Wednesday, November 23, 2022

DAILY GK 17,18 NOV

 DAILY GK 17,18 NOV 

1.          YUDH ABHYAS 22 – 18TH EDITION OF INDIA-US JOINT MILITARY TRAINING EXERCISE

·            18th edition of the Indo-United States (US) joint military training exercise ‘YUDH ABHYAS 22’ begins at Auli in Chamoli district, Uttrakhand

·            This exercise will be carried out at the new Foreign Training Node (FTN), built at a high altitude in Uttarakhand’s Auli

 

2.          CLIMATE CHANGE PERFORMANCE INDEX 2023

·            The Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2023 released which was published by three environmental non-governmental organizations viz. Germanwatch, NewClimate Institute and the Climate Action Network (CAN) International.

·            India climbed two spots to bag 8th position out of 63 with a score of 67.35, and achieved ‘High’ performance rating.

·            The CCPI 2023 is topped by Denmark with High rating but overall it is ranked at 4th position. It is followed by Sweden and Chile at 5th and 6th position respectively.

·            India ranked at top in the grouping of top 10 emitters. It is followed by Germany and Japan at 2nd and 3rd positions of this grouping.

 

3.          ESAF BANK GETS TOP ‘BEST IN CLASS’ ESG RATINGS FROM CAREEDGE

·            ESAF Small Finance Bank (ESAF SFB) awarded with the ‘Best in Class’ rating for Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) practices from CareEdge Ratings.

·            ESAF is the first Indian member bank of the Global Alliance on Banking on Values (GAVB).

 

4.          NINE SPECIAL VOSTRO ACCOUNTS OPENED FOR TRADE IN RUPEE AFTER RBI APPROVAL

·            The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has approved the opening of nine special Vostro accounts with two Indian banks—UCO Bank and IndusInd Bank—to promote overseas trade in Indian rupees (INR).

·            Sberbank and VTB Bank, the top two banks in Russia, opened accounts with their own branch offices in India and became the first foreign lenders to receive the approval.

·            Russia’s Gazprombank, which has no branches in India, has also created this account with the state-run UCO Bank (Kolkata).

·            Six different Russian banks have also opened accounts with IndusInd Bank.

·            UCO Bank already has a vostro account-based facility in Iran.

 

5.          RBI IMPOSES RS 12 LAKH FINE ON SIX CO-OPERATIVE BANKS,

·            The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) fined nine entities, including six co-operative banks and three Sahakari banks

·            A total of Rs 11.60 lakh (Rs 12 lakh) was imposed for violating various banking norms.

 

6.          OPEN GETS RBI NOD FOR PAYMENT AGGREGATOR LICENCE

·            The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has granted in principle approval to Open, a neo-banking fintech, for a Payment Aggregator Gateway (PA/PG) licence.

·            The RBI announced the Payment Aggregator (PA) Framework in March 2020, requiring all payment gateways to obtain a licence in order to acquire merchants and provide payment services to merchants.

·            Open was founded in 2017 as a neo-banking platform. It provides Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with a comprehensive financial platform to automate their finances.

 

7.          SUMEET ANAND CONFERRED WITH THE LEGION D’HONNEUR BY EMMANUEL LENAIN

·            Sumeet Anand, Founder of IndSight Growth Partners and President of the Indo-French Chamber of Commerce & Industry (IFCCI) conferred with the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the National Order of the French Legion of Honour) by Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India.

·            The Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneuris instituted by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 

·            It is the highest civilian award given by the French Republic for outstanding contribution to the recipient’s field of expertise, regardless of nationality.

·            The 1st Indian to be awarded the Legion of Honour was Maharaja Pratap Singh of Idar, Gujarat, in 1918.

 

8.          GOVT APPOINTS ARVIND VIRMANI AS FULL-TIME MEMBER OF NITI AAYOG 

·            Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the appointment of Arvind Virmani, Founder & Chairman of Foundation for Economic Growth & Welfare, as Full-Time Member of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog

·            At present NITI Aayog has 3 members: Prof. Ramesh Chand, Dr VK Saraswat and Dr VK Paul

 

9.          GOVT NOMINATES VIVEK JOSHI AS DIRECTOR ON RBI’S CENTRAL BOARD 

·            The government nominated Vivek Joshi as a Director on the Central Board of Reserve Bank of India (RBI)

·            Vivek Joshi is currently serving as the Secretary of the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance.

 

10.       NASA’S SLS ROCKET, ORION SPACECRAFT LAUNCHED TO THE MOON

·            The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) launched its Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket in the world, the agency’s Orion spacecraft to the moon, as a part of the Artemis Program.

·            It is Launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States of America(USA).

·            Orion is planned to travel approximately 40,000 miles beyond the Moon and return to Earth over the course of 25.5 days.

·            The mission, dubbed Artemis I, marks the first flight of NASA’s SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft together.

·            The mission launched almost 50 years after the end of the Apollo programme, aims to put astronauts back on the lunar surface.

 

11.       INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR TOLERANCE 2022 – NOVEMBER 16

·            International Day for Tolerance was established to mark the adoption of The Declaration of Principles on Tolerance by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at its 28th session in Paris, France, on 16th November 1995.

·            UNESCODirector-General- Audrey Azoulay,Headquarters- Paris, France

·            Establishment- 1945 (came into force in 1946),Members- 193 members and 11 Associate members.

 

12.       NATIONAL PRESS DAY 2022 – NOVEMBER 16 

·            National Press Day is annually observed across India on 16th November to commemorate the day on which the Press Council of India(PCI) started its function as the moral watchdog to ensure that press maintains the high standards and is not fettered by any form of influence or threats.

·            The day also aims to highlight its importance as the 4th pillar of democracy(Media).

·            The theme of National Press Day 2022 is “The Media’s Role is Nation Building”.

 

13.       DIGITAL SHAKTI 4.0 TO DIGITALLY EMPOWER WOMEN & GIRLS IN CYBERSPACE

·            The National Commission for Women (NCW) in collaboration with CyberPeace Foundation and Meta launched the fourth phase of the Digital Shakti Campaign, Digital Shakti 4.0, a pan-India project on digitally empowering and skilling women and girls in cyberspace.

·            Digital Shakti 4.0 campaign mainly focuses on making women digitally skilled and on creating awareness against any illegal or inappropriate activity online.

·            This collaboration empowers women and girls to use technology to their advantage and to keep themselves safe online.

·            In 2018, Digital Shakti 1.0 was launched to help women across India to create digital awareness, to build resilience, and fight cybercrime in the most effective ways.

 

14.       INDIA BECOMES THE WORLD’S 2ND LARGEST PRODUCER OF STEEL

·            According to the World Steel Association, India has become the world’s 2nd largest producer of Crude Steel after China in 2018 and 2019, replacing Japan.

·            India’s crude steel production in 2018 was 109.3 million tonnes (MT), an increase of 7.7% from 101.5 MT in 2017.

·            Top 5 Crude steel producers in the world in 2018 & 2019 are: China, India, Japan, the United States of America (USA), and South Korea.

 

15.       17TH G20 SUMMIT 2022 IN BALI

·            The Prime Minister (PM) of India Narendra Modi paid an official visit to Bali, Indonesia to attend the 17th G20 (Group of twenty) Summit.

·            He was invited by the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo.

·            The summit was held under the Indonesian Presidency on the theme of ‘Recover Together, Recover Stronger’.

·            G20 Summit Agenda includes three working session’s viz. food and energy security; health; and digital transformation.

·            Indonesia’s President handed over the G20 presidency to India which will officially assume the G20 Presidency from December 1, 2022, and will focus on the theme of ‘VasudhaivaKutumbakam’ or ‘One Earth One Family One Future’ underlining equitable growth and shared future for all.

 

16.       SURAJ BHAN APPOINTED AS CHAIRMAN OF NPS TRUST

·            Pension Fund Regulatory & Development Authority (PFRDA) has appointed Suraj Bhan as the Chairman of the board of National Pension System Trust (NPST)

·            NPST was established by PFRDA as per the provisions of the Indian Trusts Act of 1882.

 

17.       MK30: AMAZON UNVEILS DESIGN OF AIR DELIVERY DRONE

·            Amazon has unveiled the design of an Air delivery drone ‘MK30’, which will handle high temperatures and light rain, will enter into service in 2024 by replacing MK27-2.

·            The Transport packages weigh up to five pounds while flying hundreds of feet.

 

18.       INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ DAY 2022 – NOVEMBER 17

·            International Students’ Day is annually observed across the globe on November 17 to ensure that every student across the globe has access to education.

·            Originally, the day was established to remember the students who died in World War II and to remember the events that took place in Prague during World War II in 1939.

 

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