Daily GK Update: 27th October 2022

By Vijay Kumar|Updated : October 27th, 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.   

 National & International Appointments

1. Shefali Juneja elected as chairperson of Air Transport Committee of ICAO

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  • Shefali Juneja (representative of India at ICAO) has been elected as the chairperson of UN specialized aviation agency’s Air Transport Committee (ATC).
  • She is a 1992 batch officer of IRS (Income Tax cadre), served as a Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation before joining the ICAO
  • India has secured this position in ICAO after 28 years when she was unanimously elected to the post
  • ATC is a standing committee of the ICAO created by the Chicago Convention in 1944

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 Summits & Conferences

2. UNSC Counter-Terrorism Committee meet to be held in India

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  • The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Counter-Terrorism Committee will be hosted in Mumbai and Delhi on 28th and 29th of October.
  • 2022 Theme: Countering the use of new and emerging technologies for terrorist purposes
  • The special meeting in India will also be attended by UK foreign secretary, James Cleverly.
  • Focus of meet: Internet (including social media), new payment technologies and fundraising methods, and unmanned aerial systems (including drones)

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 National Affairs

3. Two Indian beaches receive Blue Flag certification

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  • Thundi and Kadmat beaches in Lakshadweep have received the Blue Flag certification and were added to the list of the cleanest beaches in the world.
  • This has taken India's tally of ‘Blue Beaches’ to 12.
  • Golden Beach of Puri is also Asia's first Blue Flag certified beach.
  • Blue Flag Certification:
    • It is awarded by a non-profit organisation known as Foundation for Environmental Education.
    • It is an eco-label given to the cleanest beaches in the world.

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 Banking & Finance

4. CRISIL upgrades Muthoot FinCorp to AA-

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  • CRISIL has upgraded its long-term rating on the bank facilities and debt instruments of Muthoot FinCorp to ‘CRISIL AA-'.
  • It has also upgraded the ratings of Muthoot Microfin Ltd, Muthoot Capital Services Ltd and Muthoot Housing Finance Company Ltd, to A+.
  • These upgrades are driven by improvement in the capitalisation profile and expected improvement in the earnings profile of MPG.
  • Chairman of Muthoot Pappachan Group: Thomas John Muthoot

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 National & International Appointments

5. Indian-origin Navjit Kaur Brar becomes councillor of Canada Brampton

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  • Indian-origin Sikh woman, Navjit Kaur Brar has become the first turban-wearing Sikh woman to be elected as a city councillor of Brampton in Canada.
  • She is an Indo-Canadian respiratory therapist.
  • She was elected in the recent municipal council polls after she won the race in Wards 2 and 6.
  • She is a former Conservative MP candidate for Brampton West.
  • Elections for municipal government in Canada held every four years on the fourth Monday of October.

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 International Affairs

6. Turkish competition board fines $18.6 million on Meta

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  • Competition authority of Turkey has imposed monetary penalty of 346.72 million lira ($18.63 million) on Meta Platforms (Facebook).
  • Reason: For violating competition law
  • The firm has obstructed its competitors operating in social network services and online advertising markets as it merged data collected through Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.
  • The fine was imposed according to the 2021 annual income of the company.

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 National & International Appointments

7. Harmanpreet Singh named captain for India's FIH Pro League matches

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  • Hockey India has named Harmanpreet Singh as the captain of the 22-member Indian men’s hockey team.
  • He has been appointed for the upcoming double-header matches against Spain and New Zealand in the season opener of FIH Hockey Pro League 2022-2023 to be held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
  • While, Manpreet Singh has been named as his deputy.
  • All matches will be held at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

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 State Affairs

8. Assam launched Trees Beyond Forests initiative

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  • The Assam government has launched the “trees outside forests in India (TOFI)” programme in collaboration with US Agency for International Development (USAID).
  • Aim: To bring farmers, companies, and private institutions together to expand the tree coverage outside of traditional forests in the State.
  • The new programme will enhance carbon sequestration, support local communities, and strengthen the climate resilience of agriculture.

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 Honours & Awards

9. IIT Madras won National Intellectual Property Award for 2021 and 2022

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  • The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) has been awarded the national intellectual property award for 2021 and 2022.
  • This award was instituted by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • The criteria for evaluation was patent applications, grants and commercialisation.
  • The award was presented by Union Minister for Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal.
  • Award: A trophy, citation and Rs. 1 lakh

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 Agreement

10. Indian Navy join hands with Drone Federation to promote drone technology

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  • The Technology Development and Acceleration Cell of the Naval Innovation Indigenisation Organisation under the Indian Navy has signed an MoU with Drone Federation of India.
  • Reason: For promoting indigenous development, manufacturing and testing of a drone, counter-drone, and associated technologies for the Navy.
  • This collaboration will increase the Navy-industry-academia synergy, and source technology development challenges towards component indigenisation.

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 National & International Appointments

11. Elizabeth Jones as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at US Embassy New Delhi

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  • The US administration has named a senior US diplomat, Elizabeth Jones (74) as the next Charge d’Affaires ad interim in New Delhi.
  • She is the sixth interim US envoy in the last 21 months (since January 2021).
  • She had worked on NATO’s role in Europe vis-a-vis Russia as the US Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia.
  • Currently, Patricia A Lacina is the Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, who assumed charge on September 9, 2021.

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 Important Dates

12. World Day for Audiovisual Heritage: 27th October

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  • World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is observed on October 27 every year to promote the importance of such preservation.
  • Theme 2022: Enlisting documentary heritage to promote inclusive, just and peaceful societies
  • The Recommendation for the Safeguarding and Preservation of Moving Images was adopted in the 21st General Conference of UNESCO held on October 27, 1980, at Belgrade, Serbia.
  • International Federation of Film Archives HQ: Brussels, Belgium

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 Schemes

13. Delhi LG announces SAMRIDDHI scheme for property disputes and tax dues

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  • Delhi LG, Vinai Kumar Saxena has announced a one-time property tax amnesty scheme named Strengthening & Augmentation of Municipal Revenue for Infrastructure Development in Delhi (SAMRIDDHI) 2022-23 scheme.
  • With this scheme, the NCR people will be able to pay only the principal amount of the current and pending tax of past five years for residential properties.
  • The people can also get a waiver on all pending dues, including penalty and interest through this scheme.

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Daily GK Update: 27th October 2022

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