Daily GK Update: 26th March 2022

By Stuti Mishra|Updated : March 26th, 2022

 Sports

1. 15th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) begins today

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  • The 15th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), begins in Mumbai with opening match of Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders.
  • IPL 2022 is being held in India with at least 25% capacity of crowd allowed in stadiums this season.
  • This year IPL has 10 teams with addition of Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat
  • Number of games has been increased to 74 from 60 with the addition of new teams, extending the IPL window to over two months.
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 National & International Organizations

2. Gujarat tops NITI Aayog’s Export Preparedness Index 2021

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  • Gujarat has retained the top position in the 2nd edition of NITI Aayog’s Export Preparedness Index 2021.
  • Prepared by: NITI Aayog and Institute of Competitiveness
  • Top 10 states: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
  • Top UTs: Delhi, followed by Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Chandigarh and Puducherry.
  • Top Himalayan states: Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Tripura, Sikkim and Manipur.
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 Defense

3. Indian Navy’s Western Naval Command conducts Prasthan exercise

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  • Western Naval Command of the Indian Navy organized an offshore security exercise, ‘Prasthan’ in the Offshore Development Area (ODA) off the Mumbai coast.
  • The exercise is conducted every six months, to ensure offshore security.
  • Apart from the Naval forces, exercise saw participation from the Indian Air Force, Coast Guard, ONGC, Mumbai Port Trust, Jawahar Lal Nehru Port Trust, Customs, state fisheries department, Mercantile Marine Department and Marine Police.
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 National & International Appointments

4. NATO extends tenure of Jens Stoltenberg as Secretary-General till 2023

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  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has approved the extension in the tenure of Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg till September 30, 2023.
  • He was named NATO Secretary-General in October 2014.
  • His term was to expire in September 2022.
  • He is the former Prime Minister of Norway.
  • NATO is an intergovernmental military alliance among 28 European countries and 2 North American countries.
  • Headquarters of NATO: Brussels, Belgium.
  • Establishment of NATO: 1949.
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 Important Dates

5. Earth Hour 2022: 26th March

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  • Earth Hour is observed every year across the world on the last Saturday of the March to show support for fight against climate change and commitment towards better planet.
  • Earth Hour 2022 is being marked on 26th March, 2022
  • Earth Hour 2022 theme will focus on ‘Shape Our Future‘
  • It is a worldwide movement organized by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), encouraging individuals, communities, corporates, and households to turn off their lights for 1 hour.
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 Important Dates

6. Centre designates 5th October as National Dolphin Day

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  • Union Ministry for Environment, Forest and Climate Change has designated 5th October as National Dolphin Day every year, from 2022.
  • The day will aim to create awareness for conservation of Dolphins.
  • Dolphins act as ideal ecological indicators of a healthy aquatic ecosystem and conservation of the Dolphins will benefit the survival of the species and people dependent on the aquatic system for their livelihood.
  • It lives in Ganges and other rivers of South Asia
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 Summits & Conferences

7. Union Minister inaugurates three-day North-East festival 'Ishan Manthan'

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  • Union Minister for Culture, Tourism & DONER, G Kishan Reddy has inaugurated three-day North-East festival called 'Ishan Manthan' at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in New Delhi.
  • It will be held from 25th to 27th March
  • It will give an opportunity to get acquainted with the culture, art, music, folk dances, handicrafts and traditional cuisines of Northeast India.
  • North Eastern Region inhabits about 400 communities who speak more than 200 languages. 
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 Agreement

8. Combined Reciprocal Common Transport Agreements (CRCTA)

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  • Govt of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh of NCR have signed Combined Reciprocal Common Transport Agreements (CRCTA) that covers both Contract Carriage & Stage Carriage since time period of earlier Agreements of Reciprocal Common Transport Agreement was coming to an end.
  • One of the policy proposals of the Regional Plan-2021 for NCR is unrestricted movement of buses, taxis, and auto-rickshaws within NCR.
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 Agreement

9. IIE signs MoU with MoRD to enhance the impact of SVEP

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  • Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) under Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) signs MoU with Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) to promote entrepreneurship at a local level amongst the rural youth
  • Under this, Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme (SVEP), sub scheme of National Rural Livelihoods Mission to promote employment opportunities in rural India, particularly developing self-employment avenues for unemployed rural people
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 Arts & Culture

10. Union Minister inaugurates 10-day ‘Bharat Bhagya Vidhata’ Festival

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  • Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smriti Irani has inaugurated 10-day mega Red Fort Festival, titled as ‘Bharat Bhagya Vidhata’ at Red Fort in Delhi as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav
  • Organized by: Union Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the Dalmia Bharat Group (DBG) to organize the event as DBG has adopted the Red Fort as its Monument Mitra.
  • The festival will commemorate the heritage, culture and diversity of every part of India.
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Daily GK Update: 26th March 2022

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