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26th May, 2022 Current Affairs


Ministry of Education releases National Achievement Survey Report (NAS) 2021

  • The National Achievement Survey (NAS) report for the 2021 edition has been released.
  • NAS2021: One of the largest surveys in the world, the National Achievement Survey (NAS) 2021 was conducted on 12.11.2021 across the country, to identify the learning gaps & to take remedial measures.
  •  The NAS 2021 report cards for the national, state and district levels have been made available at the official website “”
  • NAS 2021 conducted on November 12 last year assessed over 34 lakh students in 1.18 lakh schools at 720 districts across 36 states and Union Territories.
  • NAS assesses the health of the school education system in the country by conducting a comprehensive evaluation survey of children’s learning competencies at Classes 3, 5, 8 and 10 with a cycle period of three years. It reflects the overall assessment of the school education system. The last NAS was held in 2017.
  • NAS 2021 covered both central and state government schools, government-aided schools and private schools across the country.
  • The survey was conducted in 22 languages in Language, Mathematics and EVS for Class 3 and 5; Language, Mathematics, Science and Social Science for Class 8 and Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Science and English for Class 10.
  • The report is based on the performance in all subjects through disaggregation by gender (female, male), Area (Rural and Urban), Management of schools (Government, Government aided and Private unaided) and Social Groups (Schedule Caste (SC), Schedule Tribe (ST), Other Backward Communities (OBC) and General.

Captain Abhilasha Barak becomes first woman combat pilot in Army

  • Captain Abhilasha Barak has become the first woman officer to join the Army Aviation Corps as a combat aviator after successful completion of training.
  • She was awarded the coveted wings along with 36 other army pilots by the Director-General and Colonel Commandant of Army Aviation during a valedictory ceremony in Nashik.
  •  Abhilasha Barak hails from Haryana.


Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus re-elected as Director-General of World Health Organization

  • World Health Organization has re-appointed Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as Director-General of WHO for the second term with effect from 16th August 2022.
  • His re-election was confirmed during the 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva. He was the sole candidate.
  • Dr Tedros was first elected in 2017. Before joining the WHO, Dr Tedros was served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and as Minister of Health in Ethiopia.
  • The vote by secret ballot, announced by Ahmed Robleh Abdilleh from Djibouti at a major annual meeting, was seen as a formality since Tedros was the only candidate running. Ministers and delegates took turns to shake hands and hugging Tedros, a former health minister from Ethiopia, who has steered the UN agency through a turbulent period dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rajesh Bhushan appointed as chairperson of Committee B at 75th World Health Assembly

  • Union Health Secretary, Rajesh Bhushan has been appointed as the chairperson of the Committee B at the 75th World Health Assembly (WHA).
  • Committee B primarily discusses administrative and financial matters of the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Each year, the World Health Assembly has a long and complex list of health challenges and responses to review and the Assembly functions through two committees — A and B.


A Gopalakrishnan won VASVIK industrial research award 2020

  • A Gopalakrishnan, Director of the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute has won the VASVIK (Vividhlaxi Audyogik Samshodhan Vikas Kendra) Industrial Research Award for the year 2020 in the category of Agricultural Sciences and Technology.
  • The award, which carries a cash prize of Rs 1.51 lakh and citation, is in recognition of his significant contribution towards the research works related to fish genetics.
  • The research works related to fish genetics which is relevant for conserving many commercially important and endangered species.
Published date : 27 May 2022 01:35PM

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