Daily GK Update: 13th October 2022

By Vijay Kumar|Updated : October 13th, 2022

Current Affairs forms a part and parcel of the General Awareness section of the Competitive examination. Here are the important current happenings for regulatory bodies exams. Go through them and get an edge in the GA section.   

 Science & Technology

1. NASA’s DART Mission successfully changed the course of an asteroid

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  • NASA has announced that Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft has successfully managed to change the motion of the asteroid 'Dimorphos'.
  • This is the first demonstration of the “kinetic impactor” method of asteroid mitigation
  • It was launched in November 2021 and crashed into the space rock on September 26, 2022
  • Prior, it took Dimorphos 11 hours and 55 minutes to orbit its asteroid Didymos, now it changed the moonlet asteroid’s orbit by 32 minutes

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 National & International Organizations

2. WWF report: Wildlife population decline by 69% worldwide since 1970

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  • As per the WWF's Living Planet Report 2022, the Wildlife populations have been declined by 69% between 1970 and 2018.
  • Latin America and Caribbean regions have seen the largest decline (94%) of monitored wildlife populations globally.
  • Wildlife populations have dipped by 66% in Africa and 5% in Asia Pacific.
  • While, Freshwater populations have declined by 83% on average as compared to other species groups.
  • As per the IUCN Red List, cycads are the most threatened species.

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 Science & Technology

3. CESL sets up first integrated solar charging station in Ladakh region

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  • Convergence Energy Services Ltd (CESL) has set up a solar-powered charging station for electric vehicles in the Ladakh region.
  • The integrated carport was inaugurated by LG of Ladakh, R K Mathur in Leh.
  • He also handed over customised electric cars that was manufactured by Hyundai Motor Company.
  • The EV carport constitutes 100 kW solar PV panels with a 860 kW/hour lithium-ion battery storage system.
  • CESL is a wholly owned subsidiary of EESL under the Ministry of Power.

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 Schemes

4. Cabinet approves 'PM-DevINE' for North-Eastern states

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  • The Union Cabinet has approved a Rs 6,600-crore scheme, PM-DevINE, to fund the infrastructure projects in the northeastern states.
  • PM-DevINE refers to the Prime Minister’s Development Initiative for North East Region.
  • It will be applicable for the next four years of the 15th Finance Commission from 2022-23 to 2025-26.
  • This is a 100% central funding scheme and will be implemented by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER).

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 Defense

5. Rajnath Singh to launch 'Maa Bharati Ke Sapoot' website

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  • Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh will launch ‘Maa Bharati Ke Sapoot’ website on October 14, 2022.
  • Aim: To enable citizens to contribute for the Armed Forces Battle Casualties Welfare Fund (AFBCWF).
  • It is a Tri service fund that will be utilised for grant of immediate financial assistance of ex-gratia, to the Next of Kin and dependents of Battle Casualties.
  • The government appoints veteran actor, Amitabh Bachchan as the Goodwill Ambassador.

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 Sports

6. 36th National Games medal tally topped by Services Sports Control Board

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  • The 36th National Games has been concluded on October 12, 2022 at Surat, Gujarat.
  • The closing ceremony was chaired by Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar.
  • The medal tally of 36th National Games has been topped by Services with a total of 128 medals (61 Gold, 35 silver, and 32 bronze), followed by Maharashtra and Haryana.
  • Best female player: Harshika Ramchandran (Karnataka)
  • Best Male player: Sajan Prakash (Kerala)
  • Goa will host the 37th National Games in October 2023. 

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 National Affairs

7. Google launches Play Points in India

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  • Google has launched its global rewards programme named 'Play Points' in India.
  • Aim: To allow users to earn points and rewards for using Google Play Store billing for in-app purchases, subscriptions and buying apps, games, movies, and ebooks.
  • This programme was first launched in 2018 and available in 28 other countries.
  • This programme is fully funded by Google.
  • It will only be available on the use of Google Play billing and will not be applicable on third party billing.

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 National & International Organizations

8. India climbs six places in CRI Index 2022

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  • As per the Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index 2022, India has ranked 123 out of 161 countries, improved its ranking by six places.
  • Findings: India has reduced inequality but continues to be among the lowest performers in health spending.
  • Top three: Norway, Germany and Australia
  • Prepared by: Oxfam International and Development Finance International (DFI).
  • It measures the governments policies and actions in three areas (health, education, and social protection).

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 Banking & Finance

9. RBL Bank, BookMyShow partner to launch ‘Play’ credit card

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  • RBL Bank and BookMyShow have partnered to launch a new credit card named ‘Play’.
  • With this card, RBL Bank will be able to reach BMS's wide base of 200 million monthly customer visits.
  • This card will be available to select customers on BookMyShow and give them access to offers on transactions.
  • While BMS customers can purchase this credit card for an annual fee of Rs 500.
  • Earlier in 2016, RBL Bank had partnered with BMS for the launch of Fun Plus credit card.

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 National & International Organizations

10. JSW Steel joins UN Global Compact initiative for sustainability

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  • JSW Steel has joined as the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) network, world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative.
  • JSW Steel is the fifth Indian company in the "Industrial Mining and Manufacturing" category.
  • Aim: To conduct business responsibly by aligning their operations and strategies with the UN’s Ten Principles.
  • It also commits companies to take actions to advance broader social benefits in accordance with UN SDGs.

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 Obituaries

11. Padma Shri, Dr Temsula Ao passes away

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  • Padma Shri awardee Naga writer, Temsula Ao has been passed away at the age of 80 in Dimapur, Nagaland.
  • She had also served as the Chairperson of the Nagaland State Commission for Women.
  • She was conferred with the Padma Shri in 2007 and also won Sahitya Akademi Award, Nagaland Governor’s Award for Distinction in Literature.
  • Books: 'Books of Songs', 'Poetry Here and There', 'These Hills Called Home', 'The Tombstone in My Garden'

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 Banking & Finance

12. India's CPI inflation surged to 7.4% in September 2022

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  • As per the data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO), the retail inflation of India has been increased to 7.41% in September 2022.
  • The number retains above the RBI upper tolerance band (2-6 per cent) for the ninth straight month.
  • The food inflation has been surged to a 22-month high of 8.6% while core inflation rose to a 4-month high of 6.3%.
  • Meanwhile, industrial growth has been contracted 0.8% in August as compared to 2.4% in July. 

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 Banking & Finance

13. World Bank extends unconditional loan of $250 million for SALT project

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  • The World Bank (WB) has extended an unconditional loan of $250 million to the Supporting Andhra’s Learning Transformation (SALT) project.
  • SALT project aims to improve the quality of learning for students in Andhra Pradesh.
  • The SALT is the first project in the school education sector to be funded by the World Bank without any precondition.
  • It is a five-year result-oriented programme, for which World Bank release funds after key goals are achieved.

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Daily GK Update: 13th October 2022

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