Daily GK Update: 14th September 2022

By Neha Bisarya|Updated : September 14th, 2022

 National & International Appointments

1. Government appoints Sibi George as India’s next ambassador to Japan

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  • The Ministry of External Affairs has appointed Senior diplomat, Sibi George as the next Indian ambassador to Japan.
  • He will replace Sanjay Kumar Verma as India’s envoy to Japan,  has recently appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Canada.
  • He is a 1993-batch Indian Foreign Service officer and is currently serving as the Ambassador of India to Kuwait.
  • India and Japan share very strong Strategic and Global Partnership.
  • Japan PM: Fumio Kishida; Capital: Tokyo 
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 National & International Appointments

2. President Biden appoints Dr. Renee Wegrzyn as Inaugural Director ARPA-H

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  • The US President Joe Biden has appointed Dr Renee Wegrzyn as the inaugural director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) for five years.
  • Purpose of the ARPA-H: To seek innovative solutions to biomedical problems
  • She is a biologist and former government scientist.
  • Dr. Renee Wegrzyn is currently serving as the vice president of business development at Ginkgo Bioworks and Head of Innovation at Concentric by Ginkgo. 
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 National Affairs

3. Health Minister, Dr Mansukh Mandaviya launches Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav

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  • Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya will launch a countrywide mega drive 'Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav' for voluntary blood donation from 17th September to 1st October 2022.
  • The special drive is a part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
  • The registrations for the Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav have been started on the E-Raktkosh portal and Aarogya Setu app.
  • Nation will observe 1st October as the National Voluntary Blood Donation Day.
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 Important Dates

4. National Hindi Diwas 2022: 14th September

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  • To promote the Hindi language and its usage across the nation, India observed Hindi Diwas annually on September 14.
  • The day is also marks the birthday anniversary (September 14, 1916) of Beohar Rajendra Simha who played a crucial role in getting Hindi in Devanagari script.
  • On September 14, 1949, the Constituent Assembly accepted Hindi in the Devanagari script as the official language of India.
  • The first Hindi Day was celebrated on September 14, 1953.
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 State Affairs

5. Vedanta-Foxconn inks MoUs with Gujarat to set up semiconductor plant

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  • Vedanta and Foxconn have signed an MoU with the Gujarat government to set up a semiconductor and display manufacturing unit in the state.
  • Benefits: To create a huge ecosystem for ancillary industries and help our MSMEs
  • Total Investment: Rs 1.54 lakh crore
  • Display Fab Unit: This unit will set up with an investment of Rs 94,500 crore.
  • The Integrated Semiconductor Fab Unit and OSAT (Outsourced semiconductor assembly and test) facility with an investment of Rs 60,000 crore
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 Obituaries

6. Iconic French filmmaker, Jean-Luc Godard passes away

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  • Iconic French filmmaker, Jean-Luc Godard has been passed away at the age of 91 in Switzerland.
  • He was known for his debut feature Breathless.
  • He was considered as the father of the French New Wave and one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th century.
  • His notable movies: My Life to Live; Contempt; Pierrot le Fou; A Woman Is a Woman; Histoire(s) du cinéma
  • He had been awarded the Golden Lion (1983); Golden Bear (1965) and Honorary Academy Award (2010).
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 National & International Appointments

7. BharatPe appoints two new independent directors

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  • BharatPe has appointed the two independent directors are BP Kanungo (former Deputy Governor of RBI) and Kaushik Dutta (Chairman and Independent Director at Zomato).
  • B P Kanungo: He served as the Deputy Governor of the RBI from 2017 to 2021 and here, he will be resonponsible to build a profitable business.
  • Kaushik Dutta: He previously held leadership positions at PwC
  • Chairman of the Board, BharatPe: Rajnish Kumar
  • Co-Founder of BharatPe: Shashvat Nakrani
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 National Affairs

8. Govt sets up panel to address issues faced by venture capital, PE firms

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  • The Finance Ministry has set up a six-member, high-level panel to look into issues being faced by venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE) investors.
  • The panel is headed by former SEBI chairman, M Damodaran.
  • The committee will suggest steps for scaling up investment by VC and PE funds.
  • Members: G Mahalingam (former member Sebi); D P Nagendra Kumar (former member CBIC); Ashish Verma (former Principal Commissioner Income Tax) Poonam Gupta, and P R Acharya.
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 Defense

9. Sixth edition of Japan India Maritime Exercise begins in Bay of Bengal

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  • The navies of India and Japan are carrying out the sixth edition of Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX 22) hosted by the Indian Navy in the Bay of Bengal.
  • Aim: To enhance operational understanding
  • The Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) has deployed Izumo (helicopter carrier) and Takanami (guided missile destroyer) for this exercise.
  • The Indian Navy has represented by multi-purpose stealth frigate Sahyadri and anti-submarine warfare corvettes Kadmatt.
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 Banking & Finance

10. HDFC Life launches Click2Protect Super term insurance policy

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  • HDFC Life has launched a term insurance plan named Click2Protect Super.
  • Offers: It enables customisation as per protection needs and only pay for the benefits/plan options that you have chosen.
  • It is a non-linked, non-participating, individual, pure risk premium/ savings life insurance plan.
  • It provides with multiple flexibilities such as changing life cover, extending the policy term, getting coverage for accidental death and terminal illness, etc.
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 Banking & Finance

11. Canara HSBC Life Insurance launches iSelect Guaranteed Future Plan

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  • Canara HSBC Life Insurance has launched a new life insurance policy named iSelect Guaranteed Future, an individual, non-linked, non-participating, savings and protection plan.
  • The policy comes in multiple options:
    • iAchieve and Flexi iAchieve option:  Pay for a limited period and get a guaranteed sum assured at maturity
    • iAssure and Flexi iAssure plan: Pay for a limited period, and get the guaranteed lump sum on maturity.
    • Easy iAchieve: Single premium payment term
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 Banking & Finance

12. Nippon Life India AMC, DWS partner to launch Indian govt bond ETF

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  • DWS Group and Nippon Life India Asset Management have collaborated to provide portfolio management and investment advisory services to the European-listed Indian Government Bond ETF.
  • DWS is continuously developing its range of ETFs in order to meet the ever-evolving needs of investors.
  • Through this collaboration, clients can access to the attractive Indian bond market.
  • Nippon Life India brings in its deep knowledge of the Indian Fixed-Income market.
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 Books & Authors

13. Former India women's coach Sjoerd Marijne pens down 'Will Power'

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  • Former Indian women's hockey coach Sjoerd Marijne has authored his upcoming book, "Will Power", in which he is sharing the inside story of the team's incredible turnaround at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
  • The book will be published by HarperCollins India and released on September 21.
  • Marijne was appointed as the chief coach of the women's team in 2017.
  • He has played for The Netherlands, and guided the Dutch Under-21 women's side to a World Cup title.
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Daily GK Update: 14th September 2022

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