1. Indo-US joint training exercise “YUDH ABHYAS 22” begins in Uttarakhand
- The 18th edition of India-US joint military training exercise 'Yudh Abhyas 22' has been started in Auli, Uttarakhand.
- Focus: High altitude and extremely cold climate warfare
- The exercise has been participated by US Army soldiers of 2nd Brigade of the 11th Airborne Division and Indian Army soldiers from the Assam Regiment.
- This joint military exercise is conducted annually between India and US with the aim of exchanging best practices, Procedures, Tactics, Techniques.
Summits & Conferences
2. LeadIT Summit 2022 hosted by India and Sweden in Egypt
- India and Sweden jointly hosted the LeadIT Summit 2022, on the sidelines of COP27 at Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt.
- The LeadIT (Leadership for Industry Transition) initiative focuses on low carbon transition of the hard to abate industrial sector.
- The summit was attended by Bhupender Yadav (Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change).
- The current phase of LeadIT will conclude in 2023 and the next year is the time to reflect on the performance and achievements so far
National & International Organizations
3. India ranks eighth on 2023 Climate Change Performance Index
- In the Climate Change Performance Index 2023 (CCPI, India has ranked eighth out of 63 countries.
- The Climate Protection Performance is assessed in four categories: Greenhouse Gas emissions, Renewable Energy, Energy use, and Climate Policy.
- In Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Energy Use category, India has been rated high, while in Climate Policy and Renewable Energy, nation rated medium.
- The report placed Denmark in fourth place, followed by Sweden and Chile.
Honours & Awards
4. Infosys Science Foundation announced Infosys Prize 2022
- The Infosys Science Foundation (ISF) has announced the winners of the Infosys Prize 2022 in six categories.
- The award conferred for their contributions to science and research impacting India.
- List of winners:
- Engineering & CS: Suman Chakraborty
- Humanities: Sudhir Krishnaswamy
- Life Sciences:Vidita Vaidya
- Mathematical Sciences: Mahesh Kakde
- Physical Sciences: Nissim Kanekar
- Social Sciences: Rohini Pande
- Prize: Gold medal, a citation, and a prize purse of $100,000
Banking & Finance
5. RBI gives approval for opening of nine Vostro accounts of Russian banks
- The RBI has given its approval for opening of nine Vostro accounts of Russians banks with banks in India.
- Aim: To allow bilateral trade to take place in rupee
- Three accounts have already been opened—Gazprom Bank with UCO Bank and VTB and Sber Bank with their own branch offices in India.
- The remaining six are likely to be opened by Indusind bank.
- The RBI has allowed the special vostro accounts to invest the surplus balance in Indian government securities
Science & Technology
6. NASA’s Artemis mission launches successfully
- NASA's Artemis 1 mission has successfully took off from Launch Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, US.
- The project, comprising the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft.
- It carries a toy called Shaun the Sheep, and two dummies, Helga and Zohar which pack 5,600 radiation sensors.
- Ten payloads, including Lunar IceCube and Lunar Polar Hydrogen Mapper, are also onboard.
- The Artemis 1 project will be followed by the Artemis 2 and Artemis 3 missions.
National & International Organizations
7. East Timor to become 11th member of ASEAN
- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has agreed to admit East Timor as the 11th member of the group.
- The Timor Leste will also be granted observer status at high-level ASEAN meetings.
- The country would be the first new member of the regional grouping, since Cambodia was admitted in 1999.
- ASEAN was founded on August 8, 1967 in Bangkok Thailand.
- Members: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam
8. Coastal Defence Exercise 'Sea Vigil-22' commenced
- The third edition of the ‘Pan-India’ Coastal Defence Exercise ‘Sea Vigil-22’ has organised from 15th -16th November 2022.
- The exercise held along the entire 7516 km coastline and Exclusive Economic Zone of India.
- It is also involved all the Coastal States and UTs along with other maritime stakeholders, including the fishing and coastal communities.
- It is conducted by the Indian Navy, Coast Guard and other ministries entrusted with the task of maritime activities.
9. Assam gov.t launched Mission Basundhara 2.0
- The Assam government has launched Mission Basundhara 2.0 with an aim to provide land rights to only natives.
- It is only for the indigenous people with mandatory three generation clear residency.
- Gov.t will verify the residency claims if gov.t have doubts.
- The doubtful claims will be reviewed later.
- The first phase of Mission Basundhara was launched last year.
- During the event, the Assam CM, Hemant Biswa has also launched e-stamping facilities in the State.
10. Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games mascot unveiled
- President of the Paris 2024 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Tony Estanguet has unveiled the mascots for Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
- The mascot for Paris 2024 is "The Phryges".
- It is a red Phrygian caps, type of hat that has become an enduring symbol of freedom throughout French history.
- Motto: Alone we go faster, but together we go further
- The mascot of Paris 2024 is a non-gender-specific mascot.
Honours & Awards
11. Rane Group chairman, L. Ganesh conferred with Deming award
- Rane Group chairman, L. Ganesh was conferred with the prestigious Deming award for outstanding contribution in dissemination and promotion (overseas) of total quality management (TQM).
- He is the third Indian and fifth globally to be bestowed with this prestigious award.
- This award was established in 1951, to pay tribute to W. Edwards Deming, who made a significant contribution to the spread of statistical quality control in Japan, following World War II.
12. DEA, MoHUA and World Bank organise Cities Creditworthiness Academy Workshop
- The Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA), and the World Bank Group are jointly organising “Cities Creditworthiness Academy” workshop.
- Aim: To create an enabling ecosystem for financing future cities of India
- Theme: Vision of Future Cities and Role of Municipal Financing
- The workshop was inaugurated by Ajay Seth (Secretary, DEA, MoF); Manoj Joshi (Secretary, MoHUA) and Country Director, World Bank (WB), India.
13. India, Finland agree to explore new areas of cooperation
- India and Finland have agreed to enhance partnership in areas such as digital partnership in Future ICT, Future Mobile Technologies and digital education.
- Both countries also emphasised on having institutionalised joint working groups on areas of mutual interest.
- The decision was taken during a meeting between Finland’s Minister of Education and Culture, Petri Honkonen and Minister of Science and Technology, Jitendra Singh in New Delhi.