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NATIONAL AFFAIRS - July 2022

Jul 2022

Sep 28, 2022

Chandigarh Airport to be Named after Bhagat Singh

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Chandigarh airport would be renamed after Shaheed Bhagat Singh as a tribute to the great freedom fighter. Punjab & Haryana governments had last month (Aug 2022) agreed to name the airport after freedom fighter Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh. The Rs. 485-crore airport project is a joint venture of the Airports Authority of India (AAI), and the governments of Punjab and Haryana.

Vinayak Godse to Take over as New CEO of Data Security Council of India

  • Premier industry body Data Security Council of India (DSCI), setup by NASSCOM, promoted its senior vice president Vinayak Godse and appointed him as the new CEO. Godse would be taking over from Rama Vedashree who led DSCI for more than six years. Vedashree was also part of the Justice B.N. Srikrishna committee which was appointed to recommend a framework for the Personal Data Protection Bill in the country.
  • Godse will be taking over as the CEO from October 1. The decision was taken by a selection committee of the DSCI Board chaired by former DSCI chairman N. Balakrishnan, current chairman Rajendra S Pawar, NASSCOM President, and other board members.
  • Godse has been associated with DSCI since inception and has over 27 years experience in information security, IT transformation, intelligent networking, and telecom infrastructure.

Indian Govt. Appoints Bandaru Wilsonbabu as Indian Ambassador to Madagascar

  • IFS officer Bandaru Wilsonbabu, presently joint secretary in the ministry of external affairs, was appointed as the next ambassador of India to the Republic of Madagascar.
  • Wilsonbabu would replace ambassador Abhay Kumar.
  • Madagascar, officially the Republic of Madagascar, is an island country in the Indian Ocean, approximately 400 kilometres off the coast of East Africa across the Mozambique Channel. At 592,800 square kilometres Madagascar is the world's second-largest island country, after Indonesia.

Sep 27, 2022

Chhattisgarh Government to Launch a Campaign 'Hamar Beti - Hamar Maan'

  • The Chhattisgarh government announced that it will launch a special campaign for protection and safety of girls and women and provide them essential services. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said a campaign called 'Hamar Beti – Hamar Maan' (our daughters, our honour) will be launched.
  • Under the campaign, lady police officers and personnel will visit schools and colleges in the state to hold discussions and give guidance on legal rights, good touch-bad touch and preventive measures against sexual harassment and exploitation, cybercrime and social media-related crime, to girl students.
  • A helpline number will also be issued under the Hamar Beti Hamar Maan campaign. Details on the women's safety app and its use will also be shared with the school- and college-going girls.

Rural Development Ministry Develops "JALDOOT App" to Measure Water Level of Wells

  • Ministry of Rural Development has developed "JALDOOT App" that will be used across the country to capture the water level of selected wells in a village.
  • The JALDOOT App will enable Gram Rojgar Sahayak (GRS) to measure the water level of selected wells twice a year (pre-monsoon and post-monsoon). In every village, adequate number of measurement locations (2-3) shall need to be selected. These will be representative of the ground water level in that village.
  • The country has taken many steps for improvement of water management both in the rural and urban areas, through watershed development, afforestation, water body development and renovation, rainwater harvesting and so on.

Azad Launches 'Democratic Azad Party'

  • Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad launched his regional party called the Democratic Azad Party (DAP) and appealed the people in both Jammu division and the Kashmir Valley to dismantle artificial walls being created between them, as they have depended on each other for centuries.
  • Azad, who quit the Congress exactly a month ago, said that programmes and policies of his party will get people freedom from corruption, unemployment and nepotism.

Centre Launches Indigenously-developed Aviation Fuel AVGAS 100 LL

  • The government launched the indigenously-developed AVGAS 100 LL, a special aviation fuel meant for piston engine aircrafts and unmanned ariel vehicles.
  • It has been developed by Indian Oil Corporation.
  • Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Hardeep Singh Puri, launched the fuel at Hindon air base.
  • Currently, India is importing this product from European countries.
  • The domestic production of AVGAS 100 LL, produced by Indian Oil at its Gujarat refinery will make flying training more affordable in India.

Sep 26, 2022

Senior IAS officer Rajendra Kumar Appointed ESIC Director General

  • Senior bureaucrat Rajendra Kumar was appointed the director general of the Employees' State Insurance Corporation, as part of a senior-level bureaucratic reshuffle effected by the Centre.
  • Kumar, a 1992-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, is currently an additional secretary in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

Sanjai Kumar Appointed as New Chairman & MD of Railtel

  • RailTel Corporation of India announced that its board approved the appointment of Sanjai Kumar as chairman & managing director of the company.
  • Sanjai has over 29 years of experience of working as an officer of IRSSE including over 20 years of experience of managing projects and marketing departments in the company.
  • He is an officer of the Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE1). He was currently working as director of networking, planning & marketing at the company.

K. Raja Prasad Reddy Elected INS President

  • K. Raja Prasad Reddy of Telugu media group Sakshi was elected president of the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) for 2022-23. He succeeded Mohit Jain of the Economic Times. INS, the apex body of publishers of newspapers, magazines and periodicals in the country, also elected Aaj Samaj's Rakesh Sharma as deputy president and Mathrubhumi Arogya Masika's M. V. Shreyams Kumar as vice-president. Amar Ujala's Tanmay Maheshwari was named the honorary treasurer of the Society for 2022-23.
  • The secretary general of the society is Mary Paul.

Sep 25, 2022

PM Inaugurates National Conference of Environment Ministers in Gujarat

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the National Conference of Environment Ministers at Ekta Nagar in the Narmada district of Gujarat via video conference.
  • This two-day conference on September 23 and 24 aimed at creating further synergy among the central and state governments on various issues, such as climate change, tackling plastic waste, wildlife and forest management, among others.

Sep 24, 2022

Congress Issues Notification for Party President's Poll

  • The Congress' central election authority issued a notification for the party presidential election, setting in motion a process to elect successor to the party's longest-serving leader, Sonia Gandhi.
  • Election authority chairman Madhusudan Mistry issued the notification, which said that the process of filing nominations will be held from September 24 to 30.
  • The date of scrutiny of nomination papers would be October 1. The last date for the withdrawal of nominations would be October 8.
  • If there is more than one candidate, the election will take place on October 17. The counting of votes and declaration of results will be on October 19.

Sarbananda Sonowal Inaugurates Conference on Consciousness

  • An international conference -- Exploring consciousness non-duality to non-locality: A man-machine debate -- was inaugurated at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS). The conference's vision is to exchange ideas and debate information in the domain and understand its importance in the scientific community.
  • It was inaugurated by Union Minister of Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal, in presence of NIMHANS director Dr. Pratima Murty. Many national and international speakers from physics, biology, neuroscience, AI, allied fields and Indian spiritual schools discussed and debated on various topics. International experts like Dr. Terrence Deacon, professor, University of Berkeley; Dr. George Northoff, Royals Institute of Mental Health Research, Canada, and others were present.

Nagaland Prison Department Introduces Mobile Attendance Application

  • Nagaland Prison Department went digital by introducing the mobile attendance application for Prison staff. Advisor for Prisons, Printing & Stationery, H. Haiying launched the Prison staff Attendance App at the District Jail, Kohima. The mobile app was initiated by the State Prison Department in collaboration with Excellogics Technology Solution Private Limited.
  • The Prison Staff Attendance is a mobile app along with an admin portal that aims to provide a comprehensive attendance management system that can make processes hassle-free and provide a seamlessly integrated system for monitoring and tracking the employee's attendance.
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