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Daily Current Affairs in English 05 Aug 2022 – Useful for all Competitive Exams

National

6 National Highway projects launched in MP by Union Minister 

In Indore, Madhya Pradesh, 6 National Highway projects totaling 119 km and costing Rs. 2300 crore were formally opened and the foundation stone was laid by Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari.

The villages in the Indore-Harda segment will be better connected to Indore. He stated that the expansion of the Dhar-Pithampur Industrial Corridor would result in more job opportunities.

According to the Minister, travel times between Tejaji Nagar (Indore) and Burhanpur and Indore and Harda will be shortened, saving fuel. He claimed that travelers heading to Omkareshwar and Khandwa will have easy access to the routes.

The State Government and NHAI signed a memorandum of understanding during this initiative to build ropeways at 14 designated locations in Madhya Pradesh.

Useful Notes For All Competitive Exams:

  • Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways: Shri Nitin Gadkari

Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2021 approved by Lok Sabha 

The Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2021 is approved by the Lok Sabha. The Wild Life (Protection) Act of 1972 already protects a number of species, but the proposed legislation would also implement CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. The Rajya Sabha still needs to pass the Bill, though.

According to Bhupender Yadav, the Union Environment Minister, the government operates under the Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam principle and strives to improve both humankind and all other animal species.

The Union Environment Minister has also urged people to avoid purchasing upscale goods derived from animals from threatened or endangered species.

Ministry for Commerce & Industry: India recognizing over 75000 startups so far

Union Minister for Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal has announced that India has achieved a landmark milestone, wherein 75000 startups have been recognized in the country.

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has recognized more than 75,000 startups- a milestone that coincides with the 75th year of independence.

Startup India program which was primarily set up to provide an enabling environment for the startups has today evolved into the launchpad for them.

Andhra Pradesh emerges as the winner in the Utilisation of Agri-Infra funds 

When it comes to using cash for agricultural infrastructure, Andhra Pradesh comes out on top (Agri Infra Fund). By placing a strong emphasis on infrastructure development at the farm gate, it has become the best state.

At a ceremony in New Delhi, Union Minister of Agriculture and Family Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar presented B. Srinivasa Rao, CEO of State Rythu Bazars, with the award for the best state in the nation in terms of utilizing Agri Funds in the fiscal year 2021–22.

Useful Notes For All Competitive Exams:

  • CEO of State Rythu Bazars: B. Srinivasa Rao
  • Union Minister of Agriculture and Family Welfare: Narendra Singh Tomar

Kerala CM launched eggs and milk scheme for Anganwadi children 

Kerala Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan has inaugurated a project of the Women and Child Development department.

This project helps to provide milk and eggs to children at all Anganwadis in the state in a bid to improve their nutrition levels. The state government has set aside over Rs 61.5 crore to include milk and eggs in the Anganwadi menu this financial year.

Under this scheme, which is considered a first in the country, each child will be given 125 ml of milk two days a week for 44 weeks (10 months) and an egg twice a week.

Under this project, four lakh children in the age group of 3-6 from the 33,115 anganwadis of the state will receive eggs and milk twice a week.

Useful Notes For All Competitive Exams:

  • Kerala Capital: Thiruvananthapuram;
  • Kerala Chief Minister: Pinarayi Vijayan;
  • Kerala Governor: Arif Mohammad Khan.

International

UN General Assembly deemed a healthy environment a Human Right 

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution that recognized everyone’s right to a healthy environment. It was stated that the action is a crucial one in halting the alarming decline of the natural environment.

India supported the resolution but abstained from one of the resolution’s key clauses. It expressed dissatisfaction with the resolution’s methodology and content.

The UNGA recognizes the right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment as a human right, according to the resolution’s operative paragraph 1.

Ashish Sharma, a counselor at India’s Permanent Mission to the UN, asked that this comment be recorded in the meeting’s official records.

Appointments

Suresh N Patel was sworn in as Central Vigilance Commissioner 

Vigilance Commissioner, Suresh N. Patel was appointed as the Central Vigilance Commissioner. He has been working as the acting Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) since June this year.

He was sworn in as the chief of the Central Vigilance Commission by President Droupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The ceremony was also attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu. Former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Sanjay Kothari had completed his term as the CVC on June 24 last year.

Useful Notes For All Competitive Exams:

  • Central Vigilance Commission Formed: February 1964;
  • Central Vigilance Commission Objectives: To address governmental corruption;
  • Central Vigilance Commission Jurisdiction: Government of India;
  • Central Vigilance Commission Headquarters: New Delhi;
  • Central Vigilance Commission First executive: Nittoor Srinivasa Rau;
  • Central Vigilance Commission Appointer: President of India.

IFS officer Shweta Singh appointed as Director of PMO 

According to a Personnel Ministry, 2008 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, Shweta Singh was appointed as a director in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) approved Singh’s appointment for a period of three years from the date of her joining.

The ACC has canceled the appointment of Aniket Govind Mandavgane, a 2009-batch IFS officer, as the Deputy Secretary in the PMO. Mandavgane was on July 18 appointed as the Deputy Secretary.

Senior-most judge of Supreme Court U U Lalit, in line, to become next CJI 

Senior-most judge of the Supreme Court of India, Justice U U Lalit, is in line to become the next Chief Justice of India (CJI).

He has been part of several landmark judgments including the one which held the practice of divorce through instant ‘triple talaq’ among Muslims illegal and unconstitutional.

Justice Lalit is in line to become the 49th CJI of India on August 27, a day after incumbent Justice N V Ramana demits the office.

Summits and Conferences

Chabahar Day Celebrations: India focuses on Central Asia relations 

31 July was designated Chabahar Day in Mumbai by the Ministry of Port, Shipping, and Waterways (MoPSW) to commemorate the Chabahar – Link to International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) – Connecting Central Asian Markets.

According to the MoPSW press release, Sonwal mentioned in his talk that India’s ambition is to turn Shahid Beheshti Port in Chabahar into a transit center and connect it to INSTC to reach out to Central Asian countries.

According to the statement, the Union Minister further invited all representatives and stakeholders to submit ideas to further cut down on transit time and costs in order to create a more affordable, expedited, and dependable route from India to Iran and Central Asia.

Bankings

RBI permitted the use of INR for foreign commerce invoices and payments 

Bhagwat Kisanrao Karad, the Union Minister of State for Finance, informed Rajya Sabha that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has permitted foreign trade invoices and payments to be made in the Indian Rupee.

By means of a circular titled International Trade Settlement in Indian Rupees (INR) that was published on July 11, 2022, the central bank has permitted payments for international trade in the Indian currency.

Useful Notes For All Competitive Exams:

  • Union Minister of State for Finance: Bhagwat Kisanrao Karad
  • Governor of RBI: Shaktikanta Das

Ranks and Reports

Fortune Global 500 list: LIC breaks into Fortune 500 list

Indian statutory insurance and investment corporation, Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has broken into the latest Fortune Global 500 list.

The nation’s biggest life insurer with revenue of USD 97.26 billion and a profit of USD 553.8 million, was ranked 98th on the just released Fortune 500 list. This is the first outing of LIC on the list, which ranks listed companies by sales.

Ramsar sites: India adds 10 new wetlands to the list 

India adds 10 more wetlands designated as Ramsar sites to make a total of 64 sites in the country. The 10 new sites include Six (6) sites in Tamil Nadu and One (1) each in Goa, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, and Odisha.

Designation of these sites would help in the conservation and management of wetlands and the wise use of their resources.

India is one of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention, signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971. India signed it on 1st Feb 1982.

So far 64 wetlands covering an area of 12,50,361 ha have been designated as Ramsar Sites of International Importance in India, till date.

Sports

Commonwealth Games 2022: Tejaswin Shankar wins India’s first High Jump Medal 

India’s Tejaswin Shankar won India’s first medal in athletics at the Commonwealth games 2022, by clinching a historic bronze in the men’s high jump final.

Tejaswin, competing for India for the first time in four years nailed a landing of 2.22m to secure a podium finish. He did not have trouble clearing 2.5m and 2.10m in the opening two jumps.

Then 2.19m and 2.22m quite easily on the first try. He though failed to clear 2.25 but clinched the bronze medal after being quicker to jump 2.22m against the fourth-placed athlete. He attempted 2.28m on his last jump but failed.

Commonwealth Games 2022: Tulika Maan wins silver in women’s 78kg judo event 

Indian judoka, Tulika Maan settle for a silver medal in the women’s 78kg category in the Commonwealth Games 2022.

Tulika Maan gets India’s second silver medal in Judo and third overall in Judo, as she conceded a defeat by Ippon to Scotland’s Sarah Adlington in the Women’s +78kg final.

44th Chess Olympiad: Tania Sachdev Shines in Indian Women’s Team 

Tania Sachdev has registered a 2.5-1.5 win for India against Hungary in the fourth-round match of women section at the 44th Chess Olympiad in Mamallapuram, Chennai. She thrashed Zsoka Gaal to earn a decisive point as well as a match for the team.

Koneru Humpy, Dronavalli Harika and R Vaishali ended with a draw in their respective encounters. Tania Sachdev is an Indian chess player, who holds the FIDE titles of International Master and Woman Grandmaster.

She is a two-time Indian women’s chess champion in 2006 and 2007, one-time Asian women’s chess champion in 2007 and three-time and current Commonwealth Women’s Chess Champion in 2016, 2018 and 2019.

Commonwealth Games 2022: Saurav Ghosal wins India’s first-ever singles medal in squash

India’s Saurav Ghosal has clinched the bronze medal in squash men’s singles by beating James Willstrop of England 11-6, 11-1, 11-4 to take India’s Commonwealth Games 2022.

This was also India’s first-ever medal in squash singles at the Games. He had lost the men’s singles semi-final 3-0 (11-9 11-4 11-1) to New Zealand’s Paul Coll.

Commonwealth Games 2022: Indian weightlifter Gurdeep Singh wins bronze in men’s

India’s Gurdeep Singh won a bronze medal in the men’s 109+kg weightlifting event. Gurdeep lifted a total weight of 390kg (167kg+223kg) in the final, as he won India’s 10th weightlifting medal at the ongoing edition of the Games.

Gurdeep joined Gururaja Poojary and Lovepreet Singh to add a third bronze medal in weightlifting for India.

The gold went to Pakistan’s Muhammad Nooh Butt for his Games record-breaking lift of 405kg (173kg+232kg). New Zealand’s David Andrew Liti clinched the silver for his effort of 394kg (170kg+224kg).


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