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11th April 2022

National News

NITI Aayog ranks states on energy efficiency, Gujarat tops among larger states

NITI Aayog has released rankings for the State Energy and Climate Index (SECI) Round 1 and Gujarat has ranked first among larger states. It was followed by Kerala and Punjab, while Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand were placed at the bottom. Among smaller states, Goa topped the index which ranks states on energy efficiency, sustainability and four other parameters.


South-Central Railway launches 'One station One Product' initiative 

The SCR has introduced the "One Station, One Product" campaign at six main stations across its six divisions. Arun Kumar Jain, SCR in-charge General Manager, has opened stalls at Secunderabad Station as part of the new initiative.  In addition to Vijayawada, Guntur, and Aurangabad, stalls have been set up in Kacheguda.  The new programme was introduced by the government in the General Budget 2022-23 and is currently being tested in Tirupati.  The Railway stations are ideal for promoting indigenous and local products, and the programme aims to turn them into a sales and promotional centre.  The stalls will be open for two phases, starting on the 7th of next month and ending on the 7th of the following month.  In Telangana, freshwater pearl jewellery and Hyderabad bangles will be promoted at Secunderabad stations, while Pochampally items will be promoted at Kachiguda stations.

Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami launched ‘1064 Anti-Corruption Mobile App’

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has launched an anti-corruption mobile app named 1064 Anti-Corruption Mobile App. This mobile application has been developed by the vigilance department, Uttarakhand. It helps the citizens to lodge corruption-related complaints directly with the authorities.  Currently, the app is available in both Hindi and English language. Registered complaints, data and the identity of the complainant will be protected. Government is committed to making the state corruption-free and ensuring that governance in the state is carried out in a transparent manner.

Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra Tea will get GI Tag from European Commission 

Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra Tea will soon get a European Commission Geographical Indication Tag (GI Tag); this tag helps Kangra tea to get an opportunity to enter the European market. Kangra tea received the Indian GI tag in 2005. Since 1999, the cultivation and development of tea have improved constantly in the Kangra region of Himachal Pradesh.  The development and cultivation of Kangra tea is being promoted and looked after by four departments iTea Board of India Regional office Palampur, cooperative and agriculture departments of the state and CSIR, IHBT Palampur and Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Agriculture University, Palampur.


Eminent scholar-academician Manoj Soni new UPSC chairman

Currently a Member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Dr Manoj Soni has been appointed the chairman of the country's premier government recruiting agency.  He has been associated with the Swaminarayan sect's Anoopam Mission, at Mogri in Anand district, since a young age and received diksha (initiation) as a nishkarma karmayogi (selfless worker) on Jan 10, 2020.  Dr Soni has been appointed to replace the previous UPSC chairman Pradip Kumar Joshi. Prior to this assignment, Soni has also served as the vice-chancellor of two universities and has earned several national and international awards and recognitions.

UIDAI tieup with ISRO for technical collaboration 

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), MeitY has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), ISRO, Hyderabad for technical collaboration. NRSC will develop a Bhuvan-Aadhar portal for providing information and locations about the Aadhaar centres across India.  The portal will provide the facility of complete geographic information, retrieval, analysis, and reporting for Aadhaar centres with a high-resolution backdrop of natural-colour satellite images. UIDAI has, so far, issued Aadhaar numbers to more than 132 crore residents and facilitates over 60 crore residents who have updated their Aadhaar.


PM Modi congratulates new Pak PM, says 'India wants peace in terror-free region'

PM Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated newly-elected Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif. He said, "India desires peace and stability in a region free of terror so that we can focus on our development challenges and ensure the well-being and prosperity of our people." Sharif was elected as the PM after Imran Khan was removed through a no-confidence motion.

Shehbaz Sharif takes oath as 23rd Prime Minister of Pakistan

Shehbaz Sharif took the oath as 23rd Prime Minister of Pakistan on Monday, replacing Imran Khan. Sharif was administered the oath by Senate chairperson Sadiq Sanjrani after President Arif Alvi complained of 'discomfort'. Earlier in the day, the 70-year-old was elected as the country's new Prime Minister after securing 174 votes in the parliament.

Hope Russia-Ukraine talks will pave way for peace: Modi at India-US summit

PM Narendra Modi during India-US virtual summit with US President Joe Biden expressed hope that ongoing talks between Russia and Ukraine will pave way for peace. "Our talks today are taking place at a time when situation in Ukraine remains very worrying," Modi said. He added India and US are natural partners as the world's two largest and oldest democracies.

Banking, Business and Economy News

IndusInd Bank’s ‘Indus Merchant Solutions’ App won Digital CX Awards 2022 

‘Indus Merchant Solutions’, a mobile app for merchants of IndusInd Bank, got the Digital CX Awards 2022 for ‘Outstanding Digital CX – SME Payments’. The Digital CX Awards is organized by Digital Banker, a globally trusted financial news service provider.  Indus Merchant Solutions being adjudged as a winner is a testament to its strength in offering customers a seamless banking experience, which aligns with the Bank’s ethos of ’customer-centricity.  The Digital CX Awards is organised by Digital Banker, a globally trusted financial news service provider that recognises the world’s leading Financial Services Organisations (FSO) that blend the best of technology, and innovation, with the power of their people to provide a superior customer experience and reinvent their industry. This year, the awards received over 600 submissions from 127 marquees FSOs across the globe.

RBI issues guidelines for setting up full day Digital Banking Units

The Reserve Bank of India announced that current banks can open digital banking units to provide products and services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in both self-serve and assisted modes.  The government announced in the Union Budget that at least 75 such units will be established in 75 districts to commemorate the country's 75th anniversary of independence as the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.  The products and services to be supplied at a DBU, according to the requirements for the formation of Digital Banking Units (DBUs), include account opening, cash withdrawal and deposit, KYC updation, loans, and complaint registrations.  Scheduled commercial banks with digital banking experience are allowed to open DBUs in Tier 1 to Tier 6 centres without obtaining RBI clearance, according to the guidelines.  Each DBU must be housed separately, with its own entry and exit points. According to the recommendations, these units would be different from conventional banking outlets and will have forms and designs that are most ideal for digital banking consumers.  'DBU' stands for Digital Banking Unit, which is a specialised fixed point business unit/hub that houses specific basic infrastructure for delivering digital banking goods and services to consumers in a simple and cost-effective manner.

TCS records ₹50,591 crore revenue in Q4, net profit at ₹9,926 crore

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) revenue in Q4 FY22 grew 15.8% YoY to ₹50,591 crore, crossing the ₹50,000 crore mark for the first time. Its total revenue in FY22 stood at ₹1,91,754 crore, up 16.8% YoY. The company recorded net profit of ₹9,926 crore in Q4, a rise of 7.4% YoY from ₹9,246 crore in Q4 FY21.

TCS hires record 1,03,546 employees in 2021-22

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on Monday said that it made a record hiring by adding 1,03,546 employees in the financial year ending March 2022. "In Q4, TCS added 35,209 employees on a net basis, the highest ever net addition in a quarter," TCS further noted. It added that IT services attrition continued to climb and reached 17.4% during the quarter.


TCS' attrition rate continues to rise, hits 17.4% in January-March

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) announced that its employee attrition rate continued to rise during the January-March quarter, reaching 17.4%. "The reported attrition number of 17.4% will get worse for the next couple of quarters just because of the way LTM attrition is calculated," CEO Rajesh Gopinathan said. "But...on a month-on-month basis...we're starting to see flattening of it," he added.

Summits and Conferences News

Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurates scientific convention on ‘Homoeopathy: People’s Choice for Wellness’ 

The Union Minister of AYUSH, Sarbananda Sonowal has inaugurated a two-day scientific convention on the theme ‘Homoeopathy: People’s Choice for Wellness’ in New Delhi.  The convention has been organised jointly by the three apex bodies under the Ministry of Ayush namely, the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, the National Commission for Homoeopathy and the National Institute of Homoeopathy to mark the occasion of the World Homoeopathy Day.  This convention is an opportunity to review the achievements in the field of Homoeopathy and to formulate future strategies for the development of Homoeopathy.  There is an imminent need to initiate a dialogue among the major stakeholders of Homoeopathy to address much-needed practice standards in clinical research informatics, data standards in clinical research, policy issues, educational standards, and instructional resources.  This can be achieved by merging clinical care delivery and research as a part of a changing paradigm in global healthcare delivery in the context of rapid innovations in technology. A necessity to identify and propose strategic actions toward an effective and efficient inclusion of Homoeopathy in integrative care is indispensable.

Union Minister Bhupender Yadav chairs the 20th NTCA meeting

The 20th NTCA in Arunachal Pradesh is chaired by Bhupender Yadav. The 20th Meeting of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) was held in Pakke tiger reserve in Arunachal Pradesh and was led by Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change Bhupender Yadav.  The first-ever NTCA meeting was held in Arunachal Pradesh, outside of the National Capital.
He also released a technical manual on MEE of Tiger Reserves in India, as well as standard operating procedures for tiger reintroduction and supplementation in the wild, a forest fire audit protocol for tiger reserves, and a standard operating procedure for tiger reintroduction and supplementation in the wild.  The NTCA has released a Forest Fire Audit Protocol for Tiger Reserves, which will assist tiger reserve managers in assessing their fire preparation and managing forest fires throughout their whole life cycle.

Awards News

Veteran Bengali Author Amar Mitra Wins Prestigious O. Henry Award

Veteran Bengali author Amar Mitra was awarded this year’s O.Henry prize for a short story he wrote 45 years back. He bagged the award for his short story titled 'Gaonburo'- a Bengali short fiction, which was translated into English (The Old Man Of Kusumpur) earlier.  The translated work was published in an American magazine in 2020. Mitra was awarded the Sahitya Academy award in 2006.  Mitra was born in Kolkata and is a well-known writer of Bengali literature. He spent some of his childhood in the districts of Bengal where he came across the Adivasi culture and their struggle. This is the background to Mitra’s award-winning story.

Venkaiah Naidu confers Sangeet Natak Akademi and Lalit Kala Akademi Fellowships and Awards

The Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu has presented the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship and Sangeet Natak Awards for the year 2018 to 43 eminent artists (4 Fellows and 40 awardees). Naidu also presented Fellowships and National Awards of Lalit Kala Akademi for the year 2021 to 23 people (3 Fellows and 20 National Awards ).  The awards were presented during the 62nd National Exhibition of Art, organised by the Lalit Kala Akademi and inaugurated by Minister of Culture, Shri G. Kishan Reddy on April 09, 2022, in New Delhi.

Sports News

F1 Australian Grand Prix 2022 won by Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc (Ferrari- Monaco) has won the Formula One (F1) 2022 Australian Grand Prix, held on 10 April 2022 in Melbourne, Victoria. It was the third round of the 2022 Formula One World Championship.  Sergio Pérez (Red Bull Racing-RBPT – Mexico) came second while George Russell (Mercedes – Britain) came third.  Verstappen was on course for second place when his car failed with 18 laps to go. The second Red Bull of Sergio Perez finished second, ahead of the Mercedes of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton.

Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Saurav Ghosal wins first-ever gold medal at World Doubles Squash championships

The second-seeded Indian duo Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Saurav Ghosal won the mixed double title at the 2022 WSF World Doubles Squash championship at Glasglow, Scotland.  The Indian duo thrashed the fourth-seeded pair of Adrian Waller and Alison Waters of England in the mixed doubles finals in straight sets 11-6, 11-8. This is the first gold medal for India at the WSF World Doubles Squash championship, which the country had never won before this.  Meanwhile, England’s Declan James and James Willstrop beat Scotland’s Greg Lobban and Rory Stewart, 11-10; 11-6, to win the men’s doubles final. Apart from this, Dipika and Joshna Chinappa paired to win the women’s doubles final, 11-9, 4-11, 11-8 defeating England’s Sarah Jane Perry and Waters.

Thailand Open Boxing Tournament 2022: India Bags 10 medal with 3 gold

The 15-member Indian boxing contingents ended their campaign at the Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament 2022 in Phuket with 10 medals, including three golds, four silvers, and three bronze.  Gold medal winners earned USD 2000 while silver and bronze medallists took home USD 1000 and USD 500 respectively as the tournament witnessed thrilling competition with the participation of 130 top boxers including 74 males and 56 females, from Asia, Europe, Oceania and Africa.

Medal Winners include:


Govind Sahani (48kg),

Ananta Pralhad Chopde (54kg)

Sumit (75kg)


Amit Panghal (52kg)

Monika (48kg),

Varinder Singh (60kg)

Ashish Kumar (81kg)

Manisha (57kg),

Pooja (69kg)

Bhagyabati Kachari (75kg)

Hardik Pandya becomes fastest Indian to smash 100 sixes in IPL history

GT captain Hardik Pandya has become the fastest Indian to smash 100 sixes in IPL history. The 28-year-old all-rounder achieved the feat after smashing a six off SRH's Aiden Markram on Monday. Pandya took 1,046 balls to reach 100 sixes. DC captain Rishabh Pant was the previous fastest Indian to reach 100 sixes in IPL, taking 1,224 balls.


Important Days

World Homeopathy Day observed on 10th April 2022

World Homeopathy Day is observed every year on April 10 to spread awareness about homoeopathy and its contribution to the world of medicine. The day is also celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann.  Hahnemann, born in Paris in 1755, founded this branch of medicine and is considered the father of Homeopathy.  This year, the theme for World Homeopathy Day 2022 in India is ‘People’s Choice For Wellness.’ The theme, like every year, is decided by the Ministry of AYUSH. On this day, a documentary made on Homeopathy, its benefits, and its contribution to medicine, will be released.



Worked with Shiv Kumar Subramaniam twice, he was exceptional: Anil Kapoor

Actor Anil Kapoor on Monday took to Twitter to condole the death of actor-screenwriter Shiv Kumar Subramaniam. He wrote, "I had the opportunity to work with Shiv first in 'Parinda' and then in '24' and both the times he was exceptional. An excellent actor who will be truly missed." Shiv passed away two months after his 15-year-old son's demise.



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