Daily GK Update: 24th August 2022

By Neha Bisarya|Updated : August 24th, 2022

 Defense

1. DRDO, Indian Navy successfully test fire indigenous VL-SRSAM from Chandipur

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  • India has successfully test-fired Vertical Launch Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the Odisha coast.
  • The missile was tested by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Navy.
  • This missile is equipped with indigenous radio frequency (RF) seeker, intercepted the target with high accuracy.
  • The missile system has been indigenously designed and developed by DRDO
  • DRDO HQ: New Delhi
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 National & International Appointments

2. RBL bank appoints Gopal Jain, Sivakumar Gopalan as non-executive directors

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  • The RBL Bank has appointed Gopal Jain and Dr. Sivakumar Gopalan as the non-executive directors.
  • Gopal Jain: He cofounded Gaja Capital in 2004 and is a Managing Partner at firm.
  • He has also been a member of Alternative Investment Policy Advisory Committee of SEBI since 2018.
  • Dr. Sivakumar Gopalan: He has been a faculty of the Dept of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay, since 1991.
  • He has served as an Independent Director on the Board of Andhra Bank and NPCI.
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 National & International Appointments

3. Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga appointed as the interim PM of Mali

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  • The military of Mali has appointed Colonel, Abdoulaye Maiga as the interim Prime Minister of the country.
  • He replaced civilian Prime Minister of Mali, Choguel Kokalla Maiga, as he was admitted to hospital.
  • Prior to this, he was working as a government spokesman and Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation.
  • Mali is governed by a military that promised to organise democratic elections in 2024.
  • Mali Capital: Bamako; Currency: West African CFA franc
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 Banking & Finance

4. HDFC ERGO launches portal for EV Users to locate charging stations

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  • HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company has launched a portal named ‘All Things EV’ (www.allthingsev.io) for Electric Vehicles (EV).
  • This is the country’s first one-stop-solution portal that can be used by existing and potential EV users.
  • This portal provides information on nearby charging stations, locations of charging stations.
  • The platform serves to all Indians who have either purchased EVs or are planning to buy EV or to make an earning out of the booming EV space.
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 National & International Appointments

5. Debasisa Mohanty appointed as director of National Institute of Immunology

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  • Senior scientist, Debasisa Mohanty has been appointed as the director of the National Institute of Immunology (NII).
  • He is currently working as the staff scientist with the institute.
  • In another order, Revenue Secretary, Tarun Bajaj has been given additional charge as Corporate Affairs Secretary.
  • Rajesh Verma, a 1987-batch IAS officer of Odisha cadre, was appointed as the Secretary to President, Droupadi Murmu.
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 Honours & Awards

6. Fahmida Azim wins 2022 Pulitzer prize in Illustrated Reporting category

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  • Fahmida Azim (Bangladesh) has been selected for the 2022 Pulitzer prize under the category of Illustrated Reporting and Commentary.
  • Presently, she is working for the Insider online magazine of US.
  • She is among the four journalists including Anthony Del Col, Josh Adams and Walt Hickey of Insider, selected for their work on the Chinese oppression of the Uyghurs.
  • Fahmida Azim is an illustrator and story teller. Her work centers on themes of identity, culture and  autonomy
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 Agreement

7. Ministry of Social Justice signs MoU with National Health Authority

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  • Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has signed an MoU with National Health Authority for providing an Comprehensive Medical Package to Transgender Persons.
  • Recently, the Ministry has launched SMILE (Support for Marginalised Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise) scheme which includes several comprehensive measures for Transgender Community.
  • The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is a nodal Ministry for matters related to Transgender Persons.
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 Summits & Conferences

8. Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh to attend SCO Defence Ministers’ meeting

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  • Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh has attended the SCO Defence Ministers’ meeting at Tashkent in Uzbekistan.
  • He also hold the bilateral meetings with his counterparts Lieutenant General, Bakhodir Kurbanov (Uzbekistan); Colonel, General Zhaksylykov Ruslan Zhakslykov (Kazakhstan) and Lieutenant General, Viktor Khrenin (Belarus).  
  • Aim: The entire spectrum of defence cooperation with the three countries was reviewed to expand mutually beneficial collaboration.
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 Banking & Finance

9. Adani Group acquires 29.18% in NDTV

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  • AMG Media Networks Limited (AMNL), a subsidiary of Adani Group has indirectly acquired a 29.18% stake in media and news broadcaster New Delhi Television (NDTV).
  • AMG Media Networks (AMN) would acquire 29.18% of NDTV through an investor in the channel, Vishvapradhan Commercial (VCPL).
  • VCPL will have to make an open offer to acquire 26 % of NDTV from public shareholders at Rs 294 apiece, a total cost of around Rs 483 crore.
  • NDTV Founders: Prannoy Roy, Radhika Roy
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 Banking & Finance

10. Health ministry, Edelweiss General Insurance sign for digital health IDs

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  • The health ministry has partnered with digital insurer, Edelweiss General Insurance to create digital health IDs under Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission.
  • Digital Health ID or ABHA (Ayushman Bharat Health Account) number is a 14-digit number that helps users to access their health records digitally with registered healthcare providers.
  • The National Health Authority (NHA) is the nodal agency for implementing this program under the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission. 
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 National Affairs

11. Govt amends rules for benefits to SC judges

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  • The Centre govt has amended SC Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act, 1958 for providing additional post-retirement benefits to retired Chief Justices and SC judges.
  • Those judges, who retire from SC will be entitled to a rent free Type-VII accommodation at Delhi (other than the designated official residence) for a period of 6 months from the date of retirement.
  • The retired SC CJI and judges will get a chauffeur and secretarial assistant for 1 year.
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 Agreement

12. Godrej Agrovet signs MoU with Assam, Manipur and Tripura for Oil palm

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  • Godrej Agrovet has signed an MoU with Assam, Manipur and Tripura governments for the development and promotion of oil palm cultivation.
  • Godrej Agrovet would be allotted land across the three states for the promotion and development of sustainable palm oil plantations in the region under the National Mission on Edible Oils-Oil Palm (NMEO-OP) scheme.
  • Godrej Agrovet is a diversified food and agri conglomerate.
  • India is one of the world’s biggest importer of edible oils.
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 National Affairs

13. IIT Guwahati developed new method to produce sugar substitute

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  • IIT Guwahati researchers have developed a new method, ultrasound-assisted fermentation, to produce a safe sugar substitute called ‘Xylitol’ from sugarcane waste.
  • Xylitol is a sugar alcohol derived from natural products.
  • It has potential antidiabetic and anti-obesogenic effects and is a mild prebiotic and protects teeth against caries.
  • The research team was led by Professor VS Moholkar.
  • Other team members: Dr. Belachew Zegale Tizazu and Dr. Kuldeep Roy.
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 National & International Appointments

14. Credit Suisse appoints Dixit Joshi as new CFO

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  • Credit Suisse has appointed Dixit Joshi as chief financial officer with effect from October 1, 2022 and Francesca McDonagh as group chief operating officer from September 19, 2022.
  • Prior to this, Dixit Joshi was group treasurer at Deutsche Bank and also worked at Credit Suisse from 1995 to 2003.
  • He replaced David Mathers, who stepped down from the post.
  • Credit Suisse CEO: Ulrich Körner; HQ: Zürich, Switzerland
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Daily GK Update: 24th August 2022

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