Weekly One-Liner | 31st Jan to 6th Feb 2022

Australian Open 2022: Rafael Nadal beats Daniil Medvedev

Rafael Nadal (Spain) has defeated Daniill Medvedev (Russia) to win the Men’s Singles title at the Australian Open 2022. This is his 21stMajor title, becoming the first male player to do so.

Winners:

  • Men’s Singles : Rafael Nadal
  • Women’s Singles : Ashleigh Barty
  • Men’s Doubles : Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios
  • Women’s Doubles : BarboraKrejčíková and KateřinaSiniaková
  • Mixed Doubles : Kristina Mladenovic and Ivan Dodig

Uttar Pradesh wins best state tableau of Republic Day parade 2022

  • The tableau of Uttar Pradesh has been picked as the best tableau among the 12 States/UTs which participated in the Republic Day parade on January 26, 2022.
  • The theme of the tableau of Uttar Pradesh was ‘One District One Product and Kashi Vishwanath Dham’.
  • The second place went to Karnataka for its tableau based on ‘cradle of traditional handicrafts’ while the third position went to Meghalaya for its tableau based on ‘Meghalaya’s 50 years of Statehood and its tribute to women-led cooperative societies & SHGs’.

Other winners of Republic Day parade 2022:

  • Best marching contingent among three Services: Indian Navy
  • Best marching contingent among CAPF/other auxiliary forces: Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
  • The tableaux of the ministry of education and the ministry of civil aviation have been declared as joint winners in the category of central ministries and departments. The theme of the tableau of the ministry of education and the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship was ‘National Education Policy. The tableau of the ministry of civil aviation was based on the theme ‘Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik’.

Popular Choice Awards

The popular choice category award was introduced for the first time in 2022, wherein the general public was invited to vote for the best marching contingents and best tableaux through the MyGov platform. The online poll was conducted between January 25-31, 2022.

List of winners:

  1. Best state/UTs Tableau: Maharashtra (Theme ‘Biodiversity and State Bio-symbols of Maharashtra’.
  2. Best marching contingent among three Services: Indian Air Force;
  3. Best marching contingent among CAPF/other auxiliary forces: Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
  4. Central Ministry: Ministry of Communication/Department of Posts (Theme ‘India Post: 75 years @ Resolve – Women Empowerment’.)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled ‘Statue of Equality’

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dedicated to the nation 216-feet tall‘Statue of Equality in Hyderabad to commemorate the 11th-century Bhakti saint Ramanujacharya.
  • The statue has been conceptualised by Chinna Jeeyar Swami of Sri Ramanujacharya Ashram.
  • The statue is made of ‘panchaloha’, a combination of five metals- gold, silver, copper, brass, and zinc. It is among one of the tallest metallic statues in sitting positions in the world.
  • The 216-feet tall ‘Statue of Equality statue is mounted on a 54-feet high base building, called ‘BhadraVedi’.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the Pandit Jasraj Cultural Foundation

  • On the occasion of the 92ndbirth anniversary of the Indian classical vocalist, Prime Minister Modi said that the World is entitled to benefit from Indian music like they have from Yoga.

The first geological park of India will be built in Lamheta, Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh

  • The first geological park of India will be built in Lamheta, Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Park will be constructed with an investment of Rs 35 crores, over five-acre land.

The government is setting up the National Land Monetisation Corporation (NLMC)

  • According to Economic Survey, the government is setting up the National Land Monetisation Corporation (NLMC) to carry out the monetization of the land and other non-core assets.
  • The initial authorized share capital of NLMC will be Rs 5000 croresand subscribed share capital of ₹150 crores.

The United States was India’s top trading partner in the calendar year 2021

  • The United States was India’s top trading partner in the calendar year 2021 with a trade of $112.3 billion. The US is followed by China on second. The value of trade between India and China was $110.4 billion.
  • In 2020, China was India’s top trading partner and the US was in the second rank. In 2019 USA was India’s top trading partner and China was on second.

The 2022 Winter Olympics has kicked off on February 04, 2022, in Beijing, China

  • The 2022 Winter Olympics has kicked off on February 04, 2022, in Beijing, China and will continue till February 20, 2022. The Opening Ceremony was held at Beijing’s National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest.
  • India had announced the diplomatic level boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremony. This means that no Indian officials will attend the opening and closing ceremony. However, the country has sent one of its athletes, Arif Khan (skier), to attend the event.

Punjab unveiled its election mascot, “Shera”

  • Chief Electoral Officer’s office of Punjab unveiled its election mascot, “Shera” (Lion).
  • The mascot “Shera”, depicting a lion. It represents the rich cultural heritage of Punjab

SmrithiVanam at the Municipal Park in Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh

  • Social activists have built a temple for Mahatma Gandhi and freedom fighters’ SmrithiVanam at the Municipal Park in Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh to inculcate patriotism among the youth by remembering the sacrifices of freedom fighters.

Torgya Festival in Arunachal Pradesh

  • The three days long Torgya Festival of the Monpa tribal community of Arunachal Pradesh is celebrated at Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The main attraction of the festival is the ‘Sha-na Cham’, the ritual dance performed by monks to showcase the Choe-Gyal Yap & Yum Tsa-Munde deity.

Xiomara Castro has been sworn in as the first female President of Honduras

  • In Honduras, the Freedom and Refoundation Party (Libre) member Xiomara Castro has been sworn in as the first female President of the country.
  • 56thPresident of Honduras.

North Korea successfully tested its Hwasong-12

  • North Korea successfully tested its Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile from the Jagang Province area. This was the first nuclear-capable missile testing undertaken by the country since 2017.
  • The Hwasong-12 has an estimated range of 4,500 km (2,800 miles).

Antonio Costo has been re-elected the Prime Minister of Portugal

  • The Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Costo has been re-elected after his centre-left Socialist Party secured a landslide victory in the 2022 Portuguese legislative election. Socialist Party bagged 117 seats in the 230 seats

World’s first hydrogen-powered flying boat ‘THE JET’ in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  • Dubai firm, THE JET ZeroEmission announced the launch of the World’s first hydrogen-powered flying boat ‘THE JET’ in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

China is celebrating “Year of the Tiger”

  • China is celebrating the Spring Festival, it’s the most important annual festival as it entered the Lunar new “Year of the Tiger”.
  • Last year was celebrated as the Lunar Year of the Ox.
  • According to the Chinese Zodiac calendar, the Year of the Ox has ended and the Year of the Tiger has begun from February 1, 2022, and will end on January 21, 2023.

Meta has partnered with FICCI

  • Social media giant Meta has partnered with industry body the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) to support five lakh women-led small businesses across India.
  • Meta will undertake this initiative under its #SheMeansBusinessprogramme, in partnership with FICCI’s ‘Empowering the Greater 50%’ initiative.

GOI Joined hands with Israel

  • The Government of India has joined hands with the Government of Israel to create 150 ‘Villages of Excellence’ in 12 States of the country, to help farmers to adopt the latest technology in the farm sector.

State Bank of India (SBI) has launched ‘Surya Shakti Cell’

  • State Bank of India (SBI) has launched a dedicated centralized processing cell named ‘Surya Shakti Cell’ with the objective of strengthening the existing financing arrangement for solar power projects.
  • SBI has collaborated with Tata Power Solar Systems Ltd. (a Tata Power Company) for financing solar power projects.

Vedanta Ltd has tied up a facility of Rs 8,000 crores (replacement facility) with Union Bank of India

  • Vedanta Ltd has tied up a facility of Rs 8,000 crores (replacement facility) with Union Bank of India at 75% to take over the majority of the syndicated facility after discussions with lenders.

SBI MOU With IGNCA, NCF

  • The State Bank of India (SBI) has signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indira Gandhi Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and National Culture Fund (NCF) of the Ministry of Culture, for Development of Atmanirbhar Bharat Centre for Design (ABCD) at L1 Barrack, Red Fort, in Delhi.

Fearless Governance: Book by KiranBedi

  • The book titled ‘Fearless Governance’ authored by DrKiranBedi has been released. She is the former Lt Governor of Puducherry and IPS (retd).

Operation Khatma: Book by RC Ganjoo and AshwiniBhatnagar

  • A book titled ‘Operation Khatma’ has been released which is authored by journalists RC Ganjoo and AshwiniBhatnagar.

The Class of 2006:Sneak Peek into the Misadventures of the Great Indian Engineering Life: Book by AkashKansal

  • India’s first-ever season style book titled ‘The Class of 2006: Sneak Peek into the Misadventures of the Great Indian Engineering Life’, written by AkashKansal

‘India, That is Bharat: Coloniality, Civilisation, Constitution’ is authored by J Sai Deepak

  • A Trilogy book series titled, ‘India, That is Bharat: Coloniality, Civilisation, Constitution’ is authored by J Sai Deepak and published by Bloomsbury India.

‘Golden Boy Neeraj Chopra’ authored by sports author Navdeep Singh Gill

  • A short biography of Indian athlete Neeraj Chopra has titled ‘Golden Boy Neeraj Chopra’ authored by sports author Navdeep Singh Gill has been released.

Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been portrayed as the superhero Atharva

  • Virzu Studios in association with MIDAS Deals Pvt Ltd has released the motion poster of its upcoming graphic novel, Atharva – The Origin. Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been portrayed as the superheroAtharva in this graphic novel.

New Banknote Printing Lines

  • Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited (SPMCIL) has set up ‘new banknote printing lines’ at its Currency Note Press, Nashik and Bank Note Press, Dewas.

State Bank of India (SBI) has issued $300 million Formosa bonds

  • State Bank of India (SBI) has issued $300 million Formosa bonds and listed the issuance on India INX GIFT IFSC.
  • The lender is the first Indian entity to raise money through Formosa Bond, which is a bond issued in Taiwan.

Reserve Bank of India has imposed several restrictions on Indian Mercantile Cooperative Bank

  • Reserve Bank of India has imposed several restrictions on Indian Mercantile Cooperative Bank Ltd, Lucknow, including a cap of Rs 1 lakh on withdrawals. The restrictions came into force from the closure of business hours on January 28, 2022.

PNB MOU with Patanjali

  • Punjab National Bank (PNB) and PatanjaliAyurved Limited (PAL) have launched co-branded contactless credit cards in partnership with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).
  • The co-branded credit cards are offered on NPCI’s RuPay Platform and are available in two variants – PNB RuPay Platinum and PNB RuPay Select.

Non-Performing Asset (NPA) accounts worth Rs 82,845 crore

  • As per SBI Chairman Dinesh Kumar Khara, National Asset Reconstruction Company Ltd (NARCL) or bad bank and IndiaDebt Resolution Company Ltd (IDRCL) are ready to commence operations.
  • A total of 38 Non-Performing Asset (NPA) accounts worth Rs 82,845 crorehave been identified to be transferred to NARCL

RBI Cancels the Licence of Independence Co-operative Bank Ltd

  • The Reserve Bank of India has cancelled the license of Independence Co-operative Bank Ltd.,Nashik, Maharashtra w.e.f February 03, 2022.
  • The major reason for the cancellation of the license by RBI is that bank does not have adequate capital and earning prospects. This means that it does not comply with the provisions of Section 11(1) and Section 22 (3) (d) read with Section 56 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.

Tata Group has chosen State Bank of India, Bank of Baroda and HDFC Bank as preferred bankers

  • Tata Group has chosen State Bank of India, Bank of Baroda and HDFC Bank as preferred bankers for Air India.
  • Tata Group has taken over Air India from the government. Air India is the largest international carrier out of India with an 18.6% market share.
  • Tata Sons have availed of aRs 10,000-crore loan from SBI and a Rs 5,000-crore loan from BoB. The loan from HDFC Bank is not known yet. The loans are unrated, unsecured, and pegged at 25% [interest rate] annually.

Paytm Money Launched Pops

  • Paytm Money has introduced “India’s first” intelligent messenger called ‘Pops’. The company has launched ‘Pops’, with which users can receive specific information related to their stocks, analysis about their portfolio, market news, and important market movements in an easy to consume format, all in one place.

TSLP acquired NINL

  • Tata Group company, Tata Steel Long Products Ltd’s(TSLP) has acquired Odisha-based NeelachalIspat Nigam Ltd (NINL) for Rs 12,100 crore.
  • NeelachalIspat Nigam Ltd (NINL) is a steel plant located in Kalinganagar in Odisha
  • It has a capacity of 1 million tonnes a year.
  • This is the 1stinstance of privatisation of a public sector steel manufacturing enterprise in India.

UPI Safety Awareness Week

  • NPCI and the UPI ecosystem will observe February 1-7 as ‘UPI Safety and Awareness Week’ and the whole of February as ‘UPI Safety and Awareness Month’.

HPCL inaugurated HaPpyShop

  • Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) inaugurating its Retail Store under the brand name HaPpyShop, to make available the products of daily need to its customers at their convenience.
  • The first retail store was launched by HPCL in September 2021 in Mumbai at Company’s Retail Outlet located at Nepean Sea Road.

Sony Group Corp. is purchasing Bungie

  • Sony Group Corp. is purchasing Bungie Inc., the U.S. video game developer behind the popular Destiny and Halo franchises, for$3.6 billion to bolster its stable of game-making studios.

Exim Bank gives $500 Mn to SriLanka

  • Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) on behalf of the government of India, extended a line of credit of $500 millionto the government of the socialist republic of Sri Lanka for financing the purchase of petroleum products.

CRISIL has estimated FY23 GDP at 7.8%

  • Domestic rating agency CRISIL has estimated FY23 real GDP growth at 7.8 per cent as compared with the 8.5 per cent projected in the Economic Survey.
  • Estimating the growth to slow to 8 per cent in FY23 from the 9.2 per cent in FY22.

NSO has estimated FY23 GDP at 6.6%

  • The National Statistical Office recently released the first revised GDP estimates for the fiscal year 2021. According to the estimates, the GDP contracted by 6%. Earlier, the GDP had contracted by 7.3%.

GAV Reddy appointed the new head of Defence Intelligent Agency

  • Lieutenant General GAV Reddy has been appointed as the new head of the Defence Intelligence Agency.
  • General Reddy would be succeeding Lt Gen KJS Dhillon.

Urjitpatel resigned from Britannia Industries

  • Former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor, Urjit Patel has resigned from the post of non-executive and independent director of Britannia Industries Limited, citing a full-time work assignment starting next month.

Dr. Madan Mohan Tripathi appointed DG of NIELIT

  • Madan Mohan Tripathi has joined as Director-General of the National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology (NIELIT)

Ravi Mittal appointed Chairman of IBBI

  • The former secretary, Department of Sports, Ravi Mittal has been appointed as the Chairman of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI), as per the notification issued by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
  • He will serve as the Chairman of IBBI for a term of five years or till he attains 65 years of age.

GA Srinivasa Murthy appointed director of DRDL

  • Senior scientist GA Srinivasa Murthy has been appointed director of Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Hyderabad.

M Jagadesh Kumar as the new Chairman of UGC

  • The government of India has appointed JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) Vice-Chancellor, M Jagadesh Kumar as the new Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC)

Sonali Singh to hold the additional charge of CGA

  • The Government of India has appointed Sonali Singh to hold the additional charge of the Controller General of Accounts (CGA), under the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, with effect from February 01, 2022.

Rahul Bhatia appointed MD of IndiGo

  • The low-cost Indian airline, IndiGo has appointed its co-founder and promoter Rahul Bhatia as the Managing Director (MD) of the company with immediate effect.
  • He is the first-ever MD of Indigo, because before this the company never had a managing director.
  • RonojoyDutta is the CEO of the Indigo.

Scorpene-class submarines named “Vagir”

  • The Indian Navy‘s brand-new submarine, the fifth of the six French-designed Scorpene-class submarines named “Vagir”.
  • The submarine-designated “Yard 11879” during its construction by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in collaboration with the Naval Group of France will be named “Vagir” after it is commissioned into service.

MoD launched SeHAT

  • Ministry of Defence had launched the Services e-Health Assistance and Teleconsultation (SeHAT) medical teleconsultation service for all entitled armed forces personnel and their families.

India MOU with Philippines

  • India and Philippines signed a 375 million dollar deal for the sale of BrahMos supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles to the Philippines Navy.

Daryl Mitchell won ICC Spirit of Cricket Award

  • New Zealand cricketer, Daryl Mitchell has been named the winner of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Spirit of Cricket Award 2021.
  • This award is given to him for his gesture of refusing to take a single in the high-pressure 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Semi-Finals against England as he felt he had “obstructed” the way of bowler Adil Rashid at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Neeraj Chopra nominated for Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award

  • Tokyo Olympics gold medallist, Neeraj Chopra has been nominated for the prestigious 2022 Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award.

Street Student won first prize

  • A Telugu short film ‘Street Student’ by AkulaSandeep depicting the story of a street urchin with a strong message on right to education has bagged the first prize in a competition organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

India and ASEAN nations have approved a work plan titled India-ASEAN Digital Work Plan

India and ASEAN nations have approved a work plan titled India-ASEAN Digital Work Plan 2022, during the second ASEAN Digital Ministers’ (ADGMIN) Meeting held virtually.

Prime Minister ShriNarendraModi has addressed 30thNational Commission for Women Foundation Day

  • Prime Minister ShriNarendraModi has addressed 30th National Commission for Women Foundation Day programme on January 31, 2022, via video conference. The event was organised to celebrate the achievements of women in different fields.
  • The theme of the programme was ‘She The Change Maker’.

Maharashtra has topped India’s list in MSME

  • Maharashtra has topped India’s list in the number of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) owned by entrepreneurs from the Scheduled Castes with as many as 96,805 enterprises.
  • Tamil Nadu with 42,997 enterprises occupy the second
  • Rajasthan with 38,517 occupy the third slots, according to the data furnished by the Office of the Development Commissioner in the Union Ministry of MSME.

LIC has been ranked at 10th in the list of insurance brands: Brand Finance

  • As per a brand valuation report released by Brand Finance, Life Insurance Corporation has been ranked at 10thin the list of insurance brands globally.
  • LIC is the only Indian insurance company in the top 10 list.
  • LIC has a valuation of USD 8.656 billion (around Rs 64,722 crore).

Unemployment rate in India

  • The unemployment rate in India in January 2022 fell sharply to 57%, according to the data from the economic think-tank, the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE).
  • This is the lowest rate witnessed since March 2021.

Samsung Electronics to become the world’s leading chipmaker

  • South Korean electronics manufacturing giant, Samsung Electronics surpassedS chipmaker Intel to become the world’s leading chipmaker by revenue in 2021, according to a report released by research firm Counterpoint Technology Market Research.

ParamPravega, one of the most powerful supercomputers in India

  • The Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), Bengaluru, has installed and commissioned ParamPravega, one of the most powerful supercomputers in India.
  • It is also the largest supercomputer in an Indian academic institution.
  • ParamPravega has a total supercomputing capacity of 3.3 petaflops (1 petaflop equals a quadrillion or 1015 operations per second).
  • The supercomputer has been designed by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). It has been developed under the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM).

10th Women’s Hockey Asia Cup

  • India defeated China, 2-0 to win the bronze medal at the 2022 Women’s Hockey Asia Cup tournament. The 2022 Women’s Hockey Asia Cup was the 10thedition of the quadrennial Women’s Hockey Asia Cup. The tournament was held from January 21 to 28, 2022 at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat, Oman.

6th women’s field hockey championship title

  • Argentina defeated Chile, 4-2 to win its 6thwomen’s field hockey championship title at the 2022 Women’s Pan American Cup. The Women’s Pan American Cup is the quadrennial international championship of the Americas organized by the Pan American Hockey Federation.

PR Sreejesh has won the World Games Athlete of the Year award

  • Indian men’s hockey player PR Sreejesh has won the World Games Athlete of the Year award for 2021. He is the second Indian after Rani Rampal to win this award. In 2020, Indian women’s hockey captain Rani Rampal became the first Indian to win the honour for her performances in 2019.

First sports Unicorn

  • Chennai Super Kings (CSK), has become the country’s first sports Unicorn with its market cap having touched a high of Rs 7,600 crores and its share in the grey market trading in the Rs 210-225 price band.

Women’s singles title at the 2022 Odisha Open badminton tournament

  • Indian teenager UnnatiHooda beat compatriot SmitToshniwal, 21-18, 21-11, to claim the women’s singles title at the 2022 Odisha Open badminton tournament.
  • The 2022 Odisha Open is a BWF Super 100 tournament, organized at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium, Cuttack, Odisha.

‘Khelo India – National Programme for Development of Sports’

  • The Government has decided to continue the scheme of ‘Khelo India – National Programme for Development of Sports’ over the 15thFinance Commission Cycle — 2021-22 to 2025-26 — at an outlay of Rs 3165.50 crore.
  • Khelo India Scheme Allocation increases by 48 per cent in Budget 2022 and includes it in the Prime Minister’s Award Scheme.”

World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day (World NTD Day) is observed on January 30

  • World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day (World NTD Day) is observed on January 30 every year to raise awareness about neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) as a critical public health challenge so that we can progress towards their elimination.
  • 2022 theme is ‘Achieving health equity to end the neglect of poverty-related diseases’
  • The 2022 slogan is “From neglect to care”.

World Leprosy Day falls on January 30, 2022

  • World Leprosy Day is observed globally on the last Sunday of January every year.
  • In 2022, the World Leprosy Day falls on January 30, 2022.
  • This year theme of World Leprosy Day 2022 is “United for Dignity”.

46th Raising Day of ICG on 1st Feb 2022

  • Indian Coast Guard (ICG) is celebrating its 46thRaising Day on 01 Feb 2022.
  • The fourth largest Coast Guard in the world

World Wetlands Day is observed every year on February 2

  • World Wetlands Day is observed every year on February 2 all over the world.
  • 2022 marks 51 years of the Convention on Wetlands.
  • The international theme for World Wetlands Day 2022 is ‘Wetlands Action for People and Nature’.

World Interfaith Harmony Week is an annual event observed during the first week of February

  • World Interfaith Harmony Week is an annual event observed during the first week of February(1-7 February), after General Assembly designation in 2010.
  • The ‘International Day of Human Fraternity’ is celebrated across the world on 4th

World Cancer Day is observed every year globally on 4th February

  • World Cancer Day is observed every year globally on 4th February by the Union for International Cancer Control.
  • World Cancer Day’s theme, “Close the Care Gap”.

Iqbal Singh Kingrapaased away

  • Iqbal Singh Kingra, who was an Indian socio-spiritual leader of the Sikh community and an educationalist passed away at the age of 95 years. He was conferred with the Padma Shri in 2022 for his contributions in the field of social work.

Rupinder Singh Suri has passed away

  • Senior advocate and Additional Solicitor General (ASG), Rupinder Singh Suri has passed away.
  • He was appointed the ASG in June 2020.

Tata Sky Renamed as Tata Play

  • Tata Sky has dropped the ‘sky’ brand name after 15 years and has rechristened itself as Tata Play.
  • The DTH company has joined hands with Netflix to offer new OTT (over the top) content-centric channel packs as well.

SpitukGustor Festival in Ladakh

  • SpitukGustor Festival, a two-day annual celebration of Ladakhi culture and traditional heritage celebrated on 30th & 31st January 2022 in Leh and Ladakh Union Territory.

Bird Sanctuary listed as Ramsar Sites

  • The Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary near Jamnagar in Gujarat and Bakhira Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttar Pradeshhave been listed as Wetlands of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention.
  • With this, the total number of Ramsar sites in India goes up to 49.

Static Takeaways

  • Madhya Pradesh Capital: Bhopal
  • Madhya Pradesh Governor: Mangubhai C. Patel
  • Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister: Shivraj Singh Chouhan
  • Punjab Capital: Chandigarh
  • Punjab Chief minister: Charanjit Singh Channi
  • Punjab Governor: BanwarilalPurohit
  • Andhra Pradesh Capitals: Visakhapatnam (executive capital), Kurnool (judicial capital), Amaravati (legislative capital.)
  • Andhra Pradesh Governor: BiswabhusanHarichandan
  • Andhra Pradesh Chief minister: Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy
  • Arunachal Pradesh Capital: Itanagar
  • Arunachal Pradesh Chief minister: PemaKhandu
  • Arunachal Pradesh Governor: B.D. Mishra
  • Honduras Capital: Tegucigalpa
  • Honduras Currency: Honduran lempira
  • Honduras Continent: North America
  • North Korea Capital: Pyongyang
  • North Korea Supreme leader: Kim Jong-un
  • North Korea Currency: North Korean won
  • Portugal President: Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
  • Portugal Capital: Lisbon
  • Portugal Currency: Euro
  • UAE Capital: Abu Dhabi
  • UAE Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham
  • UAE President: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
  • China Capital: Beijing
  • China Currency: Renminbi
  • China President: Xi Jinping
  • Meta CEO: Mark Zuckerberg
  • Meta Headquarters: California, United States
  • FICCI President: Sanjiv Mehta
  • FICCI Founded: 1927
  • FICCI Headquarters: New Delhi
  • FICCI Secretary-General: DilipChenoy
  • Israel President: Isaac Herzog
  • Israel Capital: Jerusalem
  • Israel Prime minister: Naftali Bennett
  • Israel Currency: Israeli Shekel
  • Tata Power Solar Systems Ltd. Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Tata Power Solar Systems Ltd. Founded: 1989
  • Union Bank of India Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Union Bank of India CEO: RajkiranRai G
  • Union Bank of India Founded: 11 November 1919, Mumbai
  • Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited Chairman and Managing Director: TriptiPatraGhosh
  • Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited Founded: 10 February 2006
  • SBI Founded: 1 July 1955
  • SBI Headquarters: Mumbai
  • SBI Chairman: Dinesh Kumar Khara
  • Punjab National Bank Founded: 1894
  • Punjab National Bank Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Punjab National Bank MD & CEO: Atul Kumar Goel
  • Punjab National Bank Tagline: The Name You Can Bank Upon
  • PatanjaliAyurved Limited Founded: January 2006
  • PatanjaliAyurved Limited Headquarters: Haridwar
  • PatanjaliAyurved Limited Founders: Ramdev, Balkrishna
  • Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation Chairperson: Michael Patra
  • Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation Founded: 15 July 1978
  • Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Export-Import Bank of India Founded: 1982
  • Export-Import Bank of India Headquarters: Mumbai
  • HPCL Headquarters: Mumbai
  • HPCL CEO and Chairperson: Mukesh Kumar Surana
  • NPCI Founded: 2008
  • NPCI Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • NPCI MD & CEO: DilipAsbe
  • Tata Steel Founded: 25 August 1907, Jamshedpur
  • Tata Steel CEO: T. V. Narendran (31 Oct 2017–)
  • Tata Steel Founder: Jamsetji Tata
  • Tata Steel Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Paytm Money CEO: Varun Sridhar
  • Paytm Money Headquarters location: Bengaluru
  • Paytm Money Founded: 20 September 2017
  • Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India Founded: 1 October 2016
  • Chief of Naval Staff: Admiral R Hari Kumar
  • Indian Navy Founded: 26 January 1950
  • ICC Chairman: Greg Barclay
  • ICC CEO: Geoff Allardice
  • ICC Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • ICC Founded: 15 June 1909
  • LIC Chairperson: M R Kumar
  • LIC Headquarters: Mumbai
  • LIC Founded: 1 September 1956
  • Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports: Anurag Singh Thakur
  • Indian Coast Guard Director-General: Virender Singh Pathania
  • Indian Coast Guard Founded: 1 February 1977
  • Indian Coast Guard Headquarters: Ministry of Defence, New Delhi
  • Ladakh (UT) Lieutenant Governor: Radha Krishna Mathur

Weekly Current Affairs | 1st to 5th of Feb 2022

TAMIL NADU NEWS

மங்கத்ராம் சர்மா

  • தமிழகத்தில் மத்திய அரசின் திட்டங்களை விளரந்து
    செயல்படுத்தும் புதிய திட்டத்துக்கான சதாடர்பு
    அதிகாரியாக நியமிக்கப்பட்டுள்ைவர் – மங்கத்ராம் ெர்மா
  • அரசின் திட்டங்களை விளரந்து செயல்படுத்த சதாடர்பு
    அதிகாரி நியமனம்
  • தளைளமச் செயைாைர் சவ. இளையன்பு –உத்தரளவ சவளியிட்டார்

NATIONAL NEWS

பட்டியல் சாதியினர் தொழில்முனைவோர்

  • அதிக எண்ணிக்ளகயிைான பட்டியல் ொதியினர்
    சதாழில்முளனவவார் –மகாராஷ்டிரா (Maharashtra
    has highest number of SC entrepreneurs)
    ✓ 96,805 MSME நிறுவனங்கள் (மஹாராஷ்டிரா)

அடுத்த இடங்களில்:

✓ தமிழ்நாடு (42,997), ராஜஸ்தான் (38,517)

டுங்யூர் வதார்க்யா திருவிழா

  • டுங்யூர் வதார்க்யா திருவிழா – இந்திய
    வடகிழக்கு மாநிைமான அருணாச்ெைப்
    பிரவதெத்தில் சகாண்டாடப்படுகிைது.
    ✓ ‘டுங்யூர் வதார்க்யா’ திருவிழா – சமான்பா பழங்குடியினரால்
    சகாண்டாடப்படுகிைது.
    ✓ சகாண்டாடப்படும் நாட்கள் – 3 நாட்கள்

நோக்கம் – துறவிகள்சோ-கியால்யாப்&யம்சா-முண்டேதெய்வத்தை

  • வெளிப்படுத்தும்சடங்குநடனம்
  • இதன்போதுதலாய்லாமாமற்றலாமாக்களுக்குஆசீர்வாதங்களை (செ-பூம்என்றும்அழைக்கப்படுகிறது) வழங்குகிறார்.
  • அருணாச்சலபிரதேசத்தின்தலைநகரம்: இட்டாநகர்
  • அருணாச்சலபிரதேசமுதல்வர்: பெமாகாண்டு
  • அருணாச்சலபிரதேசஆளுநர்: பி.டி. மிஸ்ரா

பஞ்சாப் மாநிலத்தின் தேர்தல் சின்னமாக "ஷேரா" (சிங்கம்)

  • பஞ்சாப் மாநிலத்தின் தேர்தல் சின்னமாக “ஷேரா” (சிங்கம்) ஐ வெளியிட்டுஉள்ளது–பஞ்சாப்
  • தளைளம வதர்தல் அதிகாரி அலுவைகம்.
  • பஞ்சாப் சட்டமன்றதேர்தல் 20 பிப்ரவரி 2022 அன்றுதிட்டமிடப்பட்டுள்ளது
  • சிங்கத்தை சித்தரிக்கும் சின்னம் “ஷேரா”. இது பஞ்சாபின் வளமானகலாச்சார பாரம்பரியத்தை பிரதிபலிக்கிறது
  • இது இந்திய வதர்தல் ஆளணயத்தின் (ECI) முளையான வாக்காைர் கல்வி மற்றும் வதர்தல்
  • பங்வகற்பு (SVEEP) திட்டத்தின் கீழ் ஊக்குவிக்கப்படுகிைது.
  • SVEEP திட்டம் 2009 இல், வாக்காைர் கல்விக்கான ECI இன் முதன்ளமத் திட்டமாகத் சதாடங்கப்பட்டது.
  • Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation – (SVEEP)
  • பஞ்சாப் தலைநகர்: சண்டிகர்
  • பஞ்சாப் முதல்வர்: சரண்ஜித்சிங்சன்னி
  • பஞ்சாப் ஆளுநர்: பன்வாரிலால்புரோகித்.

நாட்டிலேயே மிக மூத்த வேட்பாளர்

  • நாட்டிலேயே மிக மூத்த வேட்பாளர் என்ற சாதனை படைத்துள்ளார் – பிரகாஷ் சிங்பாதல் – பஞ்சாப் மாநிலம்
  • Parkash Singh Badal, became the oldest candidate of the country
  • சிரோமணி அகாலி தளம் கட்சியின் மூத்த தலைவர் (வயது 94)
  • லாம்பி தொகுதி (பஞ்சாப்) – வேட்புமனு தாக்கல்
  • முன்பு: வி. எஸ். அச்சுதானந்தன் (கேரள முன்னாள் முதல்வர்)

இந்தியாவில் இரண்டு புதிய ராம்சார் நிலங்கள் இணைக்கப்பட்டு உள்ளது

  1. கிஜாடியா பறவைகள் சரணாலயம்–குஜராத்
  2. பகிரா வனவிலங்கு சரணாலயம் – உத்திரபிர தேசம்
  • இந்தியாவில் உள்ள மொத்த ராம்சர் தளங்களின் எண்ணிக்கை – 49

குஜராத்தின் 4வது ராம்சார் நிலம்

  1. நல்சரோவர் பறவைகள் சரணாலயம்
  2. தோல் வனவிலங்கு சரணாலயம்
  3. வாத்வா னாஈரநிலம்
  4. கிஜாடியா பறவைகள் சரணாலயம்

கிஜாடியா பறவைகள் சரணாலயம் பற்றி

  • கிஜாடியா வனவிலங்கு சரணாலயம் ,கட்ச் வளைகுடா கடற்கரைக்கு அருகில் உள்ளநன்னீர்ஈரநிலம்.
  • 1920 ஆம்ஆண்டுவிவசாயநிலங்களைப்பாதுகாப்பதற்காகஅப்போதையநவநகர்
  • ஆட்சியாளரால் 1920 ஆம்ஆண்டில்உருவாக்கப்பட்டது.
  • இந்தசரணாலயம்இப்போதுநாட்டின்முதல்கடல்தேசியபூங்காவானஜாம்நகர்கடல்தேசியபூங்காவின்ஒருபகுதியாகும்.

Weekly Current Affairs | 24th to 30th of January 2022

India Celebrating 73rdRepublic Day on 26 January 2022

  • According to the Ministry of Defence, for the first time, an Indian Air Force (IAF) will show grand fly past by 75 aircraft or helicopters. A drone show by 1,000 indigenously developed drones has been planned for the ‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony, along with projection mapping will be shown for the first time. In another first, 480 dancers will perform during the cultural programme at the parade have been selected through a nationwide Vande Bharatam dance competition.

International Cricket Council announced ICC Awards 2021

  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the winners of the 17th edition of ICC Awards for the year 2021 to recognise and honour the best international cricket players of the previous 12 months, between January 01, 2021, and December 31, 2021. Notably, these awards honour players for their performances for their respective national side in a year.

The apex international cricket governing body has named the winners in the different categories such as:

Emerging Cricketer of the Year, T20I Cricketer of the Year and Associate Cricketer of the Year for both men’s and women’s cricket.

Winners are listed below:

Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy for ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year:

Smriti Mandhana (India)

Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year:

Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan)

ICC Umpire of the Year:

Marais Erasmus

ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year:

Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan)

ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year:

Tammy Beaumont (England)

ICC Emerging Men’s Cricketer of the Year:

Janneman Malan (South Africa)

ICC Emerging Women’s Cricketer of the Year:

Fatima Sana (Pakistan)

ICC Men’s Associate Cricketer of the Year:

Zeeshan Maqsood (Oman)

ICC Women’s Associate Cricketer of the Year:

Andrea-Mae Zepeda (Austria)

ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year:

Babar Azam (Pakistan)

ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year:

Lizelle Lee (South Africa)

ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year:

Joe Root (England)

Ministry of Home Affairs Padma Awards 2022 announced

The Union ministry of home affairs announced the Padma awards on the eve of the country’s 73rd Republic Day.

The Awards are given in three categories:

  • Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service)
  • Padma Bhushan (distinguished service of higher-order)
  • Padma Shri (distinguished service)
  • The award seeks to recognize achievements in all fields of activities or disciplines where an element of public service is involved. These awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March/ April every year.

Padma Vibhushan (4)

  1. Ms. Prabha Atre Art Maharashtra
  2. Shri Radhey shyam Khemka (Posthumous) Literature and Education U.P.
  3. General BipinRawat(Posthumous) Civil Service Uttarakhand
  4. ShriKalyan Singh (Posthumous) Public Affairs Uttar Pradesh

Padma Bhushan (17)

  1. ShriGhulamNabi Azad Public Affairs Jammu and Kashmir
  2. Shri Victor Banerjee Art West Bengal
  3. Ms. GurmeetBawa(Posthumous) Art Punjab
  4. ShriBuddhadebBhattacharjee Public Affairs West Bengal
  5. ShriNatarajanChandrasekaran Trade and Industry Maharashtra
  6. Shri Krishna Ella and Smt. Suchitra Ella* (Duo) Trade and Industry Telangana
  7. Ms. Madhur Jaffery Others Culinary USA
  8. Shri Devendra Jhajharia Sports Rajasthan
  9. Shri Rashid Khan Art Uttar Pradesh
  10.  Shri Rajiv Mehrishi Civil Service Rajasthan
  11.  Shri SatyaNarayana Nadella Trade and Industry USA
  12.  Shri Sundararajan Pichai Trade and Industry USA
  13.  Shri Cyrus PoonawallaTrade and Industry Maharashtra
  14.  Shri Sanjaya Rajaram (Posthumous) Sci and Engg Mexico
  15.  Ms. Pratibha Ray Literature and Education Odisha
  16.  Swami Sachidan and Literature and Education Gujarat
  17.  Shri VashishthTripathi Literature and Education Uttar Pradesh
  18. Padma Shri (107)

National Affairs

  • Union Agriculture Ministry has amended the guidelines of Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM) to provide 40-100 per cent subsidy until March 2023 in purchasing drones for farm mechanization. After the amendment, a grant for the purchase of drones up to 100 per cent of the cost of agriculture drones or Rs 10 lakhs, whichever is less, can be given.
  • The Union Minister of Home and Cooperation AmitShah has virtually released India’s First “District Good Governance Index” for 20 districts of Jammuand Kashmir. The top 5 districts in the District Good Governance Index” are (1) Jammu (2) Doda (3) Samba (4) Pulwama (5) Srinagar.
  • Prime Minister NarendraModi has unveiled a hologram statue of NetajiSubhas Chandra Bose at India Gate on Parakram Divas. The size of the hologram statue is 28 feet in height and 6 feet in width. A grand statue, which will be made of granite, will replace the hologram statue once it is completed.
  • Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has released a 5-year roadmap and Vision Document 2.0 for the electronics sector. The Vision Document 2.0 titled “$300 bn Sustainable Electronics Manufacturing & Exports by 2026” has been prepared by MeitY in association with the India Cellular & Electronics Association (ICEA).
  • India has paid USD 29.9 million in UN regular budget assessments for the year 2022. As of January 21, 2022, 24 Member States have paid their regular budget assessments in full. India is currently a nonpermanent member of the 15-nation Security Council and its two-year term will end on December 31, 2022.
  • Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar (PMRBP) for the year 2022 has been conferred to 29 children. These winners include 15 Boys and 14 Girls, belonging to 21 States and UTs. The PMRBP award is given by the Government of India to children with exceptional abilities and outstanding accomplishments in 6 categories. The award carries a cash prize of Rs.1,00,000/-.
  • LokSabha Speaker Om Birla has launched the official mobile application of the Parliament named ‘Digital Sansad App’ on January 27, 2022, to allow citizens toaccess live proceedings of the House, including the Union Budget 2022 live. The app will make the Parliament and Parliamentary proceedings accessible not only to the members but also to the public of the country.

States in the News

  • Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jai Ram Thakur has launched the ‘Apna Kangra’ app and hampers handcrafted by self-help groups (SHGs) at Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. The app aims to provide a hassle-free experience for tourists and to boost sales of local handicrafts.
  • The government of Karnataka has launched India’s first AVGC Center of Excellence (CoE) (Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming, and Comics) in Mahadevapura, Bengaluru, Karnataka. AVGC CoEwas launched with pioneering high technology digital media hub under its Innovate Karnataka initiative. Itis funded by the Department of Electronics Information Technology Biotechnology and Science &Technology.
  • Governments of Himachal Pradesh and Haryana have signed anMoU at Panchkula, for the construction of AdiBadri Dam that would come upon 77 acres in Himachal Pradesh near the AdiBadri area of Yamuna Nagar district of Haryana. The proposed dam aims for the rejuvenation of the Saraswatiriver with an estimated cost of Rs 215.35 crore.
  • RamgarhVishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary in Rajasthan, which is among the proposed five sites in the country, is expected to be formally notified as tiger reserve (TR) soon before the Global Tiger Summit, which is to be held at Vladivostok, Russia.
  • Kerala Bird Atlas (KBA), the first-of-its-kind State level bird atlas in India, has created solid baseline data about the distribution and abundance of bird species across all major habitats, giving an impetus to futuristic studies. It is being conducted as a citizen science-driven exercise with the participation of over1,000 volunteers of the bird watching community KBA has been prepared based on systematic surveys held twice over 60 days a year.
  • India’s first innovation centre for graphene will be set up in Kerala by the Digital University Kerala (DUK), along with the Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET) in Thrissur, for Rs86.41 crore. This will be the first graphene Research and Development (R&D) incubation centre in the country. Tata Steel Limited is set to be the industrial partner of the centre.

International Affairs

  • The NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) member countries will be conducting a 12-day maritime exercise in the Mediterranean Sea from January 24, 2022. The name of the maritime exercise is “Neptune Strike ’22”. The naval drill will end on February 04, 2022. The main purpose of this exercise will be to demonstrate and test NATO’s wide range of maritime capabilities.
  • Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley was sworn in for a second term in office on 20 January 2022, following a landslide victory by her party in the 2022election.
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a multilateral development bank has committed USD 150 million to invest in the development of data centres that mostly serve emerging Asia. This project is being AIIB’s 1st data centre project. India is a key founding member of AIIB. AIIB’s investment of USD 100 million through a parallel fund structure and USD 50 million through co investments mark the final close of KDCF II, a development fund making strategic investments in the fast-growing data center sector with a focus on the Asia Pacific.
  • The Russian, Chinese and Iranian navies undertook naval exercises CHIRU-2Q22 in the Gulf of Oman. The maritime drills conducted in the northern parts of the Indian Ocean aimed at deepening practical cooperation among the navies of the three countries.
  • The world’s largest canal lock has been inaugurated at Ijmuiden, a small port city, in the Port of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The sea lock was inaugurated by Dutch King Willen-Alexander. The Ijmuiden sea lock is 500-meter (1,640-feet) long and 70-meter wide. Construction on the massive infrastructure project began in 2016 and was meant to be done by 2019. It also went over the initiallyplanned budget by around €300 million ($338 million).

Agreements / MoUs Signed

  • Jio Platforms (JPL) has signed a pact with the University of Oulu, Finland, to accelerate research and standardization in 6G technology. JPL and the University of Oulu will collaborate in Research and Development (R&D) of aerial and space communication, holographic beam forming, 3Dconnected intelligence in cyber security, microelectronics, and photonics.
  • Bharti Airtel and Google have announced a long term partnership agreement, to accelerate the growth of India’s digital ecosystem. Under the deal, Googlewill invest USD 1 billion in Airtel. From the total investment, Google will invest USD 700 million to acquire a 1.28 per cent stake in Bharti Airtel Ltd. Theremaining USD 300 million will go toward multi-year commercial agreements with Airtel, including devices built together by the two tech giants.
  • Terra Pay has signed MoU with NPCI International Payments Limited (NIPL) to allow Indian customers with an active UPI ID to receive real-time, international payments into their bank accounts via Terra Pay’s secure payments technology. It will enable a seamless and convenient cross-border remittancesexperience. NIPL is an international arm of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).

Books and Authors

  • Union Minister of State for Culture, Meenakashi Lekhi has released a pictorial comic book titled ‘India’s Women Unsung Heroes’, as a tribute to the forgotten women freedom fighters of the country. The book has been prepared by the Ministry of Culture in partnership with Amar Chitra Katha, an Indian publisher of Indian comics and graphic novels. India will be celebrating 75 years of independence this August 15.
  • The former finance secretary of India, Subhash Chandra Garg has announced his debut book named “The $10 Trillion Dream”. The book is scheduled to hit stands towards the end of February 2022. The new book explores the critical policy issues that India faces today and suggests reforms for it to become a USD 10 trillion economy by the mid-2030s. It is published by Penguin Random House India (PRHI).
  • A new book titled “A Little Book of India: Celebrating 75 years of Independence” authored by Ruskin Bond was released, marking 75 years of India’s Independence. The book is the blend of “physical and spiritual” attributes of India and also highlights the last 75 years of India’s progress as a nation. It is published by Penguin Random House India (PRHI).

Banking / Economy / Business News

  • According to a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Working Paper, the optimal hedge ratio for the External Commercial Borrowings (ECBs) raised by firms in India is estimated at 63 per cent for the periods of high volatility in the foreign exchange (forex/FX) market. An optimal hedge ratio is a ratio that implies the percentage of total asset or liability exposure that an entity ought to hedge against exchange rate fluctuations.
  • Ujjivan Small Finance Bank (SFB) has launched ‘Platina Fixed Deposit’, offering interest of 15 basis points (bps) higher than the regular term deposit rates provided by Ujjivan SFB. The Platina FD is a non-callable deposit, where partial & premature withdrawal is not applicable. While the interest amount can be received on monthly, quarterly or at the end of the maturity period.
  • The Government of India has sanctioned and notified the Scheme for the amalgamation of the Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative Bank Ltd with Unity Small Finance Bank Ltd. This means that from January 25, 2022 all the branches of the PMC Bank will function as branches of Unity Small FinanceBank Ltd.
  • City Union Bank in association with smart-techenabled preventive healthcare platform GOQii and powered by the National Payments Corporation ofIndia (NPCI), has launched a wearable payment solution called CUB fitness watch debit card. Customers need to hold this wristwatch in front of the PoS device during payment like tapping the card on PoS.
  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cut India’s economic growth forecast for the current fiscal 2021-22 (FY22) to 9 per cent, in its latest world economic outlook report. Earlier this was estimated at 9.5%. IMF has projected the growth forecast forIndia in 2022-23 (FY23) at 7.1% IMF has projectedthe global growth rate in 2022 to 4.4%, and in 2023 to 3.8%.
  • Food-ordering and instant grocery delivery platform, Swiggy has signed a $700 million funding round led by asset manager Invesco. With this, the total valuation of Swiggy has reached to $10.7 billion i.e. it is now a decacorn. A decacorn is a startup with a valuation of more than $10 billion.
  • Fullerton India and One97 Communications Limited, which owns the brand Paytm, have announced a partnership to provide lending products to merchant partners and consumers. With the partnership, the two established institutions will leverage data-driven insights and wide reach to bring credit to new-to-credit users. They aim to co-create innovative merchant loan products using customer payment behaviour and Fullerton’s years of experience of understanding of this segment.
  • The government of India officially handed over India’s flag carrier, Air India to the Tata Group on January 27, 2022, almost 69 years after acquiring the conglomerate. The total value of the deal is Rs 18,000 crore (US$2.4 billion). The strategic disinvestment transaction of Air India includes the transfer of a 100 per cent stake of GoI in Air India to Tata Sons, along with management control.
  • A teen-focused Fintech startup based in India, Pencilton has recently launched PencilCard, a debit card that is compliant with National Common Mobility Card standards. It has been launched in partnership with Trans corp. The National Common Mobility Card was developed by India’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in early 2019. It allows the user to pay for travel, toll duties, retail shopping and withdraw money.
  • According to the World Gold Council (WGC) report ‘Gold Demand Trends 2021’ has informed that the global gold demand rose 10 per cent in 2021 to 4,021.3 tonnes. The overall gold demand during 2020, which was impacted following Covid-19 related disruptions, stood at 3,658.8 tonnes. India’s gold consumption surged to 797.3 tonnes in 2021, on the back of the recovery in consumer sentiments and pent-up demand post Covid-19-related disruptions and the bullish trend is set to continue this year as well.

Appointments / Resignations

  • Plant-based meat company Good Dot has roped in Neeraj Chopra as its brand ambassador. With this association, the company wants to create awarenessabout the new category of plant-based meats. It also wants to send out a message that small changes in lifestyle and food choices can go a long way in making the world a better place.
  • Vinod anand Jha has been appointed as the Chairperson of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) Adjudicating Authority, for a period of 5 years. Jha is a 1983-batch retired IRS officer, who was serving as the Principal ChiefCommissioner of Income Tax in Pune before this.
  • The Government of India has appointed Dr V Anantha Nageswaran as the new Chief Economic Adviser. The announcement came days ahead of the presentation of the 2022 Union Budget on February 1 and the tabling of the 2021-22 Economic Survey on January 31.
  • Pushp Kumar Joshi has been named to be the newchairman and managing director of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL), the nation’s third-largest oil refining and fuel marketing company.

Defence News

  • Swedish defence company ‘Saab’ had been selected by the Indian Armed Force through a competitive programme for the supply of single-shot anti armour weapon AT4. AT4 will be used by the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force. The order includes the AT4CS AST, which can be fired from confined spaces such as from inside buildings, bunkers and other urban environments. Carl-Gustaf system of Saab is being already used by the Indian Armed Forces.
  • Russia delivered all the contracted 70,000 AK-203 Kalashnikov assault rifles to the Indian Armed Forces. The Indian Armed Forces had placed an order for 670,000 rifles, for which the contract was signed on December 06, 2021, between India and Kalashnikov (Russian defence manufacturing unit). The total cost of the contract is around Rs 5,124 crore. The contract included procuring 70,000 riflesoff the shelf.
  • Western Naval Command of the Indian Navy conducted a joint maritime exercise Paschim Lehar (XPL-2022) off the West Coast which concluded. The exercise continued for 20 days and was conducted with an aim to enhance Inter-Service synergy among the Indian Navy, IAF, Indian Army and Coast Guard.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was conferred with the Netaji Award 2022 by Netaji Research Bureau. Consul General of Japan in Kolkata Nakamura Yutaka received the honour on behalf of Mr. Abe at a function at the Elgin Road residence of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 125th birth anniversary.
  • Prajakta Koli has become India’s first UN Development Programme (UNDP) Youth Climate Champion. She is a content creator on various online platforms like youtube, Instagram, etc. She has been conferred the title for her contribution towards mental health, women’s rights and girl child educationthrough various global social campaigns.
  • P S Vinothraj directed film Koozhangal from India won the best film award in the Asian Film Competition section at the 20th Dhaka International Film Festival. Information and Broadcasting Minister of Bangladesh Hasan Mahmud gave away the awards as Chief Guest during the concluding session organised at the National Museum auditorium in Dhaka.
  • Olympian Neeraj Chopra will be honoured with ParamVishisht Seva Medal on the eve of Republic Day by President Ram Nath Kovind. He is the first track and field athlete to win a gold medal for India at the Olympics. Neeraj is a Subedar in the Indian Army.
  • The government of Assam has conferred its highest civilian award ‘Assam Baibhav’ on Industrialist Ratan Tata. Assam governor Jagdish Mukhi conferred the award to the former chairman of Tata Sons. The Assam government conferred ‘Asom Baibhav’ to Ratan Tata for his contribution to setting up cancertreatment facilities in the state.
  • Sathya mangalam Tiger Reserve (Erode district, Tamil Nadu) has been given the prestigious TX2award after its tiger numbers doubled to 80 since 2010. Apart from the STR, the Bardia National Park in Nepal has won this year’s TX2 award for doubling the population of wild tigers.

Summit and Conference

  • Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has hosted the first India-Central Asia Summit, through the virtual platform. It was the first of its kind engagement between India and the Central Asian countries at the level of leaders. The central Asian region has five recognized countries. The Summit was attended by the Presidents of these five Central Asian countries. These are the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan), Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Republic of Uzbekistan. The first India-Central Asia Summit coincided with the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Central Asian countries.

Ranks and Reports

  • NITI Aayog has released a report titled ‘Banking on Electric Vehicles in India’ on January 22, 2022, which outlines the need and importance of the inclusion of Electric Vehicles in RBI priority-sector lending guidelines. The report has been developed by NITI Aayog in collaboration with US-based nonprofit organisations Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), and RMI India.
  • Transparency International has released the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2021 in which India has been ranked at 85th spot (Score of 40). The ranking has been topped jointly by three countries- Denmark, Finland and New Zealand(Score of 88). This ranking measures how corrupt each country’s public sector is perceived to be. The results are given on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to100 (very clean). 180 countries are ranked in it.
  • Apple has retained its position as the most valuable brand in 2022 as well, according to the Brand Finance 2022 Global 500 report. The brand valuation of Apple was recorded at $355.1 billion in 2022, which is an increase of 35% from last year. This is the highest brand value ever recorded in the Brand Finance Global 500 ranking history. The Indianconglomerate Tata Group has emerged as the most valuable brand from India and also in South Asia. It is the only brand from the country in the top 100. The Global Rank of Tata Group 78. The brand value of Tata Group is US$23.9 billion.

Science and Technology News

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully test-fired the Vikas engine that would power India’s first human-carry rocket (Gaganyaan human space mission). This qualification test of the Vikas Engine for the Gaganyaan human space mission was conducted by ISRO at Mahendragiri, Tamil Nadu. More such tests on Vikas Engine will be conducted in the future by ISRO.
  • CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) has developed an indigenous RT-PCR diagnostic kit, ‘Om’, for the testing of the Omicron variant of coronavirus. It is the first kit made by any government institution, and the third to be madeindigenously, for specific testing of Omicron. Currently, two more such kits developed by private players are available in the market. The kit will give test results in around two hours.

Sports News

  • Ace Indian shuttler, PV Sindhu has bagged the women’s singles title at the Syed Modi International Tournament in Lucknow. Sindhu beat fellow Indian MalvikaBansod 21-13 21-16 to win her second Syed Modi title after 2017. The 2022 Syed Modi International badminton tournament was held at Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh from 18 to 23 January 2022.
  • India’s first para-badminton academy has been set up in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. It has all the advanced equipment and facilities. The set-up will improve India’s medal prospects at the 2024 Paralympics to be held in Paris, France at Stade de France stadium.
  • The women’s team from Ladakh has lifted the 9thNational Women’s Ice Hockey Championship in Himachal Pradesh. The championship was organized by the Ice Hockey Association of India at Kaza area in the Lahaul-Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh.
  • Lucknow’s IPL franchise, which is owned by Sanjiv Goenka (RPSG Group), has been renamed Lucknow Super Giants ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega auction. Lucknow team roped in KL Rahul as their captain and also roped in Australia allrounder Marcus Stoinis and leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi.

Important Days

  • In India, the National Girl Child Day (NGCD) is observed annually on January 24. The day aims to focus on the inequalities faced by girls, to promote the education, health & nutrition of the girl child, and to spread awareness about the rights of a girl child.
  • The International Day of Education is marked every year on 24 January globally to celebrate the role of education in bringing global peace and sustainable development.
  • The Indian government established January 25 as the National Tourism Day to raise awareness about the importance of tourism for the country’s economy.The day is observed to cultivate awareness among the global community on the importance of tourism and its social, political, financial and cultural worth.
  • India observes “National Voters’ Day” every year on January 25 to encourage more young voters to take part in the political process. Election Commission ofIndia is celebrating 12th National Voters Day on 25thJanuary 2022. The theme for this year’s NVD, ‘Making Elections Inclusive, Accessible and Participative’.
  • International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust (International Holocaust Remembrance Day) is observed on 27 January. In 2022, the theme guiding the United Nations Holocaust remembrance and education is“Memory, Dignity and Justice”.
  • The International Customs Day (ICD) is observed on 26 January every year. The day is celebrated to recognise the role of customs officials and agenciesand focus on the working conditions and challenges that customs officers face in their jobs. This year, the theme chosen by WCO for ICD is ‘Scaling up CustomsDigital Transformation by Embracing a Data Culture and Building a Data Ecosystem’.
  • Data Privacy Day is celebrated on January 28, every year across the world. The objective of the day is to sensitize individuals and disseminate privacy practices and principles. It encourages everyone to own their privacy responsibilities to create a culture of privacy.

Obituaries

  • Former India footballer Subhas Bhowmick has passed away at the age of 72 years due to prolonged illness. He was born in West Bengal. He was part ofthe Indian Football team that won a bronze medal at the 1970 Asian Games (held in Bangkok).
  • Noted Indian historian, archaeologist and epigraphist from Tamil Nadu, Rama chandran Nagaswamy, has passed away. He was 91. He first director of the Tamil Nadu government’s Department of Archaeology. Nagaswamy was known for his work on temple inscriptions and art history of Tamil Nadu.
  • Noted Kathakali dancer Milena Salvini of France has passed away. Italian-born Salvini was a regular visitor to India, especially Kerala where she learnt Kathakali, and ran ‘Centre Mandapa’, a school for Indian dance forms, in Paris. The Government of India conferred the Padma Shri award on Salvini in 2019 for her contribution in the field of performing arts.
  • Former Hockey mid-fielder Charanjit Singh has passed away, after suffering a cardiac arrest and prolonged age-related illnesses. He was 90. He was the Captain of the Indian hockey team which won gold in the Tokyo Olympics of 1964. He was also a member of the Indian team which won silver medals in the 1960 Games in Rome, and in the 1962 Asian Games at Jakarta.
  • Renowned Marathi author and social activist Anil Awachat has passed away. Awachat was the founder of a de-addiction center called MuktanganRehabilitation Center in Pune in 1986. He was known for his several Marathi books like “Manasa”, Swatahavishayi, “Gard”, “Karyarat”, “Karyamagna”and “Kutuhalapoti”.

Miscellaneous News

  • Indian Movie’s Jai Bhim and Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simhamhave been officially shortlisted for the Oscars 2022. Jai Bhim is the fourth Indian film to get nominated for Oscars after Mother India, Salaam Bombay, and Lagaan. Marakkar Arabikadalinte Simham has been also nominated for the Global Community Oscar Awards 2021. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts andSciences has released the list of 276 films eligible for the awards this year.
  • Jammu and Kashmir Police has bagged 115 Police Medals for Gallantry (PMG), out of a total of 189 awarded this year. They more than doubled their lastyear’s tally of 52 PMGs. J&K Police won awards for conducting several counter-insurgency operations in 2019-20.
  • India’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging station with a capacity of 100 charging points for 4 wheelers, was opened at Delhi-Jaipur National Highway in Gurugram. Previously, India’s largest EV charging station was situated in Navi Mumbai with 16 AC & 4 DC charging ports for EVs. The new EV charging station has been developed by tech-piloting company Alektrify Private Limited.

Static Takeaways

  • Union Minister of Agriculture: Narendra Singh Tomar
  • Himachal Pradesh Capital: Shimla (Summer), Dharamshala (Winter)
  • Himachal Pradesh Governor: RajendraArlekar
  • Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister: Jai Ram Thakur
  • Karnataka Capital: Bengaluru
  • Karnataka Chief Minister: Basavaraj S Bommai
  • Karnataka Governor: Thawar Chand Gehlot
  • Chief Minister of Rajasthan: Ashok Gehlot; Governor: Kalraj Mishra
  • Kerala Capital: Thiruvananthapuram
  • Kerala Governor: Arif Mohammad Khan
  • Kerala Chief Minister: PinarayiVijayan
  • NATO Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium
  • NATO Chairman of the NATO Military Committee: Admiral Rob Bauer
  • Member countries of NATO: 30; Founded: 4 April 1949
  • Barbados Capital: Bridgetown
  • Barbados Currency: Barbados Dollar
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Headquarters: Beijing, China
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Membership: 105 Members
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Formation: 16 January 2016
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Head: Jin Liqun
  • Ujjivan Small Finance Bank Founded: 2017
  • Ujjivan Small Finance Bank Headquarters: Bengaluru
  • Ujjivan Small Finance Bank MD & CEO: Ittira Davis
  • Chairman Of PMC Bank: S. Balbir Singh Kochhar
  • PMC Bank Founded: 1984
  • PMC Bank Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • City Union Bank Headquarters: Kumbakonam
  • City Union Bank CEO: Dr. N. Kamakodi (1 May 2011–)
  • City Union Bank Founded: 1904
  • Fullerton India CEO: ShantanuMitra
  • Fullerton India Founded: 1994
  • Fullerton India Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Tata Group Founder: Jamsetji Tata
  • Tata Group Founded: 1868, Mumbai
  • Tata Group Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Saab Founded: 1937
  • Saab Headquarters: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Saab President and CEO: Micael Johansson
  • Assam Governor: JagdishMukhi
  • Assam Chief Minister: HimantaBiswaSarma
  • Ice Hockey Association of India President: DrSurinder Mohan Bali
  • 1st Chief Election Commissioner of Independent India- SukumarSen
  • Sushil Chandra is the current 24th Chief Election Commissioner
  • World Customs Organization headquarters: Brussels, Belgium
  • World Customs Organization Membership: 182 countries
  • World Customs Organization Secretary-General: KunioMikuriya
  • Chairman and Space Secretary of ISRO: Dr S Somanath
  • ISRO Headquarters: Bengaluru, Karnataka
  • ISRO established: 15 August 1969
  • BhartiAirtel CEO: GopalVittal
  • BhartiAirtel Founder: Sunil Bharti Mittal
  • BhartiAirtel Founded: 7 July 1995
  • Google CEO: SundarPichai
  • Google Founded: 4 September 1998, California, United States
  • Google Founders: Larry Page, Sergey Brin
  • World Gold Council CEO: David Tait
  • World Gold Council Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
  • World Gold Council Founded: 1987
  • World Gold Council President: Kelvin Dushnisky
  • The Netherlands Capital: Amsterdam
  • The Netherlands Currency: Euro
  • The Netherlands Prime minister: Mark Rutte
  • NPCI Founded: 2008
  • NPCI Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • NPCI MD & CEO: DilipAsbe

Weekly One-Liners | 17th to 23rd of January 2022

  • RBI released Annual Report of Ombudsman Schemes, 2020-21
  • 2nd National Startup Awards 2021 : Department forPromotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT)
  • The Best FIFA Football Awards 2021 : Alexia Putellas and Robert Lewandowski
  • GoI merges eternal flame of Amar Jawan Jyoti with National War Memorial flame
  • Open Data Week : MoHUA
  • PM Modi has declared to mark 16th January as ‘National Start-up Day’.
  • The world’s largest national flag : at Longewala, along the India – Pakistan Border in Jaisalmer
  • GOI : Postal stamp on the Covid-19 vaccination
  • Subhas Sarkar has launched the Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar (SVP) 2021 – 2022
  • Startup India Innovation Week : 10th-16th of January 2022 :DPIIT
  • PM Modi will inaugurate a 216-foot statue of Ramanuja charyain Hyderabad
  • PM Modi : ‘Azadi Ke Amrit Mahotsav se Swarnim Bharat Ki Ore’
  • 9thwomen National Ice Hockey Championship-2022 : Skating Rink (HP)
  • 44th Kokborok Day : Tripura
  • The first black woman ever featured on the USCoin : Maya Angelou
  • South Africa has launched its first satellite : Maritime Domain Awareness Satellite (MDASat) constellation
  • Arrow-3 : Israel
  • Infinity Bridge :  Dubai
  • Indonesia’s New capital : Nusantara
  • Un WFP – MOU With Odisha- To improve the food security of small and marginal farmers in India
  • Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode’s (IIMK) Laboratory for Innovation Venturing and Entrepreneurship (LIVE) – MoU-  Indian Bank
  • Bose: The Untold Story of An Inconvenient Nationalist (Book) : Chandrachur Ghose
  • The Legend of BirsaMunda (Book) : Tuhin A Sinha and co-authored by
  • Ankita Verma
  • The Union Cabinet approved infusion of 1500 Crore rupees in Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited
  • The RBI’s Digital Payment Index :  304.06 in September 2021
  • India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) : 7.6 %
  • YES Asset Management : WhiteOak Capital Asset Management
  • YES Mutual Fund : WhiteOak Capital Mutual Fund
  • Reliance Jio: UPI AUTOPAY
  • MobiKwik – Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) : ClickPay
  • Microsoft Corp : Activision Blizzard Inc
  • CEO of Adani Powers: Shersingh B Khyalia
  • AEPC Chairman : Narendra Kumar Goenka
  • President of the European Union’s Parliament : Roberta Metsola
  • Vice Chief of Army Staff :General ManojPande
  • CMD of Air India: VikramDevDutt
  • 17th Chairman of IFFCO : DileepSanghani
  • Ambassador of UASG : Vijay Shekhar Sharma
  • Managing Director, National Highways &Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) : Chanchal Kumar
  • Indian Navy and Russian Navy – PASSEX exercises at the port of Cochin, in the Arabian Sea
  • Rajnath Singh : Raksha Pension Shikayat Nivaran Portal
  • A Maritime Partnership Exercise was held between the Indian Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) in the Bay of Bengal
  • Clive Lloyd received Knighthood
  • Best National Costume : Navdeep Kaur
  • Shaylyn Ford : Mrs World 2022
  • Gold medal at the International Folk Art Festival : Sumit Bhale
  • Axis Bank& CRMNEXT : IBS Intelligence (IBSi) Global FinTech Innovation
  • Awards 2021
  • Albert Bourla: Genesis Prize
  • Sushmita Sen : International Association of Working Women Award
  • 16thIndia Digital Summit, 2022: Piyush Goyal
  • PM Modi has addressed the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) Davos Agenda Summit 2022
  • BRICS Summit : China
  • Jahnavi Dangeti : NASA’s International Air and Space Program at the Kennedy Space Centre in Alabama, US
  • The wealth of the top 100 families is Rs 57.3 trillion.
  • International Labour Organisation (ILO) has released its World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2022 (WESO Trends) report
  • Lakshya Sen : India Open 2022
  • Tasnim Mir became the first Indian to grab World no 1 in Under-19 (U-19) Girls Badminton World Federation (BWF) Junior rankings.
  • women’s Asia Cup(Hockey) : Muscat
  • AFC Women’s football Asian Cupin Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Pune
  • 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand
  • New title sponsor and official technology consulting partner of the Toronto Water front Marathon : TCS
  • Babar Azam has been named as the captain of the ICC Men’s T20I team of the year for 2021
  • In ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year for 2021, Smriti Mandhana is the only Indian women player named in the 11 member team
  • Nat Sciver has been made the captain of ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year for 2021
  • National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)’s Raising Day : January 19
  • 126thbirth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose : 23 January 2022 is observed as Parakram Diwas
  • Legendary Kathak dancer, Pandit Birju Maharaj has passed away
  • Odisha’s social worker and Padma Shri awardee Shanti Devi has passed away
  • The former President of Mali, Ibrahim BoubacarKeita has passed away
  • The former Prime Minister of Japan, ToshikiKaifuhas passed away
  • Legendary Bengali comics artist, writer and illustrator, Narayan Debnath, has passed away
  • Noted environmentalist & ‘Save Silent Valley’ campaigner Prof M K Prasad passed away
  • Renowned Bengali theatre personality SaoliMitrahas passed away
  • The well-known Professional mountaineer Major HariPal Singh Ahluwalia passed away
  • Guinness World Records holder for the oldest person living (male), Saturnino de la FuenteGarcía (Spain) has passed away at the age of 112 years and 341 days
  • India’s “Supermom” tigress, popularly known as ‘Collarwali’, has passed away at Pench Tiger Reserve (PTR) in Madhya Pradesh

  • The Oxford University Press (OUP) has picked up ‘Anxiety’ as the Children’s Word of the Year 2021
  • A new species of rain frog named after Greta Thunberg. The species has been named as Pristimantisgretathunbergae, or popularly known as the Greta Thunberg Rain frog
  • First ‘Milk Village’ of Jammu and Kashmir : Jerri settlement in Reasidistrict

Static Take aways

  • ISRAEL Capital: Jerusalem
  • ISRAEL Currency: Israeli New Shekel
  • ISRAEL Prime Minister: Naftali Bennett
  • ISRAEL President: Isaac Herzog
  • World Food Programme Founded: 1961
  • World Food Programme Headquarters: Rome, Italy
  • World Food Programme Head: David Beasley
  • Indian Bank Headquarters: Chennai
  • Indian Bank CEO: Shri Shanti Lal Jain
  • Indian Bank Founded: 15 August 1907
  • IREDA Founded: 1987
  • IREDA Headquarters: New Delhi
  • IREDA Chairperson: Pradip Kumar Das
  • Reserve Bank of India Founded: April 1, 1935
  • Reserve Bank of India Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Reserve Bank of India Governor: Shaktikanta Das
  • National Payments Corporation of India Founded: 2008
  • National Payments Corporation of India Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • National Payments Corporation of India MD & CEO: DilipAsbe
  • SEBI Founded: 12 April 1992
  • SEBI Headquarters: Mumbai
  • SEBI Chairperson: Ajay Tyagi
  • Microsoft CEO and Chairman: Satya Nadella
  • Microsoft Headquarters: Redmond, Washington, United States
  • Apparel Export Promotion Council Established: 1978
  • Apparel Export Promotion Council HQ: Gurgaon
  • European Union’s parliament Headquarters: Strasbourg, France
  • European Union’s parliament Founded: 10 September 1952, Europe
  • Indian Army Founded: 1 April 1895
  • Indian Army Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Indian Army Chief: Manoj Mukund Naravane
  • Air India Ltd Founded: 1932, Mumbai
  • Air India Ltd Headquarters: New Delhi
  • IFFCO Headquarters: New Delhi
  • IFFCO Founded: 3 November 1967, New Delhi
  • National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd Founded: 2014
  • National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Axis Bank Founded: 3 December 1993
  • Axis Bank Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Axis Bank MD & CEO: Amitabh Chaudhary
  • Axis Bank Chairperson: Shri Rakesh Makhija
  • Axis Bank Tagline: Badhti Ka Naam Zindagi
  • World Economic Forum Founded: January 1971
  • World Economic Forum Founder & Executive Chairman: Klaus Schwab
  • World Economic Forum Headquarters: Cologny, Switzerland
  • International Labour Organisation Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
  • International Labour Organisation Director-General: Guy Ryder
  • International Labour Organisation Founded: 1919
  • Badminton World Federation Founded: 5 July 1934
  • Badminton World Federation Headquarters: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Badminton World Federation President: Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen
  • Tata Consultancy Services Founded: 1 April 1968
  • Tata Consultancy Services Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Tata Consultancy Services CEO: Rajesh Gopinathan
  • UAE Capital: Abu Dhabi
  • UAE Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham
  • UAE President: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Weekly One-Liner | 10th to 16th of January 2022

  • Golden Globe Awards 2022 announced
  • International Craft Award 2021 : Kerala Arts and Crafts Village Organization
  • Ajaz Patel wins ICC Player of the Month Award
  • Veer Baal Diwas : December 26
  • Rajnath Singh : KCCRSST at Chandigarh University
  • India Skills 2021 National Competition concluded
  • MSME Technology Centre : Modi : Puducherry
  • North East on Wheels Expedition : New Delhi
  • Losoong (Namsoong) : Sikkim
  • Uttar Pradesh : Four villages : Revenue Villages
  • Kachai Lemon Festival : Manipur
  • Japan and Australia signed a “landmark” defence agreement
  • AlikhanSmailov – Prime Minister ofKazakhstan
  • Cyprus – Deltacron
  • India – USD 900 million loans – Sri Lanka
  • Philippines – BrahMosShore-Based cruise Missile System for its navy
  • Nicaragua President –  José Daniel Ortega Saavedra
  • Airtel Payments Bank MOU with Park+ : FASTag
  • Adani Group MOU withPOSCO : The establishment of a green, environment-friendly integrated steel mill at Mundra, Gujarat
  • LazyPayMOU with SBM Bank : LazyCard
  • Axis Bank MOU with MinkasuPay
  • Indifi Technologies MOU with Google Pay
  • Ratan N. Tata: The Authorized Biography(Book) : Dr Thomas Matthew
  • Indomitable: A Working Woman’s Notes on Life, Work and Leadership (Book) : Arundhati Bhattacharya
  • RBI – CICs
  • RBI increased the threshold limit for Banks to maintain LCR
  • RBL Bank MOU With Google
  • RBI –  Internal department for fintech
  • SBI – Ecowrap report
  • RBI – Foreign currency reserves of India declined
  • UBS Securities – 9.1 %
  • NSO – 9.2 %
  • World Bank – 8.3 %
  • Retail inflation (Dec 2021) – 5.59 %
  • WESP – 8.4%
  • PMJDY – Rs 1.5 lakh crore mark
  • RIL – 73.37% Stack – Mandarin Oriental New York
  • MEA MOU With TCS
  • The largest shareholder in VI : Central Govt
  • PPBL: Largest and fastest-growing: UPI beneficiary bank
  • IBBI  Chairperson – NavrangSaini
  • AIIB VP – UrjitPatel
  • Chief Economist : IMF – Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas
  • RenewBuybrand ambassador – Rajkummar Rao
  • ISRO Chairman and Space Secretary – Dr S Somanath
  • MD & CEO – Ujjivan Small Finance Bank – Ittira Davis
  • Chairman – ICHR – Tanwar
  • DRDO : BrahMos Supersonic Cruise missile – INS Visakhapatnam
  • DRDO : MPATGM – Bhanoor, Telangana
  • HDFC Bank : Best Private Bank
  • DrSubhas Mukherjee Award: Dr. Satish Adiga
  • FSL : SKOCH Award
  • 12thBharat Ratna Dr Ambedkar Award 2022 : Harshaali Malhotra
  • World Bank Group and Consumer Technology Association’s Global Women’s Health Tech Awards: NIRAMAI Health Analytix Pvt Ltd, and InnAccel Technologies Pvt Ltd
  • 24thNational Conference on e-Governance : Hyderabad
  • 19th NTCA Meeting :BhupenderYadav
  • The Chennai International Airport : On-time departures
  • Henley Passport Index : India : 83rd
  • 17thISFR 2021: Bhupender Yadav
  • SCI :Security Breach committee: Indu Malhotra
  • LLC Ambassador: Jhulan Goswami
  • World Rapid Chess Championship 2021 : NodirbekAbdusattorov
  • 2022 Adelaide International: Gael Monfils
  • 2022 Melbourne Summer Set : Rafael Nadal
  • 73rd chess Grandmaster : Bharath Subramaniyam
  • Chris Morris : Retired
  • Title Sponsor IPL : 2022 and 2023 seasons: Tata group
  • First WorldDeaf T20 Cricket Championship : Kerala
  • World Hindi Day : January 10
  • National Human Trafficking Awareness Day : January 11
  • National Youth Day : January 12
  • Armed Forces Veterans Day : January 14
  • Army Day : January 15
  • Kevadiya railway station (Gujarat) : Ekta Nagar railway station
  • Mission Amanat  : Western Railways zone
  • First City : Water Metro Project :Kochi
  • India’s 1st heli-hub : Gurugram
  • 9thNorth East Festival concluded : Guwahati
  • India’s oldest female sloth bear : Gulabo Passed Away : Van Vihar National Park
  • David Bennett: Heart transplant from a genetically-modified pig
  • 20thDhaka International Film Festival : Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • ISRO : Cryogenic Engine : Gaganyaan programme: Mahendragiri

Static Takeaways

  • Chief Minister of Sikkim: PS Golay
  • Governor of Sikkim: Ganga Prasad
  • Sikkim’s capital and largest city: Gangtok
  • Uttar Pradesh Capital: Lucknow
  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister: Yogi Adityanath
  • Uttar Pradesh Governor: Anandiben Patel
  • Chief Minister of Manipur: N. Biren Singh; Governor: La. Ganesan
  • Kazakhstan Capital: Nur-Sultan
  • Kazakhstan Currency: Kazakhstani tenge
  • Cyprus Capital: Nicosia
  • Cyprus Currency: Euro
  • Cyprus Continent: Europe
  • Cyprus President: Nicos Anastasiades
  • Airtel Payments Bank’s MD and CEO: Anubrata Biswas
  • Airtel Payments Bank Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Airtel Payments Bank Founded: January 2017
  • Adani Group Headquarters: Ahmedabad
  • Adani Group Founder: Gautam Adani
  • Adani Group Founded: 1988
  • SBM Bank Incorporated: 1st December 2018
  • SBM Bank Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • SBM Bank CEO & MD: Sidharth Rath
  • Axis Bank Founded: 3 December 1993
  • Axis Bank Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Axis Bank MD & CEO: Amitabh Chaudhary
  • Axis Bank Chairperson: ShriRakesh Makhija
  • Axis Bank Tagline: BadhtiKaNaam Zindagi
  • RBL Bank Founded: 1943
  • RBL Bank Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • RBL Bank CEO & MD: Rajeev Ahuja
  • RBL Bank Tagline: ApnoKa Bank
  • Reserve Bank of India Founded: April 1, 1935
  • Reserve Bank of India Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Reserve Bank of India Governor: Shaktikanta Das
  • HDFC Bank Headquarters: Mumbai
  • HDFC Bank Founded: August 1994
  • HDFC Bank CEO: Sashidhar Jagdishan
  • HDFC Bank Chairman: Atanu Chakraborty
  • Reliance Industries Ltd CEO: Mukesh Ambani (31 Jul 2002–)
  • Reliance Industries Ltd Founder: Dhirubhai Ambani
  • Reliance Industries Ltd Founded: 8 May 1973 , Maharashtra
  • Reliance Industries Ltd Headquarters : Mumbai
  • Tata Consultancy Services Limited CEO : Rajesh Gopinathan
  • Tata Consultancy Services Limited Founded: 1 April 1968
  • Tata Consultancy Services Limited Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India Founder: Parliament of India
  • Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India Founded: 1 October 2016.
  • President of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: Jin Liqun
  • Headquarters of AIIB: Beijing, China
  • AIIB established: 16 January 2016
  • International Monetary Fund Formed: 27 December 1945
  • International Monetary Fund Headquarters: Washington D.C., USA
  • International Monetary Fund Member countries : 190
  • International Monetary Fund Managing Director : Kristalina Georgieva
  • ISRO Headquarters: Bengaluru, Karnataka
  • ISRO established: 15 August 1969
  • Ujjivan Small Finance Bank Headquarters: Bengaluru
  • Ujjivan Small Finance Bank Founder: Samit Ghosh
  • Ujjivan Small Finance Bank Founded: 1 February 2017
  • Indian Council of Historical Research Founded: 27 March 1972
  • Indian Council of Historical Research Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Tata group Founder: Jamsetji Tata
  • Tata group Founded: 1868, Mumbai
  • Tata group Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Chairman of the Board at Tata Sons: Natarajan Chandrasekaran
  • International Committee of Sports for the Deaf Founded: 1924
  • International Committee of Sports for the Deaf Headquarters: Maryland, USA
  • International Committee of Sports for the Deaf President: Rebecca Adam
  • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Railway Board: Vinay Kumar Tripathi
  • Kerala Capital: Thiruvananthapuram
  • Kerala Governor: Arif Mohammad Khan
  • Kerala Chief Minister: Pinarayi Vijayan
  • 28thChief of Army Staff: General Manoj Mukund Naravane
  • Sri Lanka Capitals: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Colombo; Currency: Sri Lankan rupee
  • Sri Lanka Prime Minister: Mahinda Rajapaksa; Sri Lanka President: Gotabaya Rajapaksa
  • Philippines Capital: Manila
  • Philippines Currency: Philippine peso
  • Philippines President: Rodrigo Duterte
  • Nicaragua Capital: Managua
  • Nicaragua Currency: Nicaraguan córdoba
  • Chairman of Paytm Payments Bank Ltd: Vijay Shekhar Sharma
  • MD and CEO of Paytm Payments Bank Ltd: Satish Kumar Gupta
  • Paytm Payments Bank Ltd Headquarters: Noida, Uttar Pradesh

Weekly One-Liner | 3rd to 9th of January 2022

  • The Indian Express Group : RNG Awards
  • National Water Awards 2020 : UP, Rajasthan, TN
  • ECI : Increased the election expenditure limit for candidates in polls
  • Education Minister : Padhe Bharat
  • Modi : Major Dhyan Chand Sports University : Meerut
  • IT Minister : ISM
  • Education Minister : NEAT 3.0
  • Intl Yoga Academy : Hyderabad
  • Power and new and renewable energy minister : AGC
  • 25th National Youth Festival : Puducherry
  • T S Tirumurthi : UNSC Counter Terrorism Committee
  • Odisha : Online service for the verification of identity and submission of life certificates for pensioners
  • Odisha: Ganjam : Child Marriage Free District
  • Telangana : Tops in (ODF Plus) villages
  • Himachal : Smoke Free State
  • Kerala HC : 1st Paperless Court
  • Gujarat : SSIP – 2.0
  • Shanghai : Largest Metro Network
  • France : Presidency : Council of the European Union
  • Apple : $3 Triilion Company
  • AbdallaHamdok : Resigned
  • 102nd Member : ISA : Antigua and Barbuda
  • Zhang Ming : Secretary General Of SCO
  • Secretary General Of OPEC : Haitham Al Ghais
  • Ayesha Malik : 1st Woman judge of Pakistan SC
  • WFP MOU with TAPF
  • STPINEXT MOU with HDFC Bank
  • Mamata: Beyond 2021 :Book : Arunava Sinha
  • Gandhi’s Assassin: The Making of Nathuram Godse and His Idea of India :  Book : Dhirendra KJha
  • SBI Cards MOU with Paytm Payment Services
  • RBI : KYC Updates : March 31,2022
  • RBI : D- SIBs
  • RBI : MTSS
  • RBI : Airtel Payments Bank
  • State Bank of India General Insurance Company Ltd : #BahaneChhodoTaxBachao
  • IRDAI : D-SIIs
  • LIC : Digi Zone
  • Tech Mahindra : 100 % Stake : Allysis India and Green Investments
  • NTPC : 5% Stake : PXIL
  • NIMF : Auto Sector ETF
  • Baldev Prakash : MD and CEO : Jammu and Kashmir Bank
  • Chairman and CEO : Railway Board : VK Tripathi
  • DG of ICG : VS Pathania
  • Vistara Airlines : CEO : Vinod Kannan
  • ONGC  : CMD : Alka Mittal
  • RBI : ED : Ajay Kumar Choudhary
  • USIBC President : AtulKeshap
  • Tesla : Ashok Elluswamy
  • DG : NMCG : G Ashok Kumar
  • BOB : Brand Endorser : Shefali Verma
  • CACP : Chairman : VP Sharma
  • EX Milan : Visakhapatnam
  • Ex QUAD : Guam
  • Journalist of the Year 2020 : Danish Siddiqui
  • Ramnath Goenka Award : Zishaan A Latif
  • Guinness World Record : JC Chaudhary
  • UiPath Automation Excellence Award : SIB
  • 46th GST Meet : New Delhi
  • 24th Conference on e-Governance : Hyderabad
  • SEBI : Market Advisory Committee on Data : Head : S Sahoo
  • France : IHU
  • Crypto Wire : IC15
  • ICMR : Omisure
  • Under-19 Asia cricket Cup won by : India
  • Mohammed Hafeez : Retired
  • DRDO : 64th Foundation Day : Jan 01 2022
  • World Braille Day : Jan 04
  • World Day of War Orphans : Jan 06
  • DPIIT : Startup India Innovation week : Jan 10 – Jan 16 2022
  • Mother Of Orphans : Sindhutai Sapkal : Passed Away
  • Richard Leakey : Passed Away
  • Sidney Poitier : Passed Away
  • Losar Festival : Ladakh
  • Captain Harpreet Chandi : South Pole
  • First Open Rock Museum : Hyderabad
  • First battery-powered electric boat : Kochi
  • First Mobile Honey Processing Van : Sirora

Weekly One-Liner | 27th Dec to 2nd Feb 2022

  • PETA: Person of the year: Alia Bhatt
  • Good Governance Index: Gujarat (1st)
  • CEBR: India 3rd largest economy in 2031 (CHN,US)
  • NITI Aayog: 4th State Health Index: Kerala, TN
  • Sikkim: Narendra Modi Marg
  • CM Dashboard Tamil Nadu 3600: Chennai
  • Meendum Manjapai: Chennai
  • Nation’s 1st health locker: Doc prime Tech
  • 97th World Sangeet Tansen Festival: Gwalior
  • BRICS New Development Bank’s New Member: Egypt
  • Inmarsat-6 F1 Satellite: Japan
  • Dual Mode Vehicle: Tokyo
  • Five Metre 02 optical satellite: China
  • Indi Paisa MOU with NSDL Payments Bank
  • HDFC MOU with IPPB
  • Paytm Payments Bank MOU with Money gram
  • BOB Financial Solutions Ltd. (BFSL) MOU with Indian Navy
  • RBI: COF Tokenization Death line: June 30, 2022
  • SIDMI MOU with Bengal Govt
  • Western Union MOU with NPCI
  • HDFC Life: Bancassurance: SIB
  • IndusInd Bank MOU with NPCI
  • IndusInd Bank: Green Fixed Deposits
  • 2ndlargest acquiring merchants bank: Axis Bank (HDFC)
  • 9.95% stake in India Intl Clearing Corp: SBI
  • The Turnover Wizard: Saviour of Thousands(Book): Arup Roy Chaudhary
  • Kashmir: The quest for peace in a troubled land(Book): Nirmal ChanderVij
  • The ModiGambit: DecodingModi 2.0(Book): SanjuVerma
  • Dr VL Dutt: Glimpses of a Pioneer’s life journey(Book):Dr VL Indira Dutt
  • Yamaha(India) Chairman: EishinChihana
  • South Africa Constitutional Court judicial bench: Narendran Jody Kollapen
  • Intl Automobile Federation President: Mohammed Ben Sulayem
  • MD and CEO of RBL Bank: Rajeev Ahuja
  • FIDC Co-Chairman: Kamlesh Gandhi, UmeshRevankar
  • MD and CEO of UCO Bank: Soma Sankara Prasad
  • MD and CEO of PNB: Atul Kumar Goel
  • MD and CEO of Equitas SFB: Vasudevan Pathangi Narasimhan
  • DG and CEO of IICA: Praveen Kumar
  • CEO of EESL: RadhikaJha
  • Deputy NSA; VikramMisri
  • DGF&SS: Chandra PrakashGoyal
  • EaseMyTrip.com Brand Ambassadors: Vijay Raaz, Varun Sharma
  • SSB DG: Sanjay Arora (ITBP Force DG)
  • India’s next permanent representative to the UNConference on Disarmament: Anupam Ray
  • ASIGMA: Indian Army
  • Indian Army: Quantum lab: MCTE, Indore
  • HEAT Abhyas: DRDO
  • DRDO MOU with: Paras Defence and Space Technologies
  • Most Innovative Best Practices Bank: HDFC Bank
  • Most Effective Bank Fintech Partnership: Agile and Adaptable Award: Vayana Network and Federal Bank
  • Global Environment and Climate Action Citizen Award 2021: Viral Sudhirbhai Desai
  • National Breed Conservation Award for 2021: The All India Co-ordinated Research Project (AICRP)
  • India will chair the Counter-Terrorism Committee of: UNSC
  • Shyama Prasad MukherjiRurban Mission (SPMRM): Telangana (1st)
  • (ARIIA) 2021: IIT Madras (1st)
  • ‘Sibir’: Russia
  • Jhansi Railway Station (Jhansi): Veerangana Laxmibai Railway Station
  • National Billiards Title: Pankaj Advani
  • Vijay Hazare Trophy title: Himachal Pradesh
  • 11th Junior National Men’s Hockey Championship: Uttar Pradesh
  • Quinton de Kock Retired from Test Matches
  • Ross Taylor announced retirement