Monday, September 5, 2022

DAILY GK 30,31 AUG

 DAILY GK 30,31 AUG

1.         INDIAN RAILWAYS PROTECTION FORCE LAUNCHES ‘’OPERATION YATRI SURAKSHA’’

·           Indian Railway along with the Railway Protection Force (RPF)  launched a pan-India operation known as ‘’Operation Yatri Suraksha’’ to improve the security of passengers.

·           To initiate Operation Yatri Suraksha’, the RPF launched a month-long pan-India drive against criminals who loot passengers in July 2022.

·           During the drive, the RPF caught 365 suspects who were handed over to the concerned GRPs for legal action.

·           Under the initiative, several steps are being taken to provide foolproof security to passengers including train escorting, visible presence on stations, surveillance through CCTV, surveillance on active criminals and others.

 

2.         ‘THE TEMPLE OF VEDIC PLANETARIUM’ WORLD’S LARGEST RELIGIOUS MONUMENT IN WEST BENGAL

·           The World’s largest religious monument ‘The Temple of Vedic Planetarium’ in Mayapur in Nadia, West Bengal, the project worth USD 100 million (Rs 7 billion) is expected to be open in 2024,

·           This monument, which will have the world’s largest dome, will serve as the headquarters of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). 

·           The monument is the vision of Srila Prabhupada, founder of ISKCON. 

·           The monument will supposedly replace Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s 400-acre large Temple complex.

·           The design is inspired by the Capitol building in the United States.

·           The Vedic Planetarium will have different parts of the cosmic creation. 

·           It will be bigger than India’s Taj Mahal and St. Paul’s Cathedral in the Vatican.

 

3.         INDIA SURPASSES CHINA, UK TO BECOME 10TH LARGEST LIFE INSURER GLOBALLY

·           According to the latest report tracking the performance of the industry by Benori Knowledge, a new-age provider of specialised research and analytics solutions, the life insurance penetration rate in India has increased to 3.2% in December 2021 from 2.8% in December 2019.

·           India is now the 10th largest Life Insurance market in the world almost at par with the global average of 3.3% and is ahead of China (at 2.4%) and the United Kingdom (UK) (at 3%).

·           From 2017 to 2022, the life insurance sector grew at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 11%, and it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9% during the next five years (2022-2027).

·           According to the most recent statistics on health insurance coverage collected by the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) in 2019-21, around 88% of Rajasthan households have at least one person covered by a health scheme or health insurance.

·           Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) Chairman – Debasish Panda

 

4.         ACC APPOINTED DR KRISHNAMURTHY SUBRAMANIAN AS INDIA’S ED AT IMF

·           The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved Dr Krishnamurthy Venkata Subramanian, former Chief Economic Adviser as the Executive Director (ED) (India) at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) with the effect from November 1, 2022.

·           Subramanian was appointed to the post for 3 years tenure.

·           He is currently a Professor of Finance at the Indian School of Business (ISB).

 

5.         BELGIUM GP FORMULA CHAMPIONSHIP

·           Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, the dutch flyer, won the Formula 1 Rolex Belgian Grand Prix 2022 and extended his lead in the Formula One World Championship followed by Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in second position and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz won the third.

·           The 2022 Belgian Grand Prix takes place over 44 laps of the 7.004-kilometre Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

·           Formula One championships are sanctioned by Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA)

 

6.         NATIONAL SPORTS DAY 2022 – AUGUST 29

·           The National Sports Day  (Rashtriya Khel Divas) is annually celebrated on 29th August across India to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand.

·           The president felicitated sports awards such as the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, Arjuna Award, Dronacharya Award, Dhyan Chand Awards etc on the occasion of National Sports Day.

 

7.         EAC-PM RELEASES THE COMPETITIVENESS ROADMAP FOR INDIA@100

·           The Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) has released the “Competitiveness Roadmap for India@100,” which will direct India’s journey to becoming a higher-income economy by 2047, when the nation will celebrate its 100th year of independence.

·           The roadmap, which is a component of the India Competitiveness Initiative, will assist in the development of roadmaps for certain Indian states and industries.

·           The India@100 roadmap, which is based on competitiveness strategy, lays the path for India to achieve high income status by 2047 by implementing sector- and region-specific policies based on the “4 S” principles.

·           Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) Chairman – Dr.Bibek Debroy

 

8.         10TH NATIONAL MARITIME SEARCH AND RESCUE EXERCISE-22

·           The 10th National Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) 2022 was conducted by Indian Coast Guard (ICG) in Chennai, Tamilnadu.

·           52 participants have joined the exercise from the ICG, the Navy, and the State police, and 24 foreign observers from 16 countries (Australia, Maldives, Thailand, Indonesia, and China).

·           It is the biennial exercise conducted with the theme “Capacity Building Towards Marine Passenger Safety” and denotes the resolve and commitment of the National Maritime Search and Rescue Board (NMSARB).

 

9.         GAUTAM ADANI BECOMES WORLD’S 3RD RICHEST PERSON

·           According to Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a daily ranking of the world’s richest people, as on 30th August 2022, Adani Group’s chairman Gautam Adani has become the world’s third-richest person with a total net worth of USD 137 billion, after overtaking Louis Vuitton chairman Bernard Arnault (France).

·           SpaceX and Tesla Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Elon Musk topped the list with a net worth of  USD 251 billion followed by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos with a net worth of USD 153 billion.

·           Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) Mukesh Ambani is at the 11th position with a total of USD 91.9 billion worth.

·           This is the first time an Asian person has fallen under the top 3 position of the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

 

10.      UNESCO PEACE PRIZE 

·           Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel was awarded Félix Houphout-Boigny, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Peace Prize for her courageous decision in 2015 to welcome more than 1,2 million refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Eritrea.

·           Angela Merkel’s word ‘Wirschaffen das!’ (meaning, We can do it!) created a ray of hope for thousands of refugees fleeing the civil war in their country.

 

·           She held the office of German Chancellor for a period of 16 years and resigned in 2021.

·           The Félix Houphouët-Boigny UNESCO Peace Prize is awarded to honour living individuals and active public or private bodies or institutions that have made a significant contribution to promoting, seeking, safeguarding or maintaining peace in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations and the Constitution of UNESCO.

 

11.      ANURAG SHARMA ELECTED CPA TREASURER

·           Anurag Sharma, Minister of Parliament (MP) (Lok Sabha) from the Jhansi-Lalitpur parliamentary constituency, has been elected as Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) treasurer at its 65th CPA conference held at Halifax in Canada. 

·           Sharma is the 2nd Indian office-bearer in the CPA, the World’s largest and Oldest International Parliamentary Association. 

·           Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla, along with a hundred- member delegates attended the conference. 

 

12.      27TH BWF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2022

·           The 27th edition of BWF World Championships officially known as the Total Energies BWF World Championships 2022 was held at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan

·           The 2023 BWF World Championships badminton tournament which will be held in Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark.

·           China grabbed the top spot with 5 medals including 2 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze.

·           It is followed by Japan at 2nd spot with 3 medals including 1 gold.

·           India ranked at 9th spot alongside Germany. Both grabbed 1 bronze medal.

·           India’s Satwik sai raj Ranki reddy, and Chirag Shetty won the first ever bronze medal in Men’s doubles.

·           They lost to Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik of Malaysia in the semifinals.

·           With this, they became the first Indian pair to win a medal in the men’s doubles event at the world badminton championships.

·           Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen won his second badminton world title by beating Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn in the finals.

 

13.      WORLD U20 WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2022

·           Indian Greco-Roman wrestlers Sumit and Rohit Dahiya won bronze medals in the 45th edition of 2022 World U20 Wrestling Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria

·           India ended the World U20 Wrestling Championships 2022 with 16 medals including 1 gold, 4 silver and 11 bronze medals.

·           Six Indians won medals in the men’s freestyle, which ranked India in the 3rd position in the men’s freestyle team rankings with 112 points.

·           Antim Panghal Becomes India’s First-Ever U-20 World Wrestling Champion

·           This helped the Indian women finish 2nd in the women’s freestyle team rankings with 160 points after Japan with 230 points.

 

14.      AUTOBIOGRAPHY “THE HERO OF TIGER HILL” 

·           The autobiography The Hero of Tiger Hill: Autobiography of a ParamVir, is about the inspiring story of Subedar Major (Honorary Captain) Yogendra Singh Yadav (Retd), the Youngest Param Vir Chakra (PVC) awardee, at the age of 19 for his actions in the 1999 Kargil conflict. 

·           The book was mainly focused on the night of July 3, 1999, 19 years old Yadav was given a crucial task with the Ghatak Platoon of 18 Grenadiers Regiment in order to capture the Tiger Hill

 

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