Daily Current Affairs and GK | 27 August 2022

By Priyanka Chaudhary | Last Modified: 27 Aug 2022 17:32 PM IST

Use Coupon code APRIL24

six months current affairs 2023 july december Rs.199/- Read More
half yearly financial awareness july december 2023 Rs.199/- Read More
half yearly current affairs jan july 2023 in detail Rs.219/- Read More
half yearly current affairs jul dec 2023 in detail Rs.219/- Read More

Half Yearly (Jul- Dec 2023 , Detailed)
2023 e Book

Current Affairs

Available in English & Hindi(eBook)

Buy Now ( Hindi ) Preview Buy Now (English)

Topic: National News

1. Asok Kumar explained the government’s Arth Ganga model at the Stockholm World Water Week 2022.

  • In his speech at the Stockholm World Water Week 2022, Asok Kumar, the Director General of the National Mission for Clean Ganga, spoke about the Arth Ganga model.
  • PM Modi introduced the concept of Arth Ganga during the first National Ganga Council meeting in Kanpur in 2019.
  • The main aim of the Arth Ganga model is the development of the Ganga and its surrounding areas by focusing on economic activities related to the river.
  • The government is focusing on six verticals under Arth Ganga, which are as follows:
    • Zero Budget Natural Farming
    • Monetization and Reuse of Sludge & Wastewater
    • Revenue generation for Urban Local Bodies (ULBs)
    • Increasing public participation by increasing synergies between the stakeholders involved with the river
    • Promoting cultural heritage and tourism of Ganga and its surroundings
    • Promoting institutional building by empowering local administration for improved water governance
  • World Water Week is organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute every year since 1991.
  • This year, the week is being observed from August 23 to 1 September.
  • The theme of the 2022 World Water Week is: “Seeing the unseen: The value of water”.

Topic: State News/Uttar Pradesh

2. Uttar Pradesh government will develop Kannauj as a perfume tourism destination.

  • The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to organize an international perfume fair in Kannauj in December.
  • The perfume park is being set up in the district. Its first phase will be completed by November 15.
  • Uttar Pradesh government aims to take the ₹250 crore perfume business to ₹25,000 crores.
  • The perfume of Kannauj comes under the ‘One District, One Product’ initiative.
  • Kannauj is known as India’s perfume capital. Kannauj Perfume is listed in the GI Act 1999 of the Government of India.
  • Kannauj Perfume or Kannauj Ittar is protected under the Geographical indication (GI) of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).

Topic: Awards and Prizes

3. Former German chancellor Angela Merkel has been awarded the Felix Houphouet-Boigny-UNESCO Peace Prize 2022.

  • The jury has awarded this prize to Angela Merkel in recognition of her efforts to welcome refugees.
  • The jury members were touched by her decision in 2015 to welcome over 1.2 million refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Eritrea.
  • Julienne Lusenge received an honourable mention from the jury for her commitment to the women who were victims of sexual violence.
  • Felix Houphouet-Boigny-UNESCO Peace Prize:
    • It is named after the former President of Ivory Coast. It has been awarded each year since 1989.
    • It has been awarded to individuals, organisations or institutions that have made a special effort to promote, research or secure peace.
    • Earlier, personalities like Nelson Mandela, Frederik W. De Klerk, and Jimmy Carter have received this award.

Topic: State News/Jammu & Kashmir

4. Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has become the first among States/UTs to set up an Atal Tinkering Lab in partnership with NITI Aayog.

  • NITI Aayog is eager to replicate the Atal Tinkering Lab model used in J&K for the rest of the nation on a 50:50 cost-sharing basis.
  • Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission said that an agreement has been signed to establish 500 ATL with a 50:50 cost-sharing basis within two years.
  • A MoU has been signed between AIM and J&K UT. As per MoU, each AIM and J&K UT will provide rupees 10-10 lakh to establish ATLs in J&K.
  • One ATL costs Rs 20 Lakh. For the first time in Jammu and Kashmir, money cost (Rs 20 Lakh) is being shared by this Union Territory and the central government.
  • ATL was started with the aim to build 10,000 labs and the target has been achieved in July.
  • Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog has established over 10000 ATLs across the country so far.
  • Mission Director, AIM said that those states who wish not to be dependent on central budgets may opt for the J&K model.

Topic: International Appointments

5. Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga appointed as interim PM by the Mali military.

  • He has been appointed after the country's civilian Prime Minister Choguel Kokalla Maiga was hospitalized.
  • Prior to this appointment, Colonel Maga was serving as Government Spokesperson and Minister for Territorial Administration and Decentralization.
  • Veteran civilian politician Choguel Kokalla Maiga was named premier after the military came to power in August 2020 and a second coup in May 2021.
  • Mali:
    • It is a landlocked country in West Africa.
    • It is the eighth-largest country in Africa.
    • Its capital is Bamako and the currency is the West African CFA Franc.

Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga

Topic: Sports

6. Neeraj Chopra created history by winning the Lausanne Diamond League Meet in the javelin throw.

  • Neeraj Chopra won the javelin throw event with a best throw of 89.08m in the Lausanne Diamond League.
  • Neeraj became the first Indian to win the prestigious Diamond League Meet with his best throw in the competition.
  • Neeraj has now qualified for the Diamond League Finals, which will be held on September 7 and 8 in Zurich, Switzerland.
  • He has now qualified for the 2023 World Championships as well.
  • The top six after Lausanne's League qualified for the Zurich final.
  • Meanwhile, Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Jacob Wadledge finished second with a best throw of 85.88m, followed by USA's Curtis Thompson.

Lausanne Diamond League

(Source: News on AIR)

Monthly Current Affairs eBooks
June Monthly Current Affairs May Monthly Current Affairs
April Monthly Current Affairs March Monthly Current Affairs

Topic: Indian Polity

7. Supreme Court has referred the pleas against freebies to a three-judge bench.

  • Supreme Court observed that freebies the political parties announce may lead the state towards bankruptcy. 
  • The bench was headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana and comprised of Justices Hima Kohli and CT Ravikumar.
  • The bench said freebies could lead to a situation where the state government will be unable to provide essential services because of a lack of funding.
  • The court said freebies are provided using taxpayers’ money only for increasing the popularity of the party and electoral prospects.
  • Supreme Court order came on petitions seeking directions to the Centre and the Election Commission to take steps to regulate poll manifestos of political parties.
  • The petitioners also opposed the practice of political parties giving or promising freebies to induce voters during polls.
  • Supreme Court said that petitioners’ issues require an extensive hearing before any concrete orders can be passed.
  • The three-judge bench would review the apex court’s judgement that pre-poll promises made by political parties to entice voters do not fall within the ambit of Section 123 (corrupt practices) under the Representation of the People (RP) Act.
  • Supreme Court had given this judgment in 2013 in S Subramaniam Balaji vs State case of Tamil Nadu.
  • The freebies case will be listed before the new three-judge Bench in four weeks.

Topic: State News/ Karnataka

8. Bengaluru will have India’s first post office built out of 3D printing technology.

  • The post office will be ready in just a month. It will be established in Halasuru’s Cambridge Layout.
  • The 1,000-square-feet building will cost 25 lakh rupees to set up.
  • Technology approval to Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T) for 3D concrete printing of structures has been given by Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council along with IIT-Madras.
  • Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is responsible to undertake research, development, and large-scale application of new building material technologies.

Topic: Government Schemes and Initiatives

9. Government conducted door-to-door screening for TB under the ‘Aashwasan’ campaign.

  • Under the Aashwasan campaign, the government conducted door-to-door screening of more than one crore persons in over 68,000 villages for TB.
  • The Aashwasan campaign was started in January in Nandurbar District. The main aim of the campaign is to find active cases of tuberculosis in 174 tribal districts of India.
  • Recently, a national conclave was held at the National Tribal Research Institute (NTRI) in New Delhi to share the lessons learned from the 100-day Aashwasan Campaign under the "Tribal TB Initiative."
  • About two lakh community influencers, including tribal leaders, tribal healers, Self Help Groups, and youth, participated in the campaign.
  • According to the data, tribal communities are more vulnerable to TB.
  • As part of India’s 75-year celebration, the government has selected 75 high-burden tribal districts for focused interventions.
  • India has set a target to eradicate tuberculosis by 2025.
  • Tuberculosis:
    • Tuberculosis spread through the air and usually attacks the lungs. It can also affect other parts of the body.
    • It is caused by a type of bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is treatable and preventable.

Topic: Defence

10. Indian Army is planning to procure the light tank ‘Zorawar’ for LAC.

  • The Indian Army has hastened the procurement process of the indigenous Indian light tank named ‘Zorawar’.
  • It will be deployed in the mountains and is equipped with technologies like anti-drone capabilities, and next-generation Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.
  • The Defence Acquisition Council could grant the Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for the project next month.
  • The firepower of the existing fleet of T-72, T-90, and indigenous Arjun tanks is also being upgraded.
  • India and China deployed tanks on the mountain peaks after the confrontation on the south bank of Pangong Tso in August 2020.
  • ‘Zorawar’ has been designed to operate from high-altitude areas and marginal terrain. It can be easily transported as per the operational requirements.
  • Its distinguishing characteristics include Artificial Intelligence (AI), drone integration, active protection systems, and a high degree of situational awareness.
  • The Indian Army has also procured swarm drones from two Indian start-ups.
  • The Swarm drone system consists of a number of small drones that are AI-enabled and capable of communicating with the control station and among themselves.

Topic: State News/ Uttar Pradesh

11. Bhupendra Singh has been appointed as the new BJP chief of Uttar Pradesh.

  • Rajib Bhattacharjee has been appointed as the BJP President of Tripura.
  • Saudan Singh has been appointed as the Chief election in charge of BJP for the Himachal Pradesh election.
  • Devender Singh Rana has been given the responsibility of being co-in charge of the Himachal Pradesh election.
  • Bharatiya Janata Party:
    • It is the largest political party in India.
    • The Bharatiya Jan Sangh (BJS) was the predecessor party of the BJP.
    • The Bharatiya Janata Party was formed on April 6 1980 with Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the first party president.
    • The Bharatiya Janata Party has 303 members in the Lok Sabha.
    • J. P. Nadda is the current President of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Topic: Government Schemes and Initiatives

12. First set of nine forms on the MCA21 V3 portal to be launched on 31 August.

  • The government has taken the next step in the rollout of Version 3.0 of MCA21.
  • Company e-filings on the version 2.0 portal have been disabled from Aug 15 for these nine forms.
  • Based on feedback and corrections, MCA is implementing version 3.0 in phases.
  • MCA21 Version 3.0 has additional modules for e-scrutiny, e-adjudication, e-consultation, and compliance management.
  • L&T Infotech has signed a contract for the operation and maintenance of MCA21 V3.0.
  • MCA21:
    • It is India’s first mission-mode e-governance project.
    • It is the online portal of the Corporate Affairs Ministry (MCA).
    • It provides company-related information to stakeholders and the general public.
    • It was initially launched in 2006.

Topic: Infrastructure and Energy

13. World’s first-ever hydrogen-powered passenger train fleet launched in Germany.

  • The world’s first hydrogen-powered passenger train fleet has a total of 14 trains.
  • The hydrogen-powered passenger trains will replace 15 old diesel trains, operated on non-electrified lines.
  • The speed of these trains will be 140 kmph and they will have a range of 1000 km.
  • French company Alstom has manufactured the trains, and they will be operated by regional rail company LNVG.
  • The trains will use hydrogen produced with renewable energy, as fuel. It will save more than 1.6 million litres of diesel annually.
  • The trains are emissions-free with low noise and produce only steam and condensed water as effluent.
  • Hydrogen is being seen as an alternative to fossil fuels in the transportation industry.

Topic: Defence

14. Indian Navy shortlisted Super Hornet and Rafale M aircraft for INS Vikrant.

  • US aerospace company Boeing pitched that its F/A-18 Super Hornet will be the best aircraft to meet the requirement of the Indian Navy for INS Vikrant.
  • The Indian Navy has shortlisted F/A-18 Super Hornet and Rafale M aircraft for procurement of deck-based jets for aircraft carrier INS Vikrant.
  • Four years before, the Indian Navy started the process of acquiring 57 aircraft for its aircraft carrier.
  • ‘Super Hornet’ aircraft has the most advanced capability. It will help the Indian Navy in tackling emerging and future threats.
  • At present, the Indian Navy uses MiG-29K fighters from its aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.
  • INS Vikrant will be commissioned in Cochin on 2 September in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Related Study Material
Evolution and History of the Indian Constitution Preamble of the Indian Constitution
Major sources of Indian Constitution President of India
Ramsar sites of India 2022 Classification of Rocks
Interior of the Earth Tax system in India





Share Blog