DAILY UPDATE 3: RANK AND REPORT
Global Hunger Index 2022: India Ranks 107th Out Of 121 Countries :-
In the 2022 Global Hunger Index, India was ranked 107th out of 121 countries. In Global Hunger Index India was ranked 101st out of 116 countries last year. For the second year in a row, India has performed worse than its neighbours Pakistan (99th), Nepal (81st), and Bangladesh (84th). India was only two places higher than Afghanistan, which ranked 109th on the hunger index. The Global Hunger Index index calculates hunger and malnutrition levels around the world. This year’s report accessed data from 136 countries, but only 121 were evaluated.
DAILY UPDATE 2 : RANK AND REPORT
Living Planet Report 2022: Wildlife Populations Decline By 69% In 50 Years :-
According to the Living Planet Report 2022, there has been a 69% drop in the global wildlife population in just over 50 years. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) biennial report does not include India-specific data, but WWF India representatives stated that the country is also extremely vulnerable to massive biodiversity loss: over 12% of wild mammal species in India are facing extinction; more than 40% of honey bees have disappeared in the last 25 years; and over 50% of 867 bird species will see long-term population declines, with 146 at high risk.
DAILY UPDATE 1 : OBITUARIES
Actor Jitendra Shastri Passed Away :-
Actor Jitendra Shastri, who was known for playing the role of Usmaan in the Ali Fazal and Pankaj Tripathi-led web series Mirzapur, has passed away. The news was shared by his friends and colleagues Sanjay Mishra and Rajesh Tailang among others. Jeetu Shastri was a part of films like Black Friday (2004), Taanashah (2020), Charas: A Joint Effort (2004), India’s Most Wanted, Rajma Chawal and Ashoka among others. He was last seen in TVF Tripling.
DAILY UPDATE 4 : RANK AND REPORT
Times Higher Education Rankings 2023 :-
The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2023 have been published, and as expected, the University of Oxford has topped the list for the seventh time in a row. The University of Oxford (UK) is ranked first, followed by the University of Harvard (US) and the University of Cambridge (UK). The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has maintained its top ranking among Indian institutes in the most recent round of Times Higher Education (THE) rankings, which have been boycotted by the majority of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
DAILY UPDATE 5 : INTERNATIONAL
The G7 nations’ plan to persuade India to begin negotiations on the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP), a rich-country initiative to accelerate the phase-out of coal and reduce emissions, has hit a snag. JETP provides a variety of funding options for this purpose in identified developing countries. So far, the Power Ministry has refused to give its consent to the negotiations, arguing that coal cannot be singled out as a polluting fuel and that energy transition talks must take place on equal footing.
DAILY UPDATE 6 : SCHEMES AND COMMITTEES
Prime Minister Narendra Modi used video conferencing to dedicate 75 Digital Banking Units (DBUs) to the nation. Speaking at the event, PM Modi said that the Digital Banking Units are one more significant step in the ongoing campaign to simplify the lives of common people. As part of the Union budget 2022-23, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced the setting up of the 75 DBUs in 75 districts to commemorate 75 years of India’s independence from British rule.
DAILY UPDATE 7 : NATIONAL
PM Inaugurates Indian Institute Of Information Technology In Una :-
Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for a bulk drug park in Una, Himachal Pradesh, and inaugurated the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT). Earlier, the Prime Minister launched the new Vande Bharat Express from Amb Andaura in Una to New Delhi. The Prime Minister in his address said that that it was a big day for industrialization. “Being chosen as one of the only three states for a bulk drug park is a momentous decision for the state and is a result of our affection and dedication for the state,” he said.
DAILY UPDATE 8 : SUMMITS AND CONFERENCES
17th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas To Be Held At Indore In January 2023 :-
In January of next year, the 17th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Convention will be held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar launched the website of the 17th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Convention via video conference with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan. Dr. Jaishankar said, the Narendra Modi Government has always accorded the highest priority to the Indian Diaspora which is more than 32 million.
DAILY UPDATE 9 : SCHEMES AND COMMITTEES
Cabinet Approved PM-DevINE Scheme For Development Of Northeast States :-
The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the Prime Minister’s Development Initiative for North East Region (PM-DevINE), a Rs 6,600 crore scheme to support infrastructure, industries, and other livelihood projects in the Northeastern states. The new scheme will be implemented during the remaining four years of the 15th Finance Commission, from 2022-23 to 2025-26, and will be managed by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), according to an official statement.
DAILY UPDATE 10 : AGREEMENT
BHEL Signed An MoU With CIL & NLCIL For Coal Gasification :-
Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) clarified that on October 12, 2022, it entered into a ‘non-binding’ MoU with Coal India (CIL) and NLC India (NLCIL) for the establishment of Coal Gasification-based plants. This MoU only expresses an intention to establish a Coal to Ammonium Nitrate Project with CIL based on gasification of high ash Indian coal, as well as a lignite-based gasification pilot plant with NLCIL for power generation, both of which will use BHEL’s indigenously developed Pressurised Fluidised Bed Gasification (PFBG) technology. The Government of India owned 63.17% of the company as of 30 June 2022.
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