Daily GK Update: 7th August 2022

By Neha Bisarya|Updated : August 8th, 2022

 National & International Appointments

1. N. Kalaiselvi becomes first woman director general of CSIR


  • The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has appointed Dr N. Kalaiselvi as the Director General for two years
  • She succeeded Shekhar Mande, who superannuated in April 2022.
  • She is the first woman scientist to hold this position.
  • Currently, she is working as the head of the CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CSIR-CECRI).
  • She is known for her work in the field of lithium-ion batteries.
  • CSIR Established: 26 September 1942; Headquarters: Delhi
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2. Indian Navy, ISRO Space Applications Centre sign MoU on data sharing


  • The Indian Navy has signed an MoU with the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Space Applications Centre (SAC) on data sharing and cooperation on satellite-based naval applications in oceanology and meteorology.
  • This MoU is an extension of the MoU signed in 2017.
  • Aim: Rapid development in the field of satellite data retrieval and applications.
  • Chief of Indian Navy: Admiral R. Hari Kumar
  • ISRO HQ: Bengaluru
  • SAC HQ: Ahmedabad, Gujarat
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 National & International Appointments

3. Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand becomes FIDE deputy president


  • The legendary Indian chess player and five-time world champion, Viswanathan Anand has been elected as the deputy president of FIDE.
  • While the present president, Arkady Dvorkovich (Russian) has been re-elected for a second term.
  • Anand was nominated by incumbent president Arkady Vladimirovich Dvorkovich as part of his team.
  • Dvorkovich a Muscovite has received 167 votes in his favour while his opponent Andrii Baryshpolets got 16.
  • FIDE Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland
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 National & International Appointments

4. Jagdeep Dhankhar elected as the 14th Vice-President of India


  • Former governor of West Bengal, Jagdeep Dhankhar (NDA candidate) has been elected as the 14th Vice President of India after defeating joint Opposition candidate Margaret Alva.
  • He will succeed M Venkaiah Naidu whose tenure ends on August 10.
  • He secured 528 votes out of the 710 valid votes in the Vice-Presidential election.
  • About Jagdeep Dhankhar:
    • He was born in Rajasthan.
    • He joined the Congress during the tenure of PV Narasimha Rao but later shifted to BJP.
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5. Bhavina Patel wins Gold in para table tennis women's singles


  • Indian para table tennis player, Bhavina Patel has clinched gold medal in the para table tennis women's singles at the Commonwealth Games 2022.
  • She defeated Ifechukwude Christiana Ikpeoyi of Nigeria Classes 3-5.
  • Other winners:
    • Indian para TT player, Sonalben Manubhai Patel won bronze medal in the women’s singles Classes 3-5.
    • Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal won Bronze in Squash Mixed Doubles
    • Vinesh Phogat won gold in the Women's Freestyle 53 kg Nordic category.
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 Banking & Finance

6. SEBI constitutes committee to attract foreign investment


  • The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has constituted of Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) Advisory Committee.
  • Aim: To increase the overseas flows into the country.
  • The 15 members committee will be chaired by former Chief Economic Adviser KV Subramanian.
  • Other members: Representing foreign banks, stock exchanges depositories and RBI.
  • The committee will review investment avenues available for FPIs and to advise on the feasibility of new investment avenues.
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 Important Dates

7. 8th National Handloom Day: 7th August


  • The National Handloom Day in India has observed annually on August 7 to highlight the contribution of the handloom industry in the socio-economic development.
  • The National Handloom Day is celebrated across the country under the aegis of the Ministry of Textiles.
  • The handloom sector is one of the largest economic sectors in the country.
  • This sector played an important role during the Swadeshi Movement (August 7, 1905).
  • Minister of textiles: Piyush Goyal
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 National Affairs

8. 'Badhe Chalo’ Movement under Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav begins


  • The Ministry of Culture has organised Amrit Mahotsav named ‘Badhe Chalo’, to create a youth centric activation.
  • It is being held across 10 cities every day from 5th to 11th August 2022.
  • Ten locations include: Lal Chowk, Ashtley Hall, Akashdeep Market, Central Mall, Telibandha Talab, CMR Mall, Gaurav Tower, Maharaja Sayajirao University,  Alpha One Mall and Keshav Vatika.
  • These events will be ended on the 12th August, at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi. 
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9. Indian Army conducted exercise ‘Skylight’ to test satellite-based systems


  • The Indian Army has conducted a pan-India exercise called ‘Skylight’, to test and validate its entire satellite-based communication network.
  • Reason: To ensure operational readiness in case of a conflict in the future.
  • The exercise involved all kinds of satellite communication from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to Ladakh, where India and China have engaged in a military stand-off for the past two years.
  • Chief of the Army Staff: General Manoj Pande
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 National & International Appointments

10. Cabinet secretary, Rajiv Gauba tenure extended by one-year


  • The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved a one-year extension for Union cabinet secretary, Rajiv Gauba.
  • After the extension, he will remain in the same position till August 30, 2023.
  • He had taken over as the new Cabinet Secretary in the Government of India after the superannuation of PK Sinha in 2019.
  • He is an IAS officer of the Jharkhand cadre (1982 batch) and served as like Union Home Secretary.
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Daily GK Update: 7th August 2022


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