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170. On August 11, Ministry of Heavy Industries launched Automated Online Data Transfer for capturing critical data related

to Domestic Value Addition (DVA) from the approved applicants of the production linked incentive (PLI) scheme for automobile

and auto component makers, with an aim to bring in ease of doing business. Under the newly launched system, the critical

data would be transferred from the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to PLI auto portal of the ministry. {Read more}

Key Points:

• Ministry of Heavy Industries – launched Automated Online Data Transfer for capturing critical data related to DVA from

the approved applicants of the PLI scheme for automobile and auto component makers

• Critical data would be transferred from the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to PLI auto portal of the ministry

• Ministry of Heavy Industries: Mahendra Nath Pandey | Constituency – Chandauli, Uttar Pradesh

• MoS in Ministry of Heavy Industries: Krishan Pal

Appointments & Resignations

171. On August 10, JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar, who recently tendered his resignation, took oath as the Bihar Chief Minister for

the 8th time after he announced a new alliance with RJDs Tejashwi Yadav and other opposition parties. Tejashwi Yadav was

also administered the oath of office as Deputy CM of Bihar. Kumar was first sworn in as CM in 2000. {Read more}

Key Points:

• Nitish Kumar – took oath as the Bihar Chief Minister for the 8th time (First time – in 2000)

• Tejashwi Yadav – took oath as Deputy CM of Bihar

• Bihar: Capital – Patna | CM – Nitish Kumar | Governor – Phagu Chauhan

172. In August 2022, C. B. Ananthakrishnan, Director (Finance) of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), took over the

additional charge of the post of Chairman & Managing Director of the HAL, after the superannuation of R. Madhavan on July

31. Ananthakrishnan will hold this post for 3 months or till the post is vacant, whichever is earlier. {Read more}

Key Points:

• C. B. Ananthakrishnan – took over the additional charge as MD & Chairman of HAL (succeeding – R. Madhavan)

• HQs of HAL – Bengaluru, Karnataka | CEO – Amitabh Bhatt | Chairman & MD – C. B. Ananthakrishnan (addi. charge)

173. On August 11, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres appointed Rear Admiral Guillermo Pablo Rios of Argentina as the

Head of Mission and Chief Military Observer for the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP).

Rear Admiral Rios will succeed Major General Jose Eladin Alcain of Uruguay. {Read more}

Key Points:

• Guillermo Pablo Rios (Argentina) – appointed as the Head of Mission & Chief Military Observer for the UN Military

Observer Group in India & Pakistan

• HQs of UN – New York, United States | Secretary-General – Antonio Guterres | Formed in – October 24, 1945

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174. On August 11, the central government announced reappointment of 4 Independent Directors on the RBI board for a term

of 4 years. The central government re-nominated Satish Kashinath Marathe and Swaminathan Gurumurthy as part-time, non-

official directors on the Central Board of Reserve Bank of India. Meanwhile, Revathy Iyer and Sachin Chaturvedi were re-

nominated as part-time, non-official directors on the Central Board of Reserve Bank of India. Their current tenure ends on

September 18, 2022. Non-official directors are appointed for a period of 4 years and are eligible for re-appointment. {Read

more}

Key Points:

• Central Govt announced reappointment of 4 Independent Directors on the RBI board for a term of 4 years

• 4 Directors: Satish Kashinath Marathe, Swaminathan Gurumurthy, Revathy Iyer, Sachin Chaturvedi

• Non-official directors are appointed for a period of 4 years

• HQs of RBI – Mumbai, Maharashtra | Governor – Shaktikanta Das (25th) | Established in – 1st April, 1935

• Total Deputy Governors (4) – Mahesh Kumar Jain | T. Rabi Sankar | Michael D. Patra | M. Rajeshwar Rao

Awards, Rewards, Recognition & Prizes

175. On August 9, Indian mens football team captain Sunil Chhetri was named the ”AIFF Mens Footballer of the Year 2021-

22 ” for the seventh time, while Manisha Kalyan won the ”AIFF Womens Footballer of the Year 2021-22 ”. The winners of the

AIFF Player of the Year Awards were nominated by Igor Stimac and Thomas Dennerby, the Indian mens and womens national

team coaches, respectively. Meanwhile, Vikram Pratap Singh and Martina Thokchom were named the ”AIFF Mens and

Womens Emerging Footballer of the Year 2021-22 ”, respectively. Crystal John named ”AIFF Best Referee of the Year 2021-

222 ”. {Read more}

Key Points:

• Sunil Chhetri – was named the ”AIFF Mens Footballer of the Year 2021-22 ” for the 7th time

• Manisha Kalyan – was named the ”AIFF Womens Footballer of the Year 2021-22 ”

• Vikram Pratap Singh – was named the ”AIFF Mens Emerging Footballer of the Year 2021-22 ”

• Martina Thokchom – was named the ”Womens Emerging Footballer of the Year 2021-22 ”

• Crystal John – was named the ”AIFF Best Referee of the Year 2021-222 ”

• HQs of AIFF – Dwarka, Delhi | President – Praful Patel | Gen. Secretary – Kushal Das

176. On August 8, Sangeetha Abhayan, a Kerala-based Entrepreneur, won the ”World Women Entrepreneurs Award 2022 ”

instituted by the Junior Chamber International Hong Kong (JCIHK) for her handloom and handicrafts start-ups performance

in tune with the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs). JCIHK, which provides development opportunities for

youngsters, chose Ms. Abhayan (CEO of eweworld.com), from among 225 female Entrepreneurs across the world. ewe stands

for empowering women entrepreneurs. {Read more}

Key Points:

• Sangeetha Abhayan (Kerala-based Entrepreneur) – won the ”World Women Entrepreneurs Award 2022 ”

• This award is instituted by the Junior Chamber International Hong Kong

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Schemes & Initiatives

177. On August 8, Government has modified the earlier scheme of Special Central Assistance to Tribal Sub-Scheme with

nomenclature Pradhan Mantri Adi Adarsh Gram Yojna (PMAAGY), for implementation during 2021-22 to 2025-26. It aims at

mitigating gaps and providing basic infrastructure in villages with significant tribal population in convergence with funds

available under different schemes in Central Scheduled Tribe Component. It is envisaged to cover 36,428 villages having at

least 50% ST population. An amount of Rs 7,276 Cr has been approved by the Cabinet for the scheme in next 5 years. {Read

more}

Key Points:

• Special Central Assistance to Tribal Sub-Scheme renamed as Pradhan Mantri Adi Adarsh Gram Yojna for implementation

during 2021-22 to 2025-26

• It is envisaged to cover 36,428 villages having at least 50% ST population | Scheme outlay – Rs 7,276 Cr for 5 years

178. On August 11, the Union Cabinet approved continuation of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) till December, 2024.

Launched in June, 2015, the original deadline for the scheme – Housing for All Mission (aimed at providing pucca houses to

all eligible urban beneficiaries) was March 2022. According to the government, financial assistance will be provided for the

completion of already sanctioned 122.69 lakh houses till March 31, 2022. {Read more}

Key Points:

• Union Cabinet approved continuation of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) till December, 2024

• PMAY scheme – launched in June, 2015 | Theme of the scheme – Housing for All

179. On August 12, the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry launched the **ILE-75 initiative for comprehensive

rehabilitation of persons engaged in begging in 75 identified municipalities as a part of the celebrations of 75 years of

Independence. The initiative is part of the Ministrys ongoing **ILE project (Support for Marginalised Individuals for Livelihood

and Enterprise) for which Rs 100 Crore has been allocated till 2025-2026. The aim of the initiative was to make the 75

municipalities ”begging-free ”. {Read more}

Key Points:

• MoSJE launched the **ILE-75 initiative for rehabilitation of persons engaged in begging in 75 identified municipalities

• The initiative is part of the Ministrys ongoing **ILE project

• **ILE – Support for Marginalised Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise | Project Outlay – Rs 100 Cr

• Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment: Virendra Kumar | Constituency – Sagar, Madhya Pradesh

• MoS in Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment: Ramdas Athawale

Important Days & Dates

180. International Youth Day is celebrated on 12 August every year to mark the contribution of youth to the development of

the society. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), youth account for 66% of Indias total population, which

is the largest number of youths in the world. In 2022, the theme is ”Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages ”.

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• August 12 – International Youth Day (since 2000)

• 2022s Theme – ”Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages ”

181. The World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is celebrated during the first week of August every year. The WBW 2022 was

observed from August 1 to 7, 2022 with the theme of ”Step up for Breastfeeding: Educated and Support ”. The WBW was first

observed in 1992. The week is an opportunity to strengthen the capacity of all stakeholders actions on protecting, promoting

and supporting breastfeeding across different levels of society. {Read more}

Key Points:

• August 1 to 7 – World Breastfeeding Week (first week of August)

• 2022s Theme – ”Step up for Breastfeeding: Educated and Support ”

182. Muslim Womens Rights Day is observed all over the country on 1 August to mark the enactment of the triple talaq law.

This law, which made the practice of triple talaq a criminal offence, came into force on 1 August 2019. The day was first

observed in 2020 & this year marks the 3rd edition of Muslim Womens Rights Day. {Read more}

Key Points:

• August 1 – 3rd Muslim Womens Rights Day (since 2019)

Books & Authors

183. On August 8, Deepak Singh recently penned a book Bravo Yadav. The newly launched book is a biography of Kargil hero

and Param Vir Chakra recipient Subedar Yogendra Singh Yadav. The biography of Kargil Hero Yogendra Singh Yadav honors

the brave and indomitable spirit of the soldiers who refused to surrender before adversities in the Kargil War, in 1999. {Read

more}

Key Points:

• Bravo Yadav book – authored by Deepak Singh

• The book is biography of Kargil hero and Param Vir Chakra recipient Subedar Yogendra Singh Yadav

Obituaries

184. On August 9, former International Athlete P. V. Kamaraj passed away at the age of 68 after a massive heart attack. His

major achievement was that he was part of the Indian 4x400m relay team that won bronze in the 1979 Asian championships

in Tokyo. Kamaraj has won a host of medals (including gold, silver and bronze) in 400mH in National inter-state meets and

Open Nationals from 1977-80. {Read more}

Key Points:

• P. V. Kamaraj – former International Athlete – passed away

• He was part of the Indian 4x400m relay team that won bronze in the 1979 Asian championships in Tokyo

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185. On August 9, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced that former International Cricket Umpire Rudi Koertzen passed away

at the age of 73, after succumbing to injuries sustained in a car accident. Koertzen announced his decision to retire from

umpiring in June 2010. {Read more}

Key Points:

• Rudi Koertzen (South Africa) – Former International Cricket Umpire – passed away

Meetings, Conferences & Summits

186. On August 9, Meenakshi Lekhi, Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture, addressed the Vishwa Sadbhavana

event organised by the NID Foundation at Melbourne in Australia, where she internationally unveiled two books ”Heartfelt –

The Legacy of Faith ” and ”[email protected]: Dreams Meet Delivery ”. Brought out by NID Foundation, the book Heartfelt-The Legacy

of Faith documents PM Modis belief in the Sikh Gurus and their teachings. The other book, [email protected]: Dreams Meet

Delivery, by Dr. Bharat Barai, PM Modis unique and hugely successful governance, and his love and affection for humanity in

general and Indians in particular, irrespective of region or religion. {Read more}

Key Points:

• Vishwa Sadbhavana event – organised by the NID Foundation at Melbourne, Australia

• Meenakshi Lekhi launched 2 books at the event – ”Heartfelt – The Legacy of Faith ” & ”[email protected]: Dreams Meet Delivery ”

[email protected]: Dreams Meet Delivery book – authored by Dr. Bharat Barai

• Australia – Canberra – Australian Dollar | PM – Anthony Albanese

187. India hosted the pre-summit meeting of the ”Tiger Range Countries Summit ” at New Delhi. The summit is scheduled to

be held at Valadivostak, Russia on September 5, 2022. The previous Tiger Range Countries Summit was held in 2010 in St.

Petersberg, Russia. India is home to 52 Tiger Reserves with approximately 75% population of the wild tiger at global level.

India achieved the goal of doubling the tiger numbers in 2018 itself, 4 years in advance from the targeted year 2022. {Read

more}

Key Points:

• India – hosted the pre-summit meeting of the ”Tiger Range Countries Summit ” at New Delhi

• Tiger Range Countries Summit is scheduled to be held at – Valadivostak, Russia (in Sep 2022)

• India is home to 52 Tiger Reserves with approximately 75% population of the worlds tiger population

Ranks, Reports & Serveys

188. According to Morgan Stanleys economists, India could emerge as Asias strongest economy in 2022-2023 as it is best-

positioned to generate robust domestic demand, helped by economic policy reforms, a young workforce and business

investments. Morgan Stanley expects Indias growth to average 7% for 2022-2023 and contribute 28% and 22% to Asian and

global growth, respectively. {Read more}

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• Morgan Stanley: India could emerge as Asias strongest economy in 2022-2023

• Indias expected growth is average 7% for 2022-2023 and contribute 28% and 22% to Asian and global growth, respectively

189. On August 11, 7.3% of Indias population owned digital currency in 2021, ranking 7th in the world in the list of ”Top 20

Global Economies for Digital Currency Ownership ”, by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Developing countries accounted for 15 of the top 20 economies when it comes to the share of the population that owns

cryptocurrencies or digital currencies. Ukraine topped the list with 12.7%, followed by Russia (11.9%) & Venezuela (10.3%).

{Read more}

Key Points:

• ”Top 20 Global Economies for Digital Currency Ownership ” – by the UNCTAD

• India – 7th with 7.3% of Indias population owned digital currency in 2021 | 1st – Ukraine (12.7%), 2nd – Russia (11.9%)

• HQs of UNCTAD – Geneva, Switzerland | Secretary-General – Rebeca Grynspan

190. On August 8, the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) released a book titled ”Fauna of Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary ” and a report

on the ”Threatened Animals of Kerala ” as part of efforts to promote sustainable management and conservation of various

animal species in the State. An MoU was also be signed on the occasion by ZSI with University of Calicut and Dr. Gafoor

Memorial MES Mampad College to exchange scientific and academic knowledge with students and researchers for the

promotion of zoological researches through advanced pedagogical techniques. {Read more}

Key Points:

• A book titled ”Fauna of Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary ” – released by ZSI

• A report on the ”Threatened Animals of Kerala ” – released by ZSI

• ZSI + University of Calicut + Dr. Gafoor Memorial MES Mampad College = an MoU to exchange Scientific & Academic

knowledge with Students & Researchers

191. On August 8, University of Hyderabad was ranked first among Indian Universities and 16th among all institutions in the

academic sector, as per the latest ”Nature Index 2022 ” ranking. The Nature Index is an indicator of high quality research in

natural and physical sciences. The rankings are based on the Nature Index data from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022. {Read

more}

Key Points:

• University of Hyderabad – ranked first among Indian Universities in the latest ”Nature Index 2022 ” ranking

• University of Hyderabad – ranked 16th among all institutions in the Academic Sector

Amount & Agreements

192. On August 10, Airtel Africa signed up for a USD 125 million revolving facility from American banking major Citigroup Inc.

or Citi. The facility involves borrowing both in local currencies and US dollar. The facility has a tenor up to September 2024. It

provides interest rate savings in exchange for achieving social impact milestones relating to digital inclusion and gender

diversity with a focus on rural areas and women. This is the first performance-indicator based deal executed by Citi India in

the area of telecommunications. {Read more}.

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• Airtel Africa signed up for a USD 125 million revolving facility from Citigroup till Sep, 2024

• This is the first performance-indicator based deal executed by Citi India in the area of telecommunications

• HQs of Bharti Airtel – New Delhi | CEO & MD – Gopal Vittal | Chairman – Sunil Bharti Mittal

Ordinance, Bills & Acts

193. The committee, led by Bharatiya Janata Party member Sanjay Jaiswal placed its report on the ”Biological Diversity

(Amendment) Bill, 2021 ”, in the Lok Sabha. The draft legislation was referred to the 21-member joint parliamentary panel

following widespread criticism of several of its provisions. The amendments aim to reduce the pressure on wild medicinal

plants by encouraging cultivation, and fast-tracking research, patent application and transfer of research result. The

amendments are completely contrary to the aim and objective of the ”Biological Diversity Act, 2002 ”. The main focus of the

bill is to facilitate the trade in biodiversity as opposed to conservation and protection of biodiversity. {Read more}

Key Points:

• Sanjay Jaiswal committee – placed its report on the ”Biological Diversity (Amendment) Bill, 2021 ” in the Lok Sabha

• The amendments are done in the ”Biological Diversity Act, 2002 ”

Acquisitions & Mergers

194. As on August 10, Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has sold 2% of its shareholding in automaker Mahindra & Mahindra for

about Rs 2,222.49 Cr. The shares were sold through open market transactions during the period from December 21, 2020, to

August 8, 2022. {Read more}

Key Points:

• LIC – sold 2% of its shareholding in Mahindra & Mahindra

• HQs of LIC – Mumbai | Chairman – M. R. Kumar | Founded in – 1956 | Tagline – ”Yogakshemam Vahamyaham ”

MoUs, Collaborations & Partnership

195. On August 10, Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) platform signed an MoU with SIDBI for coordination of

functions of institutions engaged in similar activities. The partnership is aimed to change the landscape of M**Es by bringing

them into the ONDC network and accelerating their participation in e-commerce. SIDBI will also facilitate engagement of ONDC

with its network of partner grassroots agencies. Three partners being introduced to ONDC are Annapurna Finance Pvt Ltd,

Access Livelihoods Group and the women co-operative Looms of Ladakh. {Read more}

Key Points:

• ONDC platform + SIDBI = an MoU to change the landscape of M**Es by bringing them into the ONDC network

• HQs of SIDBI – Lucknow, UP | MD & Chairman – Sivasubramanian Ramann | Established in – 1990

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196. On August 10, Microsoft partnered with Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), and Capacity

Building Commission (CBC) to enhance the functional computer literacy of nearly 2.5 million civil servants of Government of

India (GoI). As part of the collaboration, Microsoft will develop an online, self-paced learning course on Microsoft Office 365

digital productivity suite offerings for MSDE. Microsoft would host the course content on Microsoft Community Training

portal (MCT) which the learner can easily access. {Read more}

Key Points:

• Microsoft + MSDE + CBC = partnership to enhance the functional computer literacy of nearly 2.5 million civil servants

• HQs of Microsoft – Washington, US | Chairman & CEO – Satya Nadella | Founded in – 1975

197. On August 10, NLC India Ltd., a Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Coal, signed an MoU with Assam Power

Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) to develop 1,000 MW of solar power projects in Assam. The MoU is for setting up a

joint venture company with equity participation of 51% by NLCIL and 49% by APDCL. The initiative would be a development

opportunity for the State of Assam while simultaneously contributing to the renewable energy needs of the country. {Read

more}

Key Points:

• NLC India + Assam Power Distribution Company = an MoU to develop 1,000 MW of solar power projects in Assam

• A joint venture company will be set up with equity participation of 51% by NLCIL & 49% by APDCL

• Assam: Capital – Dispur | CM – Himanta Biswa Sarma | Governor – Jagdish Mukhi

• HQs of NLC India Ltd – Chennai, Tamil Nadu | CMD – Rakesh Kumar

198. On August 10, the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in partnership with the Cuban government signed tender for setting

up a 1150 MW solar project in Cuba. NTPC is the project management consultant for ISA to set up this project. The project is

part of Cubas plan to implement 2100 MW of solar projects. This project is the first in ISAs broader solar park programme,

which seeks to support developing markets in structuring bankable and economic solar parks. {Read more}

Key Points:

• ISA + Cuba = signed a tender for setting up a 1150 MW solar project in Cuba

• NTPC is the project management consultant for ISA to set up this project

• HQs of ISA – Gurugram, Haryana | DG – Ajay Mathur | Signatory Countries – 108 | Member countries – 88

199. On August 10, the Union Cabinet approved the signing of an ”Audio Visual Co-production Treaty ” between India and

Australia, which is aimed at facilitating joint production of films between the two countries. India has so far signed 15 audio

visual co-production treaties with other countries. {Read more}

Key Points:

• Union Cabinet approved the signing of an ”Audio Visual Co-production Treaty ” between India & Australia

• India has so far signed 15 audio visual co-production treaties with other countries

• Australia – Canberra – Australian Dollar | PM – Anthony Albanese

200. On August 11, Odisha government signed an MoU with National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) for protection of

its coasts. National Institute of Ocean Technology, under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, is a premier institute in the country

specialising in the field of ocean engineering and coastline protection. {Read more}

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