Current Affairs December 2022

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Current Affairs (1st to 31st December) 2022

Indian Coast Guard Concludes Maiden Contract for 10 Multicopter Drones.

  • The Indian Coast Guard has signed the first contract for ten multicopter drones to boost maritime surveillance and interdiction capabilities.
  • This is in line with the government’s policy for drone technology.
  • Defense Ministry has said that these drones can be operated at sea and from ships moored on the coast. These drones are being used for relief and rescue day and night.
  • The Coast Guard plans to have one hundred drones by the year 2025.

Koneru Humpy wins Silver medal at FIDA World Blitz Chess Championship

Koneru Humpy has won India’s first-ever Silver medal in the FIDE World Blitz Chess Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan on 30 December 2022. 

Humpy defeated China’s Zhongyi Tan to win Silver in the 17th and final round.

Humpy scored an impressive 12.5 points, just half a point behind the gold medal winner Bibisara Balabayeva of Kazakhastan. 

Koneru Humpy is the former world rapid champion

Humpy is the second Indian to win a medal at World Blitz, after Viswanathan Anand.

India and Cyprus signed an agreement on defense and military cooperation.

  • India and Cyprus have signed several agreements in various fields including defense and military cooperation between the two countries.
  • A Letter of Intent on Migration and Mobility Partnership was also signed to provide a common framework of arrangements and cooperation to facilitate the mobility of students, academics, business people and professionals. It will also help in tackling irregular migration.
  • In the Joint Press Statement following the talks and exchange of agreements, Dr Jaishankar said the meeting demonstrates the commitment towards deepening bilateral cooperation between India and Cyprus. He said the India-Cyprus partnership is rooted in shared values of democracy, diversity and pluralism. He added that the strategic aspects of the relationship have gained new meaning in recent years.

Amit Shah Launched “Prahari app” of the Border Security Force in New Delhi.

  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah launched ‘Prahari’ mobile app and manual of Border Security Force (BSF) in New Delhi.
  • The Prahari app will enable jawans to access personal information and accommodation, Ayushman-CAPF related information and more on their mobile.
  • The App will also provide access to GPF, Bio Data, or grievance redressal on the ‘Centralized Public Grievances Redress and Monitoring System’ or Information on various welfare schemes. The app also connects the Jawans with the portal of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • Amit Shah has urged the BSF to go through the Vibrant Village Programme, make efforts towards increasing tourism in the village, making the village self-sufficient with complete facilities.

World population is projected to reach 7.9 billion in 2023, with 73.7 million people added since New Year’s Day 2022.

  • The US Census Bureau said on December 29 that the world population is projected to reach 7.9 billion on New Year’s Day 2023, with 73.7 million people added since New Year’s Day 2022.
  • This represents an increase of 0.9% in the world population as compared to the previous year.
  • By the year 2025, the bureau’s international database predicts India’s population to surpass that of China, which is currently the most populous country in the world.
  • Formed in 1960, the Census Bureau’s international database produces estimates for more than 227 countries and territories with populations of 5,000 or more.

Benjamin Netanyahu sworn-in as Israel’s prime minister for a sixth time

Benjamin Netanyahu was on 29 December 2022 sworn-in as Israel’s prime minister for a sixth time.

Netanyahu, 73, already Israel’s longest-serving Prime Minister, has the support of 63 lawmakers in the 120-member Knesset (Israeli parliament). In the house, 54 lawmakers voted against his government.

Israel, a Middle Eastern country on the Mediterranean Sea, is regarded by Jews, Christians and Muslims as the biblical Holy Land. Its most sacred sites are in Jerusalem. 

BrahMos missile test fired against a Ship Target from Sukhoi fighter aircraft.

Indian Air Force today successfully fired the Extended Range Version of Brahmos Air Launched missile against a Ship Target from a SU-30MKI aircraft on 29 December 2022.

The supersonic cruise ‘BrahMos’ missile “achieved the desired mission objectives in the Bay of Bengal region. With this successful test, the Indian Air Force achieved a capability boost to carry out precision strikes from Su-30 fighter aircraft against land/ sea targets over long ranges

The successful test firing was a joint effort by the Air Force (IAF) , Indian Navy, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), and the BrahMos Aerospace (BAPL).

Brazilian football legend Pele, dies at the age of 82

Brazilian football legend Pele, who won a three World Cups has passed away on 29 December 2022 at the age of 82 in Sau Paulo, Brazil.

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, popularly known as Pele had been battling cancer.

Widely regarded as one of soccer’s greatest players, Pele is credited with scoring a world record 1,281 goals in 1,363 appearances during a 21-year career, including 77 goals in 92 matches for his country.

Pele is the only player to win the World Cup three times, lifting the trophy in 1958, 1962 and 1970.

Pele was named FIFA’s Player of the Century in 2000.

Prabhu Chandra Mishra was honored with the Atal Samman Award.

  • Many personalities who played important role in various fields were honored during the 9th Atal Samman function on the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister of the country Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
  • Prabhu Chandra Mishra has been awarded the Atal Samman Award for his excellence in the field of science and research.
  • MP Manoj Tiwari, MLA Ajay Mahawar and the organizer of the ceremony Bhuvnesh Singhal felicitated all the 12 people selected from across the country during the Atal Samman function after the Atal Gatha.
  • Dr. Prabhu Mishra is a well-known personality in the field of stem cell therapy, often referred to as a ‘scientific entrepreneur’. Dr. Prabhu is the President of the International Association of Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (IASRM).
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