GK Capsule: Manish Sisodia’s Arrest To Gas Attacks On Iran Girls’ Schools, Important Events Of The Week

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From UPSC Civil Services to SSC Recruitment Exams, from college admissions to group discussions, general knowledge questions form an important part of almost every exam. For the aspirants preparing to clear the exam or for those who just need to get the news in a concise form, News18 brings to you a weekly column – GK Capsule. While we bring you a weekly news wrap, reach out to @news18dotcom to know more about any specific topic or exam.

UPSC CSE Prelims in 2023 is less than 100 days away. Thus, the candidates need to gear up to appear in the examinations which are considered to be one of the toughest examinations not only in India but across the world. Almost every competitive exam in India including UPSC has an important part of current events and general awareness. Reading current affairs can give you an advantage over other applicants in the general knowledge part.

Here is a list of important highlights of this week which you can read to prepare yourself better for the upcoming exams.

Himachal cabinet approves implementation of old pension scheme

Himachal cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu has decided Apply Old Pension Scheme (OPS) From April 1 in the state, this will now put an additional burden of Rs 1,000 crore on the state exchequer for the financial year 2023-24. Employees retiring after May 15, 2003 under the New Pension Scheme (NPS) would be given OPS from a tentative date.

Iran schoolgirls gas attack

Iran saw an increase in suspected gas attacks on girls’ schools, resulting in More than 100 children hospitalized, In the past three months, hundreds of episodes of respiratory distress among Iranian schoolgirls have been documented, which may be a move to close girls’ schools. A total of 108 students were hospitalized as a result of the gas attack in Ardabil and all of them are in stable condition. In the most recent cases, at least 10 girls’ schools were targeted, seven in the city of Ardabil in the northwest and three in the capital, Tehran.

Australia’s Deakin University to become first foreign university to set up campus in India

Australia’s Deakin University has been granted permission to set up a campus in Gujarat’s GIFT City (Gujarat International Finance Tec-City). With this approval from the International Financial Services Centers Authority (IFSCA), Deakin becomes the first foreign institution of higher education To set up a campus in India. This is a significant step as the institution will now be allowed to offer the same courses that they offer in Australia at a much lower cost. Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced on March 1 that two Australian institutions, Wollongong and Deakin, would soon open campuses in GIFT City.

Manish Sisodia arrested in Delhi liquor scam

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia in connection with the liquor scam. Sisodia was arrested According to reports, under the Prevention of Corruption Act, Sisodia was unable to respond to CBI inquiries on crucial missing files. Soon after Manish Sisodia’s arrest, the Aam Aadmi Party organized nationwide protests.

India receives record-high share of UK visas

British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis told that in 2022 a Record-high number of UK visas being granted to Indian nationals (For study, work and travel). Indian nationals received over 25 per cent of the 2.8 million UK visas granted last year. There has been a 73 per cent increase in the number of visas for students, 130 per cent for work visas and 30 per cent for visiting visas.

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