General Knowledge & Current Affairs

November 2022 - 21st to 30th

  • Assam: Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurates Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine in Silchar
  •  2021 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development presented to Pratham, an NGO functioning in the field of education.
  • 9-day long International Film Festival of India (IFFI) inaugurated at Panaji in Goa
  •  IFFI Indian Film Personality of the Year Award for 2022 awarded to actor-producer Chiranjeevi Konidela
  •  Spanish film Director Carlos Saura awarded Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement award
  • Rashtrapati Bhavan to open for public viewing for 5 days a week from Dec 1
  •  Arunachal Pradesh: CM Pema Khandu dedicates renovated Tawang war memorial to the nation
  •  Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra visits Myanmar, discusses border management
  •  India and EU sign “Intent of Cooperation on High-Performance Computing (HPC), Weather Extremes and Climate Modelling and Quantum Technologies”
  •  Prof. Venu Gopal Achanta elected as Member of CIPM (International Committee for Weight and Measures); is Director of CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL)
  •  Army’s South Western Command conducts Integrated Fire Power Exercise “SHATRUNASH” in Thar desert of Rajasthan
  •  World Fisheries Day celebrated on Nov 21
  • EAC-PM (Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister) issues working paper on decline in India’s rankings in global opinion-based indices
  •  4th edition of Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue to be held in New Delhi from Nov 23 to 25; theme: “Operationalising the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative”
  •  External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar meets his UAE counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Delhi
  •  Defence Minister Rajnath Singh co-chairs India-ASEAN Defence Ministers meeting at Siem Reap, Cambodia
  •  Rajnath Singh holds bilateral meeting with US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin in Cambodia
  •  SARANG: Indian Film Festival in South Korea organized by Indian Embassy in Busan
  •  Ayush Ministry announces setting up of Academic Chair in Ayurvedic Science at Western Sydney University
  •  PM launches Rozgar Mela, releases 71,000 job-offer letters to freshers
  • India carries out successful training launch of Agni-3 IRBM (Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile) from APJ Abdul Kalam Island
  •  400th birth anniversary of Lachit Barphukan being celebrated in Delhi on Nov 23-25
  •  Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying announces National Gopal Ratna Awards 2022 for dairying sector
  •  More than 25,000 ponds constructed under Mission Amrit Sarovar to overcome water crisis in rural areas
  •  Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw inaugurates Entrepreneurship Cell and Centre of Innovation at C-DOT campus, Delhi
  •  Mizoram govt. to provide shelter to 270 tribals of Chin-Kuki community who fled from Bangladesh
  •  Religious freedom, related human rights in India under threat: USCIRF (US Commission for International Religious Freedom)
  •  SC asks centre to show mechanism adopted in appointment of Election Commissioner Arun Goel
  •  SC to have specialised benches for criminal, tax, land issues, MACT (motor accidents claims tribunal) matters
  •  Indian govt.’s requests to Meta for user data up slightly at 55,497 in H1 of 2022
  • SC questions Centre’s “tearing hurry” in appointing ex-bureaucrat Arun Goel as Election Commissioner
  •  UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) asks state governments, entities to verify Aadhaar before accepting it
  •  Navies of India and Oman conduct exercise ‘Naseem Al Bahr’ off the coast of Oman
  • PM addresses closing ceremony of year-long celebrations of 400th birth anniversary of Lachit Borphukan in New Delhi
  •  PM to participate in Constitution Day celebrations in SC on Nov 26
  •  Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar addresses UNESCO-INDIA-AFRICA (UIA) Hackathon at Greater Noida
  •  Sangeet Natak Akademi selects 102 artists of India for the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for the years 2019, 2020 & 2021
  •  Centre releases draft Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act (Amendment) Bill 2022 for public comments
  •  Department of Animal Husbandry to celebrate National Milk Day in Bengaluru on Nov 26 to commemorate 101st birth anniversary of Dr. Verghese Kurien — “Father of the White Revolution in India”
  •  IIT Guwahati director T G Sitharam appointed as new AICTE chairman
  •  IIT-Delhi is India’s best in Global University Employability Rankings of Times Higher Education (THE)
  •  HC scraps Gujarat policy giving organ-transplant priority to domiciles
  •  5 Meghalaya villagers killed in border firing by Assam police and forest guards; Assam alleges villagers smuggling timber
  •  Guwahati: Zorba, India’s first dog deployed to track down poachers, dies at 12
  • ISRO launches PSLV-C54 rocket carrying earth observation satellite OceanSat-3 & 8 nanosatellites
  •  President, PM attend Constitution Day Celebration in Supreme Court on Nov 26
  •  Constitution Day celebrated on Nov 26 to mark adoption of the Constitution by Constituent Assembly in 1949
  •  Prasar Bharati hosting 59th ABU (Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union) General Assembly in New Delhi on Nov 25-30
  •  eGramSwaraj and Audit Online of Ministry of Panchayati Raj wins GOLD AWARD under the National Awards for e-Governance
  •  National Milk Day celebrated on Nov 26; birth anniversary of Dr. Verghese Kurien; “Father of White Revolution in India”
  •  National Gopal Ratna Award presented to farmers, cooperatives for boosting milk production in the country on National Milk Day
  •  Vikram Gokhale, veteran film and TV actor, dies in Pune at 77; won National Film Award for Best Actor for ‘Anumati’ (Marathi)
  •  Padma Shri, Khel Ratna Arjuna Awardee Deepa Malik becomes Ni-Kshay Mitra and national ambassador for TB Mukt Bharat Campaign
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum Project in Mumbai wins Award of Excellence at 2022 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation
  •  ICMR recommends avoiding antibiotics for low-grade fever, issues guidelines
  •  India, Australia to conduct ‘Austra Hind 22’ military exercise in Rajasthan from Nov 28 to Dec 11
  •  Bihar CM Nitish Kumar inaugurates scheme in Rajgir, Nalanda district, under which flood waters will be treated for supply to households in the southern part of the state
  •  Ladakh-based innovator Sonam Wangchuk bags seventh Dr Paulos Mar Gregorios award given by the Sophia Society of the Malankara (Indian) Orthodox Church
  •  Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will be chief guest at Republic Day celebrations in January
  •  Special briefing for G20 envoys, invitee nations held at Swaraj Dweep in Andaman & Nicobar
  • Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar presents Shilp Guru and National Awards to master craftspersons in Delhi
  •  Right to freedom of religion not fundamental right to convert: Centre to SC
  •  Defence Minister Rajnath Singh holds 4th India-France Annual Defence Dialogue with Minister of Armed Forces of France Sebastien Lecornu in New Delhi
  •  India & Malaysia holding military Exercise “Harimau Shakti -2022” in Malaysia from Nov 29 to Dec 12
  • Indian Air Force conducting Annual Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Exercise ‘Samanvay 2022’ from Nov 28 to 30 at Air Force Station Agra
  •  Former IAS officer Preeti Sudan appointed UPSC Member
  •  International Jaguar Day celebrated on Nov 29 at National Zoological Park, New Delhi
  •  Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra returns private university Bills passed by state assembly

  • COP27 (27th UN Conference of Parties) at Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt agrees to establish special Loss and Damage Fund for assisting developing countries vulnerable to adverse effects of climate change
  •  India takes over as Chair of Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) for 2022-23
  •  Africa Industrialization Day celebrated on Nov 20
  •  World Children’s Day celebrated on Nov 20; theme: ‘Inclusion, For Every Child’
  •  World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims observed on Nov 20
  •  Norway announces 220 million Kroner donation for humanitarian work in Afghanistan
  • Malaysia’s general election ends in a hung parliament; coalition led by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim wins most seats
  •  Kazakhstan: Incumbent Kassym-Jomart Tokayev re-elected President
  •  Indonesia: 56 killed in earthquake of 5.6 magnitude in West Java province
  •  World Television Day celebrated on Nov 21
  • China: 38 killed in factory fire in Anyang city in Henan province
  •  Elon Musk pauses relaunch of Twitter’s $8 plan till impersonation stops
  • NASA’s Orion spacecraft makes closest flyby of Moon at 130 kms distance
  •  European Parliament designates Russia as state sponsor of terrorism
  • 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 19) at CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) being held at Panama City from Nov 14 to 25
  •  22nd Council of Ministers’ meeting of IORA (Indian Ocean Rim Association) held at Dhaka, Bangladesh
  •  Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar, Minister of State for Health, participates in 3rd Global High-Level Conference on Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) in Muscat, Oman
  •  India to send helicopter unit to UN peacekeeping operations in Mali known as Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)
  •  Malaysia: Anwar Ibrahim sworn in as new PM
  •  Pakistan: LG Asim Munir appointed as new Chief of Army Staff
  •  Dominican Republic expels 1,800 migrant children to Haiti: UNICEF
  • International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women observed on Nov 25; theme: UNiTE! Activism to End Violence against Women & Girls!
  •  PM Modi remains world’s most popular leader with approval rating of 77% according to Global Leader Approval Ratings released by US-based Morning Consult
  •  India’s proposal for enhanced protection to Leith’s softshell turtle adopted at wildlife summit in Panama
  •  UK’s Supreme Court quashes Scotland’s bid for new independence vote
  •  US FDA approves most expensive drug ever, a $3.5 million-per-dose gene therapy for haemophilia
  • NASA’s Orion spacecraft successfully enters orbit around the moon
  • Equatorial Guinea: Teodoro Obiang Mbasogo re-elected President; extends 43-year rule
  •  Nepal: Ruling Nepali Congress led by PM Sher Bahadur Deuba emerges as single largest party
  • WHO renames monkeypox as mpox, citing racism, discrimination concerns
  • International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People observed on Nov 29
  •  UN panel recommends Australia’s Great Barrier Reef should be listed as ‘world heritage site in danger’
  •  US: Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, world’s largest active volcano, erupts for first time in 40 years
  •  Italy: Seven killed by landslide on Ischia Island

ECONOMY & CORPORATE April 2022. Best coaching for LAW entrance

  • Online payments firm Razorpay wins Startup of the Year award at Economic Times Startup Awards
  • Govt announces new norms to curb fake online reviews of products, services
  •  Ruia family-run Essar group concludes sale of captive ports and power assets located in Gujarat and Odisha to Arcelor Mittal Nippon Steel India Ltd (AM/NS) for USD 2.05 billion
  •  Areez Pirojshaw Khambatta, founding chairman of Rasna soft drink concentrate, dies in Ahmedabad at 85
  • Australia’s Parliament ratifies Free Trade (Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement) pact with India
  •  OECD cuts India FY23 GDP forecast to 6.6% on slowdown at home, global fears
  •  TRAI restores cap on MRP of a TV channel as part of a bouquet to Rs 19
  • Govt notifies inclusion of coronary stents in National List of Essential Medicines
  •  FDI equity inflows dip 14% during April-September to $26.9 billion: DPIIT (Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade)
  •  Inox Green Energy Services (IGESL) makes dismal debut; lists at 8% discount over issue price
  •  Job search portal Monster.com rebranded to foundit.in
  • India’s urban unemployment rate declines to 7.2% in July-September 2022: NSO (National Statistical Office)
  •  Tata Consumer to acquire packaged water giant Bisleri for ₹7,000 crore from Ramesh Chauhan
  •  CPCL (Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd), IOCL (Indian Oil Corporation Ltd) sign JV agreement for Rs 31,580 crore refinery at Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu
  •  Keystone Realtors shares climb over 3% in stock market debut trade
  • India-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) decide to pursue resumption of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Negotiations
  •  30-share BSE Sensex closes above 62,000 for the first time on Nov 24
  •  Frame power tariff determination norms in 3 months, SC tells SERCs (state electricity regulatory commissions)
  • Road transport & highways sector has the maximum number of delayed projects at 243, followed by railways at 114: Govt.
  • IDBI Bank to continue to operate as an ‘Indian private sector bank’ after its strategic sale; govt.’s residual 15% stake post privatisation will be public shareholding
  •  FSSAI recognizes Yak as a ‘food animal’ to check declining population
  • Govt. allows ED (Enforcement Directorate) to share information about economic offenders with 15 more agencies, including SFIO, CCI and NIA
  •  Power Ministry launches schemes to procure 4,500 MW electricity supply for 5 years under SHAKTI (Scheme for Harnessing and Allocating Koyala Transparently in India) policy
  •  S&P Global Ratings cuts India’s economic growth forecast to 7% for FY23
  • Pilot project for retail participation in CBDC (central bank digital currency) to start from Dec 1 in four cities and with four banks: RBI
  •  Govt lifts ban on exports of organic non-basmati rice
  •  iNCOVACC, world’s first intranasal vaccine by Bharat Biotech, gets approval from CDSCO (Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation)
  •  7th edition of Global Technology Summit being held in New Delhi from Nov 29 to Dec 1; is India’s annual flagship event on Geotechnology and is co-hosted by the Ministry of External Affairs and Carnegie India
  •  Tata Group announces merger of Air India with Vistara; Singapore Airlines to get 25% stake
  •  YouTube removed 1.7 mn videos in India in July-Sept, most in world
  •  GroupM Media’s CEO Prashanth Kumar elected president of AAAI (Advertising Agencies Association of India)
  • RUSSIA
    Russia’s state-owned gas company, Gazprom, threatened to curtail supplies in the last operational pipeline connecting Russia with western Europe, which runs through Ukraine. The Russians claim that Ukraine is hoarding gas destined for Moldova.
  • UK
    Britain’s Supreme Court ruled that a referendum on independence for Scotland could only proceed with consent from the Westminster Parliament in London. The Scottish National Party, which governs Scotland, wanted to hold a referendum.
  • BRAZIL
    Brazil’s electoral court rejected a challenge by Jair Bolsonaro, the right-wing populist president, to the result of an election three weeks ago, which he lost to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva by 1.8 percentage points. Bolsonaro’s Liberal Party wanted to annul votes cast on older electronic machines. The court said it was a “ludicrous” request, and fined the party.
  • CHINA
    On November 23rd China logged more than 30,000 cases of covid­19, a daily record. Areas responsible for a fifth of the country’s GDP are now under some form of lockdown, according to Nomura, a bank.
  • INDONESIA
    An earthquake struck the West Java region of Indonesia, killing at least 271 people. Scores were still missing. Cianjur, a town that lies 75km south of Jakarta, bore the brunt.
  • MALAYSIA
    An election in Malaysia resulted in the country’s first ever hung parliament. The king appointed Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister after his reformist bloc won the most seats. The United Malays National Organisation, which has dominated Malaysian politics since independence, won just 26 out of 222 seats.
  • EQUATORIAL GUINEA
    The party of Teodoro Obiang, the autocrat who has ruled Equatorial Guinea for 43 years, claimed to have won 99% of votes in presidential and legislative elections. The tiny petrostate locks up and tortures opposition activists and has no free press.
  • ISRAEL
    Two bombs exploded in separate incidents near bus stops on the outskirts of Jerusalem, killing one person. Two days before, a young Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli soldiers during a raid on the restive West Bank town of Jenin.
  • IRAN
    Violence intensified and spread across Iran, particularly in the Kurdish populated west of the country, amid protests against Islamist rule that have persisted for the past two months. Human rights groups said that 416 people, most of them protesters, have been killed across the country since the unrest began.
  • QATAR
    A lot of upsets Saudi Arabia’s footballers beat Argentina in the World Cup. In another shock, Japan beat Germany. Iran’s team refused to sing their national anthem, in solidarity with protesters against their piously despotic rulers back home.

  • 2022 FIFA World Cup: Ecuador beat hosts Qatar 2-0 in opening game at Doha
  •  Red Bull driver Max Verstappen wins Abu Dhabi Grand Prix; the final race of 2022 Formula One World Season
  • Serbia’s Novak Djokovic defeats Norway’s Casper Ruud to win men’s singles title at ATP Finals tennis in Turin, Italy
  •  Norway’s Magnus Carlsen clinches Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals
  •  Former India football captain Babu Mani passes away at age of 59
  • Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports announces the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Awards for the year 2021
  •  FIFA World Cup in Qatar: Japan beat Germany 2-1, Spain thrash Costa Rica 7-0 in Group E matches
  • Stephanie Frappart of France becomes 1st woman to officiate in men’s FIFA World Cup
  •  New Zealand (309 for 3 in 47.1) defeat India (306/7) by seven wickets in first ODI at Auckland
  • 81st Annual Madras-Colombo Rowing Regatta in Colombo: Madras Boat Club women lift Adyar trophy; Colombo Rowing Club men lift Deepam trophy
  • Paralympic medallist Lekhara receives Para Sports Person of Year award at the Turf 2022 and India Sports Awards of FICCI
  • Tennis: Canada wins Davis Cup title by defeating Australia 2-0 in final played at Malaga, Span
  •  Former athlete P T Usha becomes first woman president of IOA (Indian Olympic Association)
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