WHO Report: India was top remittance recipient in 2021 receiving $87 billion.

  • India was the top recipient country for remittances inflows in 2021, in current US dollars, among the low and middle-income countries, according to a report released by World Health Organisation.
  • India received remittances worth US$ 87 billion in 2021, as per the first World report on the health of refugees and migrants.
  • China ($53 billion), Mexico ($53 billion), the Philippines ($36 billion) and Egypt ($33 billion) were the top five nations in the list.
  • The United States was the largest source country for remittances in 2020, followed by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland.
  • Remittances increase or maintain consumer spending and soften the blow of economic hardship, such as during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Filmmaker KP Kumaran honoured with JC Daniel Award 2022.

  • Malayalam filmmaker K P Kumaran won the JC Daniel Award, the highest honour in Malayalam cinema, for his comprehensive contribution to the film industry.
  • The award comprises of a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh, a citation, and a plaque.
  • The 2021 jury included singer P Jayachandran, director Sibi Malayil, film academy chairman Ranjith, and Rani George, the principal secretary of the Department of Cultural Affairs.
  • JC Daniel Award is Kerala’s highest award in Malayalam cinema.
  • It is presented annually by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, a nonprofit institution under the Department of Cultural Affairs. Instituted in 1992, the award is given to honour the recipients for their outstanding contribution to Malayalam cinema.
  • The award was created to commemorate the contribution of Indian filmmaker JC Daniel, who is often regarded as the father of Malayalam cinema.

Egypt’s Seif Ahmed appointed as acting president of FIH.

  • The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has appointed Seif Ahmed (Egypt) as its acting president after the resignation of Indian administrator Narinder Batra from the post.
  • Batra has resigned as FIH president and also quit as chief of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
  • He also gave up his International Olympic Committee (IOC) membership which was directly linked with his IOA position.
  • Batra became the president of FIH in 2016.

PM Modi unveiled India’s 1st passenger drone, Varuna.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unveiled Varuna, India’s first passenger drone.
  • PM Modi is seen watching the demonstration of the drone.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that the current government has ensured last-mile delivery of services with the help of technology, including drones.
  • The Prime Minister was there to address the Naval Innovation and Indigenisation Organisation (NIIO) seminar Swavlamban which took place at Dr Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi.

ADB approves USD 96.3 million loan for safe drinking water project in Himachal Pradesh.

  • The Manila-headquartered funding agency, Asian Development Bank (ADB), has approved loan worth USD 96.3 million (about Rs 770 crore) to fund safe drinking water and sanitation project in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
  • The ADB has provided the loan under the Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project.
  • This project is in line with the Jal Jeevan Mission, a national flagship programme of Government of India, which aims to provide piped water to all rural households by 2024.
  • It will connect 75,800 households to the service, providing uninterrupted water supply to about 370,000 residents across 10 districts.

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