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Ruchira Kamboj appointed next Permanent Representative of India to the UN

Ruchira Kamboj: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) recently announced that Ruchira Kamboj has been appointed as the next Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations in New York. Key Highlights: Ruchira Kamboj is currently the Indian Envoy to Bhutan. She will succeed TS Tir ...

International Day for Countering Hate Speech: History, significance

International Day for Countering Hate Speech 2022: The International Day for Countering Hate Speech is observed on June 18. Key Points: This day is observed to highlight the need for combating hate speech and promoting tolerance and dialogue between different communities. According to the ...

Government clears Anand Mahindra, 3 Others for RBI Board

Non-Official Directors on the Central Board of RBI: The Central Government has nominated Anand Mahindra, Pankaj Ramanbhai Patel, Ravindra H Dholakia, and Venu Srinivasan,  as part-time non-official Directors on the Central Board of Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Key Highlights: In a ...

Senior Indian diplomat Amandeep Singh Gill appointed by UN chief as his Envoy on Technology

Amandeep Singh Gill: Amandeep Singh Gill is a senior Indian diplomat who has recently been appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as his Envoy on Technology. The UN described Gill as a “thought leader on digital technology” who has a solid understanding ...

Cabinet approves for India-UAE pact on industrial cooperation

MoU between India and the UAE: The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today has approved the proposal for signing a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on cooperation in the field of industries and advanced techno ...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually addressed the ‘Utkarsh Samaroh’ event held at Bharuch, Gujarat

Utkarsh Samaroh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 12th May 2022 virtually addressed ‘Utkarsh Samaroh’ held at Bharuch in Gujarat. Key Highlights: The event was organized to mark the celebration of 100 percent saturation of 4 key schemes of the state government in the district. ...

Delhi Logs 1,607 New COVID-19 Infections In 24 Hours As Cases Surge

Delhi Logs 1,607 New COVID-19 Infections In 24 Hours As Cases Surge COVID-19 Delhi: With these new cases, the national capital's overall Covid tally has increased to 18,81,555 while the number of deaths has risen to 26,174. New Delhi:  Delhi has recorded 1,607 fresh COVID-19 cases ...

UK Cuts All Tariffs On Ukraine, Bans More Exports To Russia

UK Cuts All Tariffs On Ukraine, Bans More Exports To Russia Russia-Ukraine War: The UK's international trade department said Monday it had reduced "all tariffs on goods imported from Ukraine". London:  Britain said it has dropped tariffs on all goods from Ukraine while sl ...

Russian military has been pounding Ukrainian cities since February 24, leading to injuries which Dr David Nott said are "dreadful".

Russian military has been pounding Ukrainian cities since February 24, leading to injuries which Dr David Nott said are "dreadful". The war in Ukraine has posed challenges for the healthcare professionals and doctors, who are finding it hard to treat injured patients. Part of ...

Lok Sabha passes Weapons of Mass Destruction (Amendment) Bill, 2022

Weapons of Mass Destruction (Amendment) Bill, 2022: The Lok Sabha recently passed yet another bill that prohibits the funding of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). This Bill was introduced by External Affairs Minister Dr S.Jaishankar. Key Details: The Weapons of Mass Destruction and the ...

Assam, Meghalaya sign a historic pact to resolve border dispute

Assam-Meghalaya Border Pact: The Chief Ministers of Assam and Meghalaya, on 29th March 2022 signed a border agreement. This MoU has been signed to resolve the case of the inter-state boundary dispute between Meghalaya and Assam with respect to 6 of the 12 areas of difference. Key Details: ...

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw elected as fellow of Royal Society of Edinburgh

Fellow of Royal Society of Edinburgh: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, the executive chairperson of Biocon and Biocon Biologics, has been elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) in Scotland. Key Highlights: She will be joining RSE’s current fellowship of around 1,700 fellows w ...

Abel Prize 2022 Awarded to American Mathematician Dennis Parnell Sullivan

Abel Prize for 2022: the Abel Prize for the year 2022 has been awarded to American Mathematician Dennis Parnell Sullivan by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Key Highlights: This award also includes prize money which amounts to 7 Million NOK (Norwegian Krone). He was awarded t ...

Union cabinet approves Bill for unification of all 3 Municipal Corporations of Delhi

Delhi MCD Merger: The Union Cabinet has approved a bill for the unification of Delhi’s three Municipal corporations into one Municipal Corporation. The Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2022 is likely to be tabled in the ongoing budget session of Parliament. Key Details: T ...

Indian Railways’ 1st Gati Shakti Cargo Terminal commissioned in Asansol Division

Gati Shakti Cargo Terminal: Indian Railways’ first Gati Shakti Cargo Terminal was recently inaugurated in the Eastern Railway’s Asansol division. Key Points: The Asansol division of Indian Railways (IR) successfully commissioned a private siding of Maithan Power Limited at Thapa ...

Department of Pharmaceuticals releases Approach paper on 'Draft National Medical Devices Policy 2022' for consultation

Draft National Policy for the Medical Devices 2022: The Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers has released an Approach Paper for the Draft National Policy for the Medical Devices, 2022 on its website for a consultation. The Department has invited feed ...

What is Daylight Saving Time, which the US Senate has voted to scrap?

Daylight Saving Time: The United States Senate unanimously passed a law (Sunshine Protection Act) making daylight saving time (DST) permanent. Key Details: This law that was passed on 15 March 2022 will scrap the practice of changing clocks forward and back coinciding with the arrival and d ...

Vigilance Awareness Week 2021

Vigilance Awareness Week 2021: The Vigilance Awareness Week (VAW) 2021 has been organized by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) from 26 October to 01 November 2021. Key Points: VAW is an annual event which is observed across India during the week in which the birthday of Sardar Vallab ...

National Mission for Clean Ganga gets registered in Guinness world records

The first day of Ganga Utsav (The River Festival 2021) witnessed the registration of National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) in the Guinness Book of World Records for recording the highest number of photos of handwritten notes that were uploaded on the social media platform in an hour on the ve ...

Elon Musk-owned SpaceX sets up subsidiary in India

World's richest person Elon Musk-owned SpaceX has incorporated its wholly-owned subsidiary in India to start local broadband operations, Key Points• SpaceX's satellite broadband arm Starlink aims to start broadband services in India from December 2022, with two lakh active terminals subjec ...

Centre extends Ayushman CAPF healthcare scheme pan-India

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has announced that the Centre has extended the 'Ayushman CAPF' healthcare scheme benefits of the central health insurance programme to the personnel of all Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) pan-India in a phased manner. Union Home Minister had launched ‘Ayus ...

Yahoo pulls out of China

Key Points • US technology company Yahoo has stopped its services in China from November 1, 2021• This decision by Yahoo is in line with its commitment for rights of users and a free & open internet.• Yahoo's departure from China coincides with the implementation of Personal Inform ...

Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojana

“Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojana” is a Delhi government scheme. Under it, 15,000 students have enrolled for coaching classes in the year 2021. What is Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojana Scheme? Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojana scheme was launched by Del ...

IREDA unveils whistle-blower portal for internal check

Key Points• The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) is a PSU under the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy.• IREDA has launched a ‘whistle-blower Portal’, as a part of ‘Vigilance Awareness Week 2021’.• Through this portal, IREDA employees can raise concerns relat ...

DRDO, IAF carry out flight tests of indigenously-developed smart anti-airfield weapon

Key Points• Smart anti-airfield weapon has been designed and developed by DRDO’s Research Centre Imarat with support from IAF• Two different configurations on satellite navigation & electro optical sensors tested successfully• First Electro optical seeker based flight test of this c ...

PM Modi launches Infrastructure for Resilient Island States on sidelines of COP26

Key Points• The Initiative for the Resilient Island States ( IRIS) initiative is a part of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient infrastructure that would focus on building capacity, having pilot projects, especially in small island developing states.• It is aimed at achieving sustainable de ...

India, Bhutan to have 7 additional entry and exit points for trade

With a view to increasing trade connectivity, India and Bhutan will have seven additional entry and exit points for trade. Key Takeaways• The decision to have seven more entry and exit points was taken in a commerce secretary-level meeting that was held on trade and transit issues between ...

Haryana Govt launches ‘Uttam Beej portal’

As part of its commitment to double the income of the farmers, Manohar Lal Khattar, the Chief Minister of Haryana, has launched the ‘Uttam Beej portal’ which will benefit the farmers of the state. The move will help the farmers of Haryana by providing quality seeds with transparency. The ...

TN sets up SPV to manage three natural conservation missions

Taking a step in the direction of climate action, Tamil Nadu government has set up the first setting up the first ever Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to manage natural conservation missions in the state. Key Takeaways• The Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) is known as as “Tamil Nadu Green Cli ...

RBI commits to support India’s financial system ‘greening’

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had joined the Central Banks and Supervisors Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) as a Member on April 23, 2021, to benefit from the membership of NGFS by learning from and contributing to global efforts on Green Finance. The Reserve Bank of India ...

          
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