Daily Current Affairs 2 March 2022 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.
Blue Cross flag off country’s first mobile ambulance for street animals’ treatment in TN
The Blue Cross of India and Four Paws International inaugurated India’s first fully equipped mobile animal ambulance for stray animals In Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
- As shelter became overcrowded due to hundreds of sick and injured animals, this ambulance launched would treat thousands of animals in the city and outskirts.
- The Stray Animal Care programme will be a “hospital on wheels” with an onboard veterinarian to provide on-site treatment to injured and sick street animals.
FSSAI to introduce health star rating for packaged goods
Packaged food products in India will soon be labelled with an official health star rating (HSR), a top official at Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) said.
- The rating will be the first such in India, a country burdened with lifestyle diseases, and is aimed at guiding consumers to opt for healthy food. The HSR format ranks a packaged food item based on salt, sugar, and fat content and the rating will be printed on the front of the package.
- At present, countries such as the UK, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, and Australia have Front of Packaging Labelling (FoPL).
- The food regulator has exempted milk and dairy products from the proposed FoPL, as they were in the earlier FSSAI draft notified in 2019.
Niti Aayog developing National Gender Index
Niti Aayog is in the process of developing a National Gender Index to measure the progress and identify the persisting gaps in gender equality to make informed policy decisions.
- In its latest annual report, Niti Aayog said the index will serve as a tool to map the progress of states and Union Territories (UTs) on defined gender metrics and build the foundation for positive change.
- The index will support policy action and advocacy around gender and will be aligned to the framework of Sustainable Development Goals.
International Monsoons Project Office launched
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh launched the International Monsoons Project Office (IMPO) in IITM Pune on the occasion of National Science Day 2022.
- The International Monsoons Project Office (IMPO) was hosted at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune. Setting up the IMPO reiterates the importance of monsoons for the national economy. It would encompass activities and connections related to international monsoon research that would be identified and fostered under the leadership of the World Climate Research Programme and the World Weather Research Programme. Both the World Climate Research Programme and World Weather Research Programme are international programmes coordinated by the United Nations World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).
IIT Madras and NIOT conduct OCEANS 2022 in India for the first time
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras and National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Chennai, jointly conducted OCEANS 2022 Conference and Exposition, the bi-annual event for global marine researchers, technologists and engineers, students, and policymakers, from Feb 21-24.
- OCEANS is being conducted in India for the first time, coordinated by the department of Ocean Engineering, IIT Madras, on behalf of the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Ocean Engineering Society (IEEE OES) and Marine Technology Society (MTS). The conference is being held in hybrid mode.
- ‘Inspire-Innovate-Sustain’ is the main theme of the conference.
US, EU, UK agree to remove selected Russian banks from SWIFT
The United States, European Union and United Kingdom agreed to block “selected’ Russian banks from the SWIFT global financial messaging system and to impose ”restrictive measures” on its central bank in retaliation for its invasion of Ukraine.
- The measures were announced jointly as part of a new round of financial sanctions meant to “hold Russia to account and collectively ensure that this war is a strategic failure for (Russian President Vladimir) Putin.” The central bank sanctions restrictions target $600 billion in reserves that the Kremlin has at its disposal.
China’s Long March-8 Rocket launches 22 Satellites into Space
China’s new Long March-8 rocket placed 22 satellites in space, setting a domestic record for the most spacecraft launched by a single rocket.
- These satellites will be mainly used for commercial remote sensing services, marine environment monitoring, forest fire prevention and disaster mitigation.
31st Southeast Asian Games to be held in Vietnam
The 31st Southeast Asian Games, the region’s biggest sporting event, will be held in Vietnam from May 12 to 23 this year.
- The Games will feature 40 sports with 526 events, attracting around 10,000 participants.
- The Vietnamese capital Hanoi will be the main venue alongside 11 neighbouring localities including Quang Ninh, Phu Tho and Bac Ninh.
- Originally scheduled to take place in November 2021, the biennial event was postponed due to the Covid pandemic in Vietnam and the wider region.
Rafael Nadal beats Cameron Norrie to win Mexican Open title
Rafael Nadal maintained his unbeaten start to 2022 by beating British number one Cameron Norrie 6-4 6-4 to win the Mexican Open.
- It is the 91st title of Nadal’s career and a fourth in the Mexican city, having won his first as an 18-year-old in 2005.
- Nadal, who also triumphed in 2013 and 2020, is now the tournament’s youngest and oldest champion.
World Bank’s India head Junaid Ahmad appointed vice president of operations
The World Bank’s India head Junaid Kamal Ahmad has been appointed as a Vice President of the international lending institution.
- Ahmad, who as Vice President, Operations would head the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), is only the second Bangladeshi national to be appointed to such a high position in the history of the bank. Ahmad will assume his new role from April 16.
Ashneer Grover resigned from BharatPe as MD & Director
Ashneer Grover, who had lost an arbitration that he filed against BharatPe, on March 1 resigned from the fintech firm as managing director of the company.
- Grover had filed an arbitration with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre challenging BharatPe’s decision to conduct a governance review.
- He also announced to resign as a director of the Board.
Prof Dhar first Indian to get Boltzmann Medal
The prestigious Boltzmann Medal for the year 2022 has been awarded to Prof Deepak Dhar of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune (IISER Pune). The award has been awarded to Prof Dhar for his contribution in the field of ‘Statistical Physics’. He shared the award with American scientist John Hopfield.
“Udaan Ek Majdoor Bachhe Ki” authored by Mithilesh Tiwari
Bhajan Samrat Anup Jalota released the book “Udaan Ek Majdoor Bachhe Ki” by Captain AD Manek in a glittering program organized by Shailesh B Tiwari of P Club Education Pvt Ltd in Mumbai.
- The author of this book is Mithilesh Tiwari. This book is about the life journey of Captain AD Manek, how he traveled from zero to pinnacle in his career graph.
“The Millennial Yogi” authored by Deepam Chatterjee
Former Indian Army Captain, Deepam Chatterjee has authored a new book titled “The Millennial Yogi: A modern-day parable about reclaiming one’s life”. This is a book that mixes mysticism and music that takes readers on a journey of awakening.
- The book talks about Jayshankar Prasad, or Jay, who has a shady-yet-mercurial rise in his journey as an entrepreneur and Vini, a mystic monk.
Rahul Gandhi releases CM Stalin’s Autobiography ‘Ungalil Oruvan’
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi launched the first volume of Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin’s autobiography “Ungalil Oruvan” (One Among You) in Chennai.
- The first part of the autobiography contains his early life experiences. In it, he traces his school and college days, adolescence, early political contributions, marital life and the MISA struggle, recalling 23 years up to 1976.