           The committee will suggest ways to amend the existing rules to attract investments, enhance transparency and on issues related to custodians.

·           SEBI Chairperson Madhabi Puri Buch,Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra

 

6.         GOOGLE LAUNCHES ‘INDIA KI UDAAN‘ TO MARK 75 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

·           Google has launched an online project named “India Ki Udaan”, featuring the milestone achievements of India in its 75 years of Independence

·           This pays tribute to India’s rich cultural history and includes iconic moments from the last 75 years.

·           It is published in English and Hindi and allows users to explore around 120 illustrations and 21 stories created by 10 talented artists.

 

7.         RUSSIA WILL WITHDRAW FROM INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION PROJECT AFTER 2024

·           Russia will pull out of the International Space Station after 2024 and focus on building its own orbiting outpost amid high tensions between Moscow and the West over the fighting in Ukraine.

·           NASA and other international partners will keep the space station running until 2030, while the Russians have been reluctant to make commitments beyond 2024.

·           The space station is jointly run by the space agencies of Russia, the U.S., Europe, Japan and Canada.

·           The first piece was put in orbit in 1998, and the outpost has been continuously inhabited for nearly 22 years.

 

8.         SAFF UNDER-20 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2022

·           India lifted the 2022 South Asian Football Federation(SAFF) Under-20 ( U-20) football championship trophy by defeating Bangladesh 5-2 goals in the final match at Kalinga stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

·           India won this championship for the second consecutive time.

·           Gurkirat Singh was named the Most Valuable Player of SAFF U20 championship 2022

·           Indian goalkeeper  Som Kumar was named the Best Goalkeeper SAFF U20 championship 2022.

 

9.         HIROSHIMA DAY 2022 – AUGUST 6

·           Hiroshima Day is observed annually across Globe on 6th August in accordance to the remembrance of the world’s first atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima, Japan in 1945, at the end of World War II.

·           On 6th August 1945, the American bomber Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay dropped 5 ton atomic bomb, that is equivalent to 15,000 tons of TNT (trinitrotoluene), named ‘Little Boy’ on Hiroshima, Japan.

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