Daily GK Update: 21st February 2022

By Md Mansur Alam|Updated : February 21st, 2022

 Defense

1. President Ram Nath Kovind reviews Naval Fleet at Visakhapatnam

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  • President Ram Nath Kovind reviews the Indian Naval Fleet comprising over 60 ships and submarines, and 55 aircraft.
  • The 12th edition of President’s Fleet Review is being conducted at Visakhapatnam as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was also present at the event.
  • This is the second time that Visakhapatnam has been hosting the PFR, the first being in the year 2006 by the then President of India A P J Abdul Kalam.
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 International Affairs

2. Om Birla leads Parliamentary delegation to UAE from Feb 21 to 25

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  • Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla is leading a Parliamentary delegation to the UAE from today to 25th February.
  • This is the first-ever visit under the bilateral exchange of Parliamentary Delegations from either side.
  • The Lok Sabha Speaker will have the rare honour of addressing the Federal National Council of UAE on the 22nd of this month.
  • The Delegation will also visit places of cultural and historical importance in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
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 Important Dates

3. International Mother Language Day: 21st February

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  • The International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is observed annually on the 21st of February to raise awareness regarding linguistic and cultural diversity and to promote multilingualism.
  • The IMLD day was announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999 and formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2002.
  • 2022 theme: “Using technology for multilingual learning: Challenges and opportunities”.
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 Obituaries

4. Padma Shri Awardee Shakuntala Choudhury passes away

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  • Gandhian leader Padma Shree awardee Shakuntala Chaudhary (102-years) passed away in Guwahati.
  • She worked towards the welfare and empowerment of women.
  • Shakuntala Chaudhary spent a large portion of her life at the Kasturba Ashram, since 1947.
  • She was a recipient of Vayoshestha Samman - National Awards For Senior Citizens 2021, from the government of India.
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 Schemes

5. First Direct Flight Between Delhi-Khajuraho Under UDAN RCS Scheme

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  • In a big boost to regional air connectivity, the first direct flight between Delhi and heritage city of Khajuraho was flagged-off.
  • With this, 405 routes would be operationalized under the UDAN-RCS (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik- Regional Connectivity Scheme).
  • The Delhi-Khajuraho-Delhi route was awarded to SpiceJet airline under the UDAN 3.0.
  • At present, SpiceJet services Gwalior and Jabalpur airports in Madhya Pradesh.
  • With Khajuraho, it will be their 15th UDAN destination.
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 International Affairs

6. UN Environment Programme released Annual Frontiers Report

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  •  The UNEP has released its annual Frontiers report.
  • In report titled "Noise, Blazes and Mismatches: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern", UNEP has warned that Wildfires are predicted to worsen in the coming years and decades.
  • Wildfires are a natural phenomenon, but are becoming more dangerous and affecting larger areas
  • The UN report has attributed this to climate change and human activities. 
  • Report said, in 2021 Africa was the most affected region due to wildfires 
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 Obituaries

7. Bengal minister Sadhan Pandey passes away

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  • Veteran Trinamool Congress leader and senior West Bengal minister Sadhan Pande passed away.
  • Pandey represented Kolkata’s Burtolla assembly constituency 5 times since 1987, when he was in the Congress, and the Manicktala constituency 3 times since 2011.
  • He joined the TMC after its formation in 1998.
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 Honours & Awards

8. Coal India Ltd wins "Most Dependable Public Sector in India” Award

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  •  Coal India Ltd has been awarded the 'India's Most Trusted Public Sector Company' award. 
  • CIL received this honor at the “Energy Meet and Excellence Award” function organized by Industry Chamber “ASSOCHAM” in Kolkata
  • Minister of state for Coal, Mines and Railways Shri Raosaheb Patil Danve also complimented CIL for bagging the coveted award.
  • CIL is a Maharatna company of the Government of India.
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 Banking & Finance

9. Leather, footwear exports to reach $6 billion in 2022-23: CLE

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  • According to the Council for Leather Exports (CLE), country's leather and footwear exports are expected cross $6 billion in 2022-23.
  • This is due to increasing demand in the US and new markets such as Middle East, Africa and Latin America.
  • During April-January this fiscal, leather and leather products exports rose by 33 per cent to $3.6 billion.
  • The exports stood at $3.3 billion in 2020-21 and $4.7 billion in 2019-20.
  • Chairman of CLE: Sanjay Leekha
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 Agreement

10. BoB signs MoU with Assam Rifles to provide 'Central Forces Salary Package

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  • Bank of Baroda has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Assam Rifles to provide 'Central Forces Salary Package'.
  • Under the agreement, Bank of Baroda will offer the Baroda Central Forces Salary Package to all personnel of the Assam Rifles, both serving and retired.
  • Further, the Bank will also provide special benefits, including Personal Accident Insurance and a co-branded credit card.
  • Assam Rifles is country's oldest paramilitary force.
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 Agreement

11. Tata Power, RWE tie up to develop offshore wind projects

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  • Tata Power has collaborated with Germany-based RWE Renewable GmbH to explore potential for a joint development of offshore wind projects in India.
  • A corresponding MoU has been signed between Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd and RWE Renewables GmbH, one of the world's leaders in offshore wind.
  • The MoU between Tata Power Renewable Energy and RWE becomes significant in the light of the Central govt’s announcement of achieving 30GW of offshore wind installations by 2030.
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 Banking & Finance

12. Airtel joins undersea cable consortium to scale up high-speed network

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  • Bharti Airtel has joined the SEA-ME-WE-6 undersea cable consortium to scale up its high-speed global network capacity to serve India’s fast growing digital economy.
  • The 19,200 Rkm SEA-ME-WE-6 will connect Singapore and France, and will be amongst the largest undersea cable systems globally.
  • Through SEA-ME-WE-6, Airtel will add 100 TBps capacity to its global network.
  • Airtel will land the SEA-ME-WE-6 cable system in India at new landing stations in Mumbai and Chennai.
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Daily GK Update: 21st February 2022

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