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Digital India RISC-V Microprocessor (DIR-V) Program for Next Generation Microprocessors LaunchedThe Digital India RISC-V Microprocessor (DIR-V) Program was launched by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in New Delhi, Delhi.
- Its ultimate purpose is to allow the development of next generation microprocessors in India and around the world, with the goal of achieving commercial silicon and design wins by December 2023.
- The Minister unveiled the blueprint for the DIR-V Program’s design and implementation, as well as a strategic roadmap for India’s semiconductor design and innovation to help catalyse the semiconductor ecosystem.
i.It is launched as one of the key initiatives toward realising the goal of self-sufficiency and a significant step toward “Atmanirbhar Bharat” (Self-Reliant India).
ii.Under the DIR-V Programme, the government has set a goal of commercialising the first indigenous chipsets by 2023-24.
About Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY):
Union Minister – Ashwini Vaishnaw (Rajya Sabha – Odisha)
Minister of State (MoS) – Rajeev Chandrasekhar (Rajya Sabha – Karnataka)
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Cabinet Approvals on April 27, 2022
On April 27, 2022, the Union Cabinet Chaired by Narendra Modi has approved the following proposals:
i.The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal of the Department of Fertilizers for Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS) rates for Phosphatic and Potassic (P&K) fertilizers for Kharif Season – 2022 from April 1, 2022 to September 30, 2022 at Rs. 60,939.23 Crores.
ii.The Cabinet approves revised cost estimate on setting up of India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) with additional funding of Rs 820 crore for FY 2020-21 to 2022-23. This is an increase to Rs 2255 crore from Rs 1435 crore as equity infusion to meet regulatory requirement.
iii.On the lines of Minimum Government Maximum Governance, the Union Cabinet has approved the amalgamation of Consultancy Development Centre (CDC) with Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST).
iv.The Union Cabinet approved a Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) to upgrade 2G mobile sites to 4G at security sites in areas troubled by Left Wing Extremism (LWE) at an estimated cost of Rs 1,884.59 crore.
v.The CCEA chaired by PM Narendra Modi approved an investment of Rs 4526.12 crore for the construction of 540 Megawatt Kwar Hydro Electric project on river Chenab in Kishtwar district of Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) .
vi.CCEA approved extension of the Prime Minister Street Vendor’s AtmaNirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) beyond March 2022 till December 2024. This decision followed the impact of the pandemic-related stress on small businesses.
About BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited):
Chairman & Managing Director– Pravin Kumar Purwar
Headquarter– New Delhi, Delhi
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Cabinet Approval with Lithuania & Chile on April 27, 2022
On April 27, 2022, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accorded approval to the following proposals:
- Opening of a new Indian Mission in Lithuania in 2022.
- Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Chile for cooperation in the Disability Sector.
The Union Cabinet has approved to opening of a new Indian Mission in Lithuania in 2022. Currently, the Indian mission in Poland is accredited to Lithuania. The mission was started after the country is facing an unofficial trade ban which was imposed by China for failing to follow the One China Policy.
- Lithuania earned China’s fury for allowing Taiwan to operate a representative office in Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital.
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has approved the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between India and Chile for cooperation in the Disability Sector.
- Through joint initiatives in the disability sector, the bilateral MoU would enhance cooperation between the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, and the Government of Chile.
JK’s Samba Becomes 1st District in India to Cover 100% Households under AB-PMJAY- SEHAT Scheme
The Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir’s (J&K) Samba District has became the first district in India to cover 100 percent households under Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY)- SEHAT (Social, Endeavour for Health And Telemedicine) scheme.
i.The 100 percent milestone was achieved by the district after organising a Special Registration Drive by the State Health Agency (SHA) from April 11 to April 21, 2022 in all Block Development Offices (BDO) across the district.
ii.The aim of the Special Registration drive is to cover all the families under AB-PMJAY – SEHAT Scheme in the district.
iii.The J&K State Health Agency (SHA) has also started an initiative ‘Gaon Gaon Ayushman’ to reach out to last mile villages which remain cut from the rest of the world due to adverse weather conditions so as to percolate the benefits of the scheme down to every beneficiary.
iv.To ensure hassle-free registration of all eligible beneficiaries under the scheme, the SHA has set up a network of more than 8000 Common Service Centres (CSCs) in Jammu and Kashmir.
v.The virtual learning environment (VLE) Centres are also being stationed in villages for ensuring 100% registration and awareness activities at the grassroots level in association with Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI) representatives and Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers.
i.The Samba district has a total of 62,641 families with 3,04,510 people eligible for AB-PM-JAY SEHAT golden cards.
About Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) – Social, Endeavour for Health And Telemedicine (SEHAT) Scheme:
i.The SEHAT Scheme was launched in convergence with AB-PMJAY for the entire UT of Jammu and Kashmir on 26 December 2020.
ii.The aim of the scheme is to extend health insurance coverage to all residents of UT of J&K.
iii.It provides free of cost insurance to cover all the residents of the UT of J&K and It also provides financial cover up to Rs.5 Lakh per family on a floater basis to all residents and an operational extension of PM-JAY to 15 lakh (approximately) additional families.
iv.The scheme has no cap on Family size and Age criteria.
v.Under the Scheme the people with Ayushman Bharat Golden Card get free cashless treatment of up to Rs. 5 lakhs in all government and empanelled private hospitals across India.
ONGC inks MoU with Norway’s Equinor to collaborate on E&P, clean energy
On April 26, 2022, The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Equinor ASA (formerly Statoil and StatoilHydro), for collaboration in oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) as well as exploring clean energy projects for a period of two years during a visit of high-level delegation from Norway to India in New Delhi.
What is in the MoU?
i.The MoU aimed for collaboration with each other in the field of Upstream (extracting oil and gas from ground), Midstream (safe transportation to plant) and Downstream (converting the resources into final products) exploration of Oil and Natural Gas.
ii.It also involves exploring Clean Energy options such as low carbon fuel, Renewables, Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) as well as Carbon Capture Utilisation & Sequestration (CCUS) opportunities in India.
i.The MoU was signed in the presence of Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Anniken Huitfeldt, Norwegian Foreign Minister, Dr Alka Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director of ONGC and Irene Rummelhoff, Executive Vice President of Equinor.
Equinor is a Norwegian state-owned multinational energy company committed to long-term value creation in a low-carbon future.
Headquarters – Stavanger, Norway
President and CEO – Anders Opedal
About Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC):
Headquarters – New Delhi, Delhi
Chairman and Managing Director(CMD) – Dr. Alka Mittal (Additional Charge)
HAL & BEL Signs Contracts to Co-Develop IRST System for Su-30 MKI; HAL Commences Main Airframe Fatigue Test of LCA Mk1
The Defence Public Sector Undertaking (PSU), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has done following, helping to achieve ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ in the defence sector –
i.The HAL and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) signed a contract to co develop long range dual band Infra-Red Search and Track System (IRST) for Sukhoi Su-30 MKI.
ii.The HAL commenced the Main Airframe Fatigue Test (MAFT) of the Light Combat Aircraft Mark 1 (LCA Mk1) airframe in the Ground Test Centre of Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC), Bengaluru, Karnataka.
HAL & BEL Contracts to Co-Develop IRST System for Su-30 MKI
On April 26, 2022, The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has signed a contract for co-development and co-production of long range dual band Infra-Red Search and Track System (IRST) for Sukhoi Su-30 MKI in Bengaluru, Karnataka under the MAKE-II (Industry funded) procedure of Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020, as a part of ‘Make in India’ initiative.
i.The contract was signed by Suneel Kumar Srivastava, General Manager, HAL and Loyola Pedro Vianney G, General Manager, BEL.
i.The IRST system will be a high end strategic technology product in the field of defence avionics and technically competitive to existing IRST systems in the global market.
ii.It consists of Television Day Camera, Infrared and LASER sensor in a single window for air-to-air and air-to-ground target tracking and localisation and enhancing the Indian Air Force’s air superiority.
HAL Commences Main Airframe Fatigue Test of LCA Mk1
On April 27, 2022, Arup Chatterjee, Director (Engineering and Research and Development), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) inaugurated the Main Airframe Fatigue Test (MAFT) of the Light Combat Aircraft Mark I (LCA Mk-I ) airframe at the Ground Test Centre of the Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC), Bengaluru, Karnataka.
What is the Main Airframe Fatigue Test of LCA Mk1 ?
i.The MAFT test is conducted to understand how the aircraft structure performs in real life conditions.
ii.The aircraft structure is mounted on a test rig and inspected to check for any cracks or damage owing to repeated flying cycles. Since, the metal elements are subject to depreciation and require repair.
iii.Standards – As per the Military Airworthiness Requirements, MAFT has to have the capability of the airframe to withstand four times the service life.
iv.These tests will be carried out on the LCA (Air Force) Mk1 airframe over a period of eight to nine years. The successful completion of MAFT will qualify the LCA (Air Force) Mk1 airframe for its full-service life.
About Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL):
Headquarters – Bengaluru, Karnataka
Chairman and Managing Director – R Madhavan
India’s first ‘Amrit Sarovar’ Completed in UP’s Rampur
India’s first ‘Amrit Sarovar‘ has been completed in Shahabad’s Patwai area of Rampur in Uttar Pradesh (UP). The initiative focuses on the need for water conservation.
- As a part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ (75 years of India’s independence), the Prime Minister declared that each district should have 75 ‘Amrit Sarovars’ or ponds.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi insisted the above initiative in his 88th monthly radio broadcast ‘Mann ki Baat’.
About Amrit Sarovar:
Under the Amrit Sarovar initiative, 75 water bodies will be developed and rejuvenated in each district as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
Amrit Sarovar In Patwai:
i.In the UP’s gram panchayat Patwai, a pond existed but was mired in dirt and neglect. With the help of local people, school children and coordinated efforts of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) it has now been transformed and has built a retaining wall, boundary, food court, fountains and lighting.
ii.The cleaned and rejuvenated pond has become a big centre of tourism in the rural area.
iii.It also conserves water in need of the hour.
iv.The funds were raised from kshetra panchayat and gram panchayat.
Also the work on the pond having the largest area (1.67 hectare) in Gram Panchayat Singan Kheda, a Village in Uttar Pradesh has also started.
About Uttar Pradesh:
Governor – Anandiben Mafatbhai Patel
Chief Minister – Yogi Adityanath
Stadium – Dori Lal Agarwal Sports Stadium, Ravindra Kishore Shahi Sports Stadium
Insurance coverage for Fisheries, Aquaculture Units Abysmal in India: FAO Report
i.The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released the ‘World Review of Capture Fisheries and Aquaculture Insurance 2022’ which presents the findings of five regional (Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and Oceania); and four national reports of viz. China, India, Russia, and the United States (US) conducted in 2020.
ii.There is low penetration of insurance products in the Indian fisheries and aquaculture sector. Therefore, it recommended a collaboration of public and private insurance service to recover this sector.
iii.The National report of India was authored by Shinoj Parappurathu, Senior scientist at Indian Council of Agricultural Research-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CMFRI) Kochi, Kerala.
iv.Fishing vessels, coastal immovable property, and aquaculture units have abysmal insurance coverage.
About Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
Director-General– Qu Dongyu
Headquarters– Rome, Italy
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UNCCD’s GLO2: 16 Million Square km of Land will be Degraded by 2050 if Current Trends Continue
According to the United Nations (UN) Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)’s evidence-based flagship publication, “Global Land Outlook Second Edition(GLO2): Land Restoration for Recovery and Resilience”, if the current trends continue, around 16 million square kilometers of land(the size of South America), which is 11% of the world’s land surface will be degraded by 2050.
- The degradation of land will result in severe climate induced disturbances which will result in disruption of food supply, forced migrations and increased species extinction.
The report was released ahead of the UNCCD’s 15th session of the Conference of Parties (COP15) to be held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire from 9th to 20th May 2022.
Note: The 1st edition of the Global Land Outlook(GLO1) was launched in September 2017 at COP13 in Ordos, China.
About United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD):
Executive Secretary- Ibrahim Thiaw
Headquarters– Bonn, Germany
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BANKING & FINANCE
PencilKey: Contactless Rupay Card Introduced by PenciltonPencilton, a teen-focused fintech start-up, has launched PencilKey, a National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) compatible RuPay on-the-go contactless keychain for teens, in collaboration with National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and Transcorp PPI.
- Pencilton has taken a step toward boosting financial literacy among youngsters, by delivering financial tools and technology.
Transcorp PPI is the fastest and most dependable issuer of co-branded instruments, with a track record of helping partners achieve their objectives by coordinating stakeholder deliverables.
- The virtual is available for free from Pencilton. Users can purchase the PencilKey for Rs. 150 and the PencilCard for Rs. 100.
- As part of the company’s launch promotion, users can also purchase a PencilKit (combo) for Rs. 200, which contains both the PencilCard and the PencilKey.
Features of Pencilkey:
i.The Pencilton app allows users to activate and manage their PencilKey, as well as load money, check spending, block and unblock accounts, set limits, and more.
- PencilKey is linked to the PencilCard which is an all-in-one prepaid card, metro card, and bus card.
ii.PencilKey includes the benefits of NCMC, which is currently used on the Delhi Airport Metro line and Goa’s buses.
- It is also scheduled to be accepted in Pune, Chennai, and Mumbai for metro travel, as well as on BEST (Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport Undertaking) buses in Mumbai.
iii. The app is more than a payment app; it also allows for gamified learning about money, which is powered by interactive community interaction.
India’s first app for kids & teens to manage and spend pocket money while learning about money in a fun, gamified way.
Pencilton is an initiative of BITS Pilani, IIM & USC alumni.
Headquarters – Hyderabad, Telangana.
BoB Launches ‘bob World Gold’ Feature for Seniors on Mobile Banking Platform
The Bank of Baroda (BoB) has launched ‘bob World Gold’, a new feature on its ‘bob World’ mobile banking platform targeted towards seniors and elderly. The bob World Gold feature is available on both Android and iOS.
- The bob World Gold is a one-of-a-kind digital banking platform that caters specifically to this demographic, offering a simple, seamless, and secure mobile banking experience.
It aims to provide customers with a simpler, smarter, more personalised, and senior-friendly banking experience by allowing them to access a variety of banking services digitally in a way that is convenient for them.
Features of bob World Gold:
i.Simple and Easy User Interface: Easy-to-navigate screens and a ready-to-assist voice-based search service, provided right on the dashboard, support a minimalistic and simple infographic.
ii.Customization: Bob World Gold is tailored to senior citizen customers’ interests, providing them with relevant and favourite menu options.
iii. Preferential research-based service: Bob World Gold is a completely updated dashboard customized exclusively for senior citizens (60 years and above), with larger icons and fonts, better-contrasting colours, and special attention paid to supporting text, tooltips, and navigation.
About Bank of Baroda (BoB):
MD & CEO – Sanjiv Chadha
Headquarters – Vadodara, Gujarat
Tagline – India’s International Bank
IFSCA signs MoU with National Insurance Academy
On April 22nd, 2022, the International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Pune-based National Insurance Academy (NIA) for capacity building and creating a skilled talent pool.
- This MoU aims to build the required skilled manpower for the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) and improve capacity development in the insurance sector.
- To address the needs of IFSC insurance firms, IFSCA has already signed an MoU with the Insurance Institute of India (III).
ECONOMY & BUSINESS
NTPC and Energy Vault inks MoU for Gravity-Based Energy Storage Technology
On April 27, 2022, The NTPC Limited (formerly National Thermal Power Corporation Limited) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Energy Vault Holdings, Inc. (Incorporated), to deploy the firm’s EVx™ gravity-based energy storage technology and software solutions to support the state-run power generation company’s clean energy transition.
i.The MoU aims to collaborate and formalise a long-term strategic partnership for deployment of Energy Vault’s EVx™, a gravity-based energy storage technology and software solutions, based on the outcome of a joint feasibility study.
ii.The Technology also offers utilisation of coal ash for manufacturing composite blocks for the Energy Vault’s gravity-based energy storage system.
About NTPC Limited (Formerly National Thermal Power Corporation Limited):
Headquarters – New Delhi, Delhi
Chairman & Managing Director – Gurdeep Singh
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Peru Govt Honoured Ardeshir B K Dubash with Order of “Merit in the Diplomatic Service of Peru José Gregorio Paz Soldán”
Ardeshir B.K. Dubash, the former Honorary Consul of Peru, Mumbai, was honoured with the Order of “Merit in the Diplomatic Service of Peru José Gregorio Paz Soldán”, the highest distinction conferred by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Peru. H. E. Carlos R Polo, Ambassador of Peru in India presented the decoration, issued by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Peru, to Ardeshir B.K. Dubash in a private ceremony held in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
About Ardeshir B.K. Dubash:
i.Ardeshir B.K. Dubash served as the Honorary Consul of Peru for a period of around 50 years since 1973.
ii.He has been instrumental in strengthening the image of Peru in India and fostering consular commercial and cultural ties between Peru and India.
About the Order of Merit:
i.The Order of “Merit in the Diplomatic Service of Peru José Gregorio Paz Soldán”, instituted in 2004, is named after José Gregorio Paz Soldán, a distinguished Peruvian official who established the Peruvian diplomatic service. He served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs for 3 terms.
ii.The award recognises the career diplomats who excelled in their work to promote the democratic, historical and institutional values of the Ministry and who have made outstanding contributions to Peruvian foreign policy.
President– Pedro Castillo
Currency– Peruvian sol
APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS
Government re-appoints Vijay Sampla as Chairperson of NCSC & Iqbal Singh Lalpura as chairperson of NCM
Vijay Sampla, Former Union Minister of State(MoS) for Social Justice and Empowerment, has been appointed as the Chairperson of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) for a 2nd time. He assumed the charge as Chairman of NCSC on 24th April 2022.
- Ram Nath Kovind, President of India, issued the official order of this appointment.
Initially, in February 2021, he was appointed as the Chairman of the NCSC and Ahead of the Punjab Elections he resigned from his post and contested in the polls.
About Vijay Sampla:
i.Vijay Sampla has served as the member of the Standing committee on External Affairs.
ii.He has served as the Chairman of Punjab Khadi and village Industries Board from 2008-2012 and served as the Chairman, Punjab Forest Development Corporation from 2013 to 2014.
S Iqbal Singh Lalpura reappointed as Chairperson of NCM
The Government of India(GoI) has reappointed S Iqbal Singh Lalpura, Former IPS officer, as Chairperson of the National Commission for Minorities(NCM). On 14th April 2022, He assumed the charge as Chairperson of the NCM.
- He was renominated to the post by the Ministry of Minority Affairs.
- In September 2021, he was appointed as the chairman of NCM and later he resigned from the post to contest in the Punjab Assembly Election as BJP candidate from Ropar constituency.
Syed Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi served as the chairman of NCM in between.
About S Iqbal Singh Lalpura:
i.S Iqbal Singh Lalpura, an IPS officer of Punjab Cadre, who retired as deputy inspector general (DIG), Punjab Police.
ii.He served as the senior superintendent of police of Amritsar Rural, Kapurthala and Tarn Taran districts
ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS
Bharti Airtel Acquired 7% stake in Cnergee Technologies under Airtel Startup Accelerator Program
On 27th April 2022, Bharti Airtel acquired a 7% stake in Navi Mumbai based Cnergee Technologies, a cloud-based networking solution, under the Airtel Startup Accelerator Program.
- This acquisition is a part of Bharti Airtel’s Network as a Service(NaaS) proposition for small and medium businesses (SMBs) looking to shift to cloud-based solutions.
- Cnergee Technologies has developed a range of 5G ready NaaS software tools which can be deployed at scale to enable zero-touch service provisioning, central remote monitoring, and management of all connected devices with a host of real-time analytics.
BOOKS & AUTHORS
Padma Bhushan Vinod Rai authored a new book titled “Not Just A Nightwatchman: My Innings in the BCCI”
Padma Bhushan Vinod Rai, former(11th) Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) India, has authored a new book titled “Not Just A Nightwatchman: My Innings in the BCCI”. The book features his 33-month stint as the Chairman of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
- The book is published by Rupa Publications India Pvt. Ltd.
- He was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 2016 for civil service.
- He was appointed as the first Chairman of the Banks Board Bureau(BBB) in 2016. His Other Books are: Not Just an Accountant: The Diary of the Nation’s Conscience Keeper Rethinking Good Governance: Holding to Account India’s Public Institutions, co-edited Seven Decades of Independent India: Ideas and Reflections.
Maharashtra’s BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis Releases the book on Amit Shah “Amit Shah Ani Bhajapachi Vatchal”
Devendra Fadnavis, former Chief Minister(CM) of Maharashtra, released a Marathi book on Amit Shah, Union Minister of Home Affairs, titled “Amit Shah Ani Bhajapachi Vatchal”, a Marathi version of the book “Amit Shah and The March of BJP”. The book is published by Bloomsbury India.
- The book was originally written by Dr Anirban Ganguly and Shiwanand Dwivedi and it has been translated into Marathi by Dr Jyostna Kolhatkar.
- The book documents the life and political journey of Amit Shah and details his contribution to BJP in making it the world’s biggest political organisation.
World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2022 – April 28
World Day for Safety and Health at Work is annually observed across the globe on 28th April to create awareness about the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. The day also promotes the good practices for Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) and key-related issues.
- The annual observance of the day is led and organised by the International Labour Organization (ILO).
The observance of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2022 will focuses on the theme of “Act together to build a positive safety and health culture”.
i.28th April marks the International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers which is annually organised across the globe by the Trade Union Movement since 1996.
ii.In 2003, the ILO was involved in the April 28 campaign upon request from the trade union movement and since then ILO observes the World Day on Safety and Health at Work on April 28.
About International Labour Organization (ILO):
Director-General– Guy Ryder (He will be succeeded by Gilbert F. Houngbo, who will take office in October 2022.)
Created in 1919
Members– 187 Member states
Headquarters– Geneva, Switzerland
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International Girls in ICT Day 2022 – April 28
International Girls in ICT(Information and Communications Technology) Day is annually observed across the globe on the fourth Thursday in April to inspire the next generation girls and young women to prosper in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. The day also focus on the critical need for more girls and women in the ICT sector.
The International Girls in ICT Day 2022 falls on 28th April 2022.
- The International Girls in ICT Day 2021 was observed on 22nd April 2021.
- The International Girls in ICT Day 2023 will be observed on 27th April 2023.
The observance of the International Girls in ICT Day is annually organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
The theme of International Girls in ICT Day 2022 is “Access & Safety”.
About International Telecommunication Union (ITU):
ITU established in 1865 is linked to the UN through a special agreement, which formally came into force on 1 January 1949 recognizes ITU as a UN specialized agency.
Secretary-General- Houlin Zhao
Headquarters– Geneva, Switzerland
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International Turban Day – 13th April 2022
International Turban Day is annually observed on 13th April, since 2004, to create awareness about the strict requirement of Sikhs to don the turban as a mandatory part of their religion.
- The 2022 International Turban Day marks the 553rd Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev and the festival of Baisakhi (a festival that marks the onset of spring in India
- The Sikh gurus adopted the Sikh turban, also known as the Dastar or a Dumalla or “pagri” often shortened to “pag” , to remind Sikhs that all humans are sovereign, royal and ultimately equal.
Google Signed MoU With Telangana Govt For The Benefits of Digital Economy
Google signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Telangana government to develop the digital economy and it has been focused on the change in youth, students, citizen services and women entrepreneurs. Also Google has started the development of its three million square foot building in Gachibowli, Hyderabad, Telangana.
- The MoU was signed under the presence of Telangana’s Information Technology (IT) and Industries Minister K T Rama Rao.
Under The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU):
i.Google will collaborate with the government to extend the scholarships for Google Career Certificates to,
- Telangana’s youth.
- Support women entrepreneurs through digital, Business and Financial skills training.
ii.It also strengthens the government’s school modernisation efforts with digital teaching and learning tools and solutions.
iii.To promote joint effort, Google will also support the government’s efforts to improve public transportation and use digital technologies in agriculture.
iv.Google had also unveiled the design of its building in 2019 and it prioritises sustainability and energy efficiency throughout its design
v.It also focuses on enabling more affordable access to the internet for every Indian, building safer and new helpful experiences that answer India’s distinct needs and also using the power of Artificial intelligence (AI).
Google has been working with the Government of Telangana since 2017, using its solutions to support the vision of a ‘Digital Telangana’.
Chief Minister – K. Chandrashekar Rao
Governor – Tamilisai Soundararajan
National Park – KBR National Park, Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park, Mrugavani National Park
Maharashtra becomes India’s first state to develop Migration Tracking System app for portability of ICDS scheme
Maharashtra became the first state in India to develop a website-based Migration Tracking System (MTS) application to track the movement of migrant workers through individual unique identity numbers.
i.The MTS project aims to ensure the continuity of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) for migrant beneficiaries, such as children under the age of 18, lactating mothers, and pregnant women who are registered with Anganwadi centres.
ii.Migration workers will be tracked to ensure the portability of the ICDS for their families in their destination districts within or outside the state until their return to their native places.
About Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme:
ICDS is a centrally sponsored scheme implemented by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. It was launched in 1975.
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|S.no||Current Affairs 29 April 2022|
|1||Digital India RISC-V Microprocessor (DIR-V) Program for Next Generation Microprocessors Launched|
|2||Cabinet Approvals on April 27, 2022|
|3||Cabinet Approval with Lithuania & Chile on April 27, 2022|
|4||JK’s Samba Becomes 1st district in India to Cover 100% Households under AB-PMJAY- SEHAT Scheme|
|5||ONGC inks MoU with Norway’s Equinor to collaborate on E&P, clean energy|
|6||HAL & BEL Signs Contracts to Co-Develop IRST System for Su-30 MKI; HAL Commences Main Airframe Fatigue Test of LCA Mk1|
|7||India’s first ‘Amrit Sarovar’ Completed in UP’s Rampur|
|8||Insurance coverage for Fisheries, Aquaculture Units Abysmal in India: FAO Report|
|9||UNCCD’s GLO2: 16 Million Square km of Land will be Degraded by 2050 if Current Trends Continue|
|10||PencilKey: Contactless Rupay Card Introduced by Pencilton|
|11||BoB Launches ‘bob World Gold’ Feature for Seniors on Mobile Banking Platform|
|12||IFSCA signs MoU with National Insurance Academy|
|13||NTPC and Energy Vault inks MoU for Gravity-Based Energy Storage Technology|
|14||Peru Govt Honoured Ardeshir B K Dubash with Order of “Merit in the Diplomatic Service of Peru José Gregorio Paz Soldán”|
|15||Government re-appoints Vijay Sampla as Chairperson of NCSC & Iqbal Singh Lalpura as chairperson of NCM|
|16||Bharti Airtel Acquired 7% stake in Cnergee Technologies under Airtel Startup Accelerator Program|
|17||Padma Bhushan Vinod Rai authored a new book titled “Not Just A Nightwatchman: My Innings in the BCCI”|
|18||Maharashtra’s BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis Releases the book on Amit Shah “Amit Shah Ani Bhajapachi Vatchal”|
|19||World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2022 – April 28|
|20||International Girls in ICT Day 2022 – April 28|
|21||International Turban Day – 13th April 2022|
|22||Maharashtra becomes India’s first state to develop Migration Tracking System app for portability of ICDS scheme|
|23||Google Signed MoU With Telangana Govt For The Benefits of Digital Economy|