Daily Current Affairs and GK | 10 March 2022

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Topic: State News/ Chhattisgarh

1. Chhattisgarh government launched ‘Kaushalya Matritva Yojana’ for providing financial assistance to women.

  • Under this scheme, the government will give financial assistance of Rs 5000 to women on the birth of second girl child.
  • Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel also said that women of Chhattisgarh will manufacture paint and produce electricity from cow dung.
  • The state government has doubled the loan limit of Self-Help Groups through Mahila Kosh and has also waived loans of Rs 13 crore.
  • Government honoured Anganwadi workers for their work under ‘Sakhi One Stop Center’ and ‘Nava Bihan Yojana’.
  • Chhattisgarh:
    • It was carved out of Madhya Pradesh and was granted statehood on 1 November 2000.
    • It shares its border with 7 states- UP, MP, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Odisha, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh.
    • Its capital is Raipur.
    • Bhupesh Baghel is the current Chief Minister and the governor is Anusuiya Uikey.

Topic: Books and Authors

2. Sharad Pawar unveiled Ratnakar Shetty’s autobiography.

  • Ratnakar Shetty’s autobiography titled “On Board: My Years in BCCI” has been released.
  • In this book, he shared his experiences as an administrator. Ratnakar Shetty was the first Chief Administrative Officer of BCCI.

Topic: Important Days

3. World Kidney Day 2022: 10 March

  • Every year on the second Thursday in March, World Kidney Day is commemorated.
  • This year, World Kidney Day has been celebrated on March 10.
  • The theme of World Kidney Day 2022 is 'Kidney Health for All'. The Joint Steering Committee for World Kidney Day (WKD) declared the theme.
  • World Kidney Day is a global health awareness campaign that emphasises on the importance of kidneys and the need to reduce the severity and frequency of kidney disease.
  • The International Society of Nephrology and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations started to celebrate this day.
  • The first World Kidney Day was celebrated in 2006.

Topic: National News

4. Union Cabinet has approved establishment of National Land Monetization Corporation.

  • On March 9, the Union Cabinet has approved the formation of the National Land Monetization Corporation (NLMC) to handle surplus land monetization.
  • It would be a 100% government-owned corporation with an initial authorized capital of Rs 5,000 crore and a paid-up capital of Rs 150 crore.
  • Surplus land and building assets of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) and other government agencies will be monetized by the NLMC.
  • The government will be able to generate revenue by monetizing unused and under-used assets.
  • Presently, CPSEs have substantial surplus, unused and under-used non-core assets in the nature of land and buildings.
  • The NLMC will also own, manage, and monetize surplus land and building assets of CPSEs that are closing down, as well as surplus non-core land assets of government-owned CPSEs.

Topic: Infrastructure and Energy

5. Virtual Smart Grid Knowledge Center and Innovation Park launched by RK Singh.

  • As part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav Program, Union Minister for Power R.K. Singh has launched the Virtual Smart Grid Knowledge Center (SGKC) and Innovation Park.
  • POWERGRID has established the SGKC in Manesar for demonstration and advancement of cutting-edge smart grid technologies.
  • SGKC aims to be one of the world's top centers of excellence for smart grid technology innovation, entrepreneurship, and research, as well as building capacity in the power distribution sector.
  • POWERGRID has design and developed the Virtual SGKC with support from the Union Ministry of Power and technical help from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
    • It is a Maharatna company headquartered in Gurugram.
    • It is a central PSU under the Ministry of Power.
    • It is engaged in the work of power transmission, operation, and maintenance of the Inter-State Transmission System (ISTS).
    • It was founded on 23 October 1989.
    • Its Chairman & MD is Kandikuppa Sreekant.

Topic: National News

6. Government approved the establishment of WHO Global Center for Traditional Medicine.

  • The establishment of the WHO Global Center for Traditional Medicine (WHO GCTM) in Jamnagar, Gujarat has been approved by the Union Cabinet.
  • It will be the first and only global outposted Centre (office) for traditional medicine across the globe. It will be set up under the Ministry of AYUSH.
  • The Indian government has inked a Host Country agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • The move will aid in the development of essential technical norms, standards, and regulations, as well as tools and methodologies for data collection, analytics, and effect assessment.
  • For the coordination, execution, and monitoring of activities related to the formation of this Centre, a Joint Task Force (JTF) has been formed.

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: National News

7. Union Cabinet has approved proposal for amendment of 2nd schedule of Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957.

  • The approved proposal is for specifying the rate of royalty in respect of Glauconite, Potash, Emerald, Platinum Group of Metals, Andalusite, Sillimanite, and Molybdenum.
  • It will make sure auction of mineral blocks in respect of Glauconite, Potash, Emerald, Platinum Group of Metals, Andalusite, Sillimanite, and Molybdenum for the first time in country.
  • The approval will cause import substitution in respect of many important minerals for the economy of the country and save forex reserves.
  • It will reduce the country's foreign dependency through the local production of minerals.
  • Rate of royalty for Andalusite, Sillimanite and Kyanite which are mineral polymorphs is kept at the same level.
  • Minerals having similar chemical composition and different crystal structures are called mineral polymorphs.
  • Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 was earlier amended in 2015 and 2021.

Topic: International News

8. Yoon Suk Yeol has been elected as new President of South Korea.

  • Yoon Suk Yeol defeated his opponent Lee Jae-myung.
  • People Power Party candidate Yoon won 48.6% of the votes. His rival Lee Jae-myung of Democratic Party garnered 47.8% of the votes.
  • Yoon will assume office in May. He will serve a single five-year term as leader of the world’s 10th largest economy.
  • South Korea:
    • It is a country in East Asia. It shares its land border with North Korea.
    • Yellow Sea forms its western border. Its capital is Seoul.
    • Its Prime Minister is Kim Boo-kyum. Its current President is Moon Jae-in.

Topic: State News/ Andhra Pradesh

9. Andhra Pradesh gets first rank in Skoch State of Governance ranking 2021.

  • Andhra Pradesh also got top position in police and safety, agriculture, district administration, and rural development.
  • Andhra Pradesh retained the first rank in governance for the second consecutive year.
  • In the transport, Andhra Pradesh is on third spot after West Bengal and Maharashtra.
  • Andhra Pradesh was ranked at second position in 2018 and later it slipped to 4th position in 2019.
  • West Bengal and Odisha have got second and third rank respectively while Gujarat and Maharashtra got fourth and fifth rank respectively.
  • Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, and Himachal Pradesh are declared as “performers”.
  • Bihar, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan have been kept in the “Catching up” category.
  • SKOCH gives ranking after evaluating various projects implemented by states. SKOCH Group is India’s leading think tank.

Topic: National News

10. India’s first 100% women-owned ‘industrial park’ opened in Hyderabad.

  • Telangana minister KT Rama Rao inaugurated India’s first 100% women-owned ‘industrial park’ in Hyderabad.
  • This 50-acre Industrial Park has been established with an investment of Rs 250 crores.
  • It has been established by the FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO) in collaboration with the Government of Telangana.
  • It commenced its operation with 25 women-owned and operated units from 16 diverse Green Category Industries.
  • It is first of kind project at the national level with the participation of Chapter Members and the national members of FLO.
  • The state government will also give an additional 10% subsidy for women entrepreneurs.
  • The industrial park exclusively for women was conceptualized in 2013.
  • FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO):
    • It was established in 1983.
    • It is a division of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
    • It has 18 chapters across India and its headquarters is located in New Delhi.

Topic: Government Schemes and Initiatives

11. Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Textiles are organizing “Jharokha” progamme to promote Indian handicrafts and art and culture.

  • It will be organized at 16 locations in 13 states and UTs from 8th-14th March.
  • The first event under this celebration was organized in Bhopal at Rani Kamlapati Railway Station on 8th March.
  • All the stalls under this program will be set up by the women artisans.
  • Cultural events including folk dance and singing performances by local teams and artists will be organized for eight days.
  • It is being organized as part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.

Jharokha progamme to promote Indian handicrafts and art and culture

(Source: Amrit Mahotsav)

Topic: MoUs/Agreements

12. Atal Innovation Mission joined hand with Snap Inc to encourage Augmented Reality (AR) skilling among youth.

  • Snap Inc will train more than 12000 teachers affiliated with the Atal Tinkering Labs on Augmented Reality (AR).
  • Snap Inc, a global camera company, will share its expertise in AR with the Atal Tinkering Lab’s wide network of schools.
  • Snap Inc in association with Atal Incubation Centers (AICs) will provide support to the Indian start-up ecosystem with AR advertising bootcamps, Ad credits, and other opportunities.
  • A nationwide hackathon named ‘Lensathon (AR making hackathon)’ will be organized throughout March.
  • Snap Inc will host special workshops to introduce AR and skills to young women of India. The workshops will be hosted by Women Lens Creators.
  • Atal Innovation Mission (AIM):
    • It was launched in 2016. It is a flagship initiative of NITI Aayog to promote innovation and entrepreneurship.
    • Atal Tinkering Labs is a major initiative under Atal Innovation Mission to promote a creative, innovative mindset in schools.

Topic: Award and Prizes

13. Rizwana Hasan honoured with US International Women of Courage Award for 2022.

  • Rizwana Hasan is an environmental lawyer in Bangladesh.
  • She is one of 12 women who will be honoured by US Department of State for her exceptional courage and leadership.
  • She will be awarded by US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken on 14 March in a virtual ceremony.
  • Rizwana Hasan is the Chief Executive of the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association.
  • She has fought many cases against deforestation, pollution, unregulated ship breaking, and illegal land development.
  • She had received the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2012 for her work in the courtroom against environmental degradation and climate change.
  • International Women of Courage (IWOC) award:
    • It was established by the US Department of State in 2007.
    • It is given to women who have shown exceptional courage, strength, and leadership to bring change in their communities.

Women of Courage Award for 2022

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: Sports

14. India finished at top in the medal tally of ISSF World Cup 2022.

  • India with 4 gold, 2 silver, one bronze topped the medal tally in the ISSF World Cup 2022.
  • Norway finished on the second spot with six medals- three gold, one silver and two bronze. France with three golds finished on the third spot.
  • Rhythm Sangwan and Anish Bhanwala won gold in the 25m rapid fire pistol mixed team tournament.
  • In the women’s 25m pistol team event, India defeated Singapore by 17-13 in the finals.
  • ISSF World Cup 2022 was organized in Cairo.
  • ISSF World Cup was started by the International Shooting Sport Federation in 1986.

India finished at top

(Source: News on AIR)

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