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CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL NEWS

The Ministry of Social Justice has launched the SMILE-75 initiative:

  • The Government of India’s Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has identified 75 Municipal Corporations to implement comprehensive rehabilitation of people engaged in begging under the “SMILE: Support for Marginalized Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise” initiative, known as the “SMILE-75 Initiative.”
  • The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has allocated a total budget of Rs. 100 crore for the SMILE project for the coming years till 2025-26.
  • The Government of India has recognized the persistent problem of destitution and beggary and developed a comprehensive scheme of SMILE that includes a sub-scheme of comprehensive rehabilitation for persons engaged in begging that includes identification, rehabilitation, provision of medical facilities, counseling, education, skill development for a decent job, and self-employment/entrepreneurship.

Dr. Jitendra Singh has launched India’s first Saline Water Lantern:

  • Jitendra Singh has launched India’s first Saline Water Lantern which uses seawater as the electrolyte between specially designed electrodes to power the LED lamps.
  • Jitendra Singh unveiled the first-of-its-kind lantern named “Roshni” during a visit to SAGAR ANVESHIKA, a Coastal Research Vessel, operated and used by the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Chennai for coastal research.
  • Saline Water Lantern will bring “Ease of Living” to the poor and needy, particularly the fishing community living along the 7500 Kilometres long coastal line of India.
  • Jitendra Singh said that Saline Water Lantern will also boost and supplement Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s UJALA scheme launched in 2015 for the distribution of LED bulbs across the country.
  • Roshini Lamps along with Power Ministry’s schemes like Solar Study Lamps will be driving a vibrant renewable energy program aimed at achieving energy security, energy access, and reducing the carbon footprints of the national economy.
  • Jitendra Singh also reviewed the progress of NIOT-developed Low-Temperature Thermal Desalination (LTTD) technology for conversion of seawater to potable water, which has been successfully demonstrated in Lakshadweep islands.
  • He informed that three desalination plants based on the LTTD technology have been developed and demonstrated at Kavaratti, Agati, and Minicoy Islands of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep.
  • The capacity of each of these LTTD plants is 1 Lakh liter of potable water per day.
  • The cost of a desalination plant depends on some factors inter alia which include the technology used and the location of the plant. The total cost of the six LTTD plants in Lakshadweep islands is Rs. 187.75 cr.

To promote honey export, Government organizes a series of events, in collaboration with state govt and farmers:

  • To harness the export potential of honey in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a ‘sweet revolution’ through the promotion of beekeeping and allied activities, the Government has planned to organize a series of events across the country in collaboration with state governments and farmers.
  • One such event is scheduled to be organized by APEDA, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, for the export promotion of honey.
  • As a part of the government’s AtmaNirbhar Bharat initiative to boost honey production, the government has approved an allocation of Rs 500 crore for the National Beekeeping and Honey Mission (NBHM) for three years (2020-21 to 2022-23).
  • In India, North East Region and Maharashtra are the major natural honey producing areas in the country, and around 50 percent of the honey produced in India is consumed domestically, while the rest is exported across the globe.
  • As per the DGCIS, APEDA has achieved overall exports of USD 7.41 billion from April-June 2022 by registering a growth of 30.8 percent in terms of USD in comparison to the same period the previous year.

Department of Expenditure has released an additional Rs.807 Crore as a one-time settlement for the SPMRM:

  • The Department of Expenditure has released an additional 807 crore as a one-time settlement for the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Rurban Mission (SPMRM) to pay for all the works that were sanctioned before March 31.
  • The department has refused to release any additional amount for work initiated after March 31, as the scheme had been phased out as part of a rationalization of centrally sponsored schemes.
  • The rural development ministry had sought Rs 1,200 crore under the scheme, citing increased costs for projects where work sanction was done.
  • The payment has been made only for projects where the groundwork had already been initiated before March 31.
  • The Centre has halved the number of centrally sponsored schemes to 65, with effect from April 1, 2022.
  • According to the budget, 130 centrally sponsored schemes spanning all ministries have been “rationalized/revamped” into 65 schemes.
  • This excluded those schemes declared after April 1, 2020.
  • The scheme was launched by the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) in 2016.
  • The objective of the National Rurban Mission (NRuM) is to stimulate local economic development, enhance basic services, and create well-planned Rurban clusters.
  • Rurban clusters are identified across the country’s rural areas showing increasing signs of urbanization.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Singapore grants National Monument Status to Padang, where Netaji’s famous Call ‘Chalo Dilli’ was immortalized 

  • The Government of Singapore has declared the iconic green site Padang, from where Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose gave the slogan of ‘Delhi Chalo’ in July 1943, as its 75th national monument as the city-state celebrates its 57th National Day.

About Padang :

  • The Padang, meaning a field in Malay, was distinguished by its public nature, as one of the only few open spaces accessible to the public in the colonial period
  • Padang is the largest open field site in Singapore popular for sporting events such as cricket, football, hockey, tennis, and lawn bowling.
  • It is one of the oldest open spaces continuously used since the 1800s.
  • Because of its strong national, historical and social significance, the Padang is preserved and accorded the highest level of protection in Singapore under the Preservation of Monuments Act, stated the National Heritage Board (NHB).

Note :

  • The Padang will be the first green, open space to join a list of 74 other national monuments in Singapore.
  • On August 9, 2022, the country of Singapore celebrated its 57th National Day

About Singapore :

  • President : Halimah Yacob
  • Prime Minister : Lee Hsien Loong
  • Currency: Singapore dollar

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE NEWS

Meghalaya to host 2nd North East Olympic Games 2022

  • Meghalaya will host the 2nd edition of the North East Olympic Games 2022, in Shillong which will be held from October 30 to November 6, 2022.
  • The 2022 edition of the Games will be special as Meghalaya is celebrating the 50th year of its Statehood.
  • Approximately 4000 participants (athletes, technical staff, and volunteers) are expected to participate in the games.
  • Athletes from all eight northeastern states Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura will be competing.
  • The Games will feature 18 Olympic sports disciplines-archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, football, judo, karate, shooting, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, wushu, cycling, golf, weightlifting, and wrestling.
  • The events will be held in 13 venues.
  • The sports disciplines have been chosen based on the availability of infrastructure and as per the advice of the Meghalaya State Olympic Association (MSOA).
  • The first edition of the North East Olympic Games was held in Manipur in 2018, with 12 disciplines.

About NEOA :

  • President: Th Radheshyam
  • Secretary-general: Abraham K Techi

About Meghalaya :

  • Governor: Satya Pal Malik
  • Chief minister: Conrad Sangma
  • Capital: Shillong

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING & FINANCE

RBI imposes a monetary penalty of Rs 2.33 crore on Hyderabad-based Spandana Sphoorty Financial Limited, Hyderabad

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed a monetary penalty of Rs 2.33 crore on Spandana Sphoorty Financial Limited, based in
  • The penalty has been imposed due to non-compliance with certain provisions of the ‘Non-Banking Financial Company – Systemically Important Non-Deposit taking Company and Deposit taking Company (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2016”.
  • This penalty has been imposed in the exercise of powers vested in RBI under the provisions of clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 58 G read with clause (aa) of sub-section (5) of section 58 B of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934.
  • This action is based on the deficiencies in regulatory compliance and is not intended to pronounce upon the validity of any transaction or agreement entered into by the company with its customers.

Background :

  • The statutory inspections of the company, an NBFC- MFI, were conducted by RBI regarding its financial position as of March 31, 2019, and March 31, 2020.
  • The Examination of the Risk Assessment Report, Inspection Reports, supervisory letters, and all related correspondence revealed the company’s failure to adhere to the pricing of credit guidelines for Non-Banking Financial Company- Micro Finance Institutions.

About RBI :

  • Established: 1 April 1935
  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Governor : Shaktikanta Das
  • Deputy governors: Mahesh Kumar Jain, Rajeshwar Rao, Michael Patra, and T. Rabi Shankar

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOURS

Muthoot Finance has won ‘the best growth performance award:

  • Muthoot Finance has won the ‘best growth performance award’ at Dun & Bradstreet’s 22nd edition of ‘India’s Top 500 Companies’ corporate awards.
  • Dun & Bradstreet’s top-500 list identifies private and public sector Indian enterprises across 60 sectors based on income, net profit, net worth, and other financial parameters.
  • “ESG: The only way for sustainable and responsible growth” was the theme for this year’s event.
  • Dun & Bradstreet is a business decisioning data and analytics provider.
  • Muthoot Finance is India’s largest gold loan Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC).
  • It is headquartered in Kochi, Kerala.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: RANKING AND INDEX

India ranks globally 3rd in the Start-Up ecosystem and also in terms of the number of Unicorns:

  • India ranks globally 3rd in the Start-Up ecosystem and also in terms of the number of Unicorns.
  • As per the latest data, there are currently 105 unicorns, out of which 44 were born in 2021 and 19 in 2022.
  • As per the latest data, India has over 5 lakh R&D personnel, a number that has shown a 40-50% increase in the last 8 years.
  • In the last 8 years, Dr. Jitendra Singh said, women’s participation in extramural R&D has also doubled, and now India occupies 3rd rank in terms of the number of PhDs awarded in Science and Engineering (S&E) after the USA and China.
  • Prime Minister Modi’s launch of StartUp India from the ramparts of Red Fort in 2015.
  • India’s startups today are not limited to only metros or big cities and added that 49 percent of the start-ups are from tier-2 and tier-3 cities.
  • Jitendra Singh also released 4 publications featuring promising Startups under various components of NIDHI including the flagship program of Technology Business Incubator (TBI) and a coffee table book of 51 CAWACH-funded start-ups.
  • Centre for Augmenting WAR with COVID-19 Health Crisis (CAWACH) program carved out in a record time by DST just when Covid hit, was the first program by any department of the Government of India to support Startups working on Covid products and solutions.
  • Jitendra Singh informed that India has created a massive jump in its global ranking on Global Innovation Index (GII) from 81st in the year 2015 to 46th in 2021 among 130 economies of the world. India ranks 2nd among 34 lower-middle-income economies and 1st among 10 Central and Southern Asian economies in terms of GII.

Nature Index 2022 ranking the University of Hyderabad has been ranked first among Indian Universities:

  • The University of Hyderabad (UoH) continues to be in the top position in the latest Nature Index 2022 ranking.
  • The UoH has been ranked first among Indian Universities and 16th among all institutions in the academic sector.
  • The Nature Index is an indicator of high-quality research in natural and physical sciences (including chemistry, life sciences, earth & environmental sciences, and physical sciences).
  • The rankings are based on the Nature Index data from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022.
  • The UoH received a count of 72 and a share of 19.46 under the academic sector, which includes subjects’ chemistry, life sciences, earth & environment sciences, and physical sciences.
  • University of Hyderabad (UoH) is one of the major higher education institutions in India.
  • It was established as a central university by an act of parliament in the year 1974.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOUS NAD AGREEMENT

MoU was signed between the Ministry of Ayush and MeitY for providing technical support:

  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Ministry of Ayush and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) for providing technical support to the Ministry of Ayush for the digitalization of the Ayush Sector under the Ayush Grid project for 3 years.
  • This MoU is a continuation of the earlier MoU, which was signed in the year 2019.
  • Ministry of Ayush has conceptualized the ‘Ayush Grid’ Project, as part of the Digital India Program, which leverages ‘Information and Technology to transform operational efficiency, improve service delivery and enhance the quality of services.
  • As per the earlier signed MoU, organizations under MeitY like NeGD supported the development of Ayush Sanjivani mobile application, Monitoring dashboard, BISAG-N for development of Ayush GIS, Ayush education related modules, DIC for development of Ayush Information Hub, website of the Ministry, Ayusoft, C-DAC for imparting training to Ayush doctors.

Odisha signed MOU with NIOT Chennai to undertake climate resilient protection measures:

  • National Institute of Ocean Technology, (NIOT) Chennai will undertake climate resilient protection measures to save the life and property of people of coastal Odisha from natural disasters.
  • An MoU in this regard was signed between NIOT and Odisha government.
  • NIOT under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India is a premier Institute in the country specializing in the field of Ocean Engineering and Coast-line protection.
  • It will also work for saline embankments, assisting the supervision, training, and capacity building of engineers.
  • The inhabitants of six coastal districts of the State —Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, and Ganjam will be benefited from it, Garg said, adding this shall be a milestone in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the coastal areas of the State.
  • Odisha has a vast coastline of about 480 km in length and the coastal area is exposed to natural disasters.
  • Cyclones cause high tidal surges with very high wind speed, resulting in loss of lives and properties.
  • The government has planned to take up climate-resilient coastal protection measures, raising and strengthening saline embankments using the latest technology available in the country as a permanent and sustainable solution.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS

IAS Officer Shri Piyush Goyal appointed as CEO of NATGRID

  • A 1994 batch IAS officer of Nagaland cadre, Shri Piyush Goyal has been appointed as the new National Intelligence Grid or NATGRID Chief Executive Officer (CEO) by the Union government.
  • In addition to that, the Central Government also issued an order to post 26 other officers on the post of additional secretary.
  • Currently, Shri Goyal is serving as an additional secretary (AS) in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
  • Shri Goyal will be replaced by Chandraker Bharti, an IAS officer of the 1996 batch UT cadre.
  • Currently, Mr. Chandraker Bharti is serving as the joint secretary in the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
  • The post of its CEO was vacant since June 2022 when its chief IPS officer Ashish Gupta was appointed as additional director general of the Border Security Force (BSF).

Other Appointments :

  • 1993 batch Odisha cadre IAS officer Ashok K K Meena has been posted as the Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) in the rank of additional secretary.
  • IAS officer of the 1995 batch (Assam-Meghalaya cadre) Archana Varma has been appointed as director of the National Water Mission under the ministry of water resources.
  • Gitanjali Gupta, IAS officer of the 1996 batch Union Territories cadre, has been appointed as the MD of the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation
  • Deputy Election Commissioner Chandra Bhushan Kumar, an IAS officer of the 1995 batch UT cadre, has been appointed as the additional secretary in the department of agriculture and farmers’ welfare.
  • Meanwhile, 1996 batch IAS officers Lav Aggarwal (Andhra Pradesh cadre) & Ms. Usha Padhee (Odisha cadre) have been promoted to additional secretary from joint secretary in their respective ministries of health and family welfare and aviation.

About NATGRID :

  • Headquarters: New Delhi, Delhi, India
  • The NATGRID or national intelligence grid is a federal intelligence gathering organization created to enhance India’s counter-terrorism capabilities.

Drug Firm Pfizer’s Managing Director Mr. S Sridhar Resigns

  • Drug firm Pfizer announced that its Managing Director Mr. S Sridhar has resigned from the company to take early retirement.
  • He will continue to serve in his current position until the identification, selection, and transition to the new leadership takes place in Pfizer.
  • He worked over the past 14 years in Pfizer Company & he served as the Chief Financial Officer (CEO) for 8 years.
  • He also serves as the President of the Organisation of Pharmaceuticals Producers of India (OPPI)

About Pfizer :

  • Founded: 1849
  • Headquarters: New York City, United States

CURRENT AFFAIRS: DEFENCE NEWS

4th India-Oman Joint Military Exercise ‘AL NAJAH-IV’ concludes

  • The 4th Edition of India-Oman Joint Military Exercise ‘AL NAJAH-IV’ concluded in Rajasthan at the Foreign Training Node of Mahajan Field Firing Ranges.

Aim :

  • To achieve interoperability and to acquaint each other with operational procedures and combat drills in a Counter Terrorism environment under the United Nations mandate

Represents :

  • The Indian Army will be represented by troops from the 18 Mechanized Infantry Battalion at the AL NAJAH-IV.
  • The Royal Army of Oman contingent will be represented by the Sultan of Oman Parachute Regiment.
  • The exercise was conducted in three phases.
  1. Orientation & familiarization with a weapon, equipment, and tactical drills each other by the participating contingents.
  2. Combat conditioning, formulation of joint drills, and putting them into practice.
  3. 48 hours validation exercise of key drills and concepts learned during the first two phases.
  • The 3rd edition of Ex AL NAJAH IV was held at Muscat from 12 to 25 March 2019.

About Oman :

  • Capital: Muscat
  • Currency: Omani rial

Indian Army launches Him ‘Drone-a-thon’

  • The Indian Army has launched the ‘Him Drone-a-thon’ program in association with the Drone Federation of India (DFI), to support indigenous drone ecosystems.

Aim :

  • To achieve self-reliance in defense manufacturing by providing opportunities to the Indian drone ecosystem to develop path-breaking drone capabilities for meeting the requirements of frontline troops.
  • The Indian Army’s support of the indigenous drone ecosystem is based on the principle that ‘good available indigenously’ is better than the ‘best available globally’
  • The Drone Federation of India (DFI) and the Army Design Bureau (ADB) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to accelerate drone technology development and indigenization in the drone ecosystem in India.

About Him Drone-a-thon program:

  • The ‘Him Drone-a-thon’ program is a pan-India sustained connection between all stakeholders including industry, academia, software developers, and drone product manufacturers.
  • It will be conducted in stages with quantifiable parameters (like altitude, weight, range, endurance, etc) being progressively enhanced based on demonstrated capabilities.

To begin with, drone development in the following categories are included:

  • Logistics/ Load carrying Drone in High Altitude Areas.
  • Autonomous Surveillance/ Search & Rescue Drone.
  • Micro/ Nano Drones for Fighting in Built Up Areas.

About DFI :

  • Founded: 2017
  • Headquarters: New Delhi, Delhi
  • President: Smit Shah
  • The DFI is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led body that promotes and strives toward building a safer and scalable unmanned aviation industry in India.

About the Indian Army :

  • Founded: 26 January 1950
  • Headquarters: New Delhi, Delhi, India
  • Chief of the Army Staff: General Manoj Pande

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

IIT Guwahati partners with AICTE to provide solutions to NE India

  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati has announced plans to partner with the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to develop solutions to problems of accessing water, electricity, and internet for the AICTE-affiliated technical institutions in North-East India.
  • IIT Guwahati and AICTE will work towards capacity-building in these institutions to promote research and development and prioritize enhancing the quality of education in remote regions of North-East India.
  • The project was started under ‘Grant for Augmenting Infrastructure in North Eastern Region.
  • The steering committee for this project comprises Sharad B Gokhale, Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, Prof. Gopal Das, Head of the Department of Chemistry, Prof. Santosh Kumar Dwivedy, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Prof. Chandan Mahanta, Department of Civil Engineering.

Phases of the Project :

  • Phase-1 project is scheduled to be completed by end of Aug and Phase-2 has been initiated and will cover 33 new institutions where internet connectivity would be provided in addition to solar and water facilities.
  • Through Phase 1 of the project, a total of 416 kW of power has been generated that would help laboratories, offices, and street lights to function uninterrupted.
  • During the first phase of this project, 27 institutions received funding of Rs 5.4 crore for the installation of solar power plants and 16 institutions received funding of Rs 1.92 crore for water treatment facilities.

About AICTE :

  • Established: November 1945
  • Headquarters: New Delhi, Delhi, India
  • Chairman : Anil Sahasrabudhe
  • Member Secretary: Rajive Kumar
  • The AICTE is a statutory body, & a national-level council for technical education, under the Department of Higher Education.

About Assam :

  • Governor : Jagdish Mukhi
  • Chief Minister : Himanta Biswa Sarma
  • Capital: Dispur

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SPORTS NEWS

First edition of Women’s IPL to be held in March 2023:

  • The first edition of the Women Indian Premier League will begin in March 2023 and would most likely feature five clubs, according to BCCI
  • The BCCI’s top brass have addressed the matter, and a March window has been identified for the competition following the Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa.
  • BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah both stated that WIPL will begin in 2023.
  • Many fans of cricket think that the WIPL will spark a revolution and dramatically raise the level of women’s cricket in India.
  • It is known that organizations like the Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals, and Mumbai Indians have all shown interest in purchasing organizations.

Dwyane Bravo became the first cricketer to achieve the milestone of 600 wickets in T20 cricket:

  • Dwayne Bravo achieved the milestone of 600 wickets in T20 cricket.
  • In the ongoing, The Hundred competition, the former all-around player for the West Indies achieved this milestone while playing for his team, the Northern Superchargers, against the Oval Invincibles.
  • Bravo achieved the accomplishment of 600 wickets in 545 games.
  • Following the conclusion of his team’s ICC World T20 2021 campaign in November of last year, he announced his retirement from international cricket.
  • In terms of wickets, Bravo is followed by Afghanistan spin sensation Rashid Khan (466 wickets), West Indies spinner Sunil Narine (457 wickets), South African spinner Imran Tahir (451 wickets), and Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (418 wickets).

CURRENT AFFAIRS: OBITUARIES

Noted singer Shivamogga Subbanna passes away  

  • Noted Kannada singer Shivamogga Subbanna passed away at the age of 83 in Bangalore, Karnataka.

About Shivamogga Subbanna :

  • Subbanna was the first Kannadiga to win a National Award for playback singing the song ‘Kaadu Kudure Odi Banditta’ in the film Kaadu Kudure.
  • He became a household name in Karnataka after he sang ‘Baarisu Kannada Dindimava’, written by Rashtrakavi Kuvempu.
  • Known for his work in the field of ‘Sugama Sangeetha’, a genre in which poetry in Kannada is set to music.
  • He was also a singer with Akashvani and Doordarshan and had worked as an advocate.

Awards & Honors :

  • National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer in 1978
  • Kannada Kampu award in 2006
  • Honorary doctorate from Kuvempu University in 2008
  • Sundarashri Award in 2009
  • A book on Subbanna’s life and achievements titled Gauravaanvita Gaayaka Subbanna was published in 2009.
  • During the launch event, he was called a “synonym for melody and affability” by the famous Kannada poet GS Shivarudrappa.

Daily CA on August 16:

  • The Government of India’s Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has identified 75 Municipal Corporations to implement comprehensive rehabilitation of people engaged in begging under the “SMILE: Support for Marginalized Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise” initiative, known as the “SMILE-75 Initiative.”
  • Jitendra Singh has launched India’s first Saline Water Lantern which uses seawater as the electrolyte between specially designed electrodes to power the LED lamps.
  • To harness the export potential of honey in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a ‘sweet revolution’ through the promotion of beekeeping and allied activities, the Government has planned to organize a series of events across the country in collaboration with state governments and farmers.
  • The Department of Expenditure has released an additional 807 crore as a one-time settlement for the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Rurban Mission (SPMRM) to pay for all the works that were sanctioned before March 31.
  • Muthoot Finance has won the ‘best growth performance award’ at Dun & Bradstreet’s 22nd edition of ‘India’s Top 500 Companies’ corporate awards.
  • India ranks globally 3rd in the Start-Up ecosystem and also in terms of the number of Unicorns.
  • The University of Hyderabad (UoH) continues to be in the top position in the latest Nature Index 2022 ranking.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Ministry of Ayush and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) for providing technical support to the Ministry of Ayush for the digitalization of the Ayush Sector under the Ayush Grid project for 3 years.
  • National Institute of Ocean Technology, (NIOT) Chennai will undertake climate resilient protection measures to save the life and property of people of coastal Odisha from natural disasters.
  • The first edition of the Women Indian Premier League will begin in March 2023 and would most likely feature five clubs, according to BCCI
  • Dwayne Bravo achieved the milestone of 600 wickets in T20 cricket.
  • The Government of Singapore has declared the iconic green site Padang, from where Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose gave the slogan of ‘Delhi Chalo’ in July 1943, as its 75th national monument as the city-state celebrates its 57th National Day.
  • Meghalaya will host the 2nd edition of the North East Olympic Games 2022, in Shillong which will be held from October 30 to November 6, 2022.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed a monetary penalty of Rs 2.33 crore on Spandana Sphoorty Financial Limited, based in
  • A 1994 batch IAS officer of Nagaland cadre, Shri Piyush Goyal has been appointed as the new National Intelligence Grid or NATGRID Chief Executive Officer (CEO) by the Union government.
  • Drug firm Pfizer announced that its Managing Director Mr. S Sridhar has resigned from the company to take early retirement.
  • The 4th Edition of India-Oman Joint Military Exercise ‘AL NAJAH-IV’ concluded in Rajasthan at the Foreign Training Node of Mahajan Field Firing Ranges.
  • The Indian Army has launched the ‘Him Drone-a-thon’ program in association with the Drone Federation of India (DFI), to support indigenous drone ecosystems.
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati has announced plans to partner with the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to develop solutions to problems of accessing water, electricity, and internet for the AICTE-affiliated technical institutions in North-East India.
  • Noted Kannada singer Shivamogga Subbanna passed away at the age of 83 in Bangalore, Karnataka.

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