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Daily GK updates are incorporated with the important news that made the current affairs headlines for banking or other competitive exams. Daily GK Update is the complete bag of the important news that is held all day long. One should have complete knowledge about banking terms, current affairs news, etc. So, here is the GK update of the 15th April 2022 to help you prepare the Current affairs part. After reading this section, you can successfully attempt Current Affairs Quiz.

Here is the Daily GK Update of the 15th April 2022 covering the following news headlines: World Art Day, Street Child Cricket World Cup, Orleans Masters 2022, International Gandhi Award for Leprosy, World Bank.

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.

States News

1. Uttarakhand to launch “Him Prahari” scheme for ex-servicemen & youngsters 

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  • The Government of Uttarakhand is set to implement the ‘Him Prahari’ Scheme which is meant for ex-servicemen and youngsters. The Uttarakhand Govt is seeking the cooperation of the Union Government to implement the scheme in areas bordering the Uttarakhand.
  • The scheme will also prioritise settling ex-servicemen in areas bordering the state. The scheme is aimed at stopping the migration of people from Uttarakhand and will focus on areas where migration occurs at a rapid phase so that people stay put, and not move out.
  • The estimated expenditure of the scheme is around Rs 5.45 crore. The Him Prahari Scheme was announced by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Uttarakhand unit in its 2022 Election Manifesto.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Uttarakhand Chief Minister: Pushkar Singh Dhami;
  • Uttarakhand Capitals: Dehradun (Winter), Gairsain (Summer);
  • Uttarakhand Governor:  Lt Gen Gurmit Singh.

2. Assamese New Year 2022, Rongali Bohag Bihu Festival

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  • Bohag Bihu or Rongali Bihu, one of the biggest festivals of Assam, falls in the second week of April every year, marking the beginning of the harvest period. This year Bohag Bihu is being observed from April 14 to April 16.
  • Rongali means joy in Assamese and the festival indeed is the time to rejoice and make merry with family and community. The first day of the Hindu solar calendar is celebrated in the states of Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Kerala, Manipur, and West Bengal among others with different names and traditions.
  • Bihu is celebrated thrice a year; apart from Rongali or Bohag Bihu – Kati Bihu or Kongaali Bihu and Magh Bihu or Bhogali Bihu are celebrated to mark different stages of the harvesting period.
  • The history of Bihu is said to go back to ancient times, around 3500 BC, when people made fire sacrifices for a better harvest. It is said that an agrarian tribe who lived in the north-eastern part of the world thousands of years back celebrated the festival.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Assam Capital: Dispur;
  • Assam Chief Minister: Himanta Biswa Sarma;
  • Assam Governor: Jagadish Mukhi.

3. Himachal Pradesh statehood Day 2022: 15th April

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  • Himachal Day is observed on the 15th of April in Himachal Pradesh. The state became a full-fledged state on this day. Four districts of Mandi, Chamba, Mahasu and Sirmour were integrated with over two dozen princely states, leading to the formation of Himachal Pradesh as a Union Territory in 1948.
  • Decades later, in 1971, Himachal Pradesh became the 18th state in India with Shimla as its capital. It was on this day in 1948 that Himachal Pradesh was created as a province of India. The day is marked with a grand parade in the capital city of Shimla. Local events are also organised in the cities, towns, and villages to mark the day.
  • Himachal Pradesh is a state in northern India. Bordering Tibet, it is noted for its Himalayan landscapes (Himachal means ‘snow-laden region’) and is a popular tourist destination for trekking and enjoying the natural beauty. The state also has the fourth-highest per capita income of the Indian state and is the third fastest growing economy in India.

Agreements News

4. IAF ties up with IIT Madras to develop solutions to maintain weapon systems

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  • The Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras have signed a memorandum of understanding for technology development and finding indigenous solutions for the sustenance of various weapon systems.
  • The joint partnership between IAF and IIT Madras aims to accelerate IAF’s indigenisation efforts for achieving ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’.
  • IIT Madras in partnership with IAF will significantly contribute to indigenisation efforts by Base Repair Depots (BRDs) of Maintenance Command IAF, towards enhancing sustenance capability, obsolescence management and achieving ‘Self Reliance’.

Economy News

5. World Bank Slashes India’s GDP Growth Forecast for FY22-23 to 8 Percent

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  • The World Bank has slashed the GDP growth forecast for India in FY2022/23 to 8 per cent in its bi-annual “South Asia Economic Focus” report, due to the negative impact of the war in Ukraine on FY23 growth. Earlier in January 2022, the growth forecast for FY23 was estimated at 8.7 per cent.
  • The World Bank said a further escalation in the war in Ukraine could scare investors in emerging market securities and debt instruments and lead to a capital flight from South Asia to “safe havens” in the West.
  • Foreign investors have already been exiting India’s financial market since October 2021, due to the impending monetary tightening by the US Federal Reserve. Recent developments in Eastern Europe have intensified the capital outflow, weakening the Indian rupee (INR).
  • Maintaining macroeconomic stability through prudent and transparent policies will be important also if the Indian government turns to domestic borrowing.

6. Three General insurance companies’ share capital increased by the government

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  • Three public sector general insurance businesses – National Insurance Company Limited, Oriental Insurance Company Limited, and United India Insurance Company – have had their authorised share capital increased by the government. This will allow for a capital inflow of Rs. 5,000 crore into these businesses.
  • The permitted capital for National Insurance will now be 15,000 crore (1,500 crore shares with a face value of 10 apiece), up from the current 7,500 crore, according to a notification released by the Finance Ministry (1,500 crore shares with a face value of ten each).
  • Oriental Insurance would have a market capitalization of 7,500 crore (750 crore shares with a face value of ten rupees each), up from 5,000 crore (500 crore shares with a face value of ten rupees each).
  • United India Insurance’s permitted capital has been increased to Rs 7,500 crore. United India Insurance’s authorised capital has been raised from 5,000 crore (500 crore shares with a face value of 10) to 7,500 crore (750 crore shares with a face value of 10).
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced in her FY 2018-19 Budget speech that three public sector general insurance companies, National Insurance Company Ltd., United India Assurance Company Limited, and Oriental India Insurance Company Limited, would be merged into a single insurance entity and then listed.

7. Union Govt crosses its asset monetization target for FY22

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  • According to the evaluation made at a high-level review meeting, the central government has exceeded its asset monetization target of 88,000 crores for FY22 and has concluded agreements worth 96,000 crores.
  • Roads, power, coal and mineral mining are among the industries that have made significant contributions to asset monetisation. The Centre has set an asset monetisation target of over 1.6 trillion dollars for FY23, for which proposals from various ministries are in various stages of processing.
  • Prominent investors who purchased assets in FY22 include CPP Investments, Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, and Utilico Emerging Markets Trust Plc. At the time of publication, emails made to these investors evening had gone unanswered.
  • When the final data are in, the total asset sale in FY22 could reach $1 trillion. Senior officials from the finance and infrastructure ministries, as well as the NITI Aayog, attended the meeting, which was headed by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
  • The strategy included a pipeline of assets totalling $6 trillion that would be monetised over a four-year period until FY25. As asset acquirers borrow loans and expand their operations, the government anticipates the asset sale completed in FY22 to result in an additional $9 trillion in cumulative investments.

Banking News

8. Kotak Mahindra Bank Launches Digital Platform, FYN

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  • Kotak Mahindra Bank (KMBL) has launched Kotak FYN, a new enterprise platform designed specifically for Business Banking and Corporate clients. Customers of the bank can utilise the portal to conduct all trade and service transactions.
  • According to a press release, the Kotak FYN portal will contain many other services by the fourth quarter of 2022, including account services, payments, and collections.
  • The portal will also have a dashboard that consumers can personalise, real-time tracking of transaction limits, access to prior transactions, and upcoming transaction events, among other things.
  • It also promises to deliver a tailored experience in small steps with system stability.
  • Kotak FYN seeks to provide clients with a consistent experience across all product platforms through a unified perspective.
  • The platform ensures paperless transactions and the ability to follow transactions from beginning to end.

Schemes News

9. ‘SVANidhi se Samriddhi’ introduced by MoH & UA

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  • In the presence of senior officials from States/UTs and several Central Ministries, Shri Manoj Joshi, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), launched the ‘SVANidhi se Samriddhi’ programme in an additional 126 cities across 14 States/UTs.
  • PMSVANidhi’s extra initiative, ‘SVANidhi se Samriddhi,‘ was launched in 125 cities in Phase 1 in 2021, covering around 35 lakh street vendors and their families.
  • They have been given 22.5 lakh scheme sanctions, which include 16 lakh insurance benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeeban Jyoti Yojana, and 2.7 lakh pension benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maandhan Yojana, among other things.

Summits and Conferences News

10. 20th India-France Joint Staff Talks Took Place in Paris 

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  • The 20th edition of the India-France Joint Staff talks focused on new initiatives within the framework of the existing bilateral defence cooperation mechanism, as well as improving current defence engagements.
  • The two-day talks took place in a nice, warm, and courteous setting in Paris. The Joint Staff Consultations between India and France are a forum intended to improve defence cooperation between the two countries through frequent talks at the operational and strategic levels.
  • The 20th edition of the India-France Joint Talks took place in the midst of both countries signing a roadmap to improve bilateral blue economy exchanges, forge a common vision of ocean governance based on the rule of law, and collaborate on sustainable and resilient coastal and waterways infrastructure.
  • The sides will strive toward ocean governance, particularly through coordination in relevant international organisations, to ensure the sustainable use of marine resources.
  • India and France share a mutual interest in the blue economy and coastal resiliency.

Important Takeaways for Competitive exams:

  • India’s External Affairs Minister: Dr. S Jaishankar;
  • Chief of the Army Staff: General Manoj Mukund Naravane.

Awards News

11. New Zealand Cricket Awards 2022 announced

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  • New Zealand announced awards for Men and Women’s cricketers. New Zealand speedster Trent Boult and White Ferns skipper Sophie Devine won the ‘T20 International Player of the Year’ in the recently announced New Zealand Cricket Awards 2022.
  • New Zealand pace bowler Tim Southee has been awarded the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal at the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Awards on April 14, 2022.
  • This is Southee’s first Sir Richard Hadlee Medal in his 14-year-long career. He has been awarded for his consistency throughout the 2021-22 season. Sir Richard Hadlee’s medal is the highest cricketing honour of New Zealand (Black Cap).

Other category awards announced are given below:

  • Women’s Super Smash Player of the Year: Amelia Kerr (Wellington Blaze)
  • Men’s Super Smash Player of the Year: Michael Bracewell (Wellington Firebirds)
  • Fan Moment of the Summer: Ross Taylor’s final wicket in his last Test
  • International Women’s ODI Player of the Year: Amelia Kerr (Wellington Blaze).
  • International Men’s ODI Player of the Year: Will Young (Central Stags).
  • Redpath Cup for first-class batting: Devon Conway (Wellington Firebirds).
  • Ruth Martin Cup for women’s domestic batting: Suzie Bates (Otago Sparks).
  • Winsor Cup for first-class bowling: Tim Southee (Northern Districts).
  • Phyl Blackler Cup for women’s domestic bowling: Eden Carson (Otago Sparks).
  • New Zealand Umpire of the Year: Chris Gaffaney.

12. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu presents International Gandhi Award for Leprosy, 2021

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  • Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu has presented the International Gandhi Awards for Leprosy, 2021 to Dr Bhushan Kumar of Chandigarh under the Indian nomination (individual) category and Sahyog Kushtha Yagna Trust, Gujarat under the institutional category.
  • The award was given during a function in New Delhi on April 13, 2022. Sahyog Kushtha Yagna Trust and Dr. Bhushan Kumar have been working round the clock to raise awareness regarding leprosy and the care that can be provided to those afflicted with this disease. They have also been working to remove the social stigmas that are associated with this disease.
  • The annual award has been instituted by Gandhi Memorial Leprosy Foundation to recognise the work of individuals and organisations who have worked tirelessly to fight this disease and the prejudices associated with it. The award commemorates the compassion that Gandhiji possessed and the service he rendered toward people afflicted with leprosy.

Sports News

13. Orleans Masters 2022: Indian Shuttler Mithun Manjunath won silver

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  • Indian shuttler Mithun Manjunath has won silver in Men’s Singles at the Orléans Masters 2022, a badminton tournament held from 29th March to 3rd April 2022 in Orleans, France.
  • Playing in his maiden BWF final, the 79th ranked Indian shuttler lost 11-21, 19-21 to world number 32 Frenchman Toma Junior Popov at the Palais des Sports Arena. The women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Bhat and Shikha Gautam has won the bronze in the Women’s doubles at the tournament.

14. India will host Street Child Cricket World Cup in 2023

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  • India is ready to host the Street Child Cricket World Cup in 2023. This world is organized by Street Child United and Save the Children India, the Street Child Cricket World Cup 2023 will welcome 22 teams from 16 countries to India next year.
  • The Street Child Cricket World Cup 2023 will welcome 22 teams from 16 countries to India next year.
  • Countries that will participate this year are Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Burundi, England, Hungary, Mauritius, Mexico, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. In addition to the partnership between Street Child United and Save the Children the SCCWC 2023 will also collaborate with World Bank, ICC and the British High Commission.

Important Days

15. World Art Day observed on 15th April

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  • World Art Day is observed every year on 15 April globally. This day is being celebrated all over the world to emphasize the importance of art that nurtures creativity, innovation and cultural diversity for all peoples across the globe. The day was declared by the International Association of Art (IAA), an NGO working in official partnership with UNESCO.
  • The first celebration of World Art Day was held on April 15, 2012. The date has been selected in honour of the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci, the famous painter of the Mona Lisa. He was chosen as a symbol of world peace, freedom of expression, tolerance, brotherhood and multiculturalism as well as art’s importance to other fields.
  • In order to honour Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, World Art Day is celebrated. As per IAA, Leonardo da Vinci was considered the symbol of world peace, freedom of expression, tolerance, and brotherhood. World Art Day aims to nurture an artist’s creativity and innovation. The day also sheds light on the different varieties that exist in artistic expression.

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