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18TH AND 19th October 2022


National News

Aramane Giridhar named next Defence Secretary, Sanjay Malhotra new Revenue Secretary

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Secretary Aramane Giridhar has been appointed the next Defence Secretary. He will take over as Defence Secretary from Ajay Kumar upon his superannuation on October 31, 2022, the government said. Further, Sanjay Malhotra, Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance has been appointed the next Revenue Secretary.

Tamil Nadu's debt grew by 22.43% to ₹5,18,796 crore in 2020-21: CAG Report

A Comptroller and Auditor General of India report, tabled in the Tamil Nadu assembly, said the state's debt grew by 22.43% in 2020-21 to ₹5,18,796 crore. The report said the capital expenditure of ₹36,902 crore and the high fiscal deficit for that year indicated utilisation of borrowing for financing revenue expenditure. The Debt-Gross State Domestic Product ratio was at 26.94%.

Newly elected Congress chief Kharge to take charge on Oct 26

Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, who has become the first non-Gandhi Congress chief in 24 years, will formally take charge on October 26. In his first address after being elected, Kharge thanked the party's interim chief Sonia Gandhi on behalf of all Congress workers. He also congratulated his opponent Shashi Tharoor.

India asks its citizens to leave Ukraine at the earliest as war escalates

India on Wednesday advised its citizens to avoid travelling to Ukraine, citing "deteriorating security situation" in the country. "Indian citizens, including students...are advised to leave Ukraine at the earliest by available means," the Indian Embassy in Ukraine said. This came after Russian President Vladimir Putin introduced martial law in four Ukrainian regions he says Russia has annexed.

Congress has to be built at grassroots level: Mallikarjun Kharge's son Priyank

Priyank Kharge said his father Mallikarjun Kharge, who was elected as the Congress President, will strengthen the party by consulting everyone and giving preference to party workers. Priyank added that the party has to be built at the grassroots level and that collective effort will be made to win the elections and form governments in various states.



Ulf Kristersson Elected As Sweden's new Prime Minister Backed By Far Right 

Sweden’s parliament elected Moderates leader Ulf Kristersson as the country’s new prime minister. A total of 176 members of the Riksdag voted in favor of Kristersson, while 173 members voted against him.  The Sweden Democrats were the big winners in the closely fought September 11 general election.  They emerged as the second-largest party with a record 20.5 percent of votes, trailing only the Social Democrats, who have dominated Swedish politics since the 1930s. The right-wing bloc now has 176 seats in parliament, to their left-wing rivals' 173.


Union Cabinet Approves MSP Hike for All Mandated Rabi Crops

The Union Cabinet approved an increase in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for all Rabi Crops for the Marketing Season 2023-24. The highest increase has been cleared for lentils with a hike of 500 rupees per quintal. The MSP on wheat has been hiked by 110 rupees and barley by 100 rupees.  Information and  Broadcasting Minister, Anurag Singh Thakur said that the increase is in line with the Union Budget 2018-19 announcement of fixing the MSP at a level of a minimum of 1.5 times of the All-India weighted average Cost of Production.

International News

Russia to impose martial law in recently annexed Ukrainian regions

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said martial law will be imposed in the four Ukrainian regions that were annexed last month. Putin said, "We are working on solving very complex, large-scale tasks to ensure a reliable future for Russia." Russia formally annexed Ukraine's Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions through referendums which the West dismissed as a sham.

‘SARANG – The Festival of India in Republic of Korea’ 

The 8th edition of annual flagship cultural program of Embassy of India, Seoul ‘SARANG– The Festival of India in Republic of Korea’ will be held from Sept. 30 through Oct. 14, 2022 in offline mode at various locations across the country after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19 pandemic.  Starting in 2015, SARANG has emerged as a prominent Indian cultural festival, introducing India's colorful and diverse heritage and has, since then, grown in size, scale and popularity, promoting India’s soft power in its truest sense and contributing to its rich civilizational legacy and cultural vibrancy.  The word SARANG has a very meaningful interpretation for both Koreans and Indians. SARANG in Korean means ‘love’ and for Indians it refers to ‘diversity representing different colors of India’.  As a part of this festival, it is our endeavor to showcase the rich cultural diversity of India represented through various art forms including dance, drama, music, films and cuisine. This depiction of India in its entirety captures the hearts and minds of the local community in Korea and strengthens the love and friendship between the people of the two countries.

Pakistan May Take Out off FATF Grey List

Pakistan is likely to exit the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) after it was placed in the infamous category since 2018 for failing to check money laundering and terrorist financing, a media report said.  The Paris-based global watchdog on money laundering and terrorist financing said that the first FATF Plenary under the two-year Singapore Presidency of T. Raja Kumar will take place on October 20-21.

State News


Kati Bihu 2022: Significance, Date, and Time

The Kati Bihu is an auspicious festival of Assam which is a harvest festival. It is celebrated on 18th October 2022 and the day is marked on the first day of Kati month according to the Assamese Calendar. The Kati Bihu generally falls in October every day.  Kati Bihu is also known as Kongali Bihu which marks the crucial phase in farmers' lives in Assam. It marks the fresh start of the harvest season and the relocation of the rice saplings.  There is a total of three Bihu celebrated in Assam that are related to agriculture. The Kati Bihu is one of the harvest festivals of Assam and the other two mark the key dates in the harvest. Kati means cutting and it signifies the time of the year when the granaries are usually empty and there is not much to eat at this time of the year.

Appointments News


Former Infosys President Ravi Kumar joins Cognizant

Former Infosys president Ravi Kumar S, who resigned from the Bengaluru-based IT company last week, is joining as president of Cognizant Americas. Kumar will take on the position from January 16, 2023, and will be reporting directly to Brian Humphries, chief executive officer (CEO) of Cognizant.  Kumar succeeds Dharmendra Kumar Sinha who retired from Cognizant last year. At present, Sinha is the president of the public cloud business unit in Rackspace Technology. Surya Gummadi will continue to hold the post of interim president for Cognizant Americas till Kumar joins, after which he will move to lead Cognizant’s $5-billion health sciences business.

ICAS Bharati Das named as the new Controller General of Accounts

The government of India has appointed Bharati Das, an officer of the Indian Civil Accounts Service of the 1988 batch, as the Controller General of Accounts (CGA), Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance.  She is the 27th Controller General of Accounts, Ministry of Finance. She has served as the Principal Chief Controller of Accounts at the Central Board of Direct Taxes, at the Ministry of External Affairs and at the Ministry of Home Affairs.  She has also served as the CCA at the Ministry of Health and Family welfare, Director at the Ministry of Civil Aviation, and Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and Ministry of Port, Shipping and Waterways.

Dr Prashant Garg elected as member of Academia Ophthalmological Internationalis

Dr Prashant Garg, executive chair, L V Prasad Eye Institute, has been elected as a ‘Member’ of the prestigious Academia Ophthalmological Internationalis (AOI). Dr Garg becomes the fifth from India to ever receive this honour.  His tenure as a Member of Academia Ophthalmological Internationalis will formally commence next year during AOI’s next General Assembly meeting.

Kaustubh Kulkarni elevated as JP Morgan India head

JP Morgan has announced the appointment of its new Country Head of India, Kaustubh Kulkarni. Madhav Kalyan the current country head of India will be serving in the Asia Pacific Payments Division from 1st November 2022.  Kaustubh Kulkarni is currently serving as the head of investment banking in JP Morgan India and also as the Vice-chair of Asia Pacific for the bank and also as the co-head of investment banking for Southeast Asia.

Atanu Chakraborty appointed as new Chairman of Yubi

Atanu Chakraborty now the Chairman of Yubi: Atanu Chakraborty has been appointed as the Independent Chairman of the Yubi board, as told by the company itself.. In addition, Atanu Chakraborty serves as HDFC Bank's board chairman at the moment.  Atanu Chakraborty served as the Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and a member of the Central Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank of India, according to a press release from the Chennai-based debt marketplace.


Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw Inaugurates India’s First Aluminum Freight Rake at Bhubaneswar Railway Station

Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw inaugurated India’s first aluminium freight rake — 61 BOBRNALHSM1 — at Bhubaneshwar Railway Station.  The rake’s destination is Bilaspur. As per reports, the aluminium freight rake wields the capacity to carry 180-ton more goods as against the traditional rake. Moreover, it is 180 tons lighter than the traditional steel rake.  Fully Lockbolted construction with no welding on superstructure.  The tare is 3.25 tons lower than normal steel rakes, 180 ton extra carrying capacity resulting in higher throughput per wagon.  Higher payload to tare ratio 2.85.



India's foreign exchange reserves increased by USD 204 million 

India's Foreign Exchange Reserve Increases: The Reserve Bank reported an increase in the value of gold assets caused India's foreign exchange reserves to climb by USD 204 million to USD 532.868 billion for the week ended October 7.  The total reserves decreased by USD 4.854 billion to USD 532.664 billion during the previous reporting week.  The aggregate foreign reserves decreased to USD 532.664 billion from USD 4.854 billion the previous week ending September 30.  The foreign reserves have been declining for several weeks as the central bank uses its funds to protect the rupee against pressures mostly brought on by international events.



BookMyShow and RBL Bank collaborate to offer the "Play" credit card 

BookMyShow and RBL Bank collaborate: The launch of a new credit card called "Play" by RBL Bank and BookMyShow will significantly increase the entertainment value for Indian consumers.  RBL Bank and BookMyShow collaborated to offer the Fun Plus credit card earlier in 2016. Customers will be able to follow the full procedure on BookMyShow, a first for any entertainment platform in India, from application to delivery of the "Play" credit card.  Select BookMyShow customers will have access to the "Play" credit card, which will enable them to take advantage of lucrative offers on movie tickets, live entertainment purchases (both online and offline).  The customers will also have access to binge-watching movies and TV shows on BookMyShow Stream by renting or buying a title, all while earning rewards with each purchase.

KBL Centenary Deposit Scheme launched by Karnataka Bank

KBL Centenary Deposit Scheme launched: Karnataka Bank has launched a term deposit scheme named the KBL Centenary Deposit Scheme with effect from October 17, 2022. In order to honour the amazing journey towards its Centenary and to thank its customers, the bank has created a special term deposit programme with a higher rate of interest.  For a period of 555 days, the KBL Centenary Deposit Scheme will enjoy an interest rate of 7.20% p.a. Senior citizens will pay an interest rate of 7.60% annually.  Customers have a great chance to save money and invest it to make more money.  In order to recognise the great progress made toward the centennial, it offers a higher rate of interest.  The Karnataka Bank will join the elite group of banks that are now providing the highest rate of interest on term deposits in the banking market by implementing this deposit programme.

Ranks and Reports News


Freedom House: India's internet freedom improves after 4 years downturn

India's internet freedom improves after 4 years: Following initiatives to close the digital divide in the nation, India's internet freedom score increased by two points to 51 in the overall ranking, according to the US government-funded NGO Freedom House.  Reduced frequency and intensity of nationwide internet outages also contributed to the score improvement. In terms of internet freedom, India scored 49 in 2021.

Summit and Conferences News

22nd World Blockchain Summit Begins in Dubai 

World Blockchain Summit in Dubai is taking place on Oct. 17 and 18, 2022 at Atlantis, The Palm. It is one of the most elite gatherings of the global crypto and blockchain ecosystem.  The 22nd global edition of the World Blockchain Summit will bring together some of the world’s leading crypto influencers, policymakers, key government delegates, media, family offices, HNIs and other curated investors, among others, to foster the crypto and blockchain community across the globe.  Blockchain technology is a technology that leads to a chain of blocks, containing digital information stored in a public database. It is a distributed database existing on multiple computers at the same time, which constantly grows as new sets of recordings or blocks are added to it.

Sports News

D Gukesh becomes youngest to beat World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen

India teenager Donnarumma Gukesh scripted history in the ongoing Aimchess Rapid online tournament as he defeated Magnus Carlsen, thereby becoming the youngest player ever to beat him as world champion.  The 16-year-old Donnarumma defeated Carlsen with white in the 9th round and hence he defeated the Norwegian during his reign as world champion. Gukesh at 16 years 4 months 20 days - also became the youngest Indian player to defeat Carlsen. Praggnanandhaa was 16 years 6 months and 10 days old when he defeated the world No.1.

Jyothi Yarraji becomes first Indian woman to run sub-13s hurdles

Jyothi Yarraji, an Indian Sprinter made history in the women's 100m hurdles as the became the first Indian woman to run a sub-13s time to win the gold medal at the Nation Games 2022.  Jyothi Yarraji broke her national record representing Andhra Pradesh by running the final in 12.79s. Earlier, Jyothi Yarraji won the women's 100m gold, leaving behind Sprinters lime Dutee Chand and Hima Das.


Serbian scientists name beetle after country's tennis star Novak Djokovic

Serbian scientists have named a new species of beetle after the tennis player Novak Djokovic, a Serbian tennis player due to its speed, strength, flexibility, durability and ability to survive in a difficult environment.  The new species of beetle belongs to the Duvalius genus that is present in Europe. It was discovered several years ago in an underground pit in western Serbia. The insect is a specialised underground Coleoptera beetle, a predator which lost its eyes living deep underground.

Irish prof Bernard Dunne is Indian boxing’s new high performance director

Former Irish professional boxer Bernard Dunne has been named the high-performance director (HPD) for Indian boxing. Dunne, who had a five-year (2017-2022) stint with the Irish Athletic Boxing Association, replaces Santiago Nieva.  During Dunne’s tenure with the Ireland team, Kellie Harrington emerged as World (2018, Delhi) and Olympic (2021, Tokyo) champion, while Amy Broadhurst and Lisa O’Rourke won golds at this year’s World Championships in Istanbul and Aidan Walsh secured a bronze at the Tokyo Olympics.  The 42-year-old Dunne, who has bagged 13 national titles, has joined the Indian boxing elite programme at Patiala. He has won the WBA World Championship (2009) and the European Championship (2007), will take over the position which was left vacant after Santiago Nieva's departure.

Qatar to host AFC Asian Cup 2023

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Executive Committee has confirmed the Qatar Football Association (QFA) as the host association for the AFC Asian Cup 2023. The 11th AFC Executive Committee meeting was chaired by AFC President Shaikh Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.  Qatar is the reigning AFC Asian Cup Champions and will be hosting the most prestigious men's tournament for the third time.  The AFC Executive Committee also deliberated upon the bidding proposals for the AFC Asian Cup 2027.  It shortlisted the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and the Saudi Football Federation (SAFF) as the final two bidders.  Football Australia withdrew from the AFC Asian Cup 2023 bidding process on 1st September 2022.

Awards News


Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka won Britain's Booker Prize 2022

Sri Lankan author, Shehan Karunatilaka has won Britain's Booker Prize 2022 for fiction for his work "The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida", about a journalist murdered amid the country's sectarian strife.  The judges praised the “ambition of its scope, and the hilarious audacity of its narrative techniques”. Karunatilaka’s second novel, The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida comes more than a decade after his debut, Chinaman, which was published in 2011.

American historian Barbara Metcalf conferred Sir Syed Excellence Award for 2022

Noted American historian Prof. Barbara Metcalf was awarded the Sir Syed Excellence Award 2022 by the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on the 205th   birth anniversary of its founder Sir Syed Ahmad Khan.  Prof. Metcalf has written extensively on the history of the Muslim population of India and Pakistan. “Muslims constituted a full quarter of the population at the time of Independence and an important share of the Indian citizenry in the Republic of India thereafter. Yet their histories are understudied and are essential to telling India’s history well.


Alexia Putellas, Karim Benzema win 2022 Ballon d’Or awards

Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, a professional French footballer, has won the Men’s Ballon d’Or (Golden Ball Award) 2022 and becomes the 5th Frenchman to win the prize.  Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas, a Spanish professional footballer, has won the Women’s Ballon d’Or award or Ballon d’Or Féminin Award for the 2nd time.  The 66th edition of the Ballon d’Or Ceremony (2022) was held on 17th October 2022 at the Théâtre du Châtelet. Paris, France. Karim Benzema becomes only the 2nd player aside from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to win the award since 2008.

The Ballon d’Or: Awards and Winners:




Ballon d’Or (Men)

Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema

Ballon d’Or (Women)

Alexia Putellas(Barcelona)

Kopa Award

Gavi (Barcelona)

Gerd Muller Award

Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona)

Yashin Trophy

Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)

Club of the Year Award

Manchester City

Socrates Award

Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

Schemes News


Total Balance in PM Jan Dhan Accounts Crosses ₹1.75-Lakh Crore Mark

The total balance in the basic bank accounts under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) has crossed the ₹1.75 lakh crore mark. As per the latest Government data, the total balance stood at ₹1,75,225 crore as on October 5, 2022, as the total number of beneficiaries touched 47 crore.  56% Jan-Dhan account holders are women and 67% Jan Dhan accounts in rural and semi-urban areas. 31.94 crore RuPay cards issued to PMJDY accountholders About 5.4 crore PMJDY account holders received direct benefit transfer (DBT) from the Government under various schemes in June, 2022.

PM Kisan Samman Sammelan 2022 Launched by PM Modi

PM Kisan Samman Sammelan 2022 Launched: The PM Kisan Samman Sammelan 2022 will be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in New Delhi. More than 13,500 farmers from all around the country and about 1,500 agri entrepreneurs are expected to attend the two-day event.  The Prime Minister will officially open 600 Pradan Mantri Kisan Samruddhi Kendras (PMKSK) under the ministry of chemicals and fertilisers.  PMKSK will provide agri-inputs like fertilisers, seeds, and implements; testing facilities for soil, seeds, and fertilisers; awareness-raising activities for farmers; details on various government programmes; and regular capacity building for retailers at block/district level outlets.

Books and Authors News


Home Minister Amit Shah Launches First Hindi Version of MBBS Course Books

Home Minister Amit Shah launched the MBBS Course books in Hindi version at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. It is the first ever Hindi version of the MBBS course books in India.  The book launch event was felicitated by the Bhopal state education minister Vishvas Kailash Sarang and Bhopal CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.  The Union Home Minister Amit Shah launched India's first version of MBBS Course Books in Hindi.  The event took place on 16th October 2022, at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.  The book launched is praised throughout the country, as the books can help poor children to get admission to medical colleges.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasized the importance of the mother language for the students.


IRS officer Sahil Seth launches his book ‘A confused mind story’

Indian Revenue Service (IRS) Joint Commissioner GST, Custom & Narcotics and youth influencer, Sahil Seth launched his book titled ‘A confused Mind story’. The book was launched and the first look was Unveiled in the presence of Union Health Minister Sh Mansukh L Mandaviya.  The book was published by Blue Rose publication house, one of the top fiction, nonfiction, and poetry book publishers in India. The book is based on the contrast between the spiritual and material world. The book depicts the answers behind the confusion of the common man in day­to­day life and explains the rationale behind the meaning of life and belief system.

Miscellaneous News

Global Handwashing Day 2022: Unite for Universal Hand Hygiene

October 15 is marked as Global Handwashing Day, with the aim of increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.  Hand hygiene has become quite popular after the Covid-19 pandemic. And to make handwashing a habit, there is a day dedicated to it; global hand washing day. It is an initiative to unite universal hand hygiene habits of people across the world. This global advocacy day is celebrated on October 15 each year.  This year’s theme, “Unite for Universal Hand Hygiene”, calls on all of society to work together to scale up hand hygiene.

World Trauma Day 2022: History & Significance

Every year, October 17 is celebrated as World Trauma Day. The day is observed with a view to prevent the increasing rate of accidents and injuries causing death and disability across the world. The day was created in New Delhi, India, in 2011.  This was a result of the high number of deaths caused by road accidents in the country, an estimate of over 400 people lost their lives each day to it. Road Traffic Accident (RTA) is the leading cause of trauma across the world.  World Trauma Day was established in 2011 in New Delhi, India. This is because the number of deaths due to traffic accidents in Korea is high, and According to an estimate, it has been seen that more than 400 people die every day.

India Gate Basmati Rice Recognized as World’s Number 1 Basmati Rice Brand

India Gate, the flagship brand of KRBL, has been recognized as the world’s No. 1 Basmati Rice Brand in a market study conducted by a leading global research company.  The quantitative study by Mordor Intelligence covers research of White and Brown Basmati Rice Category across continents like the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Middle East & Africa.  The research has been done using methodologies like Primary & Secondary Research, Data Triangulation, and Insight Generation. Mordor Intelligence, a leading global research company founded in 2014 has been conducting studies providing insights to 4000+ enterprises across 100+ countries across multiple industries.

Geographical Indication tag sought for nihonshu from Japan

This is the first time a product from Japan has filed for a tag at the Geographical Indication Registry in Chennai. The Embassy of Japan, New Delhi, has filed an application seeking a Geographical Indication (GI) tag for Nihonshu/Japanese sake, an alcoholic beverage. It is learnt that this is the first time a product from Japan has filed for a tag at the Geographical Indication Registry here.  Nihonshu is regarded as a special and valuable beverage made from fermenting rice. People traditionally drink nihonshu on special occasions, such as festivals, weddings or funerals, but it is also consumed on a daily basis. hus, it is an integral part of the lifestyle and culture in Japan.  18102022 AND 



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