General Knowledge & Current Affairs

July 2022 - 1st to 10th

  • DRDO carries out maiden flight of Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator
  • India’s urban population estimated to stand at 675 million in 2035: United Nations-Habitat’s World Cities Report 2022
  • Manipur: 8 killed, over 50 missing as landslide hits Territorial Army (TA) camp in Noney district; TA was deployed for protection of an under-construction railway line
  • West Bengal: Governor appoints new vice chancellor Rabindra Bharati University; defies Bill that made CM the chancellor of all 31 state-aided universities
  • Chartered Accountants Day celebrated on July 1
  • National Doctors’ Day observed on July 1
  • Ban on manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale and use of identified single use plastic items comes into force
  • India, Pakistan exchange lists of civilian prisoners & fishermen in their custody
  • Former diplomat Satinder Lambah, who led backchannel talks between India and Pakistan, dies at 81
  • Tanuja Nesari, Director of All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) given Ayurveda Ratna Award by UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Indian Traditional Sciences
  • BJP MLA Rahul Narwekar elected as Maharashtra Assembly Speaker
  • West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar returns bill making CM the chancellor of state universities
  • Maharashtra: CM Eknath Shinde wins floor test in Assembly
  • Delhi Assembly passes bill to hike salaries and allowances of its members by over 66%
  • AP: PM unveils 30-ft bronze statue of freedom fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju on his 125th birth anniversary in Bhimavaram
  • Gujarat: PM inaugurates Digital India Week 2022 in Gandhinagar
  • PM launches ‘Digital India Bhashini’ to enable easy access to internet and digital services in vernacular languages
  • India gifts 75 ambulances, 17 school buses to Nepal
  • Karnataka’s Sini Shetty crowned Miss India World 2022
  • Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh announces setting up of Dr Rajendra Prasad Memorial Award in public administration in field of academic excellence
  • Odisha tops state ranking for implementation of National Food Security Act through ration shops
  • Bengali film director Tarun Majumdar dies in Kolkata at 92; awarded Padma Shri in 1990
  • PM inaugurates Golden Jubilee celebrations of Assam’s Agradoot group of newspapers
  • Union ministers Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and R. C. P. Singh resign a day before the completion of their Rajya Sabha term
  • Russia signs pact for supplying tech for Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu
  • Govt. reduces gap for coronavirus booster shot from 9 months to 6
  • Freedom fighter Gandhian P Gopinathan Nair dies at 100 in Kerala
  • Women & Child Development Minister Smriti Irani given additional charge of the Ministry of Minority Affairs
  • Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya M Scindia given additional charge of Steel Ministry
  • Music composer Ilaiyaraaja, former athlete PT Usha, philanthropist Veerendra Heggade and screenwriter V. Vijayendra Prasad Garu nominated to Rajya Sabha
  • PM inaugurates, lays foundation for projects worth Rs 1,774 cr in Varanasi
  • PM inaugurates Akshaya Patra midday meal kitchen with cooking facility for one lakh students in Varanasi
  • PM inaugurates 3-day Akhil Bhartiya Shiksha Samagam in Varanasi to implement National Education Policy (NEP 2020)
  • WCD Ministry issues guidelines for Mission Vatsalya Scheme for welfare and rehabilitation of children
  • Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri launches SVANidhi Mahotsav, a cultural festival for celebrating the success of PM SVANidhi Scheme
  • Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann marries Mohali-based Dr Gurpreet Kaur in Chandigarh
  • India elected to UNESCO panel on Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • External Foreign Minister S Jaishankar meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi ahead of the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
  • Enforcement Directorate slaps Rs 51 cr penalty on Amnesty India International, Rs 10 cr on ex-CEO Aakar Patel for having “violated” provisions of Foreign Exchange Management Act provisions
  • 3-day Akhil Bhartiya Shiksha Samagam (ABSS) at Varanasi concludes
  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah chairs 30th Meeting of Northern Zonal Council (NZC) in Jaipur
  • 15 dead in cloudburst at Shri Amarnathji Shrine in Jammu and Kashmir
  • “The Architect of the New BJP: How Narendra Modi Transformed The Party” by journalist Ajay Singh set for release on July 11

  • London tops Best Student Cities Ranking prepared by global higher education consultancy QS (Quacquarelli Symonds)
  • Russian forces withdrew from the strategic Snake Island in Black Sea
  • Sixth Caspian Summit held in Turkmenistan capital Ashgabat
  • T. Raja Kumar of Singapore appointed as President of Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the anti-money laundering watchdog
  • International Day of Cooperatives celebrated on July 2; theme: ‘Cooperatives Build a Better World’
  • Ukraine: 21 killed in missile strikes on residential area in Odessa
  • Russia seizes control of Sakhalin-2 gas and oil project in Russia’s far east; could evict JV partners: Shell of US and Mitsui and Mitsubishi of Japan
  • Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu claims capture of entire Luhansk Province of Ukraine after seizing Lysychansk city
    – 2022 Malaysia Open badminton tournament held from June 28 to July 3 at Kuala Lumpur
    – Men’s singles: Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen
    – Women’s singles: Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon
    – Men’s doubles: Japan’s Takuro Hoki & Yugo
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    – Women’s doubles: Indonesia’s Apriyani Rahayu & Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti
    – Mixed doubles: China’s Zheng Siwei & Huang Yaqiong
  • Glacier collapses in Italian Alps, killing at least six
  • British theatre director Peter Brook dies aged 97; awarded Padma Shri in 2021
  • 30 NATO allies sign off on accession protocols for Sweden and Finland
  • Uganda: Govt. announces discovery of 31 million metric tonnes of gold deposits
  • Polish government honours maharajas of Jamnagar and Kolhapur for sheltering Polish refugees fleeing the Soviet Union invasion of Poland during World War II
  • OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo dies at 63 in Nigeria
  • UK: Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak and health secretary Sajid Javid resign
  • UK: Boris Johnson resigns as PM
  • Ukrainian forces raise national flag on recaptured Snake Island in Black Sea
  • 10th World Peace Forum organized in Beijing by Tsinghua University
  • UNSECO celebrates first World Kiswahili language day on July 7
  • Japan: Former PM Shinzo Abe dies after being shot by gunman in Nara city
  • Meeting of Group of 20 foreign ministers held in Bali, Indonesia
  • Sri Lanka: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa flees as protestors occupy his official residence in Colombo
  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk terminates deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion; says Twitter did not respond to requests for information on spam accounts on the platform
  • Sri Lanka: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to resign on July 13; opposition parties agree to form an all-party interim government
  • China and Pakistan start ‘Sea Guardians-2’ naval drills off Shanghai coast
  • Ukraine: President Volodymyr Zelensky sacks ambassadors to Germany, India, Czech Republic, Norway and Hungary
  • Ukraine: 15 killed as building hit by rocket in Chasiv Yar town in the Donetsk region
    – 1. Maryna Viazovska (Ukraine)
    – 2. Hugo Duminil-Copin (France)
    – 3. June Huh (US-South Korea)
    – 4. James Maynard (UK)
    – Awarded by International Mathematical Union to mathematicians under the age of 40
    – Novak Djokovic of Czech Republic: men’s singles
    – Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan: women’s singles
    – United Kingdom’s Neal Skupski and Desirae Krawczyk of United States: mixed doubles
    – Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova: women’s doubles
    – Australia’s Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell: men’s doubles
    – Indonesia’s Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo: men’s singles
    – South Korea’s An Se Young: women’s singles
    – China’s Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan: women’s doubles
    – Indonesia’s Muhammad Rian Ardianto and Fajar Alfian: men’s doubles
    – China’s Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong: mixed doubles

ECONOMY & CORPORATE April 2022. Best coaching for LAW entrance

  • RBI Financial Stability Report: Indian economy on the mend but inflation concerns remain
  • Centre hikes gold import duty to 15% from 10.75%
  • India’s foreign exchange reserves rise $2.7 billion to $593 billion in the week to June 24
  • External debt up 8.2% on year to $620.7 billion at the end of March 2022: RBI
  • Interest rates on small savings schemes unchanged for July-August quarter
  • Govt imposes tax of Rs 6 per litre on exports of petrol & Aviation Turbine Fuel
  • Fee for PAN-Aadhaar linking to be doubled from July 1
  • 5th GST Day celebrated on July 1
  • Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya chairs Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission Conference 2022 in New Delhi
  • Toyota Kirloskar Motor launches SUV Urban Cruiser Hyryder
  • World Bank grants India $1.75 bn loan to fund India’s PM Ayushman Bharat scheme and private investment to boost the economic growth
  • Govt. to directly transfer its contribution to the bank accounts of apprentices through the National Skill Development Corporation
  • Centre makes Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) rules stricter, aims at prohibiting acceptance of foreign contribution for any activities detrimental to the national interest
  • India moves to leadership position in large-value digital payment system: RBI says in report on ‘Benchmarking India’s Payment Systems’
  • India’s largest floating solar power project of 100 MW capacity commissioned at Ramagundam, Telangana
  • Centre amends FCRA rules, allows Indians to receive up to Rs 10 lakh a year from kin staying abroad without disclosing
  • RBI launches next round of its OBICUS (order books, inventories and capacity utilisation) survey of manufacturing companies
  • Hotels and restaurants can’t levy service charge by default, says CCPA (Central Consumer Protection Authority)
  • Gujarat, Karnataka best states for startup ecosystem: DPIIT (Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade) rankings
  • Govt completes disinvestment of Neelachal Ispat Nigam Limited in Odisha to Tata Steel Long Products Limited
  • Drug pricing regulator NPPA (National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority) fixes retail prices of 84 drug formulations
  • RBI increases ECB (External Commercial Borrowing) limit under automatic route from $750 mn or its equivalent per financial year to $1.5 bn
  • Finance ministry extends exemption of customs duty on raw cotton imports by a month till October 31
  • Govt asks companies to cut MRP of edible oils by up to Rs 10/litre within a week
  • Shriram Transport Finance gets shareholders’ approval for merger with Shriram City Union Finance (SCUF)
  • Google announces Startup School India for small-city entrepreneurs
  • CM Arvind Kejriwal announces India’s biggest shopping festival in Delhi from Jan 28 to Feb 26, 2023
  • TVS Motor Company launches 225-cc bike Ronin priced at Rs 1.49 lakh
  • DoT warns e-commerce companies on illegal sale of wireless jammers
  • Tata group’s Tejas Networks acquires 62.65% stake in Saankhya Labs for Rs 276.24 crore
  • Dabur’s Burman family becomes official promoter of Eveready Industries
  • Govt approves Rs 2,415-cr road project to connect Haryana to the upcoming Jewar International Airport in Gautam Budh Nagar (UP)
  • Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) elects R. Dinesh of TVS as President Designate for 2022-23
  • Rakesh Jhunjhunwala-owned Akasa Air gets airline license from DGCA
  • India’s foreign exchange reserves decline $5 billion to $588.314 billion in the week ended July 1
  • PSUs ONGC, OIL and GAIL win 6 out of eight blocks offered for exploration and production of oil and gas in the OALP (Open Acreage Licensing Programme) 7th bid round
  • India’s GMR Group starts operating Kualanamu International Airport in Medan, Indonesia
  • Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) and Safran Helicopter Engines of France sign JV agreement to set up aero engine company in India
  • Perks provided by employers to employees not subject to GST: Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs
  • Govt. exempts excise on aviation turbine fuel (ATF) for overseas flights
  • India hands over 44,000 metric tonnes of urea under a credit line extended to crisis-ridden Sri Lanka
    Russian troops captured the industrial town of Lysychansk, completing their takeover of Luhansk oblast in Ukraine’s east. The Ukrainian army is repositioning itself to defend more strategic sites in Donetsk, the other half of the badly bloodied Donbas region.
  • UK
    Boris Johnson, Britain’s prime minister, is to resign, it was reported, but hopes to stay in office until the autumn, when a new leader can be installed. A rebellion within the Conservative government had made his position untenable.
    A conference on rebuilding Ukraine was held in Lugano, Switzerland. Officials from America, Britain, the European Union and international organisations attended. The Ukrainian prime minister said a “full-fledged” recovery plan would cost $750bn.
    The collapse of a glacier in the Dolomite range of Italian Alps that killed at least nine people was blamed on climate change. Italy declared a state of emergency in five northern regions; a long bout of hot weather has caused the worst drought in 70 years.
  • US
    A gunman opened fire on a July 4th parade in Highland Park, a wealthy suburb north of Chicago, killing seven people. It was the deadliest such incident over the Independence Day holiday, which normally sees a spike in shootings.
    Violent protests broke out in Karakalpakstan, an autonomous republic within Uzbekistan, over planned constitutional changes to strip it of its right to secede. At least 18 people were killed. The proposed changes have been dropped.
    China’s president, Xi Jinping, attended a ceremony in Hong Kong to mark the 25th anniversary of the return of the city from British to Chinese rule. Few believed hm when he said that the “one country, two systems” model for ruling Hong Kong had worked.
    Israel said it shot down three drones heading for its gasfield in the Mediterranean that had been launched by Hezbollah, a
    Shia Muslim Lebanese party-cum-militia backed by Iran.
    Argentina’s economy minister, Martín Guzmán, announced his resignation, citing squabbling between the president and vice president. Guzmán was seen as a stabilising figure in a country that is both politically and economically turbulent.
    Jihadists attacked a prison in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, freeing 600 people including members of Boko Haram, an Islamic terrorist group.

  • Neeraj Chopra breaks his own national record in men’s javelin throw with a throw of 89.94 at Stockholm Diamond League
  • Birmingham test: Jasprit Bumrah hits England’s Stuart Broad for 29 runs in one over; creates new record for most runs made in a test over
  • Sweden’s Armand Duplantis creates new world
  • Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz wins Formula One British Grand Prix at Silverstone record of 6.16 m in men’s outdoor pole vault
  • Athletics: Parul Chaudhary creates new national record of 8:57.19 in women’s 3000m
  • England (284 and 374/3) beat India (416 & 245) by 7 wickets in 5th test at Edgbaston, Birmingham; series ends 2-2
  • Elorda Cup Boxing in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan: Alfiya Pathan (women’s 81 kg) and Gitika (women’s 41 kg) win gold medals
  • India (198/8) beat hosts England (148) by 50 runs in first T-20 International of 3-match series in Southampton
  • Women’s cricket: India defeats hosts Sri Lanka by 39 runs in final ODI at Pallekele, sweep series 3-0
  • Youth Affairs & Sports Minister Anurag Thakur launches revised schemes of Cash Awards, National Welfare and Pension to sportspersons
  • Wimbledon tennis in London: Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan wins women’s singles title
  • Indian Grandmaster D. Gukesh wins Gijon Chess Masters tournament in Spain
  • England (215/7) defeat India (198/9) in 3rd and last T20I at Trent Bridge, Nottingham; lose series 1-2
  • Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc wins Formula One Austrian Grand Prix at Spielberg
  • Mexico’s Rey Vargas wins World Boxing Council featherweight title at San Antonio (US)
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