Daily GK Update: 16th March 2022

By Stuti Mishra|Updated : March 16th, 2022

 Science & Technology

1. ISRO successfully conducts ground test of solid booster stage for SSLV

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  • Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully completed the ground test of the solid fuel-based booster stage (SS1) of its new Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV).
  • It completes the ground testing of all three stages of the launch vehicle.
  • Vehicle is now ready for its first development flight, which is scheduled for May 2022
  • Other stages of SSLV like SS2 & SS3 have successfully undergone necessary ground tests and are ready for integration.

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 National & International Appointments

2. Tapan Singhel appointed as MD & CEO of Bajaj Allianz General Insurance

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  • Tapan Singhel (55 years) has been re-appointed as the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer (MD & CEO) of Bajaj Allianz General Insurance with effect from 1st April, 2022
  • His tenure has been extended for another five years.
  • He has already completed 10 years as the MD & CEO of the company.
  • Bajaj Allianz General Insurance is the second largest private sector general insurer.

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 Books & Authors

3. Book on Prime Minister’s 20 years journey ‘Modi@20’ to hit stands in April

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  • Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced to release a book on the life of Prime Minister Narendra Modi titled as ‘Modi@20: Dreams Meet Delivery’.
  • The book captures the political life of PM Modi’s in the past 20 years, ranging from his tenure as Gujarat CM to Prime Minister of India.
  • It is a compilation of pieces written by intellectuals & experts and has been edited & compiled by BlueKraft Digital Foundation.
  • It will hit the stands in April 2022.

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 National & International Appointments

4. Bhagwant Mann will be sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Punjab

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  • Aam Aadmi Party leader, Bhagwant Mann (48 years) will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Punjab.
  • His oath-taking ceremony will be held in Khatkar Kalan village in Nawanshahr district, which is the ancestral village of iconic freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.
  • He will be the youngest Chief Minister of the Punjab state since the 1970s.
  • He succeeded Charanjit Singh Channi.
  • Governor of Punjab: Banwarilal Purohit.
  • Capital: Chandigarh

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 Summits & Conferences

5. The 17th Annual Conference on ‘Road Development in India’

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  • Nitin Gadkari has addressed the 17th Annual Conference on ‘Road Development in India’.
  • During his address, he emphasized on reduction of cement and steel by using different waste materials like waste rubber and plastic in road construction.
  • He also emphasized on Road safety and said more efforts are needed in this area from all the stakeholders.
  • He also said that Ethanol, methanol, biodiesel, bio CNG and electric Green hydrogen is the fuel for the future.

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 Honours & Awards

6. The 17th edition of Mumbai International Film Festival held

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  • The 17th edition of Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) will be held from 29th May to 4th June, 2022 at Films Division complex, Mumbai.
  • Filmmakers can now submit their entry in Documentary, Short Fiction and Animation category of films up to 20th March 2022
  • Eligibility: Films that are completed between Sept 2019 and Dec 2021
  • Components: Golden Conch, silver conch, trophies, certificate, cash reward
  • V Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award will also be conferred

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 National Affairs

7. Hydrogen based advanced Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) inaugurated

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  • Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has inaugurated pilot project for Hydrogen based advanced Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV).
  • It has been launched by Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. along with International Center for Automotive Technology (ICAT).
  • It will be first of its kind project in India aimed at spreading awareness about Hydrogen, FCEV technology and disseminating its benefits to support hydrogen-based society for India.

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 International Affairs

8. India approve line of credit for Sri Lanka to help pay for key import

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  • Govt of India has approved $ 1 billion line of credit (LoC) for Sri Lanka to help the Island nation for importing food, essential items and medicine.
  • Sri Lanka is currently facing a severe economic crisis.
  • LoC is being extended by India in line with its efforts to assist its neighbouring country in fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and to mitigate its adverse impact and its developmental priorities.
  • Sri Lankan Finance Minister: Basil Rajapaksa.

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 National Affairs

9. MV Ram Prasad Bismil became the longest vessel ever to sail on Brahmaputra

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  • MV Ram Prasad Bismil became the longest vessel ever to sail on the Brahmaputra, achieving a landmark in sailing history
  • The vessel is 90 meters long flotilla is 26 meters wide, loaded with a draft of 2.1 meters.
  • With this, it successfully completed the aspiring pilot run of heavy cargo movement from Haldia Dock in Kolkata.
  • The vessel along with two barges DB Kalpana Chawla and DB APJ Abdul Kalam were flagged off from the Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port in Haldia

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 Agreement

10. AJ-NIFM & JNU enter into MoU for award of MBA degree

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  • Arun Jaitley National Institute of Financial Management (AJ-NIFM) has signs MoU with Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for promoting exchange and cooperation in the area of academics and strengthening the professional competence of Civil and Defence Officers
  • It will facilitate award of MBA Degree in Finance and MBA Degree in Financial Management by JNU to experienced candidates from Government
  • Exchange of faculties in the area of mutual interest.

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 Honours & Awards

11. Bangladesh to confer its highest civilian award on 10 individuals

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  • Govt of Bangladesh has announced the nomination for its highest civilian award-Independence Award for 2022.
  • Winners:
    • Freedom Fighter Ilias Ahmed Chowdhury
    • Martyr Colonel Khandaker Nazmul Huda (Bir Bikram)
    • Abdul Jalil, Siraj Uddin Ahmed
    • Late Mohammad Sahiuddin Bishwas
    • Late Sirajul Haque
    • Kanak Kanti Barua
    • Md Kamrul Islam
    • Kamrul Islam
    • Amir Hamza
    • Syed Moinul Islam
  • Bangladesh Wheat and Maize Research Institute has been nominated for Research and Training category

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 Sports

12. India to host FIDE Chess Olympiad 2022 in Chennai

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  • India has won the bid to host FIDE Chess Olympiad 2022 in Chennai.
  • It was originally scheduled to be hosted in Russia.
  • FIDE has recently announced that it pulled out from Russia following the Ukraine invasion.
  • After the announcement, Tamil Nadu government and All-India Chess Federation made a joint bid to host the tournament
  • It is the first time that India is hosting FIDE Chess Olympiad since its inception in 1927
  • It will be held from 26th July to 8th August 2022.

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Daily GK Update: 16th March 2022

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