Daily GK Update: 3rd May 2022

By Stuti Mishra|Updated : May 3rd, 2022

 National & International Appointments

1. Joydeep Karmakar appointed as National Chief Rifle Coach by NRAI

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  • Joydeep Karmakar (42 years) has been appointed as the chief national rifle coach by National Rifle Association of India (NRAI).
  • He will oversee Indian continent till 2025, including the Paris Olympics 2024.
  • He had missed a bronze medal by a whisker in men’s 50-metre rifle prone event at 2012 London Olympics.
  • He has been running his own shooting academy in Kolkata since 2015
  • NRAI was founded in 1951 to promote and popularize the shooting sports in India.
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 National & International Appointments

2. Nand Mulchandani appointed first-ever chief tech officer of CIA

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  • Indian-Origin Nand Mulchandani has been appointed as the first-ever Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), first line of defense for the United States
  • Prior to this, he served as the CTO and acting director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Centre under US Department of Defence.
  • He served as the CEO of multiple successful startups like Oblix (acquired by Oracle), Determina, OpenDNS and ScaleXtreme .
  • CIA Director: William J. Burns.
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 National Affairs

3. Home Minister inaugurates NATGRID Bengaluru campus

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  • Union Minister for Home and Cooperation, Amit Shah has inaugurated National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) Bengaluru campus.
  • We should have an in-built mechanism for continuous up-gradation and will create a database of modes operandi of various crimes committed within the country
  • It will be available to 11 central agencies and police of all States and Union Territories.
  • Technology partner: C-DAC, Pune.
  • Plan Management Consultant: IIT, Bhilai.
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 Honours & Awards

4. DD National Pet Show Wins ENBA Award 2021

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  • Doordarshan has won ENBA Award 2021 for the best in-depth Hindi series for its TV series based on pet care ‘Best Friend Forever’ at 14th edition of the Exchange4media News Broadcasting Awards (ENBA).
  • Best Friend Forever:
    • Half-an-hour weekly live phone-in show on DD National
    • Here, two pet experts guide people on how to take care of their pets, about their food, nutrition, routine health check-ups, vaccination and other pet related issues.
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 State Affairs

5. Gangtok hosts Symposium on Smart City Revolution

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  • Union Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs and Petroleum & Natural Gas, Hardeep Singh Puri addressed a symposium on ‘Urban Development in NE States: Smart City Revolution’
  • Hosted by: Gangtok (Capital of Sikkim)
  • It is a weeklong festival which is organized in all the eight NE States by Ministry of DoNER.
  • He also launched Online Building Permission System (OBPS) of Govt of Sikkim and praised Sikkim for being the first State to implement OBPS in the region.
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 National & International Appointments

6. Tarun Kapoor appointed as advisor to Prime Minister Modi

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  • Retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and former Petroleum Secretary, Tarun Kapoor has been appointed as the advisor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • He will superannuate as the secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas on November 30, 2021.
  • Apart from him, Senior bureaucrats Hari Ranjan Rao and Atish Chandra have been appointed as the additional secretaries in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
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 Sports

7. Harshada Sharad Garud wins gold at Junior World Weightlifting Championship

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  • Harshada Sharad Garud became the first Indian to win a gold medal at IWF Junior World Championships 2022 in Heraklion, Greece.
  • She lifted 153-kilogram in the 45-kg weight category, that included 70 kg in Snatch and 83 kg in Clean and Jerk to finish on top of the podium.
  • Turkey's Bektas Cansu bagged silver medal and Moldova’s Teodora-Luminita Hincu won the bronze medal.
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 Honours & Awards

8. Neobank ‘Open’ becomes 100th Unicorn of India

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  • Bengaluru-based neo banking startup titled ‘Open’ becomes the country’s 100th unicorn after raising $50 Mn from IIFL.
  • Open operates neobank that offers small and medium-sized businesses as well as enterprises nearly all the features of the bank with additional tools to better serve the customer’s needs.
  • Co-founder and chief executive of Open: Anish Achuthan
  • The company is led by Google, Temasek, Visa, and Japan’s SoftBank Investments.
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 Summits & Conferences

9. National Seminar on Indian Cinema and Soft Power inaugurated in Mumbai

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  • Renowned Film Director Shekhar Kapoor has inaugurated National Seminar titled 'Indian Cinema and Soft Power' in Mumbai
  • Organized by: Indian Council for Cultural Relations (lCCR).
  • Key topics: Cinematic colonialism, Indian Cinema as a Vehicle of spreading awareness about idea of India abroad, regional cinema and its global influence, Indian cinema's engagement with foreign audience, global influence of Indian cinematic music.
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 National & International Appointments

10. Rajiv Ranjan appointed as ex-officio member of Monetary Policy Committee

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  • Rajiv Ranjan has been appointed as the ex-officio member of the monetary policy committee by RBI’s central board.
  • He replaced Mridul Saggar, who retired last month.
  • Prior to this, he was an advisor in-charge in the monetary policy department, before he was elevated as an executive director.
  • MPC is a 6-member body and is headed by RBI governor. There are 3 members from RBI and 3 members nominated by Govt.
  • Governor of RBI: Shaktikanta Das.
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