UPSC GK Capsule: From Cyclone Michaung to COP28 Summit, Top Events of This Week – News18

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UPSC GK Capsule: In order to get ready for any upcoming competitive exams, here is a list of this week’s key points that you should be aware of


From UPSC Civil Services to SSC recruitment exams, from college admissions to group discussions, general knowledge questions mark a significant part of almost every exam. For candidates preparing to crack an exam or those who need to get their news in a compact form, News18 offers a weekly column – GK Capsule. While we provide you a weekly news wrap, to get more information on a specific topic or an exam, reach out at @news18dotcom.

Every month, recruitment exams for government jobs are held across the country. It is to be noted that candidates must have a basic understanding of general knowledge and current events to pass the majority of employment exams. As a result, whether you’re studying for the UPSC, SSC, SBI bank PO, RBI, IBPS, or any other competitive exam, current events are essential. To help candidates prepare for their upcoming recruitment exams, we have compiled a list of this week’s top news stories.

Cyclone Michaung

Cyclone ‘Michaung’ is expected to hit Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh on December 4. The MeT reports that a low-pressure area in the Bay of Bengal intensified into a depression on December 1 and is expected to become a cyclonic storm by December 3. The cyclonic storm is expected to pass over the coast between Chennai and Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh by December 4 evening, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Myanmar is the one who suggested the name ‘Michaung.’ This year, there have been four cyclones in the Bay of Bengal and six in the Indian Ocean…read more

Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue

After the 41 trapped workers were rescued from the partially collapsed Silkyara tunnel in Uttarkashi on November 28, widespread celebrations began. Following 17 days of non-stop effort and labour, the multi-agency rescue operation was completed. The pipes were pushed inside the tunnel after the final stretch of debris was cleared by rat miners, who were called to the scene after the auger machine was cut out of the debris with plasma cutters. According to sources on Wednesday, all of the workers are in good health and are receiving a normal diet. All 41 rescued workers were airlifted to AIIMS Rishikesh in an India Air Force Chinook helicopter…read more

Indian Navy Appoints Its First Female Commanding Officer

In a historic development for the Indian Navy, a woman officer has been appointed as the commanding officer of a warship, announced Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar on December 1. The move aligns with the navy’s commitment to ‘all roles-all ranks’ for female personnel, marking a significant milestone three decades after women were first commissioned as officers in the Indian Navy. The appointed woman officer will undergo pre-commissioning training before assuming command of the warship, as stated by Admiral Kumar during a press conference…read more

India Hopes To Strengthen Interpol Cooperation

According to officials, India has requested “concerted action” via Interpol channels to combat and prevent transnational crimes such as terrorism, online radicalization, and cyber-enabled financial fraud in “real time.” At the 91st General Assembly of Interpol in Vienna, the Indian delegation led by CBI Director Praveen Sood emphasised the importance of eliminating safe havens for crime, criminals, and proceeds of crime, as well as coordinated strategies to curtail the operations of transnational criminal organisations…read more

COP28 Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Dubai for the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28), has proposed hosting COP33 in India in 2028. PM Modi, the only head of state present, stated that India aims to reduce emissions intensity by 45 per cent by 2030 and increase the share of non-fossil fuels to 50 per cent. “We are working on hydrogen as an alternate fuel,” PM Modi said. PM Modi also proposed a Green Credit Initiative in his address, calling it “another pro-planet, pro-active, and positive initiative.”…read more