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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

DAILY GK 13,14 NOV

 DAILY GK 13,14 NOV 

1.          US TREASURY REMOVES INDIA FROM ITS CURRENCY MONITORING LIST

·            According to the report ‘Macroeconomic and Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States’ the United States (US) Department of Treasury removed India along with Italy, Mexico, Thailand and Vietnam from its Currency Monitoring List of major trading partners that merit close attention to their currency practices and macroeconomic policies.

·            India had been on the list for the last two years.

·            This move followed the US’ Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen visit to New Delhi

·            Currency Monitoring List:-An economy meeting two of the three criteria in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 is placed on the Watch List.

·            The country meeting all three criteria are labelled as a ‘currency manipulator’.

·            China, Japan, Korea, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan are the seven economies that are a part of the current monitoring list.

·            Switzerland has exceeded the thresholds of all 3 criteria and it is being labelled as a “Currency Manipulator.

 

2.          UNION BANK OF INDIA CELEBRATES ITS 104TH FOUNDATION DAY

·            The bank started its operation on November 11, 1919, and its head office building at Mumbai, Maharashtra was inaugurated by the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi in 1921.

·            As a part of celebrations, the bank has launched the Union Vyom app & various other digital products.

·            Tagline– Good People to Bank with

 

3.          WEST BENGAL GOVT’SLAKSHMIRBHANDAR BAGS THE SKOCH AWARD

·            West Bengal (WB) has bagged the prestigious SKOCH award in the women and child development category for its popular ‘LakshmirBhandar scheme.

·            The WB government launched the scheme in August 2021 to provide financial support to a woman head of a family, aged between 25-60 years.

·            The scheme provides Rs 500 per month to people in the general caste category and roughly Rs 1,000 per month to those in the Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) categories.

 

4.          WORLD PNEUMONIA DAY 2022 – NOVEMBER 12

·            World Pneumonia Day is annually observed across the globe on November 12 to raise awareness and educate people about Pneumonia disease, the world’s most prominent infectious death of children under the age of 5.

·            World Pneumonia Day 2022 focuses on “Championing the fight to stop pneumonia“.

·            Every year, globally, pneumonia kills over 7 lakh children under the age of 5, including over 1.53 lakh newborns, who are especially vulnerable to infection.

·            At least one child dies every 45 seconds from pneumonia each day.

 

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

DAILY GK QUIZ 12,13,14 NOV

 DAILY GK QUIZ 12,13,14 NOV

[Q] In which city, India’s 1st National Repository for Life Science Data, the Indian Biological Data Center, was set up by the Union Minister of State, Jitendra Singh in November 2022?

(a) Bengaluru, Karnataka

(b) Ahmedabad, Gujarat

(c) Chennai, Tamil Nadu

(d) Faridabad, Haryana

[ANS] d

 

[Q] Which state will host the Khelo India National University Games in 2023–24?

(a) Uttar Pradesh

(b) Odisha

(c) Karnataka

(d) Assam

[ANS] a

 

[Q] The National Education Day 2022 was observed across India on 11th November 2022 to celebrate the birth anniversary of whom?

(a) Lal Bahadur Shastri

(b) K. Kamaraj

(c) Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

(d) Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

[ANS] d

 

[Q] Which company became India’s 1st Fisheries Start-Up to receive ISO 27001 certification for Information Security Management (ISM)?

(a) Sea6 Energy

(b) Aquaconnect

(c) FishChain

(d) Seagrass Tech

[ANS] b

 

[Q] In November 2022, which state government’s Lakshmir Bhandar scheme bagged the SKOCH award under the women and child development category?

(a) Punjab

(b) Gujarat

(c) West Bengal

(d) Maharashtra

[ANS] c

 

[Q] Who has been elected as the Independent Chair of the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a 2-year term?

(a) Wasim Khan

(b) Greg Barclay

(c) Richard Freudenstein

(d) Geoff Allardice

[ANS] b

 

[Q] When was World Pneumonia Day 2022 observed across the globe?

(a) 12th November 2022

(b) 9th November 2022

(c) 11th November 2022

(d) 8th November 2022

[ANS] a

 

[Q] Digi Locker has completed its second-level of integration with Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission. Digi Locker Platform comes under which Ministry?

(a) Ministry of Health

(b) Ministry of Science and Technology

(c) Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

(d) Ministry of Education

[ANS] c

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Saturday, November 12, 2022

DAILY GK 6,7 NOV

 DAILY GK 6,7 NOV

1.         11TH JOINT MILITARY TRAINING 2022 BETWEEN IAF - SINGAPORE

·           A six-week long 11th edition of the annual Joint Military Training (JMT) 2022 between the Indian Air Force (lAF) and the Republic Singapore Air Force (RSAF) commenced at Air Force Station, Kalaikunda, West Bengal (WB) from November 9-18, 2022

·           From October 26-30, 2022, the 29th edition of the Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX) was held in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh (AP).

·           IAF is also conducting a bilateral exercise, named ‘Garuda VIl’, with the French Air and Space Force (FASF) from October 26 to November 12, 2022 at Air Force Station Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

 

2.         UIDAI TOPS GRIEVANCE REDRESSAL INDEX FOR 3RD MONTH IN A ROW

·           The ‘CPGRAMS Monthly Report October 2022’ released which was published by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.

·           In October, 2022, 84535 PG  cases were received on the CPGRAMS portal, 92592 PG cases were redressed. So, there exists a pendency of 75971 PG cases in October, 2022 (data till 25th October, 2022), the lowest ever in the Central Secretariat in 2022.

·           CPGRAMS stands for Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System.

·           The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), and Department of Defence Finance are the top performers among the Group A  Ministries, Departments and Autonomous Bodies for resolving public grievances.

·           Department of Financial Services (Pension Reforms) & Ministry of Development of North
Eastern Region are the top performers among the Group B.

·           In order to further enhance residents’ experience, UIDAI has also launched its new AI (Artificial Intelligence)/ML (Machine Learning) based Chatbot, Aadhaar Mitra with enhanced features like – check Aadhaar enrollment/update status, information on enrollment centre etc.

 

3.         MOE COMMITTEE TO STRENGTHEN ASSESSMENT & ACCREDITATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS

·           The Ministry of Education (MoE) has established a high-level committee to enhance the assessment and accreditation of Higher Educational Institutions.

·           The committee will be headed by Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Chairperson of the Board of Governors at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

·           The committee’s mandate is to develop a road map for the National Accreditation Council (NAC), which is envisioned in the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020).

 

4.         FAO - STATE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE 2022

·           The United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released the 2022 edition of the State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA), which examined how automation in our agrifood systems might contribute to reaching Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

·           The report examined 27 case studies spanning multiple technologies across the world.

·           Of the 27 service providers, only 10 are profitable and financially stable. These ten providers, who are primarily based in high-income countries, used mature solutions (widely adopted).

·           In 2005, Japan had more than 400 tractors per 1,000 hectares of arable land, whereas Ghana had only 0.4.

·           FAO Director-General – QU Dongyu,Headquarters – Rome, Italy

 

5.         WORLD’S 1ST ONE-DOSE DRUG TO PROTECT BABIES AGAINST RSV

·           The European Union (EU) authorised a laboratory-developed antibody, nirsevimab, the world’s 1st one-dose drug by AstraZeneca and Sanofi’s Beyfortus (nirsevimab) to protect babies during the 1st exposure to Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a highly contagious common sickness that infects nearly all babies by age 2.

·           It is the RSV passive immunisation for the general newborn population, including those born healthy, at term or prematurely, or with special medical issues.

 

6.         NEW  NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN IN FOUR PUBLIC SECTOR BANKS

·           The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) chaired by the Prime Minister (PM) has appointed Non Executive Chairman on the Boards of four Public Sector Banks (PSBs) viz. Canara Bank, Punjab National Bank (PNB), Union Bank of India and Punjab & Sind Bank (PSB).

·           Canara Bank Vijay Srirangam ,PNB K G Ananthakrishnan,Union Bank of India Srinivasan Varadarajan,PSB:
Charan Singh

 

7.         VIVEK JOSHI APPOINTED AS FINANCIAL SERVICES SECRETARY

·           Vivek Joshi Appointed as the Secretary of the Department of Financial Services (DFS) under the Ministry of Finance.

·           Joshi replaced Sanjay Malhotra as he will become the new Revenue Secretary.

·           Tarun Bajaj will be replaced by Sanjay malhotra as revenue secretary.

 

8.         WORLD TSUNAMI AWARENESS DAY 2022 – NOVEMBER 5

·           The United Nations (UN)’s World Tsunami Awareness Day (WTAD) is annually observed across the globe on 5th November to create awareness about Tsunami and to promote the measures for risk reduction.

·           The word “tsunami” comprises the Japanese words “tsu” (meaning harbour) and “nami” (meaning wave).

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DAILY GK 4,5 NOV

 DAILY GK 4,5 NOV 

1.         10TH SULTAN OF JOHAR CUP 2022

·           India has won the 10th edition of Sultan of Johar Cup 2022 beating Australia in international men’s under–21 field hockey tournament which was held at Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Bahru, Malaysia 

·           It was India’s 3rd win after 2014 and 2013.

·           The top-scorer at the tournament was India’s Sharda Nand Tiwari with 7 goals.

·           The tournament saw the participation of 6 teams viz. India, Australia, Great Britain, Japan, Malaysia, and South Africa.

 

2.         JAMSHED J IRANI, ‘STEEL MAN OF INDIA’, PASSES AWAY

·           Padma Bhushan Awardee Jamshed J Irani, who was also known as the “Steel man of India”, passed away at the age of 86 years at Jamshedpur, Jharkhand.

·           He was associated with Tata Steel for over 4 decades and retired from the board of Tata Steel in June 2011.

·           He was conferred the Padma Bhushan (2007) for his contribution to the steel industry.

·           He was also a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Government of India (GoI) in 2008 for his services in the area of metallurgy.

 

3.         WORLD VEGAN DAY – NOVEMBER 1 2022

·           World Vegan Day is annually observed across the globe on 1st November to promote veganism and vegan diet.

·           On 1st November 1994, Louise Wallis, the chair of The Vegan Society, the United Kingdom (UK), established the annual observance of World Vegan Day on 1st November.

 

4.         “PERMACRISIS” - COLLINS DICTIONARY AS WORD OF THE YEAR 2022

·           Collins Dictionary has announced “Permacrisis”, a noun which describes an extended period of instability and insecurity, as the Collins Word of the Year 2022.

·           The term Permacrisis embodies the sense of facing unprecedented events one after another.

·           Permacrisis is also one of six new words on the list added to CollinsDictionary.com.

 

5.         MATA AMRITANANDAMAYI APPOINTED AS CHAIR OF C20

·           The Government of India(GoI) has appointed Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma) as the Chair of the country’s Civil 20 (C20), an official engagement group of the Group of 20 (G20).

·           The C20 is G20s platform for civil-society organisations (CSOs) to bring forth non-government and non-business voices to the G20 leaders.

·           The G20 is the premier inter-governmental forum for the world’s developed and emerging economies to address financial stability on a global basis.

·           India will assume the Presidency of the G20 for one year from December 1, 2022 to November 30, 2023.

·           G20 Leaders’ Summit is going to be held in New Delhi from September 9 to 10, 2023.

 

6.         MANGARHDHAM IN RAJASTHAN DECLARED AS NATIONAL MONUMENT

·           PM Narendra Modi visited Rajasthan’s Banswara district, where he attended a public programme ‘MangarhDhamki Gaurav Gatha’ at Mangarh Hill, Banswara, Rajasthan.

·           During the programme, MangarhDham in the Banswara District of Rajasthan was declared as a National Monument.

 

7.         PERFORMANCE GRADING INDEX FOR STATES/UTS FOR THE YEAR 2020-21

·           The Performance Grading Index (PGI) for States/Union Territories (UTs) for 2020–21, a special index for evidence-based comprehensive analysis of the school education system across States & UTs, was released by the Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSE&L), Ministry of Education (MoE).

·           The PGI structure consists of 1000 points over 70 indicators divided into 2 categories: Outcomes & Governance Management (GM).

·           The highest achievable Grade is Level 1, which is for State/UTs achieving more than 950 points out of a total of 1000 points.

·           Level 10, which is given for scores below 551, is the lowest grade.

·           7 states and union territories have attained Level 2 (score 901-950) in 2020-21. These are Kerala, Punjab, Chandigarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Andhra Pradesh.

 

8.         WTO TO INCREASE PRESENCE AT COP 27

·           The World Trade Organization (WTO) will take a substantial role in the upcoming Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the UNFCCC (UN Climate Change), which will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Arab Republic of Egypt, from November 6–18, 2022.

·           Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General (DG) of the WTO, will attend world leaders’ summit events.

·           The WTO’s World Trade Report 2022, titled “Climate Change and International Trade”, will also be released at COP27.

·           At COP 26 in Glasgow, United Kingdom (UK), India defied pressure from developed nations to accept a 2050 deadline for reaching “net zero emissions” and instead extended it by 20 years to 2070.

 

9.         IPPB CONDUCTS INDIA’S 1ST FLOATING FINANCIAL LITERACY CAMP IN J&K

·           India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) along with ‘NiveshakDidi’an initiative to promote financial literacy “By the women, for the women”, conducted India’s First Floating Financial Literacy Camp in Srinagar,  Jammu & Kashmir (J&K).

·           NiveshakDidi was launched by IPPB in collaboration with Investor Education and Protection Fund Authority (IEPFA) under the aegis of Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) to promote Financial Literacy.

·           IPPB  has been established under the Department of Posts, under the Ministry of Communication and 100 percent owned by the Government of India (GoI).

 

10.      FRENCH CHEVALIER AWARD TO CARNATIC VOCALIST ARUNASAIRAM

·           French Government has honoured Indian Carnatic Vocalist ArunaSairam with Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite, the Knight of the Order of the Merit, in recognition of her singing talent and her contribution to the development of Indo-France relations.

·           Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite is a French order of merit with membership awarded by the President of the French Republic.

·           She is a disciple of legendary vocalist, SangitaKalanidhi T. Brinda.

·           She founded the “Nadayogam Trust” in 2011 to work towards the musical education of underprivileged students.

·           She was given Padma Shri (Arts) by Government of India  in 2009

 

11.      FICCI ANNOUNCES SUBHRAKANT PANDA AS ITS PRESIDENT

·           The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) announced Subhrakant Panda, Senior Vice President of FICCI & Managing Director (MD) of Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys Ltd (IMFA), as its President-Elect (2022-2023).

·           He is the 1st Odisha industrialist to hold a top position in FICCI.

·           FICCIPresident- Sanjiv Mehta,Headquarters- New Delhi

 

12.      DRDO CONDUCTS FLIGHT-TEST OF BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENCE INTERCEPTOR

·           Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted a successful maiden flight-test of the phase-II Ballistic Missile Defence(BMD) interceptor AD-1 missile from APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha.

·           The AD-1 is a long-range interceptor missile designed for both low exo-atmospheric and endo-atmospheric interception of long-range ballistic missiles and aircraft.

·           DRDOChairman – Dr Samir V Kamat

 

13.      INDIAN ARMY REGISTERS IPR FOR CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN UNIFORM

·           According to the Ministry of Defence (MOD), the Indian Army has registered the “Intellectual Property Rights” (IPR) of the new Camouflage Pattern and Design of the Improved Combat Uniform.

·           The new Indian Army combat uniform features a “unique digital disruptive pattern” and was unveiled on Army Day i.e., January 15, 2022.

·           The Indian Army can take civil legal action before a competent court of law to enforce its exclusive rights to the design and file infringement lawsuits.

 

14.      EPFO COVERAGE CHART: DELHI TOPS

·           According to the vision document of Employee Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) released in November 2022, Delhi topped the chart in terms of the EPFO coverage with 61.5% of their working population under the social security ambit of the organisation.

·           EPFO coverage is at its lowest in Tripura(2.1%), Assam(2.8%), and Meghalaya(2.8%).

·           Delhi is followed by Goa at 2nd spot with 51.4% and Haryana at 3rd spot with 35.3%.

·           The % of EPFO coverage of the working population for 15 out of 26 states and Union Territories is below the national average of 13.5%.

·           In terms of the absolute number of working-age population covered by EPFO, Maharashtra tops the list with 11.9 million EPFO subscribers, followed by Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

·           EPFO under the Ministry of Labour and Employment is one of the World’s largest Social Security Organisations in terms of clientele and the volume of financial transactions undertaken.

 

15.      INDIA RANKS 31ST IN US NEWS & WORLD REPORT’S BEST COUNTRIES 2022

·           According to the US News & World Report’s overall Best Countries 2022 ranking, India has bagged the 31st rank among 85 countries.

·           Switzerland has topped the list followed by Germany and Canada.

·           India has topped the list of nations with the cheapest manufacturing costsby global survey respondents, followed by China and Vietnam.

·           The factors into the Best Countries rankings and Open for Business sub ranking.

 

16.      WBG REPORT ANALYSIS – CLIMATE AND DEVELOPMENT: AN AGENDA FOR ACTION 

·           According to the analysis “Climate and Development: An Agenda for Action,” investing an average of 1.4% of gross domestic product (GDP) yearly could reduce emissions in developing nations by as much as 70% by 2050 and build resilience.

·           The analysis, “Climate and Development: An Agenda for Action,” collects and harmonizes findings from the Country Climate and Development Reports (CCDRs) of the World Bank Group (WBG), which cover more than 20 countries and are accountable for 34% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

·           Low-income countries often have higher investment demands, requiring up to 8% of their GDP.

·           Together, IBRD and IDA make up the World Bank (WB).

·           President – David Malpass

 

17.      BYJU’S APPOINTS LIONEL MESSI AS 1ST GLOBAL BRAND AMBASSADOR

·           Byju’s, the world’s leading education technology company, roped in Argentinian Football player, Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccitini, as the 1st global brand ambassador of Byju’s social impact arm ‘Education For All’.

·           Byju’s is also the official sponsor of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

 

18.      META INDIA HEAD AJIT MOHAN QUITS

·           Ajit Mohan, Vice-President and Managing Director (MD), India at Meta Platforms Inc (formerly Facebook) resigns after a nearly 4 years stint.

·           Manish Chopra, Director and Head of partnerships at Meta India, to take over as Interim Head of Meta India.

·           Meta Platforms Inc India Headquarters- Gurugram, Haryana 

 

19.      BENJAMIN NETANYAHU BECOMES ISRAELI PM

·           Former Israeli Prime Minister(PM) Benjamin Netanyahu head of the right-wing Likud party won the 25th elections of Israel’s parliament (Knesset) defeating the interim PM YairLapid of YeshAtid, a centre-left political party.

·           Benjamin Netanyahu won the election by capturing 64 seats in Israel’s 120-seat Knesset.

·           President - Isaac Herzog

 

20.      PORTAL ON NATIONAL MISSION ON NATURAL FARMING

·           Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, launched the NMNF portal(National Mission On Natural Farming (NMNF) Management And Knowledge Portal) during the first steering committee meeting of the National Natural Farming Mission held at Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi, Delhi.

·           The NMNF portal has been developed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare(Mo A&FW

 

21.      2022 ASIAN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

·           Grandmaster Praggnanandhaa R and Women Grandmaster Nandhidhaa P V became theAsian Champions by winning the Asian Continental Chess Championship 2022 in theOpen and Women’s sections respectively.

·           Asian Continental Chess Championship 2022 was held in New Delhi

·           The event also served as qualification for the World Cup 2023.

·           The top four players in the Open and two players in the Women category qualified for the World cup.

·           Praggnanandhaa won the title by defeating compatriot B Adhiban in the finals.

·           Nandhidhaa P V won the title by defeating DivyaDeshmukh in the finals.

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