World Bank appoints Indian national Indermit Gill as chief economist.

  • Indian national, Indermit Gill has been appointed as a new Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Development Economics of World Bank, will be effective September 1, 2022.
  • He will succeed American economist, Carmen Reinhart.
  • He is currently serving as the Vice President for Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions.
  • He will be the second Indian to serve as chief economist after Kaushik Basu who was Chief Economist of the World Bank from 2012 to 2016.

India's 1st brain health clinic launched at Jayanagar General Hospital, Bangalore.

  • On World Brain Day, Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar inaugurated India’s first brain health clinic under the Karnataka Brain Health Initiative (Ka-BHI) at Jayanagar General Hospital.
  • Brain Health Clinic at Jayanagar General Hospital, Bengaluru established by the state health dept under the Karnataka Brain Health Initiative (KaBHI) in association with NIMHANS.
  • The KaBHI initiative aims to train PHC doctors to diagnose and provide primary care for brain and mental health issues including stroke, epilepsy, Parkinson's, brain tumor and dementia.
  • Two more Brain Health Clinics will be inaugurated soon in Kolar and Chikkaballapura districts of Karnataka.

Parshottam Rupala launches subsidiary of NDDB for manure management.

  • Parshottam Rupala (Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying) has launched NDDB MRIDA Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary company of National Dairy Development Boar (NDDB).
  • Aim: To provide structured impetus to manure management efforts.
  • NDDB has established NDDB MRIDA Limited (Unlisted Public Limited Company) under the Companies Act, 2013 on July 1, 2022.
  • This will help in savings to the farmers by virtue of the replacement of cooking fuel with biogas.

Wasfia becomes first Bangladeshi to scale K2.

  • Mountaineer Wasifa Nazreen (39) has become the first Bangladeshi to scale the second highest mountain peak K2 in Pakistan.
  • She has climbed the 8611 metres high K2 mountain peak.
  • Wasifa Nazreen has also climbed Mount Everest in 2012 and became the second woman from Bangladesh to do so.
  • The team consisted of 21 mountaineers, including some of the most renowned climbers in the world like Mingma Tenzi Sherpa, Mingma David Sherpa, and Nirmal Purja.

India grants USD 2.5 million to UNRWA for Palestine refugees.

  • India has contributed USD 2.5 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
  • India is a dedicated donor to UNRWA and donated USD 20 million in support of core UNRWA services to Palestine refugees across the Middle East since 2018.
  • The UNRWA was established as a humanitarian agency in 1949.
  • This agency is fully funded through voluntary contributions and grants from donor countries.

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