Current Affairs in English – 22 March, 2022

NATIONAL NEWS

HDFC Bank to launch “SmartHub Vyapar programme” & ‘AutoFirst’ app:

  • HDFC Bank has announced to launch the “SmartHub Vyapar programme” & ‘AutoFirst’ app the following two initiatives/application to give a digital push to small business loans.
  • HDFC Bank Headquarters: Mumbai
  • HDFC Bank Founded: August 1994
  • HDFC Bank CEO: Sashidhar Jagdishan
  • HDFC Bank Chairman: Atanu Chakraborty

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Poetry Day:

  • On 21st March, World Poetry Day is celebrated every year to recognise the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.
  • World Poetry Day Headquarters: Paris, France
  • World Poetry Day Director-General: Audrey Azoulay
  • World Poetry Day Founded: 16 November 1945, London, United Kingdom

22nd March celebrates globally as World Water Day:

  • World Water Day is celebrated globally on 22nd March every year. The day aims to highlight the importance of freshwater.
  • The World Water Day theme 2022 is “Groundwater,
  • Making the Invisible Visible”.
  • Secretary-General of the United Nations: Antonio Guterres
  • The United Nations officially came into existence on 24 October 1945

BOOKS

‘Road to 1000’ book released by Sportstar and The Hindu group:

  • Sportstar and The Hindu group released a coffee-table book, ‘Road to 1000’, at the 2022 Sportstar Aces Awards at The Taj Mahal Palace hotel.

AWARDS

Neeraj Chopra wins Sportsman of the Year award: Sportstar Aces 2022

  • Tokyo Olympic gold medallist, Neeraj Chopra claimed the coveted ‘Sportstar of the Year (Male)’ award at the 2022 Sportstar Aces Awards.

SPORTS

BNP Paribas Open Tournament 2022:

  • The 2022 BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, also known as the 2022 Indian Wells Masters.
  • Category Winner
  • Women’s singles Iga Świątek (Poland)
  • Men’s Singles Taylor Fritz (United States)
  • Women’s Doubles Xu Yifan / Yang Zhaoxuan
  • Men’s Doubles John Isner / Jack Sock

APPOINTMENTS

Indian Economist Jayati Ghosh named as member of UN’s Advisory Board:

  • United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres has announced the appointment of Indian development economist Jayati Ghosh as a member of the UN’s newly established Advisory Board.

PER DAY ONE INFO

Newspapers:

  • India’s first newspaper – Bengal Gazette
  • Tamil Nadu’s first Tamil daily newspaper- Sudhesimithiran
  • India’s first Regional newspaper – Samvath Kaumudi

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