Daily GK Update: 26th June 2022

By Neha Bisarya|Updated : June 27th, 2022

 National & International Appointments

1. Former Punjab DGP, Dinkar Gupta appointed as new Director General of NIA

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  • The Centre has appointed former Punjab DGP, Dinkar Gupta as the Director General of National Investigation Agency (NIA).
  • He will replace Director General of CRPF, Kuldeep Singh, who was given an additional charge of the NIA after the retirement of Y C Modi.
  • He will hold this post till March 31, 2024.
  • NIA  is a counter-terrorist task force of India.
  • It is formed under the National Investigation Agency Act 2008 by the Parliament of India on Dec 31, 2008. 
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 Summits & Conferences

2. Dr Jitendra Singh attends “2022 UN Ocean Conference” at Lisbon

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  • Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology, Dr Jitendra Singh will take part in the “2022 UN Ocean Conference” at Lisbon, which starts from June 27.
  • The conference is co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal.
  • He will deliver the Keynote address at the Conference on the theme 'Scaling up Ocean Action based on Science and Innovation for the implementation of Goal 14: Stock taking, Partnerships and Solutions'.
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 Banking & Finance

3. World Bank finance Indian Railways to reduce carbon emissions

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  • The World Bank has approved a $245-million loan for the Indian Railways to reduce the India’s high carbon emissions and low modal freight share in the railways.
  • The Indian Railway project will help India to shift more traffic from road to rail.
  • This will make transport more efficient and reduce tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year.
  • This loan is financed through the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development with a maturity of 22 years.
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 Banking & Finance

4. Zomato to acquire Blinkit for ₹4,447 crore in all-stock deal

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  • Zomato (Online food delivery platform) has announced to acquire Blinkit, which was earlier known as Grofers, in an all-stock deal of Rs 4,447 crore.
  • Zomato would acquire up to 33,018 equity shares of Blink Commerce Pvt Ltd.
  • The total purchase consideration of Rs 4,447.48 crore at a price of Rs 13.45 lakh per equity share.
  • Last year, Zomato had bought a 10% stake in Blinkit for about $100 million.
  • Founder & CEO Zomato: Deepinder Goyal 
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 Important Dates

5. International Day against Drug Abuse: 26 June

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  • The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is observed on June 26.
  • Aim: To spread awareness about the physical and psychological impact of substance abuse, drug overdose deaths.
  • The theme 2022: Addressing drug challenges in health and humanitarian crisis
  • The UNGA has decided to observe this day on December 7, 1987.
  • In 2022, the UNODC has started the campaign - “#CareInCrises” - for World Drug Day.
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 National Affairs

6. NHA to host Hackathon Series under Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM)

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  • The National Health Authority (NHA) will organise its first ever open-to-all hackathon series in the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission ecosystem.
  • Aim: To drive ideation and innovations.
  • The series of hackathon will begin on July 14, 2022.
  • This also focus on the Unified Health Interface (UHI) and to mobilise the health start-up ecosystem in India.
  • UHI is designed as an open network to enable the interoperable transaction of digital health services.
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 Sports

7. Indian women’s recurve team bag silver medal in World Cup Stage 3 in Paris

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  • The Indian women's recurve team of Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat and Simranjeet Kaur has clinched for a silver medal at the World Cup Stage 3 in Paris.
  • India has lost to Chinese Taipei by 1-5 in the women's recurve team final.
  • India has concluded their campaign with one gold and two silver medals.
  • The duo of Abhishek Verma-Jyothi Surekha Vennam win gold in compound mixed team event.
  • In Individual event,  Jyothi Surekha Vennam has clinched silver.
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 National Affairs

8. Tata Power Solar commissions India's largest floating solar power project

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  • Tata Power Solar Systems has commissioned India's largest floating solar power project of 101.6 Megawatt Peak (MWp) in Kerala backwaters.
  • The project has been installed on a 350-acre water body in Kayamkulam, Kerala.
  • The installation was completed within the stipulated period, despite the various challenges of variable like water depths, high sea tides, and severe water salinity concern.
  • Tata Power Solar is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Power.
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 Important Dates

9. United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture: 26 June

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  • The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is observed annually on June 26.
  • Aim: to promote the abolition of torture, support victims, and promote human rights.
  • The United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution on December 12, 1997. Presently, the Convention has been ratified by 162 countries.
  • This day was first observed on June 26, 1998.
  • This day is administered by the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva.
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 International Affairs

10. UK, US, Japan and Canada to ban Russia gold imports amid Ukraine war

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  • Th UK, the United States, Japan and Canada will soon ban the new imports of gold from Russian, to tighten the sanctions squeeze on Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine.
  • Countries will apply for newly mined or refined gold.
  • This move will not affect previously exported Russian gold.
  • Last year, the exports of Russian gold were worth 12.6 billion pounds.
  • Recently, the London Bullion Market Association has suspended accreditation for 6 Russian precious metals refiners.
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Daily GK Update: 26th June 2022

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