Daily GK Update: 2nd January 2022

By Stuti Mishra|Updated : January 3rd, 2022

 National & International Appointments

1. Vinod Kannan took over as CEO of Vistara airlines

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  • Vinod Kannan took over as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Vistara airline.
  • He replaced Leslie Thng, who was the CEO from July 2017 to December 31, 2021.
  • He started his stint with Vistara as Chief Strategy Officer in June 2019 and took over as Chief Commercial Officer in January 2020
  • Deepak Rajawat has been elevated to the role of Vistara’s chief commercial officer
  • Vistara is a 51:49 joint venture between Tata Sons Private Limited and Singapore Airlines (SIA).
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 Honours & Awards

2. Smriti Mandhana nominated for prestigious Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy

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  • Indian women’s team cricketer Smriti Mandhana has been nominated for the prestigious Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy for ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year-2021 award.
  • She has scored 855 runs in 22 internationals, at an average of 38.86 with one century and five half-centuries
  • Besides her, other 3 cricketers - England’s Tammy Beaumont, Australia’s Lizelle Lee and Ireland’s Gaby Lewis are also being nominated
  • She was named as Best Indian Women's International Cricketer in 2018
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 State Affairs

3. Justice Chandrachud inaugurates e-filing module of Kerala High Court

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  • Chairperson of the Supreme Court's e-Committee, Justice D Y Chandrachud has virtually inaugurated e-filing module of the Kerala High Court.
  • He also urged states to make e-filing mandatory and suggested that training on e-services should be made available free of cost to the litigants.
  • Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court Justice S Manikumar also inaugurated e-office initiative on the occasion
  • It will save time, and speed up the process of court proceedings
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 Sports

4. Kargil Winter Expedition cancelled due to rising COVID cases

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  • Kargil District Disaster Management Authority, DDMA, has canceled Kargil Winter Expedition due to the rising of Covid 19 cases in Ladakh region
  • About Kargil Winter Expedition:
    • It is a 7-day tryst, starting from Leh, crossing some of the highest mountain passes and covering Kargil's gorgeous sectors like Aryan, Batalik, Drass and Suru
    • It includes events like Snow Horse Polo, Snow Soccer, Snow Bashing etc
    • It was scheduled to begin from 22nd January.
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 State Affairs

5. Union Minister to inaugurate CGHS Wellness Centre in Nashik

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  • Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Bharati Pawar will inaugurate Central Government Health Scheme, CGHS Wellness Centre in Nashik, Maharashtra
  • After this, Nashik will be the 4th city in Maharashtra  to have CGHS Wellness Centre, after Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur
  • It will provide OPD Treatment including issue of medicines, indoor treatment at Govt and Empanelled Hospitals, cashless facility for treatment in empanelled centers for pensioners, etc.
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 State Affairs

6. PM Modi to lay foundation stone of 22 Developmental Projects in Manipur

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  • PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of 22 Developmental Projects worth over Rs 4,800 crore in Imphal.
  • He will also inaugurate 13 Projects worth around Rs 1,850 crore and lay the foundation stone of nine projects worth around two thousand 950 crore rupees.
  • These projects relate to diverse sectors such as Road Infrastructure, Drinking Water Supply, Health, Urban Development, Housing, Skill Development, Art and Culture, among others.
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 State Affairs

7. Maharashtra implements use of electric vehicles from January 2022

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  • Govt of Maharashtra has decided to implement the decision of Purchasing or Renting only Electric Vehicles for Govt/ Urban Local Bodies/ Corporations from 1st January 2022 instead of 1st April 2022
  • As per Maharashtra EV policy, 2021, adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) contributes to a wide range of sustainability goals.
  • It includes better air quality, reduced noise pollution, enhanced energy security, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
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 National & International Appointments

8. Anupam Ray to become India's new ambassador to UN Conference on Disarmament

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  • Senior diplomat Anupam Ray (1994-batch Indian Foreign Service officer) has been appointed as the India's next permanent representative to the UN Conference on Disarmament 
  • He is currently serving as a joint secretary in the MEA's headquarters in Delhi.
  • He will succeed Pankaj Sharma, who has been appointed as India's next ambassador to Mexico.
  • UN Conference on Disarmament is a multilateral disarmament forum based at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
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 State Affairs

9. Jawaharlal Nehru Road renamed as 'Narendra Modi Marg' by Sikkim Government

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  • Governor of Sikkim Ganga Prasad has officially inaugurated Second road linking Tsomgo lake and Nathula border pass with Gangtok has been christened as 'Narendra Modi Marg'
  • The older route is known as Jawaharlal Nehru Road
  • Alternative double-lane road at 51 Kyongasala gram panchayat unit, spanning 19.51 km has been operational for almost a year now
  • It has been constructed by Border Roads Organization and has reduced the distance between Gangtok and Tsomgo lake by 15 km
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 State Affairs

10. Centre releases 830 crore to Odisha for al Jeevan Mission implementation

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  • Centre has released over Rs 830 crore to Odisha to expedite the implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in the state.
  • Odisha has planned to become Har Ghar Jal State in 2024.
  • Out of around 85 lakh rural households in the state, around 41% households have tap water supply in their homes.
  • Jal Jeevan Mission was announced on 15th August 2019, with the aim to provide assured tap water supply to every rural home by 2024.
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 Schemes

11. IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw launches India Semiconductor Mission

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  • Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has launched India Semiconductor Mission (ISM)
  • The schemes have been notified and uploaded on the IT website with dedicated portal
  • Interested companies can tap Rs 76,000-crore incentives earmarked by Centre for development of semiconductors and display manufacturing ecosystem in India can begin applying for the same from 1st January
  • ISM is a specialized and independent business division within Digital India Corporation
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Daily GK Update: 2nd January 2022

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