Daily Current Affairs 11 May 2022 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.
India logs 6.2 percent hike in death rate during 2020: CRS data
The Central government has released the Civil Registration System (CRS) report 2020 based on birth and death reports.According to the report, the number of registered births has decreased from 2.48 crore in 2019 to 2.42 crore in the year 2020 showing a decrease of about 2.40 percent.
- The Vital Statistics of India based on the Civil Registration System’ for 2020 report said that case of registered deaths, the number has increased from 76.4 lakh in the year 2019 to 81.2 lakhs in 2020 showing an increase of 6.2 percent. Out of the total registered deaths, the share of males is 60.2 percent and the female share is 39.8 percent.
- Some states and union territories namely Maharashtra, Bihar, Gujarat, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Assam, and Haryana have contributed significantly to the increased number of deaths registered from 2019 to 2020.
Centre sanctions Rs 120 crore for Ladakh under AMRUT 2.0
The Centre sanctioned 120 crore rupees for the Union Territory of Ladakh under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation 2.0, AMRUT.
- Under the State Water Action Plans of AMRUT 2.0, the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry sanctioned the first Sewerage Treatment Plant for Kargil and extended of existing sewerage network in Leh town.
- The UT Administration envisaged the projects for 24×7 urban water supply, sewerage system, development of parks and rejuvenation of water bodies in the proposals to the centre.
Govt notifies new J&K electoral map
Redrawing the electoral map of Jammu and Kashmir, a three-member Delimitation Commission earmarked 47 Assembly seats for Kashmir division and 43 for Jammu in its final order submitted just a day before its two-year tenure was to end.
- A gazette notification was issued after the panel, headed by retired Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai, signed the final order giving Jammu six additional seats and one more to Kashmir.
- Before the restructuring, which takes the total number of Assembly seats in the Union Territory to 90, Jammu had 37 Assembly constituencies, and Kashmir 46.
Longest glass-bottom bridge in the world opens in Vietnam
World’s Largest Glass Bottom Bridge was opened in Vietnam. It is called as Vietnam’s Bach Long pedestrian bridge, which is 632m (2,073ft) long and located 150m (492ft) above a huge jungle. As per the reports, the Asian country has opened a glass-bottomed bridge suspended above a lush jungle.It surpasses a 526m Glass Bottom Bridge in Guangdong, China.
- The Bach Long pedestrian bridge which means ‘white dragon’ in Vietnamese. The bridge suspends above the rainforest The bridge can support up to 450 people at a time and the floor of the bridge is made from tempered glass.
India unanimously elected as new Chair of Association of Asian Election Authorities for 2022-2024
India has been unanimously elected as the new Chair of the Association of Asian Election Authorities (AAEA) for 2022-2024 at the recently held meeting of the Executive Board and General Assembly in Manila, Philippines.
- The Election Commission of India’s three-member delegation headed by Deputy Election Commissioner Nitesh Vyas, along with CEO Manipur Rajesh Agrawal and CEO Rajasthan Praveen Gupta, attended the Executive Board meeting in Manila.
BANKING & FINANCE
Hdfc Bank Launches Digital 30-Minute ‘Xpress Car Loan’
Private sector lender HDFC Bank has launched a 30-minute ‘Xpress Car Loans’, which is an end-to-end digital new car loan journey for existing customers as well as non-customers.
- The bank has integrated its lending application with automobile dealers across the country. It expects about 20 per cent to 30 per cent of customers to avail of the facility for loans up to ₹20 lakh.
UPI hits record high in April with 5.58 bn transactions worth Rs 9.83 trn
India’s flagship digital payments platform Unified Payments Interface (UPI), saw its highest ever number of transactions in April 2022 at 5.58 billon, amounting to Rs 9.83 trillion.
- In March, UPI breached 5-billion transactions in a month for the first time. In April, volume of transactions was up 3.33 per cent and value of transactions rose 2.36 per cent compared to March.
- In March, UPI processed 5.4 billion transactions amounting to Rs 9.6 trillion.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
Sebi Forms Advisory Committee For Esg-related Matters
The Securities and Exchange Board of India has formed an advisory committee for advising on Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) related matters pertaining to the securities markets.
- The committee will be chaired by Navneet Munot, the chief executive officer of HDFC Asset Management Company.
- Besides, the committee comprises industry experts like R. Mukundan , MD & CEO of Tata Chemicals, C Siva Kumar, executive director of NTPC, Amit Talgeri, chief risk officer, Axis Bank, Sharad Kalghtagi, ESG head Cipla, Amit Tandon, Institutional Investor Advisory Services, J N Gupta, founder & MD of Stakeholders Empowerment Services, Rama Patel, Director Crisil Ratings and Ramnath.
Verstappen wins inaugural Miami Grand Prix
Max Verstappen won the inaugural Miami Grand Prix ahead of championship leader Charles Leclerc.
- The victory cut Leclerc’s lead over Verstappen to 19 points in the championship, while the Monegasque’s Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz completed the podium.
- Verstappen got off to a fast start at the Hard Rock Stadium — which staged the first of two races in the United States this season — as he overtook Sainz at turn one.
Ons Jabeur: Tunisian creates history with first WTA 1000 title in Madrid
Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur became the first African player to win a Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) 1000 event. She is also the first Arab player to break into the world’s top 10.
- The Tunisian trailblazer picked up her second WTA trophy and is set to return to her career-high ranking of number seven in the world.
Hungary elects Katalin Novak as first female President of the country
In Hungary, Katalin Novak has taken over as the first female President of the country.
- Her predecessor, Janos Ader, greeted the new president at the entrance to the Sandor Palace, the residence of the Hungarian president.
Ferdinand Marcos Jr wins Philippines presidential election
Ferdinand Marcos Jr., son of the late dictator whose family plundered billions of dollars, was elected president of the Philippines by a landslide, according to preliminary results, 36 years after his father was ousted in a historic revolution.
- Marcos succeeds the tough-talking President Rodrigo Duterte, best known for his crude insults and a war on drugs that has left thousands dead.
Yoon Suk Yeol sworn in as President of South Korea
A new political era is underway in South Korea. Yoon Suk Yeol was sworn in as President, ushering in the country’s first conservative government in five years.
- One of Yoon’s main challenges will be dealing with North Korea, which is accelerating its nuclear and missile development. He said there is room for dialogue and a way for the North to benefit.
- Yoon also touched on domestic policies, saying economic growth based on science, technology and innovation is one way to help solve problems, including the widening wage gap.
Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns after anti-govt protests
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned from his post after anti-government protests across the island nation. These resginations came after violent clashes erupted in Colombo over the economic crisis in the country.
- Meanwhile, a curfew has been imposed across the country after supporters of the country’s ruling party stormed a major protest site in Colombo, attacking anti-government demonstrators and clashing with Police who used tear gas and water cannons to drive them back.
Rodrigo Chaves sworn in as President of Costa Rica
Rodrigo Chaves, an economist, has been sworn in as the new President of Costa Rica for the period of 2022-2026, along with his Vice Presidents Stephan Brunner and Mary Munive.
- The 60-year-old had served as the Finance Minister from 2019-2020 under President Carlos Alvarado Quesada.
2022 Pulitzer Prize: Complete winners list
The winners of Pulitzer Prize 2022 in journalism, books, drama and music were announced It is important to note that this year India received four awards for documenting its battle with Covid-19.
- Danish Siddiqui, Reuters photographer was posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Award 2022 along with Amit Dave, Sana Irshad Mattoo, and Adnan Abidi for their images of COVID’s toll in India.
List of winners in journalism and their awards:
Public Service:The Washington Post for its account of the assault on Washington on January 6, 2021.
Breaking News Reporting:The staff of the Miami Herald for its coverage of the collapse of the Seaside apartment towers in Florida.
Investigative Reporting: Corey G. Johnson, Rebecca Woolington and Eli Murray of the Tampa Bay Times for an expose of highly toxic hazards inside Florida’s only battery recycling plant that forced the implementation of safety measures to adequately protect workers and nearby residents.
Explanatory Reporting: Staff of Quanta Magazine, notably Natalie Wolchover, for reporting on how the Webb Space Telescope works.
Local Reporting:Madison Hopkins of the Better Government Association and Cecilia Reyes of the Chicago Tribune for an examination of Chicago’s long history of failed building and fire safety code enforcement.
National Reporting :The staff of The New York Times for a project that quantified a disturbing pattern of fatal traffic stops by police.
International Reporting:The staff of The New York Times for reporting that exposed the vast civilian tolls of US-led airstrikes, challenging official accounts of American military engagements in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.
Feature Writing:Jennifer Senior of The Atlantic for a portrayal of a family’s reckoning of loss in the 20 years since 9/11.
Commentary:Melinda Henneberger of the Kansas City Star for persuasive columns demanding justice for alleged victims of a retired police detective accused of being a sexual predator.
Criticism :Salamishah Tillet, contributing critic at large for The New York Times, for writing about Black stories in art and popular culture.
Editorial Writing:Lisa Falkenberg, Michael Lindenberger, Joe Holley and Luis Carrasco of the Houston Chronicle for a campaign that, with original reporting, revealed voter suppression tactics, rejected the myth of widespread voter fraud and argued for sensible voting reforms.
Illustrated Reporting and Commentary:Fahmida Azim, Anthony Del Col, Josh Adams and Walt Hickey of Insider for a comic on an Uyghur internment camp.
Breaking News Photography:Marcus Yam of the Los Angeles Times for raw and urgent images of the US departure from Afghanistan.
Win McNamee, Drew Angerer, Spencer Platt, Samuel Corum and Jon Cherry of Getty Images for comprehensive and consistently riveting photos of the attack on the US capitol.
Feature Photography:Adnan Abidi, Sanna Irshad Mattoo, Amit Dave and the late Danish Siddiqui of Reuters for images of Covid’s toll in India.
Audio Reporting:Staffs of Futuro Media and PRX for “Suave” — an immersive profile of a man re-entering society after more than 30 years in prison.
Here’s the list for books, drama and music:
Fiction: The Netanyahus: An Account of a Minor and Ultimately Even Negligible Episode in the History of a Very Famous Family, by Joshua Cohen.
Drama : Fat Ham, by James Ijames
History: Covered with Night, by Nicole Eustace and Cuba: An American History, by Ada Ferrer
Biography: Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South, by the late Winfred Rembert as told to Erin I. Kelly
Poetry: frank-sonnets, by Diane Seuss
Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City, by Andrea Elliott
Music:Voiceless Mass, by Raven Chacon
Special Awards and Citations
The Journalists of Ukraine: The Pulitzer Board awards a special citation to the journalists of Ukraine for their courage, endurance, and commitment to truthful reporting during Vladimir Putin’s ruthless invasion of their country and his propaganda war in Russia.
President Kovind presents Gallantry Awards to Armed Forces personnel; Army Chief receives Param Vishisht Seva Medal
President Ram Nath Kovind presented Gallantry Awards at Defence Investiture Ceremony- 2022 at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. He conferred 13 Shaurya Chakras, including six posthumous, to the personnel of Armed Forces for displaying gallantry, courage and devotion to duty.
- The President also conferred 14 Param Vishisht Seva Medals, four Uttam Yudh Seva Medals and 24 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals for distinguished service of exceptional order.
- Army Chief General Manoj Pande received Param Vishisht Seva Medal from the President. Captain Ashutosh Kumar was awarded the Shaurya Chakra posthumously. He was martyred during a counter-terror operation in Jammu and Kashmir. Havildar Anil Tomar of Rashtriya Rifles, Havildar Pinku Kumar, Havildar Kashirai Bammanalli, Naib Subedar Sreejith M, and Sepoy Jaswanth Reddy were awarded Shaurya Chakra posthumously for their acts of gallantry.
Rajasthan is the first 10 GW Solar State of India
According to Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker, Rajasthan became the first state in India to reach 10 GW of cumulative large-scale solar installations.
- The state has a total installed power capacity of 32.5 GW, with renewables accounting for 55 percent, thermal energy for 43 percent, and nuclear energy accounting for the remaining 2%. Solar is the most common energy source, accounting for roughly 36 percent of total capacity and 64 percent of renewables.
Santoor maestro Shiv Kumar Sharma passes away
Legendary santoor player Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, who gave the little-known instrument an exalted status with his art, died of a heart attack in Mumbai. The Jammu-born artiste was 84.
- Hailing from Jammu, Pt. Shivkumar, put the multiple-string santoor at the centre stage. He adapted the instrument to play Hindustani music and became its foremost exponent.
- He was part of the famed ‘Shiv Hari’ music duo which adorned filmmaker Yash Chopra’s films with their compositions.The two composed songs for Yash Chopra hits like ‘Silsila’, ‘Chandni’, ‘Lamhe’ and ‘Darr’.
BOOKS & AUTHORS
“The Struggle for Police Reforms in India” book by Ex-IPS Prakash Singh
Vice President (VP) of India, M Venkaiah Naidu, released a book titled “The Struggle for Police Reforms in India: Ruler’s Police to People’s Police” authored by a former IPS officer, Prakash Singh in New Delhi. The book is published by Rupa Publications India Pvt Ltd.
- This book documents the efforts made to bring about police reforms in India.
- The book provides the historical background to the origin of the Indian Police and traces the evolution during British Rule and subsequently since independence.