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01. Who assumed charge as Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff in March 2022?
[A] Sanjay Mahindru
[B] Dinesh K Tripathi
[C] Sandeep Naithani
[D] Ajit Thakur

Solution:

The correct answer is Sanjay Mahindru.

Key Points

  • Vice Admiral Sanjay Mahindru, AVSM, NM assumed charge as Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff on 31 Mar 22.
  • Vice Admiral Sanjay Mahindru is an alumni of NDA, Pune.
  • He was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 Jan 85 and is a Submarine and Navigation Specialist.
  • The Flag Officer was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2018, Nau Sena Medal in 2002.
  • He succeeded Vice Admiral Ravneet Singh.

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  • Recent Defence-related Appointments:
    • Rear Admiral Sanjay Bhalla took over the Command of the Eastern Fleet, the Sword Arm of the Eastern Naval Command, from Rear Admiral Tarun Sobti, VSM on 20 December 2021.
    • Vice Admiral Sanjay Vatsayan assumed charge as Chief of Staff of the Eastern Naval Command on 16 Dec 21.
    • In December 2021, Rear Admiral Sandeep Mehta has assumed office as the Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra Naval Area (FOMA), Mumbai.
    • Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta assumed charge as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), Eastern Naval Command (ENC) on 1 December 2021.
    • Vice Admiral M.A. Hampiholi assumed charge as the 29th Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Naval Command, Kochi, on 30 Nov 2021.

02. What is the theme for World Autism Awareness Day 2022?
[A] Inclusion in the Workplace: Challenges and Opportunities in a Post-Pandemic World
[B] The transition of adulthood
[C] Empowering Women and Girls with Autism
[D] Inclusive Quality Education for All

Solution:

The correct answer is Inclusive Quality Education for All.

Key Points

  • World Autism Awareness Day is observed on 2 April to raise awareness about autism.
  • The annual event aims to spread awareness of autism and emphasizes the resilience of those affected by the disorder.
  • The 2022 theme for World Autism Awareness Day is “Inclusive Quality Education for All”
  • World Autism Awareness Day was held for the first time in 2008.

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Dates Important Days
1 April Odisha Foundation Day, Prevention of Blindness week
2 April World Autism Awareness Day
4 April International Day of Mine awareness
5 April National Maritime Day
7 April World Health Day
10 April World Homoeopathy Day (WHD)
11 April National Safe Motherhood Day (NSMD), National Pet Day
13 April Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
14 April B.R. Ambedkar Remembrance Day
17 April World Haemophilia Day
18 April World Heritage Day
21 April National Civil Service Day
22 April World Earth Day
23 April World Book and Copyright Day
24 April National Panchayati Raj Day
25 April World Malaria Day
26 April World Intellectual Property Day
28 April World Day for Safety and Health at Work
30 April World Veterinary Day

03. In March 2022, who has become the highest wicket-taker in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 with 171 wickets to his name?
[A] SL Malinga
[B] SP Narine
[C] Dwayne Bravo
[D] YS Chahal

Solution:

The correct answer is Dwayne Bravo.

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Key Points

  • Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Dwayne Bravo on 31 March 2022 became the highest wicket-taker in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with 171 wickets to his name.
  • Bravo achieved this feat during the clash against Lucknow Super Giants on 31 Mar’22 here at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.
  • Bravo went ahead of former Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga, who has 170 IPL wickets to his name.

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  • 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.

04. Who has taken over as the Director-General of the Geological Survey of India (GSI) in April 2022?
[A] Arun Goel
[B] Dr. S Raju
[C] Om Prakash Gupta
[D] Kartik Bihayut

Solution:

The correct answer is Dr S Raju.

Key Points

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  • Dr S Raju has taken over as the Director-General of the Geological Survey of India (GSI) on 01 April 2022.
  • He succeeds Shri R. S. Garkhal who superannuated on 31st March 2022.
  • Prior to assuming the present post, Dr Raju was holding the post of Additional Director General and National Head, Mission-III & IV at GSI HQ.

Additional Information

  • GSI:
    • The Geological Survey of India is a scientific agency of India.
    • It was founded in 1851.
    • It is a Government of India organization under the Ministry of Mines.
    • It is headquartered in Kolkata, West Bengal.
    • It was founded by Thomas Oldham.

05. In April 2022, Sergey Lavrov met with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. Lavrov is the Foreign Minister of which country?
[A] Brunei
[B] Indonesia
[C] Russia
[D] Poland

Solution:

The correct answer is Russia.

Key Points

  • On 01 April 2022, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.
  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also meets PM Narendra Modi.
  • In the Meeting, Russia offers India, a big discount on the purchase of 15 million barrels of oil.
  • Russia offers India its flagship Urals grade at discounts of as much as $35 a barrel.

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  • Russia: 
    • Capital – Moscow.
    • Currency – Russian ruble.
    • President – Vladimir Putin.
    • Prime minister – Mikhail Mishustin.

06. In April 2022, who assumed the appointment of Commandant, National Defence Academy?
[A] Kapil Mohan Dhir
[B] Arti Sarin
[C] C. S. Naidu
[D] Ajay Kochhar

Solution:

The correct answer is Ajay Kochhar.

Key Points

  • Vice Admiral Ajay Kochhar, AVSM, NM assumed the appointment of Commandant, National Defence Academy on 01 April 2022 from Air Marshal Sanjeev Kapoor, AVSM, VM.
  • Vice Admiral Ajay Kochhar was commissioned in the Indian Navy on 01 Jul 1988.
  • His other command appointments include INS Kirpan, a missile Corvette and missile vessels during Operation Parakram.

Additional Information

  • He has been the Fleet Commander of the Western Fleet, the sword arm of the Indian Navy where he led the Fleet for critical operational missions, foreign bilateral exercises and major HADR taskings.
  • He has commanded India’s only Aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and during his tenure, the carrier was deployed extensively for Operations on both East & West coasts.
  • The officer has the distinction of commissioning a frontline frigate for the Navy at Kaliningrad, Russia.

07. Who is the author of the book titled “Crunch Time: Narendra Modi’s National Security Crises”?
[A] Sreeram Chaulia
[B] Tarun Das
[C] Kaushik Basu
[D] V. R. Panchamukhi

Solution:

The correct answer is Sreeram Chaulia.

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Key Points

  • A new book authored by Dr Sreeram Chaulia titled “Crunch Time: Narendra Modi’s National Security Crises” was released on March 31 by the Minister of State for External Affairs, Meenakshi Lekhi.
  • He is the Dean of the Jindal School of International Affairs of OP Jindal Global University.
  • The book emphasises the decision taken during security threats posed by India’s external adversaries.

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  • Some recently released books:​​
Books Authors
Unfilled Barrels: India’s Oil Story” (Bloomsbury) Richa Mishra
On Board: My Years in BCCI Ratnakar Shetty
The Millennial Yogi: A modern-day parable about reclaiming one’s life Deepam Chatterjee
Udaan Ek Majdoor Bachhe Ki Anup Jalota
Bruised Passports: Travelling the World as Digital Nomads Savi and Vid
Fearless Governance Kiran Bedi
Golden Boy Neeraj Chopra Navdeep Singh Gill
The Legend of Birsa Munda Tuhin A. Sinha and Ankita Verma
Bose: The Untold Story of An Inconvenient Nationalist Chandrachur Ghose
Gajapati: A king without a kingdom Ashok Bal
India’s Ancient Legacy of Wellness Rekha Chaudhari
Gandhitopi Governor Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad
Public Service Ethics Prabhat Kumar
Cooking to Save Your Life Abhijit Banerjee
Resolved: Uniting Nations in a Divided World Ban Ki-moon
Nehru: The Debates that Defined India Tripurdaman Singh and Adeel Hussain
The Cinema of Satyajit Ray Bhaskar Chattopadhyay

08. Goods and Services Tax (GST) collections for March 2022 hit an all-time high of how much breaching its previous record of Rs 1.40 lakh crore?
[A] 1.42 lakh cr
[B] 1.44 lakh cr
[C] 1.46 lakh cr
[D] 1.48 lakh cr

Solution:

The correct answer is 1.42 lakh cr.

Key Points

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  • Goods and Services Tax (GST) collections for March 2022 hit an all-time high of Rs 1.42 lakh crorebreaching its previous record of Rs 1.40 lakh cr 
  • Of the total, Central GST was Rs 25,830 crore, State GST was Rs 32,378 crore, Integrated GST was Rs 74,470 crore, and compensation cess was Rs 9,417 crore
  • For FY22  total GST collections amounted to Rs 14.83 lakh crore, up 30 per cent from FY21.

Important Points

  • The total number of e-way bills generated in February was 6.91 crore, higher than 6.88 crores seen a month ago, despite it being a shorter month, which indicates the “recovery of business activity at a faster pace”.
  • The previous highest collection of GST revenues was in January 2022 at Rs 1.40 lakh crore.
  • The average monthly gross GST collection for the last quarter of FY22 has been Rs 1.38 lakh crore against the average monthly collection of Rs 1.10 lakh crore, Rs 1.15 lakh crore and Rs 1.30 lakh crore in the first, second and third quarters, respectively.
  • The Centre’s GST collection now has exceeded the revised budgetary target of Rs 5.70 lakh crore set for the previous fiscal ended March 31.

09. Who launched the logo, jersey, mascot and anthem of Khelo India University Games 2021 in Bengaluru in April 2022?
[A] TC Gehlot
[B] Anurag Singh Thakur
[C] Narendra Modi
[D] Both 1 and 2

Solution:

The correct answer is TC Gehlot and Anurag Singh Thakur.

Key Points

  • Governor of Karnataka Shri TC Gehlot and Union Sports Minister Shri Anurag Singh Thakur launch the logo, jersey, mascot and anthem of Khelo India University Games 2021 in Bengaluru on 01 April 2022.
  • Gehlot launched the logo and official mascot of the game Veera.
  • While Shri Thakur launched the official jersey of the games as well as the anthem, sung by Chandan Shetty and Nikhil Joshi.

Important Points

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  • The logo features the iconic Vidhana Soudha building – the Legislative House in Bengaluru – with two elephants on either side.
  • The mascot, Veera, is an elephant.
  • The official  Khelo India mobile app was launched at the ceremony.
  • KIUG 2021, which is the second edition of the meet, will be hosted by Jain University in Bengaluru from April 24 to May 3.
  • It was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • This year, around 4,500 athletes from across India are expected to participate in the University Games.

Additional Information

  • Khelo India University Games is an initiative by the Indian government to identify young talents at the university level and help them turn into professional athletes.
  • The first Khelo India University Games was held in 2020 at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Odisha.
  • Punjab University won the inaugural edition while Savitribai Phule Pune University finished second.

10. Who has been appointed as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Mahindra Manulife Mutual Fundon in April 2022?
[A] Anthony Heredia
[B] Jatinder Pal Singh
[C] Mr. Ramesh Iyer.
[D] Steve Williams

Solution:

The correct answer is Anthony Heredia.

Key Points

  • Mahindra Manulife Mutual Fund has announced the appointment of Mr Anthony Heredia as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on 1st April 2022.
  • Mr Heredia will succeed Mr Ashutosh Bishnoi, who retired on 31st March 2022.
  • He has more than 26 years of rich experience in the fund industry throughout his career handling a variety of leadership roles.

Additional Information

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  • Recent Appointments:
    • Microland, India’s leading digital IT transformation company, announced on 01 April’22 the appointment of Gopal Sharma as its Chief Information Officer.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has appointed Sanjay Sharma as the Director (Solar) on its board on 28 March 2022.
    • Kalyan Jewellers India Limited has announced board approval for Vinod Rai’s appointment as the chairman and independent non-executive director on the board of the company.

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