Daily Current Affairs in English 03 Sep 2022 – Useful for all Competitive Exams

Important Days

World Coconut Day 2022 observed on 2nd September

  • World Coconut Day is celebrated on 2nd September every year. The day is observed to emphasize and spread knowledge of the value and advantages of coconuts. The coconut palm is often called the ‘tree of life’ owing to its versatile use in food, fuel, medicine, cosmetics, building materials, and various other uses.
  • The International Coconut Community selects the World Coconut Day themes. The World Coconut Day theme for this year is “Growing Coconut for a Better Future and Life”.
  • The Asia Pacific Coconut Community(APCC) was established on 2nd September 1969. In 2009 Asia Pacific Coconut Community announced that the first world coconut day was celebrated on September 2, 2009, by the Asia Pacific Coconut Community (APCC).


India’s First Vaccine Against Cervical Cancer Launched

  • India is set to launch its first indigenously developed Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (qHPV) against Cervical cancer with the help of the Serum Institute of India (SII) and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) on 1st September 2022.
  • The vaccine for Cervical cancer “CERVAVAC”, will be launched by Union Minister of State Science and Technology Jitendra Singh. The vaccine is likely to cost around 200-400 per dose.
  • As per the government data, cervical cancer ranks number 2 for most prevalent cancer in India and also accounts for one-fourth of the world’s cervical cancer deaths.

Nuakhai Festival Being Celebrated in Western Odisha

  • Nuakhai is an annual harvest festival in Odisha. Nuakhai is celebrated to welcome the approaching new season and welcome the season’s new rice. Nuakhai is celebrated a day after Ganesh Chaturthi, and it is one of the most awaited festivals in Odisha.
  • The festival is celebrated with Nabanna offering to Goddess Samaleswari during a particular time. Nuakhai is made of two words, Nua which means new, and Khai which means food.
  • The festival altogether means celebrating the season’s new rice harvested by hardworking farmers. The people in the western part of Odisha celebrate Nuakhai with zeal and excitement.

Alappuzha Declared as the Fifth Full Digital Banking District

  • Alappuzha has become the fifth fully digital banking district in the state. A declaration was made by the Reserve bank of India Kerala and Lakshadweep Regional Director Thomas Mathew regarding this.
  • As a part of the initiative at least one digital transaction facility, such as a debit card. Internet banking, mobile banking, a unified payment interface, and many other facilities, has been enabled 26 lakh savings or current bank accounts in 29 banks in the districts.


Vasudha Gupta named as DG of News Services Division of AIR

  • Indian Information Service officer, Vasudha Gupta was appointed as the director general of the news services division of All India Radio. Gupta, who was director general in the Press Information Bureau, assumed charge of her new post immediately.
  • All India Radio Director General N Venudhar Reddy superannuated. Gupta played a key role in implementing the communication strategies of the government during the COVID-19 pandemic and also helmed the fact-checking unit to curb misinformation about the viral outbreak.
  • Rajesh Malhotra, Director General in the Press Information Bureau (PIB), was promoted to the rank of Principal Director General. Malhotra will continue to look after the public works of the finance ministry in the PIB.

Rajesh Kumar Srivastava, Interim New Chairman of ONGC 

  • Rajesh Kumar Srivastava has been appointed as the interim new Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of the state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC) by the Central Government. Rajesh Kumar Srivastava is the third interim Chief who has been appointed, as the government has not made any full-time appointment yet in 17 months.
  • Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd or ONGC is an Indian oil and gas explorer and producer. ONGC was founded on 14th August 1956 by the Government of India. It is overseen by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. It is also the largest Government-owned oil and gas exploration and production corporation in India.

Jasprit Bumrah Face of New-Age, Eco-Friendly Luggage Brand “Uppercase”

  • Jasprit Burmah has been signed as the Brand Ambassador of the “Uppercase” eco-friendly luggage brand. Jasprit Bumrah is managed by RISE Worldwide which is a Reliance Initiative and India’s largest sports, and entertainment Company will lead the D2C brand’s ‘Never Ordinary’ campaign.
  • The campaign ‘Never Ordinary’ is a series of creatives that tells the features and USPs of the Uppercase bags. The film showcases the Uppercase bags as a perfect choice that is eco-friendly in nature.


INS Vikrant, an Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Commissioned by PM Modi

  • INS Vikrant Commissioned: INS Vikrant, India’s first homegrown aircraft carrier, to the Indian Navy at the Cochin Shipyard commissioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • The nation’s largest warship, weighing 45,000 tonnes, has finished a year of sea trials. The warship’s construction cost Rs 20,000 crore. The new Naval emblem was also revealed by the Prime Minister.
  • An imitation of the INS Vikrant was given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • The first aircraft carrier made entirely in India, INS Vikrant is given to the Indian Navy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Following the construction of INS Vikramaditya, this is the country’s second aircraft carrier.
  • The new flag of the Indian Navy is raised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, and other top officials aboard INS Vikrant.


Finance Ministry: GST collection rose 28% in August to Rs 1.43 trillion

  • The GST collection remained above the Rs 1.4-trillion mark for the sixth straight month in August and the ensuing festival season will help continue the trend.
  • The gross GST revenue collected in August 2022 is Rs 1.43 trillion of which CGST is Rs 24,710 crore, SGST is Rs 30,951 crore, IGST is Rs 77,782 crore (including Rs 42,067 crore collected on import of goods) and cess is Rs 10,168 crore (including Rs 1,018 crore collected on import of goods).


SBI Card launches ‘cashback SBI Card’ in India

  • Indian credit card issuer SBI Card has announced the launch of the ‘CASHBACK SBI Card’ in India. As the company claims CASHBACK SBI Card is the industry’s first Cashback-focused credit card that enables cardholders to earn 5 percent cashback on all online spending without any merchant restrictions.
  • Consumers across India, including tier 2 and 3 cities, can easily get CASHBACK SBI Card instantly through the digital application platform ‘SBI Card SPRINT’.

Ranks and Reports

Forbes Asia 100 To Watch 2022: Indian start-ups features in the list

  • Forbes Asia released the 2nd edition of the list titled ‘Forbes Asia-100 to Watch 2022’. The list highlights small companies and startups on the rise across the Asia-Pacific region.
  • The list for 2022 featured 11 start-up companies from India along with 19 companies from Singapore, followed by 16 start-ups from Hong Kong, 15 from South Korea, and 13 from China.
  • According to Forbes, 15 countries and territories are represented across 11 categories that include biotechnology and healthcare, e-commerce and retail, and finance.
  • Companies had to be headquartered in the Asia-Pacific region, Privately owned, for profit.
  • Companies have not more than USD 50 million in their latest annual revenue and have not more than USD 100 million in total funding through 1 August 2022.

LIC out of a list of Top 10 valued Indian Companies, Replaced by Bajaj and Adani Transmission

  • Life Insurance Company (LIC) is out of the top 10 companies by market capitalization as it has been replaced by Bajaj Finance and Adani Transmission. LIC has dropped to 11th position in the list, Bajaj Finance at 10th, and Adani Transmission at 9th position.
  • Adani Transmission entered the top 10 list with a market value of ₹4.43 lakh crore on the BSE, which is higher than Bajaj Finance’s total cap of ₹4.42 lakh crore and LIC’s ₹4.26 lakh crore.
  • Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is on the top of the list of valued Indian Companies with a market capitalization of ₹17.8 lakh crore, followed by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), HDFC Bank, Infosys, Hindustan Unilever (HUL), ICICI Bank and State Bank of India (SBI).

Science and Technology

CERT-In conducts exercise Cyber Security Exercise “Synergy”

  • Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) under the Ministry of Electronics and IT, in collaboration with the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore, successfully designed and conducted the Cyber Security Exercise “Synergy” for 13 Countries.
  • The Group is being led by India under the leadership of the National Security Council Secretariat. The theme of the exercise was “Building Network Resiliency to counter Ransomware Attacks”. The exercise scenario was derived from real-life cyber incidents, in which a domestic level (limited impact) ransomware incident escalates to a global cyber security crisis.

Books and Authors

A book titled “Science Behind Surya Namaskar” unveiled by Dr. Kalubhai

  • Minister of State for AYUSH, Dr. Munjpara Mahendrabhai Kalubhai has released a book titled “Science Behind Surya Namaskar” a collection of evidence-based research on one of the most well-known Yoga asanas at the AIIA.
  • The book was compiled by the All-India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) department of Swasthavritta and Yoga, at AIIA. The book is a collection of evidence-based research on one of the most well-known Yoga asanas at the AIIA.
  • Dr. Kalubhai also inaugurated the new Panchakarma Room in the Hospital block and flagged off an e-rickshaw and a public ambulance for AIIA.


FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup: VAR technology to make debut in India

  • The upcoming Under-17 Women’s World Cup 2022 in India will see the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology making its debut in the age-group showpiece, world football governing body FIFA announced.
  • The prestigious tournament, which was given the go-ahead by FIFA after lifting the 11-day-long suspension of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), will be held in Bhubaneswar (Kalinga Stadium), Margao (JLN Stadium) and Navi Mumbai (DY Patil Stadium) from October 11-30.


5th Rashtriya Poshan Maah 2022 celebrating from Sep 1 to 30th September

  • Ministry of Women and Child Development is celebrating the 5th Rashtriya Poshan Maah 2022 across the nation from 1st September till 30th September. Rashtriya Poshan Maah serves as a platform to bring focus to the discourse of nutrition and good health.
  • Maah serves as a platform to bring focus to the discourse of nutrition and good health. In the 5th Rashtriya Poshan Maah, the aim is to convert Jan Andolan into Jan Bhagidari to fulfill the Prime Minister’s vision of a Suposhit Bharat. The Central Theme of Poshan Maah 2022 is “Mahila aur Swasthya” and “Bacha aur Shiksha”.
  • Poshan Maah is being celebrated as part of the POSHAN Abhiyaan, the Central Government’s flagship program which aims to improve nutritional outcomes for children under 6 years of age, pregnant women, and lactating mothers.
  • As part of the 5th Rashtriya Poshan Maah, the ministry plans to rope in the Gram Panchayats as Poshan Panchayats with the key focus on Women’s Health and Children’s Education.

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