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1 ) First Silchar-Sylhet Festival 2022 to celebrate Indo-Bangla ties held in Assam

Silchar-Sylhet festival 2022, 1st ever festival celebrating cultural ties between the neighbouring regions of India and Bangladesh was held in Barak Valley, Silchar, Assam from 2nd to 4th December 2022. The festival celebrated the linguistic and cultural ties between the Barak Valley region of Assam, India and the Sylhet segment of Bangladesh. The event was organised by the India Foundation under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India (GoI), in association with the Bangladesh Foundation for Regional Studies.

Key points:

• Among the many things connecting India and Bangladesh, links between Silchar and Sylhet stand out.
• Silchar-Sylhet Festival was organised in an attempt to
celebrate the region’s age-old people-to-people connection.
Organising Committee:
• Bimal Bora, Minister of Industries & Commerce and Public Enterprises, and Cultural Affairs, Government of Assam.
• Parimal Suklabaidya, Minister of Transport, Excise & Fisheries, Government of Assam.
• Rajdeep Roy, Member of Parliament from Silchar.

2 )17th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage held in Rabat, Morocco

• Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage was hosted by the North African Country, the Kingdom of Morocco (Morocco) in its capital city Rabat.
• It was chaired by Samir Addahre, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Morocco to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
• It is an annual gathering.
• The session witnessed the inclusion of 47 new items in the
UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list submitted by 60
countries. These include 39 items in the Representative List of theIntangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, 4 items in the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices,and 5 in urgent safeguarding list.

3) ICAO Aviation Safety Ranking

According to the latest aviation safety ranking released by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), India’s ranking has risen to 48th, up from 102nd in 2018. The ranking, which also ranks India ahead of China (49), is the best ever obtained by India. India and Georgia are in 48th position, each with a score of 85.49 %.

Key points:

• The Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), underwent an audit by the ICAO in November 2022 to examine its effective implementation (EI) of critical safety components.
• According to DGCA, the audit was carried out in India in the
areas of legislation, organization, personal licencing, operations,
airworthiness, and aerodromes.
• India now ranks above China (49), Israel (50), Turkey (54), Denmark (55) and Poland (60), in terms of effective implementation of key safety elements, with a score of 85.49%.

4 ) Knight Frank Report: Mumbai Takes 22nd Spot in Prime Global Cities Index

According to the “Prime Global Cities Index Q3 2022” published by property consultant Knight
Frank, Mumbai (Maharashtra) ranked 22nd in this global index that analyses the annual price
appreciation of premium residential properties. Knight Frank reports that in the third quarter (Q3—July- September) of 2022, average annual prices increased in three Indian cities—Mumbai, Bengaluru (Karnataka), and New Delhi (Delhi). According to the report, prime price growth dropped for a second consecutive quarter in Q3 2022 globally

Key points:

• The Prime Global Cities Index, which analyses the movement of the top 5% of residential prices in local currency across 45 global cities, reported 7.5% annual growth in Q3 2022, down from 10% in Q1 2022.
• Mumbai improved from 39th place in Q3 2021 to 22nd place in Q3 2022.
• In addition, Bengaluru jumped in rank to 27th (Q3 2022) from 41st (Q3 2021) while New Delhi
rose to 36th (Q3 2022) from 38th (Q3 2021).
• With respect to the 12-month change (Q3 2021-Q3 2022), the average price increase in Mumbai was 4.8 % Year-on-Year (YoY), Bengaluru was 3.3 % YoY, and New Delhi was 1.2 % YoY.

5 ) NIHR Global Health Research Centre Grants EURO 10 million Grant for Long Term Research in India & Nepal

Researchers from the Public Health Foundation of India and University of Leicester have been awarded a prestigious grant of nearly EURO 10 million by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Global Health Research Centre, United Kingdom (UK).

Key points:

• The researchers will collaborate with the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), Jodhpur, Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth (HRIDAY), Delhi, India and Kathmandu Medical College (KMC), Kathmandu, Nepal.
• As part of the project, 17 places on master’s degrees, 19 PhDs and 14 post-doctoral placements will be available in the University of Leicester, Birmingham or Brunel.
• It covers applied health research, implementation science, medical statistics, quality and safety in healthcare, health data science and diabetes.

6 ) B-21 Raider: US unveils 6th generation Nuclear Bomber

United States (US) Airforce has unveiled its newest nuclear stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider, whichis world’s first Sixth Generation Aircraft. The technology behind this is developed and delivered by the Northrop Grumman. It will cost nearly $700m (£569m) each and can carry nuclear and conventional weapons.

Key points:

• It is named in honour of the Doolittle Raids of World War II when 80 men, led by Lt. Col. James Jimmy” Doolittle, and 16 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers set off on a mission that changed the course of World War
• The designation B-21 recognizes the Raider as the first bomber of the 21st century.
• US Air Force plans to buy at least 100 B-21 Raider stealth bombers which will replace the B-1 and B-2 models.
• It is estimated to cost $203bn (£165bn) to develop, buy and operate over 30 years.
• B-21 is part of the Pentagon’s efforts to modernize all three legs of its nuclear triad, which includes silo-launched nuclear ballistic missiles and submarine launched warheads.
• It is capable of networking across the battlespace to multiple systems, and into all domains.
• It is expected tomake its first flight in 2023, and will enter operations in 2026 or 2027

7) IIT Madras develops Sindhuja-I or ‘Ocean Wave Energy Converter’ to Generate Electricity from Sea Waves

The researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) have developed a device called Sindhuja-I or ‘Ocean Wave Energy Converter’, that can generate electricity from sea waves. Sindhuja means “created from the ocean” in Sanskrit. The device trials were completed during the second week of November 2022.

Key points:

• According to the IIT Madras statement, The device was deployed approximately 6 kilometres (km) off the coast of Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, at a location with a depth of 20 metres.
• The Ocean Wave Energy Converter targets generating  megawatt (MW) of power from ocean waves in the next 3 years. 
• The success of this initiative will contribute to the achievement of various goals, including the UN Ocean Decade and the Sustainable Development Goals.
• India’s goals: deep water missions, clean energy and achieving a blue economy.
• It could assist India in meeting its climate change-related goals of generating 500 GW of electricity from renewable energy by 2030.

8 ) DRDO hands over Authority Holding Sealed Particulars (AHSP) of Akash Weapon System to Missile Systems Quality Assurance Agency

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) handed over the Authority Holding Sealed Particulars (AHSP) of the Akash Weapon System (Indian Army Version) to Missile Systems Quality Assurance Agency (MSQAA) in Hyderabad, Telangana.

Key points:

• The Akash missile system was developed by a group of DRDO laboratories, including 3 from Pune.
• Akash is the 1st indigenous state-of-the-art surface-to-air missile system that has been in service with the armed forces for nearly a decade.
• According to the Ministry of Defence (MoD), the system has been inducted by the Indian Army and Indian Air Force with an order value worth Rs 30,000 crore.

9 )Navy Day 2022 – December 4

Navy Day is annually observed across India on the 4th of December to recognise the role of the Indian Navy, the maritime arm of the Indian Armed Forces, in ensuring the safety of the nation. The day also commemorates the achievements of “Operation Trident”, an offensive operation launched by the Indian Navy during the India-Pakistan war of  1971

Key points:

• Maratha emperor Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhosle known as the “Father of the Indian Navy”, is the creator of India’s naval force.
• As a part of the celebration of Navy Day 2022, the Indian Navy demonstrated India’s combat prowess and capability through an ‘Operational Demon stration’ at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
• For the first time, the Navy Day Celebrations are being conducted outside the National Capital, New Delhi, Delhi.
• The Indian Navy Week is annually observed across India from 1st to 7th December during which various activities and events will be organised.
• Indian Navy Week 2022 is observed from 1st to 7th December 2022

10 ) International Day of Banks 2022 – December 4

United Nations (UN)’s International Day of Banks is annually observed across the globe on December 4 to recognise the vital role of banking systems in the Member States in contributing to the improvement of the standard of living.

Key points:

• 4th December 2022 marks the observance of the 3rd International Day of Banks.
• The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the resolution A/RES/74/245 on 19th December 2019 and proclaimed December 4 of every year as International Day of Banks.
• The 1st International Day of Banks was observed on 4th December 2020.

11 ) World Soil Day 2022 – December 5

United Nations(UN)’s World Soil Day(WSD) is annually observed across the globe on 5th December to create awareness about the importance of healthy soil and to advocate the sustainable management of soil resources. The theme of World Soil Day 2022 is “Soils: where food begins”.

Key points:

• The observance of an international day dedicated to soil was recommended by the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) in 2002.
• On 20th December 2013, the UNGA adopted the resolution A/RES/68/232 and proclaimed the 5th December of every year as World Soil Day.
• The resolution also declared the year 2015 as the International Year of Soils.
• The first ever official World Soil Day was observed on 5th December 2014.

12 ) Maharashtra Becomes First State to Set up Separate Divyang department

On the occasion of International Day of Disabled Persons, Maharashtra Chief Minister(CM) Eknath Shinde announced the formation of a separate Divyang Welfare Department for the welfare of differently-abled people with a financial outlay of Rs 1,143 crore. Maharashtra Becomes the first State in India to launch a separate department for the welfare of differently-abled people.

Key points:

• The Maharashtra government has created 2,063 posts for
this new department which will formulate policies for the welfare of the disabled with the consideration of the stakeholders views.
• The sections that are taking care of issues related to Divyang (differently-abled) people under the Social Justice and Special Assistance department will now be put together to form this new Divyang Welfare Department.
• Until now, the welfare activities of Divyang people including education, training, and rehabilitation were taken care of by the state social justice department.

13 ) J&K’s 1st FASTag-enabled Parking System Launched

Principal Secretary Housing & Urban Development Department (H&UDD), Dheeraj Gupta inaugurated J&K’s 1st FASTagenabled Parking Management System at Multi-Level Car Parking General Bus Stand Jammu.

Key points:

• The smart parking was launched as part of UT of J&K’s My Town My Pride
• The state-of-the-art smart parking FASTag enables cashless while the initiative is the 1st of its kind in J&K and 2nd across India.
• The parking would be managed by an app called Park+, which allows Jammu residents to discover, book, and prepay for a parking spot.

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