30TH TO 31ST AUGUST CURRENT AFFAIRS-2022 covering the National and International news.


National News

India’s first time refers to the ‘militarisation’ of the Taiwan Strait by China 

  • India has for the first time referred to what it called “the militarization of the Taiwan Strait”, marking a rare instance of New Delhi appearing to comment on China’s actions towards Taiwan.
  • The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka released a statement in which India accused China of “militarizing the Taiwan Strait.” The Taiwan Strait is a 180-kilometre wide strait separating the island of Taiwan and continental China (and Asia of course).
  • The strait is part of the South China Sea and connects to the East China Sea to the north. The narrowest part is 130 km wide. China claims jurisdiction over the Taiwan Strait. Around 20% of global trade passes through this strait.

Uttarakhand CM launched ‘CM Udyman Khiladi Unnayan Yojana’

  • Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has launched the “Mukhyamantri Udyaman Khiladi Unnayan Yojana” on the occasion of National Sports Day.
  • The Chief Minister Sports Development Fund will be established to be given financial benefits to the students according to accelerated rules.
  • A sports scholarship of Rs 1500 per month will be given to budding sportspersons between the age group of eight to 14 years.
  • Every year a total of 3900 budding sportspersons will be given scholarships, which will include 1950 boys and 1950 girls.

Santosh Iyer to serve as MD and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India in January 2023

  • Santosh Iyer will take over as managing director and chief executive officer of Mercedes-Benz (The German luxury automaker) India’s operations on January 1, 2023.
  • Martin Schwenk, who will take over as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mercedes-Benz Thailand, will be replaced by Santosh Iyer. Santosh Iyer was appointed vice president of the firm for customer services and retail training in 2016.
  • Santosh Iyer, 46, would be the first Indian to serve as the head of Mercedes-Benz India operations. He is currently serving as Vice President, Sales & Marketing.
  • Martin Schwenk, who will take on the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Mercedes-Benz Thailand, will be replaced by Santosh Iyer

Vajra Prahar 2022: India and USA joint exercise concluded in Himachal Pradesh

  • The 13th edition of the India-US joint special forces exercise Vajra Prahar 2022 concluded at Himachal Pradesh’s Bakloh. Special forces from the two countries participated in a 21-day joint training exercise.
  • The joint training provided an opportunity for the forces from both nations to train in airborne operations, special operations and counter-terrorism operations in a joint environment under the United Nations Charter.
  • The exercise was conducted in two phases – the first phase involved combat conditioning and tactical level special missions training exercises and the second phase included 48 hours of validation of the training received by both contingents in the first phase.

NPCI and ICICI Bank collaborate to offer RuPay credit cards

  • In order to launch a variety of credit cards on the domestic payments network RuPay, ICICI Bank established a partnership with National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).
  • The ICICI Bank RuPay Credit Card is initially offered in the Coral variant of the Bank’s Gemstone series; Rubyx and Sapphiro variants will follow soon.
  • The contactless card known as the “ICICI Bank Coral RuPay Credit Card” offers a variety of privileges and benefits.

Miss Diva Universe 2022: Karnataka’s Divita Rai crowned this year

  • 23-year-old Divita Rai from Karnataka won the prestigious title of Miss Diva Universe 2022. She was crowned by the reigning Miss Universe 2021, Harnaaz Sandhu, at a lavish ceremony that celebrated the 10th anniversary of the coveted pageant.
  • At the 71st Miss Universe pageant, Rai will be representing India, where Harnaaz Sandhu was crowned as the winner last year. Pragnya Ayyagari of Telangana was declared Miss Diva Supranational 2022.

CM Ashok Gehlot Kicks Off Rural Olympic Games in Rajasthan

  • Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot has inaugurated a month-long Rajiv Gandhi Rural Olympic Games in Jodhpur.
  • The village Olympics is expected to see the participation of 44,000 villages across Rajasthan, with nearly 30 lakh people across various age groups already registering themselves for the games. Out of the 30 lakh participants, 9 lakh are women.
  • Games like volleyball, hockey, tennis ball cricket and kho kho will be part of the events.
  • The rural olympics organised in eleven thousand gram panchayats across the state is an outreach to the rural population, especially the rural youth.
  • Talented sportspersons in these events and promote them further for participation in national and international sports events.

Telangana Tops Inflation Chart At 8.32% 

  • Telangana, together with West Bengal (8.06%) and Sikkim (8.01%), report charges nicely above the nation’s 6.8%.
  • India’s retail inflation has been a bugbear for the economic system because it surged previous 6% in January, however, there are huge disparities within the tempo of worth rise skilled by customers throughout the nation, with a dozen States clocking median inflation of lower than 6% and one other 12 States averaging over 7% by way of 2022 thus far.
  • Retail costs in States like Kerala (4.8%)Tamil Nadu (5.01%)Punjab (5.35%)Delhi (5.56%), and Karnataka (5.84%) have been rising at lower than 6%.
  • A number of the different main States the place inflation has stayed sharply elevated embody Maharashtra and Haryana (7.7%), Madhya Pradesh (7.52%), Assam (7.37%), Uttar Pradesh (7.27%), Gujarat and J&Ok (7.2%), in addition to Rajasthan (7.1%).

New Naval ensign to be unveiled by PM Modi, INS Vikrant to be launched 

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reveal a new ensign of the Indian Navy (New Naval ensign), at the aircraft carrier INS Vikrant Commissioning celebration on September 2. He will formally inaugurate the nation’s first aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant.
  • The Indian Navy will receive a New Naval ensign on September 2 without the Saint George’s cross that has been on its flag since the British placed it during the pre-independence era. The cross sign was removed from the flag between 2001 and 2004 while Atal Bihari Vajpayee was in office, but it was reinstated once the UPA led by Manmohan Singh took back power.

A book titled “Indian Banking in Retrospect – 75 years of Independence” by Dr Ashutosh Raravikar

  • Director of the Department of Economic & Policy Research(DEPR), Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Dr Ashutosh Raravikar has authored a new book titled “Indian Banking in Retrospect – 75 years of Independence”.
  • The book is published by Aswad Prakashan Private Limited. Bibek Debroy, Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India has written the foreword of the book.
  • The books highlights various economic development such as LPG (Liberalisation Privatisation and Globalisation) reforms during 1991, the Nationalisation of Banks in 1969 for the first time, the licencing of new private sector banks post 1991, setting up of Payment banks, Small Finance Bank (SFB) and consolidation of Public Sector Banks (PSBs) etc.

International News

Oscar-winning Pixar animator Ralph Eggleston passes away 

  • Oscar Award-winning animator, Ralph Eggleston passed away at the age of 56 years due to pancreatic cancer in California, United States of America (USA). He was born on 18 October 1965 in Lake Charles, Louisiana (United States).
  • He was an American animator, art director, storyboard artist, writer, film director, and production designer at Pixar Animation Studios.
  • Pixar’s animated short film “For the Birds”, written and directed by Ralph Eggleston won the award for Best Animated Short at the 74th Academy Awards (2002). He also won his first Annie Award for Best Art Direction for the movie ‘’Toy Story’’.

International Day for People of African Descent observed on 31st August

  • The International Day for People of African Descent is celebrated on 31 August globally. The day was first celebrated in 2021, halfway through the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024), which calls for concrete actions on the part of states and other members of the international community to promote recognition, justice and development.
  • The United Nations aims to promote the extraordinary contributions of the African diaspora around the world and to eliminate all forms of discrimination against people of African descent.







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