Daily GK Update: 18th February 2023

By Neha Bisarya|Updated : February 18th, 2023

 National & International Appointments

1. Tata Motors VP Rajan Amba appointed as MD of Jaguar Land Rover India


  • Rajan Amba has been appointed as the managing director of Jaguar Land Rover India, effective from 1st March 2023.
  • He will replace Rohit Suri, who announced his retirement from the position of MD and President in January 2023.
  • Prior to this role, he worked as the Vice President - Sales, Marketing, and Customer Care of Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles.
  • He has also worked as a Chief Operating Officer with Carat Lane (a subsidiary company of Titan).
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 National & International Appointments

2. Lt General MV Suchindra Kumar appointed as Vice Chief of Army


  • Lt Gen MV Suchindra Kumar has been appointed as the new Vice Chief of Army Staff.
  • He is currently serving as the Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Strategy) in the Army Headquarters.
  • He will succeed Lt Gen B S Raju, who has been appointed as the Jaipur- headquartered South Western Army Commander.
  • While Lt Gen NSR Subramani has been appointed as the next Central Army Commander in Lucknow.
  • All the new appointments will come into effect on March 1.
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 Honours & Awards

3. K.K. Shailaja selected for 32nd Ramashramam Unneerikkutty Award


  • Former Health Minister, K.K. Shailaja has been selected for the 32nd Ramashramam Unneerikkutty Award.
  • Reason: For her services as a minister during the times of the Nipah outbreak, the COVID-19 pandemic, and her services to the State.
  • This is an annual award, which is given to individuals who have made a mark in the fields of art, literature, culture, politics, or social service.
  • She is the fourth woman to win the award ever since its inception in 1985.
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 Banking & Finance

4. RBI appoints V S Khichi as member on RCap advisory committee


  • The Reserve Bank of India has appointed former Bank of Baroda ED, Vikramaditya Singh Khichi as a member of the Advisory Committee on Reliance Capital.
  • The move follows the resignation of former Axis Bank Deputy MD Srinivasan Varadarajan.
  • The Advisory Committee on Reliance Capital was set up to advise the administrator of crisis-ridden Anil Ambani-promoted Reliance Capital.
  • Other members:  Sanjeev Nautiyal (former DMD, SBI) and Praveen P Kadle (former MD, Tata Capital).
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5. IAF develops indigenous ‘Vayulink’ platform for jammer-proof communication


  • The Indian Air Force has developed an innovative solution named ‘Vayulink’ to send radio communication to the base station when the signals are low.
  • It would help pilots to deal with bad weather and also provide them with jammer-proof uninterrupted communication with the base station.
  • It is an ad-hoc data link communication system.
  • It will be installed in an aircraft and provide information about other aircraft close by, encrypted traffic data over a secured channel.
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 National Affairs

6. Vertiplane X3 Drone delivers TB medicines


  • The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)-Rishikesh conducted a trial to test the feasibility of drones supplying medicines to primary health centers or smaller hospitals by Vertiplane X3 drone.
  • This drone was used to deliver a 2kg package of anti-tubercular drugs to a district hospital in Tehri Garhwal during the trial.
  • The aerial distance of nearly 40 kilometers between the helipad at AIIMS and the hospital was covered in 30 minutes.
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 National & International Organizations

7. India ranks 47th in OECD's services trade restrictiveness index


  • According to the services trade restrictiveness index (STRI), conducted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), India ranked 47 out of 50 countries.
  • As per the report, India had been progressively introducing reforms over the past years, contributing to a slight liberalization of services trade in some sectors.
  • Top 5: Japan (1), UK, Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Chile (5)
  • Bottom: Indonesia (50), Thailand(49), and Russia (48)
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8. Yakshagana artiste Balipa Narayana Bhagavatha passes away


  • Noted Yakshagana Bhagavatha (playback singer), Balipa Narayana Bhagavatha passed away at 85.
  • He gained fame with his ‘Balipa style’ of singing.
  • His grandfather Balipa Narayana Bhagavatha was also a famous Bhagawatha who had first popularised the Balipa style of singing.
  • He has written more than 30 Yakshagana ‘Prasanga’ (scripts).
  • He was the chief Bhagwat of Kateel Durgaparameshwari Prasadita Yakshagana Mandali (Kateel Mela).
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 Honours & Awards

9. Ramesh Krishnan gets Rotary Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award


  • Former India Davis Cup tennis player, Ramesh Krishnan was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual awards, organized by the Rotary Club of Madras, T. Nagar (RCMT), Chennai.
  • Tamil Nadu Tennis Association president and ace tennis player Vijay Amritraj presented the award.
  • Vijay Amritraj was the recipient of the first award in 2010.
  • Golf player, Uttam Singh Mundy was awarded for vocational excellence.
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 International Affairs

10. BEL & Israel Aerospace Industries to form joint venture


  • Bharat Electronics Limited and Israel Aerospace Industries have concluded an MoA to form a JV aiming at a single point of contact for extending long-term product support services for India's defense forces.
  • The new JV is being established to provide life cycle support for MRSAM (Medium Range Surface to Air Missile) air defense systems.
  • MRSAM is an advanced air and missile defence system.
  • The IAF, Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Israeli Defence Forces use it.
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Daily GK Update: 18th February 2023


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