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India’s Unemployment rate rises to three-month high at 8% in November 2022: CMIEUnemployment rate rises to three-month high at 8% in NovemberAs per the data by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) Private Limited, India’s unemployment rate increased to a three-month high at 8% during November 2022.

  • The unemployment rate in urban India was higher at 8.96% as compared to 7.21% in October 2022.
  • On the other hand, rural unemployment rate slipped to 7.55% from 8.04% in October 2022.
  • India’s unemployment rate in October 2022 was at 7.77% while in September 2022, it was at a low of 6.43%.

Key Points:
i.Among the states, Haryana continued to have the highest unemployment rate in November at 30.6%. It is followed by Rajasthan at 24.5%, Jammu and Kashmir at 23.9%, Bihar at 17.3% and Tripura at 14.5%.
ii.The states that witnessed the least unemployment rate in November 2022 are Chhattisgarh at 0.1%, Uttarakhand 1.2%, Odisha at 1.6%, Karnataka 1.8%, and Meghalaya at 2.1%.
About Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE):
CMIE is a leading business information company. It was established in 1976, as an independent think tank.
Managing Director– Mahesh Vyas
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra

President of India approves Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Act Amendment Bill

The President of India Draupadi Murmu approved the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Act Amendment Bill. This amendment will pave the way for redevelopment of dangerous or dilapidated Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) owned residential buildings, or Cess buildings in Mumbai.
Key Points:
i.With this, MHADA has been empowered to directly take over such cess buildings, where redevelopment is stalled, and redevelop them.

  • Redevelopment of several buildings gets stalled due to disputes between tenants and landowners.

ii.If any cess building is declared dilapidated by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the owner of the building is given a chance to submit a redevelopment proposal within six months.

  • If the owner fails to do so, the residents are given another six months’ time to submit a redevelopment proposal, and if this is not done either, MHADA can take possession of the building for redevelopment.
  • In such a case, the owner is provided compensation of a certain portion of value of the built-up area by ready reckoner rate.

iii.Presently, there are 56 cess buildings in Mumbai city, where redevelopment has been stalled or is incomplete.
iv.In 2020, the Maharashtra government had passed the bill amending the MHADA Act 1976, and it had been awaiting the final nod from the President.

GoI Revises Scheme for Intellectual Property Protection to Upgrade Professional Charges of FacilitatorsScheme for Intellectual Property (IP) protection revised to upgrade the professional charges of the facilitators - CopyThe Government of India (GoI) has revised the scheme for supporting Start-Ups Intellectual Property Protection (SIPP), significantly raising the facilitation fees by at least 100%.

  • The revision was intended to encourage intellectual property (IP) facilitators to provide quality services to startups in order to boost the number of IP applications filed by startups.
  • The updated scheme is effective from December 2, 2022.

Revised Fees Structure

Stage of PaymentPatentsTrademarksDesigns
Fee (in Rs.)201620222016202220162022
At the time of filing of applicationRs. 10,000Rs. 15, 000Rs. 2000Rs. 3000Rs. 2000Rs. 3000
At the time of final disposal of ApplicationsWithout OppositionRs.10, 000Rs. 25, 000Rs. 2000Rs. 5000Rs. 2000Rs. 5000
With OppositionRs. 15, 000Rs. 35, 000Rs. 4000Rs.10, 000Rs. 4000Rs.10, 000

 Start-Ups Intellectual Property Protection (SIPP)
i.SIPP was launched in 2016 to protect and promote Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) of Startups, while encouraging innovation and creativity.

  • The scheme aided startups in filing and processing patent, design, or trademark applications with the assistance of IP Facilitators.

ii.The fee for IP facilitators was borne by the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trademarks, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce & Industry (MoC&I).
iii.Upon its successful implementation, the scheme was extended for 3 years, until March 31, 2023.
Key Points:
i.Startups receive a 50% fee rebate for trademark applications and an 80% fee rebate for patent applications. There are also provisions for expedited examination of patent applications.

  • The number of patent applications filed by Start-Ups climbed from 179 in 2016–17 to 1500 in 2021–22.
  • The number of trademark applications filed by start-ups has climbed from 4 in 2016–17 to 8,649 in 2021–22.

ii.A total of 28,749 trademark applications and 7,430 patent applications have been filed by startups between 2016–17 and October 2022.
iii.As of September 30, 2022, Rs. 380.81 lakhs had been disbursed as fees to the facilitators supporting startups with IP filings.

Civil Aviation Ministry Notifies Operational Guidelines for Drone PLI SchemeCivil aviation min notifies operational guidelines for drone PLI scheme - CopyThe operational guidelines for the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for drones and drone components has been notified by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), after consultation with stakeholders, including industry representatives.

  • The PLI scheme, with a funding of Rs. 120 crore, has been authorized by the Government of India (GoI), and it would be implemented during the 2022-23 to 2024-25 period.

Key Guidelines:
i.The PLI will be extended only to companies in India that manufacture drones and drone components.

  • The total PLI for each manufacturer is Rs 30 crore, or 25% of the total financial outlay of Rs 120 crore.

ii.The scheme is open to Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and startups in India that manufacture drones and have an annual sales turnover of Rs. 2 crore.

  • The eligibility threshold for manufacturers of drone components will be Rs. 0.5 crore.

iii.In order to claim PLIs, Indian non-MSMEs that manufacture drones must have an annual sales turnover of Rs. 4 crore.

  • The minimal level for non-MSME drone component makers will be Rs 1 crore.

iv.Developers of software for drones and drone components will also be eligible for PLI, subject to regulation.
v.Any excess incentives given to an applicant (for any cause, such as a sales return in the subsequent year or some other reason) will be adjusted from the incentives payable the following year (s).

  • If there are no incentives payable in the subsequent year(s), the applicant must return the incentive along with interest computed at the 3-year SBI Marginal Cost of Lending Rate (MCLR) in effect as of the disbursement date, compounded annually, for the number of days holding the excess incentive.

vi.The applications will be evaluated by the Project Management Agency (PMA), which has been designated by the GoI.

  • The applications as recommended by the PMA will be examined by a committee chaired by the Civil Aviation Secretary.

vii.In addition, the scheme will be monitored by an Empowered Group of Secretaries chaired by the Cabinet Secretary.

  • They will take the necessary steps to ensure that the expenditure remains within the outlay approved by the Union Cabinet.

The Indian Constitution is a Feminist Document: CJI Dr Justice D.Y. ChandrachudThe Indian Constitution is a Feminist Document Chief Justice of India Dr Justice D.Y. Chandrachud - CopyOn 2nd December 2022, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dr Justice D.Y. Chandrachud delivered at the 8th Dr L M Singhvi Memorial Lecture that the Constitution of India is a ‘feminist document and a product of true Indian imagination‘.

  • The 8th Dr L M Singhvi Memorial Lecture was hosted by the OP Jindal Global University (JGU), on the theme ‘Universal Adult Franchise: Translating India’s Political Transformation into a Social Transformation‘.

Jagdeep Dhankhar, Vice President of India, was the chief guest at the event.
Key Points:
i. The Lecture commemorated the life and work of L M Singhvi(1931-2007), a diplomat, jurist, lawyer, and Parliamentarian.
ii. At the same event, CJI D.Y. Chandrachud further stated that every form of “elite knowledge” of the democratic process that educated people are better decision-makers must be rejected.
iii. Dr Abhishek M. Singhvi, leading advocate, author and legal luminary, reminisced about his father Dr L M Singhvi.

  • He recently established a Rs 2 crore endowment at OP Jindal Global University to provide access to a world-class education for disadvantaged young people.

Supreme Court launches Online RTI Portal: 
On 1st December 2022, the Supreme Court of India launched an online portal that will help citizens file and access applications under the Right to Information (RTI) Act in matters related to the court.
Online RTI Portal:
i. The online RTI portal has been initiated to make it convenient for people to access information about the Supreme Court.
ii. Until now, RTI applications at the Supreme Court could only be submitted by mail.
iii. Several public interest litigations (PILs) had been filed before the Supreme Court, requesting that the Supreme Court seek an online RTI portal.

Tribal Development Report 2022: Adivasis at the bottom of India’s Development Pyramid

According to the Tribal Development Report 2022 launched by the Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation (BRLF), the Tribal communities(Adivasis) are at the bottom of India’s development pyramid.

  • The Tribal Development Report, launched in 2 volumes, is the first of its kind report launched since 1947.
  • This offers a status report on the overall macroeconomic situation, agriculture, land, energy, and water use, especially groundwater management.
  • Goal of the report: To inform the stakeholders (policymakers, practitioners, activists, and academics) to help understand the scope of tribal issues.
  • The report focus on the overarching theme of livelihoods for tribal communities from central India.

Key Points:
i.The report focuses on the status of tribal communities at an all-India level, particularly in central India(which houses around 80% of India’s total tribal communities), concerning livelihoods, agriculture, natural resources, economy, migration, governance, human development, gender, health, education, art, and culture.
ii.Accoring to the 2011 Census, tribal communities across India account for around 8.6% of the total population.
Key Findings of the Report:
i.The report states that the indigenous communities of India were moved further away from alluvial plains and fertile river basins into the harshest ecological regions like hills, forests and drylands.
ii.Out of the 257 Scheduled Tribe districts, 90% – 230 are located in either forested or hilly or dry regions. They account for around 80% of India’s tribal population.
iii.The report also highlights that the Adivasi sub-districts belong to a larger contiguous backward region or Adivasi belt, which is beyond the frozen administrative categories of state, district and sub-district.
iv.Following the enactment of the Forest Conservation Act in 1980, the conflict came to be seen as between environmental protection and the needs of local Adivasi communities, driving a wedge between people and forests.
v.For the first time, the National Forest Policy of 1988 recognised the domestic requirements of local people. The policy also focused on safeguarding their customary rights and closely associating Adivasis with the protection of forests.
vi.The report combines data from government sources, case studies, archival research, and interviews on crucial dimensions of tribal lives and livelihoods.


 UNDP Report: Number of People Forcibly Displaced Crossed 100 Million in 2022Number of people forcibly displaced crossed 100 million in 2022 - CopyAccording to the report “Turning the Tide on Internal Displacement: A Development Approach to Solutions,” more than 100 million people were forcibly displaced in 2022 for the first time, the majority of whom were forcibly displaced within their own countries.

  • The report was created by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).
  • The IDMC gathered the data from January 2021 to January 2022.

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) may endure for years without proper access to basic services, social security, and decent work, rendering them unable to exercise their full citizenship rights and serve as agents of growth in their communities.
i.Due to conflict, violence, disasters, and climate change, more than 59 million people were forcefully displaced within their own countries at the end of 2021.
ii.It was the highest global figure ever recorded and more than double the number reported 10 years ago.
iii.It was also before the 2022 Russia-Ukraine war, in which an estimated 6.5 million people were internally displaced.
About the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):
Administrator – Achim Steiner
Headquarters – New York, United States (US)
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RBI launches ‘Digital Rupee – Retail segment (e₹-R)‘ in Four Cities; Issues Rs 1.71cre-Rupee RBI creates Rs 1.71 crore of digital currency for retail pilot - Copyi.On December 1, 2022, the Reserve bank of India (RBI) launched its pilot on retail digital currency/ rupee called ‘Digital Rupee – Retail segment (e₹-R)’, a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) which is an electronic form of sovereign currency.

  • In this regard, RBI issued Rs 1.71 crore to four participating banks based on their indents.

ii.In the retail pilot of the digital rupee, 8 banks have been identified for phase-wise participation in four cities of Mumbai (Maharashtra), New Delhi (Delhi), Bengaluru (Karnataka), and Bhubaneswar (Odisha).
iii.It will cover select locations in closed user groups (CUG) which will include both the customers and merchants.
iv.In the first phase, four banks including State Bank of India (SBI), ICICI Bank, YES Bank, and IDFC First Bank will take part.
About Reserve Bank of India (RBI):
Established– 1st April 1935
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Governor– Shaktikanta Das
Deputy Governors– Mahesh Kumar Jain, Michael Debabrata Patra, M. Rajeshwar Rao, T. Rabi Sankar
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NPCI extends deadline to Levy 30% Cap on Digital Payment Transactions till Dec 31, 2024India extends deadline to levy cap on digital payment transactions - CopyThe National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has extended the deadline for limiting volume cap to 30% for Third Party Payment Application Providers (TPAP) in Unified Payments Interface (UPI) by two years till December 31, 2024.

  • At present, there is no volume cap.
  • The cap will avoid concentration risk, and protect the UPI ecosystem.

Key Points:
i.This extension will provide relief to the UPI players like Google Pay and PhonePe, which account for a market share of about 80%.
ii.UPI facilitates peer-to-peer money transfer online through mobile apps.
iii.TPAP is to be calculated on the basis of the volume of transactions processed during the preceding three months.
iv.As per latest NPCI data, PhonePe processed over 47.26% of the transactions done through UPI in October 2022, whereas Google Pay had 34% share and Paytm around 15%. Google Pay and PhonePe have a combined market share of over 81% in volume terms of total transactions processed on UPI.
v.A cap is the highest level to which something can go.

ADB & ABIS Signs USD 16 Million Agreement to Support Fish Farming in IndiaADB and ABIS sign $16 million agreement to support fish farming in India - CopyThe Asian Development Bank (ADB) and ABIS Exports India Private Limited (ABIS) entered into an agreement on sustainability-linked and blue-debt facility, a non-convertible debenture worth USD 16 million(in equivalent Indian rupee).

  • This is to enhance food security in India by supporting the construction of a micro fish feed plant and by training up to 6,000 farmers in climate-resilient fish farming practices as well as financial literacy.

Key points:
i.This is ADB’s first private sector sustainability-linked financing, with adjustments in pricing when pre-defined sustainability targets are met.

  • Targets include emissions reductions, water conservation, and farmer training. The sustainability-linked financing received an independent second-party opinion, consistent with industry principles.

ii.Through the partnership, both ADB and ABIS commits towards climate change mitigation and adaptation, water conservation, ocean health, and the promotion of farmers’ capacity building.
About the facility:
i.The Specialised micro fish feed is a new product in the Indian market and is smaller in size than standard fish feed and it is also suitable for more species of fish.

  • It floats on the water surface for longer, enabling the feed to be completely consumed by the fish rather than sink and get wasted, which inturn increases feed efficiency and reduces water pollution.

ii.It includes training in climate-smart fish farming practices and financial literacy through a grant of USD 500000 technical assistance (TA) which will enhance the climate resilience of fish farmers.

  • The TA will also address gaps in access of women farmers to aquacultural information and training.

Note – Recently, ADB provided at around USD 14 billion for 2022–2025 to ease a worsening food crisis in Asia and the Pacific and for improving long-term food security.
About ABIS Exports India Private Limited (ABIS):
ABIS is the flagship operating company of the Indian Broiler group, which also has operations in poultry, poultry-feed, dairy, edible oil and hospitality.

  • It is committed towards reducing carbon emissions, improving water conservation, and providing increased farmer extension services.

About Asian Development Bank (ADB):
President – Masatsugu Asakawa
Establishment – 1966
Headquarters – Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Members – 68 members (49 from Asian and the Pacific and 19 outside)


The Earthshot Prize 2022: UK’s Prince William Unveils 5 Winners of 2nd Annual Earthshot Prize AwardsEarthshot Prize Prince William announces five winners - CopyWilliam, Prince of Wales, announced the winners of the Earthshot Prize 2022, the 2nd edition of the annual awards, at the awards ceremony held at the MGM Music Hall in Boston, the United States of America(USA).
The Earthshot Prize is focused on 5 earthshorts goals,

  • to Protect and Restore Nature
  • to Clean Our Air
  • to Revive Our Oceans
  • to Build A Waste-Free World
  • to Fix Our Climate

i.Each winner of the Earthshot Prize will receive 1 million Pound sterling (USD 1.2 Million) to develop their innovation.
ii.The 5 winners of the 2022 awards were chosen from the list of 15 finalists. The selection panel includes Prince William, Sir David Attenborough, actress Cate Blanchett, footballer Dani Alves, Fijian activist Ernest Gibson and singer Shakira.
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Canara Bank Wins Banker’s Bank of the Year Award 2022 for India at Global Banking SummitCanara Bank receives the Banker’s Bank 2022 award - CopyCanara Bank received the Banker’s Bank of the Year Award 2022 for the India segment (Under Asia Pacific Region) at the Global Banking Summit, held in London, United Kingdom (UK) from 29th November 2022 to 1st December 2022.

  • The bank has been adjudged as the ‘Best Bank in India for 2022’.
  • The award was received by the Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Canara Bank, L V Prabhakar.

About the award:
i.The Bankers’ Bank of the year awards are considered to be on par with Oscar awards for the banking sector.
ii.The winners of the award are judged on their ability to deliver returns, strategy, innovation, technology and product and services in their respective geographies in the last 12 months.
Note – The Banker’s magazine, a British based global financial daily newspaper from the Financial Times (FT) group, is a premier global banking and finance resource for more than 180 countries across the world.

  • It was established in 1888 and is the leading business/financial newspaper in the world.

Other Winners:
Global – BBVA has been awarded the Global Bank of the Year 2022.
Asia-Pacific – Standard Chartered Bangladesh (SC Bangladesh) bagged the 2022 Bank of the Year award
Click here for the complete list of 2022 winners
About Canara Bank:
Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer(CEO) – L V Prabhakar
Headquarters – Bengaluru, Karnataka
Establishment – 1906

Farmkart Founder Atul Patidar Wins ‘Pride of Central India 2022’ AwardFarmkart founder Atul Patidar wins ‘Pride of Central India 2022’ award - CopyOn 1st December 2022, Atul Patidar, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Farmkart Online Services Private Limited (central India’s first agritech innovation startup) was awarded the prestigious ‘Pride of Central India 2022’ award for transforming the lives of rural farmers.

  • Union Minister of Civil Aviation of India Jyotiraditya Scindia handed over the award to Farmkart CEO Atul Patidar at a ceremony held in New Delhi, Delhi.
  • Dainik Bhaskar’s ‘Pride of Central India’ honours people with exceptional and inspirational work in education, health, art, business, and social work.

About Atul Patidar:
i.Atul Patidar from Madhya Pradesh had worked in a Fortune 500 multinational in Canada.
ii.He has completed 4 post-graduation degrees from the top universities of the world including Cornell University, Queen’s University, and University of Toronto, after whom he collaborated with Canadian Indians to establish ‘Farmkart’.
About Farmkart Online Services Private Limited:
i.Farmkart designs innovative technology solutions for farmers who have little or zero knowledge of modern technology.

  • The technology solutions include UIC, U2U, agri-nidan, and rent4farm which simplifies everyday lives of rural farmers and lead them towards profitable agriculture.

ii.The technology solutions also create a complete ecosystem by helping farmers get consultancy and equipment on rent throughout the process of agriculture.
Note – Farmkart was also chosen by Startup Grind, powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, as one of the Top 50 Global Innovative Startups in 2018.
Founder and CEO – Atul Patidar
Establishment – 2017     


India to Assume Chairmanship of Wassenaar Arrangement on 1st January

India will assume the chairmanship of the Wassenaar Arrangement (WA), a multilateral technology control agreement, on 1st January 2023, for a period of one year.

  • Ireland’s ambassador Eoin O’Leary handed over the chairmanship to India’s ambassador Jaideep Mazumdar, permanent representative to the UN and international organisations in Vienna at the 26th annual plenary of the WA held in Vienna between 30th November and 1st December 2022.

About Wassenaar Arrangement (WA):
i.The WA is a multilateral export control regime established in 1996, monitors the transfers of conventional weapons and dual-use goods. It has 42 members and operates on a voluntary basis, where decisions are made by consensus.
ii.The primary goal of the organisation is to restrict access to sensitive technologies for terrorist outfits.
iii.According to the Arms Control Association, every six months, members exchange information on deliveries of conventional arms to non-Wassenaar members that fall under eight weapon categories.

  • The categories include battle tanks, armoured combat vehicles (ACVs), large-calibre artillery, military aircraft/unmanned aerial vehicles, military and attack helicopters, warships, missiles or missile systems, and small arms and light weapons.

iv.The WA also maintains lists of technologies which are of interest. It includes tier 1 that denotes a list of basic items while tier 2 denotes sensitive or very sensitive technologies.
The United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK), Japan, South Korea, France, Germany and Australia are some key members of the WA and other non-members include China and Israel.

  • India joined the Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) in 2017 and became its 42nd member.

Note: The Wassenaar Arrangement became operational in 1996, with its Secretariat located in Vienna (Austria).

Mahua Acharya resigns as MD & CEO of state-owned CESL

Mahua Acharya, Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of state-owned Convergence Energy Services Ltd (CESL) has resigned from the top post.

According to Mahua Acharya’s resignation letter, 13th January 2023 will be her last day in the position.

  • She also likes to retire from the company’s board of directors and has requested that an appropriate resolution be passed in this regard.         


Saurashtra beats Maharashtra to win Vijay Hazare Trophy 2022

On 2nd December 2022, Saurashtra won the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2022 title by defeating Maharashtra by 5 wickets (Saurashtra – 249/5, Maharashtra – 248/9) in the final held at Narendra Modi Stadium Ground ‘A’, Motera, Ahmedabad (Gujarat).

  • Vijay Hazare Trophy 2022, the 21st edition of the senior men’s 50-over cricket tournament, was held from 12th November to 2nd December 2022 with 38 teams competing in 136 matches.
  • It is the 2nd Vijay Hazare Trophy victory for Saurashtra.
  • Saurashtra won its 1st Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2007-2008 against Bengal by 6 wickets.


  • Jaydev Unadkat – Saurashtra (winning)
  • Ruturaj Gaikwad- Maharashtra (losing)

i. Sheldon Jackson scored an unbroken 133 runs off 136 balls, which helped Saurashtra defeat Maharashtra in the final.
ii. Ruturaj Gaikwad set a milestone by becoming the 1st cricketer to score 4 centuries in a single Vijay Hazare Trophy season twice.

  • With 12 hundreds in Vijay Hazare Trophy, Ruturaj Gaikwad (Maharashtra) goes past Robin Uthappa (Saurashtra) to become the player with the most hundreds in VHT history.
  • It was his 3rd consecutive century, following a double century and a fine 168 in the knockouts.
  • In the Vijay Hazare Trophy final, Ruturaj Gaikwad smashed a brilliant century (108) against Saurashtra.

Most runs- Narayan Jagadeesan (Tamil Nadu)
Most wickets- Vasuki Koushik (Karnataka)
iii. Narayan Jagadeesan, a Tamil Nadu batter, broke the world record for the highest individual score in men’s List A cricket by hammering 277 off 141 balls against Arunachal Pradesh in the Vijay Hazare Trophy at the Chinnaswamy in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
Brief Scores:

  • Maharashtra 248/9; 50 overs (Ruturaj Gaikwad 108, Azim Kazi 37; Chirag Jani 3/43).
  • Saurashtra 249/5; 46.3 overs (Sheldon Jackson 133, Harvik Desai 50; Mukesh Chaudhary 2/38, Vicky Ostwal 2/20).

Key Points:
i. Man of the Match- Sheldon Jackson, saurashtra.
ii. Manof the Tournament- Ruturaj Gaikwad, Maharashtra captain, was awarded for his exceptional performances in the match.

  • He scored 3 centuries in the last 4 matches including a record-breaking 220 not out against Uttar Pradesh in the quarter-finals.

About the Vijay Hazare Trophy: 
The Vijay Hazare Trophy, (officially known as Mastercard Vijay Hazare trophy for sponsorship reasons) also known as the Ranji One-Day Trophy, was started in 2002-03 as a limited-overs cricket domestic competition involving state teams from the Ranji Trophy plates organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

  • It is named after the legendary Indian cricketer Vijay Hazare.

Note: Tamil Nadu is the most successful team having won the trophy 5 times.


Veteran Odia Actress Jharana Das Passes Away

On 1st December 2022, Veteran Odia film actress Jharana Das passed away in Cuttack, Odisha at the age of 77. She was born in 1945 and started her acting career in the 1960s.
  • she has worked as a child artist and announcer with All India Radio (AIR), Cuttack and also served as station director of Doordarshan. 
  • In 1997, Jharana Das received the state government’s prestigious ‘Jaydev Puraskar‘ for her lifelong contribution to the Odia cinema industry.
  • She also won several accolades for her performance in films like ‘Shree Jagannath’, ‘Nari’, ‘Adinamegha’ and ‘Hisabnikas’.
  • She also directed a biographical documentary film on the former chief minister of Odisha, Harekrushna Mahatab.


International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2022- December 3International Day of Persons with Disabilities Dec 3 2022 - CopyUnited Nations (UN)’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) or International Day of Disabled Persons is annually observed across the globe on December 3 to raise awareness about the situation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of political, social, economic, and cultural life.

  • The day aims to promote the rights and well-being of people with disabilities at all levels.

The theme of International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2022 is ‘Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fueling an accessible and equitable world’.
i. The UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the resolution A/RES/47/3 on 14th October 1992 and declared December 3 of every year as International Day of Disabled Persons.

  • The 1st observance of International Day of Disabled Persons was on 3rd December 1992.

ii. On 18 December 2007, the UN renamed the International Day of Disabled Persons as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities under the ‘Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities(CRPD) [A/RES/62/127]’.
iii. The 1st observance of the new name, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, was on 3rd December 2008.
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GoI Names 21 Uninhabited A&N Islands after Param Vir Chakra recipients
21 uninhabited Andaman and Nicobar islands named after decorated soldiers - CopyThe Government of India (GoI) has named 21 uninhabited islands in the union territory (UT) of Andaman & Nicobar (A&N) after recipients of Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest wartime gallantry award with the support of Andaman administration and the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

  • Out of the 21 islands, 16 are located in North and Middle Andaman district, while the remaining 5 islands are in South Andaman.
  • Among the islands, some fall under reserved forest while others have great potential for water sports, creek tourism and fishing.

Key highlights:
i.The first uninhabited island numbered ‘INAN370’ in North and Middle Andaman was named after Major Somnath Sharma and henceforth it will be known as ‘Somnath Dweep’.

  • He was the first recipient of the Param Vir Chakra. He lost his life in the line of duty in 1947 while handling Pakistani infiltrators near Srinagar Airport.
  • He was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra for his gallantry and sacrifice during the Battle of Badgam.

ii.Another uninhabited island numbered ‘INAN308’ has been named after Subedar and Honorary Captain Karam Singh as ‘Karam Singh Dweep’.

  • He fought in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947 and has been awarded the Param Vir Chakra for saving a forward post at Richmar Gali, south of Tithwal (a small border-village in Jammu and Kashmir).

Other awardees:
Other Param Vir Chakra recipients who have had an island named after them include: Major Rama Raghoba Rane, Naik Jadunath Singh, Company Havildar Major Piru Singh Shekhawat, Captain Gurbachan Singh Salaria, Lieutenant Colonel Dhan Singh Thapa Magar, Subedar Joginder Singh Sahnan, Major Shaitan Singh Bhati, Company Quartermaster Havildar Abdul Hamid, Lieutenant Colonel Ardeshir Burzorji Tarapore, Lance Naik Albert Ekka, Colonel Hoshiar Singh Dahiya, Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal, Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon, Major Ramaswamy Parameswaran, Captain Bana Singh, Captain Vikram Batra, Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey, Subedar Major Sanjay Kumar and yogendra singh yadav.

Tamil Nadu Idol Wing CID awards digital medals to 5 officers

Idol Wing CID of the Tamil Nadu Police has initiated a new drive to mint Soulbound Tokens, a non-transferable form of NFTs (non-fungible tokens), as “digital medals” to motivate officers in the wing.

Idol Wing Becomes the first police unit in the world to mint SBTs and the Tamil Nadu Police becomes the 2nd police force in the world, after Dubai, to mint its own NFTs to award them as rewards.

  • The first 5 digital assets were presented to the team headed by Deputy Superintendents of Police U. Muthuraja and R. Mohan, which seized 15 idols from the residence of an art collector inThiruvanmiyur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. SSI Ramalingam, head constable Reagan and grade 1 constable Laxmikant were the other 3 who received the NFTS.
  • Besides, Inspector Indira was also awarded with an SBT, as a Digital Medal, for her outstanding work in 2022.
  • The NFTs were created (designed and minted) by Arjun Reddy, Kameshwaran and Ramkumar, co-founders of Guardian Link


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1India’s Unemployment rate rises to three-month high at 8% in November 2022: CMIE
2Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Act Amendment Bill gets President nod
3GoI Revises Scheme for Intellectual Property Protection to Upgrade Professional Charges of Facilitators
4Civil Aviation Ministry Notifies Operational Guidelines for Drone PLI Scheme
5The Indian Constitution is a Feminist Document: CJI Dr Justice D.Y. Chandrachud
6Tribal Development Report 2022: Adivasis at the bottom of India’s Development Pyramid
7 UNDP Report: Number of People Forcibly Displaced Crossed 100 Million in 2022
8RBI launches ‘Digital Rupee – Retail segment (e₹-R)‘ in Four Cities; Issues Rs 1.71cr
9NPCI extends deadline to Levy 30% Cap on Digital Payment Transactions till Dec 31, 2024
10ADB & ABIS Signs USD 16 Million Agreement to Support Fish Farming in India
11The Earthshot Prize 2022: UK’s Prince William Unveils 5 Winners of 2nd Annual Earthshot Prize Awards
12Canara Bank Wins Banker’s Bank of the Year Award 2022 for India at Global Banking Summit
13Farmkart Founder Atul Patidar Wins ‘Pride of Central India 2022’ Award
14India to Assume Chairmanship of Wassenaar Arrangement on 1st January
15Mahua Acharya resigns as MD & CEO of state-owned CESL
16Saurashtra beats Maharashtra to win Vijay Hazare Trophy 2022
17Veteran Odia Actress Jharana Das Passes Away
18International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2022- December 3
19GoI Names 21 Uninhabited A&N Islands after  Param Vir Chakra recipients
20Tamil Nadu Idol Wing CID awards digital medals to 5 officers