Daily GK Update: 21st October 2022

By Neha Bisarya|Updated : October 21st, 2022

 National & International Appointments

1. Sankarasubramanian named Principal Scientist of ISRO's Aditya-L1 mission

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  • ISRO has named senior Solar Scientist, Dr Sankarasubramanian K as the Principal Scientist of the 'Aditya-L1' Mission.
  • He is the head of the Space Astronomy Group (SAG) of ISRO's UR Rao Satellite Centre, Bengaluru.
  • He has contributed to AstroSat, Chandrayaan-1 and Chandrayaan-2 missions of ISRO in several capacities.
  • Aditya-L1: It is the first observatory-class space-based solar mission from India and it is scheduled for launch in 2023.
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 Science & Technology

2. ISRO to launch its third mission to moon, Chandrayaan-3 in June 2023

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  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch its third mission to the moon, Chandrayaan-3 in June 2023.
  • The launch of Chandrayaan-3 (C-3) will be onboard from the Launch Vehicle Mark-3 (LVM3).
  • It will be launched with more robust lunar rover onboard which is crucial for future inter-planetary explorations.
  • Chandrayaan-3 is the successor to the Chandrayaan-2 mission.
  • ISRO also plans to fly Indian astronauts into orbit by the end of 2024
  • ISRO Chairman: S Somnath
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 Banking & Finance

3. CCI imposes Rs 1,338 cr fine on Google for 'anti-competitive practices'

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  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed a penalty of over 1,337 crore rupees on Google.
  • Reason: For misusing its dominant position in multiple markets.
  • The Commission has also directed Google to modify its conduct within a defined timeline.
  • Google has leveraged its position in the app store market for Android OS to enter as well as protect its position in non-OS specific web browser market through Google Chrome App.
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 National Affairs

4. First conference on Akash Tatva - Akash for Life to be held in Dehradun

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  • The first conference on Akash Tatva - Akash for Life, will be held from 5th to 7th November, 2022 in Dehradun.
  • This event will showcase the blend of traditional and modern knowledge through an extended integration of all schools of though.
  • Aim: To expose the youth of India to the wisdoms of ancient science along with modern scientific advancements.
  • The campaign ‘Sumangalam’ is being organised across the country for finding the solutions to the environmental problems.
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 Sports

5. Fifth Khelo India Youth Games to be held in Madhya Pradesh in 2023

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  • Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Anurag Singh Thakur  has announced that the 5th Khelo India Youth Games 2022 will be organised in Madhya Pradesh from 31st Jan to 11th Feb, 2023.
  • The Khelo India Youth Games will be held at eight locations.
  • The sports event would be participated by more than 8,500 athletes and sportspersons.
  • This event was stared in 2016, to provide a platform to the youth of the country to showcase their performance and talents in sports.
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 State Affairs

6. Google, Assam Govt partner to power digital-led learning

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  • Google has signed an MoU with the Assam government to promote digital growth and development in the State.
  • Under this new initiative, Google will collaborate with the Skill, Employment & Entrepreneurship Department (SEED) of Assam.
  • Aim: To strengthen the school digitization efforts of state with digital learning tools and solution.
  • Google will also provide scholarships for Google Career Certificates to youth in collaboration with Assam Skill Development Mission.
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 National & International Organizations

7. India ranks 3rd in list of centi-millionaires list

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  • As per the report, international investment migration advisory firm Henley & Partners, India ranks third in the world's first-ever global study on the rise of centi-millionaires with assets of more than Rs 830 cr ($100 million).
  • The list is topped by USA, followed by China.
  • India will overtake China as the fastest growing market for centi-millionaires by 2032.
  • Top Cities for Centi-Millionaires: New York, followed by San Francisco Bay Area, London, and Mumbai (15)
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 Banking & Finance

8. PhonePe launches green data centre with Dell Technologies and NTT

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  • PhonePe has launched its first green data centre in India, leveraging technologies and solutions from Dell Technologies and NTT.
  • This facility has opened up new opportunities in data management with efficient data security, power efficiency, and cloud solutions.
  • This 4.8-megawatt facility will occupy 13740 sqft at Mahape, Navi Mumbai.
  • It is built and designed with advanced alternative cooling technologies like Direct Contact Liquid Cooling and Liquid Immersion Cooling.
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 Banking & Finance

9. HDFC Securities Opens the First Women-Only Digital Centre in Bengaluru

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  • HDFC Securities has opened its the first-ever women-only Digital Centre (DC) in India.
  • The centre, staffed with a team of women, will serve both male and female investors.
  • The DC will be based in Bengaluru and cater to customers from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
  • This closely follows the company’s announcement regarding the opening of multiple DCs across India to ease access to services and promote digital adoption.
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 Honours & Awards

10. The Ukrainian people awarded the European Parliament's 2022 Sakharov Prize

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  • The European Parliament has awarded the people of Ukraine its annual Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to honour their fight against Russia’s invasion.
  • The prize money of 50,000 euros ($49,100), will be distributed to representatives of Ukrainian civil society.
  • The prize was named after the late Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov.
  • This awarded annually since 1988 to individuals and organizations defending human rights and freedoms.
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 National & International Appointments

11. K.P. Ashwini appointed as UNHRC Special Rapporteur

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  • K.P. Ashwini has been appointed Special Rapporteur for United Nations Human Rights Commission.
  • She will take over the UNHCR special rapporteur in Geneva on November 1 for a period of six years.
  • She is the first Indian and Asian woman to be appointed to this post.
  • She hails from Kurabarahalli in Kolar district, Karnataka.
  • She has obtained MPhil and PhD from JNU, Delhi.
  • She served as a lecturer at Mount Carmel College and a professor at Saint Joseph’s College, Bengaluru.
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 Sports

12. Tazuni unveiled as mascot for 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup

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  • Penguin Tazuni has been unveiled as the official mascot of 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, will be held in Australia and New Zealand.
  • The design is based on the Eudyptula minor species that found in both host countries.
  • "Tazuni" is the combination of Tasman Sea and the word unity.
  • The 9th edition of FIFA Women's World Cup is due to be held from July 20 to August 20, 2023.
  • FIFA President: Gianni Infantino
  • Headquarters: Zürich, Switzerland
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 National & International Organizations

13. India ranks 41st among 44 nations on pension index

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  • As per the Mercer CFS Global Pension Index, India has been ranked 41 out of 44 countries in the index, with the index value of 44.4.
  • Findings: India needs to strengthen its regulatory framework and boost the coverage under private pension arrangements.
  • The MCGPI is a comprehensive study of 44 global pension systems, which accounts 65% of the world’s population.
  • The survey was topped by Iceland, followed by the Netherlands and Denmark.
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Daily GK Update: 21st October 2022

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