Current Affairs February 2022

India at 43rd in International Intellectual Property Index 2022 with a Score of 38*6 [26 Feb 2022]

India has improved its overall Intellectual Property score, and the country is ranked 43 out of 55 countries on the International Intellectual Property Index, according to an annual report compiled by the influential US Chambers of Commerce.

Nitin Paranjpe appointed as HUL’s new chairman [24 Feb 2022]

Nitin Paranjpe, an industry leader, is making a comeback in the Indian landscape. As the Hindustan Unilever board, decides to segregate the roles of its chairman and managing-director-cum-chief-executive-officer from March 31. Paranjpe – a seasoned industry executive is set to be back at the firm that he used to nurture till 2013. He joined the then Hindustan Lever Ltd. (HLL) in the 1980s. Since then, Paranjpe’s rise through the ranks is nothing short of a journey that can motivate any management professional. After becoming the head sales for its South India market, Paranjpe assumed the role of vice-president (V-P) for home care business in India and finally the chief executive of HUL and executive V-P for Unilever’s South Asia cluster in 2008.

IKEA India gets its first woman CEO Susanne Pulverer [24 Feb 2022]

Swedish furniture retailer IKEA has for the first time appointed a woman as chief executive officer for its India operations. Susanne Pulverer will replace Peter Betzel as IKEA’s CEO and chief sustainability officer in India.

India’s biggest artificial reservoir Mallanna dedicated to Nation [23 Feb 2022]

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao dedicated to the nation 50TMCft capacity artificial reservoir Mallanna, which is claimed to be the country’s biggest artificial reservoir. It is a key component of the World’s largest lift irrigation project built by the Telangana government across the Godavari river. It will be filled entirely by lifting water from other sources and not with water received from its self-catchment area. The centrally located reservoir will irrigate 11-29 lakh acres in 10 districts and also cater to the drinking water and industrial needs of Hyderabad and surrounding districts.

Indian Institute of Science Commissions <i>Param Pravega</i> India’s One of the Powerful Supercomputers [22 Feb 2022]

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, Karnataka, has installed and commissioned ‘Param Pravega’ one of the most powerful supercomputers in India and the largest in an Indian academic institution under the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM). 1.The Param Pravega system is a mix of heterogeneous nodes, with Intel Xeon Cascade Lake processors for the Central Processing Unit (CPU) nodes and NVIDIA Tesla V100 cards on the Graphic Processing Unit (GPU) nodes that has been designed by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C- DAC).

Professor Neena Gupta receives Ramanujan Prize for Young Mathematicians [22 Feb 2022]

The Ramanujan Prize for Young Mathematicians was awarded to Professor Neena Gupta, a mathematician of the Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata, in a virtual ceremony on 22nd February 2022. She received the award for the year 2021 for her outstanding work in affine algebraic geometry and commutative algebra. The prize is awarded annually to a researcher from a developing country funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of the Government of India in association with ICTP (International Centre for Theoretical Physics) and the International Mathematical Union (IMU). It is given to young mathematicians less than 45 years of age who have conducted outstanding research in a developing country. It is supported by DST in the memory of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a genius in pure mathematics who was essentially self-taught and made spectacular contributions to elliptic functions, continued fractions, infinite series, and analytical theory of numbers. Professor Gupta’s solution for solving the Zariski cancellation problem, a fundamental problem in Algebraic Geometry, earned her the 2014 Young Scientists Award of the Indian National Science Academy (NSA). The NSA described her solution as ‘one of the best works in algebraic geometry in recent years done anywhere’. The problem was posed by one of the most eminent founders of modern Algebraic Geometry, Oscar Zariski, in 1949.

Israel Becomes first Country to Permit Drones in Civilian Airspace [21 Feb 2022]

Israel becomes the world’s first country to allow drones to operate in civilian air space. The Ministry of Transport and Road Safety of Israel announced, the certification for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to operate in civilian air space. Hermes Starliner Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), is the first UAV to receive such a certification.

Asia’s Biggest Bio-CNG Plant Gobar-Dhan Inaugurate in Indore [19 Feb 2022]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the “Gobar-Dhan (Bio-CNG) Plant” in Indore via video conferencing. The Indore Bio-CNG plant has been constructed under the overarching principles of “waste to wealth” and “circular economy” for maximizing resource recovery. The Gobar-Dhan plant, with a capacity to treat 550 tonnes of segregated wet organic waste per day, is expected to produce around 17,000 kg CNG and 100 tonnes of organic compost every day.

Prof. Karanam Umamaheshwar Rao takes charge as NIT Rourkela director [18 Feb 2022]

Professor K. Umamheshwar Rao has assumed office as the new director of NIT Rourkela on February 18, 2022. He will be succeeding Prof. Simanchalo Panigrahi, who was appointed as the interim director in October 2021. Prof. K. Umamaheshwar Rao was previously serving as the Director of the National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK), also known as NIT Surathkal. Before joining here, he was a faculty for almost three decades at IIT Kharagpur. Some of his important portfolios include Chairman (Estate), and Vice Chairman of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). He was also the Head of the Mining Engineering Department during 2006-08 and 2010-14.

Ratan Tata honoured with Assam’s highest civilian award ‘Assam Baibhav’ [16 Feb 2022]

Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma conferred the “Assam Baibhav“, the State’s highest civilian award to eminent industrialist and Tata Trust’s Chairman Ratan Naval Tata at a function held in Taj Wellington Mews, Koloba, Mumbai. As an industrialist & philanthropist, he has made an exceptional contribution towards furthering cancer care in Assam. The “Assam Baibhav” Award” carries a citation, a medal, and a cash amount of Rs 5 lakh.

India’s First National Maritime Security Coordinator Appointed [15 Feb 2022]

The Government of India has appointed the country’s first maritime security coordinator (NMSC) to ensure effective coordination and cooperation among multiple central and state authorities dealing with the domain from the coast to the high seas. Vice-Admiral G. Ashok Kumar, who retired as the vice-Navy Chief in July last year after over 39 years of service, will be the NMSC in the National Security Council Secretariat under national security advisor Ajit Doval.

ISRO Successfully Launches EOS-04 with 2 Co-passenger Satellites on PSLV-C52 [14 Feb 2022]

Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISROs) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV- C52) successfully injected Earth Observation Satellite (EOS-04) with 2 rideshare satellites viz. INSPIRE sat-1 and INS-2TD into a sun-synchronous polar orbit of 529 km altitude from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota Range (SHAR), Andhra Pradesh (AP).

CBSE appoints IAS Vineet Joshi as New Chairman [14 Feb 2022]

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced the appointment of Vineet Joshi, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Education, as its new Chairman. He succeeds former CBSE Chairman Manoj Ahuja, who was appointed as the OSD in the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

Tatas name Ilker Ayci as CEO & MD of Air India [14 Feb 2022]

Tata Sons on February 14 appointed Ilker Ayci, who was until recently the chairman of Turkish Airlines, as CEO & MD of Air India. Fifty-one-year old Ayci is a 1994 alumni of Bilkent University’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration. After a research stay on political science at the Leeds University in the UK in 1995, he completed an International Relations Master’s programme at the Marmara University in Istanbul in 1997.

Bopanna-Ramkumar lift men’s doubles trophy [13 Feb 2022]

India’s Rohan Bopanna and Ramkumar Ramanathan won their second ATP World Tour title together after pipping the top seeded Australian pair of Luke Saville and John-Patrick Smith in the final of the Tata Open Maharashtra.

Joao Sousa crowned champion with tough win over Emil Ruusuvuori [13 Feb 2022]

Portugal’s Joao Sousa prevailed in a fire-fight with immensely-talented Emil Ruusuvuori in the summit clash of the Tata Open Maharashtra to clinch his first ATP singles title since May 2018.

S. Kishore appointed Chairman of Staff Selection Commission [11 Feb 2022]

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of S. Kishore, a 1989-Batch IAS officer of West Bengal Cadre, as the Chairman of the Staff Selection Commission (SSC). He succeeds Deepti Umashankar, who had been serving as the Chairman of SSC (Additional Charge) since 2021.

Atal Tunnel Officially Recognised as Longest, Highway Tunnel above 10,000 feet by World Book of Records [09 Feb 2022]

The World Book (WB) of Records United Kingdom (UK) officially certified India’s Atal Tunnel as the World’s Longest Highway Tunnel above 10,000 feet (3048 Meters) from the Mean Sea Level (MSL). This recognition was given during a ceremony in New Delhi. The award for the same was received by Lieutenant General Rajeev Chaudhry, Director General of Border Roads (DGBR).

Atal Tunnel officially recognised as ‘Longest Highway Tunnel above 10,000 feet’ by World Book of Records [09 Feb 2022]

Atal Tunnel has officially been certified by the World Book of Records, as the ‘World’s Longest Highway Tunnel above 10,000 Feet’, during a landmark ceremony on 09 February 2022, in New Delhi. Lt Gen Rajeev Chaudhry, Director General of Border Roads Organisation (DGBR) received the award for the stupendous achievement of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in constructing this engineering marvel connecting Manali to the Lahaul – Spiti Valley. World Book of Records UK, is an organisation that catalogs and verifies extraordinary records across the world with authentic certification. The Nation’s pride, the visionary project of Atal Tunnel was dedicated to the Nation by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on October 03, 2020. The 9.02 km long, strategically significant, Atal Tunnel, that runs under the ‘Rohtang Pass’ was constructed on the Manali – Leh Highway under the challenging conditions of freezing temperatures in extremely difficult terrain. Prior to the construction of the tunnel, the highway remained closed during the winter season for six months, isolating Lahaul & Spiti from the mainland. Construction of this tunnel has reduced the distance on Manali – Sarchu road by 46 km and travel time by four to five hours, providing all-weather connectivity on the Manali – Leh axis.

Shri Ravi Mital takes charge as Chairperson of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India [09 Feb 2022]

Shri Ravi Mital took charge as Chairperson of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India in New Delhi. A 1986 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Bihar cadre, Shri Mital holds degrees of B.E. in Mechanical Engineering and M.Phil. in Environmental Science. Prior to joining the IBBI as Chairperson, he superannuated from the position of Secretary, Department of Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Shri Mital has also served as Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Special Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance. Shri Mital has also served on Boards of various organisations including State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, GIC Re, etc. During his service, Shri Mital has served in varied capacities in various Ministries and Departments of the Government.

JNU Appoints Pune University Professor Santishree Pandit as its First Woman Vice-Chancellor [07 Feb 2022]

Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit has been appointed as the first woman Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Pandit who is currently a political science professor at Savitribai Phule University in Maharashtra was appointed the top post. The 59-year-old Pandit is also an alumna of JNU where she pursued her MPhil as well as Ph.D. in International Relations. Pandit began her teaching career at Goa University in 1988 and moved to Pune University in 1993. She has held an administrative position in various academic bodies. She has also been a member of the University Grants Commission (UGC), the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), and the Visitor’s nominee to central universities. In her career, she has guided 29 PhDs.

Construct Bridge Over Mahakali River [07 Feb 2022]

India and Nepal, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the cons¬truction of a motorable bridge over the Mahakali River connecting Dharchula (India) with Dharchula (Nepal), under Indian grant assistance. India will bear all the costs of constructing the bridge and the preparation of a detailed project report for the bridge has already been completed and the construction work of the bridge will start soon and will be completed within three years. The project will improve cross-border connectivity between Nepal’s Sudur Paschim province and India’s Uttarakhand across the Mahakali river where close people-to-people links exist between communities on both sides of the border.

ISRO Demonstrates Hack-Proof Quantum Communication [07 Feb 2022]

Scientists from Ahmedabad-based Space Applications Centre (SAC) and Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) successfully demonstrated quantum communication entanglement based on real-time Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), a major step toward satellite-based quantum communication.

India Emerges Champion of ICC Under-19 Men’s World Cup for record-extending fifth time [05 Feb 2022]

India clinched its record-extending fifth ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup, beating England by four wickets in the final at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua. Yash Dhull was the captain of the Indian team. India had won the coveted title in 2000, 2008, 2012, and 2018 before this one in 2022.

PM dedicates to the nation 216-feet tall ‘Statue of Equality’ commemorating Sri Ramanujacharya [05 Feb 2022]

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation the Statue of Equality in Hyderabad. The 216-feet tall Statue of Equality commemorates the 11th century Bhakti Saint Sri Ramanujacharya, who promoted the idea of equality in all aspects of living including faith, caste, and creed. Governor Telangana Smt Tamilisai Soundararajan, Union Minister Shri G. Kishan Reddy were among those present on the occasion.

Prof Dinesh Prasad Saklani is the new NCERT director [05 Feb 2022]

The Central government has appointed Dinesh Prasad Saklani as director of NCERT for a period of five years or till he attains the age of 65 years, whichever is the earliest. Saklani is a professor with the department of history, ancient Indian history, culture and archaeology at HNB Garhwal University, Uttarakhand. He is also the director of the Chauras Campus of the university.

M Jagadesh Kumar appointed UGC Chairman [04 Feb 2022]

M Jagadesh Kumar, the Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), appointed as the Chairman of University of Grants Commission (UGC). Kumar will head the education sector’s regulatory body for a period of five years or till he attains the age of 65.

Dr. Madan Mohan Tripathi joins as Director General, NIELIT [02 Feb 2022]

Dr. Madan Mohan Tripathi has joined as Director-General of the National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology (NIELIT) on Monday. National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology (NIELIT) is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India. Before joining NIELIT, Dr. Madan Mohan Tripathi was working as Professor at Delhi Technological University (DTU), New Delhi. In DTU he also worked as Director Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) and Coordinator of Intellectual Property Rights Cell. He started his carrier as a Research Scientist with the Institute for Plasma Research (IPR), Gandhinagar (Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India) in 1994 and worked for 5 years on many R&D projects. In the year 1999, he joined the Centre for Electronics Design & Technology of India, Gorakhpur as Senior Design Engineer and worked for 10 years on various design and development projects in the areas of Information, Electronics and Communication Technology (IECT).

Lt Gen Manoj Pande, PVSM, AVSM, VSM took over as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff [01 Feb 2022]

Lt Gen Manoj Pande, PVSM, AVSM, VSM took over as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff. An alumnus of National Defence Academy, Lt Gen Manoj Pande was commissioned in December 1982 to the Corps of Engineers (The Bombay Sappers). The General Officer commanded an Engineer Regiment during Operation Parakram in the sensitive Pallanwala Sector along the Line of Control of Jammu and Kashmir. He is a graduate of Staff College, Camberley (United Kingdom) and attended the Higher Command (HC) and National Defence College (NDC) Courses.