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Karnataka’s Hoysala Temples Nominated for UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites List 2022-2023The Hoysala temples of Belur, Halebid and Somnathapura, the ‘Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysala’, in Karnataka have been finalised as India’s nomination for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCOs) World Heritage List for the year 2022-2023.
- Permanent Representative of India to the UNESCO Vishal V Sharma formally submitted the nomination of Hoysala Temples to UNESCO Director of World Heritage Lazare Eloundou.
- These Hoysala Temples have been on UNESCO’s Tentative list since April 15, 2014, for its rich historical and cultural heritage of India.
- A team from UNESCO will visit the sites and conduct an inspection in September or October 2022. After the inspection, it will be decided whether the monuments can be declared as heritage sites.
About United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO):
Director-General – Audrey Azoulay
Headquarters – Paris, France
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Madhya Pradesh Celebrates Mandu Festival in Dhar DistrictMandu Festival is annually celebrated in Madhya Pradesh(MP), organised by the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board. The festival is also dedicated to the Hindu God Ganesha. Mandu festival is celebrated in Mandu, Ujjain and Indore
- Mandu or Mandavgad is an ancient city in the present-day Mandav area of the Dhar district
- The Mandu Festival has been celebrated from 30th December 2021 to 3rd January 2022.
Mandu cultural heritage is the logo of the conducting Mandu festival over the past several years Phuchanen in November-December.
The 5-day festival is celebrated in collaboration with the district administration by Ustad Alauddin Khan Music and Art Academy (Bhopal).
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i.The festival showcases live concerts, local craft and cuisine, adventure sports, cycling expeditions among others.
ii.The festival also acts as a window to the cultural heritage and tradition of Madhya Pradesh.
About Madhya Pradesh(MP):
Chief Minister– Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Wildlife Sanctuary– Son Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary; Veerangana Durgavati Wildlife Sanctuary
Airports– Raja Bhoj International Airport; Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport
Global Center of Excellence in Affordable and Clean Energy Launched at IIT Dharwad
On 28th January 2022, the one of its kind Global Center of Excellence in Affordable and Clean Energy(GCoE-ACE) was virtually launched at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Dharwad(IITDh), Karnataka.
The center was launched in the presence of Prof. K. Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India.
Aim: To boost research in affordable and clean energy.
- GCoE-ACE is supported by the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) donation from the Honeywell Hometown Solutions India Foundation (HHSIF), a not-for-profit organisation under the multinational conglomerate Honeywell.
- The partners for this center are the Office of Principal Scientific Adviser, Govt. of India, HHSIF, SELCO Foundation (a non-profit arm of Solar Electric Light Company (SELCO)), and IIT Dharwad.
i.1st Phase of the GCoE-ACE, a CSR project supported by HHSIF, aims to establish equipment for the GCoE-ACE mainly as skill development, fabrication, and Research and development (R&D) equipment.
ii.The subsequent phases are aimed to encourage innovation and to provide incubation support for the solutions to the grass-roots problem statements in the affordable and clean-energy domain.
iii.The center proposes to put the academic involvements, research & developments in the lab for field tests in the countryside.
i.The center will also help the Government of India to achieve its goal of meeting 50% of India’s energy requirement from renewables by 2030.
ii.The center will work towards United Nations Sustainable Development Goal – 7 on Affordable and Clean Energy and contribute to achieving net-zero emissions.
WHO Report-COVID-19 Medical Waste Poses Threat to Environment & HealthOn 1st February 2022 The World Health Organisation (WHO) released the report titled ‘Global analysis of health care waste in the context of COVID-19 – Status, impacts and recommendations’ stating that the huge amount of medical waste produced as a result of tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, poses a threat to human health and environment.
- The waste syringes, used test kits and old vaccine bottles have all piled up to create thousands of tons of medical waste causing problems on healthcare waste management systems.
- The latest available data (from 2019) indicate that 1 in 3 healthcare facilities globally do not safely manage healthcare waste.
i.India generated approximately 101 tonnes of COVID-19-related healthcare waste per day during the first wave of the pandemic (58), in addition to the 609 tonnes of waste generated daily from routine health services (a total of 710 tonnes).
ii.New Delhi accounts for 11% of India’s daily COVID-19 waste generation but has only two incinerators.
iii.The ministry launched a COVID-19 Biomedical waste mobile application to track generated waste amounts, as well as transport and reception at the treatment centres. This includes tracking of waste vehicles to prevent theft of waste and unauthorised recycling of waste.
From the Report:
i.The report highlighted from 1.5 billion units, approximately 87,000 tonnes of personal protective equipment (PPE) procured between March 2020 and November 2021 to cope with the COVID-19 crisis which mostly has been wasted, according to the WHO report.
ii.Additionally, around 140 million COVID-19 test kits have been shipped which had generated around 2,600 tonnes of plastic, non-infectious waste and 731,000 litres of chemical waste.
iii.The 1st eight billion COVID-19 vaccine doses administered globally produced 144,000 tonnes of additional waste such as syringes, needles and safety boxes.
Solution to reduce medical waste:
The report recommended rational use of PPE kit; using less packaging; developing reusable PPE; using PPE made with biodegradable materials; investing in non-burn waste treatment technology; centralising waste management, and investing in local PPE production.
About World Health Organisation (WHO):
Director-General – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Headquarters – Geneva, Switzerland
BANKING AND FINANCE
IRDAI Enables Small Entrepreneurs to Tap Insurance Companies for Surety BondsOn February 01, 2022, while presenting Union Budget 2022-23 in Parliament, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has encouraged the use of surety bonds as a substitute for bank guarantees in case of government procurement and also for gold imports to reduce indirect costs for suppliers and work-contractors.
i.Background: In January 2022, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) approved a new product and issued norms under IRDAI (Surety Insurance Contracts) Guidelines 2022 for the issue of surety bonds by insurance companies.
- It will enable Small suppliers and work contractors to tap insurance companies for surety of their payments without collateral instead of depending on bank guarantees.
ii.The new product is expected to be more expensive than a bank guarantee as it will be provided without collateral. It will also expand the scope of guarantees for people who were not in the formal financial system.
Requirements of Underwriting of Surety Insurance Business:
As per the guidelines the Insurance companies could offer 6 types of sureties namely, advance payment bond, bid bond, contract bond, customs and court bond, performance bond and retention money.
i.A general insurer can commence a surety insurance business if it has 1.25 times the solvency margin that it is required to keep.
- If at any point in time the solvency of the insurer goes below the required level, the insurer has to stop underwriting the new surety insurance business until its solvency margin is restored.
ii.The underwritten premium in a financial year for any general insurers from the surety insurance business should not exceed 10 percent of the total gross written premium subject to a maximum of Rs 500 crore.
iii.Insurance companies could work together with banks or NBFCs (Non-Banking Finance Companies) to share risk information, technical expertise to monitor projects, cash flow amongst other aspects. Click here to know more
Additional Info – The Union budget 2022-23 has also proposed the payment of annuity and lump sum amount to the differently-abled dependent during the lifetime of parents/guardians, i.e., on parents/ guardians attaining the age of 60 years.
About Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI):
Establishment – 2000 (following the recommendations of the Malhotra Committee report)
Headquarters – Hyderabad, Telangana
Dukaan, Simpl Partners to Provide BNPL Services to its MerchantsDukaan, a platform that supports Small and Medium-sized Businesses (SMB) to set up online stores and sell products digitally, has partnered with Simpl, a buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) platform, to provide BNPL services to merchants of Dukaan.
Key Points about Dukaan:
i.Dukaan is a startup established in 2020 (under COVID-19) to enable D2C (Direct-to-consumer) and SMB merchants to set up online stores and sell products digitally.
ii.The application has integrated with various service providers from logistics to fulfillment and intends to build the operating system for the modern D2C brand.
iii.The startup will empowers small businesses both online sellers and brick and mortar shops and its sellers’customers to access high-quality products.
Key Points about Simpl:
i.Simpl, which is being India’s fastest growing BNPL platform is on a mission to make payments invisible and money intelligent.
ii.It enables merchants to give their customers checkout through one click, pay-later facility, and buyer protection, to enable them to feel secure and safe while shopping online.
ii.With Simpl, merchants could provide consumers with an easy, safe and intuitive user experience.
Establishment – 2015
Headquarters – Bengaluru, Karnataka
Co-founder and CEO – Nityanand Sharma
ECONOMY & BUSINESS
Sri Lanka to Buy Fuel from Indian Oil to Face Energy CrisisSri Lanka’s Ministry of Energy has decided to purchase 40,000 metric tonnes petrol and 40,000 metric tonnes diesel from the Indian Oil Corporation (India) as part of the Sri Lankan government’s bid to face the current fuel and energy crisis.
- Sri Lanka is currently facing a severe foreign exchange crisis with falling reserves and the country is struggling with a shortage of almost all essentials, due to the lack of dollars to pay for the imports.
- Sri Lanka has imposed power cuts at peak hours as the state power entity is unable to obtain fuel to run turbines.
The Lanka Indian Oil Corporation (LIOC), the Sri Lankan subsidiary of India’s oil major Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), has been in operation in Sri Lanka since 2002.
i.In January 2022 the Indian government announced a billion-dollar assistance package in addition to other balance of payment support to Sri Lanka.
ii.The billion-dollar loan credit facility is to prevent the food crisis while allowing for the import of items and medicines.
- Additionally, the Indian government has extended a $500 million-Line of Credit (LOC) to Sri Lanka for urgent fuel imports
About Sri Lanka:
Prime Minister – Mahinda Rajapaksa
Capital – Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
Currency – Sri Lankan Rupee
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
China honors PLA Galwan commander Qi Fabao as Winter Olympics TorchbearerThe government of China, selected People’s Liberation Army (PLA) regiment commander Qi Fabao, who was involved in the Galwan Valley Clash as the Torchbearer of 2022 Winter Olympic that will be held in Beijing.
i.The 2022 Winter Olympics, officially called the XXIV Olympic Winter Games and commonly known as Beijing 2022, will be organized between 4- 20 February 2022 in Beijing, China.
ii.President of China Xi Jinping and other world leaders across the world, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin, five Central Asian Presidents and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will attend the ceremony.
iii.Wang Meng, who is China’s four-time Olympic short track speed skating champion, handed over the flame to Qi Fabao at Winter Olympic Park, Beijing.
About Galvan Valley Clash:
i.In 2020, Ladakh’s Galwan Valley witnessed a violent clash between the Armies of India and China. India lost 20 Indian soldiers which led to a military standoff with China.
ii.The Galwan Valley area lies just to the east of the Siachen glacier and is the only point that provides direct access to Aksai Chin from India.
iii.The Indian and Chinese armies were engaged in the standoff in Pangong Tso, Galwan Valley, Demchok and Daulat Beg Oldie in Ladakh.
President- Xi Jinping
New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell Named winner of ICC Spirit of Cricket Award 2021
New Zealand cricketer, Daryl Mitchell, has been named the winner of the International Cricket Council(ICC) Spirit of Cricket Award 2021 for his gesture of refusing to take a single in the high-pressure 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Semi-Finals against England at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
- He has become the 4th New Zealand player to win the award after Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson.
The ICC Spirit of Cricket Award is annually awarded by the ICC to recognise the player most notable for “upholding the ‘Spirit of the Game'”.
About Daryl Mitchell:
i.Daryl Mitchell has been called into New Zealand’s Test team in 2019 as a replacement for the injured Colin de Grandhomme.
ii.He had made his international debut against India in T20 cricket in February 2019.
iii.He has also made his first-class debut at the end of the 2011-12 season.
APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS
Games24x7 appoints Hrithik Roshan as the Brand Ambassador of ‘RummyCircle’Games24x7 has appointed renowned bollywood actor, Hrithik Roshan as the brand ambassador for ‘RummyCircle’, an online skill gaming platform.
i.Under the partnership, Hrithik Roshan will promote multimedia campaigns of RummyCircle in different platforms such as TV, digital and social media.
ii.The brand will also start its the new campaign #RahoEkKadamAage starring Hrithik Roshan via a television commercial starting from January 29.
- It will highlight the importance of good mental health, to promote online rummy games.
- RummyCircle will conduct digital promotion campaigns through TV channels & OTT platforms.
- In 2021, Games24x7, used Ranveer Singh as a brand ambassador for its fantasy gaming platform ‘My11Circle’.
- Online gaming companies under Games24x7 includes – RummyCircle, My11Circle, Carrom and U-Games.
Co-founder and CEO-Bhavin Pandya
Headquarters- Mumbai, Maharashtra
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
North Korea Test Fires Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile “Hwasong-12”North Korea successfully test fired Intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), :Hwasong-12″ from North Korea’s Jagang Province toward the East Sea.
- This is North Korea’s seventh test fire in 2022.
- Purpose – To verify the overall accuracy of the missile.
About the test:
i.The missile flew about 800 km (497 miles) with the maximum altitude reaching 2,000 km (1,243 miles). At full power and at a standard trajectory, the missile can travel as far as 4,000km. It is estimated that it has an operational range between 3,700 to 6,000 km.
ii.The test was carried out using the ‘highest-angle launch system’ to ensure the safety of neighbouring countries and the warhead of the system carried a camera to take photos while in space.
The Hwasong-12 was first revealed to the international community in a military parade on 14 April 2017 celebrating the Day of the Sun which is the birthday anniversary of North Korea’s founding President, Kim Il-sung.
Other test fires by North Korea:
i.In February, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea.
ii.North Korea also flight-tested 2 purported long-range cruise missiles, which it is not barred from testing by United Nations sanctions.
iii.North Korea will launch a frenzy of missiles before the start of the Beijing Olympics 2022
About North Korea:
Supreme leader – Kim Jong-un
Capital – Pyongyang
Currency – North Korean won
Indian Navy Conducts Flight Tests of Rafale-M Fighter Jet The Indian Navy successfully flight tested the marine version of French-made Rafale-Maritime (Rafale-M) fighter jets at Shore Based Test Facility at Indian Navy Ship (INS) Hansa in Goa where conditions similar to that on the indigenously-developed aircraft carrier INS Vikrant were simulated
- The Rafale-M is pitted against the US-made Super Hornet, both of which are being evaluated for possible purchase by the Indian Navy for deployment on the 44,000-tonne INS Vikrant.
About INS Vikrant:
i.INS Vikrant which is codenamed as Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 1 (IAC 1), is an aircraft carrier constructed by the Cochin Shipyard for the Indian Navy that is currently in sea trials near the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean.
- IAC 1 is expected to be commissioned as ‘INS Vikrant’ on 15th August 2022.
- India’s new aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant has been designed as a ski-jump launch ship, different from many other such carriers, which use a catapult launch for their jets.
About Rafale-M test:
i.The Rafale-M jet was tested for 12 days at Goa’s INS Hansa facility using a 283 metre mock ski-jump facility.
- The ski-jump ramp uses short take-off but arrested recovery (STOBAR) technology.
ii.Boeing’s Super Hornet (F/A-18) jet, which is also being offered to India, will undergo similar tests at INS Hansa.
- The suppliers have made modifications to both Rafale-M and Super Hornet to make them suitable for the Indian order.
i.India had placed the Rafale order in 2016 with Dassault in a fly-away condition.
ii.India has already received 35 Rafales and the 36th will be sent before the deadline in April 2022.
Note – The Indian Navy will be phasing out the Mikoyan MiG-29Ks, currently being used on INS Vikramaditya — a modified Kiev class carrier — in 2034.
About Indian Navy:
Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) – Admiral R.Hari Kumar
Integrated headquarters (Ministry of Defence) – New Delhi, Delhi
CMFRI Identifies New Carangid Species ‘Scomberoides pelagicus’ From Indian CoastThe Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute(CMFRI) has identified a new carangid (Vatta) species named “Scomberoides pelagicus” from the Indian coast.
The new species was identified by E.M. Abdussamad, principal scientist of CMFRI.
The new species belongs to the ‘queen fish’ group and the fish is locally known as ‘Pola vatta’
i.Following the detailed taxonomic and genetic analysis, the pola vatta is confirmed as a new species.
ii.The distinct feature of the fish includes a deep ovate body, concave dorsal head profile and stout and less numerous gill raker on the first gill arch than the other related species.
iii.The new species is available across the Indian coast including Kerala.
i.The Indian oceans are home to more than 60 species of carangids, four of which belong to “queen fish” Category.
ii.The newly identified species is the 5th queen fish in Indian Waters.
Mithali Raj secured Second Rank in ICC Women’s ODI Batting RankingsIndian cricketer Mithali Raj has reached second rank in the Women’s ODI Batting Rankings released by ICC (International Cricket Council), ahead of the upcoming ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022. Alyssa Healy (Australia) secured first position and Lizelle Lee (South Africa) secured third position in the ranking.
Note – 2022 ICC Women’s ODI World Cup will be hosted by New Zealand
i.Mithali Raj scored a total 738 points to her credit, only behind Alyssa Healy with 750 points.
ii.Smriti Mandhana, at 6th rank, is the only other Indian player in the top 10 ODI batting rankings.
Note– Smriti Mandhana was awarded the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2021 for her brilliant performances.
iii.In ODI All Rounder Ranking of ICC, Indian cricketer Deepti Sharma secured fourth rank and Ellyse Perry from Australia secured first.
ICC Women ODI ranking:
|Ranking||Player’s Ranking||Team Ranking|
|1||Alyssa Healy (Australia)||Australia|
|2||Mithali Raj (India)||South Africa|
|3||Lizelle Lee (South Africa)||England|
In the team ranking, India is currently at the 4th place.
About ICC (International Cricket Council):
Members– 106 countries
Chairman-Greg Barclay (New Zealand)
Headquarters-Dubai, United Arab Emirates
BOOKS & AUTHORS
A book titled, ‘India, That is Bharat: Coloniality, Civilisation, Constitution’ authors by J Sai DeepakA Trilogy book series titled, ‘India, That is Bharat: Coloniality, Civilisation, Constitution’ authored by J Sai Deepak and published by Bloomsbury India, whose 1st part was released on 15th August 2021, is set to launch the 2nd part in June 2022. Whereas, the 3rd and last part will be released in June 2023.
i.It is the first part of a comprehensive trilogy, which examines the impact of European ‘colonial consciousness’ (or ‘coloniality’), on Bharat (India).
ii.It highlights how colonialism changes the socio religious culture, history, education, language and racial patterns in India.
iii.It also emphasized the meaning of Bharat and Bhartiya. It describes the impact of a British-made constitution such as the Government of India Act of 1919 & Indian colonial rule.
About the author:
J.Sai Deepak is an Indian lawyer, author, engineer and public speaker.
Award- Young Alumni Achiever’s Award by IIT Kharagpur in 2019
World Wetlands Day 2022 – February 2 The United Nations(UN)’s World Wetlands Day is annually observed across the globe on 2nd February to create awareness about the critical importance of Wetlands and their roles in maintaining the natural cycles and supporting a wide range of biodiversity.
The theme of World Wetlands Day 2022 is “Wetlands Action for People and Nature”.
i.World Wetlands Day awareness campaign is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands.
ii.Contracting Parties of the Convention on Wetlands have been celebrating World Wetlands Day since 1997.
- The first ever World Wetlands Day was observed in 1997.
iii.The United Nations General Assembly(UNGA) adopted the resolution A/RES/75/317 on 30th August 2021 and decided to proclaim the 2nd February of every year as World Wetlands Day.
- The 2nd February 2022 marks the observance of the first ever UN-recognised World Wetlands Day.
About United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP):
Executive Director– Inger Andersen
Member States– 193
Founded in 1972
Headquarters– Nairobi, Kenya
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Current Affairs Today (AffairsCloud Today)
|S.no||Current Affairs 3 February 2022|
|1||Karnataka’s Hoysala Temples Nominated for UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites List 2022-2023|
|2||Madhya Pradesh Celebrates Mandu Festival in Dhar District|
|3||Global Center of Excellence in Affordable and Clean Energy Launched at IIT Dharwad|
|4||WHO Report-COVID-19 Medical Waste Poses Threat to Environment & Health|
|5||IRDAI Enables Small Entrepreneurs to Tap Insurance Companies for Surety Bonds|
|6||Dukaan, Simpl Partners to Provide BNPL Services to its Merchants|
|7||Sri Lanka to Buy Fuel from Indian Oil to Face Energy Crisis|
|8||China honors PLA Galwan commander Qi Fabao as Winter Olympics Torchbearer|
|9||New Zealand’s Dary Mitchell Named winner of ICC Spirit of Cricket Award 2021|
|10||Games24x7 appoints Hrithik Roshan as the Brand Ambassador of ‘RummyCircle’|
|11||North Korea Test Fires Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile “Hwasong-12”|
|12||Indian Navy Conducts Flight Tests of Rafale-M Fighter Jet|
|13||CMFRI Identifies New Carangid Species ‘Scomberoides pelagicus’ From Indian Coast|
|14||Mithali Raj secured Second Rank in ICC Women’s ODI Batting Rankings|
|15||A book titled, ‘India, That is Bharat: Coloniality, Civilisation, Constitution’ authors by J Sai Deepak|
|16||World Wetlands Day 2022 – February 2|