National & International Appointments
1. Tata Motors VP Rajan Amba appointed as MD of Jaguar Land Rover India
- Rajan Amba has been appointed as the managing director of Jaguar Land Rover India, effective from 1st March 2023.
- He will replace Rohit Suri, who announced his retirement from the position of MD and President in January 2023.
- Prior to this role, he worked as the Vice President - Sales, Marketing, and Customer Care of Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles.
- He has also worked as a Chief Operating Officer with Carat Lane (a subsidiary company of Titan).
National & International Appointments
2. Lt General MV Suchindra Kumar appointed as Vice Chief of Army
- Lt Gen MV Suchindra Kumar has been appointed as the new Vice Chief of Army Staff.
- He is currently serving as the Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Strategy) in the Army Headquarters.
- He will succeed Lt Gen B S Raju, who has been appointed as the Jaipur- headquartered South Western Army Commander.
- While Lt Gen NSR Subramani has been appointed as the next Central Army Commander in Lucknow.
- All the new appointments will come into effect on March 1.
Honours & Awards
3. K.K. Shailaja selected for 32nd Ramashramam Unneerikkutty Award
- Former Health Minister, K.K. Shailaja has been selected for the 32nd Ramashramam Unneerikkutty Award.
- Reason: For her services as a minister during the times of the Nipah outbreak, the COVID-19 pandemic, and her services to the State.
- This is an annual award, which is given to individuals who have made a mark in the fields of art, literature, culture, politics, or social service.
- She is the fourth woman to win the award ever since its inception in 1985.
Banking & Finance
4. RBI appoints V S Khichi as member on RCap advisory committee
- The Reserve Bank of India has appointed former Bank of Baroda ED, Vikramaditya Singh Khichi as a member of the Advisory Committee on Reliance Capital.
- The move follows the resignation of former Axis Bank Deputy MD Srinivasan Varadarajan.
- The Advisory Committee on Reliance Capital was set up to advise the administrator of crisis-ridden Anil Ambani-promoted Reliance Capital.
- Other members: Sanjeev Nautiyal (former DMD, SBI) and Praveen P Kadle (former MD, Tata Capital).
5. IAF develops indigenous ‘Vayulink’ platform for jammer-proof communication
- The Indian Air Force has developed an innovative solution named ‘Vayulink’ to send radio communication to the base station when the signals are low.
- It would help pilots to deal with bad weather and also provide them with jammer-proof uninterrupted communication with the base station.
- It is an ad-hoc data link communication system.
- It will be installed in an aircraft and provide information about other aircraft close by, encrypted traffic data over a secured channel.
6. Vertiplane X3 Drone delivers TB medicines
- The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)-Rishikesh conducted a trial to test the feasibility of drones supplying medicines to primary health centers or smaller hospitals by Vertiplane X3 drone.
- This drone was used to deliver a 2kg package of anti-tubercular drugs to a district hospital in Tehri Garhwal during the trial.
- The aerial distance of nearly 40 kilometers between the helipad at AIIMS and the hospital was covered in 30 minutes.
National & International Organizations
7. India ranks 47th in OECD's services trade restrictiveness index
- According to the services trade restrictiveness index (STRI), conducted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), India ranked 47 out of 50 countries.
- As per the report, India had been progressively introducing reforms over the past years, contributing to a slight liberalization of services trade in some sectors.
- Top 5: Japan (1), UK, Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Chile (5)
- Bottom: Indonesia (50), Thailand(49), and Russia (48)
8. Yakshagana artiste Balipa Narayana Bhagavatha passes away
- Noted Yakshagana Bhagavatha (playback singer), Balipa Narayana Bhagavatha passed away at 85.
- He gained fame with his ‘Balipa style’ of singing.
- His grandfather Balipa Narayana Bhagavatha was also a famous Bhagawatha who had first popularised the Balipa style of singing.
- He has written more than 30 Yakshagana ‘Prasanga’ (scripts).
- He was the chief Bhagwat of Kateel Durgaparameshwari Prasadita Yakshagana Mandali (Kateel Mela).
Honours & Awards
9. Ramesh Krishnan gets Rotary Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award
- Former India Davis Cup tennis player, Ramesh Krishnan was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual awards, organized by the Rotary Club of Madras, T. Nagar (RCMT), Chennai.
- Tamil Nadu Tennis Association president and ace tennis player Vijay Amritraj presented the award.
- Vijay Amritraj was the recipient of the first award in 2010.
- Golf player, Uttam Singh Mundy was awarded for vocational excellence.
10. BEL & Israel Aerospace Industries to form joint venture
- Bharat Electronics Limited and Israel Aerospace Industries have concluded an MoA to form a JV aiming at a single point of contact for extending long-term product support services for India's defense forces.
- The new JV is being established to provide life cycle support for MRSAM (Medium Range Surface to Air Missile) air defense systems.
- MRSAM is an advanced air and missile defence system.
- The IAF, Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Israeli Defence Forces use it.
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