Champion of Change Award 2021 announced in Madhya Pradesh

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1.’Request for Information’ issued for ‘Canister Launched Anti-Armor Loiter Ammunition’ (CALM) System

Recently the Indian Army has issued a ‘ Request for Information ‘ (RFI) for the ‘ Canister Launched Anti-Armor Loiter Ammunition ‘ (CALM) system . Earlier, the Indian Army had issued a ‘Request for Information’ (RFI) for the supply of Articulated All-Terrain Vehicles to be deployed in Ladakh and Kutch . The CALM system is a pre-loaded canister consisting of a drone or ‘loiter munition’ . Combination of ‘Loiter Munition’ surface-to-surface missile system and droneIs. Once fired, it can remain in the air for some time in the area of ​​operation and when a target is sighted it can be directed to destroy the target with an explosive payload. Typically ‘loiter munitions’ have a camera mounted forward and which can be used by the operator to view the operation area and select targets. They can be recovered and reused if they are not used on the target. The ‘Loiter Munition’ ability to strike in the air makes it a great advantage against targets such as tanks, which are vulnerable to any air attack. Loiter munitions are smaller, cheaper and less complex systems than fighter or armed drones.

2.Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla appointed as the Chief Coordinator for the G20 Summit to be held in 2023

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla has been appointed as the Chief Coordinator for the G20 Summit to be organized by India in the year 2023 . The G20 summit to be held in India in the year 2023 will be the largest multilateral event in the country so far. The summit provides an excellent opportunity to showcase the country’s rich culture, infrastructure, hospitality and diversity on the global stage. Harsh Vardhan Shringla is an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer who has also been the 33rd Foreign Secretary of India. He joined the Foreign Service in 1984 and has also served as India’s Ambassador to Thailand, the US, and High Commissioner to Bangladesh.

3.Now you can withdraw money from ATM through UPI: RBI

Cardless cash withdrawal facility has been made available at all ATMs by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) . This facility is available in Unified Payment Interface (UPI) irrespective of the bank.will be made available through This decision was taken by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of RBI. RBI has allowed all banks to introduce cashless cash withdrawal through ATMs. Currently, cardless cash withdrawal is offered by only a few banks in India. Separate instructions will be issued by RBI to ATM network, NPCI and banks. Once all banks across the country have implemented this withdrawal system, customers will be able to use it at ATMs of their domestic banks. This mode will not only help in increasing the ease of transactions but without the need of physical card, it will also help in preventing frauds like card cloning, card skimming, device tampering etc.

4.India and US hold 2+2 ministerial talks

India and the US organized 2+2 Defense and External Affairs talks in Washington on April 11, 2022 . Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar participated. The talks were held by US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.will be with It will be the first such dialogue under the Biden administration. On 11 April 2022, PM Modi participated in a virtual meeting with US President Joe Biden to review the ongoing bilateral cooperation of the two countries. Topics such as the Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership between India and the US were discussed in this dialogue. Other topics related to science, defence, technology, emerging technology, public health, climate, COVID-19 pandemic management, etc. were also discussed. It also gave importance to dialogue building and strengthening the supply chain. India also highlighted the rise in commodity prices due to the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

5.UN-FAO: Mumbai and Hyderabad recognized as ‘2021 Tree Cities of the World’

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Arbor Day Foundation have jointly recognized Mumbai and Hyderabad as the ‘ 2021 Tree Cities of the World ‘. Two Indian cities have gained recognition for their “commitment to growing and sustaining urban trees and greenery in building healthy, resilient and happy cities”. It should be noted that Hyderabad has been recognized for the second year in a row. In 2021, Hyderabad was the only city in India to be recognized as the ‘2020 Tree City of the World’. Apart from Hyderabad and Mumbai, 136 other cities in 21 countries have been recognized in the third edition of the Tree City of the World list.

6.India’s Gold Imports in 2021-22: Key Points

In FY 2021-22 , India’s gold imports grew 33.34% to $46.14 billion due to higher demandIt is done. In 2020-21, gold imports stood at USD 34.62 billion. The increase in gold imports during the last financial year contributed $192.41 billion to the country’s growing trade deficit. In 2020-21, the trade deficit stood at USD 102.62 billion. In the October to December quarter, India’s current account deficit widened to 2.7% of GDP, or USD 23 billion, according to data provided by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The value of exported and imported goods and services as well as international capital transfers are recorded by current accounts. India is the second largest consumer of gold in the world while the largest consumer is China. Gold imports are largely due to demand in the jewelery industry.

7.Nearly a third of India’s coastline is facing erosion

The Ministry of Earth Sciences has recently informed the Lok Sabha that of the 6,907.18 km long Indian coastline in the mainland , about 34% is erosion .is facing. Since 1990, shoreline erosion is being monitored by the National Center for Coastal Research (NCCR) based in Chennai and comes under the purview of the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES). GIS mapping and remote sensing data techniques are being used to monitor shoreline erosion. About 6,907.18 km long coastline of the country’s mainland has been analyzed from 1990 to 2018. The coastline of West Bengal is 534.35 km. The state faced about 60.5 percent erosion (323.07 km) from 1990 to 2018. Kerala has a coastline of 592.96 km and the state has suffered 46.4 per cent (275.33 km) of erosion. Tamil Nadu has a coastline of 991.47 km and has recorded 42.7 per cent (422.94 km) of erosion in the state. Gujarat has a coastline of 1,945.60 km and has recorded an erosion of 27.06 per cent (537.5 km). Puducherry, with a coastline of 41.66 km,

8.India’s debris the least in space: NASA

According to the latest NASA data, the space debris that was produced after India conducted anti-satellite tests in March 2019 appears to have disintegrated or decayed. Due to this , the country’s contribution to space debris is at the lowest level in the last four years.has come. In space, there are lots of unwanted objects floating around in different sizes. They arise from rocket debris, inactive satellites, and other types of junk. These fragments are collectively known as space debris. These fragments moving at very high speeds in space are considered a threat to other space assets and functional satellites. A collision with even millimeter-sized debris can destroy satellites. The latest issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News, published by NASA’s Orbital Debris Program Office, states that there are 25,182 pieces of space debris in low Earth orbits. Of these, the number of space debris caused by India is only 114 which is the lowest among the world’s leading astronaut nations. In addition, India has 103 inactive and active spacecraft orbiting the Earth.The US, China and the countries of the former Soviet Union have the most passive and active satellites.

9.2026 Commonwealth Games will be held in Australia

Australia ‘s state of Victoria will host the 2026 Commonwealth Games . The focus will also be on boosting the economy of the region during these games. Melbourne ‘s capital Victoria was given a special period to secure the right to host the Commonwealth Games . The Commonwealth Games are losing relevance, with four of the last five editions being held in the UK or Australia . No other country showed interest except Australia, to host the 2026 editions of the Games. In 2018, Australia hosted the Games on the Gold Coast, while the 2006 edition of the Games was hosted in Melbourne. Birmingham (England)Will host the 2022 edition of the Games from 28 July to 8 August. Earlier, South Africa was supposed to host this year’s edition but the hosting rights were stripped due to lack of progress in their preparations.

10.IISc did study, microplastic found in Cauvery river

A study led by experts from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru has revealed that microplastics and other contaminants in Cauvery river fish can cause growth abnormalities and skeletal deformities. Tamil Nadu and KarnatakaIn the states, the Cauvery provides a source of drinking water for humans and animals as well as agriculture. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety is the publication where the research was published. The researchers looked at pollution levels in the river water samples as well as the microplastic composition. They next looked at zebrafish embryos that had been incubated in these substances in the laboratory and discovered that they had developmental and skeletal malformations, low heart rates, short life spans and DNA damage. The damage was related to molecules in fish cells known as reactive oxygen species (ROS), which are extremely reactive compounds formed from oxygen molecules. It turned out that Cauvery water is hypoxic. Various types of waste including industrial and agricultural waste have been dumped in the Cauvery, resulting in indiscriminate pollution of the entire water.

11.First Khelo India National Ranking Women’s Archery Tournament held in Jamshedpur on 12th and 13th April

The Sports Authority of India has approved a total amount of Rs 75 lakh to host the Khelo India National Ranking Women’s Archery tournament in six phases . The first leg of the tournament was held on 12 and 13 April at Tata Archery Academy in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand The tournament will be held in recurve and compound events in senior, junior and cadet categories. This competition will be organized on the basis of World Archery Rules. The Archery Association of India (AAI) is organizing the tournament in association with Jharkhand Archery Association and Tata Steel.

12.Vikas Siri Sampath-1111 scheme launched by Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank

Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank ‘s Chairman P. Gopi Krishna launches new deposit scheme development Siri Sampath-1111started of. Speaking on the occasion, he said that the scheme has a tenure of 1,111 days with an interest rate of 5.70% for general public and 6.20% for senior citizens. It also offers the highest rate of annual return of 6.03% for general public and 6.60% for senior citizens. The potential customers of the scheme will earn more interest and this is the highest rate offered among nationalized banks. A minimum of ₹10,000 and a maximum of ₹2 crore can be deposited under the scheme, he added. The bank has 629 branches in Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Belagavi, Bagalkot, Vijayapura, Uttara Kannada, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts of Karnataka. The bank’s entire business stood at Rs 30,750 crore in 2021-22. The total deposits were Rs 17,647 crore, of which total advances were Rs 13,103 crore.

13.Kadam: India’s first indigenous polycentric prosthetic knee joint made by IIT-Madras

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras have unveiled India’s first polycentric prosthetic knee . which seeks to improve the condition of thousands of people with disabilities. ‘ step‘ is a polycentric knee prosthesis designed in association with Society for Biomedical Technology (SBMT) and Mobility India for knee prosthesis and is also a ‘Made in India’ product. Above-knee disabilities can now walk with a natural gait thanks to the step. It not only seeks to improve the mobility of the users, but also enhances their quality of life by increasing community participation, access to education, livelihood opportunities and overall well-being. It was built by a team from IIT Madras’s TTK Center for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development (R2D2), which developed the country’s first standing wheelchair, ‘Arise’ and NeoFly-NeoBolt: Active Wheelchair for Seamless Indoor-Outdoor Mobility and Motorized Also produced and commercialized add-ons.

14.Indian Coast Guard inducts squadron of state-of-the-art Light Helicopter Mk3

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) inducted a squadron of Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Mk 3 into the force. The ICG said that these helicopters will further strengthen the country’s maritime security. A statement issued by the ICG said that the ALH Mk-3 helicopters are equipped with modern surveillance radars and electro-optical equipment to enable them to conduct long-range maritime reconnaissance. These helicopters also have state-of-the-art sensors, which will enhance the maritime prowess of the Indian Coast Guard at sea. Apart from this, these helicopters are also equipped with traffic alert and collision avoidance system.

15.Airports Council International: Top 10 busiest airports in the world for 2021

The Airports Council International (ACI) released its list of the top 10 busiest airports worldwide for 2021 . Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has topped the list with 75.7 million passengers . Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW, 62.5 million passengers) is in second place, followed by Denver International Airport (DEN, 58.8 million passengers) in third place. Of the top 10 airports for passenger traffic, 8 are in the United States , while two are in China .are in. The airports are ranked based on a preliminary compilation of global data for 2021 from airports around the world, including passenger traffic, cargo volume and aircraft movement.

16.Champion of Change Award 2021 announced in Madhya Pradesh

The ‘ Champions of Change ‘ Madhya Pradesh Award program organized by Interactive Forum on Indian Economy (IFIE) was organized at Kushabhau Thackeray Hall , Bhopal , in which the personalities who made special contribution in social fields were honored. About 25 people have been given this award in this program including Divyanka Tripathi and CM Shivraj . Actress Divyanka Tripathi has been given this honor in view of her work and her activism outside the acting world.

17.For the first time in 11 years, the number of domestic patents filed during January-March 2022 exceeds the number of international patent filings in India

According to data from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry , for the first time in the last 11 years, the number of domestic patent filings at the Indian Patent Office exceeded international filings . For the first time in 11 years, the number of domestic patents filed during January-March 2022 exceeded the number of international patent filings in India, i.e. 10706 patents by Indian applicants out of total 19796 patent applications filedApplications were filed while 9090 applications were filed by non-Indians. The number of patent filings increased from 42,763 in 2014-15 to 66,440 in 2021-22, an increase of over 50% over a period of 7 years. India granted 30,074 patents in 2021-22, which is almost five times more than 5,978 in 2014-15. Patent examination time for various technical areas has been reduced from 72 months in December 2016 to 5-23 months at present.

18.Ecuador becomes first country to give legal rights to wild animals

South American country Ecuador has become the first country in the world to give legal rights to wild animals . The country’s highest court has ruled in favor of a case that centered on a woolly monkey named Estrellita , who was taken from her home to a zoo, where she died within a month. The court ruled in favor of Estrelita, saying that the government had violated her rights. However, he added that the animal’s rights were also violated by the owner when he removed it from its natural habitat at a young age. The Court has finally held that animals are subject to rights protected by the rights of nature.

19.Amrit Samagam inaugurated by Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah

The Union Minister for Home Affairs and Cooperation, Shri Amit Shah at the Summit of Tourism and Cultural Ministers of the country, Amrit Samagam , in New Delhi . launched. The Ministry of Culture is hosting a two-day conference as part of the Amrit Mahotsav of Azadi. The goal of this conference is to discuss how far the Amrit Festival of Independence has progressed, as well as best practices and ideas for methods to be used for the remainder of the festival, especially for important initiatives that are imminent. have to collect. The Union Minister of Tourism, Culture and Donors, Shri G Kishan Reddy, launched the Utsav portal website during the conference, which provides all events, festivals and live events across India to promote different regions of the country as popular tourist destinations across the world. It is a digital initiative launched by the Ministry of Tourism to showcase the philosophy.

20.Bank of Maharashtra to sell 4% stake in ISARC

Bank of Maharashtra announced that it will sell its entire 4% ownership in India SME Asset Reconstruction Company for about Rs 4 crore . According to a regulatory statement, Bank of Maharashtra (BOM) has entered into a share purchase agreement for sale of entire equity position of 4% in Bharat SME Asset Reconstruction Company Limited (ISARC). The bank’s 4% stake, which translates into 40,00,000 equity shares, will be sold for Rs 3.92 crore in cash at Rs 9.80 per share.

21.International Turban Day: 13 April

International Turban Day is celebrated on 13 April every year since 2004 to bring awareness to Sikhs about the dire need to wear the turban as an essential part of their religion. The 2022 Turban Day marks the 553rd birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and the festival of Baisakhi . Turban, also known as dastar or turban or pag , refers to a garment worn by men and some women to cover their heads.

22.Siachen Day: 13 April 2022

Indian Army celebrates Siachen Day every year on 13 April . This day is celebrated in memory of the courage of the Indian Army under Operation Meghdoot . The day also honors the Siachen warriors who have successfully served their motherland from the enemy. The day is celebrated every year to pay tribute to the soldiers who laid down their lives to capture the icy heights of Siachen 38 years ago. The day commemorates the courage and grit displayed by the soldiers of the Indian Army in securing the highest and coldest battlefield in the world.

23.April 13: Anniversary of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

April 13, 2022 is being marked as the anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre . On this occasion, PM Modi and other leaders paid tribute to the great martyrs. On April 13, 1919 ( Baisakhi day ), a peaceful meeting was held at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar . General Dyer ordered to open fire on a crowd of thousands of people, in which a large number of innocent people were killed. People had gathered in the park to protest against the Rowlatt Act . General Dyer was honored by the British Parliament for this massacre.