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01. Who has been appointed as the new head coach of Afghanistan Cricket Board in March 2022?
[A] Graham Thorpe
[B] Ashley Giles
[C] Michael Atherton
[D] Andrew Caddick

Solution:

The correct answer is Graham Thorpe.

Key Points

  • Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) appointed former English batter Graham Thorpe as the new head coach of the Afghanistan national men’s team on 30 March 2022.
  • He was the batting coach for the English National team from April 2011 to September 2019.
  • Graham Thorpe has played hundred test matches for England from 1987 to 2002.

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  • Recent Appointments:
    • The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) appointed Neeraj Thakur as Director-General of Police Andaman & Nicobar on 29 March 2022.
    • The Tata Steel board on 29 March 2022 approved the appointment of Noel Naval Tata as the vice-chairman of the company.
    • Public Enterprises Selection Board has picked Ranjit Rath to head India’s second-largest state oil and gas producer, Oil India Ltd.
    • The new promoters of Jet Airways (India) Limited, the Jalan-Kalrock consortium, have appointed Sanjiv Kapoor, as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the airline.
    • India’s leading film production house, Yash Raj Films (YRF), has announced that Akshaye Widhani has been named the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective immediately.

02. International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual event occurring on March 31 every year. In which year was the day first observed?
[A] 2009
[B] 2011
[C] 2013
[D] 2015

Solution:

The correct answer is 2009.

Key Points

  • International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual event occurring on March 31 every year.
  • The day was founded by transgender activist Rachel Crandall of Michigan in 2009 as a reaction to the lack of LGBT recognition of transgender people.
  • The first International Transgender Day of Visibility was held on March 31, 2009.
  • In 2014, the day was observed by activists across the world.

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Dates  Important Days
1 March Zero Discrimination Day, World Civil Defence Day, Self Injury Awareness Day
3 March World Wildlife Day, World Hearing Day
4 March National Safety Day, Employee Appreciation Day, Ramakrishna Jayanti
8 March International Women’s Day
9 March No Smoking Day (Second Wednesday of March)
10 March CISF Raising Day
14 March Pi Day, International Day of Action for Rivers
15 March World Consumer Rights Day
16 March National Vaccination Day
18 March Ordnance Factories Day (India)
20 March International Day of Happiness, World Sparrow Day
21 March World Forestry Day, World Down Syndrome Day, World Poetry Day, International Day For The Elimination Of Racial Discrimination, World Puppetry Day
22 March World Water Day
23 March World Meteorological Day
24 March World Tuberculosis (TB) Day
25 March International Day of the Unborn Child
26 March Purple Day of Epilepsy
27 March World Theatre Day

03. Which of the following bagged the “Excellence in Information Technology” Award at the World Innovation Congress held at Mumbai, India in March 2022?
[A] Intelligent IT Hub Pvt. Ltd.
[B] Vrinsoft Technology
[C] Preogen IT Solutions
[D] Aglowid IT Solutions Pvt. Ltd

Solution:

The correct answer is Aglowid IT Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

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Key Points

  • Aglowid IT Solutions Pvt. Ltd. bagged the “Excellence in Information Technology” Award at the World Innovation Congress held in Mumbai, India on 30 March 2022.
  • In the 14th Edition of this award, World Innovation Congress celebrates and recognizes innovative thought leaders.
  • Ronak Patel (CEO at Aglowid IT Solutions) received this award on behalf of Aglowid IT Solutions.

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  • Recent Award and Honours:
    • In the second edition of Most Trusted Brands of India, ‘Cyforce‘ was recognized as one of the Most Trusted Brands of India 2022 on 30 March 2022.
    • HDFC Bank has been adjudged Best Private Bank in India at the Global Private Banking Awards 2021, organised by Professional Wealth Management (PWM).
    • Two start-ups supported by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council have received the World Bank Group and the Consumer Technology Association’s Global Women’s Health Tech Awards.
    • Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari presented the 12th Bharat Ratna Dr Ambedkar Awards and International Buddha Peace Awards in Mumbai on 9 Jan 2022.
    • The Kerala-based lender South Indian Bank has won the UiPath Automation Excellence Awards 2021 for Best Automation under Crisis for Business Continuity.

04. In March 2022, Lok Sabha passed a bill that seeks to unify how many municipal corporations in Delhi into a single entity?
[A] 2
[B] 3
[C] 4
[D] 5

Solution:

The correct answer is 3.

Key Points

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  • Lok Sabha on 30 March 2022 passed a bill that seeks to unify the three municipal corporations in Delhi into a single entity.
  • The Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2022 was passed by the House after a reply by Home Minister Amit Shah.
  • The bill seeks to ensure a robust mechanism for synergised planning and optimal utilisation of resources and bring about improved governance.

Important Points

  •  The Bill seeks to amend The Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, 1957, to effectively undo the earlier 2011 amendment to the Act by which the erstwhile Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) was trifurcated into separate North, South, and East Delhi Municipal Corporations.

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  • The Chartered Accountants, the Cost and Works Accountants and the Company Secretaries (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was passed by Lok Sabha.
  • Meanwhile, The Constitution (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2022 was passed in the Rajya Sabha.

05. Which bank has acquired Citibank’s India consumer business for $1.6 billion in an all cash deal in March 2022?
[A] Axis Bank
[B] ICICI Bank
[C] Yes Bank
[D] HDFC Bank

Solution:

The correct answer is Axis Bank.

Key Points

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  • Axis Bank has acquired Citibank’s India consumer business for $1.6 billion in an all-cash deal on March 30, 2022.
  • The acquired portfolio, the bank said, would increase its credit card customer base by around 31 per cent with an additional 2.5 million cards.
  • Amitabh Chaudhry is the MD and CEO of Axis Bank.

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  • Recent Merger and  Acquisitions:
    • Bharti Airtel Ltd on March 29 acquired Indus Towers Ltd from UK’s Vodafone Group Plc for Rs 2,388.05 crore.
    • Multiplex giants PVR and Inox announced the merger of their two companies on 28 March 2022.
    • Glance InMobi (“Glance”), a Singapore-based consumer internet company, has acquired Indian gaming company Gambit Sports Pvt Ltd. on 26 Mar’22.
    • Bharti Airtel acquired Vodafone’s 4.7% stake in Indus Towers for a 2,388 crore exchange filing on 25 March 2022.
    • Punjab National Bank (PNB) has acquired about a 6% stake in Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) on 25 Mar’22.
    • Baroda Asset Management India and BNP Paribas Asset Management India have merged to form Baroda BNP Paribas Mutual Fund with effect from 14 March 2022.

06. Who has been appointed as the Non-Executive Non-Independent Director of CASHe in March 2022?
[A] Subhash Kumar
[B] Alka Mittal
[C] Naresh Karia
[D] Shashi Shanker

Solution:

The correct answer is Naresh Karia.

Key Points

  • CASHe announced the appointment of Naresh Karia as its Non-Executive Non-Independent Director on 30 March 2022.
  • Naresh Karia, a Company Secretary and Cost Accountant possess over 21 years of CXO-level industry experience.
  • Previously, Karia served as the CFO at RBL Bank for over 7 years till 2018.
  • CASHe is India’s preferred AI-driven financial wellness platform.

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  • Recent Bank Related Appointments:
    • State Bank of India (SBI) has appointed Nitin Chugh as Deputy Managing Director (DMD) to drive digital banking operations.
    • IDBI Bank’s board has approved the re-appointment of Rakesh Sharma as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company for a period of 3 years with effect from 19 March 2022.
    • The government has nominated Financial Services Secretary Sanjay Malhotra as a director on the board of SBI.
    • Axis Bank’s board has approved the appointment of Ashish Kotecha, a nominee of Bain Capital, as an additional non-executive Director.
    • Kotak Mahindra Bank has appointed Ashu Suyash as an independent Director of the bank for a period of 5 years.
    • In December 2021, Ujjivan Small Finance Bank has appointed Ittira Davis as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for a period of three years.
    • The Reserve Bank of India has approved the appointment of Baldev Prakash as Jammu & Kashmir Bank’s Managing Director and CEO from 2022.

07. The Centre has approved the procurement of how many indigenous light combat helicopters from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for the Indian Air Force in March 2022?
[A] 7
[B] 10
[C] 12
[D] 15

Solution:

The correct answer is 15

Key Points

  • The Centre has approved the procurement of 15 indigenous light combat helicopters from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for the Indian Air Force on 30 March 2022.
  • The light combat helicopter Limited Series Production is an indigenously designed & manufactured modern combat helicopter.
  • The decision was taken at the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security chaired by PM Narendra Modi.

Important Points

  • The production cost incurred is ₹3,887 crore along with infrastructure sanctions to the tune of ₹377 crores. 
  • The light combat helicopter is equipped with the required agility, manoeuvrability, extended range, high altitude performance and round-the-clock, all-weather combat capability to carry out roles of combat search and rescue, destruction of enemy air defence, counter-insurgency operations, high altitude bunker-busting operations etc.
  • The state-of-the-art technologies and systems compatible with stealth features like the reduced visual, aural, radar and IR signatures and crashworthiness features have been integrated into the combat chopper for deployment in combat zones.

08. Which of the following won the Khelo India Women’s Hockey League (U-21) on 30 March 2022?
[A] Raja Karan Hockey Academy
[B] Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy
[C] Pritam Siwach Hockey Academy
[D] Har Hockey Academy

Solution:

The correct answer is Pritam Siwach Hockey Academy.

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Key Points

  • Pritam Siwach Hockey Academy has won the Khelo India Women’s Hockey League (U-21) on 30 March 2022.
  • The Sonepat-based academy is run by the Dronacharya Award winner and former captain of the India women’s hockey team Pritam Rani Siwach.
  • The 1st phase of the game was launched on Dec’21 by Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, MoS for Sports Nisith Pramanik and IOA President Narinder Batra.

Additional Information

  • Other Sports News:
    • Women’s world No 7, PV Sindhu has defeated Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the Swiss Open’22 Final on 27 March 2022.
    • Vishwanath Suresh (48kg) and Vanshaj (63.5kg) clinched gold medals in the men’s youth competition, in March 2022.
    • World No 1 Pramod Bhagat won two silver and a bronze medal at the recently concluded Iberdrola Spanish Para-Badminton International 2022.
    • In shooting, Saurabh Chaudhary clinched India’s first gold medal at the International Sports Federation World Cup in Cairo, Egypt, on 1 March 2022.
    • Rookie para archer Pooja Jatyan became the first Indian to win a silver in an individual section of the Para Archery World Championships 2022 in Dubai, on 27 February 2022.
    • India’s Hansini Mathan Rajan defeated Syria’s Hend Zaza to win the girl’s singles event at the 2021 ITTF Hopes and Challenge table tennis tournament in Amman, Jordan, in December 2021.

09. In the second edition of Most Trusted Brands of India, which of the following was recognized as one of the Most Trusted Brands of India 2022 in March 2022?
[A] 3rd Eye Techno Solutions
[B] Cyforce
[C] Pelorus
[D] Pyramid Cyber

Solution:

The correct answer is Cyforce.

Key Points

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  • In the second edition of Most Trusted Brands of India, ‘Cyforce‘ was recognized as one of the Most Trusted Brands of India 2022 on 30 March 2022.
  • It was decided on the parameters of – Corporate Citizenship, Trust Quotient, Business Resilience, Innovative Thinking, Digital Transformation, Stakeholder Capitalism, Sustainability Measures.

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  • Recent Award and Honours:
    • Medanta Gurugram was awarded as The Best Private Hospital in India third time in a row in Newsweek World’s Best Hospitals 2022 survey.
    • Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) bagged the First Prize of the ‘National Water Awards-2022’ on 29 March 2022.
    • India’s leading UPS manufacturer and supplier, Numeric UPS won the ‘Most Trusted Brands of India’ 2022 award on March 29, 2022, at an event in Mumbai.
    • Albert Bourla, Chairman and Chief Executive of Pfizer Inc., was awarded on January 19, 2022, the prestigious Genesis Prize for his efforts in leading the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.
    • HDFC Bank has been adjudged Best Private Bank in India at the Global Private Banking Awards 2021, organised by Professional Wealth Management (PWM).

10. In March 2022, India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) cut India’s GDP growth forecast for the 2022-23 financial year to how much per cent from 7.6% announced in January 2022?
[A] 6.6 – 6.8
[B] 6.8 – 7
[C] 7 – 7.2
[D] 7.3 – 7.4

Solution:

The correct answer is ​​7 – 7.2%.

Key Points

  • India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) on 30 March 2022 cut India’s GDP growth forecast for the 2022-23 financial year to 7 – 7.2% from 7.6% announced in January 2022.
  • The agency said the 7.6% growth projection announced in January 2022, is unlikely to hold.
  • However, Ind-Ra expects the surge in commodity prices and disruptions in the global supply chain caused by the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Additional Information

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  • India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) is India’s most respected credit rating agency committed to providing India’s credit markets with accurate, timely and prospective credit opinions.
  • Ind-Ra currently maintains coverage of corporate issuers, financial institutions (including banks and insurance companies), finance and leasing companies, managed funds, urban local bodies, and structured finance and project finance companies.
  • It is headquartered in Mumbai.
  • Ind-Ra is recognised by the Securities and Exchange Board of India, the Reserve Bank of India and the National Housing Bank.  
  • Ind-Ra is a 100% owned subsidiary of the Fitch Group.

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