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13th April Daily Current Affairs 2022: Today GK Updates for Bank Exam

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Here is the Daily GK Update of the 13th April 2022 covering the following news headlines: Airports Council International, International Turban Day, Siachen Day, Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award, Champion of Change Award 2021.

Top 15 Daily GK Updates: National & International News 

Here is providing below the top 15 important Daily General Knowledge 2022 updates with national & international news.

National News

1. UN-FAO: Mumbai and Hyderabad recognised as ‘2021 Tree City of the World’ 

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  • The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Arbor Day Foundation have jointly recognised Mumbai and Hyderabad as the ‘2021 Tree City of the World. The two Indian cities have won the recognition for their “commitment to growing and maintaining urban trees and greenery in building healthy, resilient and happy cities”.
  • The United Nations’ ‘Tree City of the World’ programme provides direction, assistance, and worldwide recognition for communities’ dedication to its urban forest, and provides a framework for a healthy, sustainable urban forestry.
  • It must be noted that Hyderabad has been recognised for a second consecutive year. In 2021, Hyderabad was the only city in India to be recognised as a ‘ 2020 Tree City of the World’. Apart from Hyderabad and Mumbai 136 other cities from 21 countries have been recognised in the third edition of the Tree City of the World list.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Food and Agriculture Organisation Headquarters: Rome, Italy;
  • Food and Agriculture Organisation Founded: 16 October 1945.

2. Commerce Ministry: Number of patent filings rises to 66,440 in FY22

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  • As per the data by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the number of domestic patent filings at the Indian patent office exceeded that of international filings for the first time in the last 11 years.
  • During the January-March quarter of 2022, a total of 19796 patent applications were filed, which included 10,706 patents filed by Indian applicants and 9,090 by non-Indian applicants.
  • The number of patent filings increased from 42,763 in 2014-15 to 66,440 in 2021-22, more than a 50% increase in a span of 7 years.
  • India granted 30,074 patents in 2021-22 as compared to 5,978 in 2014-15, an increase of nearly five times.
  • Reduction in the time of patent examination from 72 months in Dec 2016 to 5-23 months at present for different technological areas.

3. Amrit Samagam inaugurated by Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah 

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  • Shri Amit Shah, Union Minister of Home Affairs and Cooperation, launched the Amrit Samagam, a summit of the country’s tourism and cultural ministers, in New Delhi. The Ministry of Culture is hosting a two-day conference, as part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.
  • The goal of this conference is to discuss how far the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav has progressed so far, as well as to gather best practices and ideas for methods to be used for the remainder of the celebration, particularly for impending critical initiatives.
  • Union Minister for Tourism, Culture, and DONER Shri G. Kishan Reddy launched the Utsav Portal website during the conference, a digital initiative launched by the Ministry of Tourism to showcase all events, festivals, and live darshans across India in order to promote different regions of the country as popular tourist destinations worldwide.

International News

4. Ecuador became 1st country to give legal rights to wild animals 

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  • Ecuador, a South American Country, became the first country in the world to give legal rights to wild animals. The highest court in the country has ruled in favour of the case that focused on a woolly monkey named “Estrellita” who was taken from her home to a zoo, where she passed just a week later.
  • The court decided to rule in favour of Estrellita and said that her rights had been violated by the government. However, they added that the animal’s rights were also violated by the owner when she removed her from her natural habitat at a young age. The Court has finally stated that animals are subject to rights protected by the rights of nature.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Ecuador Capital: Quito;
  • Ecuador Currency: United States Dollar;
  • Ecuador President: Guillermo Lasso.

Appointments News

5. Harsh Vardhan Shringla named India’s G20 chief coordinator

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  • Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla will take over next month as G20 chief coordinator, the government officially announced. The appointment is significant as India will assume the G20 presidency on December 1, 2022, from Indonesia, and will convene the G20 Leaders Summit for the first time in India in 2023.
  • Shringla will retire on 30th April 2022, handing over charge to foreign secretary-designate V M Kwatra, who is currently India’s ambassador to Nepal. The G20 sherpa will remain to be Piyush Goyal, the Indian Commerce Minister.
  • G20 Bali Summit 2022 is the 17th meeting of the G20 Heads of State and Government Summit which is scheduled to take place in Bali, Indonesia from November 15-16, 2022 under the Presidency of Indonesia with the overall theme of “Recover Together Recover Stronger”.

Economy News

6. India’s gold imports increased by 33.34% to Rs 46.14 billion in 2021-22

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  • According to the official data, the import of gold in India has been rose by 33.34% to Rs 46.14 billion on account of higher demand in 2021-22. The import of gold in 2020-21 was about Rs 34.62 billion.
  • The increase in gold imports has contributed to the widening of the trade deficit to $192.41 billion, against $102.62 billion in 2020-21. India is the world’s second-biggest gold consumer after China.
  • The imports are largely driven by the jewellery industry. The export of gems and jewellery grew by about 50% to about $39 billion during 2021-22.

Banking News

7. Bank of Maharashtra to divest 4% Stake in ISARC

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  • Bank of Maharashtra announced that it will sell its entire 4% ownership in India SME Asset Reconstruction Company for almost Rs 4 crore. According to a regulatory statement, the Bank of Maharashtra (BoM) has entered a share purchase agreement for the sale of the entire equity position of 4% in India SME Asset Reconstruction Company Ltd (ISARC).
  • The bank’s 4% stake, which translates to 40,00,000 equity shares, would be sold for Rs 9.80 per share for Rs 3.92 crore in cash.
  • The sale of ISARC’s interest is subject to RBI approval for a change in ISARC’s sponsor shareholder. By the end of December 2022, the transaction should be closed.
  • ISARC’s overall revenue for the fiscal year ended March 2021 was Rs 11.09 crore, with a net profit of Rs 0.36 crore.
  • In FY20, it lost Rs 8.39 crore, and in FY19, it lost Rs 9.21 crore.
  • ISARC is the country’s first Asset Reconstruction Company (ARC), with a large number of public sector banks and undertakings supporting it. It focuses on MSME NPA resolution.
  • SIDBI, Bank of Baroda, Punjab National Bank, and SIDBI Venture Capital Ltd are among the sponsors of the ARC.
  • On the BSE, the stock of BoM finished at Rs 18.80 per share, up 0.27 percent from its previous closing of Rs 18.75.

8. ADB to approve $2 million loan to support urban development in Nagaland

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  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed an agreement to provide a $2 million project readiness financing (PRF) loan to Nagaland for the design of climate-resilient urban infrastructure, strengthening institutional capacity, and improving municipal resource mobilisation. 
  • By establishing an urban sector plan, conducting feasibility studies, and comprehensive engineering designs of chosen subprojects, the ADB financing will ensure high project readiness.
  • The PRF loan will be used to help construct climate-resilient water supply, sanitation, solid waste management, and urban highways in Nagaland’s 16 districts headquarter towns, as well as better access for the poor and vulnerable.

Awards News

9. Champion of Change Award 2021 in Madhya Pradesh announced 

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  • Madhya Pradesh Governor Mangubhai Patel and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan have reached the program of Champions of Change Madhya Pradesh 2021 organized by ‘Interactive Forum on Indian Economy’(IFIE) at Kushabhau Thackeray auditorium in Bhopal.
  • The organization recognizes them for the great work done by individuals and organizations towards promoting the values ​​of courage, community service and inclusive social development.

Celebrities including the Chief Minister will be honoured in the program. Here are the names of the awardees:

  • Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan;
  • Former Governor of UP and Mizoram Dr Aziz Qureshi;
  • Music performer Padma Vibhushan Teejan Bai;
  • Mayor of Indore Malini Laxmansingh Gaur;
  • Rajya Sabha MP Syed Zafar Islam;
  • Indian actress Divyanka Tripathi;
  • Indian film actor and lyricist Piyush Mishra;
  • BJP leader Vikram Verma, Banwari Lal Chouksey, Dr Bhagirath Prasad, Kalapini Komakali, Sudhir Bhai Goyal, Girish Agarwal, Dilip Suryavanshi, Abhijeet Sukhdane, Aarya Chavda, Rohit Singh Tomar, Megha Parmar, Vikas Bhaduaria, Priyanka Dwivedi.
  • CEO of FidyPay Manan Dixit, Mayur Sethi, Renu Sharma, Dr Prakash Jain and Rajneet Jain.

10. PM Narendra Modi to be honoured with 1st Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be honoured with the inaugural Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award which is instituted in the memory of the veteran singer of Lata Mangeskar.
  • PM Modi will receive the award for selfless service to the nation and society. The award ceremony will be held on April 24 which marks the 80th death anniversary of Master Deenanath Mangeshkar (singing legend’s father).
  • Among the other awardees will be singer Rahul Despande, who will receive the Master Deenanath Award besides three other special awardees including veteran actress Asha Parekh, actor Jackie Shroff and the Mumbai Dabbawalas, represented by Nutan Tiffin Suppliers.

Science and Technology News

11. NASA released the Data on India’s Space Debris

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  • According to the most recent report of NASA’s Orbital Debris Program Office’s Orbital Debris Quarterly News, there are 25,182 pieces of space debris larger than 10 cm in lower earth orbits near 2,000 kilometres of the planet’s surface.
  • India is responsible for only 114 space debris items, whereas the United States has 5,126 space debris objects in Earth’s orbit and China has 3,854 space debris objects in Earth’s orbit, including spent rocket bodies.
  • Almost all of the debris is in low Earth orbit, within 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) of the Earth’s surface, while some debris can be found 35,786 kilometres (22,236 miles) above the Equator in geostationary orbit.
  • Experts believe that all space debris is the product of humans shooting items into space. Debris or satellites left at higher altitudes of 36,000 kilometres, where communications and weather satellites are frequently put in geostationary orbits, can circle Earth for hundreds or even thousands of years.

Sports News

12. 1st Khelo India National Ranking Women Archery Tournament held in Jamshedpur

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  • The first Khelo India National Ranking Women Archery will be held in Tata Archery Academy, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has approved Rs 75 Lakh to host the Khelo India National Ranking Women Archery Tournament over six phases.
  • The tournament will be conducted as per the World Archery Rules, held in the senior, Junior, and Cadet Categories across the Recurve and Compound events. The Archery Association of India (AAI), in collaboration with the Jharkhand Archery Association and TATA Steel, is organizing the tournament.

Important Days

13. 38th Siachen Day celebrates on 13 April 2022

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  • Indian Army marks Siachen Day on April 13 every year. The day is observed to commemorate the courage of the Indian Army under “Operation Meghdoot”. The Day also honours Siachen Warriors serving their motherland successfully from the enemy.
  • Every year this day is observed to pay solemn tributes to the soldiers who laid down their lives to capture the icy heights of Siachen 38 years ago. The day commemorates the courage and fortitude displayed by Indian Army troops in securing the highest and coldest battlefield in the world.
  • The Siachen Glacier is the highest battleground on earth, where India and Pakistan have fought intermittently since 1984. Both countries maintain a permanent military presence in the region at a height of over 6,000 metres (20,000 ft). More than 2,000 soldiers people have died in this inhospitable terrain, mostly due to weather extremes and the natural hazards of mountain warfare.

14. International Turban Day celebrates on April 13

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  • International Turban Day is celebrated every year on April 13 since 2004 to bring awareness of the strict requirement on Sikhs to put the turban as a mandatory part of their religion.
  • The 2022 Turban Day marks the 553rd birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev and the festival of Baisakhi. The turban, also known as “dastar” or “pagri” or “pag” refers to the garment worn by both men and some women to cover their heads. Since 2004, on Turban Day, Sikhs worldwide organise various events to give information about the turban to the general community in their locality.
  • Turbans of every hue are represented at these events and posters highlighting information about Sikhi are also displayed and handed out. Turban tying sessions are arranged so that youngsters and others get a chance to wear a turban for the first time and have their photos taken.

Miscellaneous News

15. Airports Council International: Top 10 busiest airports in the world for 2021

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  • The Airports Council International (ACI) released the list of the top 10 busiest airports worldwide for 2021. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has topped the list with 75.7 million passengers. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) 62.5 million passengers) is second, followed by Denver International Airport (DEN, 58.8 million passengers) at the third spot.
  • Among the top 10 airports for passenger traffic, 8 are in the United States with the two remaining in China.
  • The airports are ranked based on the preliminary compilation of 2021 global data from airports around the world including passenger traffic, cargo volumes, and aircraft movements.

Top 10 busiest airports in the world for 2021:

Ranks Airport PASSENGERS*
1 Atlanta 75,704,760
2 Dallas Fort Worth 62,465,756
3 Denver 58,828,552
4 Chicago O’Hare 54,020,339
5 Los Angeles 48,007,284
6 Charlotte 43,302,230
7 Orlando International 40,351,068
8 Guangzhou 40,259,401
9 Chengdu 40,117,496
10 Las Vegas 39,754,366

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