4th India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue held in Washington.

  • The 4th edition of the ‘2+2’ Ministerial dialogue between India and the United States was held on April 11, 2022 in Washington DC.
  • The dialogue provides a platform for covering all bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.
  • The Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar lead the Indian delegation.
  • The United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin lead the US delegation.
  • The First two plus two dialogue was held in New Delhi in September 2018, followed by the Second in Washington DC in 2019, while the third one again in New Delhi in October 2020.

Mumbai and Hyderabad recognised as "2021 Tree City of the World" by UN-FAO.

  • The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Arbor Day Foundation have jointly recognised Mumbai and Hyderabad as 2021 Tree City of the World.
  • The two Indian cities have won the recognition for their commitment to growing and maintaining urban trees and greenery in building healthy, resilient and happy cities.
  • It must be noted that Hyderabad has been recognised for a second consecutive year.
  • In 2021, Hyderabad was the only city in India to be recognised as a 2020 Tree City of the World.
  • Apart from Hyderabad and Mumbai 136 other cities from 21 countries have been recognised in the 3rd edition of the Tree City of the World list.
  • It has been developed by Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad.

NMDC Wins One Gold and One Silver Awards at 80th SKOCH Summit 2022.

  • The National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC), under Ministry of Steel has won one gold and one silver award at the 80th SKOCH Summit and SKOCH Awards held on April 09, 2022, in New Delhi.
  • The theme for the 80th SKOCH Summit was State of BFSI & PSUs.
  • NMDC is the largest iron ore producer of India.
  • The Gold Award has been won by NMDC in the social responsibility category for the project Promotion of Technical Education & Skill Development in Dantewada District through NMDC ITI Bhansi.
  • NMDC won the Silver Award in the digital inclusion category for the Project Kalpataru for ERP implementation.

ACI publishes list of top 10 busiest airports in the world for 2021.

  • The Airports Council International (ACI) World [Headquarter- Montreal, Canada] released the list of the top 10 busiest airports worldwide for 2021 on April 11, 2022.
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has topped the list with 75.7 million passengers.
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) 62.5 million passengers) is second, followed by Denver International Airport (DEN, 58.8 million passengers) at third spot.
  • Among the top 10 airports for passenger traffic, 8 are in the United States with the two remaining in China.

Babar Azam of Pakistan and Rachael Haynes of Australia named ICC Players of the Month for March 2022.

  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the winner of ICC Players of the Month for March 2022 on April 11, 2022.
  • Pakistan captain Babar Azam has been named as the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for March 2022.
  • Australia opener Rachael Haynes is named as ICC Women’s Players of the Month for March 2022.

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