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Current Affairs  April 3rd week 2020




INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS


AIIB grants $500 million to India to Combat COVID-19

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

Formation- 16 January 2016
HQ- Beijing, China
President- jin liqun


ASEAN leaders held Special summit and Special ASEAN plus 3 summit on COVID-19 via video conference

the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held the Special ASEAN Summit via video conference which was chaired by Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of Vietnam, in his capacity as Chair of ASEAN.



India becomes world’s most digitally dexterous country; 39% technophiles want OTJ & JIT training: Gartner 2019 Survey



In accordance with the Gartner 2019 Digital Workplace Survey, India has become the world’s most digitally dexterous (skilful) country in the world as it has a vast Gen Z workforce who are keen to learn new digitally powered skills in the workplace. India is followed by the United Kingdom (UK) and United States (US).It should be noted that Generation Z or Gen Z are the ones born between 1995 and 2009.

UN releases $ 2.5 million to help cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu

The United Nations (UN) humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock announced and released 2.5 million dollar from its emergency humanitarian fund to help thousands of people in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu affected by Cyclone Harold and offered support to other hard-hit countries.

About Vanuatu:
Capital– Port vila.
President– Tallis Obed Moses.
Prime Minister (PM)– Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas.
Currency– vatu.






BANKING & FINANCE


Voice banking services on Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant launched: ICICI

ICICI bank has launched voice assistance-based banking services on its
integrated artificial intelligence (AI) powered multi-channel chatbot iPal with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for its retail banking customers by which they can access a wide range of banking services like check balance, seek credit card details & ask queries through voice commands.
About ICICI:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Managing Director (MD) & Chief Operating Officer (CEO)– Sandeep Bakhshi







RBI reduces FPI investment limits in G-secs to Rs 2.34 lakh cr for FY21; Rises for SDLs to Rs 64,415 cr


The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has reduced the investment limit for general category foreign portfolio investors’ (FPI) in central government securities (G-secs) to Rs 2.34 lakh crore for FY 20-21 from the existing limit of Rs 2.46 lakh crore.  The limits have been brought down by almost $1.5 billion to just above $31 billion.


Equitas Small Finance Bank launches Selfe Fixed Deposits and Selfe savings accounts

About ESFB:
Headquarters– Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer– Vasudevan Pathangi Narasimhan






RBI’s 1st auction under TLTRO 2.0 for Rs 25,000 cr on Apr 23; final tranche of Rs 1 lakh crore TLTRO concluded



During the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das press conference, a Targeted Long-Term Repo Operations 2.0 (TLTRO) window of Rs 50,000 crore was announced. Now as a part of it, RBI is all set to conduct the first auction under the TLTRO 2.0 for an amount of Rs 25,000 crore


RBI Cancels License of Mapusa Co-operative Bank

About-

The Mapusa Urban Co-operative Bank of Goa Ltd., is the first Urban Co-operative Bank of North Goa, established on 9th December, 1965, by 27 enthusiastic members.



Rs.10 lakhs Compensation for all Postal employees


OBICUS Q4: 2019-20: 49th round of quarterly survey on manufacturing sector launched by RBI

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) launched the 49th round of quarterly order books, inventories and capacity utilization survey (OBICUS) of the manufacturing sector which will provide important figures and input for monetary policy formulation. The reference period for this survey is January-March 2020 (Q4: 2019-20).



Tata AIA becomes the 1st Life Insurance company in India to announce additional benefits: COVID-19

Additional Benefits
i.All policyholders will get additional benefit equal to the base sum assured or Rs 5,00,000 (no additional cost) whichever is lower, it is applicable for all valid death claims with a date of death on or before June 30th 2020.
ii.All ‘active’ agents with their spouse and children are entitled upto Rs 25,000 hospitalization cover if diagnosed with COVID-19 within the period as mentioned for the policyholders.
About Tata AIA life insurance:
It is a joint venture company, formed by Tata Sons and AIA Group Limited (AIA).
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Rishi Srivastava






RBI Governor announced relief measures for liquidity in system; Reverse Repo Rate slashed to 3.7% from 4%


  • RBI slashed Reverse Repo rate by 25 bps to 3.75% from 4%; repo rate remained unchanged.
  • Inflation could fall below 4% target by RBI in H2 FY21.
  • TLTRO 2.0 worth Rs 50,000 cr announced; Banks exempted from paying dividends.
  • Refinancing NABARD, SIDBI & NHB with Rs 50,000 crores

HDFC Bank launches Safety Grid campaign for social distancing




About HDFC:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman– Deepak S. Parekh

BSNL in partnership with SBI launches Bharat InstaPay a UPI-based payment platform

About BSNL:
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
Chairman & Managing Director– Pravin Kumar Purwar
About SBI:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman– Rajnish Kumar




IMF cuts India GDP growth to 1.9%, projects while Barclays forecasted it to 0%


Projections by other Organizations:
-Investment bank Barclays Predicted India’s growth to 0% for calendar year 2020 from its earlier projection of 2.5%.
-Rating agency ICRA Ltd projected the Indian economic growth at anywhere between -1% and 1% in FY 20-21.


Telangana CM recommended the implementation of “Helicopter Money”

While formulating strategies to curb the adverse impact of COVID-19, a term “helicopter money” landed on the internet surface. This term has been used by Telangana Chief Minister (CM) Kalvakuntla Chandrashekhar Rao during a video-conference with Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi.

RBI to put 200 bps penalty on banks if failed to invest TLTRO funds in 30 days

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has instructed banks that they need to invest the mandated 50% of the funds raised through targeted long-term repo operations (TLTRO) route, under the first tranche conducted on March 27, 2020, in corporate bonds or specified securities within a month or 30 working days.





ECONOMY & BUSINESS



Fitch cuts India’s FY21 GDP growth forecast to 1.8%




About Fitch Solutions:
Parent organization– Fitch Ratings
Headquarters– New York, United States (US)
President– Brian Filanowski

NCAER Business confidence index (N-BCI) declined to 77.3 from 111.2 in Q4 FY20


National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER)

About NCAER
Establishment– 1956
Headquarter– New Delhi
President– Nandan M. Nilekani





S&P cuts India growth forecast to 1.8% from 3.5% for FY 20-21



Rate Cuts by other agencies for FY 20-21: India

Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

  • Fitch- 2%
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)- 1.9%
  • Moody’s Investors Service- 2.5%
Economic Growth
  • World Bank- 1.5% to 2.8%
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)- 4%


India’s GDP growth may fall to 1.1% in FY21: SBI Ecowrap report




Asia to stall at 0% growth in 2020 for 1st time in 60 years: IMF



Retail inflation lowers to 5.91% in March 2020 against 6.58% in February 2020 

 The National Statistical Office (NSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has estimated retail inflation rate, to a 4-month low of 5.91% for March 2020 which is lower than 6.58% in February 2020, due to easing prices of kitchen essentials such as vegetables, eggs and meat & is measured by All India Inflation Rates based on Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Consumer Food Price Index (CFPI).





India’s GDP to contract by 6.1% in April-June: Japan’s Nomura

About Nomura:
Headquarters– Tokyo, Japan
President & Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Kentaro Okuda





AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS    


Algerian Novelist Abdelouahab Aissaoui wins 13th International Arab fiction prize 2020

Algerian Novelist Abdelouahab Aissaoui won the 13th International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) 2020 for his novel ‘The Spartan Court’ published by Dar Min in 2018 & will receive USD 50,000 and funding will be provided for the English translation. 






Tata Power wins Edison Award 2020 for social innovation


Tata Power company limited’s ‘Club Enerji #Switchoff2SwitchOn’ campaign, which is India’s 1st, energy & resource conservation club has won silver in the Edison Award 2020 under Social innovation’s subcategory, social energy solution. The company’s ‘Club Enerji’ is a 12-year old sustainability initiative which targets school children.

Four Indian-Americans is awarded Guggenheim fellowships 2020

The 4 Indian- Americans are: Pradeep Sharma- mechanical engineer at the University of Houston; Kavita Ramanan- professor of Applied Mathematics at Brown University; Dilip Da Cunha- architect, planner and teacher at Harvard University and Columbia University; Mukul Sharma- professor of Earth Sciences at Dartmouth College.


APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS   

    

2 empowered committees formed to look into implementation of exits from lockdown

1st Committee- To oversee the  facilitating of supply chain and logistics management &  availability of necessary items such as food and medicines. It is headed by P Iyer, secretary of the department of drinking water and sanitation.
2nd Committee- For the purpose of public grievances & suggestions to look into any problems in concern with the exit from lockdown. It is headed by Amit Khare, secretary, ministry of human resource development.





SC collegium names New Chief Justices for Bombay, Meghalaya & Orissa High courts

Justice Dipankar Datta, presently a judge at the Calcutta High Court, has been appointed to the post of Chief Justice of Bombay High Court (HC); Biswanath Somadder, presently a judge at the Allahabad High Court as Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court; and Mohammad Rafiq, presently a judge at the Meghalaya High Court to Orissa High Court.


World chess champion Viswanathan Anand becomes ambassador of WWF India’s environment education programme

5 time world chess champion Viswanathan Anand was appointed as ambassador of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) India’s environment education programme.

About WWF India:

Headquarters– New Delhi, India
President– Jamshyd N. Godrej
About WWF:
Headquarters– Gland, Switzerland
Director– Marco Lambertini.

IWF President Tamas Ajan resigns

International Weightlifting Federation (IWF)

Ursula Papandrea will be the acting president of IWF.
About IWF:
Headquarters– Budapest, Hungary.





Ajay Mahajan appointed as MD and CEO of Care Ratings

Credit Analysis and Research Limited (CARE) appointed Ajay Mahajan as Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company for 5 years commencing from April 15, 2020. He was the successor of T.N. Kumar- Interim CEO of the company.

About CARE Ratings:
Headquarters– Mumbai.





India’s Limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma becomes brand ambassador for “CricKingdom”

Limited-overs Vice-captain of Indian cricket team Rohit Sharma was named brand ambassador of “CricKingdom” a Dubai-based cricket coaching academy which provides a platform for online coaching after the global COVID-19 pandemic subsides.

About CricKingdom:
World’s first online platform to connect cricket players, coaches, students, academies and facilities.
Co-founder/CEO– Chetan Suryawanshi
Co-founder/CTO– Sesha Sayana
Managing Director– Prashant Naik
Mentor– Dhawal Kulkarni





Vineet Arora appointed as MD & CEO of Paytm General Insurance

Paytm, a major digital payment system and financial service platform, appoints Vineet Arora as the Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Paytm General Insurance Limited (Ltd).

About Paytm General Insurance Ltd:
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
About Paytm:
Headquarters– Noida, Uttar Pradesh
Founder & CEO– Vijay Shekhar Sharma
About Paytm Payments Bank:
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
MD & CEO– Satish Kumar Gupta.


Andhra Bank, Syndicate Bank chiefs appointed as OSDs in Union Bank of India and Canara Bank

Andhra Bank Managing Director (MD) J Packirisamy and Syndicate Bank Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mrutyunjay Mahapatra were appointed as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Union Bank of India (UBI) and the Canara Bank respectively.

About Union Bank of India:
Headquarters– Mumbai.
MD & CEO– G Rajkiran Rai.
Tagline– Good People to Bank With.
About Canara Bank:
Headquarters– Bengaluru, Karnataka.
MD & CEO– Lingam Venkat Prabhakar.
Tagline– Together We Can.



MS Dhoni appointed as the brand ambassador of PokerStars India


PokerStars India has appointed former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as its new brand ambassador. Prior to MS Dhoni’s appointment popular Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui was the brand ambassador of the company.




ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS     


Eros International & Hollywood’s STX Entertainment to merge all share- 1st of its kind

On April 18, 2020 1st of its kind deal, where Indian movie producer and distributor Eros International (which is also the holding company of the Lulla’s-promoted Eros Group) a NYSE-listed announced an all-share merger with 6 year old, privately held Hollywood’s STX Entertainment to create an equally-held global entertainment company with a value of USD 1 billion.



About Eros:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Executive Chairman & Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Kishore Lulla
About STX Entertainment:
Headquarters– Burbank, California
Chairman & CEO– Robert Simonds

 Sporting Motorcycle brand ‘Norton’ acquired by TVS Motor Company 

The United Kingdom’s most iconic sporting motorcycle brand ‘Norton’ has been acquired by TVS Motor Company’s overseas subsidiary TVS Motor Singapore Pte. Ltd. in an all-cash transaction of £16 million.

TVS Motor Company

HQ- Chennai, TamilNadu, india
Chairman & Managing Director- venu srinivasan


ORIX acquires IL&FS’s 100% stake in IWPSL for Rs 6.05 cr

ORIX Corporation, a Japanese diversified financial services group, has completed its acquisition of 100% stake held by cash-strapped Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) in its wholly-owned subsidiary IL&FS Wind Power Services Ltd (IWPSL) for Rs 6.05 crore.



About Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS):
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman– Uday Kotak
About ORIX Corporation:Headquarters– Tokyo, Japan
CEO– Makoto Inoue


Novelis Inc. of Hindalco acquired US’s Aleris for $2.8 billion deal

The Aditya Birla group’s Hindalco Industries Ltd. has acquired Aleris Corporation through its wholly owned subsidiary Novelis Inc. for an enterprise value of $2.8 billion (Rs 21,295 crores). Hindalco is now one of the world’s largest aluminium makers.

About Hindalco:
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Managing Director (MD)– Satish Pai
About Novelis Inc.
Headquarters– Atlanta, Georgia, United States
President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Steve Fisher
Parent Company– Hindalco Industries






GP Global acquires lubricants assets of Nigeria’s Grand Petroleum 


Gulf Petrochem (GP) Global, a leading energy-to-agriculture conglomerate, announced the acquisition of the lubricants assets of Grand Petroleum in Nigeria, to expand and strengthen its presence in the African nation and western part of the continent.
  

CCI approves Emerald Sage Investment Ltd’s acquisition of 9.93% stake in Apollo Tyres Ltd

About CCI:
Headquarters– New Delhi
Chairperson– Ashok Kumar Gupta



NATIONAL AFFAIRS


G20 Health Ministers Meeting held via video conference to control COVID-19; US $8mn required for containment

From Indian side, Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan participated.




Efforts by Saudi Arabia as a Chair of G20 Presidency:
Already, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as the holder of the G20 Presidency, has pledged US$500 million to relevant international organizations viz.
  • US$150 million to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovation (CEPI).
  • US$150 million to The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI).
  • US$200 million to other international and regional health.




Centre formed high-level task force headed by Vinod Paul & K Vijay Raghavan for development of Covid-19 vaccine

In the wake of increasing death toll, the central government has constituted high level  task force for vaccine and drug testing for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) co-chaired by Vinod Paul, member NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog, and Professor Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan, principal scientific advisor to the government.





Uttar Pradesh becomes first state to geotag community kitchens

The Yogi Adityanath State government has also tied up with Google to “Geo-map” for the location of all these establishments through the Google Maps app for ease of beneficiaries.

About Uttar Pradesh (UP):
Capital– Lucknow.
Chief Minister (CM)– Yogi Adityanath.
Governor– Anandiben Patel.




DCGI clears ICMR plasma therapy trial in Covid-19 patients; 99 applications received

The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI), Dr. VG Somani has approved the clinical trial proposal for convalescent plasma therapy submitted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Under this therapy, plasma from recovered Covid-19 individuals will be transfused into sick patients to check whether this therapy can be used as a treatment for the pandemic.

Government increases loss coverage for micro loan defaults under CGFMU scheme to 75% from 50% earlier

According to the amendment of Credit Guarantee Fund for Micro Units (CGFMU) scheme as notified by the ministry of Finance states that the  coverage of lender’s loss in case of loan default is increased to 75% from earlier 50%.






Union minister Prahlad singh patel launches the National list of intangible cultural heritage of India in New Delhi



 The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) formulated a new set of guidelines for the nationwide lockdown-2.0 or Smart Lockdown, which started from 20th April 2020 and continues till May 3, 2020. It decided to divide all Indian districts into hotspots (red zones); non-hotspots (orange zones) and green zones on the basis of absolute number of cases and the speed of growth in cases.




Rajasthan: First Indian to carry out Rapid Testing for Covid-19

Rajasthan became the first state in the country to carry out Rapid Testing for Covid 19. State’s urban primary health centre of TopkhanaDesh (also known as Jaju Dispensary) in Jaipur started rapid tests at 5pm where 52 persons were tested and all were found COVID-19 negative.





Central Government releases 7,300 crore rupees to State & UTs under MGNREGS

The Centre Government has released 7,300 crore rupees to the States and Union Territories (UT) under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) to liquidate pending dues of last financial year but also the wages dues for the first fortnight of 2020-21.



Assess Koro Na’ app launched by Delhi government 
The Delhi Government has launched ‘Assess Koro Na’ mobile application and advised the officials to use the new ‘Assess Koro Na’ app to do door-to-door survey in COVID-19 containment zones. This mobile application will speed up decision-making by analysing the real-time data and hence removing a major obstacle in the efforts to contain the virus.

About Delhi
CM- Arvind Kejriwal
Attorney general- anil baijal



  • Cghaat’ Website: Launched by the Chhattisgarh government to provide home delivery of fruits and vegetables during the lockdown situation which has risen due to novel coronavirus.
  • Static Part: 
    • CM of Chhattisgarh: Bhupesh Baghel
    • Governor of Chhattisgarh: Anusuiya Uikey

Nirmala Sitharaman attends the Plenary Meeting of IMFC through video-conference

Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman attended the Plenary Meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) through video conference due to pandemic.




NIRDPR and UNICEF training community leaders online to combat COVID-19


National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Hyderabad field office, is training over 28.33 lakh community leaders through online programs to practice social behaviours required to control the transmission of COVID-19 cases in villages in association with the governments of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh (AP) and Karnataka.

About UNICEF:
Headquarters– New York City (NYC), US (United States).
Executive Director– Henrietta Holsman Fore.



India’s subsidies to renewables drops 35 per cent from FY17 to FY19: IISD & CEEW


According to the study, Mapping India’s Energy Subsidies 2020 released by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), India’s energy subsidies drops 35% from Financial Year (FY)17 to FY19, while its oil and gas subsidies increased by 65% .

Narendra Singh Tomar chairs the National Conference on Kharif crops 2020 by video conference




Nirmala Sitharaman attended virtual 2nd G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meet


About G20 or Group of Twenty:
Members– Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico,  ​Republic o​f Korea​,​ Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, ​​​Turkey, United Kingdom (UK), United States (US), and European Union (EU)​. Spain is a permanent guest invitee to the G20 meetings.
Current Presidency– Saudi Arabia
2020 G20 Presidency theme– Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century for All
Chairman– Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (2020)



MS Sahoo Panel proposed National Institute of Valuers for institutional framework for valuers


The government-appointed 8 member committee of experts headed by IBBI (Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India) Chairperson M S Sahoo has submitted a report on “valuation professionals” and proposed an institutional framework for valuers by setting up National Institute of Valuers (NIV).



Govt to set up “Suraksha Stores” and “Suraksha Circle” under PPP mode amid COVID-19 lockdown


In order to provide daily essentials to Indian citizens during the extended lockdown, the government will set up 20 lakh retail shops through public-private partnership (PPP) namely ‘Suraksha Stores’ across India in the next 45 days. In this regard, the neighbourhood Kirana (general) stores will be converted into sanitized retail outlets selling daily essentials while adhering to safety norms such as social distancing to control the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Fit India and CBSE organizing first-ever live fitness sessions for school students amid lockdown


Fit India in collaboration with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is organizing a first-of-a-kind live fitness session under its Fit India Active Day programme for school children across the country from 15th April 2020 at 9:30 am. The decision has been taken due to the nation-wide lockdown till May 3, 2020 to counter COVID-19 which has restricted the activities of children.




Uttar Pradesh became first state to initiate Pool Testing of Covid-19




Jim Corbett National Park of U’khand becomes India’s 1st quarantine centre for animals


Jim Corbett National Park , the India’s oldest forested wildlife sanctuary located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand, has become the India’s 1st quarantine centre for animals with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).


India tightens curb on import of refined palm oil; import license validity reduced to 6 months




Goa becomes the first state to integrate allopathy and Ayurveda to treat COVID-19 patients

About Goa:
Capital– Panaji.
Governor– Satya Pal Malik.




SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY


Researchers at IIA, Bengaluru discovers hundreds of Li-rich giant stars

Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA)

About Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA):Director– Prof. Annapurni Subramaniam






CSIR-CDRI signs MoU with KGMU to sequence the virus strains

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), with King George’s Medical University (KGMU) has written a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to sequence the virus strains obtained from COVID-19 patients in Uttar Pradesh.

About CDRI:
The Central Drug Research Institute
Location– Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Director– Tapas Kumar Kund
Founded– 1951
About KGMU:
King George’s Medical University
Location– Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Founded– 1905
Vice-Chancellor– MadanLal Brahma Bhatt





NASA to launch 1st US astronaut mission to ISS since 2011

For the first time since July 21, 2011, a human mission from American Earth will go into space. That is after 9 years, the US space agency NASA ( National Aeronautics and Space Administration) & SpaceX will send two veteran astronauts –Bob Behnken & Doug Hurley- from the Florida’s Kennedy Space Centre in indigenous 23-story Falcon 9 rockets to the International Space Station (ISS) on May 27, 2020.

About NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration):Headquarters– Washington, D.C., United States
Administrator– Jim Bridenstine
About SpaceX:Headquarters– California, United States
CEO– Elon Musk


Automatic Mist Based Sanitisers Dispensing Unit & UV Sanitisation Box and Hand-held UV device introduced: DRDO



Automa

tic Mist Based Sanitiser Dispensing Unit

i.It is developed by The Centre for Fire Explosive & Environment Safety (CFEES), DRDO  laboratories in Delhi with High-Performance Organisation (HPO) 1, by using its expertise in mist technology for fire suppression, the unit is manufactured with the help of Riot Labz Pvt Ltd, Noida.
UV Sanitisation Box and Hand-held UV device
i.It is designed & developed by Defence Institute of Physiology & Allied Sciences (DIPAS) and Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences (INMAS), DRDO laboratories in Delhi.
About DRDO:
It is the Research & Development (R&D) wing of the Ministry of Defence.
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
Union Minister– Rajnath Singh
Directors:
CFEES– Rajiv Narang
DIPAS– Bhuvnesh Kumar
INMAS– Tarun Sekhri

Gujarat’s GBRC: 2nd Indian institute to decode COVID-19 genome sequence; 3 new mutations found

Gujarat’s Gandhinagar-based Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre (GBRC) has become the second institute in India after the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune, Maharashtra to decode the entire genome sequence of the COVID-19 virus but with three new mutations.

About GBRC
Director– Chaitanya G. Joshi


Indian Navy develops air evacuation pod for COVID-19 patients



About Indian Navy:
Commander-in-Chief– President Ram NathKovind.
Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS)– Admiral Karmabir Singh.



CSIR-NAL develops Personal Protective Coverall Suit
CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories has developed Personal Protective Coverall Suit in association with MAF Clothing Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru.

CSIR(of Scientific and Industrial Research)

President- prime minister of India

HQ- New Delhi





COVID-19: Kerala institute develops Chitra GeneLAMP-N test kit gives results in 2 hours  






Scientists at NASA discovers Earth-like planet ‘Kepler-1649c’ found to be hidden in early Kepler data

About NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration):Headquarters– Washington, D.C., United States
Administrator– Jim Bridenstine





Agriculture minister Narendra singh tomar launches transport aggregator app ‘Kisan Rath’ for farmers

The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar, has launched farmer friendly mobile application ‘Kisan Rath’ with tagline “Kisan ka apna Vahan” to facilitate the movement of crops. The app has been developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) and will connect 5 lakh trucks & 20,000 tractors for transporting farm produce.

About Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare:Headquarters– New Delhi
Minister of State– Parsottambhai Rupala, Kailash Choudhary



India’s Aarogya Setu becomes world’s fastest app to reach 50 million downloads in 13 days

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Amitabh Kant stated that Centre’s mobile app, Aarogya Setu, which is developed for tracking COVID-19 patients, has become the world’s fastest app to reach 50 million (5 crore) downloads in just 13 days.




Central Government unveils PUSA decontamination, sanitizing tunnel


Minister of State (MoS) for Agriculture Kailash Choudhary inaugurated a “PUSA decontamination and sanitizing tunnel” in Delhi and was developed by the government research body ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research).



‘Bat coronavirus’ in 2 Indian bat species: ICMR


The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in a 1st of its study in collaboration with a team of scientists from the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, have found out ‘Bat coronavirus’ (BtCoV) from 25 bats in 2 Indian bat species namely, Pteropus (Indian Flying Fox) and Rousettus (old world fruit bats).




Scientists observes biggest star explosion ever seen


 An international team of scientists led by the University of Birmingham in the UK (United Kingdom) and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in the US (United States), have observed the biggest supernova (stellar explosion) named SN2016aps.This supernova is 10 times more powerful than a normal supernova but is also about 500 times brighter than that.


Webinar series “DekhoApnaDesh” launched: Tourism ministry


DRDO develops COVSACK for COVID-19 sample collection

The Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), under  Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in consultation with the doctors of Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), Hyderabad, has developed  COVID Sample Collection Kiosk (COVSACK) for healthcare workers to safely collect Covid-19 samples from suspected patients.





Pharma majors Sanofi & GlaxoSmithKline joined hands to prepare vaccine for coronavirus


GlaxoSmithKline plc, a British multinational pharmaceutical company, has tied-up with France’s Pharmaceutical company Sanofi S.A., to develop the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine to deal with the current epidemic.
About Sanofi S.A:Headquarters– Paris, France
Chief executive– Paul Hudson
About GlaxoSmithKline plc:Headquarters– Brentford, United Kingdom
Chief executive– Emma Walmsley

Researchers at NIT-Karnataka develops cost-effective disinfectant chamber called ‘ZERO-COV’

In view of increasing pandemic coronavirus (Covid-19) cases, a team of researchers from National Institute of Technology-Karnataka (NIT-K) at Surathkal, has designed a disinfection chamber called ‘ZERO-COV’ to disinfect personal protective equipment (PPE) tools, surgical masks, vegetables, packaged food items, currency notes and other day-to-day items within 15 minutes.

About National Institute of Technology-Karnataka:Motto– Work is worship
Chairperson– Dr. K. Balaveera Reddy



Government launches ‘CovidGyan’ a science communication initiative




US clears sale of Harpoon missile and torpedoes priced a total of $155 million to India

According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the US (United States) President Donald Trump’s administration has approved the sale of Harpoon Block II air launched missiles & MK 54 lightweight torpedoes priced a total of $ 155 million to India to combat regional threats and increase the security of its soil



C-DOT and Telecom Service Providers develop COVID Quarantine Alert System

The Department of Telecommunication and C-DOT (Centre for Development of Telematics) in coordination with Telecom Service Providers have developed and tested COVID Quarantine Alert System application which automatically triggers an email (Electronic Mail) or SMS (Short Message Service) if any identified corona positive person moves away from their quarantine location.

About MeitY (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology):
Cabinet Minister– Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Minister of State (MoS)– Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre.
Secretary– Ajay Prakash Sawhney.


ENVIRONMENT

New pit viper discovered in Arunachal Pradesh named after Harry Potter Character


The new species of green pit viper discovered in Arunachal Pradesh by a team of researchers was named Salazar’s pit viper after Salazar Slytherin, a fictional character by J.K Rowling.



SPORTS


ITTF world rankings 2020: Table tennis player Sharath kamal become India’s No.1 player at 31st spot, Fan zhendong of China tops


About International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF):Headquarters– Lausanne, Switzerland
President– Thomas Weikert

China releases 4th Asian Para Games 2022 mascot as ‘Fei Fei’ bird

The organizing committee of Hangzhou Asian Games, has  released ‘Fei Fei’ the bird as an official mascot for 4th Asian Paralympic Games 2022, which is scheduled to be held in Hangzhou, China from 9 – 15 October 2022.



About Asian Paralympic Committee:Headquarters– Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
President– Majid Rashed


BOOKS & AUTHORS


A book titled “How the Onion Got Its Layers” authored by Sudha Murty


Shuttling to the Top: The Story of P V Sindhu authored by Krishnaswamy V


published by HarperCollins in Amazon digital platform along with other two books, amid the lockdown due to Coronavirus.





OBITUARY




Nigeria President Buhari’s chief of staff Abba Kyari passes away




Chilean author Luis Sepúlveda dies of coronavirus in northern Spain at 70



Willie Davis former American footballer passed away recently




R V Bhuskute Freedom Fighter, who participated in Quit India Movement passed away recently.


Comedy Classic ‘Khubsoorat’ actor Ranjit Chowdhry passed away at 65 in the US



Former Pakistani first-class Cricketer Zafar Sarfraz passed away at 50 due to Coronavirus

M V Rajasekharan former Union Minister and Veteran Congress Leader passed away at 91


Former Gujarat first class cricketer Walter D’Souza passes away at 93




Kannada actor ‘Bullet’ Prakash passes away at 44




IMPORTANT DAYS



World Liver Day 2020: April 19






UN Chinese Language Day: 20th April



World Heritage Day: 18th April 2020



  • Aim: To retain the human heritage and to recognize the organizations which are related to and maintain the heritage. It was announced by International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
  • Theme: ‘Shared Culture, Shared Heritage and Shared Responsibility’

HQ of ICOMOS: Paris, France.

World Haemophilia Day 2020: April 17

The theme of the World Haemophilia Day is “Get+involved”.




World Art Day 2020: April 15




World Voice Day 2020: April 16

Theme for the year 2020: FOCUS ON YOUR VOICE.




International Mathematics Day 2020: March 14


Theme for the year 2020: Mathematics is Everywhere.

World Chagas Disease Day 2020 for the first time: April 14

Theme for the year 2020: Women, Water and Climate Change.




Indian Army observes 36th Siachen day on April 13, 2020

About Indian Army:Headquarters– New Delhi
Chief of the Army Staff (COAS)– Manoj Mukund Naravane



International Children’s Book Day 2020: April 2


Theme of the year 2020: A Hunger for words.


STATE NEWS

Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy launches ‘YSR Nirman’ online platform

About AP:
Governor– Biswa Bhusan Harichandan
State Animal– Blackbuck
State Bird– Rose-ringed Parakeet
State tree– Neem



UP govt launches Annapurna, Supply Mitra portals for citizens’ food needs


Uttar Pradesh (UP) Government has launched two portals namely the Annapurna portal and the Supply Mitra portals for the convenience of the food needs for the people of the state during the COVID-19 crisis. Alok Sinha, Commissioner of Agricultural Production, UP, launched the portal.

About Uttar Pradesh (UP):
Capital– Lucknow.
Chief Minister– Yogi Adityanath.
Governor– Anandiben Patel.