Daily Current Affairs 23rd August, 2022

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NATIONAL NEWS

National Action for Mechanised Sanitation Ecosystem (NAMASTE)
Namaste is a Central Sector Scheme of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE) as a joint initiative of the MoSJE and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA).

NAMASTE envisages safety and dignity of sanitation workers in urban India by creating an enabling ecosystem that recognizes sanitation workers as one of the key contributors in operations and maintenance of sanitation infrastructure thereby providing sustainable livelihood and enhancing their occupational safety through capacity building and improved access to safety gear and machines.

NAMASTE aims to achieve the following outcomes:

  1. Zero fatalities in sanitation work in India
  2. All sanitation work is performed by skilled workers
  3. No sanitation workers come in direct contact with human faecal matter
  4. Sanitation workers are collectivized into SHGs and are empowered to run sanitation enterprises
  5. All Sewer and Septic tank  sanitation workers (SSWs) have access to alternative livelihoods
  6. Strengthened supervisory and monitoring systems at national, state and ULB levels to ensure enforcement and monitoring of safe sanitation work
  7. Increased awareness amongst sanitation services seekers (individuals and institutions) to seek services from registered and skilled sanitation workers

Govt grants permission to defence forces to buy emergency weapons through Make in India route
Government has granted permission to defence forces to buy emergency weapons through Make in India route. These emergency powers give the defence forces the freedom to acquire any new or in-service equipment on a fast-track basis as per requirement.

  • The Defence forces have benefitted from these powers as the IAF and the Army received ‘Heron’ unmanned aerial vehicles which proved very useful for surveillance in Ladakh as well as in the Northeast.

Punjab, Haryana agree to name Chandigarh airport after Shaheed Bhagat Singh
A decade-old tussle came to an end as Punjab and Haryana agreed to name Chandigarh International Airport after Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh.

  • As Punjab government wanted renaming the civil air terminal complex at the Chandigarh airport as ‘Shaheed-e-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh International Airport, Mohali’, the Haryana Government had objected to the word ‘Mohali’.

Jaishankar unveils bust of Mahatma Gandhi in Paraguay
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar unveiled a bust of Mahatma Gandhi in Paraguay and appreciated the Asuncion Municipality’s decision to locate it at the prominent waterfront of the city.

  • Moreover, the External Affairs Minister also visited the historic Casa de la Independencia from where Paraguay’s Independence movement started more than two centuries ago.

India’s first observatory to monitor space activity to come up in Uttarakhand
India’s first commercial space situational awareness observatory, to track objects as small as 10 cm in size orbiting the earth, will be set up in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand by Digantara, a space sector start-up.

  • The space situational awareness (SSA) observatory will help India track any activity in space including that of space debris and military satellites hovering over the region.
  • Currently, the United States is a dominant player in monitoring space debris with observatories in multiple locations and commercial companies providing additional inputs from across the world.


BANKING & FINANCE

Indians remitted $6 bn in Q1FY23 under LRS scheme
Outward remittances under the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) liberalised remittance scheme (LRS) made a strong comeback in the first quarter of FY23 as Indians increased spending on international travel, maintenance of close relatives, and gifts.

  • The latest data for Q1FY23 released by the RBI shows that remittance by Indians under the scheme jumped 64.75 per cent to over $6.04 billion from $3.67 billion in Q1FY22. The amount remitted in Q1FY23 is even higher than that in Q4FY22, where outward remittance under LRS was to the tune of $5.8 billion.

HDFC ERGO launches ‘All Things EV’ platform for present and future EV customers
HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company, a leading private sector general insurance company, has launched ‘All Things EV,’ the country’s first one-stop-solution portal for Electric Vehicles (EV). In line with the Government of India’s push for Electric Mobility, this initiative caters to the needs of existing & potential EV users.

  • As a part of this initiative, the Company has unveiled a dedicated platform for existing and prospective EV ecosystem users – www.allthingsev.io, which hosts end-to-end information on this emerging sector; the platform caters to all Indians who have either purchased EVs or are planning to buy EV or to make an earning out of the booming EV space.


SPORTS

Praggnanandhaa beats World Champion Magnus Carlsen again, finishes runner-up in FTX Crypto Cup
For the third time in just six months, 17-year-old Indian Grandmaster Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu defeated world champion Magnus Carlsen, with the latest victory coming at the FTX Crypto Cup, the American finale of Champions Chess Tour, in Miami.

  • There was a sense of disbelief on the face of Magnus Carlsen when Praggnanandhaa defeated him in the blitz tiebreak after the score was tied 2-2 at the end of the regulation game.

Antim Panghal scripts history; becomes India’s 1st U20 World Champion in Women’s Wrestling
India’s junior wrestler Antim Panghal created history by becoming the U20 World Champion in Sofia, Bulgaria. Panghal became the first-ever Indian woman wrestler to win gold at the U20 World Wrestling Championships. In the final, Antim defeated Atlyn Shagayeva of Kazakhstan in the 53kg category to win the gold medal.



OBITUARIES

Samar ‘Badru’ Banerjee, former Indian football captain, passes away
Former India football team captain Samar ‘Badru’ Banerjee, who led the country to a historic fourth-place finish in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, died here in the early hours of Saturday after a prolonged illness. He was 92.

  • Fondly known as ‘Badru Da’, he was suffering from Alzheimer’s, Azotemia and high-blood pressure-related ailments, and was admitted at the MR Bangur Hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 on July 27.


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