Daily GK Update: 25th May 2022

By Neha Bisarya|Updated : May 25th, 2022

 National & International Appointments

1. Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus re-elected as WHO Director-General for second term

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  • World Health Organization has re-appointed Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as Director-General of WHO for the second term with effect from 16th August 2022.
  • His re-election was confirmed during the 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva.
  • He was the sole candidate. Dr Tedros was first elected in 2017.
  • Before joining the WHO, Dr Tedros was served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and as Minister of Health in Ethiopia.
  • WHO Headquarters: Geneva
  • World Health Day: 7 April

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 National Affairs

2. Centre launches Swachh Survekshan 2023 under SBM Urban 2.0

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  • Central Government has launched the 8th Edition of Swachh Survekshan - 2023 under Swachh Bharat Mission Urban 2.0.
  • Theme 2023: ‘Waste to Wealth’
  • The survey would give priority to the principle of 3 Rs- Reduce, Recycle and Reuse.
  • Swachh Survekshan was introduced by MoHUA in 2016 as a competitive framework to encourage cities to improve the status of urban sanitation.
  • Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs: Hardeep Singh Puri 

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 Honours & Awards

3. CMFRI director wins VASVIK industrial research award

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  • A Gopalakrishnan (Director of the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute) has received the VASVIK (Vividhlaxi Audyogik Samshodhan Vikas Kendra) Industrial Research Award in the category of Agricultural Sciences and Technology for the year 2020.
  • The award includes a cash prize of 1.51 lakh and a citation.
  • The VASVIK research award is given to scientists and researchers who have demonstrated excellence in eight categories each year.

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 National & International Organizations

4. Gautam Adani named among Time's 100 most influential people 2022

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  • Gautam Adani, Karuna Nundy (SC lawyer) and Khurram Parvez (Kashmiri human rights activist) have been named among the world’s 100 most influential people of 2022 by TIME magazine.
  • The six categories of list: Icons, Pioneers, Titans, Artists, Leaders and Innovators.
  • Adani has been named under the Titans category, Nundy and Parvez named under the Leaders category.
  • Recently, Gautam Adani with $123.7 billion net worth has become the 5th richest person in the world (2022).

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 Agreement

5. BCCI, NFT signs for Women's T20 Challenge

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  • The Indian cricket board has now decided to examine using non-fungible tokens (NFT).
  • The Indian cricket board has unveiled FanCraze (cricket metaverse company) as its official associate partner for the Women's T20 Challenge.
  • FanCraze is also the ICC partner alongside being on board with West Indies cricket.
  • The women's T20 challenge will feature three team (the Supernovas, Trailblazers and Velocity) and will compete at Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium.

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 State Affairs

6. Uttarakhand becomes the first Indian state to roll out drone in healthcare

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  • Redcliffe Labs has come up with its first commercial drone flight in the country's healthcare sector.
  • The company has recently opened its commercial drone corridor between Uttarkashi and Dehradun.
  • The distance from Uttarkashi to Dehradun by road is 144 km and takes 6-8 hours by road and during landslides 12 hours, but this distance was covered in 88 minutes with drone technology.
  • Radcliffe Labs founder: Dheeraj Jain

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 State Affairs

7. Tamil Nadu government launches integrated agri-development scheme

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  • Tamil Nadu CM, MK Stalin has launched the ‘Kalaignarin All Villages Integrated Agricultural Development Programme’.
  • The programme has been proposed in all the 15,525 village panchayats through a convergence of Union and State government schemes.
  • Aim: To bring 11.75 lakh hectares of land under net area cultivated in the next 10 years and increase the double-cropping area to 20 lakh hectares.
  • Tamil Nadu capital : Chennai
  • Governor of Tamil Nadu: R. N. Ravi

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 National Affairs

8. Inter-State Council reconstituted under the chairmanship of PM Modi

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  • The Inter-State Council has been reconstituted under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, , which works to promote and support cooperative federalism in the country.
  • The council comprises chief ministers of all states and six Union ministers as members.
  • It will also have 10 Union ministers as permanent invitees.
  • The government has also reconstituted the standing committee of the Inter-State Council with Union HM Amit Shah as head.

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 State Affairs

9. Tripura adopts EV policy to convert 10% of state’s vehicles to electric

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  • Tripura government has decided to adopt the Electric Vehicle Policy 2022 to promote electric vehicles.
  • Aim: To convert 10% of state’s vehicles to electric mode in 5 years.
  • Electric vehicles would reduce air pollution and would be helpful in promoting eco-friendly tourism.
  • If it is implemented, then Tripura would become the 15th state and third in the Northeast region after Assam and Meghalaya to adopt the electric vehicle policy.

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 International Affairs

10. India joins US Indo-Pacific economic plan

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  • PM Narendra Modi has formalised India’s entry into the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), along with 12 other countries.
  • Aim: To strengthen economic cooperation as a geostrategic counter.
  • The other 12 countries that joined the IPEF: The US, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • The 13 countries together account for 40 per cent of world GDP.

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 State Affairs

11. India's first Olympic Values Education Programme in Odisha

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  • India’s first ‘Olympic Values Education Programme’ (OVEP) by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was launched in Odisha.
  • The OVEP was officially launched by Naveen Patnaik (Odisha CM), Nita Ambani (IOC Member) along with other members.
  • This programme will be integrated into the school education system of Odisha.
  • The programme is being developed in partnership with the Department of School and Mass Education (Odisha) and the Abhinav Bindra Foundation Trust.

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 National Affairs

12. NHA launches revamp Ayushman Bharat Health Account mobile app

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  • The National Health Authority (NHA) under its flagship scheme of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) has announced the launch of a revamped Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA) mobile application.
  • The ABHA mobile application enables an individual to create an ABHA address (username) that can be linked with the 14 digit randomly generated ABHA number.
  • Existing ABHA app users can also update their previous app versions to the latest one.
  • CEO of NHA:  Dr RS Sharma

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 State Affairs

13. UP government launches ‘SAMBHAV’ portal to monitor grievances, schemes

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  • Minister for energy and urban development (UP), AK Sharma has launched ‘SAMBHAV’ (sambhav.up.gov.in) platform/portal to monitor the grievances, schemes, programmes and policies of the departments.
  • SAMBHAV is a multi-modal platform, it helps to dispose public grievances swiftly and effectively and provide good governance and make the public service delivery transparent and accountable.
  • SAMBHAV will work as an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) platform.

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Daily GK Update: 25th May 2022

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