Daily GK Update: 31st May 2022

By Neha Bisarya|Updated : May 31st, 2022

 Honours & Awards

1. Sanjit Narwekar awarded V Shantaram Lifetime achievement award, MIFF 2022

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  • Noted author and documentary filmmaker, Sanjit Narwekar has been awarded the Dr. V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award at 17th edition of the Mumbai International Film Festival of India (MIFF 2022).
  • The prestigious award includes cash prize of Rs. 10 lakhs, Golden Conch and a citation.
  • He has also received the Swarna Kamal at the National Film Awards for his book ‘Marathi Cinema in Retrospect.’
  • Focus Country of MIFF 2022: Bangladesh
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 National Affairs

2. Central Government will launch 'Jan Samarth' portal

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  • PM Narendra Modi will launch credit-linked portal 'Jan Samarth' for delivery of various schemes.
  • Aim: improve the ease of living for the common man.
  • Initially, the new portal will launch with the 15 credit-linked government initiatives.
  • State Bank of India and other lenders were doing the pilot testing and fix the loose ends before the official launch.
  • In 2018, the government had launched a portal http://psbloansin59minutes.com for various kinds of credit products.
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 National Affairs

3. NHA launches online public dashboard for Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission

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  • The National Health Authority (NHA) has launched a public dashboard for near real-time information on the scheme under its flagship scheme of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM).
  • Dashboard displays: Detailed information on the core registries under the mission – Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA) numbers, Healthcare Professionals Registry (HPR) and Health Facility Registry (HFR).
  • CEO of National Health Authority: Dr. R.S. Sharma
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 National Affairs

4. LIC unveils Savings Life Insurance Plan Bima Ratna

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  • LIC has launched new life insurance product named Bima Ratna, a non-linked, non-participating, individual savings life insurance product that combines protection and savings.
  • The plan offers monetary support for the family in case of the death of the policyholder during the policy term.
  • The sum assured on death is greater than 125% of the Basic Sum Assured or 7 times the annualised premium.
  • Guaranteed additions:  Rs 50 per Rs 1000 basic payment from 1st to 5th year.
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 Science & Technology

5. Param Ananta Supercomputer commissioned at IIT, Gandhinagar

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  • Supercomputer, Param Ananta has been established at IIT Gandhinagar, under Phase II of the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM).
  • NSM is a joint initiative of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and Department of Science and Technology (DST).
  • Its system is based on Direct Contact Liquid Cooling technology.
  • Under NSM, 15 supercomputers have been installed across the country with aggregate compute capacity of 24 petaflops. 
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 Important Dates

6. World No Tobacco Day 2022: 31 May

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  • World No Tobacco Day is observed on May 31 every year to raise awareness about the destruction caused by consuming tobacco.
  • The United Nations has adopted sustainable development agenda by 2030 with an aim to reduce tobacco-related deaths by one-third by that time.
  • Theme 2022: Tobacco: Threat to our environment.
  • In 1987, the WHO member countries agreed to observe World No-Tobacco Day on May 31.
  • DG, WHO: Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
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 Schemes

7. PM Modi releases 11th installment of PM-KISAN benefits on May 31

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  • PM Narendra Modi has released the 11th instalment of Rs 21,000 crore of the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi on May 31, during the Garib Kalyan Sammelan in Shimla.
  • He has interacted with beneficiaries of about 16 schemes run by 9 Central Ministries/Departments of the Government of India.
  • Garib Kalyan Sammelan is being organized in state capitals, district headquarters and Krishi Vigyan Kendras across the nation to celebrates the completion of 8 years of the union government.
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 National & International Organizations

8. Forbes released 7th edition of 30 Under 30 Asia List 2022

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  • The Forbes has released its 7th edition of 30 Under 30 Asia List 2022, the list includes several Indians from various fields.
  • Edited by: Rana Wehbe Watson
  • The list has represented 22 countries across the Asia-Pacific region.
  • India has topped the list in terms of the number of entries with 61, followed by Singapore (34), Japan (33), Australia (32), Indonesia (30) and China (28).
  • The list includes 14-year old Japanese Olympics skateboarding gold-medalist Momiji Nishiya.
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 Honours & Awards

9. RJ Umar receives UNICEF award for work during COVID-19 pandemic

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  • Radio Jockey, Umar Nisar (south Kashmir) has been awarded the 'O1 Best Content Award' and the Immunization Champion award by UNICEF at the annual Radio4Child 2022 Awards in Mumbai.
  • He received an award for his excellent work during the pandemic in building awareness and countering rumours to reach audiences.
  • The Radio4Child, is an initiative of Unicef India.
  • This programme felicitated radio professionals for their commendable work during the COVID19 pandemic.
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 Obituaries

10. Former president of Albanian Bujar Nishani dies at 55

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  • Former president of Albania Bujar Nishani has passed away due to serious health problems.
  • He became an MP in 2005, later serving as interior minister.
  • He served as president from 2012 until 2017.
  • Nishani was elected as president in June 2012 at the age of 45, becomes the country’s youngest ever president.
  • He was born in the port city of Durres and graduated from the Skanderbeg Military University and later from the University of Tirana law faculty. 
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 State Affairs

11. Karnataka CM, Basavaraj Bommai launches health app AAYU

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  • Karnataka CM, Basavaraj Bommai has launched new health and wellness app named AAYU.
  • Aim: Help to heal chronic diseases and lifestyle disorders through yoga and meditation.
  • Developed by: Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA) in partnership with RESET TECH (an Al-driven integrated health-tech platform).
  • The app is available in multiple languages.
  • It also aims to reach and impact over five million chronic disease patients within a span of five years.
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 Schemes

12. Prime Minister's Employment Generation Programme extended till FY26

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  • The Government has approved the continuation of Prime Minister's Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) till the financial year 2025-26 with the total outlay of Rs 13,554.42 crores.
  • Aim: to create sustainable employment opportunities for about 40 lakh persons in five years.
  • The extension of the scheme is over the 15th Finance Commission Cycle for five years.
  • The Govt increase in the maximum project cost from 25 lakh to 50 lakh (manufacturing units).
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Daily GK Update: 31st May 2022

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