Daily GK Update: 23rd July 2022

By Neha Bisarya|Updated : July 23rd, 2022

 Honours & Awards

1. Suriya and Ajay Devgn won the 68th National Film Awards Best Actor award

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  • Actor Suriya (Soorarai Pottru) and Ajay Devgn ( Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior) have won the 68th National Film Awards 2022 for the best actor.
  • Aparna Balamurali has been named as the best actor in the female category for her film 'Soorarai Pottru.'
  • Other awards:
    • Best Feature Film: Soorarai Pottru
    • Best Director: Sachidanandan KR, Ayyappanum Koshiyum
    • Best Feature Film in Hindi: Toolsidas Junior
    • Most Film-Friendly State: Madhya Pradesh 
    • Best Audiography: Dollu (Kannada)
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 Banking & Finance

2. Reserve Bank of India imposes restrictions on four cooperative banks

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  • The RBI has imposed restrictions on four cooperative banks due to their deteriorating financial positions.
  • Four banks: Saibaba Janata Sahakari Bank, Maharashtra, Suri Friends' Union Co-operative Bank Ltd, West Bengal, United India Co-operative Bank Limited, Bijnor (UP) and National Urban Co-operative Bank Ltd, Bahraich (UP).
  • Withdrawal limit:
    • Saibaba Janata Sahakari: Rs. 20,000
    • Suri Friends' Union Co-operative: Rs. 50,000
    • National Urban Co-operative: Rs.10,000
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 National Affairs

3. Burhanpur, MP becomes first certified Har Ghar Jal district of the country

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  • Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh becomes the first certified Har Ghar Jal district in India, where all people have access to safe drinking water through taps.
  • At the time of the launch of Jal Jeevan Mission, the district had only 36.54% households can accessed the potable drinking water through tap connections.
  • Jal Jeevan Mission:
    • Launched: 15th August 2019
    • Aim: Supply 55 liters of water per person per day to every rural household through Tap by 2024.
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 National & International Appointments

4. Dinesh Gunawardena Sworn-in as new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

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  • The President of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe has administered oath to Dinesh Gunawardena as the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka along with 17 other cabinet ministers.
  • Along with Prime Ministership, he has additional charge of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Council, and Local Government.
  • Recently, Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the country's new President.
  • Sri Lanka Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee
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 State Affairs

5. Uttar Pradesh CM launches scheme for cashless medical benefit

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  • Uttar Pradesh CM, Yogi Adityanath has launched a scheme Deen Dayal Upadhyaya State Employees Cashless Medical Scheme.
  • Aim: To provide cashless medical facility to state government employees, pensioners and their dependents.
  • The eligible people will receive cashless medical facilities at government-run institutions, medical colleges and hospitals without any financial limit.
  • Also, this facilities up to Rs 5 lakh will be available under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme.
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 International Affairs

6. With $87 billion,India becomes top remittance recipient in 2021

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  • According to a World Health Organisation report, India has received $87 billion in remittances in 2021 and becomes the top remittance recipient.
  • The United States was the largest source country for remittances in 2020, followed by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland.
  • In 2021, the top five remittance recipients in current US dollars were India, China, Mexico, the Philippines (36 billion dollars) and Egypt (33 billion dollars).
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 National Affairs

7. India’s R&D expenditure one of the lowest worldwide: NITI Aayog

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  • As per the NITI Aayog's India Innovation Index 2021, Gross expenditure on research and development (GERD) of India is one of the lowest in the world (just $43 per capita or as a percentage of GDP of 0.70%).
  • India needs to boost this expenditure and at least be on a par with countries like Russia ($285), Brazil ($173), and Malaysia ($293).
  • This is lower than Brazil (1.16%), South Africa (0.83%) and others. Only Mexico (0.31%) had a lower share of GERD.
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 Banking & Finance

8. Canara Bank launches 'Canara ai1', new mobile banking app

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  • Canara Bank has launched a new mobile banking app - Canara ai1, it is available in 11 languages to cater to multiple sections of the society in their preferred language.
  • Features: Intuitive UI and UX with multiple themes and customised menus which can be personalised as per the user’s choice.
  • Security features: Device binding, malware detection, detection of remote administration tools and a dynamic keyboard to provide safe and secure banking.
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 Banking & Finance

9. Bajaj Allianz launches Pay As You Consume motor insurance add-on cover

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  • Bajaj Allianz General Insurance has announced the launch of its add-on motor insurance cover, called ‘Pay As You Consume’ (PAYC).
  • It is a usage-based motor insurance add-on cover, can be opted by the customer along with the basic Own Damage (OD plan) under Package Product, Bundled and Standalone OD cover.
  • Customers can choose coverage based on their vehicle usage, further to which the premium will be calculated, i.e., kilometres driven annually.
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 Honours & Awards

10. Indian-American professor, Kaushik Rajashekara wins Global Energy Prize

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  • Kaushik Rajashekara has won the prestigious Global Energy Prize for outstanding contributions to transportation electrification and energy efficiency technologies while reducing power generation emissions.
  • He is an Indian-origin professor of engineering at the University of Houston.
  • Only three people in the world were selected for the honor this year out of a record 119 nominations from 43 countries.
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Daily GK Update: 23rd July 2022

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