Daily GK Update: 15th May 2022

By Neha Bisarya|Updated : May 15th, 2022

 National & International Appointments

1. Manik Saha takes oath as Tripura chief minister


  • Manik Saha (Tripura BJP chief) has become the 12th Chief Minister of Tripura after Biplab Kumar Deb resigned from the post.
  • Tripura's governor Satyadev Narayan Arya has administered the oath of office on May 15 at Raj Bhawan in Agartala (Capital city).
  • Dr Saha is a dental surgeon by profession and joined BJP in 2016 after quitting Congress.
  • Deb had taken oath as the CM of Tripura in 2018, ending the 25-year Communist rule in the state.
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 National & International Appointments

2. Nidhi Chibber appointed CBSE chairperson


  • Nidhi Chibber has been appointed as the chairperson of the Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE).
  • She is from 1994 batch IAS officer of Chhattisgarh cadre and currently working as an Additional Secretary in Ministry of Heavy Industries.
  • Vivek Kumar Dewangen from a 1993 batch IAS officer of Manipur cadre has been named Chairman of REC Ltd. (Ministry of Power).
  • S Gopalakrishnan has been appointed as Additional Secretary in Department of Health and Family Welfare.
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 National & International Appointments

3. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahayan elected President of UAE


  • Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has been elected as president of the United Arab Emirates after the death of former leader Sheikh Khalifa.
  • Sheikh Mohamed was elected by the Federal Supreme Council, becoming the ruler of the oil-rich country which was founded by his father in 1971.
  • UAE Capital: Abu Dhabi
  • UAE Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham
  • UAE Prime minister: Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
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4. Former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds dies


  • Former Australia cricketer and two-time World Cup winner Andrew Symonds died in a car crash at 46.
  • He made his first-debut for Queensland in 1994-95 season.
  • He was a right-handed batter, who was known for scoring runs at a quick pace and has a career strike rate of 92.44 in 198 ODI matches.
  • He was a part of the Ricky Ponting-led side that won the ICC Men’s World Cup in 2003 and 2007.
  • He has played IPL for Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians.
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5. MoRD and Amazon signs MoU for online marketing of SHG’s products


  • Ministry of Rural Development has signed an MoU with Amazon Seller Services Private Limited at Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi.
  • Aim: To promote products listed by SHGs through the Saheli Storefront.
  • With the help of this MoU SHG entrepreneurs under NRLM can be able to offer their products to buyers across India through AmazonSaheli Storefront.
  • MoRD will conduct workshops for awareness creation and assist the sellers in listing their products with Amazon.
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 Banking & Finance

6. Reliance listed in the Forbes Global 2000 list


  • Reliance Industries has climbed two spots to No. 53 on Forbes' latest Global 2000 list of public companies worldwide, followed by State Bank of India (105), HDFC Bank (153) and ICICI Bank (204).
  • Other Indian Firms: ONGC at 228 ranks, HDFC at 268, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) at 357, TCS at 384, Tata Steel at 407 and Axis Bank at 431.
  • The Forbes Global 2000 ranks the largest companies in the world on the basis of four metrics: sales, profits, assets and market value.
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 Summits & Conferences

7. India to host key SCO anti-terror meet


  • India will be hosting the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization's (SCO's)-Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) in New Delhi from May 16th to 19th.
  • The Security Advisers of the National Security Councils of India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan participated in the meeting.
  • India has taken the chairmanship of the Council of Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of SCO last year for a period of one year.
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 National & International Appointments

8. Pine Labs appoints Vijayalakshmi Swaminathan as Chief People Officer


  • Pine Labs has appointed Vijayalakshmi Swaminathan as the company’s new Chief People Officer.
  • Before joining Pine Labs, she worked with Amazon India where she was heading the Human Resources function.
  • She was one of the founding Partners at CoCoon Consulting, a cross-sectoral boutique HR consulting firm.
  • She has also worked with FMCG major Unilever for bolstering the company’s employer brand.
  • Pine Labs CEO: Amrish Rau 
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 National Affairs

9. Union HM Amit Shah inaugurates NCFL in Hyderabad


  • Amit Shah (Union Home and Co-operation Minister) has formally inaugurated the National Cyber Forensic Laboratory (NCFL) in Hyderabad.
  • The premium laboratory was inaugurated at the premises of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory located at Ramanthapur in the city.
  • The Cyber and Information Security Division of the Home Ministry has set up the NCFL under Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Child scheme. 
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 International Affairs

10. Kenton Cool becomes first foreigner to scale Mount Everest 16 times


  • Kenton Cool from Gloucestershire, South West England has scaled the world's highest mountain for the 16th time and becomes the first foreigner to climb the most Mt Everest summits.
  • Kenton climbed the summit with his fellow guide Dorji Gyalzen Sherpa.
  • Kenton also holds a record as the first British mountaineer who has climbed Mt Nuptse, Mt Everest and Mt Lhotse in a season in 2013. 
  • Recently,  Kami Rita, a Sherpa holds the record to climb Everest for the 26th time.
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Daily GK Update: 15th May 2022


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