Daily GK Update: 16th November 2022

By Neha Bisarya|Updated : November 16th, 2022

 Defense

1. Indo-US joint training exercise “YUDH ABHYAS 22” begins in Uttarakhand

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  • 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.
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 Summits & Conferences

2. LeadIT Summit 2022 hosted by India and Sweden in Egypt

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  • 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
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 National & International Organizations

3. India ranks eighth on 2023 Climate Change Performance Index

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  • 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.
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 Honours & Awards

4. Infosys Science Foundation announced Infosys Prize 2022

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  • 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:
    1. Engineering & CS: Suman Chakraborty
    2. Humanities: Sudhir Krishnaswamy
    3. Life Sciences:Vidita Vaidya
    4. Mathematical Sciences: Mahesh Kakde
    5. Physical Sciences:  Nissim Kanekar
    6. Social Sciences: Rohini Pande
  • Prize: Gold medal, a citation, and a prize purse of $100,000
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 Banking & Finance

5. RBI gives approval for opening of nine Vostro accounts of Russian banks

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  • 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
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 Science & Technology

6. NASA’s Artemis mission launches successfully

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  • 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.
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 National & International Organizations

7. East Timor to become 11th member of ASEAN

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  • 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
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 Defense

8. Coastal Defence Exercise 'Sea Vigil-22' commenced

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  • 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.
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 State Affairs

9. Assam gov.t launched Mission Basundhara 2.0

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  • 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.
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 Sports

10. Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games mascot unveiled

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  • 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.
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 Honours & Awards

11. Rane Group chairman, L. Ganesh conferred with Deming award

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  • 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.
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 National Affairs

12. DEA, MoHUA and World Bank organise Cities Creditworthiness Academy Workshop

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  • 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.
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 Agreement

13. India, Finland agree to explore new areas of cooperation

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  • 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.
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Daily GK Update: 16th November 2022

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