Daily GK Update: 2nd November 2022

By Neha Bisarya|Updated : November 2nd, 2022

 Honours & Awards

1. Malayalam writer, A Sethumadhavan selected for 2022 Ezhuthachan Puraskaram

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  • Noted Malayalam novelist and short story writer, A Sethumadhavan has been selected for 2022 Ezhuthachan Puraskaram.
  • Reason: For his valuable contribution to Malayalam language and literature.
  • He has also served as the chairman of South Indian Bank, director of State Bank of Travancore and chairman of National Book Trust.
  • Ezhuthachan Puraskaram is the highest literary award of Kerala government.
  • The award carries a cash award of Rs 5 lakh and a citation.
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 Honours & Awards

2. Tata Steel's Jamshedpur plant achieve ResponsibleSteel certification

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  • Tata Steel has received India’s first ResponsibleSteel certification for three facilities in Jamshedpur steel plant.
  • Three production facilities: Steel Works, Tubes Division and Cold Rolling Mill (Bara)
  • ResponsibleSteel is the first global multi-stakeholder standard and certification initiative of steel industry.
  • Aim: To address challenges including climate change, diversity, human rights and more.
  • Tata Steel has been a member of ResponsibleSteel since October 2020.
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 National Affairs

3. PM Modi inaugurated 3,024 newly constructed flats for EWS

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  • PM Modi has inaugurated 3,024 newly constructed EWS flats at Kalkaji in Delhi under Phase I of ‘In-Situ Slum Rehabilitation’ Project.
  • He has also handed over keys to eligible beneficiaries at Bhoomiheen Camp, Vigyan Bhawan.
  • These flats have been constructed at a cost of about Rs 345 crore.
  • Objective of the rehabilitation project is to provide a better and healthy living environment to the residents of the Jhuggi Jhopri clusters, with proper amenities and facilities.
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 Banking & Finance

4. GST revenues cross ₹1.51 lakh crore in October

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  • The gross GST revenues of India has touched the mark of ₹1,51,718 crore in October 2022.
  • Central GST (CGST) revenues for the month were ₹26,039 crore.
  • State GST (SGST) was ₹33,396 crore and IGST revenues were ₹81,778 crore (including Rs 37,297 crore collected on import of goods).
  • This mark the second highest monthly collections since the launch of the indirect tax regime.
  • The highest GST collections in a month were recorded in April 2022, at ₹1,67,540 crore.
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 State Affairs

5. India's first hyperscale data centre inaugurated in Greater Noida

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  • Uttar Pradesh CM, Yogi Adityanath has inaugurated North India's first hyper-scale data centre Yotta Yotta D1 in Greater Noida.
  • It was built at the cost of Rs 5,000 crore and spread over an area of 3,00,000 square feet.
  • Hiranandani Group firm Yotta Infrastructure has also signed MoU with Uttar Pradesh to invest Rs 39,000 crore in over the next 5-7 years.
  • Corporates like Adani, WebWerks, Sify, STT and NTT have also submitted their investment proposals.
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 Banking & Finance

6. HDFC ERGO launches Farm Yield Insurance Policy

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  • HDFC ERGO has launched a technology backed farm yield insurance policy for farmers.
  • In this policy, a satellite-based index will be used to provide localized farm level coverage.
  • It will provide comprehensive cover across the crop life cycle from sowing to harvesting, basis satellite-based data.
  • The product is targeted at farmers under corporate/farm input company (FIC) contracts.
  • It is valid for food, oilseed, commercial or horticulture crops.
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 State Affairs

7. Bengaluru's Namma Metro Rail launches QR ticketing service on WhatsApp

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  • Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has partnered with the WhatsApp to launch Namma Metro's WhatsApp chatbot-based QR ticketing service.
  • The chatbot is integrated with Unified Payments Interface (UPI) powered payments on WhatsApp.
  • It will allow 'Namma Metro' commuters to purchase tickets and recharge their travel pass right within WhatsApp.
  • WhatsApp chatbot is available in English and Kannada for all commuters of 'Namma Metro'.
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 National Affairs

8. Centre restricts use of common weedicide glyphosate

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  • The Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has issued a notification to restrict the use of glyphosate.
  • Reason: Health hazards for humans and animals.
  • Only authorised Pest Control Operators are allowed to use it.
  • The notification was based on a 2019 report by the Government of Kerala on prohibiting the distribution, sale and use of glyphosate and its derivatives.
  • Some 35 countries including Sri Lanka and France have banned or restricted the use of glyphosate
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 Summits & Conferences

9. PM Modi inaugurated Global Investors Meet ‘Invest Karnataka 2022’

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  • Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has addressed the inaugural function of Invest Karnataka, the Global Investors Meet via video conferencing.
  • Aim: To attract prospective investors and setting up development agenda for the next decade.
  • The country sessions would each be hosted by the partner countries - France, Germany, Netherlands, South Korea, Japan, and Australia.
  • The meet will be attended by the top industry leaders including Kumar Mangalam Birla, Vikram Kirloskar.
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 State Affairs

10. Ranipur tiger reserve becomes 53rd tiger reserve of India

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  • Ranipur Tiger Reserve of Uttar Pradesh has become the 53rd tiger reserve of India.
  • The tiger reserve is spread across over 529.36 sq km, of which the core area is 230.32 sq km and buffer area is 299.05 sq km.
  • It is also the fourth tiger reserve in UP.
  • Other three tiger reserves of state: Dudhwa, Pilibhit and Amangarh.
  • Amangarh is a buffer zone of the Jim Corbett National Park and is located in Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor.
  • While Dudhwa Tiger Reserve is located in Lakhimpur.
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 Honours & Awards

11. Edward M Kennedy posthumously honoured with 'Friends of Liberation War’

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  • Bangladesh PM, Sheikh Hasina has conferred the prestigious ‘Friends of Liberation War’ honour on former US Senator Edward M Kennedy posthumously.
  • Reason: For his contribution to the liberation of Bangladesh.
  • The honour was handed over to his son Edward M Ted Kennedy Junior.
  • Edward Kennedy Senior took stand against the genocide committed by Pakistan on innocent Bengali people despite the US government’s role during the 1971 liberation war.
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 State Affairs

12. Arunachal Pradesh to get Northeast’s first fish museum

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  • Fisheries Minister Tage Taki has announced that Arunachal Pradesh will soon get a fish museum, the first of its kind in the Northeast.
  • The museum would be a part of the Integrated Aqua Park (IAP), sanctioned by the Union Ministry of Fisheries.
  • The existing Tarin Fish Farm, located at high-altitude Bulla village, would be upgraded as the IAP.
  • PM Modi had announced one IAP for each state and UT under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampad Yojana for bringing blue revolution.
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 Science & Technology

13. China launches 2nd lab module Mengtian for its space station

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  • China has successfully launched a second lab module, Mengtian, by using a Long March-5B Y4 rocket (one of China's biggest rockets).
  • It was launched from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on the coast of the southern island province of Hainan.
  • Scientific equipment will be used for studying microgravity and carrying out experiments in fluid physics, materials science, combustion science, and fundamental physics
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Daily GK Update: 2nd November 2022

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