Daily Current Affairs in English – August 4, 2022

NATIONAL NEWS

Government Withdraws Data Protection Bill 2021:

  • The government has withdrawn the Personal Data Protection Bill from Parliament as it looks to come up with a “comprehensive legal framework” for regulating online space including separate legislation on data privacy, the overall internet ecosystem, cybersecurity, telecom regulations, and harnessing non-personal data for boosting innovation in the country.
  • The Bill was first drafted by an expert committee headed by Justice B.N. Srikrishna in 2018.

Chabahar Day Celebrations: India focuses on Central Asia relations:

  • 31 July was designated Chabahar Day in Mumbai by the Ministry of Port, Shipping, and Waterways (MoPSW) to commemorate the Chabahar – Link to International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) – Connecting Central Asian Markets.
  • According to the MoPSW press release, Sonwal mentioned in his talk that India’s ambition is to turn Shahid Beheshti Port in Chabahar into a transit centre and connect it to INSTC to reach out to Central Asian countries.

RBI permitted use of INR for foreign commerce invoices and payments:

  • Bhagwat Kisanrao Karad, the Union Minister of State for Finance, informed the Rajya Sabha that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has permitted foreign trade invoices and payments to be made in the Indian Rupee.
  • By means of a circular titled International Trade Settlement in Indian Rupees (INR) that was published on July 11, 2022, the central bank has permitted payments for international trade in the Indian currency.

6 National Highway projects launched in MP by Union Minister:

  • In Indore, Madhya Pradesh, 6 National Highway projects totaling 119 km and costing Rs. 2300 crore were formally opened and the foundation stone was laid by Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari.
  • Speaking at the event, Shri Gadkari stated that the projects being launched will facilitate progress by improving connectivity in Indore and the state.

Andhra Pradesh emerges as winner in Utilisation of Agri-Infra funds:

  • When it comes to using cash for agricultural infrastructure, Andhra Pradesh comes out on top (Agri Infra Fund). By placing a strong emphasis on infrastructure development at the farm gate, it has become the best state.
  • At a ceremony in New Delhi, Union Minister of Agriculture and Family Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar presented B. Srinivasa Rao, CEO of State Rythu Bazars, with the award for the best state in the nation in terms of utilising Agri Funds in the fiscal year 2021–22.
  • CEO of State Rythu Bazars: B. Srinivasa Rao

Fortune Global 500 list: LIC breaks into Fortune 500 list:

  • Indian statutory insurance and investment corporation, Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has broken into the latest Fortune Global 500 list.
  • The nation’s biggest life insurer with revenue of USD 97.26 billion and a profit of USD 553.8 million, was ranked 98th on the just released Fortune 500 list. This is the first outing of LIC on the list, which ranks listed companies by sales.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

UN General Assembly deemed healthy environment a Human Right:

  • The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution that recognised everyone’s right to a healthy environment. It was stated that the action is a crucial one in halting the alarming decline of the natural environment. India supported the resolution but abstained from one of the resolution’s key clauses.
  • It expressed dissatisfaction with the resolution’s methodology and content.

SPORTS

Commonwealth Games 2022: Indian weightlifter Gurdeep Singh wins bronze in men’s:

  • India’s Gurdeep Singh won a bronze medal in the men’s 109+kg weightlifting event.
  • Gurdeep lifted a total weight of 390kg (167kg+223kg) in the final, as he won India’s 10th weightlifting medal at the ongoing edition of the Games.
  • Gurdeep joined Gururaja Poojary and Lovepreet Singh to add a third bronze medal in weightlifting for India.

Commonwealth Games 2022: Tulika Maan wins silver in women’s 78kg judo event:

  • Indian judoka, Tulika Maan settle for a silver medal in the women’s 78kg category in the Commonwealth Games 2022.
  • Tulika Maan gets India’s second silver medal in Judo and third overall in the Judo, as she conceded a defeat by Ippon to Scotland’s Sarah Adlington in the Women’s +78kg final.

Commonwealth Games 2022: Tejaswin Shankar wins India’s first High Jump Medal:

  • India’s Tejaswin Shankar won India’s first medal in athletics at the Commonwealth games 2022, by clinching a historic bronze in the men’s high jump final.
  • Tejaswin, competing for India for the first time in four years nailed a landing of 2.22m to secure a podium finish.
  • He did not have trouble clearing 2.5m and 2.10m in the opening two jumps. Then 2.19m and 2.22m quite easily on the first try. He though failed to clear 2.25 but clinched the bronze medal after being quicker to jump 2.22m against the fourth-placed athlete. He attempted 2.28m on his last jump but failed.

APPOINTMENTS

Senior-most judge of Supreme Court U U Lalit, in line to become next CJI:

  • Senior-most judge of the Supreme Court of India, Justice U U Lalit, who is in line to become the next Chief Justice of India (CJI).
  • He has been part of several landmark judgements including the one which held the practice of divorce through instant ‘triple talaq’ among Muslims illegal and unconstitutional.
  • Justice Lalit is in line to become the 49th CJI of India on August 27, a day after incumbent Justice N V Ramana demits the office.

Suresh N Patel sworn in as Central Vigilance Commissioner:

  • Vigilance Commissioner, Suresh N. Patel was appointed as the Central Vigilance Commissioner. He has been working as the acting Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) since June this year.
  • He was sworn in as the chief of the Central Vigilance Commission by President Droupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  • The ceremony was also attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu.

PER DAY ONE INFO

About National Herald Case:

  • The National Herald was a newspaper founded by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru along with other freedom fighters in 1938. It was meant to voice the concerns of the liberal brigade in the Indian National Congress.
  • In 2008, the paper closed down with a debt of over Rs 90 crore.
  • In 2012, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and advocate Subramanian Swamy filed a complaint before a trial court alleging that some Congress leaders were involved in cheating.
  • Both Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi have been summoned by the ED in a probe related to the National Herald case. The National Herald case pertains to the alleged misappropriation of assets of over ₹2,000 crore in an equity transaction.