Current Affairs - 12 September 2022

News Crux Appointment & Resignation

M. N. Bhandari appointed as Chairman, Appellate Tribunal under SAFEMA

The Chief Justice of Madras High Court, Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari (who is retiring on 12th September 2022) has been appointed as Chairman, Appellate Tribunal under the Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators Act (SAFEMA) for a period of four years, or till attaining the age of seventy years.

  • The order was issued by the Department of Revenue under the Ministry of Finance.
  • The Tribunal for Forfeiture of Property under the SAFEMA and the PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) Appellate Tribunal were merged in 2016 through the Finance Act, 2016.

News Crux Defence/Military Exercises

‘Gagan Strike’: A Joint Exercise by Army & Air Force

The Indian Army’s Kharga Corps and the Air Force have conducted a four-day long joint exercise ‘Gagan Strike’ in Punjab.

  • The exercise comprised the deployment of attack helicopters as the aerial arm in support of ground forces carrying out drills, practising annihilation of enemy defences and deep penetration.
  • It also showcased precision firepower of the attack helicopters in coordination with ground forces’ mechanised columns.
  • It validated the Apache 64E and Advanced Light Helicopter WSI as potent weapons delivery platforms.

News Crux Obituary

Archaeologist Braj Basi Lal Passed Away

Archaeologist B. B. Lal, who is considered as India’s most senior archaeologist, has passed away on 10th September 2022.

  • He was trained by British archaeologist Sir Mortimer Wheeler at Taxila in 1944, after which he joined the Archaeological Survey of India and served it as Director-General from 1968 to 1972.
  • Born in 1921 in Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi, Lal worked extensively on archaeological sites associated with the Harappan civilisation and those said to be linked to the epic ‘Mahabharata’ in the 1950s.
  • He led excavation at Ramjanmabhoomi site and wrote of the ‘pillar-base theory’ and claimed to have found temple-like pillars which would have formed the foundation of the Babri Masjid.
  • He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2000 and Padma Vibhushan in 2021.

Current Affairs GK

 In which city, a two-day National Conference on Sustainable Coastal Management in India was held that was participated by all the 13 coastal states of the country? -- Bhubaneswar
 What is the theme of International Dairy Federation World Dairy Summit (IDF WDS) 2022, being organised in India after half a century at Greater Noida (Uttar Pradesh)? -- ‘Dairy for Nutrition and Livelihood’
 Recently, under Project 17A, which stealth guided-missile frigate was launched by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL)? -- ‘Taragiri’
 Which city will host the 22nd Meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)? -- Samarkand (Uzbekistan)
 Which social reformer’s birthday was recently observed on 11th September, who was passionate about social empowerment and gave the clarion call of ‘Jai Jagat’? -- Vinoba Bhave
 Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati, who passed away recently, was the Shankracharya of which three Peeths? -- Dwarka, Sharda, and Jyotish Peeth
 Who recently became the first Gurjar Muslim from Jammu and Kashmir to be nominated to Rajya Sabha? -- Gulam Ali
 Name the former Union Home Minister and first Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, whose 135th birth anniversary was observed on 10th September 2022? -- Govind Ballabh Pant
 Which event - a fortnight of activities to galvanize action around cleanliness from 17th September, (Seva Diwas) till 2nd October (Swachhata Diwas) - is being organised by the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry?  -- Swachh Amrit Mahotsav
 Who became the king and head of state of the United Kingdom and 14 other realms including Australia, Canada, Jamaica, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea after the death of Queen Elizabeth II? -- King Charles III
 Who won the US Open 2022 Singles Title (Tennis) in men’s and women’s category respectively? -- Carlos Alcaraz Garfia (Spain), Iga Swiątek (Poland)
 Who was declared ‘Player of the Tournament’ at the recently concluded Asia Cup 2022, held at UAE that was won by Sri Lanka? -- Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka)
 Who has been appointed as the next United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, who will succeed Michelle Bachelet of Chile? -- Volker Turk (Austria)
 Over which river, India’s longest rubber dam was recently inaugurated? -- Falgu River (Bihar)

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