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26th May Daily Current Affairs 2022: Today GK Updates for Bank Exam

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Here is the Daily GK Update of the 26th May 2022 covering the following news headlines: Swachh Survekshan, Olympic Values Education, World Health Organization, EX Bongosagar, National Achievement Survey Report, Param Porul supercomputer.

Top 16 Daily GK Updates: National & International News 

Here is providing below the top 16 important Daily General Knowledge 2022 updates with national & international news.

National News

1. Centre launches Swachh Survekshan 2023

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  • Union Government of India has launched the Eighth Edition of Swachh Survekshan – SS-2023 under Swachh Bharat Mission Urban 2.0. Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs Manoj Joshi launched it at a virtual event in New Delhi.
  • Designed with the theme of ‘Waste to Wealth’ as its driving philosophy, Swachh Survekshan- 2023 is curated towards achieving circularity in waste management.
  • The survey would give priority to the principle of 3 Rs- Reduce, Recycle and Reuse. The Swachh Survekshan has developed into an inspiration tool, rather than being just an assessment tool.
  • This largest survey undertaken anywhere has brought about substantive changes at the ground level, with cities performing well and having a sense of pride. Swachh Survekshan has emerged as the largest Urban sanitation survey in the world.
  • It was observed that whenever the Swachh Survey starts, there is an enhanced level of activities undertaken by the cities and cities are visibly cleaner during the months the survey is conducted. Therefore, in SS-2023, the evaluation will be conducted in four phases, instead of three phases in earlier editions.

States News

2. India’s First Olympic Values Education launched in Odisha 

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  • The Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was launched in Odisha by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, in collaboration with the Abhinav Bindra Foundation Trust (ABFT).
  • The OVEP is a practical set of resources aimed at introducing young people to the Olympic values of excellence, respect and friendship. It will be a values-based curriculum, to be implemented initially in 90 schools in Rourkela and Bhubaneswar, catering to about 32,000 children.
  • The state of Odisha intends to take OVEP to all its schools and higher education institutions in a phased manner, thereby enabling its young population to truly take on board the Olympic values.
  • It is a series of free and accessible teaching resources created by the IOC, to complement academic curricula using the context of Olympic sports and the core principles of Olympism.
  • The programme aims to disseminate this values-based curriculum to help children become active, healthy and responsible citizens.
  • A landmark initiative in India’s Olympic movement, the launch of OVEP comes as a build-up to the prestigious IOC 2023 Session.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • International Olympic Committee Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland;
  • International Olympic Committee Director-General: Christophe De Kepper;
  • International Olympic Committee Founded: 23 June 1894, Paris, France.

Appointments News

3. Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus re-elected as Director-General of the World Health Organization 

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  • World Health Organization has re-appointed Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as Director-General of WHO for the second term with effect from 16th August 2022. His re-election was confirmed during the 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva.
  • He was the sole candidate. Dr Tedros was first elected in 2017. Before joining the WHO, Dr Tedros was served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and as Minister of Health in Ethiopia.
  • The vote by secret ballot, announced by Ahmed Robleh Abdilleh from Djibouti at a major annual meeting, was seen as a formality since Tedros was the only candidate running.
  • Ministers and delegates took turns to shake hands and hugging Tedros, a former health minister from Ethiopia, who has steered the UN agency through a turbulent period dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • World Health Organization Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland;
  • World Health Organization Founded: 7 April 1948.

Bankings News

4. Card-Less Cash Withdrawals stage across All ATMs set by RBI 

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  • All banks have been urged by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to offer consumers the option of Interoperable Card-less Cash Withdrawal (ICCW) at their ATMs.
  • At their ATMs, all banks, ATM networks, and WLAOs may offer the option of ICCW. The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has been advised to make Unified Payments Interface (UPI) integration with all banks and ATM networks as simple as possible. Customer authorization would be done using UPI, but the settlement would be done through the National Financial Switch (NFS) / ATM networks.
  • The on-us / off-us ICCW transactions shall be conducted without the imposition of any costs other than those set forth in the Interchange Fee and Customer Charges Circular in a notification.

Economy News

5. SEBI Revoked the ICEX’s Permanent Recognition

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  • SEBI, the market regulator, announced that it had revoked the Indian Commodity Exchange Limited’s (ICEX) recognition. The bourse’s recognition was revoked after Sebi issued an order declaring it non-compliant on many grounds, including net worth and infrastructure criteria.
  • As a result of the withdrawal, ICEX has been directed to transfer the funds in its Investor Protection Fund and Investor Services Fund to the Investor Protection and Education Fund of Sebi.
  • Furthermore, it has been requested to set aside adequate assets to cover any claims, clear any outstanding Sebi debts, and pay Sebi registration costs in accordance with broker standards.
  • ICEX has been told not to use the term “stock exchange” or any variation of it in its or its subsidiary companies’ names.
  • The federal government recognised ICEX as a forward contract exchange on a permanent basis.

Important Takeaways for All Competitive Exams:

  • SEBI: Security And Exchange Board of India
  • SEBI Chairperson: Madhabi Puri Buch

Defence News

6. Indian Navy – Bangladesh Navy Bilateral EX Bongosagar begins

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  • The third edition of Indian Navy (IN) – Bangladesh Navy (BN) Bilateral Exercise ‘Bongosagar’ commenced at Port Mongla, Bangladesh on 24 May 2022. The Harbour Phase of the exercise begins from 24-25 May which will be followed by a Sea Phase in the Northern Bay of Bengal from 26-27 May.
  • Exercise Bongosagar is aimed at developing a high degree of interoperability and joint operational skills through the conduct of a wide spectrum of maritime exercises and operations between the two navies.
  • Indian Naval Ships Kora, an indigenously built Guided Missile Corvette, and Sumedha, an indigenously built Offshore Patrol Vessel are participating in the Exercise. Bangladesh Navy is being represented by BNS Abu Ubaidah and Ali Haider, both Guided Missile Frigates.

Ranks and Reports News

7. Kolkata Becomes First Metro City To Get Its Biodiversity Register 

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  • Kolkata is the first metro city in the country to prepare a detailed register of biodiversity. Kolkata Municipal Corporation released the People’s Biodiversity Register (PBR), a document with details about the floral and faunal varieties in the city as well as its land use and human activities.
  • The document is prepared by the biodiversity management committee (BMC) of the civic body under the supervision of the state biodiversity board and with help from NGOs. Chandigarh and Indore are other important cities which have prepared the document.
  • The 520-page biodiversity register of Kolkata, a copy of which is with The Telegraph, has documented 138 species of trees, 26 types of Chinese vegetables, 33 species of medicinal plants and about 100 other plant species.
  • The report also documented around 290 animal species, including about 70 species of butterflies, 47 varieties of fish, 84 varieties of birds and 22 varieties of mammals, based on the data sourced from 144 wards in the city.
  • The report covers hotspots such as the East Kolkata Wetlands and Rabindra Sarobar.

8. Ministry Of Education Releases National Achievement Survey Report (NAS) 2021

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  • The National Achievement Survey (NAS) report for the 2021 edition has been released. NAS2021: One of the largest surveys in the world, the National Achievement Survey (NAS) 2021 was conducted on 12.11.2021 across the country, to identify the learning gaps & to take remedial measures.
  • The NAS 2021 report cards for the national, state and district levels have been made available at the official website “nas.gov.in.”
  • NAS 2021 conducted on November 12 last year assessed over 34 lakh students in 1.18 lakh schools at 720 districts across 36 states and Union Territories.
  • NAS assesses the health of the school education system in the country by conducting a comprehensive evaluation survey of children’s learning competencies at Classes 3, 5, 8 and 10 with a cycle period of three years. It reflects the overall assessment of the school education system. The last NAS was held in 2017.
  • NAS 2021 covered both central and state government schools, government-aided schools and private schools across the country.
  • The survey was conducted in 22 languages in Language, Mathematics and EVS for Class 3 and 5; Language, Mathematics, Science and Social Science for Class 8 and Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Science and English for Class 10.

9. WEF’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index 2021: India Ranks 54

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  • The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) ranked India 54th position (down from 46th in 2019) with a score of 4.1 in its Travel and Tourism Development Index 2021, but still, India remains the top performer in South Asia.
  • Japan has topped (1) the global chart and the bottom position (117) is occupied by the country Chad.
  • The WEF’s Travel and Tourism Development Index 2021 is a direct evolution of the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index, which has been published biennially for the past 15 years. The Index assesses 117 economies, based on 5 subindexes, 17 pillars and 112 individual indicators, distributed among the different pillars.

Countries in the Global Ranking:

Rank  Country  Score
1 Japan 5.2
2 United States of America (USA) 5.2
3 Spain 5.2
4 France 5.1
5 Germany 5.1
54 India 4.1

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • World Economic Forum (WEF) Founder and Executive Chairman: Klaus Schwab;
  • World Economic Forum (WEF) Headquarters: Cologny, canton of Geneva, Switzerland;
  • World Economic Forum (WEF) was Established: 1971.

Summits and Conferences News

10. First-ever national conference of female legislators to be inaugurated by President 

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  • At the Legislative Assembly complex, President Ram Nath Kovind will kick off the two-day National Women Legislators’ Conference-2022, which is expected to draw a large number of female parliamentarians and legislators from throughout the country.
  • The first-ever such event, hosted by the state Assembly, is part of the nation-wide celebrations scheduled under the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav‘ honouring India’s 75th anniversary of independence.
  • According to Assembly sources, the two-day conference will focus on modern issues such as women’s rights, gender equality, and enough female representation in decision-making bodies.
  • Speakers in the session Constitution and Women’s Rights include Gujarat Assembly Speaker Nimaben Acharya, Lok Sabha MP Kanimozhi, former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, and former Rajya Sabha member Brinda Karat.
  • The panellists for the session “Role of Women in India’s Freedom Struggle” will be MPs Supriya Sule and Jebi Methar, as well as former MP Subhashini Ali, while the speakers for the session Women’s Rights and Legal Gaps will be West Bengal minister Shashi Panja, MP Jaya Bachchan, Delhi Assembly deputy speaker Rakhi Birla, and Kerala High Court justice Anu Sivaraman.

Important Takeaways For All Competitive Exams:

  • Parliamentary Affairs Minister: K Radhakrishnan
  • Lok Sabha Speaker: Om Birla
  • Uttarakhand Assembly Speaker: Ritu Khanduri
  • Gujarat Assembly Speaker: Nimaben Acharya
  • National Federation of India Women general secretary: Annie Raja

Science and Technology News

11. MeitY hosts Digital India BHASHINI brainstorming session

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  • Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, was present during a brainstorming session organised by MeiTY on Mission Digital India BHASHINI – the National Language Translation Mission (NLTM).
  • According to him, Startups are an essential component of our digital ecosystem, and Mission Digital India Bhashini will support them in developing India-specific and Indian Languages enabled IT solutions.
  • MSMEs, Startups, and Individual Innovators will have access to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) resources through the Bhashini Platform.
  • The goal of this mission is to empower Indian citizens by linking them to the country’s digital initiatives in their local language, resulting in digital inclusion. Bhashini is an interoperable platform that will catalyse the entire Digital Ecosystem. Realizing the goal of Digital Government is a huge step forward.
  • The mission will create and cultivate an ecosystem that will bring together central and state government agencies, as well as start-ups, to develop and implement new products and services in Indian languages.

Important Takeaways For All Competitive Exams:

  • Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship: Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar

12. Param Porul supercomputer inaugurated at NIT Tiruchirappalli

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  • A supercomputer named Param Porul was inaugurated at NIT Tiruchirappalli under National Supercomputing Mission (NSM). The NSM is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST).
  • Param Porul supercomputing facility is established under phase two of the national supercomputing mission to facilitate computational research.
  • The Param Porul is based on direct contact liquid cooling technology to obtain high-power usage effectiveness and thereby reducing the operational cost. Multiple applications from various scientific domains such as Weather and Climate, Bioinformatics, Computational Chemistry, Molecular Dynamics, Material Sciences, Computational Fluid Dynamics etc. have been installed on the system for the benefit of researchers.
  • The system is equipped with a mix of CPU nodes, GPU nodes, high memory nodes, high throughput storage and high-performance Infiniband interconnect to cater for the computing needs of various scientific and engineering applications.

Awards News

13. A Gopalakrishnan won VASVIK industrial research award 2020

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  • A Gopalakrishnan, Director of the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute has won the VASVIK (Vividhlaxi Audyogik Samshodhan Vikas Kendra) Industrial Research Award for the year 2020 in the category of Agricultural Sciences and Technology.
  • The award, which carries a cash prize of Rs 1.51 lakh and citation, is in recognition of his significant contribution towards the research works related to fish genetics. The research works related to fish genetics which is relevant for conserving many commercially important and endangered species.
  • The VASVIK research award is presented to scientists and researchers who have excelled in various fields including agricultural sciences. His research works include the Genetic Stock Identification (GSI), species inventory, taxonomy, breeding and seed production of threatened and commercially important species for mariculture which has helped in improving scientific knowledge on Indian fishery and the conservative measures.
  • The award committee observed that Dr Gopalakrishnan’s genetic studies conducted and the technologies developed have served to produce molecular markers for many endangered fishes which is crucial for biodiversity conservation.
  • Broodstock’s development techniques and mariculture technologies formulated and standardised by him have helped in the economic upliftment of the society by providing alternate livelihoods.

Schemes and Committees News

14. Rajesh Bhushan appointed as chairperson of Committee B at the 75th World Health Assembly

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  • Union Health Secretary, Rajesh Bhushan has been appointed as the chairperson of the Committee B at the 75th World Health Assembly (WHA). Committee B primarily discusses administrative and financial matters of the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Each year, the World Health Assembly has a long and complex list of health challenges and responses to review and the Assembly functions through two committees — A and B.
  • Committee A meets to debate technical and health matters. It has listed critical issues to discuss during the 75th WHA including pandemic preparedness and response, amendment in International Health Regulations 2005, WHO work in a health emergency, Global Strategy for HIV, TB, Viral hepatitis and eradication of polio, Immunisation agenda 2030, Infection prevention and control and human resources for health etc.
  • Committee B will discuss and prepare a report on many important issues which includes health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory including East Jerusalem and the occupied Syrian Golan, the budget for WHO for the year 2022-23, prevention of sexual exploitation, WHO reforms Global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property, audit report of WHO, Global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property and intergovernmental organizations issues.

Books and Authors News

15. Ruskin Bond’s book titled ‘Listen to Your Heart: The London Adventure’ Released

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  • A new book titled “Listen to Your Heart: The London Adventure” authored by Ruskin Bond, was published by Penguin Random House India (PRHI) on Ruskin Bond’s 88th birthday (19th May 2022).
  • Ruskin Bond, India’s famous Children’s book author, was born in Kasauli (Himachal Pradesh) and grew up in Jamnagar (Gujarat), Dehradun (Uttarakhand), New Delhi and Shimla (Himachal Pradesh).
  • His latest book, Listen to Your Heart: The London Adventure, to be released on his 88th birthday, gives readers a peek into the four years he spent in the Channel Islands and England. The fifth – and final – volume of his memoir, talks about how he muses over his loneliness, switches jobs, falls in love, befriends the ocean and relentlessly chases his big dream of becoming a famous writer.

Important Days

16. International Missing Children’s Day 2022

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  • International Missing Children’s Day is an awareness event that is observed every year on 25th of May. The aims of the day are to place a spotlight on the issue of child abduction, educate parents on safeguarding measures to protect their children and also honour those who have never been found and celebrate those who have.
  • This awareness event is run in conjunction with the Global Missing Children’s Network. The network, which was formed in 1998, has 23 member countries who all connect in order to share information and best practice, working towards improving the effectiveness and success rate of missing children investigations.
  • Missing Children’s Day began as an observance in the USA in 1983. The date was chosen following the disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz on 25th May 1979 from New York City. International Missing Children’s Day which observes the same date was launched a number of years later in 2001 and is now observed all over the world.

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