Daily GK Update: 6th February 2022

By Vijay Kumar|Updated : February 6th, 2022

 Obituaries

1. ‘Nightingale’ Lata Mangeshkar passes away

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  • Legendary singer and Bharat Ratna recipient Lata Mangeshkar (92 years) passed away in Mumbai’s Breach Candy hospital due to multiple organ failures.
  • Mangeshkar began singing in her teens, and in a career spanning 73 years sang more than an estimated 15,000 songs in 36 languages.
  • She is known as the ‘Nightingale of India'.
  • She was awarded the nation's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna in March 2001.
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 Important Dates

2. International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation:6th Feb

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  • The International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation is observed on 6th February to create awareness about ending the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM).
  • The day has been marked since 2012 by the United Nations (UN).
  • Theme 2022: Accelerating Investment to End Female Genital Mutilation.
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 Sports

3. India beats England to win record fifth ICC Under-19 World Cup

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  • India lifted a record fifth ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup title after beating England by four wickets in the summit clash at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.
  • Earlier, India had won the U19 World Cup in 2000, 2008, 2012, and 2018.

Final Score 

  • ENGU19: 189 (44.5)
  • INDU19: 195/6 (47.4). India U19 won by 4 wkts
  • Player of the Match: Raj Bawa
  • Player of the Series: Dewald Brevis
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 Obituaries

4. BJP's first torchbearer in Lok Sabha C Janga Reddy passes away

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  • The first Lok Sabha MP for the BJP from south India Chandupatla Janga Reddy (87-years) passed away
  • Reddy was one of the only two BJP Lok Sabha MPs elected in the 1984 general elections, conducted after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
  • The other BJP MP was A K Patel, who was elected from Mehsana in Gujarat.
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 Sports

5. Foundation stone for World's third-largest cricket stadium laid in Jaipur

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  • The world's third-largest cricket stadium is going to be built in Jaipur, and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly laid the foundation stone of the project virtually.
  • Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) officials performed a 'bhoomi pujan'.
  • It will be the second-largest cricket stadium in India and the third-largest in the world.
  • It would seat 75,000 spectators.
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 Science & Technology

6. Swarajability, an AI-based platform for the disabled jobseekers

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  • The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Hyderabad) has launched the beta version of ‘Swarajability’, a job portal powered by AI that helps people with disabilities acquire relevant skills and find jobs.
  • The project is funded by Kotak Mahindra Bank, while IIT-H provided AI expertise, Visual Quest developed the platform, and Youth4Jobs skilling services.
  • The platform will analyse the profiles of the job seekers and suggest the skills they would require to become eligible.
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 Banking & Finance

7. ADB lends record USD 4.6 bn loans to India in 2021

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  • According to Asian Development Bank (ADB) data, ADB provided a record USD 4.6 billion in sovereign lending to India in 2021.
  • This included USD 1.8 billion towards coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic response.
  • The agency extended a USD 2.2-billion support for 12 state projects, committed to its geographically balanced programming. 
  •  The ADB's India portfolio comprised 69 projects worth USD 15.5 billion as of 31st December 2021.
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 National Affairs

8. KVIC cancels license of oldest Khadi Institution “Khadi Emporium”

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  • Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has cancelled the “Khadi Certification” of its oldest Khadi Institution named Mumbai Khadi & Village Industries Association.
  • This MKVIA was running the popular “Khadi Emporium” at Metropolitan Insurance House, Mumbai since 1954.
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 National & International Appointments

9. NATO chief to head Norway central bank

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  • NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg (62-years) will take over as Norway’s central bank Governor at the end of the year.
  • The appointment comes amid escalating tensions between the West and Russia.
  • Western nations fear Moscow has plans to invade Ukraine, which aspires to join the NATO alliance.
  • Norway’s central bank determines monetary policy but also manages the country’s enormous sovereign wealth fund, the biggest in the world.
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 National Affairs

10. MS Dhoni’s first look released from graphic novel ‘Atharva’

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  • Virzu Studios in association with MIDAS Deals Pvt Ltd has released the motion poster of its upcoming graphic novel, Atharva – The Origin. 
  • Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been portrayed as the superhero Atharva in this graphic novel.
  • The graphic novel authored by Ramesh Thamilmani features over 150 lifelike illustrations which present the gripping, racy narrative.
  • It is produced by Vincent Adaikalaraj and Ashok Manor.
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Daily GK Update: 6th February 2022

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