Daily GK Update: 21st July 2022

By Neha Bisarya|Updated : July 21st, 2022

 National & International Appointments

1. Ranil Wickremesinghe sworn-in as President of Sri Lanka

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  • Ranil Wickremesinghe took oath as the eighth president of Sri Lanka at the parliament premises before Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya.
  • Wickremesinghe has secured 134 votes in the 225-member House while his rival Dullas Alahapperuma got 82.
  • He had took over as the Acting President after ex-President Gotabaya Rajapksa fled the country.
  • Wickremesinghe will complete the tenure of Rajapaksa’s term, which ends in November 2024.
  • Sri Lanka currency: Sri Lankan rupee
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 National & International Organizations

2. India ranks 87th in 2022 World's most powerful passports

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  • According to the 2022 Henley Passport Index from Henley & Partners (an immigration consultancy), India has been ranked 87th on the list of world’s most powerful passports.
  • Top 10: Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Germany, Spain, Finland, Italy, Luxemburg, Austria, Denmark
  • India neighbouring countries: Bhutan (93rd), Myanmar (99th), Sri Lanka (103rd), Bangladesh (104th) and Pakistan (109th), China (69th)
  • Worst passport in the world: Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria
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 Banking & Finance

3. SBI launches WhatsApp Banking Services for its customers

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  • State Bank of India has launched its WhatsApp Banking services to make banking easier for its customers.
  • Customers of the SBI can access their Account Balance and view Mini Statement on WhatsApp.
  • This WhatsApp Banking services can available to customers when they send a message saying ‘Hi’ on the number 919022690226.
  • Bank is working to offer WhatsApp-based services to its credit card holders through the platform under the name of SBI Card WhatsApp connect. 
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 Sports

4. Indian Men’s 25m rapid fire pistol team bags silver medal at ISSF World Cup

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  • The Indian men’s 25m rapid fire pistol team of Anish Bhanwala, Vijayveer Sidhu and Sameer clinched the silver medal at ISSF World Cup Changwon 2022 in South Korea.
  • With this medal, India retained the top spot on the medals table with five gold, six silver and four bronze.
  • South Korea has finished with four golds, five silver and three bronze medals.
  • This is the second time, when Indian shooters had topped the ISSF World Cup medals tally.
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 Agreement

5. India, Namibia sign MoU to bring cheetah to India

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  • India and Namibia have signed an MoU on wildlife conservation and sustainable biodiversity utilization for reintroducing the cheetah in India.
  • The MoU was signed between Bhupender Yadav (Union Environment Minister) and Netumbo Nandi Ndaitwah (Namibia Deputy PM and Foreign Minister).
  • Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh will receive the first tranche of eight cheetahs by August 15, 2022.
  • The species of cheetahs in India was officially declared extinct in 1952.
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 National & International Organizations

6. Microsoft to launch 'Viva Engage' app in Teams to help build community

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  • Microsoft has announced that it will introduce a new app named, 'Viva Engage' in Teams with an aim to build community and connection, along with providing tools for personal expression.
  • This platform is designed to give employees across multiple roles and functions, what they need to feel connected.
  • This social app builds on the existing capabilities of the Communities app for Teams and Microsoft 365.
  • Microsoft CEO: Satya Nadella
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 Banking & Finance

7. RBI hikes capital adequacy ratio for urban cooperative banks to 12%

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  • The RBI has increased the minimum capital adequacy ratio (CAR) for Urban Cooperative Banks (UCBs) to 12% from 9% (with deposits above Rs 100 crore).
  • It has provided a path till March 2026 to meet revised CAR norm in phases for UCBs that don't meet it currently.
  • This is based on recommendations of a panel headed by N S Vishwanathan (former Deputy Governor).
  • It has retained the norm of a minimum CAR of 9% for tier-1 banks (deposits up to Rs 100 crore).
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 State Affairs

8. Assam government launches ‘Swanirbhar Naari’ to empower weavers

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  • CM of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma has launched a scheme named ‘Swanirbhar Naari’, to empower indigenous weavers.
  • Under the scheme, the state government will procure handloom items directly from the indigenous weavers via a web portal.
  • Government has also urged the Handloom & Textiles department to promote Assamese gamosa (traditional scarf or towel), which is a unique handloom product, across the country.
  • Assam governor: Jagdish Mukhi
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 Banking & Finance

9. Standard Chartered Bank, EaseMyTrip launch co-branded credit card

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  • Standard Chartered Bank has launched a co-branded credit card with EaseMyTrip to offer exclusive travel benefits with instant discounts and reward points to cardmembers.
  • This credit card offers flat 20% instant discount on domestic & international hotel bookings, flat 10% on domestic & international flight bookings on EaseMyTrip.
  • Standard Chartered Bank CEO: Bill Winters; Headquarters: London
  • EaseMyTrip Headquarters: New Delhi
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 Obituaries

10. Noted scientist and director ILS, Ajay Parida passes away

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  • Noted scientist and director of the Institute of Life Sciences (ILS), Bhubaneswar, Dr Ajay Kumar Parida has passed away at 58.
  • He was awarded the Padma Shri Award by the President of India in 2014 for his outstanding contribution in the field of Science and Engineering.
  • He had also served as an Executive Director in M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation.
  • His researches are mainly focused on developing climate resilient crop varieties with abiotic stress tolerance.
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 Banking & Finance

11. IndusInd Bank approves raising Rs 20,000 crore

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  • IndusInd Bank board has approved a proposal to raise up to Rs 20,000 crore in debt on a private placement basis to fund its business growth.
  • As on March 31, the capital adequacy ratio of the bank stood at 18.42% (tier-I capital being at 16.80% and tier-II capital at 1.62%) as percentage of its risk-weighted assets.
  • The fund-raising plan is subject to the approval of its shareholders.
  • IndusInd Bank Headquarters: Mumbai; CEO: Sumant Kathpalia
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 Banking & Finance

12. Tamil Nadu tops in Smart City Fund utilisation

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  • Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh have topped the list of the states so far as utilisation of funds under the government’s flagship Smart City Mission.
  • Tamil Nadu has spent over Rs 3932 crore out of the Rs 4333 crore, Uttar Pradesh has utilised Rs 2699 cr out of Rs 3142 crore, released by the Centre.
  • On 8 July 2022, the Centre has released Rs 30,751.41 crore for 100 Smart Cities out of which Rs 27,610.34 crore has been utilized.
  • Smart Cities Mission launched: 25 June, 2015
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 National Affairs

13. Niti Aayog released third innovation index

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  • Karnataka, Telangana and Haryana have been ranked as the top three states among major states in Niti Aayog’s third innovation index.
  • This index examines the innovation capacities and ecosystems at the sub-national level.
  • Karnataka topped the index for the third year in a row.
  • States and UTs were divided into 17 Major States, 10 North-East and Hill States, and 9 Union Territories and City States, for effectively comparing their performance. 
  • Niti Vice Chairman: Suman Bery
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Daily GK Update: 21st July 2022

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