Current Affairs is the most important area in all competitive exams. But the difficulty level is very high. That’s why; many aspirants get confused, how to select Current Affairs for Preparation of Competitive Examination? In this Post, Daily Current Affairs 21 December 2022, we have tried to cover each and every point and also included all important facts from National/ International news that are useful for upcoming competitive examinations such as UPSC, SSC, Railway, State Govt. etc.
Current Affairs for Competitive Exam – 21 December 2022
RRR bagged three awards at Philadelphia Film Critics Circle Annual Awards: The Indian film, ‘RRR’ has bagged three awards at the 2022 Philadelphia Film Critics Circle Annual Awards. RRR, helmed by director SS Rajamouli, is continuing its winning streak in the international movie circuit. The film has now won three awards at the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle Annual Awards. RRR won in these categories – Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography, and Best Score/Soundtrack.
Earlier, the film has also received nominations in two categories for 2023 Golden Globes. The film has been nominated in the Best Picture – Non-English Language category and “Naatu Naatu” in the Best Original Song – Motion Picture category.
Earlier, RRR also bagged four nominations at the inaugural HCA Creative Arts Awards 2023 which included Sreekar Prasad for Best Editing, Srinivas Mohan for Best VFX, M. M. Keeravaani for Best Original Song – ‘Naatu Naatu’, and King Solomon for Best Stunts.
Meanwhile, RRR has also been submitted in 15 categories for consideration for Oscars 2023. The categories include Best Motion Picture, Best Director (S.S. Rajamouli), Best Actor for Ram Charan and Jr. NTR, Best Supporting Actor (Ajay Devgn), Best Supporting Actress (Alia Bhatt), Best Original Song for ‘Naatu Naatu’, Best Original Screenplay (S.S. Rajamouli, V. Vijayendra Prasad, Sai Madhav Burra). Best Original Score (M.M. Keeravaani), Best Film Editing (Sreekar Prasad), Best Sound, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Visual Effects.
Tamil Nadu government makes Aadhaar a must for all of its schemes: The Tamil Nadu government has made mandatory of Aadhaar number or Aadhaar identification for all those who are eligible for benefits (other than minor children) under various government schemes.
An order was issued by Finance Secretary N Muruganandam on December 15 stating that using Aadhaar verification will “simplify the government delivery process” and ensure efficiency and transparency. The order further stated that Aadhaar verification will enable beneficiaries to get their entitlements directly in a “convenient and seamless manner” by removing the need to provide multiple documents of proof. The order makes Aadhaar mandatory for government employees, government pensioners, and other beneficiaries of schemes introduced by the state government.
According to the order, the Aadhaar card is mandatory for government employees, government pensioners and beneficiaries of various schemes. The government has also announced remedial mechanisms if Aadhaar identification fails due to poor biometrics or any other reason.
FuelBuddy ties up with IOCL for doorstep delivery of automotive lubricants: FuelBuddy, the legal doorstep fuel delivery service has partnered with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.(IOCL) for the marketing of automotive and industrial lubricant, SERVO. The customers of FuelBuddy will soon be able to place orders for lubricants on the FuelBuddy app . The lubricants will be delivered at their doorstep at a time of their convenience. All customers (new and existing) of FuelBuddy will soon be able to easily place orders of lubricants as per their requirement on the FuelBuddy app.
The physical delivery of the lubricants will be done at their doorstep at the time of their convenience. The lubricants and greases market is a mix of steel, cement, power, mining, railroads, textiles, autos, and glass industries, as well as two and three-wheelers, agricultural equipment, stationary engines and marine.
R. Udayakumar, chief general manager, Lube Sales, IOCL, said, “With IOCL being a diversified, integrated energy major with its presence in almost all the streams of oil, gas, petrochemicals, and alternative energy sources, this association will be fruitful for both the organisations to responsibly deliver lubricants along with our existing partnership for fuel delivery to the consumers.“
Bandhan Bank signs MoU with Defence Ministry for defence pensioners: Bandhan Bank has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Controller General of Defence Accounts, Ministry of Defence, for extending banking services to the defence pensioners and their families through 557 branches.
The bank is aligned with the vision of the government in being a one-stop solution to all pension related activities of defence pensioners under the Outreach Programme for Defence Pensioners on System for Pension Administration Raksha (SPARSH), said a press statement issued by the bank. The Bank is aligned with the vision of govt in being a one-stop solution to all pension-related activities of Defence pensioners under the Outreach Programme for Defence Pensioners on SPARSH.
The Defence Secretary virtually inaugurated a SPARSH Service Centre in Delhi Cantonment, offering various services such as service requests and grievance redressal, annual life certification, Pensioner Data verification (PDV), manage profile changes including Aadhaar number, PAN number, postal address and bank details.
Lance Naik Bhairon Singh Rathore, 1971 war hero, passes away: Bhairon Singh Rathore, a BSF veteran of the 1971 India-Pakistan conflict, passed away on Monday in Jodhpur at 81 yeas of age at the AIIMS in Jodhpur. He served in the 14th BSF unit during the war and retired from service in 1987. The BSF veteran’s bravery at Rajasthan’s Longewala post during the war was portrayed by actor Suniel Shetty in the Bollywood movie ‘Border’.
Rathore was stationed at the Longewala post in Jaisalmer’s Thar desert, where he was in charge of a tiny BSF unit of six to seven members and a 120-man company of the 23 Punjab regiment of the Army. On December 5, 1971, these men valiantly fought and annihilated an attacking Pakistani brigade and tank regiment in this area. He was awarded the Sena Medal in 1972 for his bravery. Bhairon Singh Rathore, a Naik who served in the 14th BSF unit during the conflict, retired from the military in 1987. When one of the 23 Punjabi youths was killed, according to BSF documents concerning the Longewala engagement, Lance Naik Bhairon Singh “took his light machine gun and inflicted significant damage on the approaching enemy.” Official records claim that Lance Naik Bhairon Singh “become a huge inspiration to his other comrades on the post” and that “it was only their courage and willingness to do or die that won the day.”
Gaya and Nalanda selected for development under Swadesh Darshan 2.0: Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy in response to a question in the Lok Sabha also said the Punaura Dham site in the Sitamarhi district of Bihar has been identified for development under the Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASHAD) Scheme of the ministry.
The ministry under its Swadesh Darshan, PRASHAD and Assistance to Central Agency for Tourism Infrastructure Projects schemes provides support to state governments, Union Territory administrations and central agencies for the development of tourism infrastructure in the country, he said.
He has also informed that the Punaura Dham site in the Sitamarhi district of Bihar has been identified for development under the Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASHAD) Scheme. The ministry has now revamped its Swadesh Darshan scheme as Swadesh Darshan 2.0.
INSV Tarini to participate in 50th edition of Cape Town to Rio Race 2023: INSV Tarini has set sail for an expedition to Cape Town, South Africa for participating in the 50th edition of Cape to Rio Race 2023. This ocean sailing race will be flagged off on 2nd January, 2023 from Cape Town and will culminate at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Aim: To train crew onboard, in essential seamanship skills including Navigation, Communication, and Planning.
The expedition is being undertaken by an Indian Navy crew of five officers including two women officers. The race is one of the most prestigious Trans-Atlantic ocean races. The expedition is being undertaken by an Indian Navy crew of five officers including two women officers. During the expedition while transiting from Goa to Rio de Janeiro via Cape Town and back, INSV Tarini would be covering a distance of almost 17000 nautical miles. INSV Tarini is known for circumnavigating the globe with an all-women officer crew in the historic expedition titled ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’ in 2017.
Digital India Awards 2022: The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs’ initiative “DataSmart Cities: Empowering Cities through Data” earned the Platinum Icon award in the Smart Cities Mission category of the Digital India Awards 2022. The award was announced under the ‘Data Sharing and Use for Socio-Economic Development’ category. The DataSmart Cities Initiative is a key step in creating a robust data ecosystem that enables evidence-based decision-making in cities.
What is DataSmart Cities Initiative?
The DataSmart Cities Initiative is a key step in creating a robust data ecosystem that enables evidence-based decision-making in cities. It aims to use data’s power for India’s 100 Smart Cities to improve government. Digital India Awards presents an opportunity to bring to the fore digital initiatives being adopted to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. It is a prestigious National competition that seeks to encourage and honour innovative digital solutions by government entities in realising the Digital India vision. Through 100 City Data Offices and more than 50 Data Policies, the programme has institutionalised a Data Ecosystem in cities.
The 100 Smart Cities now publish open datasets and contribute to data blogs and visualisations through the Smart Cities Open Data Portal, which has seen a transformation from zero to 1.2+ lakh downloads and 6 lakh visits. This initiative has led to generation of more than 180 innovative, scalable, and replicable use cases in collaboration with various stakeholders that are being utilized by cities for better functioning and citizen engagement vis.
About the Digital India Awards:
The Digital India awards instituted in 2009 are one of a kind in India for honouring the efforts of different Government entities in the digital realm. These are conducted by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) under the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY). In 2022, the seventh annual Digital India Awards (DIA) will take place.
Digital India Awards (DIA) presents an opportunity to bring to the fore digital initiatives being adopted to transform India into a digitally empowered society & knowledge economy. These awards are instituted under the aegis of National Portal of India to encourage and honour innovative digital solutions by government entities at all levels. DIA 2022 aims to inspire and motivate not only government entities but also start-ups in fulfilling the Digital India vision.
Pro Kabaddi League Season 9 Final: Jaipur Pink Panthers defeated a tenacious Puneri Paltan team in the Pro Kabaddi League Season 9 Final by a score of 33-29 to claim their second PKL championship. After Patna, Jaipur Pink Panthers, the league’s first-ever winners, are currently only the second team to win multiple titles. Bengaluru, Pune, and Hyderabad hosted the competition, with Mumbai hosting the playoffs. Jaipur Pink Panthers team is currently led by Sunil Kumar Malik and coached by Sanjeev Baliyan. The team is owned by Abhishek Bachchan.
PKL Season 9: Award winners from the Final
- Perfect Player of the Final: Sunil Kumar (Pink Panthers)
- Game Changer of the Final: V Ajit Kumar (Pink Panthers)
- Moment of the Final: Ankush Rathee (Pink Panthers)
- Move of the Final: V Ajit Kumar (Pink Panthers)
- Perfect Moment of the Final: Sunil Kumar (Pink Panthers)
PKL Season 9: Prize money
- WINNERS: Jaipur Pink Panthers: Rs 3 crore
- RUNNERS UP: Puneri Paltan: Rs 1.80 crore
- Semi-Final Losers: Dabang Delhi KC & Bengaluru Bull: Rs 90 lakh
- Eliminators Losers: UP Yoddhas & Tamil Thalaivas: Rs 45 lakh
PKL Season 9: Award Winners of the Season:
- Most Valuable Player of the Season: Arjun Deshwal (Pink Panthers) Rs 20 lakh
- Raider of the Season: Bharat (Bengaluru Bulls) Rs 15 lakh
- Defender of the Season: Ankush (Pink Panthers) Rs 15 lakh
- Young Player of the Season: Narender (Bengaluru Bulls) Rs 8 lakh
List of winners of Pro Kabaddi League till now:
|Pro Kabaddi League Seasons||Winner|
|Season 1 (2014)||Jaipur Pink Panthers|
|Season 2 (2015)||U Mumba|
|Season 3 (2016)||Patna Pirates|
|Season 4 (2016)||Patna Pirates|
|Season 5 (2017)||Patna Pirates|
|Season 6 (2018)||Bengaluru Bulls|
|Season 7 (2019)||Bengal Warriors|
|Season 8 (2021-22)||Dabang Delhi|
The ‘Friends of Library’ programme: The ‘Friends of Library’ programme, under which books would be directly given to those who are unable to access state-run libraries, was introduced by the Tamil Nadu government. The project will benefit anyone who cannot visit a library, including those with disabilities, seniors, kids, and hospital in-patients. Volunteers will hand over the books to such people from the libraries.
About the ‘Friends of Library’ programme:
- Such individuals will receive the books from the libraries from volunteers, he continued. The recipients must register with the relevant library.
- The program’s first phase will involve 2,500 libraries, including 31 district libraries. A knowledge-based society was to be promoted as a result of this initiative. State Food Minister R Sakkarapani, district collector Dr S Visakan and others participated.