Daily GK Update: 7th May 2022

By Stuti Mishra|Updated : May 7th, 2022

 National & International Appointments

1. Alkesh Kumar Sharma assumes charge as new Secretary for MeitY

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  • Alkesh Kumar Sharma (1990 batch IAS of Kerala cadre) has assumed charge as Secretary of Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY).
  • Prior to this, he served as the Additional Secretary and Secretary in Cabinet Secretariat.
  • He was also chairman of Indian Highways Management Company and implemented FASTAG system of toll collection.
  • Minister of Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY): Ashwini Vaishnaw.
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 Honours & Awards

2. NASA climate research scientist wins World Food Prize

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  • NASA climate research scientist, Cynthia Rosenzweig has been awarded World Food Prize.
  • She is an agronomist and climatologist and spent much of her career explaining how global food production must adapt to a changing climate
  • She was awarded $250,000 prize in recognition of her innovative modeling of the impact of climate change on food production.
  • She is a senior research scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
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 International Affairs

3. UN-Energy Plan of Action Towards 2025 launched

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  • United Nations has launched UN-Energy Plan of Action Towards 2025 to catalyze large-scale action and support needed for transition to clean, affordable energy for all and net-zero emissions.
  • Energy Compact Action Network was also launched to match those govt seeking support for their clean energy goals with those govt and businesses that have pledged over $600 billion
  • It sets out a framework for collective action by nearly 30 UN and international organizations
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 National Affairs

4. India's first Regional Rapid Transit System to be handed over to NCRTC

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  • India's first semi-high-speed train set for Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) has been handed over to National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) at Alstom's Savli plan in Gujarat.
  • RRTS train sets are being manufactured under Make In India initiative and are capable of running at speed of 180 km per hour.
  • It will be brought to Duhai Depot in Uttar Pradesh.
  • Implementing agency of India's first RRTS corridor between Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut: NCRTC.
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 National & International Appointments

5. Sudarshan Venu appointed Managing Director of TVS Motor

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  • Sudarshan Venu has taken over as the Managing Director of TVS Motor Company.
  • Prior to this, he was the Joint Managing Director of the company.
  • His elevation coincides with the appointment of Prof Sir Ralf Dieter Speth as the Chairman of the company.
  • He succeeded Venu Srinivasan, who has become the Chairman Emeritus of the company.
  • TVS Motor Company: Indian motorcycle manufacturer headquartered in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It is the 3rd largest motorcycle company in India
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 Summits & Conferences

6. Conference of Cluster-Based Business Organizations (CBBOs) in Jaipur

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  • Union Minister, Kailash Choudhary has inaugurated Conference of Cluster-Based Business Organizations (CBBOs) and Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) under Scheme of Formation and Promotion of 10,000 FPOs at Birla Auditorium in Jaipur.
  • Focus areas: expectations from CBBOs, Knowledge sharing by CBBOs on best practices, discussion on Training and Capacity Building of Stakeholders, and Open discussion on various issues/ suggestions.
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 Agreement

7. L&T Infotech announced to merge with Mindtree to become 5th-largest IT firm

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  • L&T Infotech and Mindtree, two independently listed IT services companies under Larsen & Toubro Group have announced merger that would create India's fifth-largest IT services provider.
  • This combined entity will be known as LTIMindtree
  • This proposed integration will see Mindtree and LTI join strengths to create an efficient and scaled up IT services provider exceeding USD 3.5 billion
  • It will create a more distinctive employee value proposition.
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 Sports

8. Khelo India Mascot and Logo launched at Panchkula in Haryana

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  • Mascot, Logo and Jersey and theme song of Khelo India Youth Games were launched in a special ceremony held at Indra Dhanush Stadium in Panchkula, Haryana
  • The Mascot and theme was launched by Haryana’s Chief Minister Manohar Lal along with Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anurag Thakur.
  • More than 8,000 athletes will be participating in the Khelo India Youth Games scheduled to take place from 4th to 13th of June at Panchkula, Ambala, Shahbad, Chandigarh and Delhi.
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 Agreement

9. MHA and SECI sign MoU to realize India’s green energy initiative

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  • Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has signed MoU with Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) to promote renewable energy thereby moving towards a carbon neutral economy in Delhi
  • This MoU envisages collaboration between the two parties for jointly undertaking installation of Solar Rooftop PV Power Plants.
  • Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has estimated the total solar power potential of 71.68 MWs in the campuses of CAPFs & NSG. 
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 Agreement

10. Railway Protection Force signs MoU with AVA for trafficking free nation

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  • Railway Protection Force (RPF) has signed MoU with Association for Voluntary Action (AVA) for a trafficking free nation.
  • It will enhance the scale, reach and effectiveness of Operation AAHT (Action against Human Trafficking) launched by RPF across the nation.
  • RPF is entrusted with the responsibility of security of railway property, passenger area and passengers.
  • RPF has also set up Anti Human Trafficking Units (AHTUs) at more than 740 locations across India
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Daily GK Update: 7th May 2022

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