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21 April 2022

National News


UK PM Boris Johnson visits Akshardham Temple in Gujarat

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited the Akshardham Temple in Gujarat's Gandhinagar on Thursday. He arrived in Ahmedabad on Thursday morning on a two-day visit to India. Earlier in the day, he visited the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad and tried his hands on a charkha. He is the first UK PM to visit Gujarat.


National Metallurgist Award 2021 would be awarded at the Union Steel Ministry


The "National Metallurgist Award 2021" will be held here tomorrow by the Union Ministry of Steel. Shri Ram Chandra Prasad Singh, the Union Minister of Steel, will host the event.

The programme aims to recognise the outstanding contribution of metallurgists/engineers working in the field of iron and steel in the areas of manufacturing, research and development, design, education, waste management, and energy conservation, as well as their specific contribution to achieving Atmnirbhar Bharat's objectives.

The name of the award was changed from National Metallurgist Day Award to National Metallurgist Awards, the eligibility restrictions were relaxed to broaden the nomination pool, the number of awards was lowered to raise the award's profile and emphasis, and so on.

The awards not only raise an individual's or organization's morale by recognising their accomplishments, but they also inspire innovation and creativity, increase motivation, encourage friendly competition, improve productivity, and foster a healthy work environment.

During August and September 2021, the procedure of submitting applications/nominations for the National Metallurgist Award 2021 began.

Jasleen Kohli named as MD & CEO of Digit Insurance

Digit Insurance has appointed Jasleen Kohli as the company’s new managing director (MD) and chief executive officer (CEO) with effect from April 20, 2022. She succeeds Vijay Kumar who retired from the company on April 19, 2022.

She served as chief distribution officer (CDO) at Digit, where she was responsible for all of the company’s sales and distribution channels.

In 2021, Digit increased its worth to USD 3.5 billion in less than six months after raising USD 200 million in a funding round.

The company also announced it has promoted Adarsh Agarwal from the role of Appointed Actuary to Chief Distribution Officer (corporate business). Nikhil Kamdar has been appointed as the next Appointed Actuary, replacing Agarwal.

Digit Insurance Headquarters: Bengaluru, Karnataka;

Digit Insurance Chairman: Kamesh Goyal.

 Lt Gen. Manoj Kumar Katiyar named as next DG of Military Operations

Lieutenant General Manoj Kumar Katiyar has been appointed as the next Director-General of Military Operations. He would take charge of the new office on May 1st.

An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Lieutenant General Katiyar was commissioned in the 23rd Battalion of the Rajput Regiment in June 1986.

LV Vaidyanathan appointed CEO of P&G India

Procter & Gamble India appointed LV Vaidyanathan, who leads the company’s business in Indonesia, as the new chief executive officer. He takes over from Madhusudan Gopalan who will move into a new role at the parent company.

Vaidyanathan takes over as the CEO from July 1, 2022. Vaidyanathan completed his Bachelor of Engineering (mechanical) from the National Institute of Technology, Nagpur and has an MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad.

He started his career with P&G in India in 1996 in the sales function and worked in various leadership roles. He has more than 26 years of experience across diverse geographies and cultures like India and ASEAN countries including Singapore, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. In 2018, he was elevated to the role of CEO, P&G Indonesia.

India’s first pure green hydrogen plant commissioned in Assam

India’s first 99.999% pure Green Hydrogen pilot plant has been commissioned by the Oil India Limited (OIL) at its Jorhat Pump Station in Assam. The plant has an installed capacity of 10 kg per day.

The plant produces Green Hydrogen from the electricity generated by a 500kW Solar plant using a 100 kW Anion Exchange Membrane (AEM) Electrolyser array. The use of AEM technology is being used for the first time in India.

This plant is expected to increase its production of green hydrogen from 10 kg per day to 30 kg per day in future.

The company has initiated a detailed study in collaboration with IIT Guwahati on the blending of Green Hydrogen with Natural Gas and its effect on the existing infrastructure of OIL. The company also plans to study use cases for commercial applications of the blended fuel.

Assam Capital: Dispur;

Assam Chief Minister: Himanta Biswa Sarma;

Assam Governor: Jagadish Mukhi.

 Government Officials to be trained in National Cyber Exercise


To bolster India's cyber posture, the National Security Council Secretariat is holding a National Cyber Security Incident Response Exercise (NCX India) for government officials and key sector organisations.

The National Cyber Security Incident Response Exercise was kicked off by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

According to a statement from the National Security Council Secretariat, more than 140 officials would be trained through training sessions, Live Fire, and Strategic exercises.

Intrusion Detection Techniques, Malware Information Sharing Platform (MISP), Vulnerability Handling & Penetration Testing, Network Protocols & Data Flows, and Digital Forensics are among the topics covered by the attendees.

The practise comes in the wake of recent power grid hacking incidents in Ladakh, as well as a number of incidents involving ministry Twitter accounts being hacked.

A couple of attempted efforts to breach networks of despatch centres responsible for real-time grid control and electricity dispatch, according to the Centre, have occurred in recent months.

 J&K launched ‘Jan Nigrani’ app to help people lodge complaints


The Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Jammu and Kashmir, under the e-governance initiative has launched an app ‘Jan Nigrani’, intended to help people lodge their complaints related to various schemes online.

The Jan Nigrani app is a 24×7 internet-based platform aimed at reporting and resolving the grievances of the residents of J&K, against various government schemes launched by the department.

The app would act as a single link between the residents and the officials by mapping concerned authorities related to the complaint about faster grievance redressal. The app has been developed as an e-governance initiative to provide a 24x7 platform to the people for redressal of their grievances.

The application has been set at the block level with a seven-day time slot to redress any particular grievance. It will also check bogus or false complaints and can be downloaded from the Google play store of android software.

The app would also facilitate accurate reporting of grievances using customised scheme-specific input forms to ensure minimal rejections on account of incomplete information.

J&K Lieutenant Governor: Manoj Sinha;

J&K Formation (Union territory): 31 October 2019;

J&K Capital: Jammu (winter), Srinagar (summer).

 Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurates a nationwide meeting on agriculture for the 2022 Kharif campaign

Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Agriculture Minister, recently launched the National Conference on Agriculture for the Kharif Campaign 2022-23 at the NASC Complex in New Delhi.

The Minister expressed his delight that, according to the 2nd Advance Estimates (2021-22), total food grain production in the country will reach 3160 lakh tonnes, a new high.

The production of pulses and oilseeds will be 269.5 lakh tonnes and 371.5 lakh tonnes, respectively.

Horticulture production is expected to reach 3310.5 lakh tonnes in 2020-21, the greatest level ever for Indian horticulture, according to third advanced projections.

The Minister added that the centre and states will collaborate to secure the availability of herbicides and seeds, lowering farmers' input prices.

He argued that a method for replacing urea with Nano-urea should be developed. He stated that the government would continue to prioritise natural and organic agriculture.

While agriculture exports have increased, the Minister stated that quality products must be prioritised in order to compete in international markets. Both farmers and exporters should benefit.

PM releases commemorative coin, postage stamp on 400th Parkash Purab

PM Narendra Modi on Thursday released a commemorative coin and a postage stamp at Red Fort in Delhi to mark the 400th birth anniversary of Sikh guru Tegh Bahadur. PM Modi also addressed the people from the Red Fort on the occasion. He also took part in 'Shabad Kirtan' held at the Red Fort.

CBI files chargesheet against ex-NSE CEO Ramkrishna, Subramanian

CBI has filed its chargesheet against National Stock Exchange's (NSE) ex-MD and CEO Chitra Ramkrishna and ex-Group Operating Officer Anand Subramanian in connection with the co-location scam case. In the chargesheet, CBI has accused Ramkrishna of allegedly abusing her official position in key decisions. SEBI had earlier charged her with alleged governance lapses in Subramanian's appointment.



International News

Sir David Attenborough named ‘Champion of the Earth’ by UN

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has presented Sir David Attenborough with the Champions of the Earth Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes Attenborough's "outsized impact on the global environmental movement". "We know what the problems are and we know how to solve them. What we lack is unified action," the 95-year-old naturalist said.

India willing to increase Brazilian oil imports many times over: Puri

Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday said India is willing to increase crude oil imports from Brazil "many times over" under "long-term special contracts". After meeting with Brazilian Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque, Puri said that Indian companies will also be looking at boosting investment in Brazil. Albuquerque said Brazil is willing to meet India's increased demand for oil.

US Prez announces additional $800 million military aide for Ukraine

US President Joe Biden on Thursday announced an additional $800 million in military aid for Ukraine. According to the US President, the new package will include heavy artillery, howitzers, 1,44,000 rounds of ammunition and tactical drones. "We're in a critical window now of time where they're going to set the stage for the next phase of this war," Biden said.



Shanti Sethi appointed as Kamala Harris’s defence advisor


Indian-American Navyveteran Shanti Sethi has been appointed as USA Vice President Kamala Harris’s Defence Adviser. Shanti Sethi is the first Indian-American commander of a major US Navy combat ship.

Shanti Sethi commanded the guided-missile destroyer, USS Decatur, from December 2010 to May 2012. She joined the Navy in 1993. When she joined the Navy in 1993, the combat exclusion law was still in effect so she was limited in what she could do.

However, when she was an officer, the Exclusion Act was lifted. Recently, US Senate has confirmed the appointment of Ketanji Brown Jackson (the first Black woman) to Supreme Court Judge.


Banking, Business and Economy

SBI issues warning as customers get calls from 2 numbers, says 'Do not engage with them'

State Bank of India issued warning to its customers about frauds. Noting that customers are getting calls from two numbers, +91-8294710946 and +91-7362951973, SBI tweeted, "Do not engage with these numbers, & don't click on #phishing they aren't associated with SBI." Customers getting calls from the numbers are being asked to click on a phishing link for KYC update.



Reserve Bank of India capped lending limits of NBFCs


The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has tightened the rules for non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) relating to their large exposures. RBI capped aggregate exposure of NBFCs which are in the upper layer toward one entity at 20% of the capital base. The limit can only be extended by another 5% with the board’s approval.

For a particular borrower group, the cap is at 25%, with an additional 10% if exposure is towards infrastructure. The upper-layer NBFCs are typically the top 10 ones in terms of asset size.

However, NBFCs that are into infrastructure finance can have exposure of 25 per cent, with an option of an additional 5 per cent of Tier I capital to a single counterparty. For a group of connected counterparties, infrastructure companies can have an exposure of 35 per cent of Tier-I capital. These norms will come into effect from October 1, 2022.

RBI Founded: April 1, 1935;

RBI Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra;

RBI Governor: Shaktikanta Das;

RBI Deputy Governors: Mahesh Kumar Jain, Michael Debabrata Patra, M Rajeshwar Rao, T Rabi Sankar.


MS Dhoni smashes 16 runs off last 4 balls as CSK defeat MI on last ball

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeated Mumbai Indians (MI) by three wickets to register their second victory in IPL 2022. MS Dhoni slammed 16 runs off the last four deliveries to help CSK chase down the 156-run target on the last ball of the match. MI have now lost their first seven matches in IPL 2022.



Important Days

World Creativity and Innovation Day 2022 observed on 21st April

World Creativity and Innovation Day is celebrated on April 21 every year. The day aims to raise awareness about the importance of creativity and innovation in problem-solving and encourage creative multidisciplinary thinking at the individual and group levels.

The theme of World Creativity and Innovation Day 2022: Collaboration

World Creativity and Innovation Day (WCID) was founded on 25 May 2001 in Toronto, Canada. The founder of the day was the Canadian Marci Segal. Segal was studying creativity in 1977 at the International Center for Studies in Creativity.

The United Nations on 27 April 2017 resolved to include World Creativity and Innovation Day on 21 April as a Day of observance to raise importance among people about the use of their creativity in problem-solving for all issues that may be related to achieving the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

National Civil Services Day 2022 Observes 21 April


India observes National Civil Services Day on April 21 every year to acknowledge the works of officers engaged in several public service departments in the country. The day also marks a reminder for civil servants, who collectively run the country’s administrative machinery and their dedication to serving the citizens of the country.

Civil Services Day is celebrated on April 21 to commemorate the day when Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first Home Minister of Independent India addressed probationers of Administrative Services Officers at Delhi’s Metcalf House in 1947. In his address, he called Civil Servants, the ‘Steel Frame of India’.

This meant that civil servants, employed at various levels of the government, act as supporting pillars of the country’s administrative system.



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