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One Liners of the Day, 8 April 2022

National

  • The Indian government has granted in-principle approval for five new sites for future nuclear power project locations.
  • The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has constituted an expert advisory committee. This committee was formed to carry out the government's ambitions to make India a global leader in semiconductor manufacture, innovation, and design.
  • The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the World Bank would provide the Gujarat government Rs 7,500 crore for the Mission School of Excellence project.
  • The subject's QS World University Rankings 2022 were just issued on April 6, 2022.
  • The Delhi government has incentivised e-cycles as part of its Electric Vehicle (EV) programme. This will cover cargo and passenger e-bikes with top speeds of less than 25 km/h.
  • In India, the current nurse-to-population ratio sits at 1.96:1000. The Union Health Ministry informed the Rajya Sabha of this.
  • Basavaraj Bommai, Chief Minister of Karnataka The establishment of the 'Nandini Ksheera Samridhi Cooperative Bank' is a novel move that would give milk farmers more financial strength.
  • The Weapons of Mass Destruction and Their Delivery Systems (Prohibition of Unlawful Activities) Amendment Bill, 2022, was passed by the Lok Sabha. The Weapons of Mass Destruction and Their Delivery Systems (Prohibition of Unlawful Activities) Act, 2005, amended.
  • Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, will introduce the Udyam Kranti Yojana. According to officials, the MP Mukhyamantri Udyam Kranti plan was announced for the first time in November 2021, according to a gazette statement from the MSME department, but it was never implemented.
  • The National Commission for Women established an Anti-Human Trafficking Cell to increase efficacy in combating human trafficking cases, promoting awareness among women and girls, capacity building and training anti-trafficking units, and boosting law enforcement authorities' responsiveness.

International

  • According to the Global Wind Report 2022, the wind energy sector had its second-best year in 2021; however, it must consider enhanced wind energy installations to stay on pace with net-zero ambitions.
  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) lauded India's efforts to distribute food during the COVID-19 outbreak. They claimed that by ensuring food security through the government effort Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, the nation avoided an increase in extreme poverty during this period (PMGKAY).
  • Russia has been expelled from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) following charges that its military violated human rights in Ukraine.
  • QS Quacquarelli Symonds announced the 12th edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022. The subject-wise rankings of institutes around the world are composites of numerous lists.
  • On April 7, 2022, China successfully launched a new Earth observation satellite, Gaofen-3 03, from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre aboard a Long March-4C rocket.

Science & Technology

  • Recently, astronomers discovered a planet that is nearly identical to Jupiter. Jupiter's newly discovered twin is similarly positioned at a similar distance from its star as Jupiter is from the Sun.
  • Over five years, the tech firm has secured up to 83 launches, which it claims is the largest commercial launch vehicle purchase.

Economy & Business

  • The six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) agreed unanimously to maintain the repo rate at 4%. As a result of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the MPC committee maintains the reverse repo rate at 3.35%.
  • The Punjab National Bank has made the Positive Pay System (PPS) mandatory for check payments of Rs 10 lakh and higher.
  • India's agricultural exports crossed the USD 50 billion barriers for the first time during the fiscal year 2021-22 (FY22), thanks to considerable growth in sugar, rice, wheat, and other cereals exports.

Defence

  • The 9th Edition of the India-Kyrgyzstan Joint Special Forces Exercise was held in March-April 2022 at the Special Forces Training School in Bakloh, Kyrgyzstan (HP).
  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to convert civil passenger aircraft in India to Multi-Mission Tanker Transport (MMTT) aircraft.

Person in News

  • Falguni Shah, an Indian-American singer, received a Grammy Award for Best Children's Album for her album A Colorful World.Defence
  • Arya.ag, an integrated grain commerce platform, has voluntarily joined the United Nations Global Compact India, committing to universal sustainability principles and taking steps to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Sports

  • The Government of India's Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has given USD 72,124 to the UNESCO Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport 2022. This is double the agreed-upon minimum value.

Books

  • Meena Nayyar wrote a new book titled "Tiger of Drass: Capt. Anuj Nayyar, 23, Kargil Hero," released by HarperCollins Publishers India.

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