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NATIONAL AFFAIRS - October 2022

Oct 2022

Apr 19, 2024

Saurabh Garg Appointed as Secretary of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation

  • The Central Government entrusted IAS officer Saurabh Garg with the additional charge of Secretary of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI). This decision, communicated through an order issued by the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), underscores Garg's extensive experience and expertise in the realm of public administration.
  • Garg, a 1991-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer from the Odisha cadre, will serve in this capacity until a regular incumbent is appointed or further directives are issued.
  • Alongside Saurabh Garg's appointment, the Central Government has also extended the additional charge of Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit – India (FIU-India) to IAS officer Vivek Aggarwal for a period of six months.

Apr 18, 2024

India's First Olympic Studies and Research Centre to Open in Gujarat

  • In a key development for India's sports education landscape, the country is set to inaugurate its first Olympic Studies and Research Centre (OSRCs) in Gujarat. Named the Bharat Centre for Olympic Research and Education (B-CORE), this pioneering facility will be hosted by the Rashtriya Raksha University (RRU) in Gujarat. With an expected opening tentatively scheduled for July 2024, B-CORE is poised to become the premier hub for Olympic research and education not only in India but also in South Asia.
  • Endorsed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), B-CORE will serve as a platform for scholars, professionals, athletes, and coaches, striving to deepen their understanding of Olympism and its impact on society. Founded in 2009 by the Government of Gujarat and later taken over by the Government of India in 2020, Rashtriya Raksha University's focus has been in the field of national and internal security studies. With the introduction of B-CORE, the university expands its field to sports as well.

Apr 17, 2024

Chitrakoot's Stunning Glass Skywalk Bridge in Uttar Pradesh

  • In a remarkable feat of engineering and tourism development, the state of Uttar Pradesh unveiled its first-ever glass skywalk bridge, located at the enchanting Tulsi (Shabari) Waterfall in Chitrakoot. This innovative and visually stunning structure, shaped like Lord Ram's bow and arrow, is a premier eco-tourism destination for visitors to the region.
  • Formerly known as the Shabari Waterfall, the site has been renamed Tulsi Waterfall by the state government, acknowledging its significance as the birthplace of the renowned poet and spiritual leader, Goswami Tulsidas. This renaming, coupled with the development of the glass skywalk bridge, is part of a larger plan to transform the area into a thriving eco-tourism destination.

LS Polls: 8 Union Ministers, 2 Former CMs, 1 Ex-Governor in Fray in First Phase

  • Eight Union Ministers, two former Chief Ministers and one Ex-governor are among those who are set to test their electoral fate in the first phase of elections on April 19 when 102 seats across 21 states and Union territories will go to polls.
  • Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari is seeking a hat-trick of win from the Nagpur seat. In 2014, he had defeated seven-time MP Vilas Muttemwar by a margin of 284,000 votes and retained the seat in 2019 by defeating current Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole by 216,000 votes.
  • Tamilisai Soundararajan, who resigned as Governor of Telangana and Lt Governor of Puducherry to return to active politics, is contesting from Chennai South Lok Sabha constituency.

Apr 16, 2024

Congress Drops Ex-Indian Hockey Captain Prabodh Tirkey as Candidate in Odisha

  • The Congress dropped former Indian hockey captain Prabodh Tirkey, who led the country to victory in the 2007 Asia Cup championship, as its candidate from Odisha's Talasara assembly constituency.
  • Tirkey was named as the Congress's candidate from the reserved seat for tribals earlier in April. He joined the party after quitting his job with Air India.
  • The Congress named freelance journalist Debendra Bhitria as Tirkey's replacement as it changed three candidates.

Actor Amit Sadh Joins Forces with STAIRS Foundation to Empower Indian Youth

  • Actor Amit Sadh announced his collaboration with STAIRS Foundation, marking a significant step towards youth empowerment and development in India.
  • STAIRS Foundation, recognised as a leading National Sports Promotion organisation, stands as one of the largest grassroots sports and youth development organisations in both India and globally. With a commitment to fostering the potential of the nation's youth, STAIRS has earned widespread acclaim for its impactful initiatives.

Rajasthan Leads in Seizures by EC Ahead of Lok Sabha Poll

  • Rajasthan, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra emerged as the four top states in terms of seizures made by the EC just weeks before the commencement of the polls.
  • The EC said that it is on track to make its highest ever seizures of inducements, as enforcement agencies have made a record seizure of more than Rs. 4,650 crore. According to official data on seizures made by the poll body between March 1 and April 13, 2024, Rajasthan led the states with seizures worth Rs. 778 crore , followed by Gujarat (Rs. 605 crore), Tamil Nadu (Rs. 460 crore), and Maharashtra (Rs. 431 crore).

Apr 15, 2024

PM Modi to Campaign for NDA Candidates in Kerala

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take part in the public meeting as part of the election campaign on Monday morning at Kunnamangalam in Alathur constituency in Thrissur District. He will attend the election campaign for NDA candidates T.N. Sarasu and Suresh Gopi, contesting in Alathur and Thrissur respectively. 
  • After that, he will travel to Kattakkada in Thiruvananthapuram district. At Kattakkada, PM Modi will campaign for V. Muraleedharan and Rajeev Chandrashekar, the two Union Ministers contesting under the NDA banner from Attingal and Thiruvananthapuram constituencies respectively.
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