Current Affairs Today 22th December 2022 Daily GK Update

Daily Current Affairs 22th December 2022 Daily GK Update

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National News

Social Progress Index 2022: Puducherry best-performing States

  • According to the Social Progress Index 2022, Puducherry has emerged as the best-performing State, followed by Lakshadweep, and Goa.
  • Puducherry had the highest score of 65.99 for its remarkable performance across components like personal freedom and choice, shelter, and water and sanitation.
  • Lakshadweep and Goa followed close with scores of 65.89 and 65.53, respectively.
  • Jharkhand and Bihar scored the lowest, 43.95 and 44.47, respectively.
  • Aizawl (Mizoram) attained the highest SPI score of 72.90 in the country, with five more districts of Mizoram belonging to this tier, namely Lungei (69.80), Champhai (67.93), Serchhip (67.77), Saiha (65.79) and Mamit (64.84).
  • Over 69 percent of Uttarakhand’s districts witnessed Very High Social Progress, whereas 30 percent of Arunachal Pradesh’s districts fall into this category.
  • Nagpur is the only district in Maharashtra that has achieved Very High Social Progress.

What is Social Progress Index (SPI)?

  • The SPI provides a “comprehensive measure of social progress based” on social and environmental indicators that can complement the Gross domestic product (GDP) as a measure of well-being.
  • The index is the first holistic tool that is designed to measure social progress independent of GDP.

Recent index

  • Global Food Security Index (GFSI) 2022: India ranked 68th; topped by Finland
  • Global ranking in scientific publications paper – India ranked 3rd, topped by China
  • Passport Index 2022 published by Arton Capital – India ranked 87th; topped by UAE
  • Henley Passport Index 2022 – India ranked 87th; topped by Japan
  • Global Aviation Safety Rankings: India ranked 48th; topped by Singapore
  • List of countries at risk of mass killings: India ranked 8th; Pakistan topped
  • Global Prime Cities Index by Knight Frank: Mumbai ranked 22nd

India-Indonesia Investment and Business Forum meeting held in Port Blair

  • A meeting of the Joint Task Force Committee of ‘India-Indonesia Investment and Business Forum’ to identify new areas of cooperation, develop infrastructure, tourism, trade, and connectivity to enhance business relations was held in Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar.
  • This is the second meeting of the Task Force Committee. The first meeting was held in the Indonesian Capital of Jakarta on November 25, 2019.
  • Indonesia’s Sabang port in Aceh is around 90 nautical miles from Andaman and Nicobar Islands. India is keen to expand trade and tourism with Indonesia.
  • Indonesia’s Sabang port in Aceh is around 90 nautical miles from Andaman and Nicobar Islands. From Port Blair, the distance from Chennai and Kolkata is 794 nautical miles and 901 nautical miles respectively.
  • During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Indonesia in 2018, he called for a Joint Task Force Committee from both sides to boost bilateral investments.

FuelBuddy partnered with IOCL for doorstep delivery of automotive lubricants

  • Doorstep fuel delivery service provider, FuelBuddy has announced a partnership with Indian Oil Corp. Ltd. (IOCL) for the supply of its automotive and industrial lubricant, ‘SERVO’, to customers across the country.
  • All customers (new and existing) of FuelBuddy will soon be able to easily place orders of lubricants as per their requirements on the FuelBuddy app.
  • The physical delivery of the lubricants will be done at their doorstep at the time of their convenience.
  • The lubricants and greases market is a mix of steel, cement, power, mining, railroads, textiles, autos, and glass industries, as well as two and three-wheelers, agricultural equipment, stationary engines and marine.

About Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL)

  • Founded – 30 June 1959
  • Headquarters – New Delhi
  • Chairman – Shrikant Madhav Vaidya
  • Owner – Government of India (52.1%)

Recent MoUs

  • Cochin Shipyard partnered with IIT-Madras to support maritime startups
  • IIT-Hyderabad developed affordable fibre-reinforced concrete
  • BPCL signed an MoU with Brazilian oil company Petrobras to diversify crude oil sourcing
  • BEL signed an MoU with US based Triton EV to manufacture hydrogen fuel cells
  • NHPC signed an agreement with IIT Jammu to undertaking R&D activities

GAIL partnered with Japan’s Mitsui OSK for LNG carrier

  • State-owned Gail India has partnered with Japanese transport firm Mitsui OSK Lines for a new-build liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier and for joint ownership of an existing LNG carrier.
  • The vessel will be built by South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering with a charter period from 2023.
  • The parties signed a contract for the first vessel in 2019 and it has been chartered to Gail through a wholly owned MOL subsidiary from 2021.
  • GAIL India is one of the largest natural gas processing & distribution company. The Government of India held 51.90% stake in Gail (India) as on 30 September 2022.

About Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL)

  • Founded- 1984
  • Headquarters- New Delhi
  • Chairman – Sandeep Kumar Gupta

Vadnagar town, Modhera Sun Temple added to UNESCO’s tentative list

  • Three new cultural sites in India, including iconic Sun Temple at Modhera, historic Vadnagar town in Gujarat, and rock-cut relief sculptures of Unakoti in Tripura, have been added to the tentative list of UNESCO world heritage sites.
  • The UNESCO website describes a tentative list as an “inventory of those properties which each State Party intends to consider for nomination”.
  • Vadnagar, an ancient city in Mehsana district of Gujarat is steeped in history and endowed with rich built heritage.
  • Rock Cut Sculptures and reliefs of the Unakoti, Tripura have also been added in the list.
  • India has a total of 40 sites which enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage tag. These include 32 cultural sites, such as Agra Fort, Taj Mahal, Harappan-era site in Dholavira, Elephanta Caves, Red Fort complex in Delhi, and Mahabodhi Temple complex in Bodh Gaya in Bihar.

About United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

  • Formation – 16 November 1945
  • Headquarters – Paris, France
  • Director General – Audrey Azoulay (France)
  • Member countries – 193

Delhi government schools to introduce pre-lunch ‘mini snack’ break

  • To battle malnutrition in children, the Delhi government has decided to introduce mini snack breaks and parents counseling sessions in all city schools.
  • According to a circular by the Directorate of Education (DoE), schools have been directed to include a 10-minute mini snack break in the school timetable.
  • The mini-break should be 2.5 hours before the lunch break.
  • Schools have been asked to prepare a weekly planner of snacks offering three food choices every day which may include food items such as seasonal fruits etc.

Recent Scheme/Campaign launched by Delhi government

  • Diya Jalao, Patake Nahi
  • ‘Hobby Hubs’ scheme
  • My EV portal
  • Shramik Mitra Scheme
  • Paryavaran Saathi chatbot & website
  • Mukhyamantri Muft Sewer Connection Yojana

Banking and Financial

Paytm partnered with HDFC ERGO launches insurance for digital transactions

  • Paytm has partnered with HDFC ERGO General Insurance to launch a group insurance plan called ‘Paytm Payment Protect’.
  • The insurance plan is in association with HDFC ERGO General Insurance and it is aimed to insure transactions made through UPI across all apps and wallets
  • This product is expected to further enhance the trusted digital payments experience and increase the adoption of the same in India.
  • With the new insurance offering, which will come at a cost of Rs 30 per annum, users would be able to secure themselves against mobile fraudulent transactions up to Rs 10,000.

Recent MoUs Signed in Banking Sector

  • Bandhan Bank signed MoU with Defence Ministry for defence pensioners
  • AU Small Finance Bank partnered with ICICI Lombard for bancassurance
  • Spice Money partnered with Axis Bank for financial inclusion in rural India
  • YES Bank partnered with Turtlefin to create tech platform ‘EasyNsure’
  • Tata Power Solar Systems partnered with Union Bank of India to help MSME sector

Appointment and Resignation

Dinesh Kumar Shukla appointed as new Chief of AERB

  • Senior nuclear scientist Dinesh Kumar Shukla has been appointed as the Chairperson of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) for a period of three years.
  • He has succeeded G. Nageswara Rao to the top post.
  • Prior to this role, he has been the executive director of the AERB.
  • He was a graduate in mechanical engineering from Jabalpur University, Shukla joined the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) in 1981.

Recent Appointment

  • CEO of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games – Cindy Hook
  • First black president in Harvard University – Claudine Gay
  • CMD of National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) Ltd. – Rajeev Kumar Vishnoi
  • Chief Scientist of WHO – Jeremy Farrar (replace Soumya Swaminathan)
  • President of Cardiological Society of India – Dr. PC Rath

Elon Musk to step down as Twitter CEO

  • Billionaire Elon Musk will step down as chief executive of Twitter Inc. once he finds a replacement, but will still run some key divisions of the social media platform.
  • Musk’s Twitter post came as a reply to his earlier poll, where he asked people if he should resign as the head of Twitter.
  • He also promised that he would “abide by the results” of the poll. The result of the poll showed that 57.5% of respondents were in favour of Musk stepping down.
  • This is the first time Musk has mentioned stepping down as chief of the social media platform.
  • Twitter, Inc. is an American social media company based in San Francisco, California.

About Twitter

  • Founded- 21 March 2006,
  • Founders- Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Noah Glass, Biz Stonea
  • Headquarters- San Francisco, California, United States
  • CEO- Elon Musk

PT Usha nominated to Vice-chairman panel in Rajya Sabha

  • Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar has nominated legendary former athlete and MP PT Usha to the panel of Vice chairpersons in the Upper House.
  • This is the first time a nominated member has been appointed to the Vice Chairman panel. YSRC MP Vijai Sai Reddy has also been nominated along with her.
  • She was also elected as the president of the Indian Olympic Association in Dec 2022.
  • PT Usha has won 4 Asian gold medals and 7 silver medals.

Recent Appointment

  • Chairperson of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) – Dinesh Kumar Shukla
  • CEO of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games – Cindy Hook
  • First black president in Harvard University – Claudine Gay
  • CMD of National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) Ltd. – Rajeev Kumar Vishnoi
  • Chief Scientist of WHO – Jeremy Farrar (replace Soumya Swaminathan)
  • President of Cardiological Society of India – Dr. PC Rath

Awards

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs won Platinum Icon in Digital India Awards 2022

  • The Smart Cities Mission of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has won the Platinum Icon at the Digital India Awards 2022 for their initiative “Data Smart Cities: Empowering Cities through Data”.
  • The award was announced under the ‘Data Sharing and Use for Socio-Economic Development’ category.

About Data Smart Cities Initiative

  • The Data Smart Cities Initiative is a key step in creating a robust data ecosystem that enables evidence-based decision-making in cities.
  • It aims to harness the power of data for better governance in India’s 100 Smart Cities.
  • The Data Smart Cities Initiative is a key step in creating a robust data ecosystem that enables evidence-based decision-making in cities. It aims to harness the power of data for better governance in India’s 100 Smart Cities.

About Digital India Awards 2022

  • It is a prestigious National competition that seeks to encourage and honour innovative digital solutions by government entities in realising the Digital India vision.
  • These are conducted by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) under the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY).

Recent Awards

  • Mrs World 2022 title- India’s Sargam Koushal
  • ITF World Champions 2022 crowned – Rafael Nadal (Men’s) & Iga Swiatek (Women’s)
  • IEI Industry Excellence Award 2022 – National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC)
  • Two Golden Globe Award nominations – Indian film RRR
  • WTA Player of the Year for 2022 – Iga Swiatek
  • SIES Award for public leadership – Venkaiah Naidu

Sethrichem Sangtam awarded Rohini Nayyar prize for rural development

  • Better Life Foundation Founder Sethrichem Sangtam has been honoured with the first Rohini Nayyar prize for outstanding contribution to rural development.
  • Reason – To help transform the lives of 1,200 marginal farmers in Eastern Nagaland.
  • He was awarded the prize by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Suman Bery.
  • The award has been instituted by the family of Late Dr. Rohini Nayyar, an eminent scholar-administrator who worked on issues related to rural development.

Recent Awards

  • Safety Performer of the Year’ award by Delhi airport – SpiceJet
  • US Presidential Lifetime Award – Indian origin Krishna Vavilala
  • First prize in Ayushman Bharat health account ID generation – Jammu and Kashmir
  • World Athlete of the Year 2022 awards – McLaughlin-Levrone & Mondo Duplantis
  • Nadoja Award – S Shadakshari, Krishnappa G & Dr. C N Manjunath
  • Prime Minister’s prize in Australia – Veena Nair

Sports 

FIFA picked Morocco to host Club World Cup in February 2023

  • FIFA has announced that Morocco will host the next football Club World Cup.
  • The tournament will take place from 1-11 Feb 2023.
  • The most recent edition of the tournament was held in the UAE in February 2022 and was won by the English football club, Chelsea.
  • Morocco also hosted Club World Cups in 2013 and 2014, which were won by Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, respectively.
  • Only European and South American teams have won the Club World Cup since it was revived in the current format in 2005.
  • FIFA has long wanted to launch an expanded version with 24 or 32 teams in a tournament played in June.

FIFA Event

  • FIFA World Cup 2022 – Qatar (32 Teams)
  • FIFA World Cup 2026 – Canada, Mexico, USA (48 teams)
  • FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2022 – Costa Rica
  • FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022 – India
  • FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2023 – Australia and New Zealand

About International Federation of Association Football (FIFA)

  • Founded – 21 May 1904
  • Founded – Paris, France
  • Headquarters – Zürich, Switzerland
  • Membership – 211
  • Languages – English, French, German, Spanish & Italian
  • First President – Robert Guérin
  • Current President – Gianni Infantino (Switzerland)
  • Secretary General – Fatma Samoura (Senegal)

New Delhi to host the 36th Asian Wrestling Championships 2023

  • The United World Wrestling (UWW) announced that the 36th Asian Wrestling Championships 2023 will be held in New Delhi from 28 March to 2 April 2023.
  • The Asian Championships will be held in New Delhi for the 36th time. The annual gathering will take place for the seventh time in the Indian capital.
  • It will offer ranking points to the wrestlers which will determine their seedings for the World Championships to be held in Belgrade, Serbia from 16 to 24 Sept 2023.
  • The World Wrestling Championships is scheduled to take place in Belgrade, Serbia from 16 to 24 September 2023.
  • The first edition of the Asian Wrestling Championships in 1979 was also held in India with Jalandhar as the host city. Mumbai hosted it once in 1987.

Important day

21st December – Winter Solstice Day

  • December 21 is a day of great events, as it marks the Winter Solstice.
  • Also known as December solstice, hiemal solstice or hibernal solstice, the event takes place when one of the Earth’s pole is tilted away from the sun at its maximum distance.
  • Apparently, this causes the day to have the shortest period of daylight due to being away from the sun, with the longest night of the year.
  • This day is marked once every year on either December 21 or 22 mostly in countries witnessing the winter season, like the UK, the US, India, Russia, China, and Canada.
  • Summer Solstice (21 JUNE) is the longest day of the year which is considered as the start of the summer season.
  • Equinox twice a year, day and night are about the same length in both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres.

22 December – National Mathematics Day

  • National Mathematics Day is celebrated on 22 December every year to mark the birth anniversary of Indian mathematical genius, Srinivasa Ramanujan.
  • Ramanujan attributed his mathematical theories and solutions to his family goddess, Namagiri Thayar, or Goddess Lakshmi.
  • On December 26, 2011, former Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, declared December 22 as National Mathematics Day, while attending the 125th birth anniversary celebration of Ramanujan at Madras University, the latter’s alma mater
  • The day was first celebrated in 2012. A postage stamp with Ramanujan’s image was also issued in 2012 by the then Government of India, to mark National Mathematics Day.
  • When we talk about Indian mathematicians, Aryabhata is the first name that comes to mind. He was the first to state that the Earth is spherical and revolves around the sun, as well as that the correct number of days in a year is 365. He came up with the concept of zero in the number system.
  • He was born in 1887 in Erode, Tamil Nadu.
  • In 1911 Ramanujan published the 1st of his papers in the Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society.
  • 1729 is known as the Ramanujan Number.

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