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Current Affairs 18 August 2022

Current Affairs 18 August 2022

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Current Affairs 18 August 2022 includes all newspapers such as The Hindu, The Economic Times, Business Standard, Times of India, PTI, Indian Express, and all Government official websites.

 News Headlines 

  1. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hands over new weapons system F-INSAS to Indian Army
  2. India’s IT Secretary Alkesh Kumar Sharma appointed to high-level UN internet panel
  3. Wholesale price-based inflation declines to 13.93% in July compared to 15.18% in preceding month
  4. Government approves StartUp loan for manufacturing & commercialising ‘compostable’ plastic
  5. Defence forces, RBI and Prime Minister’s Office most trusted institutions, says survey
  6. INS Satpura arrived in San Diego, USA to commemorate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav
  7. Meghalaya set to host 2nd edition of North East Olympics
  8. Kotak Mahindra Bank launches “Kotak Crème” lifestyle-targeted salary account
  9. UK is the first country to approve Covid booster vaccine targeting original and Omicron strains
  10. Grenada’s Simon Stiell Appointed New UNFCCC Executive Secretary
  11. India gifts Sri Lanka Dornier aircraft to strengthen maritime security of the country on 76th Independence Day
  12. William Ruto is declared Kenya’s next president
  13. WHO announces new names for variants of monkeypox virus
  14. Dabur India Chairman Amit Burman steps down; Mohit Burman to take over
  15. Shashi Tharoor to receive France’s highest civilian honour for his writings, speeches
  16. Real Madrid beat Eintracht Frankfurt to win 2022 UEFA Super Cup

 News Details 

1. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hands over new weapons system F-INSAS to Indian Army

  • The full gear of the Future Infantry Soldier as a System (F-INSAS) includes an AK-203 assault rifle, which is a Russian-origin gas-operated, magazine-fed, select-fire assault rifle.
  • The units of the rifle will be manufactured by an India-Russia joint venture.
  • The rifle has a range of 300 metres.
  • DRDO = Defence Research and Development Organisation.
  • Dr G. Satheesh Reddy is the Secretary of Department of Defence R&D and Chairman of DRDO.

2. India’s IT Secretary Alkesh Kumar Sharma appointed to high-level UN internet panel

  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed India’s Electronics and Information Technology Secretary Alkesh Kumar Sharma to a panel of eminent experts on internet governance.
  • Internet pioneer Vint Cerf and Nobel Prize-winning journalist Maria Reesa were also appointed to the 10-member Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Leadership Panel.

3. Wholesale price-based inflation declines to 13.93% in July compared to 15.18% in preceding month

  • Wholesale price-based inflation, WPI eased to 13.93 per cent in July as compared to 15.18 per cent in preceding month.
  • According to the Commerce and Industry Ministry, WPI inflation fell on easing prices of food articles and manufactured products.
  • Wholesale inflation was at a record high of 15.88 per cent in May this year and stood at 11.57 per cent in July last year.

4. Government approves StartUp loan for manufacturing & commercialising ‘compostable’ plastic

  • The government approved a startup loan of Rs 1.15 crore to a bioplastics firm for commercialising “compostable” plastic and mitigating the usage of Single Use Plastics.
  • An MoU was signed between the Technology Development Board,statutory body under Department of Science & Tech, and TGP Bioplastics Private Limited for manufacturing and commercialisation of compostable plastic

5. Defence forces, RBI and Prime Minister’s Office most trusted institutions, says survey

  • Defence forces, RBI and Prime Minister of India are the three most trusted institutions in the country, according to a survey by Ipsos India.
  • The Supreme Court of India came fourth and it was followed by the CBI.
  • Defence Forces with at least 2 in 3 (65 percent of respondents) reposing faith in them was ranked first, followed by Reserve Bank of India with 1 in 2 (50 per cent).
  • The Prime Minister of India as an institution was at the third spot with 49 per cent citizens.

6. INS Satpura arrived in San Diego, USA to commemorate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav

  • Dedicated to 75 stalwarts of India’s Freedom Struggle as a remembrance of their sacrifices for the nation, Indian Naval Ship (INS) Satpura conducted a 75-lap “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Run” at San Diego US Navy Base.
  • The ship hoisted the Indian Tricolour in the presence of the Indian diaspora and distinguished local dignitaries in the North American Continent.
  • About San Diego:
    • It is a city on the Pacific coast of California in the USA, known for its beaches, parks and warm climate.

7. Meghalaya set to host 2nd edition of North East Olympics

  • Meghalaya is all set to host the upcoming 2nd edition of the North East Olympics.
  • The Games will be special as Meghalaya is celebrating the 50th year of its Statehood.
  • The maiden Olympic games of the region were held in Manipur in October 2018.
  • Approximately 4000 participants (athletes, technical staff, and volunteers) are expected to participate in the games.
  • About Meghalaya:
    • Capital: Shillong.
    • Governor: Satya Pal Malik.
    • Chief minister: Conrad Sangma.

8. Kotak Mahindra Bank launches “Kotak Crème” lifestyle-targeted salary account

  • Kotak Mahindra Bank has released a way of living-concentrated salary account named “Kotak Creme”.
  • This account will present an upgraded practical experience to its prospects doing the job in MNCs, retails, regulation companies, unicorns etc.
  • The account will be available to all corporates in India.
  • Kotak Mahindra Bank CEO: Uday Kotak
  • Kotak Mahindra Financial institution HQ: Mumbai

9. UK is the first country to approve Covid booster vaccine targeting original and Omicron strains

  • In each dose of the booster vaccine, ‘Spikevax bivalent Original/Omicron’, half of the vaccine (25 micrograms) targets the original virus strain from 2020, and the other half (25 micrograms) targets Omicron, The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said.
  • It is expected that the EU medicines regulator will approve the dose by next month.
  • CEO of Moderna: Stephane Bancel.

10. Grenada’s Simon Stiell Appointed New UNFCCC Executive Secretary

  • Grenada’s former environment minister Simon Stiell was named as the new UN Climate Change.
  • He will replace Patricia Espinosa of Mexico, who has served two terms as head of the UNFCCC, from 2016 until July.
  • UNFCCC = United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
  • Stiell will take up the position shortly & would be in office for the next UN climate conference, COP27, in Egypt in November.
  • UN Secretary-General: António Guterres.

11. India gifts Sri Lanka Dornier aircraft to strengthen maritime security of the country on 76th Independence Day

  • India gifted a Dornier reconnaissance aircraft to Sri Lanka to bolster the island nation’s capability to tackle drug trafficking and maritime security challenges, with the move coming a day ahead of a controversial visit by a Chinese research vessel.
  • The aircraft was handed over during a special event held at the Sri Lankan Air Force base at Katunayake.
  • About Sri Lanka:
    • President: Ranil Wickremesinghe.
    • Prime minister: Dinesh Gunawardena.
    • Capitals: Colombo.
    • Currency: Sri Lankan rupee.

12. William Ruto is declared Kenya’s next president

  • Kenya’s electoral commission chairman has declared Deputy President William Ruto the winner of the close presidential election over five-time contender Raila Odinga.
  • Ruto received 50.49% of the vote, the chairman said, while Odinga received 48.85%.
  • Nairobi is Kenya’s capital city.
  • About Kenya:
    • Capital: Nairobi.
    • Currency: Kenyan shilling.

13. WHO announces new names for variants of monkeypox virus

  • The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced new names for variants of the monkeypox virus that are currently in circulation.
  • Experts will now refer to the former Congo Basin clade (group of variants) in Central Africa as Clade I, and the former West African clade as Clade II.
  • The latter consists of two sub-clades, Clade IIa and Clade IIb.
  • About who?
    • Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
    • Founded: 7 April 1948.

14. Dabur India Chairman Amit Burman steps down; Mohit Burman to take over

  • Mohit Burman has been appointed as the non-executive chairman for five years with effect from August 11.
  • He is currently the non-executive vice chairman of the company.
  • The company has also appointed Saket Burman as the non-executive vice chairman for five years.

15. Shashi Tharoor to receive France’s highest civilian honour for his writings, speeches

  • Congress leader Shashi Tharoor is set to be conferred with France’s highest civilian award Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.
  • The French government is honouring him for his writings and speeches and French Ambassador here Emmanuel Lenain has written to Tharoor informing him about the award.

16. Real Madrid beat Eintracht Frankfurt to win 2022 UEFA Super Cup

  • Real Madrid were once again crowned Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Super Cup winners after claiming a 2-0 win over Eintracht de Frankfurt at Helsinki’s Olympic Stadium, an arena the team were gracing for the first time in the club’s history.
  • A David Alaba strike in the first half and a Karim Benzema effort after the interval handed Madrid the win.
  • About Real Madrid:
    • Real Madrid Club de Fútbol, commonly referred to as Real Madrid, is a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid.
    • It was founded in 1902 as Madrid Football Club.

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