Daily Current Affairs in English 12 Aug & 13 Aug 2022 – Useful for all Competitive Exams

Important Days

World Elephant Day observed globally on 12 August

  • World Elephant Day is celebrated on 12 August every year to raise awareness about the plight of elephants all over the world.
  • The main objective of World Elephant Day is to create awareness of elephant conservation and to share knowledge and positive solutions for the better protection and management of wild and captive elephants.
  • On 12 August 2012, World Elephant Day was co-founded by Canadian filmmaker Patricia Sims and the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation of Thailand, an initiative of HM Queen Sirikit. This day was observed for the first time on 12 August 2012. And since then, World Elephant Day has been celebrated every year.

International Youth Day celebrates on the 12th of August

  • International Youth Day is celebrated on 12 August every year. This day is celebrated to raise awareness regarding issues that are faced by the world’s youth.
  • The objective of International Youth Day 2022 is to amplify the message that action is needed across all generations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and leave no one behind.
  • The theme for 2022’s edition of International Youth Day is “Intergenerational solidarity: creating a world for all ages.”


Kerala Government to Launch Mobile App to Curb GST Evasion 

  • The Kerala government is set to launch a mobile app where people can upload original bills and also stand a chance to win prizes.
  • The government of Kerala aims to curb GST evasion with this app. The app is named ‘Lucky Bill App’ and it will be launched on 16th August 2022, by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. 
  • The state government expects this will help increase tax collection as people will be encouraged to ask for bills while purchasing goods and availing services.
  • The app is capable enough to help the state’s GST department to examine return filings with the help of uploaded bills.

Rishabh Pant appointed as the State Brand Ambassador of Uttarakhand

  • Uttarakhand government has appointed wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant as the ‘State Brand Ambassador’.
  • Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Pushkar Singh Dhami congratulated Rishabh Pant and praised him as one of the best cricketers and idols of youth.
  • Rishabh Pant’s most recent game was seen in India’s T20 series against New Zealand in which the Indian cricket team claimed the title of the series with a 3-0 victory.

Nitish Kumar steps down as CM of Bihar, dissolves coalition with BJP 

  • Nitish Kumar resigned from the position of chief minister of Bihar, where he had been in an alliance with the BJP.
  • At Raj Bhavan, Nitish Kumar went to see Governor Phagu Chauhan alone before announcing his resignation to the awaiting media.
  • As per the information, Nitish Kumar has presented the governor of Bihar with the signatures of his party’s MLAs and the Mahagathbandhan, and he is hoping for an invitation to form the government once more.


Russia successfully launched Iran’s satellite into orbit 

  • Russian rocket has successfully launched an Iranian satellite into orbit from southern Kazakhstan.
  • An Iranian satellite named Khayyam was into orbit by the Soyuz rocket from the Russia-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan.
  • The name of satellite was named after Omar Khayyam, a Persian scientist who lived in the 11th and 12th centuries.
  • The satellite fitted with the high-resolution camera will be used for environmental monitoring and will remain fully under its control.


Amit Burman Steps Down as the Chairman of Dabur

  • FMCG major Dabur has announced that the board has accepted the resignation of Amit Burman as the Chairman.
  • Amit Burman will continue to serve in the position of non-executive director of the company.
  • Dabur India Ltd is one of the leading FMCG companies which was founded by Dr. S.K. Burman. In 1884, Dr. S.K.Burman started making health care products and till now Dabur has become the world’s largest Ayurveda Company.


RBI canceled the license of Rupee Co-operative Bank, Pune 

  • The Reserve Bank of India has canceled the license of Pune-based Rupee Co-operative Bank Ltd as the lender does not have adequate capital and earning prospects.
  • However, the RBI said that in compliance with an order of the High Court of Bombay, its direction will become effective after six weeks.
  • The license has been canceled because the bank does not have adequate capital and earning prospects and as such, it does not comply with certain provisions of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.

HDFC Bank inks an agreement with TReDs platform M1xchange 

  • M1xchange (TReDs platform), a marketplace for discounting trade receivables, and HDFC Bank have partnered to provide small businesses access to financing at competitive interest rates.
  • To debut on the Trade Receivables Discounting System (TReDs) platform, HDFC Bank has joined forces with M1xchange, a project of Mynd Solutions Pvt Ltd. This action is anticipated to provide corporate buyers and MSMEs with high liquidity at competitive interest rates.


In India, 7.3% Of The Population Owned Digital Currency in 2021

  • Over seven percent of India’s population owns digital currency, according to the UN, which said the use of cryptocurrency rose globally at an unprecedented rate during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Ukraine topped the list with 12.7 percent, followed by Russia (11.9 percent), Venezuela (10.3 percent), Singapore (9.4 percent), Kenya (8.5 percent), and the US (8.3 percent).
  • In India, 7.3 percent of the population owned digital currency in 2021, ranking seventh in the list of top 20 global economies for digital currency ownership as a share of the population.

India’s GDP Growth to be fastest in Asia in FY23: Morgan Stanley

  • According to analysts at Morgan StanleyIndia’s GDP growth will average 7% during this time, which is the strongest among the largest economies, and India will contribute 28% and 22% to both Asian and global growth, respectively.
  • This makes India the fastest-growing Asian economy in the Asian region in 2022–2023. They claimed that due to the release of dormant demand, the Indian economy is poised for its strongest performance in more than a decade.

Science and Technology

SPARK: New Virtual Space Museum Launched By ISRO

  • The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has launched a digital platform called the ‘SPARK’ space museum for showcasing several ISRO missions with an interactive interface.
  • The digital platform known as the ‘SPARK’ space museum was launched by the Chairman of ISRO, S Somnath. This idea by ISRO is a new initiative while celebrating the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav marking 75 years of Independence.
  • This digital space museum ‘SPARK’ has an interactive interface through which users can interact with the site easily.
  • The platform hosts several documents, images, and videos related to ISRO’s launch of vehicles, satellites, and scientific missions.

Microsoft, Govt intends to train computer skills to civil servants 

  • Microsoft and the Indian government will work together on a program to teach its digital toolkit to almost 2.5 million civil servants.
  • The Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE), the Capacity Building Commission (CBC), and the tech giant are working together to support civil servants in their efforts to assist the less fortunate with the help of Microsoft.
  • Microsoft will assist civil servants in providing last-mile social welfare services.
  • For the ministries of Defense, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Expenditure, Finance, Social Justice, Civil Aviation, Ports and Shipping, and Labour, the CBC performs capacity building with Microsoft.


Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor to receive France’s highest civilian award

  • Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, is set to be conferred with France’s highest civilian award Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur.
  • The French government is honoring him for his writings and speeches and the French Ambassador here Emmanuel Lenain has written to Tharoor informing him about the award.
  • In 2010, Tharoor received a similar honor from the Spanish government, when the King of Spain bestowed upon him the Encomienda de la Real Order Espanola de Carlos III.


Sunil Chhetri, Manisha Kalyan named men’s and women’s Footballer of the Year

  • Sunil Chhetri and Manisha Kalyan have been named the 2021-22 All India Football Federation (AIFF) Men’s Footballer of the Year and the 2021-22 Women’s Footballer of the Year, respectively.
  • Manisha had won the Women’s Emerging Footballer of the Year for last season, while this is the 7th time that Sunil won the award, having last won it in 2018-19.

AIFF Player of the Year Award winners for 2021-22:

  • AIFF Men’s Footballer of the Year 2021-22: Sunil Chhetri
  • AIFF Women’s Footballer of the Year 2021-22: Manisha Kalyan
  • AIFF Men’s Emerging Footballer of the Year 2021-22: Vikram Partap Singh
  • AIFF Women’s Emerging Footballer of the Year 2021-22: Martina Thokchom

Important takeaways for all competitive exams: 

  • The All India Football Federation Founded: 23 June 1937;
  • The All India Football Federation Headquarters: Dwarka, Delhi;
  • The All India Football Federation FIFA affiliation: 1948;
  • The All India Football Federation AFC affiliation: 1954;
  • The All India Football Federation SAFF affiliation: 1997.

Real Madrid beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 to win the 2022 UEFA Super Cup

  • Real Madrid beat Eintracht Frankfurt, 2-0 in the finals to win the 2022 UEFA Super Cup for a record-equalling fifth time, in Helsinki, Finland.
  • UEFA Super Cup is an annual football match organized by UEFA for the winners of the two main European club competitions, i.e. the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
  • The last season’s Champions League winners Real Madrid defeated Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt to win the title for the fifth time. David Alaba and Karim Benzema scored in each half as Real Madrid beat Eintracht Frankfurt. The man of the match goes to Casemiro.

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