Daily GK Update: 19th April 2022

By Neha Bisarya|Updated : April 19th, 2022

 National & International Appointments

1. Lt. Gen Manoj Pande appointed as 29th Army Chief

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  • Lieutenant General Manoj Pande is appointed as the 29th Chief of Army Staff. The appointment will come into effect on April 30, 2022.
  • He will succeed General M M Naravane on May 1.
  • He will be the first officer from the Corps of Engineers to become the COAS.
  • He was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers (The Bombay Sappers) in December 1982.
  • He was part of Operation Parakram, the India-Pakistan standoff in the wake of the Parliament attack in 2001-02.
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 Sports

2. Indian GM Gukesh wins La Roda International tourney title

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  • Grandmaster D. Gukesh has clinched the 48th La Roda International Open chess tournament title in Castile-La Mancha, Spain.
  • He defeated Israel's Victor Mikhalevski in the final round.
  • GM Haik M. Martirosyan from Armenia placed second with 7.5 points.
  • Indian GMs R Praggnanandhaa finished third followed by Raunak Sadhwani (India), Manuel Lopez Martinez Josep (Spain) and Ramon Martinez (Venezuela).
  • Recently, Praggnanandhaa defeated Gukesh to win the Reykjavik Open title.
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 National Affairs

3. Radio channel for the visually-impaired 'Radio Aksh' launched in Nagpur

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  • India's first-ever radio channel for the visually impaired named ‘Radio Aksh’ was launched in Nagpur, Maharashtra.
  • The Blind Relief Association Nagpur and Samdrushti Kshamata Vikas Avam Anusandhan Mandal jointly launched the pioneers of the concept.
  • This initiative will help the visually impaired to gain seamless access to audiobooks and education resources.
  • In the initial phase, the Radio Aksh has six hours of content that would be put on repeat mode four times a day.
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 National Affairs

4. Sugar export jumps 65% in last FY corresponding to the previous year

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  • Sugar export in India has witnessed an impressive growth of 291% from USD 1,177 million in the financial year 2013-14 to USD 4,600 million in the last financial year.
  • The sugar export has jumped 65% in 2021-22 corresponding to the previous year.
  • The growth was achieved despite the logistical challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The country had exported sugar worth 1,965 million US dollars in 2019-20, which increased to 2,790 million US dollars in 2020-21.
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 Sports

5. Haryana wins 12th Senior Hockey National championship

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  • Haryana has been crowned the champions of the 12th Senior Men's National Hockey Championship after beating Tamil Nadu by 3-1 in the shootout.
  • Haryana has won the trophy for the first time since 2011.
  • The hockey tournament was held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh from April 6 to 17, 2022.
  • Karnataka has triumphed over Maharashtra by 4-3 in the third/fourth place classification match.
  • FIH Men's Hockey World Cup 2023: Odisha (twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Rourkela)
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 Important Dates

6. World Liver Day observed on April 19

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  • World Liver Day is observed on April 19 across the world every year.
  • The day is observed is to raise awareness about liver-related disorders and diseases.
  • According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) report, Every 10th person is dying due to Liver ailments disease in India.
  • The liver controls blood sugar, helps blood clot, removes toxic substances from the body, and controls cholesterol levels.
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 National Affairs

7. BRO to build world's highest tunnel at Shinku La Pass

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  • The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) will build the world’s highest tunnel at Shinku La Pass at 16,580 feet to connect Himachal Pradesh to Ladakh.
  • The construction will begin by July this year and be completed by 2025.
  • The Centre has already made ‘Project Yojak’ of BRO to execute this ambitious project.
  • Presently, one has to travel 101 km from Manali to Darcha and thereafter, take a turn towards Shinku La Pass and enter Zanskar valley.
  • BRO DG: Lt Gen Rajeev Chaudhary
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 Banking & Finance

8. Nexo, Mastercard to launch world's first "crypto-backed" payment card

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  • Cryptocurrency lender, Nexo has joined hands with global payments company Mastercard to launch the world's first "crypto-backed" payment card.
  • Electronic money firm DiPocket is Nexo's card issuer.
  • Interest remains at 0% for customers who maintain a loan-to-value ratio of 20% or below.
  • This move by crypto and incumbent financial networks forces digital assets to become more mainstream.
  • Initially, The card will be available in selected European countries.
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 Honours & Awards

9. IndusInd Bank wins Celent Model Bank award

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  • IndusInd Bank has been awarded the global 'Celent Model Bank' award under the category of 'Payments System Transformation' for building a best-in-class Enterprise Payments Hub (EPH).
  • The award recognises the Bank's outstanding journey in creating a cloud-based central payments hub.
  • This payment hub is capable of seamlessly processing high transaction loads originating across all forms of payment instructions, and across all originating client touchpoints.
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 Books & Authors

10. "The Boy Who Wrote a Constitution" titled book released

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  • The book titled “The Boy Who Wrote a Constitution” was released on the occasion of the 131st birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar.
  • The book was authored by Rajesh Talwar and published by Ponytale Books.
  • The book seeks to inform the challenging boyhood and growing up years of India’s first law minister.
    The facts are based largely on Ambedkar’s own recollection of his childhood.
  • Ambedkar was born in Maharashtra in a Dalit family in 1891.
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 Banking & Finance

11. World Bank cut the global growth forecast for 2022 from 4.1% to 3.2%

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  • The World Bank has slashed the global growth forecast for 2022 to 3.2% from 4.1% due to the impacts of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
  • The reason for lowering the projection is that people are facing reduced commercial activity and trade, and the debt crisis and currency depreciations have placed a heavy burden on the poor.
  • The world is also facing reversals in development in education, health and gender equality.
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 National & International Appointments

12. Llyods appoints Sourav Ganguly as Brand Ambassador

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  • Lloyd, a consumer durable brand of Havells India has appointed former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly as the Brand Ambassador for eastern markets of India.
  • Sourav will endorse Lloyd range of consumer durables, through promotion, advertising and marketing.
  • Ganguly is currently the president of BCCI.
  • Havells India Ltd CMD: Anil Rai Gupta 
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 Banking & Finance

13. SBI raises $500 million through IFSC Gift City branch

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  • State Bank of India (SBI) has raised 3-year funds of $500 million through a syndicated loan facility at “very fine pricing” through its IFSC Gift City branch.
  • This is the first offshore USD Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) linked syndicated loan raised by SBI through its Gift City branch.
  • MUFG, Bank of America and JP Morgan were the Joint lenders for this offering.
  • SBI Chairperson: Dinesh Kumar Khara
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Daily GK Update: 19th April 2022

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