Daily GK Update: 31st August 2022

By Neha Bisarya|Updated : August 31st, 2022

 National & International Appointments

1. Mercedes-Benz India appoints Santosh Iyer as Managing Director (MD) and CEO

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  • Luxury carmaker, Mercedes-Benz has appointed Santosh Iyer as the Managing Director & CEO of the Indian operations with effect from January 1, 2023.
  • He is currently serving as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing
  • He will succeed Martin Schwenk who will take charge as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mercedes-Benz Thailand
  • He joined Mercedes-Benz as VP of Customer Services & Retail Training business in 2016
  • Mercedes-Benz HQ: Stuttgart, Germany
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 Honours & Awards

2. Karnataka's Divita Rai crowned LIVA Miss Diva Universe 2022

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  • Divita Rai (23) from Karnataka has won the prestigious title of Miss Diva Universe 2022 and was crowned by Miss Universe 2021, Harnaaz Sandhu.
  • Pragnya Ayyagari from Telangana has been crowned LIVA Miss Diva Supranational 2022.
  • Ojasvi Sharma was adjudged the LIVA Miss Popular Choice 2022.
  • Sandhu was also awarded the Pride of India trophy by the Times of India Group ownership for her remarkable achievement of making India proud globally.
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 Honours & Awards

3. Shershaah wins 67th Filmfare award 2022 for best movie

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  • Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani-starrer, Shershaah has been awarded the 67th Filmfare award 2022 for best movie.
  • This movie was directed by Vishnuvardhan, who has won the best director award for Shershaah.
  • Other winners:
    • Best Actor: Ranveer Singh (83) as Kapil Dev
    • Best Actress: Kriti Sanon, Mimi as Mimi Rathore
    • Best Supporting Actor: Pankaj Tripathi (Mimi)
    • Best Supporting Actress: Sai Tamhankar (Mimi)
    • Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award: Subhash Ghai
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 Defense

4. Exercise SAREX-22 concluded in Chennai

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  • The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has concluded the 10th National Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise SAREX -22 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  • Theme of 10th edition of the biennial exercise is “Capacity Building Towards Marine Passenger Safety”.
  • This exercise was reviewed by Indian Coast Guard chief VS Pathania along with other agencies and foreign participants.
  • The two-day exercise was conducted under the aegis of the National Maritime Search and Rescue Board (NMSARB)
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 National Affairs

5. NCRB releases 2021 report on Accidental Deaths & Suicides in India

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  • The Home ministry has released Accidental Deaths & Suicides in India (ADSI) and Crime in India (CII) reports for 2021, were published by NCRB.
  • Findings:
    • Deaths by suicide has increased in India by 7.2% from 2020
    • Report says every year more than 1,00,000 people die by suicide in the country
    • Majority of suicides: Maharashtra, TN, MP, WB and Karnataka
    • Delhi has reported the highest number of suicides among UTs
    • Highest rate of crime against women in 2021: Assam
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 Agreement

6. PCIM&H and IPC signed MoU for “One Herb, One Standard”

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  • Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy has signed an MoU with the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission.
  • Aim: For Inter-Ministerial cooperation for promotion and facilitation of One Herb, One Standard.
  • The MoU will also help in promoting exchange of information in the area of standardization of Traditional medicine by sharing of scientific information and drug raw materials or extracts, seminars, workshops, training and brainstorming programs.
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 State Affairs

7. Telangana AI Mission 4 startups to represent India at G20 DIN

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  • The Telangana AI Mission (T-AIM) has announced that four of its startups have been selected by MeitY to represent India at the G20 Digital Innovation Network (DIN).
  • Four startup: Arficus, Edubuk, Eunimart, and MayaMD supported by Revv Up programme
  • T-AIM is an initiative of Government of Telangana and supported by NASSCOM.
  • Revv Up is a free-of-equity-or-cost acceleration program by T-AIM.
  • The G-20 DIN will be held at Bali International Convention Center, Bali, Indonesia
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 Banking & Finance

8. SEBI penalises Aadhaar Ventures for flouting market norms

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  • SEBI has imposed the monetry penatly of ₹25 lakh (Total) on Aadhaar Ventures India Ltd and its directors for violating insider trading rules and listing conditions.
  • Directors: Jils Raichand Madan, Somabhai Sunderbhai Meena and Jyoti Munver.
  • SEBI has conducted an early investigation for alleged price manipulation in the scrip of AVIL.
  • AVIL, Madan, Meena and Munver had failed to disclose the information to the stock exchange, thereby violating disclosure lapses.
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 State Affairs

9. Uttarakhand CM launches CM Udyman Khiladi Unnayan Yojana

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  • Uttarakhand CM, Pushkar Singh Dhami has launched “CM Udyman Khiladi Unnayan Yojana’ on the occasion of National Sports Day.
  • The Chief Minister Sports Development Fund will be set up to offer financial benefits to the students.
  • Under the scheme:
    • A sports scholarship of Rs 1500/ month will be provided to budding sportspersons between the age group of 8 -14 year
    • Players of 14 to 23 years will be given scholarships
    • Malchang game will be included in the game policy.
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 Agreement

10. Indigo joins sustainable initiative of WEF

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  • Indigo Airlines has joined a sustainability initiative led by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
  • The airline has become a signatory to "Clear Skies for Tomorrow" coalition campaign of India.
  • Commitment of Indigo: To deploy sustainable programmes to achieve the significant scale of SAF (sustainable aviation fuel), achieve critical mass and cost-effectiveness for widespread adoption in India.
  • Clean Skies for Tomorrow was launched in January 2019.
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 State Affairs

11. J&K Police launches online mobile application 'JK Ecop'

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  • The Jammu and Kashmir Police has launched online mobile application named JK Ecop, an easy-to-use interface to facilitate common people.
  • This mobile app enables the citizens to use a host of services ranging from registering a complaint to downloading a copy of FIR.
  • A citizen can make requests like obtaining a character certificate, employee verification, event performance, or tenant/PG verification through this app.
  • Director General of Police, J&K: Dilbag Singh 
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 Books & Authors

12. Subedar Major Yadav authored autobiography titled "The Hero of Tiger Hill"

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  • Subedar Major (Honorary Captain) has written an autobiography titled “The Hero of Tiger Hill”, tells the inspiring story of Yogendra Singh Yadav.
  • Yogendra Singh Yadav is the youngest Param Vir Chakra awardee (India’s highest gallantry award) at the age of 19 for his actions in the 1999 Kargil conflict.
  • This book was published by Srishti Publishers.
  • It is the true story of a brave soldier who left no stone unturned and fought valiantly for the honour of India
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 National & International Organizations

13. UGC to launch 'e-Samadhan' portal to address student grievances

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  • The University Grants Commission (UGC) will launch a new student grievance redressal platform named "e-Samadhan".
  • Aim: This platform will address all the students' problems online
  • Definite timelines for addressing issues:
    • For student-related matters, the deadline has been fixed at 10 working days
    • For teaching and non-teaching issues, the issue needs to be addressed within 15 days
    • For any matter related to the university or college, a time limit of 20 days is allowed
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Daily GK Update: 31st August 2022

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