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Top 10 Weekly Current Affairs: 28 February to 05 March 2022

Weekly Current Affairs

  1. Sanjeev Kapoor has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of Jet Airways. The appointment comes days after former Sri Lankan Airlines CEO Vipul Gunatileka was appointed as the airline’s chief financial officer. The laid-off airline is expected to resume its operations this summer.
  2. Russia has taken over Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, the largest power plant in Europe. It comes as Russian military forces opened fire on a nuclear power plant site, setting a building on fire within the complex, raising fears of a nuclear catastrophe.

  3. RuPay, a flagship product of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), has become the official partner of TATA IPL 2022. RuPay is India’s first of its kind global card payment network. It is widely accepted at POS devices, ATMs as well as e-commerce websites and provides a self-sustaining card payment network.

  4. Abe Kuruvilla has been appointed as the new General Manager of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The former India fast bowler had retired from all forms of cricket in 2000 and took coaching. Abhay Kuruvilla’s term as a member of the National Selection Committee had earlier ended in 2022.

  5. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today participate in the Quad Leaders’ virtual meeting with other QUAD leaders including US President Joe Biden, Australian PM Scott Morrison and Japanese PM Fumio Kishida. The leaders are expected to exchange views and assessments about important developments in the Indo-Pacific and review ongoing efforts to implement the leaders’ initiatives announced as part of the Quad’s contemporary and positive agenda.

  6. The US is considering imposing or waiving sanctions on India for the purchase of the S-400 Triumph missile defense system from Russia under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). It comes amid criticism over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the boycott of India along with 34 other countries in a UN vote on March 2.

  7. Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States, Oksana Markova, accused Russia of using vacuum bombs, thermobaric weapons in the ongoing conflict. A vacuum bomb sucks oxygen from the surrounding area to produce a high temperature explosion. It has the ability to vaporize the human body.

  8. Is Moldova Russia’s next target? A viral video of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko reportedly points to a possible attack on Moldova. The video shows Lukashenko standing in front of a detailed attack map of Ukraine. The map shows Russia’s line of attack, some of which have already taken place and some that may be planned in the coming days.

  9. India has launched a special operation called ‘Operation Ganga’ to evacuate its citizens, mostly students, from Ukraine. The evacuation has been challenging due to the closure of Ukrainian airspace amid Russian aggression. India is evacuating its citizens with the help of neighboring countries of Ukraine. The Union Government has also sent four Union Ministers Jyotiraditya Scindia, Hardeep Singh Puri, Kiren Rijiju and General (Retd) VK Singh to neighboring countries of Ukraine to coordinate the evacuation mission and help Indian students.

  10. The UNSC has voted to convene an emergency session of the 193-member UN General Assembly on the Ukraine crisis. The proposal to call an emergency UNGA session got 11 votes in favour, three votes against and India, China and the United Arab Emirates abstained from voting.

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