Current Affairs in Short: 22 December 2022

The BF.7 strain appears to be the strain leading China's current COVID-19 outbreak. "COVID is not done yet," stated Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya during a review meeting on the COVID situation.

Current Affairs in short
Current Affairs in short

Oscar 2023: Song “Naatu Naatu” from RRR shortlisted in best song category at Oscar 2023

  • RR's filmmakers are overjoyed as they move closer to the Oscars. 
  • The infectiously popular song 'Naatu Naatu' from the hit Telugu film has been nominated for an Oscar in 2023. 
  • As a result, Naatu Naatu has become the first Indian song to be nominated for an Academy Award.

PT Usha, former athlete nominated to Vice-chairman panel in Rajya Sabha

  • Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar has named famed former athlete and MP PT Usha to the Upper House's panel of Vice-Chairpersons. 
  • Dhankar remarked in the House that this is the first time a nominated member has been selected for the Vice Chairman panel. 
  • Along with her, YSRC MP Vijai Sai Reddy has been nominated.

Justice Hemant Gupta appointed as new chief Of the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre

  • According to a personnel ministry notification, former Supreme Court judge Hemant Gupta has been named head of the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (NDIAC). 
  • The NDIAC was formed to develop an independent and autonomous framework for institutionalized arbitration. 
  • The Cabinet Appointments Committee authorized the nomination of Justice Hemant Gupta (retired) as chairperson of the NDIAC, as well as Ganesh Chandru and Anant Vijay Palli as part-time members, according to the order.

What is BF.7? New covid variant emerging in China

  • On December 21, 2022, seven instances of BF.7 were confirmed by health ministry officials.
  • The BF.7 strain appears to be the strain leading China's current COVID-19 outbreak.
  • "COVID is not done yet," stated Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya during a review meeting on the COVID situation.
  • According to studies, the variety is capable of infecting even persons who have been completely vaccinated against the virus.
  • The version is thought to have a reproduction value, which suggests that those infected with the BF are believed to transmit the virus to others.

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