Current Affairs in English

01 July 2022 Current Affairs in English

Important Days

International Day of Parliamentarism 2022: 30 June

June 30 is observed as the International Day of Parliamentarism every year to commemorate the date on which the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) was founded.

The IPU, founded in Paris in 1889, is an international organization of national parliaments to promote democratic governance, accountability, and cooperation among its members.

In 2022, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and its Member Parliaments will mark the International Day of Parliamentarism under the theme of public engagement.

The International Day of Parliamentarism is celebrated every year on 30 June, the date in 1889 on which the IPU was founded. The Day was established in 2018 through a United Nations General Assembly Resolution.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Inter-Parliamentary Union Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland;
  • Inter-Parliamentary Union President: Saber Hossain Chowdhury;
  • Inter-Parliamentary Union Founded: 1889, Paris, France;
  • Inter-Parliamentary Union Secretary-General: Martin Chungong.

International Asteroid Day 2022: 30 June 

World Asteroid Day (also known as International Asteroid Day) is an annual UN-sanctioned global awareness campaign event observed on June 30, which is the anniversary of the Siberian Tunguska event of 1908.

To provide knowledge to the general public about the importance of asteroids in history, and the role they play in our solar system today. The theme of Asteroid Day 2022 is “small is beautiful.”

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) Director: Simonetta Di Pippo.

National Statistics Day 2022: 29 June

National Statistics Day is observed in India on June 29 each year. The day aims to raise public awareness of the value of statistics in everyday life as well as in the planning and development process.

The celebrated statistician, Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, is recognized on National Statistics Day for his contributions to economic planning and statistics.

Additionally, the Indian Statistical Institute’s founder, Professor PC Mahalanobis, celebrates his birthday on 29 June. The theme of National Statistics Day 2022 is ‘Data for Sustainable Development.


Dak Karmayogi E-learning Platform launched by the Government 

The Dak Karmayogi, which is an e-Learning portal of the department of posts was launched by Shri Ashwini Vaishnav minister of communication, railways, electronics, and IT, and Shri Devusinh Chauhan minister of state for communications. The function was held at Stein auditorium Indian habitat Centre on 28 June 2022.

This portal has been developed under the vision of mission Karmayogi which was initiated by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi with a view of bringing efficiency in the actions of all the employees of the Government of India and transforming the efficiency of bureaucracy with minimum Government and maximum governance. 

Uddhav Thackeray resigns as Maharashtra CM 

Uddhav Thackeray has resigned as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. This comes immediately after the Supreme Court refused to stay Maharashtra Governor’s direction to the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government to take a floor test in the Assembly.

Late in the evening, Mr. Thackeray submitted his resignation to Mr. Bhagat Singh Koshyari at the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. The Governor accepted the resignation of Mr. Thackeray and asked him to officiate as the Chief Minister until alternate arrangements are made.


The UK announces 75 scholarships for Indian students in the 75th year of Independence 

The United Kingdom government has announced a partnership with leading businesses in India to offer 75 fully-funded scholarships for Indian students to study in the UK from September, in celebration of the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.

Additionally, the British Council in India is offering around 18 scholarships for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) covering over 12,000 courses across more than 150 UK universities.

The programs on offer include Chevening scholarships for a one-year Master’s program, with the opportunity to study any subject at a UK university.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • United Kingdom Prime minister: Boris Johnson;
  • United Kingdom Capital: London;
  • United Kingdom Currency: Pound Sterling.

‘Partners in the Blue Pacific’: New program started by US and Allies 

The US and its allies, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and the United Kingdom, have launched a new initiative called Partners in the Blue Pacific for effective and efficient cooperation with the region’s small island nations in response to China’s aggressive push to expand its sphere of influence in the Pacific.

After China pushed for a broad, common cooperation pact with 10 Pacific states, it became obvious the planned extent of its expanding influence and the geostrategic competition in the region increased.


Indian Coast Guard launched the “PADMA” centralized payment system 

Pay Roll Automation for Disbursement of Monthly Allowances (PADMA), an automated Pay & Allowances module for the Indian Coast Guard was inaugurated by Shri Rajnish Kumar, Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA), Ministry of Defence.

The CGDA emphasized that the Government has campaigned for Digital India to ensure dedicated services and reduce manual intervention at every level & promote E-Governance in a big way.

About the PADMA:

  • PADMA is an automated platform leveraging the latest technology that will provide seamless and timely disbursal of Pay & Allowances to around 15,000 Indian Coast Guard personnel.
  • This module has been developed under the aegis of the Defense Accounts Department and will be operated by the Pay Accounts Office Coast Guard, Noida.
  • The launch marked the beginning of the Centralized Pay System (CPS), the foundation of which is being laid down by the Defence Accounts Department Headquarters to provide one-stop pay accounting solutions for all organizations under the Ministry.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Indian Coast Guard Director-General: Virender Singh Pathania;
  • Indian Coast Guard Founded: 1 February 1977;
  • Indian Coast Guard Headquarters: Ministry of Defence, New Delhi.


For public issues of REIT and InvIT, SEBI now offers a UPI payment option 

Retail investors may use UPI, or the unified payments interface mechanism, to apply in the public offering of REITs and InvITs for application values up to Rs 5 lakh, according to capital markets regulator Sebi.

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) stated in two separate circulars that the new framework, which aims to further streamline the procedure, will be applicable to public issues of units of Infrastructure Investment Trust (InvIT) and real estate investment trust (REIT).


To provide e-PAN Services, Protean and PayNearby collaborate 

In order to provide PAN-related services for PayNearby‘s retail partners through Aadhaar and biometric or SMS-based OTP authentication for their clients, Protean eGov Technologies Ltd (previously NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Ltd) and PayNearby have formed cooperation. For millions of citizens, the cooperation seeks to improve service delivery.

A digital copy of the ePAN will be generated shortly after the online application form is submitted, and a physical copy will be given to the clients at their preferred address in 4-5 working days.

For the Government of India’s Income Tax Department, Protean accepts and handles PAN applications. PayNearby will serve as Protean‘s PAN Service Agency (PSA) as part of the agreement.

Useful notes for All Competitive Exams:

  • Founder, managing director, and CEO, PayNearby: Anand Kumar Bajaj
  • Managing director and CEO, Protean eGov Technologies: Suresh Sethi

Science and Technology

NASA launches CAPSTONE mission to the moon 

The NASA researchers successfully launched the CAPSTONE spacecraft to the moon from New Zealand. The launch took place on Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket.

Mission CAPSTONE stands for Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment.

With a price tag of just shy of $30 million, NASA hopes the mission will verify that a specific type of moon orbit is suitable for the lunar Gateway space station that the agency aims to launch later this decade.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • NASA administrator: Bill Nelson;
  • Headquarters of NASA: Washington D.C., United States;
  • NASA Founded: 1 October 1958.


Novak Djokovic becomes 1st player to win 80 matches in all four Grand Slams 

Novak Djokovic became the first player in history to win 80 matches in all four Grand Slams when he defeated Kwon Soon-woo 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Centre Court his 80th win in Wimbledon.

By virtue of his victory, the former world no.1 tennis player has created history by winning his 80th match at Wimbledon. The six-time champion has become the first male player in the Open Era to win 80 or more matches at all four grand slams.

A number of matches won by Novak Djokovic at each Grand Slam:

  • Roland Garros – 85
  • Australian Open -82
  • US Open – 81
  • Wimbledon -80

U23 Asian Wrestling Championships 2022: Deepak Punia won bronze 

Tokyo Olympian Deepak Punia won a bronze medal after defeating Maksat Satybaldy (Kyrgyzstan) in the 86kg freestyle weight category at the U23 Asian wrestling championships 2022 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Despite a win, it was an unimpressive result from him as the Indian contingent was expecting a better outing from the world championships silver medalist in the tournament.


Olympic Medallist and Hockey World Cup winner Varinder Singh passes away

Indian hockey stalwart and member of the gold medal-winning 1975 World Cup team, Varinder Singh passed away. He was 75. Singh was part of the gold medal-winning Indian team at the 1975 men’s Hockey World Cup in Kuala Lumpur.

Singh was also part of the bronze medal-winning team at the 1972 Munich Olympics and the silver medal at the 1973 World Cup in Amsterdam. In 2007, Varinder was conferred with the prestigious Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award.

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