Daily Current Affairs and GK | 14 May 2022
- 1. Czech Republic to replace Russia in U.N. Human Rights Council.
- 2. ISRO successfully tested human-rated HS200 solid rocket booster for Gaganyaan mission.
- 3. World Migratory Bird Day: 14 May
- 4. Campbell Wilson appointed as CEO & MD of Air India.
- 5. Centre has approved appointment of two technical members and three judicial members at NCLAT.
- 6. NITI Aayog vice-chairman Suman Bery launched the National Data Analytics Platform (NDAP) for public use.
- 7. UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan passed away at an age of 73.
- 8. Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal inaugurated India-UAE Economic Partnership Summit in Mumbai.
- 9. French luxury brand Louis Vuitton named Deepika Padukone as its brand ambassador.
- 10. India and UAE signed MoU for establishing Skill India International Centre in Varanasi.
- 11. Tomato flu cases are reported in Kerala.
- 12. World’s longest Glass Bridge Opened in Vietnam.
- 13. First President of independent Ukraine passed away.
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Topic: International News
1. Czech Republic to replace Russia in U.N. Human Rights Council.
- The United Nations General Assembly elected the Czech Republic as a member of the Human Rights Council.
- The Czech Republic will replace Russia, which was suspended from the U.N. Human Rights Council after it invaded Ukraine.
- It has received 157 votes in its favour in United Nations General Assembly. The Czech Republic will complete the term left by Russia.
- The Human Rights Council will soon have a special session on Ukraine after reviewing the situation in Kyiv.
- The Czech Republic was the only candidate for the seat on the 47-member Human Rights Council.
- Seats in Human Rights Council are divided among regional groups.
- The Council's Membership is based on equitable geographical distribution. Seats are distributed as follows:
Latin American and the Caribbean States
Western European and other States
Eastern European States
Topic: Space and IT
2. ISRO successfully tested human-rated HS200 solid rocket booster for Gaganyaan mission.
- The test of a human-rated solid rocket booster HS-200 is a key component of the Gaganyaan manned mission programme.
- HS-200 booster loaded with 203 tonnes of solid propellant was tested for 135 seconds at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
- During the test, around 700 parameters were monitored and the performance of all systems are found normal.
- The HS200 is the human-rated version of the S200 rocket booster of satellite launch vehicle GSLV Mk III.
- The design and development of the HS200 booster were completed at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram and propellant casting was completed at SHAR, Sriharikota.
- It is 20-metre long and has a 3.2-metre diameter. It is the world’s second-largest operational booster with solid propellant.
- It has been developed indigenously by ISRO in participation with various industries.
(Source: News on AIR)
Topic: Important Days
3. World Migratory Bird Day: 14 May
- World Migratory Bird Day is commemorated every year on the second Saturday in May and the second Saturday in October.
- It is observed to draw attention to the problems faced by migratory birds worldwide. Loss of habitat, climate change, poisoning, and illegal killing are the main threats to Migratory Birds.
- The day highlights the need for international collaboration for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats.
- The theme of this year’s World Migratory Bird Day is ‘Impact of Light Pollution on Migratory Birds’. Artificial lighting is increasing globally by 2 per cent per annum.
- World Migratory Bird Day was first observed in 2006. It is now celebrated in more than 100 countries.
- Around 229 species of birds arrive in India every year. Sparrow-Hawk, Harriers, Peregrine Falcon, Osprey, etc. are common Migratory Bird in India.
Topic: National Appointment
4. Campbell Wilson appointed as CEO & MD of Air India.
- Tata Group has appointed Campbell Wilson as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director (MD) of Air India.
- The board of Air India has approved the appointment of Campbell Wilson. He will also join Air India’s board of directors.
- The appointment in the top management of an airline has to get security clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
- Recently, Tata Group has appointed Nipun Aggarwal as Chief Commercial Officer and Suresh Dutt Tripathi was appointed as Chief Human Resources Officer.
- Air India was officially handed over to Tata Sons on 27 January 2022.
- The government has sold Air India to Talace Private Limited (a subsidiary of the Tata group's holding company) for ₹18,000 crores.
Topic: National Appointments
5. Centre has approved appointment of two technical members and three judicial members at NCLAT.
- The tenure of three judicial members will be 4 years or till they attain age of 67 years, whichever is earliest.
- The three judicial members are Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain, Justice Rakesh Kumar and Justice M Satyanarayana Murthy.
- Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the names of two technical members and three judicial members.
- The two technical members are Barun Mitra and Naresh Salecha.
- National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT):
- It was formed in 2016 under Section 410 of the Companies Act, 2013.
- It hears appeals against National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) orders passed under Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.
- It also hears appeals against orders of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India and the Competition Commission of India (CCI).
- Chairperson: Justice Ashok Bhushan
Topic: Government Schemes and Initiatives
6. NITI Aayog vice-chairman Suman Bery launched the National Data Analytics Platform (NDAP) for public use.
- The main aim of this platform is to standardise data across government sources and provide flexible analytics.
- Currently, government data available in the public domain is not standardised.
- NDAP hosts foundational datasets of various government agencies and presents them coherently for analytics and visualization. It follows a use-case based approach to full fill the needs of data users.
- At present, it has 203 datasets from 47 central government ministries and agencies.
- National Data Analytics Platform (NDAP) will further strengthen the data ecosystem.
- It will enable cross-sectoral analysis and democratize the use of government data.
(Source: News on AIR)
Topic: Personality in News
7. UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan passed away at an age of 73.
- He served as the President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi since November 3, 2004.
- He was the second President of the UAE and the 16th Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
- The Ministry of Presidential Affairs has announced 40 days of mourning after the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
- Under his reign, the UAE witnessed unprecedented development and growth. He had succeeded his father late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
8. Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal inaugurated India-UAE Economic Partnership Summit in Mumbai.
- Piyush Goyal and Economy Minister of United Arab Emirates Abdullah Bin Touq Al Marri also launched India-UAE Start-up Bridge to boost economy.
- Confederation of Indian Industry organized India-UAE Economic Partnership Summit in Mumbai.
- Piyush Goyal said that the India-UAE partnership is best defined by its tagline ‘Openness, Opportunity and Growth’.
- He said that the trade between India and UAE is expected to grow to at least 100 billion dollars in the near future. UAE is second largest exporter to India.
(Source: News on AIR)
9. French luxury brand Louis Vuitton named Deepika Padukone as its brand ambassador.
- Deepika Padukone became the first-ever Indian named by Louis Vuitton as brand ambassador.
- Chicnutrix, the lifestyle brand, has appointed Shilpa Shetty Kundra as its brand ambassador.
- Mom and World have appointed actress Anita Hassanandani as their brand ambassador for the range of new mom and baby products.
10. India and UAE signed MoU for establishing Skill India International Centre in Varanasi.
- The MoU has been signed between India’s National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Hindustan Ports Private Limited, and UAE's DP World.
- Skill India International Centre will provide skills to Indian youth for getting employment opportunities in logistics, port operations and allied sectors.
- Training will be provided as per the demand of international employers in countries like the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Canada, Australia, etc.
- This centre will have a wide network of organisations and overseas recruiters.
- Foreign language training, placement and immigration and post-placement support like services will be provided by the Skill India International Centres.
- India and UAE leaders also discussed the recognition of certificates issued by Indian Skilling Centres in the UAE.
Topic: Biotechnology and Diseases
11. Tomato flu cases are reported in Kerala.
- A new virus known as tomato flu has been detected in some parts of Kerala.
- Tomato flu is a viral disease and it has been mostly found in children below five years of age.
- It has infected more than 80 children in Kerala. It can cause rashes or blisters, skin irritation and dehydration.
- Tomato fever is contagious and also caused nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhoea.
- The flu causes rashes on the infected child's body which are normally red in colour so it is called ‘tomato flu’ or the ‘tomato fever’.
12. World’s longest Glass Bridge Opened in Vietnam.
- World’s longest Glass Bridge named Bach Long Bridge has been opened in Vietnam.
- It is a bridge at a height of 150 metres and is 632m (2,073ft) long.
- The Bach Long is Vietnam’s third glass bridge.
- The world’s second-longest Glass Bridge is in Guangdong, China.
Topic: Personality in News
13. First President of independent Ukraine passed away.
- Ukraine's first President Leonid Kravchuk passed away at the age of 88 years.
- He was a leader of Ukraine’s Communist Party. He is also known as the "wily fox".
- In December 1991, he signed the Belovezha accords with Russia, which triggered the collapse of the Soviet Union.
- In 1993, Kravchuk agreed to transfer all Ukraine-based nuclear weapons to Russia in exchange for compensation for each nuclear warhead.