Tennis player, Iga Swiatek named 2022 WTA Player of the Year.

  • Polish tennis player, Iga Swiatek (World No.1) has been selected for the 2022 WTA Player of the Year by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA).
  • While, Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic) and Katerina Siniakova (Czech Republic) have been named the WTA 2022 Doubles Team of the Year.
  • Other awardees:
    • Most Improved Player of the Year: Beatriz Haddad Maia (Brazilian)
    • Newcomer of the Year: Zheng Qinwen (Chinese)
    • Comeback Player of the Year: Tatjana Maria (German)

New Zealand passes world's first law to ban smoking for future generation.

  • New Zealand has passed a new anti-smoking laws, which banned the future generation of NZ from purchasing tobacco.
  • This law has banned the selling tobacco to anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 2009 and punishable by fines up to NZ$150,000 ($95,910).
  • The ban will remain in place for a person’s whole life.
  • It will also reduce the amount of nicotine, that allowed in smoked tobacco products.
  • Retailers licensed to sell tobacco will be cut to 600 by the end of 2023 from 6,000.

France host conference "Standing with the Ukrainian People".

  • France has hosted an International conference Standing with the Ukrainian People in Paris on 13th December 2022.
  • Aim: To coordinate international support for civilian resilience in Ukraine and address the Ukrainian people's urgent humanitarian needs.
  • The conference was organised at the initiative of French President Emmanuel Macron and co-organised with Ukraine.
  • The conference was virtually attended by Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Jeremy Farrar appointed as new chief scientist of World Health Organisation.

  • Jeremy Farrar (74) has been appointed as a new chief scientist of the World Health Organization (WHO) and will join WHO in the second quarter of 2023.
  • He has replaced Soumya Swaminathan, who had served as chief scientist from 2019 to 2022.
  • Role: To ensure that WHO, its member states and our partners benefit from cutting-edge, life-saving science and innovations.
  • Presently, he is serving as the Director of the Wellcome Trust.
  • WHO DG: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Karnataka Health Minister inaugurates 114 "Namma Clinics".

  • The Karnataka Health Minister, Dr K Sudhakar has inaugurated 114 Namma clinics in all the districts of Karnataka.
  • Aim: To provide elderly care, emergency medical services, health check-ups and medicines to urban poor.
  • In the initial phase, 114 clinics has launched simultaneously across the state.
  • The government is working to operationalise all 438 Namma clinics across the state soon and all the remaining ones will be operational by January 2023.

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