Daily GK Update: 26th September 2022

By Neha Bisarya|Updated : September 26th, 2022

 National & International Appointments

1. Dr Rajiv Bahl appointed as Director General ICMR


  • The Central government has appointed Dr Rajiv Bahl as a Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) cum- Secretary Department of Health Research (DHR) for three years.
  • Presently, He is serving as a head of the research on maternal, newborn child and adolescent health cum-newborn unit at WHO, Geneva.
  • He has replaced Dr Balram Bhargav, whose tenure has been ended in July 2022.
  • ICMR Headquarters: New Delhi
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 Science & Technology

2. ISRO develops microprocessor-controlled smart limbs


  • ISRO's Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre has developed an intelligent artificial limb, under an MoU with National Institute for Locomotor Disabilities, Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya National Institute for Persons with Physical Disabilities (Divyangjan).
  • Weight: 1.6 kg
  • It has enabled an amputee to walk about 100 metres in the corridor with minimum support.
  • It is a microprocessor-controlled knees (MPKs) that offers extended capabilities for the amputee.
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 Books & Authors

3. A book titled “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas Sabka Vishwas” released


  • Former VP, Venkaiah Naidu has released a book titled “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas Sabka Vishwas” at Akashvani Bhawan in New Delhi.
  • The book was released in the presence of Kerala Governor, Arif Mohammad Khan at an event, organised by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
  • The book is a collection of PM Modi selected speeches between May 2019 and May 2020.
  • The book focuses on 86 speeches of PM on various subjects.
  • The book was published in Hindi and English.
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 State Affairs

4. Chhattisgarh government launches a campaign 'Hamar Beti – Hamar Maan'


  • Chhattisgarh government will launch a special campaign called ’Hamar Beti – Hamar Maan’ (our daughters, our honour).
  • Aim: For protection and safety of girls and women and provide them essential services.
  • Implementation: Women police personnel will visit schools and colleges in all districts and educate girls about their legal rights.
  • Govt will soon launch a helpline number for complaints about misbehaviour, molestation and other crimes against women.
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 Summits & Conferences

5. G. Kishan Reddy launches Conference 'SymphoNE' to boost Tourism Sector


  • Union Minister, G. Kishan Reddy has launched Virtual Conference 'SymphoNE' to boost Tourism Sector in North East India.
  • SymphoNE is the start of a series of dialogues on North Eastern Region's Development Conference comprised of a broad range of Policy Thinkers, Stakeholders & Influencers.
  • The Virtual Conference is being organized on 24th - 27th September 2022, by Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region on the occasion of World Tourism Day(27 September).
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 National Affairs

6. MoHUA launches Swachh Toycathon 2022


  • The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has launched the Swachh Toycathon as a part of the Swachh Amrit Mahotsav.
  • It is a unique competition to make toys from dry waste.
  • Aim: To explore innovative solutions for the use of dry waste in manufacturing toys.
  • The knowledge partner for the initiative is the Center for Creative Learning, IIT Gandhinagar and the competition will be hosted on the MyGov portal.
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 Science & Technology

7. China discovers rare lunar crystal and nuclear power source on moon


  • The researchers of China have discovered a rare lunar crystal and nuclear power source on near side of the moon.
  • Changesite-(Y):
    • It is a small, transparent crystal (Diamond shape).
    • It was named after the Chinese moon goddess Chang'e.
    • It is as wide as a human hair.
  • Chang’e-5 Mission:
    • It is China’s first lunar sample-return mission and fifth lunar exploration mission.
    • It was launched in November 2020 and returned the sample back to Earth in December 2020.
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8. Defence ministry inks Rs 1700 cr pact for dual-role BrahMos missiles


  • The Ministry of Defence has signed an agreement with BrahMos Aerospace Pvt. Ltd. (BAPL) for acquisition of additional dual-role capable Surface to Surface BrahMos missiles at ₹1700 Crore (approx) under “Buy-Indian" Category.
  • The Induction of these dual-role capable Missiles will enhance the operational capability of Indian Navy fleet assets.
  • BrahMos variants can be launched from land, air and sea, and all three variants are in service in the Indian armed forces.
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 International Affairs

9. Quad signs Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief partnership guidelin


  • The QUAD group has signed the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) partnership guidelines during a ministerial meeting hosted by the US on the sidelines of UNGA in New York.
  • The partnership was announced during the Quad Leaders’ Tokyo Summit 2022 as part of the grouping’s shared vision of free and open Indo-Pacific.
  • These guidelines aim to respond to disasters occurring in the Indo-Pacific region.
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10. Health Minister inaugurates two-days long Arogya Manthan 2022


  • Health Minister, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya has inaugurated Arogya Manthan 2022 to celebrate the four years of implementation of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri - Jan Arogya Yojana and one year of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission.
  • The scheme provides a health cover of five lakh rupees annually to vulnerable families.
  • The Minister has also launched several new initiatives including Health Claims Exchange (HCX), National e-Rupi Portal and Roadmap for Digitization.
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Daily GK Update: 26th September 2022


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