UPSC Prelims Bits For Today July 18, 2022 | Important Current Affairs in Brief Form For UPSC Prelims

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Anayoottu: In News

Anayoottu, an annual ritual at the Sree Vadakkunnathan Temple, Thrissur, with elephants fed special food is done to propitiate Lord Ganesha, who, according to Hindu belief, removes obstacles in one’s life.

What is Anayoottu?

  • During the season of karkkidakam (July / August) in Kerala, elephants are brought inside the premises of the Vadakkumnathan Temple, situated in the heart of Thrissur town and lined up in a single row.
  • Facing them would be thousands of people braving the intermittent rains, waiting eagerly for their turn to feed the elephants. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
  • The special feed for the elephants is basically made of sugarcane, rice, ghee, coconut, jaggery and Ayurvedic medicines. This is prepared as per Ayurvedic principles, for enhancing the well-being of the domesticated elephants.
  • The ceremony is also rooted in the belief that worshiping the elephants and giving them delicious and healthy food is a way to propitiate Lord Ganesha, the elephant-faced God, who, as per the Hindu faith, removes obstacles in one’s life.
  • Kerala’s elephant pooram was selected, along with other cultural forms of the country, for display at the opening ceremony of the Asian Games held in Delhi in 1982.


Singapore Open


Singapore Open: In News

Double Olympic medallist P.V. Sindhu lifted the Singapore Open Super 500 trophy after outwitting China’s Wang Zhi Yi in an intense women’s singles final, on July 17.

Singapore Open: Key Points

  • The Singapore Open, also known as Singapore Super Series 500, returned after a two years hiatus as the previous two editions in 2020 and 2021 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Singapore Open 2022 started with the qualification and first round matches on July 12 and July 13 followed by second round, quarterfinals, semifinal with the final concluding the badminton tournament on Sunday (July 17).
  • A total of 88 singles players and 108 doubles teams from across the globe, including as many as 12 singles players and 8 doubles pairs from India were in action at the event.
  • PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, HS Prannoy and Kidambi Srikanth were among the shuttlers representing India at the Singapore Open 2022.




Sindhudhvaj: In News

The Navy’s Kilo class submarine INS Sindhudhvaj was decommissioned from service on Saturday at Visakhapatnam after 35 years in service. With this, the Navy now has 15 conventional submarines in service.

Sindhudhvaj: Key Points

  • This Kilo-class submarine, acquired from Russia, had been in service for 35 years.
  • Commissioned into the Navy in June 1987, Sindhudhvaj, was one of the 10 Kilo class submarines India acquired from Russia between 1986 and 2000. Of these, Sindhurakshak was lost in an accident in Mumbai harbour in August 2013, while Sindhuvir was transferred to Myanmar in 2020, making it the Southeast Asian nation’s first underwater platform.
  • The Navy’s sub-surface fleet now includes seven Russian Kilo-class submarines, four German HDW submarines, four French Scorpene submarines and the indigenous nuclear ballistic missile submarine Arihant.
  • The last two of the Scorpene class submarines are in various stages of trials and outfitting.


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