AFTER THE ADANI PURCHASE, A SENIOR JOURNALIST, RAVISH KUMAR, LEAVES NDTV.
- According to news sources, seasoned journalist Ravish Kumar has quit NDTV. Just one day before this, the channel’s founders and promoters, Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy resigned from their positions as directors on the board of RRPR Holding Private Limited (RRPRH).
- Following the purchase of the news station by the Adani Group, which holds a 29.18% stake in it, the senior journalists left.
- Former host of Prime Time, Des Ki Baat, Ravish ki Report, and Hum Log, the channel’s main weekday program, Kumar is a winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award.
A MENTAL HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE POLICY HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE MEGHALAYA GOVERNMENT.
- The Meghalaya cabinet has approved a policy to address social care and mental health issues through community engagement.
- To ensure that everyone has access to psychiatric treatment, the Center proposed the first-ever National Mental Health Policy in 2014.
- The Meghalaya Mental Health & Social Care Policy was enacted at a cabinet meeting presided over by the chief minister. Meghalaya, the third state in the country, has a comprehensive policy on mental health and social care that focuses on these issues, especially among kids, teenagers, and young adults. Kerala and Karnataka are the other two states in the union that have the same policy.
FOR THE FIRST TIME, NADA INDIA WILL ORGANIZE THE INCLUSION CONCLAVE TO CONCENTRATE ON ATHLETES WITH IMPAIRMENTS.
- To place more focus on anti-doping standards and education for athletes with disabilities, the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA India) is conducting an Inclusion Conclave for the first time. The Secretary Department of Sports, Smt. Sujata Chaturvedi, the UN Resident Coordinator, Shombi Sharp, and the Regional Office Manager for WADA in Asia and Oceania, Kenny Lee, will all address the crowd.
- A two-hour inclusive anti-doping education workshop for athletes with disabilities will be held after the conclave, with a focus on the Therapeutic Use Exemption, the Doping Control Process, Anti-Doping Rule Violations, as well as the rights and obligations of athletes with disabilities and support staff.
THE RESERVE BANK OF INDIA HAS IMPLEMENTED FOUR TIERS OF UCB REGULATORY STANDARDS.
- Urban Co-operative Banks will now fall under a four-tiered regulatory structure, according to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) (UCBs). Additionally, the central bank has established standards for these institutions’ net worth and capital sufficiency.
- Under the leadership of Shri N. S. Vishwanathan, a former deputy governor of the Reserve Bank, the Expert Committee on Urban Co-operative Banks was established by the Reserve Bank of India to investigate problems in the urban cooperative banking sector and to review regulatory and supervisory approaches to strengthen the sector.
- On July 19, 2022, RBI published the Revised Regulatory Framework for Urban Co-operative Banks (UCBs) based on the Expert Committee’s recommendations.
THE KAMALADEVI CHATTOPADHYAY NIF PRIZE 2022 IS AWARDED TO SHEKHAR PATHAK FOR HIS WORK ON THE CHIPKO MOVEMENT.
- Shekhar Pathak, an activist and historian, has written a book about the renowned Chipko Movement for forest conservation, which has won the Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize 2022.
- Manisha Chaudhry picked The Chipko Movement: A People’s History from a diverse group of five books that covered a wide span of modern Indian history and contained several themes and opinions.
- The award was decided upon by a panel of six judges, including political scientist Niraja Gopal Jayal. The jury’s other members were businessman Manish Sabharwal, historians Srinath Raghavan and Nayanjot Lahiri, former diplomat Navtej Sarna, and attorney Rahul Matthan.
SPOCTO ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OF INDIA’S FIRST DEBT COLLECTION INNOVATION LAB
- The first Innovation Lab (SIL) in India, focusing on the debt collection sector of the banking sectors in India and the Middle East, was established with the aid of the world’s top full-stack debt assistance and risk mitigation platform.
- The SIL intends to expedite the development of disruptive technologies like AI/ML, big data, data security, and so on through an accelerated approach.
- Spocto will advance digitalization in the collecting ecosystem by utilizing technology that offers hyper-personalization and data-driven solutions to improve repayments. SIL is collaborating with each participant in the collecting ecosystem to adopt a digital-first strategy to prepare for the future.
IDFC MUTUAL FUND WILL CHANGE ITS NAME FUND BANDHAN MUTUAL
- One of the top ten asset management companies in the nation, IDFC Asset Management Company Limited (AMC), has acquired regulatory approvals for its proposed change of ownership.
- The required no-objection was granted by the securities market regulator SEBI for the consortium made up of Bandhan Financial Holdings Limited (BFHL), GIC (GIC), and ChrysCapital to purchase IDFC AMC (CC).
- The merger had already been cleared by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) in August 2022 when the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) gave its clearance. The sale of IDFC AMC and IDFC AMC Trustee Company Limited to the consortium was authorized by the boards of directors of IDFC Limited and IDFC Financial Holding Company Limited in April 2022.
AN AGREEMENT ON IMMIGRATION AND MOBILITY IS REACHED BY INDIA AND GERMANY
- The signing of a comprehensive migration and mobility agreement by the German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and the Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar has made it easier for people to work, study, and travel in both countries.
- In addition to facilitating cross-border travel for professionals, students, and researchers, the deal is anticipated to resolve issues relating to undocumented immigration.
- More student exchanges between the two countries are anticipated to result from the agreement on migration and mobility. In May of this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that the Indian government will facilitate German students’ enrollment in higher education institutions (HEIs) through programs like Study in India.
2022’S G20, SCO, AND UNSC PRESIDENCY: A HISTORIC CHANCE FOR INDIA
- India assumed the presidency of two international organizations in December 2022: the G20 on the first day of the month, the UNSC on the second, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in 2023. At a time when major powers aren’t even communicating with one another, India alone, the world’s fifth-largest economy, is interacting with each of these organizations, which presents a historic opportunity.
- While the G20 presidency is guided by the idea of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” (the world is one family), New Delhi has stated that its leadership of the UN Security Council intends to give priority to combating terrorism and reforming multilateralism.
- India assumed the UN leadership today and will lead with the “Five S’s” strategy outlined by Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Samman (Respect), Samvad (Dialogue), Sahyog (Cooperation), Shanti (Peace), and Samriddhi (Prosperity).
IN 2023, INDIA WILL RANK AS THE EIGHTH-LARGEST ADVERTISING MARKET.
- India is anticipated to surpass Brazil to become the eighth-largest advertising market in 2023, according to GroupM’s worldwide end-of-year prediction. India is recognized as the ninth-largest advertising market in the world in GroupM’s report “This Year, Next Year 2022.”
- The research claims that by 2022, India’s overall advertising income would have increased by 15.8% to $14.9 billion, driven mostly by growth in pure-play digital advertising. It is anticipated to rise by 16.8% in 2023.
- In contrast, it is anticipated that Brazil’s advertising industry would increase by 9% to $15.4 billion in 2022. It is anticipated to rise by 3.8% in 2023. According to the analysis, digital advertising in India makes up the greatest portion of the country’s overall advertising business in 2022 (40.8%) and is predicted to keep growing above pre-pandemic levels.
GOOGLE STARTS AN ANTI-FALSE NEWS CAMPAIGN IN INDIA
- An initiative to combat false material that has been accused of instigating violence is being launched in India by Google’s Jigsaw division.
- The campaign will make use of “prebunking” films shared on the company’s YouTube channel and other social media platforms, which are intended to refute erroneous claims before they gain traction.
- In contrast to rival Twitter, which is reducing its trust and safety teams despite new owner Elon Musk’s assurances that it won’t turn into a “free-for-all hellscape,” Google is attempting to combat the spread of disinformation.
INDIA WAS LISTED AS HAVING THE 87TH-STRONGEST PASSPORT IN THE WORLD. 2022
- The Arton Capital publication Passport Index 2022 listed the world’s strongest and weakest passports. A passport is a travel document that confirms the identity and nationality of the holder for international travel. Passports are issued by governments to their people. In a list of the strongest passports in the world, India came in at number 87.
- The strongest passport in the world is issued by the UAE. 180 countries will grant holders of this passport a “visa on arrival” or visa-free entry. According to the index, UAE passport holders may access 180 nations without issue, which is seven more than European nations like Germany and Sweden and nine more than Japan.
INDIA RANKED FIFTH ON THE HURUN GLOBAL 500 LIST OF MOST VALUABLE COMPANIES.
- With 20 of the most valuable organizations in the world, India has ascended to fifth position among the countries that are home to the top 500 corporations worldwide.
- It had eight businesses and finished eighth the year before. According to the Hurun Global 500 rating for 2022, the US continued to lead the pack.
- The 500 most valuable privately owned companies in the world have been gathered by the Hurun Research Institute. Based on non-listed company values and listed company market capitalization, businesses were graded.
ISRO COMPLETES HYPERSONIC VEHICLE TEST RUN SUCCESSFULLY
- Integrated Defence Staff Headquarters and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) completed a cooperative hypersonic vehicle trial (HQ IDS). The nation’s top space research organization claims that the combined hypersonic vehicle experiment met the set goals.
- At a speed of Mach 5, or five times the speed of sound (343 m/s), hypersonic missiles approach their target. It can cover 6,200 kilometers per hour on average. Hypersonic missiles, which can carry nuclear warheads, are faster and can fly at lower altitudes than conventional ballistic and cruise missiles.
BY 2031, 20 NEW NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS WILL BE OPERATIONAL NATIONWIDE.
- According to the government’s statement to the Lok Sabha, India intends to start up 20 nuclear power stations by 2031, boosting its total power-producing capacity by about 15,000 MW. In Gujarat’s Kakrapar, where three nuclear power-producing units are currently in operation, the first of these 20 nuclear power plants, a 700 MW unit, is anticipated to be put into service in 2023.
- The 500 MW Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor at Kalpakkam is anticipated to become operational in 2024, followed by two 1,000 MW units at Kudankulam in 2025, according to a written response from Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh.
BY 2030, EVS WILL PROVIDE INDIA WITH A $100 BILLION OPPORTUNITY.
- According to research by Bain & Company, India’s electric vehicle (EV) value chain revenue pool is anticipated to reach a size of $76-100 billion by 2030, potentially translating to an $8-11 billion profit pool.
- According to the analysis, a confluence of factors including government incentives, improved cost-competitiveness, OEM investment, and enhanced customer preparedness and awareness will lead to significant EV development in the Indian automotive sector.
SPICEJET RECEIVED THE GMR DELHI AIRPORT’S “SAFETY PERFORMER OF THE YEAR” AWARD.
- SpiceJet has won the GMR Delhi Airport Awards’ “Safety Performer of the Year” title for being the best self-handling airline and for its ability to drastically lower ground safety breaches.
- This performance was made possible by the hard work, dedication, and ongoing focus on quality improvements of the SpiceJet ground handling team at Delhi Airport. Additionally, their contribution to reducing instances of ground safety infractions maintained adherence to safety standards and legal requirements.
RAILWAY MINISTER ASHWINI VAISHNAW HAS BEEN NAMED THE INAUGURAL CHANCELLOR OF GATI SHAKTI UNIVERSITY.
- Union Minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw has been named the first Chancellor of Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya, Vadodara, by President Smt. Draupadi Murmu. It is important to note that Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw will serve as Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya’s first Chancellor.
- Additionally, Dr. Manoj Chaudhary was chosen by the president as the founding vice chancellor of Gati Shakti University in Vadodara. According to the Central University Act of 2009, Dr. Manoj Chaudhary will serve as Gati Shakti University’s vice chancellor for five years after taking office.
IN THE WORLD’S PUBLICATION OF SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES, INDIA CAME IN THIRD.
- India has moved up from seventh to third in the world in terms of academic production and scientific publications, according to a report by the National Science Foundation of the United States, according to Union Minister for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh.
- In terms of the total number of PhDs generated each year, India is third in the world. The number of patents issued by the India Patents Office to Indian scientists has more than doubled in only the previous four years, continuing a similar rising trend.
- The number of academic articles published in India went from 60,555 in 2010 to 1, 49,213 in 2020.
- China is the country that publishes the most scientific publications globally, followed by the United States of America.
NASA DEBUTS INTERNATIONAL “SWOT” MISSION TO EXAMINE WATER ON EARTH
- The UK and Canadian space agencies collaborated with NASA and CNES (the French space agency) to design and run the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) project, a satellite altimeter.
- The mission’s goal is to conduct the first-ever global survey of Earth’s surface water, which will be able to track changes in terrestrial surface water bodies and observe the finer features of the topography of the oceans.
- The mission will be able to virtually entirely observe the world’s seas and freshwater bodies with repeated high-resolution elevation data since it employs a broad range of altimetry equipment.