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Current Affairs Snippets

29th April 2022


UP's Agra becomes first city to have vacuum-based sewer systems 

Agra, Uttar Pradesh has become the first city in the country to have vacuum-based sewer systems. These vacuums would be used in public places.  Agra Smart City officials told the media that the municipal corporation has linked 240 such houses near the Taj Mahal with vacuum-based sewers, where conventional sewer systems could not be used.  The estimated cost for the work of sewer connection is Rs 100 crore. Presently, this technology is being used in low-lying areas. The Maintenance and complete care will be done by the Netherlands company for up to five years.  A vacuum sewer network of 240 houses has been constructed at Rs 5 crore. All the chambers are equipped with geographic information system (GIS) based sensors, which will help pinpoint the area of the chamber and the problem.

Bruce de Broize appointed as MD & CEO of Future Generali India Life Insurance 

Generali Asia has appointed Bruce de Broize as MD and CEO of Future Generali India Life Insurance (FGILI). He takes over from Miranjit Mukherjee who served as interim CEO since September 2021.  He was the Regional Head of Distribution for Generali Asia based in Hong Kong for over five years. In March, Generali has become the majority shareholder of the Indian life insurance joint venture after getting all regulatory approvals.  Broize has a career spanning over 34 years of life and P&C insurance experience. He has also held a range of senior leadership roles to drive strategic initiatives across Asia.  Prior to this, Broize was the regional head of distribution for Generali Asia based in Hong Kong where he oversaw life, health and p&c distribution for Generali’s operations across China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Vijay Sampla appointed NCSC chairperson for second time

BJP leader and former Union minister Vijay Sampla has been appointed as the chairperson of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) for a second time. Sampla had resigned as the NCSC chairman ahead of the Punjab elections and had contested the polls. The official order for his appointment was issued by President Ram Nath Kovind.  Sampla, a prominent Dalit politician from Punjab, began his political career in 1998 as the sarpanch of Sofipind village in Jalandhar Cantonment. He has also served in the Punjab government. He was the chairman of the Punjab Khadi Board from 2008 to 2012 and the chairman of the Punjab State Forest Development Corporation in 2014. He was then elected to the Lok Sabha from Hoshiarpur and became a Union minister in 2015.

Deepika Padukone On Cannes Film Festival jury

Deepika Padukone will grace the Cannes Film Festival as a member of the jury, this year. The actress-producer has attended the prestigious film festival several times in the past, in the capacity of an ambassador of the beauty brand L'Oreal.  The jury for the 75th edition of the film festival is headed by French actor Vincent Lindon, who won Best Actor at Cannes in 2015. With her induction into the Cannes jury, Deepika Padukone has become a part of a select group of Indian stalwarts who served in the same role in the past, including Sharmila Tagore, Nandita Das, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Vidya Balan.


L&T tie-up with IIT Bombay to develop Green Hydrogen Technology 

Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has signed an agreement with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay to jointly pursue research and development work in the Green Hydrogen value chain.  Under the agreement, both the institutions would contribute to the development of the Green Hydrogen industry in India while developing technology in this field. Hydrogen when produced through the electrolysis process using renewable energy is known as Green Hydrogen which has no carbon footprint.  The Central Government in February 2022 notified the Green Hydrogen policy aimed at boosting the production of Green Hydrogen and Green Ammonia to help the nation become a global hub for the environmentally friendly version of the molecule.  For countries like India, with its ever-increasing oil and gas import bill, Green Hydrogen will help provide crucial energy security by reducing the overall dependence on imported fossil fuels. It should be noted that India has its own ambitious target of becoming net-zero by 2070. 


Lt General BS Raju appointed as new Vice Chief of Army Staff

Lieutenant General BS Raju has been appointed as the new Vice Chief of Army Staff. Lt General Raju is currently serving as the Director-General of Military Operations. The appointment is reportedly a rare instance of an officer who's not been an Army Commander, getting appointed as the Vice Chief. He will take charge on May 1.

EAM Jaishankar meets Bhutanese counterpart, hands over medical supplies

India's External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday met his Bhutanese counterpart Tandi Dorji and handed over medical supplies to him. Jaishankar said, "It's my honour to hand over the 12th consignment of medical supplies to Bhutan, as a gift from the government and people of India to...Bhutan." "We'll continue to your side sustainable recovery," he added.


US unlikely to eliminate coronavirus: Anthony Fauci

The coronavirus pandemic is not over and it is unlikely that the US will ever eliminate COVID-19, according to US President Joe Biden's Chief Medical Advisor Anthony Fauci. "By no means is it over. We still are experiencing a global pandemic," he said. Health officials are hoping to reach a point where COVID-19 can be controlled, he added.


EU border agency chief resigns amid accusations of rights abuse

The head of the European Union's border agency, Frontex, has resigned amid criticism of the treatment of migrants at the borders. Fabrice Leggeri is accused of tolerating illegal "pushbacks" of migrants, which violate the EU's obligations under international humanitarian law that prohibits returning people to where their lives would be at risk. Leggeri had dismissed the accusations in the past.



Pencilton introduces contactless RuPay card in the form of keychain

Pencilton, a teen-focused fintech startup, has launched PencilKey, a National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) compliant RuPay contactless keychain, in partnership with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and Transcorp.  Users can activate and manage their PencilKey through the Pencilton app which is also used to load money, check spends, block/unblock the account, set limits, etc.  PencilKey is linked to the PencilCard which is an all-in-one prepaid card, metro card, and bus card. PencilKey is equipped with the benefits of NCMC which works at the Delhi Airport Metro line and Goa’s buses currently.  It is also scheduled to be accepted for metro travel in Pune, Chennai & Mumbai as well as in BEST buses in Mumbai. According to Pencilton, the virtual PencilCard comes for free.  Users can buy their PencilKey for ₹150 and PencilCard for ₹100, but as part of the company’s launch offer, users can also buy a PencilKit (combo) which includes both PencilCard and PencilKey for ₹200.


LIC likely to list shares on exchanges on May 17

he shares of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) are likely to list on the stock exchanges on May 17. The IPO, which will be India's biggest ever, will open for subscription on May 4 and close on May 9. The government is expecting to raise ₹20,557 crore by diluting its 3.5% stake through the IPO.



India's economy may take up to 13 years to recover from COVID-19 losses: RBI

India is expected to overcome the losses caused by the COVID-19 disruptions by 2034-35, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) stated in its report on currency and financing released on Friday. It further stated, "India suffered among the biggest pandemic induced losses in the world in terms of output, lives and livelihoods...Economic activity has barely recovered...even after two years."


Wipro plans to hire 38,000 freshers in FY23

Wipro CEO Thierry Delaporte said the company hired over 19,000 freshers in FY22 and expects to double the number in FY23. Wipro added 45,416 employees on a year-on-year basis during the financial year, taking its total headcount to 2,43,128. The company said it plans to increase the frequency of promotion cycle for 70% employees in junior bands to quarterly basis.





LSG defeat PBKS to register their 6th win in IPL 2022, move to 3rd on the points table

LSG defeated PBKS by 20 runs to register their sixth win in IPL 2022. With the win, LSG have moved to the third position on the points table. PBKS have now lost five matches in the season. Quinton De Kock top-scored for LSG in the match with 46(37), while LSG pacer Mohsin Khan took three wickets.


Awards News

India Pharma and India Medical Devices Awards 2022

The India Pharma Awards 2022, and India Medical Device Awards 2022 were handed over by the Minister of State for the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers Bhagwanth Khuba.  The awards were handed over during the seventh edition of India Pharma and Indian Medical Device 2022 which was organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the Department of Pharmaceuticals.

The awards were given to various industry players in the field of medical and pharmaceutical devices.




Indian Pharma Leader of the year

Cipla Ltd.

India Pharma Innovation of the Year

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Indian Pharma (Formulation)

Micro Labs Ltd.

Indian Pharma CSR of the year

Zydus Lifesciences Ltd

India Medical Device Leader of the Year

Poly Medicure Ltd.

India Medical Device Company of the Year

Trivitron Healthcare Pvt Ltd.



India Medical Device MSME of the Year

Nice Neotech Medical Systems Pvt Ltd.

Indian Medical Device Start-up of the Year

Vanguard Diagnostics Pvt Ltd.

Indian Medical Device Innovation of the Year

Meril Lifesciences Pvt Ltd.

Schemes and Committees News

ABPMJAY- SEHAT scheme: Samba becomes 1st district to cover 100% households

In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the Samba district of the Jammu division has become the first district in India to cover 100% of households under the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (ABPMJAY)- SEHAT scheme.  The district achieved this milestone after the conclusion of a special registration drive organized by the State Health Agency (SHA) from April 11 to April 21 in all BDO offices across the district which was aimed to cover all families under the ABPMJAY SEHAT scheme in the district.  The ABPMJAY SEHAT scheme is the world’s largest health insurance scheme fully financed by Government and the people with Ayushman Bharat Golden Card get free treatment up to Rs. 5 lakh in all government and empanelled private hospitals across India.

Books and Authors News

A new book titled “Not Just A Nightwatchman: My Innings in the BCCI” by Vinod Rai

Padma Bhushan Vinod Rai, former(11th) Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) India, has authored a new book titled “Not Just A Nightwatchman: My Innings in the BCCI”.  The book features his 33-month stint as the Chairman of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).  The book is published by Rupa Publications India Pvt. Ltd. He was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 2016 for civil service. He was appointed as the first Chairman of the Banks Board Bureau(BBB) in 2016.

Devendra Fadnavis Releases the book on Amit Shah “Amit Shah Ani Bhajapachi Vatchal”

Devendra Fadnavis, former Chief Minister(CM) of Maharashtra, released a Marathi book on Amit Shah, Union Minister of Home Affairs, titled “Amit Shah Ani Bhajapachi Vatchal”, a Marathi version of the book “Amit Shah and The March of BJP”.  The book is published by Bloomsbury India. The book was originally written by Dr Anirban Ganguly and Shiwanand Dwivedi and it has been translated into Marathi by Dr Jyostna Kolhatkar. The book documents the life and political journey of Amit Shah and details his contribution to BJP in making it the world’s biggest political organisation.

Important Days

International Dance Day observed on 29th April 2022

The International Dance Day is observed globally on 29 April every year. The day celebrates the value and importance of the dance and encourages participation and education in this art form through events and festivals.    This day is also celebrated to promote the multiple benefits of dancing, to recognize dance as a stress reliever, expressing oneself, a way of celebrating happiness, and an activity that brings people together.  In 1982 the Dance Committee of ITI founded International Dance Day to be celebrated every year on the 29th of April, the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), creator of modern ballet. The intention of the International Dance Day Message is to celebrate dance, revel in the universality of this art form, cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers, and bring people together with a common language - dance.


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