Distinguished scientist, Samir V Kamat appointed as Chairman of DRDO.

  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has appointed distinguished scientist, Dr Samir V Kamat as chairman, from the data of his assumption of charge till 60 years or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
  • He will replace G Satheesh Reddy, who has been named as scientific adviser to Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh.
  • Presently, He is serving as the Director General, Naval Systems & Materials (NS&M).
  • DRDO HQ: New Delhi; Founded: 1958

Former German chancellor, Angela Merkel awarded 2022 Unesco Peace Prize.

  • Former German chancellor, Angela Merkel has been awarded the 2022 Unesco Peace Prize for her efforts to welcome refugees.
  • In 2015, Merkel has opened German borders for refugees (Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Eritrea) who were streaming into Europe.
  • About Unesco Peace Prize:
    • This honour is officially known as Felix Houphouet-Boigny- Unesco Peace Prize.
    • It was named after the former president of Ivory Coast.
    • It has been awarded each year since 1989.
    • Prize: USD 150,000

Mack Rutherford becomes youngest pilot to fly solo around the world.

  • Mack Rutherford (17), Belgian-British dual national has become the the youngest person to fly solo around the world in a small aircraft.
  • He landed on an airstrip of Sofia (Capital of Bulgaria) to complete his task and claimed two Guinness World Records.
  • Rutherford is also the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe in a microlight plane.
  • His solo trip flying around the world was sponsored by the web hosting company ICDSoft, is headquartered in Sofia.

Anurag Thakur launched "Azadi Quest" online educational games.

  • Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Anurag Singh Thakur has launched 'Azadi Quest, a series of online educational mobile games.
  • This game has been developed by Zynga India in collaboration with the Publications Division and Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR).
  • The Azadi Quest games are available for android and iOS devices in English and Hindi from September 2022.
  • Zynga India was established in 2010 in Bengaluru.

Govt appoints former CEA, K Subramanian as Executive Director (India), IMF.

  • Former Chief Economic Adviser, KV Subramanian has been appointed as the Executive Director for India at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
  • His term will begin from November 2022 and will continue for a period of three years or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
  • He will replace the eminent economist, Surjit S Bhalla as ED (India), IMF whose tenure will end on 31 October, 2022.
  • Bhalla was appointed as the Executive Director (India), IMF in 2019.

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