Thursday, December 22, 2022

DAILY GK 13,14 DEC

DAILY GK 13,14 DEC 

1.             PM INAUGURATES GREENFIELD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN MOPA, GOA

              Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi has inaugurated the first phase of the Greenfield International Airport in MopaNorth Goa, which was built at a cost of about Rs. 2,870 crore.

              It is Goa’s second international airport, besides the existing airport at Dabolim, Goa.

              The airport will be named as the ‘Manohar International Airport’.

              During his visit to Goa, PM Narendra Modi addressed the valedictory ceremony of the 9th World Ayurveda Congress (WAC).

              The theme of the 9th WAC & Arogya Expo was “Ayurveda for One Health.”

 

2.             INDIA-INDONESIA COORDINATED PATROL 

              The 39th edition of India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (IND-INDO CORPAT) is being conducted along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL)

              The CORPAT will conclude at Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

              The IND-INDO CORPAT between India and Indonesia has been carried out twice a year since 2002

 

3.             SUKHVINDER SINGH SUKHU IS 15TH CM OF HIMACHAL PRADESH

              Former Congress state Chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu took oath as the 15th Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh (HP) while Mukesh Agnihotri took oath as the Deputy CM of the state.

              He is a MLA from Nadaun in Hamirpur.

              He is the first Congress CM in Himachal from the lower part of the state that comprises Kangra, Bilaspur, Una and Hamirpur districts.

              Congress won 40 seats in the 68-member Himachal Pradesh State Assembly.

              HP Governor– Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar

 

4.             BHUPENDRA PATEL BECOMES 18TH CM OF GUJARAT

              BJP leader Bhupendra Patel was sworn in by Governor Acharya Devvrat as the 18th Chief Minister (CM) of Gujarat

              Patel won the Ghatlodia seat with the largest margin of 1.92 lakh votes.

              He will serve as the CM of Gujarat for the second year in a row.

              He was sworn in as CM for the first time on September 13, 2021, replacing the Vijay Rupani-led state government.

              The ruling BJP won a record 7th term in the recently concluded Gujarat Assembly Election 2022, garnering 156 of the total 182 legislative assembly seats.

              The Congress won 17 constituencies, while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won 5.

              According to Article 164 of the Indian Constitution, the Chief Minister (CM) shall be appointed by the Governor, and the other Ministers shall be appointed by the Governor on the advice of the CM, and the Ministers shall hold office during the pleasure of the Governor.

 

5.             P.T. USHA ELECTED AS THE 1ST WOMAN PRESIDENT OF INDIAN OLYMPIC ASSOCIATION

              Pilavullakandi Thekkeraparambil Usha (58 years) aka P.T. Usha, a retired Indian track and field athlete, has been named as the first woman president of Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

              She also became the First Olympian and First International Medallist to head the IOA in its 95-year-old history.

              She is also the first sports person after Maharaja Yadavindra Singh to serve as president of the IOA.

              He served as IOA President from 1938 to 1960.

              The elections for the same were held under the supervision of Supreme Court (SC)-appointed retired SC judge Lavu Nageswara Rao.

              PT USHA Known as the ‘Payyoli Express’, and hailing from Kerala, she is winner of 4 Asian gold medals and 7 Silver medals, and fourth place finisher in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics 400m hurdles final.

              In July 2022, she was nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

 

6.             SHER BAHADUR DEUBA TO REMAIN AS PM OF NEPAL

              The ruling Nepali Congress party has emerged as Nepal’s single largest party after winning 89 seats in the 275-member parliament in a general election held in November 2022.

              Nepali Congress party leader Sher Bahadur Deuba, is likely to remain as Prime minister (PM).

              A five-party alliance led by the Nepali congress has won 136 seats, just two short of 138 seats required for a majority to form Government.

              The Nepal Communist Unified Marxist Leninist Party (UML), led by K P Sharma Oli, led by the ruling party’s main rival, has won 92 seats.

              The 2022 elections witnessed a new wave of youngsters challenging the old guard of Nepali politics.

 

7.             INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY 2022 – DECEMBER 11

              United Nations (UN)’s International Mountain Day is annually observed across the globe on December 11 to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life.

              The theme of International Mountain Day 2022 is ‘Women move mountains’.

 

8.             UNICEF DAY 2022 – DECEMBER 11

              The United Nations Children’s Fund(UNICEF) day is annually observed across the globe on 11th December to mark the creation of UNICEF by United Nations General Assembly(UNGA) on 11th December 1946.

              UNICEF originally known as the “United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund” was started as a temporary relief fund of the United Nations(UN).

              UNICEF became a permanent part of the UN system in 1953, and was renamed as United Nations Children’s Fund but retained its acronym “UNICEF”.

              UNICEF Executive Director– Catherine Russell,Headquarters– New York

 

9.             KERALA SEED FARM IN ALUVA IS INDIA’S 1ST CARBON NEUTRAL FARM

              Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister (CM) of Kerala, declared Kerala Seed Farm in Aluva, Ernakulam district, Kerala, as the 1st Carbon Neutral Farm in India.

              The farm, located near Thuruthu, Aluva, produced 43 tonnes of carbon in 2021, although its total procurement was 213 tonnes.

              Kerala Government aims to achieve 40% of its energy need from renewable energy sources by 2025.

 

10.          WHO WORLD MALARIA REPORT 2022

              According to the World Malaria Report 2022 published by the World Health Organization (WHO), the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted attempts to control malaria, resulting in 63,000 more deaths and 13 million more infections globally over the last two years.

              Malaria is an acute febrile illness caused by Plasmodium parasites, which are transmitted to humans by the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes.

              In 2021, Africa accounted for 95% of the world’s 247 million malaria infections and 6,19,000 deaths.

              More than half of all malaria deaths occurred in just four nations: Nigeria, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Niger.

 

11.          G7 NATIONS ESTABLISH AN INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE CLUB TO FIGHT GLOBAL WARMING

              The Group of Seven (G7) major economies have established an open, international ‘Climate Club’ for countries that want to work together to combat global warming.

              Germany has held the G-7 presidency since January 1, 2022, and it will be passed on to Japan in 2023.

              The G7 consists of Germany, France, the United Kingdom (UK), Italy, Japan, Canada and the United States (US).

              The European Union (EU) is also represented at all G7 meetings.

              The new International Climate Club will be a global endeavour rather than a G-7 initiative.

              The Paris Agreement (2015), which aims to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), will be swiftly and intensely implemented with assistance from the climate club.

              December 12, 2022, marked the 7th anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Agreement.

              The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will construct a “climate change secretariat” in Berlin (Germany)

 

12.          WMO RELEASES GLOBAL WATER RESOURCES REPORT 2021   

              The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has published its first ‘State of Global Water Resources Report 2021’, which examines the effects of climate, environmental, and societal change on the Earth’s water resources.

              Report focuses on 3 key areas:Streamflow – the volume of water flowing through a river channel at any given time,Terrestrial Water Storage (TWS) — all water on the land surface and in the sub-surface,The Cryosphere (frozen water)

              Currently, 3.6 billion people have insufficient access to water at least once a month per year, and this figure is anticipated to rise to more than 5 billion by 2050.

              According to UN-Water, 74% of all natural catastrophes between 2001 and 2018 were water-related.

 

13.          WTA AWARDS 2022

              Polish tennis player Iga Swiatek, currently ranked World No.1 by the Women’s Tennis Association(WTA) has been honoured with the 2022 WTA Player of the Year Award for the first time for her achievements in 2022

              Czech tennis players, Barbora Krejcikova and doubles World No.1 Katerina Siniakovahave been named the WTA 2022 Doubles Team of the Year 

              Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil is named the WTA 2022 Most Improved Player of the Year 

 

14.          NEW CHAIRMAN OF NABARD 

              Shaji K V has taken the charge as Chairman of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) 

              He succeeded Suchindra Misra

              NABARD Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra

 

15.          BWF WORLD TOUR FINALS 2022

              Viktor Axelsen of Denmark won the Men’s Singles title defeating Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia at the World Tour Finals 2022 held at Nimibutr Arena in Bangkok, Thailand

              Akane Yamaguchi of Japan won the Women’s Singles by defeating Tai Tzu-Ying of Chinese Taipei 

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