November 2022

Vistara Airlines will be merged with Tata-owned Air India by March 2024.

  • Vistara Airlines will be merged with Tata-owned Air India by March 2024.
  • In a press release, Singapore Airlines and Tata Sons said they have agreed to merge Air India and Vistara by March 2024, subject to regulatory approval.
  • Once the integration is complete, Singapore Airlines will invest $250 million or Rs 2,000 crore in Air India.
  • The Tata group is already in the process of merging Air India Express and AirAsia India into a single entity that will provide low-cost flight options.

The 7th edition of the Global Technology Summit was held in New Delhi.

  • The 7th edition of the Global Technology Summit was held from 29th November till the 1st of December in New Delhi in a hybrid format. The summit is India’s annual flagship event on Geotechnology and is co-hosted by the Ministry of External Affairs and Carnegie India.
  • The theme for this year’s Summit is ‘Geopolitics of Technology.
  • The Ministry of External Affairs informed that over three days, the world’s leading minds in technology, government, security, space, startups, data, law, public health, climate change, academia and economy will gather, and debate related to technology and its future.
  • Ministers and senior government officials from the US, Singapore, Japan, Nigeria, Brazil, Bhutan, the European Union and other countries will also participate in the summit.
  • More than 5000 participants from all over the world have registered to attend the summit.

International Jaguar Day celebrated at National Zoological Park.

  • National Zoological Park, New Delhi (Delhi Zoo) celebrated International Jaguar Day on 29th November.
  • On this occasion, the National Zoological Park organized various activities like zoo walk and expert interaction on Big Cats and Jaguar.
  • International Jaguar Day began to raise awareness of the growing threats to the jaguar and the important conservation efforts that ensure its survival.
  • Every year it is celebrated on 29th November. International Jaguar Day celebrates the Americas’ largest wild cat as an umbrella species for biodiversity conservation and an icon for sustainable development and the centuries-old cultural heritage of Central and South America. This is the third largest Cat Predator of the World and an important species of Amazon Rainforest.

RBI announced the launch of the 1st pilot for retail digital rupee on 1st December.

  • The Reserve Bank of India announced the launch of the first pilot for a retail digital rupee on 1st December 2022.
  • As per the RBI press release, eight banks have been identified for phased participation in this pilot.
  • The first phase will start with four banks including State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, Yes Bank and IDFC First Bank in four cities across the country. Four more banks including Bank of Baroda, Union Bank of India, HDFC Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank will later join this pilot.
  • The pilot would initially cover four cities, including Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Bhubaneswar and later extend to Ahmedabad, Gangtok, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Kochi, Lucknow, Patna and Shimla.

Bengaluru to host G20 Finance Ministers meeting in February 2023.

  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that Bengaluru will host the meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors in February 2023 during India’s term as chair of the G20 grouping.
  • Shri Sitharaman has asked start-ups to use the event to showcase their profiles to visiting international guests.
  • The Finance Minister said, various cities in India have been selected to host G-20 related meetings next year.

Ravina wins gold in Youth Men’s and Women’s World Championships.

  • In boxing, Asian champion Raveena won gold in her final bout as India ended the Youth Men’s and Women’s World Championships with 11 medals in La Nucia, Spain.
  • In the second final, Kirti had to be content with a silver medal in the 81 Plus kg category, losing 0-5 to Ireland’s Cleona Elizabeth D’Arcy, the reigning European Youth Champion.
  • The women pugilists’ total tally of eight medals was the highest among all countries at this year’s edition of the championships followed by Kazakhstan’s 5 & Uzbekistan’s 4.

53rd edition International Film Festival of India concludes.

The 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) ended on 28 November 2022 at a ceremony held at the Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Stadium near Panaji. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Singh Thakur, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Dr L Murugan and Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant were present on the occasion. A host of film personalities also graced the occasion which included Akshay Kumar, Asha Parekh, Ramesh Sippy, Ayushman Khurana, Manushi Chhillar, Rana Duggubati, Sharman Joshi, Khushbu Sundar.

  • Golden Peacock (Best Film) : The award carries a cash prize of ₹40 lakh (US$50,000) shared equally between the director and producer. The director will receive the ‘Golden Peacock’ and a certificate in addition to the cash prize. The Producer will receive a certificate in addition to the cash.
  • Silver Peacock :
  • Best Director : Silver Peacock, certificate and a cash prize of ₹15 lakh (US$19,000)
  • IFFI Best Actor Award (Male) : Silver Peacock, certificate and a cash prize of ₹10 lakh (US$13,000).
  • IFFI Best Actor Award (Female) : Silver Peacock, certificate and a cash prize of ₹10 lakh (US$13,000).
  • Special Jury Award : Silver Peacock, certificate and a cash prize of ₹15 lakh (US$19,000) given to a film or an individual. The award will be given to the director of the film incase a film wins the award.
  • The coveted Golden Peacock Award for Best Film was bagged by the Spanish language film ‘I have Electric Dreams’ directed by Valentina Maurel.
  • The Best Director award was given to Nader Saeivar for Turkish film ‘No End’. Vahid Mobasheri’ has won the ‘Silver Peacock’ award for ‘Best Actor (Male)’ for the film ‘No End’.
  • Daniela Marin Navarro was given ‘Silver Peacock’ award for the ‘Best Actor (Female)’ for the film ‘I Have Electric Dreams’.
  • The Special Jury Award was conferred on Director ‘Lav Diaz’ the film ‘When the Waves are Gone’.
  • Iranian film “Nargesi” directed by Payam Eskandar bagged the ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal.
  • ‘Best Debut Feature Film of a Director’ was given to ‘Asimina Proedrou’ for the Greek film ‘Behind the Haystacks’.
  • The Telugu movie “Cinema Bandi” directed by Praveen Kandregula received a special mention in the Best Debut Feature Film category.

India-Malaysia joint military exercise Harimau Shakti 2022 began in Malaysia.

  • India-Malaysia joint military exercise ‘Harimau Shakti-2022’ began on 28th November at Pulai, Klang, Malaysia and will continue till 12th December 2022.
  • Exercise Harimau Shakti is an annual training exercise between the Indian and Malaysian armies and is being conducted since 2012.
  • The military exercise will enhance interoperability in planning and execution of various operations in the jungle terrain.
  • The emphasis during the exercise will be on developing tactical skills and enhancing interoperability between the two forces.

India-Australia bilateral military training exercise ‘Australia Hind 22’ will take place from 28 November to 11 December 2022.

  • Bilateral training exercise “Austra Hind 22” between contingents of Indian Army and Australian Army is scheduled to take place from 28th November to 11 December 2022 at Mahajan Field Firing Range (Rajasthan).
  • This is the first exercise in the Austra Hind series in which all arms and services of both the armies will participate.
  • Exercise “Austra Hind” will be an annual event which will be held alternately in India and Australia.
  • The aim of the exercise is to build positive military-to-military relations, imbibe each other’s best practices and enhance interoperability while conducting multi-domain operations in semi-desert terrain under UN peacekeeping mandate.

NCC Celebrating 74th Raising on 27th November 2022.

  • The National Cadet Corps (NCC) is celebrating its 74th Raising Day on 27th November 2022.
  • NCC Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of November. The world’s largest uniformed youth organization was established in 1948.
  • The day was celebrated across the country with cadets participating in March Past, cultural activities and social development programmes.
  • NCC is a voluntary military cadet corps under the Union Ministry of Defense and is open to school and college students.
  • It was established to organize, train and create a human resource to inspire the youth to provide leadership in all walks of life and be always available for the service of the nation.
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