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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Indian Navy’s ‘Samudra Setu’ to bring stranded Indian citizens from Maldives; Air India will evacuate from other 12 nations

Indian Navy has sent two India Naval Ships (INS) viz. Jalashwa and Magaro May 5, 2020 to Maldives capital Male to commence the first phase of the evacuation operations of Indians stranded abroad from May 8, 2020.

About Maldives:
Currency– Maldivian rufiyaa
President– Ibrahim Mohamed Solih


Surakshit Dada-Dadi & Nana-Nani Abhiyan campaign to protect senior citizens during COVID-19: NITI Aayog


The National Institution for Transforming India(NITI) Aayog in association with Piramal Foundation(the philanthropic arm of the Piramal Group) launched virtually the ‘Surakshit Dada-Dadi & Nana-Nani Abhiyan’ campaign to ensure well being of senior citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic

Narendra Modi participates in online Summit of NAM Contact Group

Prime Minister(PM) Narendra Modi participates in the online summit of Non-Aligned Movement(NAM) Contact Group on the theme “United against COVID-19” hosted by the current Chairman of NAM, President of Republic of Azerbaijan HE Ilham Aliyev through videoconference to discuss the response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

Dr Jitendra Singh attended Bamboo Conclave through Video Conference

The aim of the conference was to discuss the importance of Bamboo, which will provide an opportunity for India to emerge as an economic powerpost COVID-19.


IIT Launches India’s first COVID-19 test bus in Mumbai

The Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) Alumni Council launched a “COVID-19 test bus”  in Mumbai, Maharashtra and inaugurated by Chief Minister UddhavThackery, Health Minister Rajesh Tope and Praveen Pardeshi

PAN IIT ALumni India:
Pan IIT Alumni India is an organisation representing alumni of all IIT.
Chairman– Ramnath S Mani
Vice Chairman– Pawan Kumar
Registered on– 20 September 2006
Headquarters– IIT Delhi, New Delhi

‘India SME Services Platform’ to be launched: SIDBI

The Small Industries Development Bank of India(SIDBI) informed that it will launch ‘India SME Services Platform’, a digital platform to educate stakeholders in the small and medium enterprises(SME) ecosystem and have information on coronavirus-related initiatives for the sector


About SIDBI:
Headquarters– Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Chairman & Managing Director (MD)– Mohammad Mustafa

Indian Railways starts Shramik Special Trains

As per the guideline issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, which has decided to run “Shramik Special” trains from “Labour Day”(May 1,2020), to move migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons stranded at different places due to lock down.

NMCG & NIUA organized IDEAthon, a webinar; collaborated on urban river management plan

IDEAthon, a webinarorganized on a theme “The future of River Management”

About NIUA:
Establishment– 1976
Supported by– Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Headquarter– New Delhi

India ranked 3rd among countries in scientific publication in 2018; expenditure on R&D tripled: NSTMIS

India occupies 3rd rank in terms of number of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.)’s awarded in Science and Engineering (S&E) after USA (39,710 in 2016) and China (34,440 in 2015).

About NSTMIS:
Advisor and Head– Dr. Parveen Arora
Location– New Delhi



Five more States/UTs integrated with ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ platform, taking the total to 17

The newly approved states/UTs under this plan are Uttar PradeshBiharPunjabHimachal Pradesh and Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu.
The scheme announced in June 2019 allows portability of food security benefits across the country from 1st July, 2020. 



Maharashtra the first state government to announces free and cashless insurance to the people


The Health Minister of Maharashtra Rajesh Tope announced that Maharashtra will be the first state to provide free and cashless insurance protection to the people and the covered under the state governments health scheme and for the treatment of COVID-19 patients at the private hospitals in Pune and Mumbai the government has signed a MoU with the General Insurance Public Sector Association(GIPSA).


200 new mandis added to the e-NAM platform from 7 States: Narendra Singh Tomar



The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar has added 200 new mandis to the e-National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) platform from 7 States.

Participants

The Ministers of State(MoS) for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Parshottan Rupala &  Kailash Choudhary, Secretary of Department Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare(AC&FW), Sanjay Agarwal, and senior officers of the Ministry.


Constituency of Ministers:
Narendra Singh Tomar- Morena, Madhya Pradesh
Parshottan Rupala- Gujarat
Kailash Choudhary- Baytoo, Rajasthan


Kashmir saffron gets GI tag


The Kashmir saffron cultivated and harvested in the Karewa (highlands) of Jammu and Kashmir gets Geographical Indication(GI) tag by the Geographical Indications Registry.

About GI tag:
Darjeeling Tea(2004) is the 1st indian product to get a GI tag.

Manipur black rice, Gorakhpur terracotta & Kovilpatti kadalai mittai gets GI tag

Chak-Hao, the black rice of Manipur which is glutinous rice cultivated in Manipur & is characterised by its special aroma; the terracotta work of Gorakhpur &Kovilpatti kadalai mittai(a peanut candy)has been granted with the Geographical Indication(GI) tag.




Chak-Hao

i.The black rice is glutinous rice cultivated in Manipur over centuries, is characterised by its special aroma& is consumed mainly after being cooked like rice or kheer.


Gorakhpur terracotta
i.It is a centuries-old traditional art form, the work is done with bare hands including the ornamentation & natural color which stays fast for a long time. There are more than 1,000 varieties of terracotta work designed by the local craftsmen
Kovilpatti kadalai mittai
i.It is a peanut candy manufactured in Kovilpatti and adjacent towns and villages in Thoothukudi district, the southern part of Tamil Nadu

MoC launched Project Monitoring Unit for early operationalization of coal mines


PMU will act as a consultant for sorting out the issues of allocatees of coal mines so that the coal production may begin at the earliest.
ii.KPMG(Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler) has been appointed as the consultant in the project monitoring unit (PMU) through a transparent bidding process


About Ministry of Coal:
Union Minister– Pralhad Joshi
Secretary– Anil Kumar Jain
About KPMG:
Headquarter– Amstelveen, Netherlands
KPMG India Chairman & CEO– Arun M. Kumar
KPMG Global Chairman and CEO– Bill Thomas



DST launched ‘Year of Awareness on Science & Health (YASH)’on health & risk communication focusing COVID-19


It is launched by the National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC) under DST.

About DST:
Parent Ministry– Ministry of Science and Technology
Secretary– Professor Ashutosh Sharma


NLC India Limited, a Navaratna Public Enterprise under the Ministry of Coal commences coal production



Neyveli Lignite Corporation(NLC) India Private Limited ‘Navaratna’ a government of India Enterprise under the Ministry of Coal started the production of Coal for the first time. The coal allocated to the NLCIL in 2016 with a capacity of 20 million tonne per annum from the Talabira II and III mines of Odisha will suffice the requirements of existing and future coal fired power plants
About NLC India Limited:
Neyveli Lignite Corporation(NLC) India Limited , Navratna – a government of India Enterprise
Chairman cum Managing Director– Rakesh Kumar
Directors– Vinod Kumar Tiwari and A.Karthik
Formed as Corporate– 1956
Present Mining Capacity– 30.6 MTPA
Headquarters– Chennai, Tamil Nadu

NBWL permits coal mining in part of Assam’s Dehing Patkai elephant reserve


National Board for Wild Life (NBWL) has permitted the use of 98.59 hectares of land at Saleki, a part of the Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve in Assam for opencast coal mining project done by North-Easter Coal Field (NECF), a unit of Coal India Limited.
i.The Elephant Reserve includes the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary consists of an 111.19 sq km area of ​​ rain forests & several reserve forests in Sivasagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts

About Assam:Capital– Dispur
Chief minister– Sarbananda Sonowal
Governor– Jagdish Mukhi

Cauvery Water Management Authority brought under the Jal Shakti Ministry: Central government

The central government has brought the Cauvery Water Management Authority under the Jal Shakti Ministry, which was earlier under the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

About Jal Shakti Ministry:
Union Minister– Gajendra Singh Shekhawat(Constituency- Jodhpur)
Minister of state– Rattan Lal Kataria(Constituency- Ambala)

National Infrastructure Pipeline submitted Final Report to FinMin; Rs 111 lakh cr projected from FY20 to FY25



The report highlighted policy deficits and challenges in India’s infrastructure sector and recommended reforms to scale up investment in the sector.

For NIP projects, the Centre would invest 39% of the projected expenditure while states’ share would be 40%, followed by the private sector with 21%.

Chhattisgarh tops among other states in providing employment under MGNREGS


According to an official statement Chhattisgarh is 1st in the state to provide employment to over 18(18.51) lakh unskilled labourers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme(MGNREGS).

Rajasthan(2nd) to 10.79 lakh workers & Uttar Pradesh(3rd) to around 9.06 lakh workers.


India installs 7.3 GW of solar power in CY 2019 & secures world’s 3rd largest solar market: Mercom


According to Mercom India Research’s ‘India Solar Market Leaderboard 2020’ report India has installed 7.3 Giga Watt (GW) of solar power in CY 2019 which consolidates its position as the 3rd largest solar market in the world.

About Mercom India:
Headquarters– Bangalore, Karnataka
Managing Director (MD)– Priyadarshini Sanjay
Founder– Raj Prabhu(CEO and co-founder of Mercom Capital Group)




INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

5,037,000 people internally displaced in India in 2019: UNICEF report

At the end of 2019, an estimated 46 million people were internally displaced by conflict and violence, out of which, more than 4 in 10 or 19 million were children.
Syria was the country with the largest number of conflict-related new displacements in 2019, with almost 1.9 million IDPs



About UNICEF:
Other name– United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund
Headquarters– New York, New York, United States
Executive Director– Henrietta Holsman Fore

USAID announces 3 million USD to support India’s efforts to combat COVID-19


The United States Agency of International Development (USAID), one of the leading aid agency of the government of United States has announced an additional grant of 3 million USD in addition to the 2.9 million USD announced on 6th April 2020 to help India to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and to fund the PAHAL project, an innovative financial platform

About PAHAL:
Partnerships for Affordable Healthcare Access and Longevity(PAHAL) is a USAID and IPE’s flagship innovative platform to promote health financing models.
Project Director– LM Singh
Technical resource– Dr.Dinesh Agarwal


India ranks 53rd in budget transparency; New Zealand tops: IBP’s Open Budget Survey 2019



According to the 7th edition of ‘Open Budget Survey 2019’ conducted by International Budget Partnership (IBP)India has been ranked at 53rd position among 117 nations in terms of budget transparency and accountability with the score of 49 out of 100. While New Zealand has been topped the list with a score of 87

About International Budget Partnership (IBP):Headquarters– Washington, D.C., United States (US)


Disasters, conflicts trigger 5 million displacements in India in 2019: IDMC



According to a recent report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centretitled ‘The Global Report on Internal Displacement(GRID 2020)’, nearly 5 million(mn) people were displaced in India in 2019, the highest in the world so far.

About IDMC:
Headquarters– Geneva, Switzerland
Director– Alexandra Bilak




BANKING & FINANCE

Government hikes MSP for minor forest produce of 49 items


As per the order issued by Tribal Affairs Ministry ,The Minimum Support Price(MSP) for Minor Forest Produce(MFP) of 49 items was raised in view of circumstances arising out of Covid 19, which also stated that the MSP for MFPs is revised once in every 3 years by the Pricing Cell constituted under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. The increase across various items of MFP ranges from 16 % to 66%.

Reserve bank cancels mumbai’s 105-year-old CKP co-op bank license

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has cancelled the license granted to the 105-year-old CKP Co-operative Bank Ltd located in Mumbai (Maharashtra) to conduct banking business which includes acceptance of deposits and repayment of deposits as defined in Section 5 (b) read with Section 56 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 with immediate effect.


About CKP Co-operative Bank Ltd:General Manager– Shri Moreshwar Dhaimodkar

USD 400 million multi-year financial support to India: World Bank


The World Bank‘s Board of Executive Directors has approved a USD 400 million multi-year financial support to help India enhance its coastal & marine resources, protect marine resources & coastal populations from pollution, erosion, sea-level rise, and improve livelihood opportunities for coastal communities over the next decade


About World Bank:
Formed– 1944
Headquarters– Washington, United States
President– David Malpass

‘Vikas Abhaya’ loan scheme launched: KVGB



Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank (KVGB), a regional rural bank’s chairman P Gopi Krishna has launched ‘Vikas Abhaya’ a loan scheme.

To provide some relief to borrowers whose business activities are disrupted on account of the Covid-19 pandemic

The loan will be for the existing MSME customers who have been regular as on February 29, a maximum loan of up to Rs 1 lakh will be provided and no collateral security is emphasized & is repayable within 36 months.

About KVGB:
Headquarters– Dharwad, Karnataka

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

PNB Housing Finance Limited signs MoU with IIT Delhi to develop reusable PPE kits

Punjab National Bank Housing Finance Limited has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Indian Institute of Technology Delhi to support the  research and development of a unique prototype material to be used in the manufacture of washable and reusable Personal Protective Equipment(PPE) surgical gowns and masks by using Jacquard knitting technology

About PNBHFL:
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
Managing Director(MD) & Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Sanjaya Gupta
About IIT Delhi:
Director– V. Ramgopal Rao


Bharat Dynamics Limited signs MoU with IIT Kanpur to manufacture ventilators for COVID-19 treatment


Bharat Dynamics Limited(BDL), a defence Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with Indian Institute of Technology(IIT), Kanpur for the large-scale manufacture of ventilators developed by NOCCA Robotics(incubated start-up of IIT Kanpur)to enhance the development of affordable ventilators for COVID-19 treatment

About BDL:
Corporate Office– Hyderabad, Telangana
Chairman & Managing Director (MD)– Siddharth Mishra

DBS Bank slashes India’s FY21 GDP forecast to 1% from 1.5%; another Rs 1.5-3 lakh-cr relief package required


About DBS:
Headquarters– Singapore
Former Name– Development Bank of Singapore (DBS)
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Piyush Gupta

IIT Hyderabad to collaborate with Hong Kong firm to create venture ecosystem

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad, collaborated with New Frontier Capital Management, a financial firm based in Hong Kong with offices in Tokyo & Singapore, to establish a global network of ventures as well as to create a venture ecosystem. The core objective of this partnership is to promote innovation, research and incubation



About Telangana:
Capital– Hyderabad.
Chief Minister (CM)– Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao.
Governor– Tamilisai Soundararajan.


AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS       

IIT-Bombay Professor Saurabh Lodha receives Young Career Award 2020 in Nano Science and Technology

Professor Saurabh Lodha of Electrical Engineering of IIT Bombay recieved Young Career Award 2020 in Nano Science and Technology given by the Department of Science and Technology(DST), Government of India to recognize his contribution for the development of two dimensional Van der Waals material based logic transistor technologies beyond silicon and nanoelectronic


About DST:
Minister of Science & Technology– Dr. Harsh Vardhan
Secretary– Ashutosh Sharma
Headquarters– New Delhi

2020 Pulitzer Prizes announced: 3 photojournalists from Jammu & Kashmir won the feature photography

The three Indian photojournalists namely Dar YasinMukhtar Khan and ChanniAnandfrom Jammu and Kashmir who work for Associated Press (AP) have won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in feature photography.


Vladimir Putin awards commemorative World War II medal to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un


The Russian embassy in Pyongyang, North Korea announced that the Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un a commemorative war medal marking the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany

About North Korea:
Capital– Pyongyang.
Currency– North Korean won.

Nicholas C. Coops, Joseph J. Landsberg and Richard H. Waring shares the Marcus Wallenberg Prize 2020


Professors Nicholas C. Coops from Canada,  Richard H. Waring from the United Nations of America(USA), Joseph J. Landsberg from Australia shares the ‘Marcus Wallenberg Prize(MWP) 2020’ for 3-PG (Physiological Principles Predicting Growth), a model to predict forest growth in a changing climate.

IIT-Madras Professor & Padma Shri awardee Thalappil Pradeep named for 25th Nikkei Asia Prizes 2020 in Science& Technology


The prize includes a cash component of 3 Million Yen and an award certificate and is scheduled to be awarded in Tokyo, Japan later 2020.

About IIT Madras:
Director– Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi
Location– Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Sania Mirza, first Indian to be nominated for Fed Cup Heart Award


Sania Mirza became the first Indian to be nominated for the Fed Cup Heart Award from the Asia/Oceania Zone

Fed cup, the world’s largest annual international team competition in women’s sport with 108 nations entered in 2019 was launched in 1963

About ITF:
President– David Haggerty
COO– Kelly Fairweather
Headquarters– London, United Kingdom

Manipuri doctor Thangjam Dhabali Singh conferred ‘Order of Rising Sun’ by Japan


Thangjam Dhabali Singh, Manipuri allopathic doctor, was conferred with “Order of Rising Sun- Gold and Silver Rays” by the Japan government for promoting a better understanding of Japan in India and deepening ties between 2 countries.

About Japan:
Capital– Tokyo.
Currency– yen.
Prime Minister (PM)– Shinzō Abe.




APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS       

Economic Affairs Secretary Tarun Bajaj appointed as Director on RBI Central Board

The government appointed Economic Affairs Secretary Tarun Bajaj, a 1988 batch Indian Administration Service(IAS) officer, as a director on the central board of the Reserve Bank of India(RBI). He replaces Atanu Chakraborty, who retired

About RBI:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Governor– Shaktikanta Das


Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury reappointed as chairperson of Parliament’s public Accounts Committee


Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress Leader of Lok Sabha was reappointed as Chairperson of the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee(PAC) by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. PAC is the oldest parliamentary committee first constituted in 1921

About C&AG of India:
Comptroller and Auditor General– Rajiv Mehrishi
Headquarters– New Delhi
Constituted in– 1921

IES Officer Negi assumes charge as Director General of Labour Bureau


D P S Negi, a 1985 batch IES (Indian Economic Services) officer has assumed charge as Director General (DG) of Labour Bureau in the Ministry of Labour and Employment by replacing B N Nanda. In addition, he also takes charge as Senior Labour & Employment Advisor of the ministry

About Ministry of Labour and Employment:
Headquarters– New Delhi
Minister of State (Independent Charge)– Santosh Gangwar

7 member committee formed to enhance audit independence and accountability: MCA

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs(MCA) has constituted a 7 member committee to examine the comments received on the consultation paper floated by it & make recommendations which require any amendments in law, rules and standards so as to enhance audit independence and accountability

About MCA:
Union Minister– Nirmala Sitharaman (Constituency- Karnataka)
Minister of State– Anurag Singh Thakur(Constituency- Hamirpur)


Panel formed to frame standard professional indemnity policy: IRDAI


The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India(IRDAI) has set up a panel to frame standard professional indemnity policy for insurance intermediaries that can be issued by all the insurers. It is headed by  Yegnapriya Bharat, CGM (Non-Life), IRDAI

About IRDAI:
Headquarters– Hyderabad, Telangana.
Chairman– Subhash Chandra(C). Khuntia

Indian-American lawyer Ashok Michael Pinto as US representative to World Bank’s lending arm IBRD


United States President Donald Trump nominated Indian-American lawyer Ashok Michael Pinto as a representative to the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the World Bank’s lending arm. He was nominated as US Alternate Executive Director of IBRD for a period of 2 years


Krishnan Ramachandran appointed as Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Max Bupa


Max Bupa Health Insurance appointed Krishnan Ramachandran as its new managing director(MD)  and Chief Executive Officer(CEO). He succeeds Ashish Mehrotra, after almost 5 years of service in its company

About Max Bupa Health Insurance:
Headquarters– New Delhi, India

Professor Shobana Narasimhan of JNCASR elected as International Member to American Academy of Arts and Science


Professor Shobhana Narasimha head of the Computational Nanoscience group from the Theoretical Science Unit(TSU), Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research(JNCASR), an autonomous institute under the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India has been elected as an International Honorary Member to the American Academy of Arts and Science

About American Academy of Arts and Science:
Chair of the Board– Nancy C.Andrews(Duke University School of Medicine)
President– David W. Oxtoby (American Academy of Arts and Sciences)
Vice Chair of the Board– Diane P.Wood(U.S. Court of Appeals)
Location– Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States.
Founded in– 1780

Ramesh Babu appointed as NTPC director operations


About National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC):
Headquarters– New Delhi.
Chairman and Managing Director (CMD)– Shri Gurdeep Singh.

T S Tirumurti appointed as Ambassador/Permanent Representative of India to Indian United Nations


About Ministry of External Affairs:
External Affairs Minister– Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
Minister of State for External Affairs– V.Muraleedharan
Headquarters– South Block, New Delhi



ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS      

KPTL completes sale of 100 piece stake in Kalpataru Satpura Transco to CLP India

Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited(KPTL) announced the successful completion of the sale of the entire stake in Kalpataru Transco Private Limited(KSTPL) to CLP India Private Limited of CLP groups, one of  Asia’s largest investor-owned power business and from November 20, 2019 ,KSTPL ceased to be a subsidiary of the company


About CDPQ:
Chairman– Robert Tessier
President and CEO– Charles Emond
Founded in– 1965
Headquarters– Québec

US private equity firm Silver Lake buys 1.15% stake in Reliance Jio platforms for Rs 5655.75 cr

US based private equity company Silver Lake partners has bought a 1.15% stake in Jio Platforms Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) for Rs 5,655.75 crore ($750 million).

About Silver Lake partners:Headquarters– California, United States
Co-CEO and Managing Partner– Egon Durban



Polycab India acquired 50% stake in Ryker from Singapore-based Trafigura


PIL has acquired 2,60,10,000 (i.e. balance 50% equity shares) of face value of Rs.10/- each held by Trafigura, Singapore (‘Trafigura’) in Ryker Base. The purchase consideration is likely to be around US $ 4 Million (Rs 300 million).

About Polycab:
PIL is the largest manufacturer of Wires and Cables in India and a fast-growing player in the Fast Moving Electrical Goods (FMEG) sector.
Chairman & Managing Director– Inder T. Jaisinghani
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharshtra
About Trafigura Pte Ltd, Singapore
Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer– Jeremy Weir
Headquarter– Singapore
  

CCI approves BP Global’s proposed 49% acquisition of Reliance BP Mobility Limited




The Competition Commission of India(CCI) approved the acquisition of 49% of the fully diluted paid-up equity share capital and voting rights in and of Reliance BP Mobility Limited(RBPML) by BP Global Investments Limited(BP Global) under Section 31(1) of the Competition Act, 2002

About CCI:
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
Chairman– Ashok Kumar Gupta

About BP Global:

Headquarters– London, England
Chairman– Helge Lund
Chief Executive officer (CEO)– Bernard Looney



CCI approves proposed acquisition of 100% shares and control of Tech Data Corporation by Tiger Midco LLC



The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approved the proposed acquisition of 100% shares and control of Tech Data Corporation by Tiger Midco LLC. In this regard, Tech Data Corporation (Tech Data) will be acquired by Tiger Midco LLC (Tiger Midco) by way of merger of Tech Data with a wholly owned subsidiary of Tiger Midco, viz., Merger Sub.



CCI approves the acquisition of less than 5% shareholding in Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd by Canary Investments and Link Investment Trust II






The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approves the acquisition of less than 5% shareholding in Intas Pharmaceuticals Limited by Canary Investments Limited and Link Investment Trust II, under Section 31(1) of the Competition Act, 2002.

Manulife acquired 49% stake in Mahindra AMC for Rs 265 crore



About Manulife:
Headquarters– Toronto, Canada
President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Roy Gori
About Mahindra AMC
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Managing Director (MD) & CEO– Ashutosh Bishnoi

Reliance increases its stake to 26.3% in US-based tech company SkyTran 



About RIL:
Headquarters– Mumbai,Maharashtra
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Mukesh Ambani



SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

GARUD portal launched to fast-track approval to COVID-19 related drone operations: MoCA and DGCA

The Ministry of Civil Aviation(MoCA) and Directorate General of Civil Aviation(DGCA) launched Government Authorisation for Relief Using Drones(GARUD)

About DGCA:
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
Director General (DG)– Arun Kumar


CSIR-IGIB and TATA Sons sign MoU for licensing ‘KNOWHOW’ for rapid diagnosis of COVID-19



the Constituent lab of CSIR, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology(CSIR-IGIB) and TATA Sons signed an MoU for licensing of KNOWHOW related to the development for FNCAS9 EDITOR LINKED UNIFORM DETECTION ASSAY (FELUDA) FOR RAPID DIAGNOSIS OF COVID-19

About IGBI:
Director– Anurag Agarwaal
Head, Planning Monitoring and Evaluation– Jyoti Yadav
Head HR– Sarala Balachandran
Location– Delhi


Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, isan autonomous institute under the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India (GOI) have developed two types of nasal and oral swabs and viral transport medium for COVID-19 testing



About SCTIMST:
Motto– JeevaJyothirAseemahi (May we Live and have Light).
President– Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat.
Director– Dr. Asha Kishore.

Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launched “The Saras Collection” on GeM portal from New Delhi

TheSaras Collection is an initiative of GeM and the DeenDayalAntyodayaYojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM).
iii.The first phase is a pilot stage under which 913 SHGs from 11 States have already registered as sellers and 442 products have been on-boarded.



DRDO Develops “UV blaster”,  Ultraviolet Disinfection Tower


The Laser Science & Technology Centre(LASTEC), Delhi-based laboratory of the  Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO), Defence ministry with the assistance of New Age Instruments and Material Private Ltd., Gurugram developed “UV blaster” an ultraviolet(UV) disinfection tower for a quick and chemical-free sanitization of areas that are highly prone to the infection of novel coronavirus in method

About DRDO:
Defence Minister– Rajnath Singh
Chairman– G. Satheesh Reddy
CEO & MD– Sudhir Mishra
Formed– 1958
Headquarters– New Delhi

SNBNCBS develops Nanomedicine to alter oxidative stress to treat COVID-19

The Scientists of S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences (SNBNCBS), Kolkata developed a nanomedicine, safe and cost-effective, to treat many diseases by altering oxidative stress in the body and the research will support the combat against the COVID-19 in India

About SNBNCBS:
Director– Samit Kumar Ray
Dean– BiswajitChakraborty
Established in– 1986
Location– Kolkata


COVID-19: CIMAP’s Herbal products ‘CIM-Paushak’ and ‘Herbal Cough Syrup’ boost immunity

Researchers at Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), Lucknow, have developed scientifically proven two herbal products ‘CIM-Paushak’ and ‘Herbal Cough Syrup’ which can boost the immunity of the persons as well as helps in reducing the dry cough symptom generally associated with the coronavirus infection

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

Russia to launch its 1st satellite ‘Arktika-M’ to monitor Arctic climate & environment

Russia will launch its 1st remote-sensing and emergency communications satellite ‘Arktika-M’ by December 9, 2020 to monitor the Arctic climate and environment. It will be launched from Baikonur space center (Kazakhstan) using a Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with a freegate booster.

About Russia:Capital– Moscow
Currency– Russian Rouble
President– Vladimir Putin
Prime Minister– Andrey Belousov (acting)




NIAB develops portable coronavirus detection kit “eCovSens”


The researchers from the Department of Biotechnology(DBT), National Institute of Animal Biotechnology(NIAB) developed a biosensor “eCovSens” to detect the novel coronavirus within 30 seconds using 20 microliters of the sample of saliva  The Biosensors is currently used to detect toxins, narcotic drugs and used as a reliable tool to detect infectious diseases

About NIAB:
NIAB is an autonomous institute under the department of Biotechnology, Minister of Science and Technology.
Director– Dr.Subeer S. Majumdar
Headquarters– Hyderabad, Telangana


BharatPe launches two apps to limit the need to touch handsets for checking transactions

the BharatPe, a Merchant payment and a leading network provider launched two voice based applications Paisa Bolega and BharatPe Balance for the account holders to access transactions and balance using without touching the phones in the COVID-19 pandemic.

About BharatPe:
CEO & Co-Founder– Ashneer Grover
Co-founder & Board Member– ShashvatNakrani
Headquarters– New Delhi


Aarogya Setu Mitr launched in private public partnership initiative

AarogyaSetuMitr launched in a new private-public partnership(PPP) initiative will be available in the AarogayaSetu app offering consultation regarding COVID-19 from the Tata group, Tech Mahindra and Swasth, a collaboration of other related entities. This initiative was facilitated by the offices of the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Prime Minister and NitiAayog

About Aarogya Setu:
Developed by– National Informatics Centre(NIC) 
Launched on– 26th July 2014
Headquarters– New Delhi
Operating system– Android and iOS


IIG developed 1D fluid simulation code to study electric field structure in Earth’s Magnetosphere


Scientists, under the guidance of Dr. Amar Kakad, at the Indian Institute of Geomagnetism (IIG) an autonomous institution of the Department of Science and Technology have developed a generalized one-dimensional (1D) fluid simulation code capable of studying a wide spectrum of coherent electric field structures in near-earth plasma environment or earth’s magnetosphere.

About Indian Institute of Geomagnetism (IIG)
Establishment– 1971
Location– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Director– Professor D.S Ramesh

Traders’ body CAIT to launch national e-commerce marketplace ‘bharatmarket’ for retail traders


Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) in association with several technology partners, will soon launch a national e-commerce marketplace ‘bharatmarket’ (www.bharatemarket.in) for all retail traders in India, who have served Indian consumers for years.
i.CAIT has pledged to connect 95% of India’s retail business in this marketplace with the initial collaboration of Ministry of Commerce and Industry to implement the Prime Minister’s vision of Digital India



About Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT):Location– New Delhi
Secretary General– Praveen Khandelwal

CSIR Launched ‘Kisan Sabha’ App to Connect Farmers to Supply Chain and Freight Transportation Management System


 Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Director General(DG), Indian Council of Agricultural Research(ICAR) and Secretary Department of Agriculture Research Education(DARE), remotely launched the Kisan Sabha app developed by CSIR-Central Road Research Institute (CSIR-CRRI), New Delhi



About CRRI:
Director– Satish Chandra
Headquarters– New Delhi
Established in– 1952

KARMI-Boot robot deployed by Kerala government hospital



In order to assist COVID-19 patients, robot named “KARMI-Boot” was deployed by Kerala government hospital at the medical college’s COVID-19 isolation ward in Ernakulamhere, Kerala, which was developed by ASIMOV robotics under maker village of Kerala start-up mission.

Union minister Nitin Gadkari launches ‘MSME Bank of Ideas, Innovation and Research’ portal



Through the portal, the registered users can upload their ideas and innovations regarding the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector within 5-6 Minutes to raise money (crowd funding) from venture capitalists

About Ministry of MSME (Ministry of Micro Small & Medium Enterprises):Headquarters– New Delhi
Minister of State (MoS)– Pratap Chandra Sarangi





Pune-based defence institute develops microwave steriliser Atulya to kill COVID- 19



The Defence Ministry announced that the Pune-based Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT) has developed a microwave steriliser ‘Atulya’ that can disintegrate the novel Coronavirus within 30 seconds by differential heating in the range of 56 degrees to 60 degrees celsius temperatures.

About DIAT: The DIAT is a deemed university under the ministry’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

About DRDO:
Headquarters– DRDO Bhavan, New Delhi.
Motto– Strength’s Origin is in Science.
Minister of Defense– Shri Rajnath Singh.
Chairman– Dr G. Satheesh Reddy.




35 thousand-year history of river erosion in Ladakh Himalayas revealed: WIHG



Scientists and students from Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology(WIHG), an autonomous institute under the Department of Science &Technology, in the study, published in the Global and Planetary Changes journal has revealed a 35 thousand-year history of river erosion and identified hotspots of erosion and wide valleys that act a buffer zones in Ladakh Himalayas

About WIHG:
It was established in June 1968
Objectives- To undertake, aid, promote, guide and coordinate research in geology of the Himalaya and foster a tradition of scholarships.
Headquarters– Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Director– Kalachand Sain




Indian-origin girl Vaneeza names NASA’s 1st Mars helicopter as ‘Ingenuity’



A 17-year old Indian-origin girl Vaneeza Rupani has named the 1st helicopter to be built for Mars as ‘Ingenuity’ after she submitted her essay in NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) ‘Name the Rover’ competition.
i.NASA’s mars rover ‘Perseverance’ & ‘Ingenuity’ are scheduled to launch in July 2020 and will land in February 2021 in the Jezero Crater of Mars

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

Janaushadhi Sugam app to access generic medicine benefits 325000 users



 more than 325000 users are benefited by the  “Janaushadhi Sugam” a mobile application developed by the Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India(BPPI) under the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India for the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP)

About BPPI
CEO– Sachin Kumar Singh
General Manager (Marketing and Sales)– Dhiraj Sharma
General Manager (Finance and Administration)– Ravikant Tiwari
General Manager (Procurement and Quality)– Anurag Dwivedi



COVID-19: Glenmark Pharma becomes the first company to get Nod from DCGI for clinical trials of Favipiravir tablets



Glenmark Pharmaceuticals became the first pharma company in India to receive approval from Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) to conduct clinical trials of Favipiravir antiviral tablets on mild to moderate COVID-19 patients

About Glenmark Pharmaceuticals:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Chairman & Managing Director (MD)– Gleen Saldanha.
Founder– Gracias Saldanha.


IMD releases list of 169 names for upcoming tropical cyclones



India Meteorological Department (IMD), an agency of the Ministry of Earth Sciences of the Government of India (GoI), has released a detailed list of 13 names of upcoming tropical cyclones each for the 13 member nations, totaling to 169.

About India Meteorological Department (IMD):
Headquarters– New Delhi
Director General– Dr. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra


COVID-19: HCARD, a robot, to assist frontline healthcare warriors



The robotic device HCARD (Hospital Care Assistive Robotic Device) helps the frontline healthcare workers in maintaining physical distance from those infected by Coronavirus (COVID-19). The device was developed by CSIR- Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur, West Bengal.


ENVIRONMENT

North Pole’s largest-ever ozone hole,620,000 square miles, finally closes

This ozone hole became the largest one ever recorded in the Arctic region spanning an area of over 620,000 square miles (or 997793.28 kms).
ii.The last time such a strong chemical ozone depletion was observed in the Arctic occurred nearly a decade ago, in 2011


About World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Headquarters– Geneva, Switzerland
Secretary-General– Petteri Taalas

US Scientists discover 1st known aquatic Dinosaur ‘Spinosaurus aegyptiacus’



According to the study published in the journal Nature, a team of US(United States) scientists have discovered a carnivorous (meat eating) swimming dinosaur named “Spinosaurus aegyptiacus” at the Kem Kem region of the Moroccan Sahara in North Africa.

SPORTS

TIU bans Egyptian tennis player Youssef Hossam for life in match-fixing cases



About The Tennis Integrity Unit:Headquarters– London, United Kingdom (UK)
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Jonny Gray

FINA postpones 2021 Fukuoka Aquatics World Championships to May 2022

following the postponement of 2020 Tokyo Olympics to 2021 the governing body of swimming Federation Internationale de Natation(FINA) has postponed the 2021 aquatics world championships, Fukuoka, Japan to May 12 to May 29 of 2022 due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

About FINA:
President– Julio C.Maglione
First Vice President– Husain Al Musallam
Second Vice President– Sam Ramsamy
Founded– July 29, 1908
Headquarters– Lausanne, Switzerland




Discus thrower Sandeep Kumari banned for 4 years by WADA after testing positive for metenolone

About WADA:
Headquarters– Montreal, Canada.
President– WitoldBańka.

COVID-19 impact: CGF postpones 7th season of 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games to 2023


Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has postponed the 7th season of Commonwealth Youth Games 2021, scheduled to take place from August 1 – 7 2021 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, to the year 2023


About Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF):
Headquarters– London, England
President– Dame Louise Martin

Australia deposes India for the first time since 2016 in Test ranking for men: ICC India slips to 3rd Position


India has lost its top spot & has slipped to the 3rd position(114) for the first time since 2016 in the International Cricket Council (ICC) test rankings, Australia(116) topped the rank, followed by New Zealand(115)


About ICC:
Headquarters– Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
CEO (Chief Executive Officer)– Manu Sawhney
Chairman– Shashank Manohar.




OBITUARY

Former Union Minister Dalit Ezhilmalai passed away at 74

Veteran Poet, Padma shri K. S. Nissar Ahmed passed away at 84



Judicial Member, Lokpal of India, Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi passed away at 62


About Lokpal:
Headquarters– New Delhi.
Chairperson– Pinaki Chandra Ghose.

Noted playwright Bijay Mishra passed away at 83



About Odisha:
Capital– Bhubaneshwar.
Chief Minister (CM)– Naveen Patnaik.
Governor– Ganeshi Lal.

India’s football legend & Padma Shri awardee Chuni Goswami passed away at 82


Former India football captain Subimal Goswami, commonly known by his nickname Chuni Goswami, passed away at the age of 82 in Kolkata, West Bengal. 

About West Bengal:
Capital– Kolkata.
Chief Minister– Mamata Banerjee.
Governor– Jagdeep Dhankhar.





Writer and columnist RV Smith, known for his books on Delhi, passed away at 81




South African anti-apartheid activist Denis Goldberg passed away at 87

Famous Hindi actor Rishi Kapoor passes away at 67


Freedom fighter Padma Shri Gandhian Hema Bharali passed away at 101






BOOKS & AUTHORS

A book titled as Vijyant at Kargil: The Life of a Kargil War Hero  authored by Colonel VN Thapar and Neha Dwivedi




The book titled as ‘Vijyant at Kargil: The Life of a Kargil Hero’ authored by Vijyant’s father Colonel VN Thapar and writer Neha Dwivedi, a martyr’s daughter. Its e-book will be released on May 15. It is published by Penguin Random House

Dr. Harsh Vardhan launches “COVID KATHA”, a multimedia guide on COVID-19

On May 3, 2020, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Science & Technology, Health & Family Welfare and Earth Sciences, launched “COVID KATHA- A Multimedia Guide for Mass Awareness”, a multimedia guide on COVID-19 on the occasion of the 50th DST (Department of Science and Technology) Foundation Day

About DST (Department of Science and Technology):
Founded– May 1971.
Headquarters– New Delhi.



Union Culture Minister released e-book “Prof. B. B. Lal -India Rediscovered” to mark the centenary year of Prof B. B. Lal



Shri Prahlad Singh Patel, Union Culture Minister, released an e-book “Prof. B. B. Lal- India Rediscovered” in New Delhi, on the occasion of centenary year (100th birthday) of the great archaeologist Professor Braj Basi Lal. Shri Anand Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Culture was also present on this occasion

About Archaeological Survey of India (ASI):
Headquarters– New Delhi.
Director General– Usha Sharma.

A new book “Shivaji in South Block: The Unwritten History of a Proud People”by Girish Kuber




A New book named” Shivaji in South Block: The Unwritten History of a Proud People” written by journalist Girish Kuber talks about the Maharashtra’s evolution from the past to the modern times and its contribution to the tapestry of the country’s culture, politics, history and society. The book is scheduled to be released in October

A book titled “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir” authored by John Bolton



A book titled “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir” authored by John Bolton. The date of the book release has been pushed back from May 12, 2020 to June 23, 2020, on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble bookseller company. The book was published by an American publishing company Simon & Schuster


About Simon & Schuster:
Headquarters– New York City, United States (US).
President & CEO (Chief Executive Officer)– Carolyn Kroll Reidy.




IMPORTANT DAYS

International No Diet Day 2020: May 6

World Asthma Day 2020: May 5

World Asthma Day is observed annually on the first Tuesday of May and this year it was celebrated on May 5, 2020. The day is organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world.

Theme for the year 2020: Enough Asthma Deaths.


International Day of the Midwife 2020: May 5


The theme of this year is “Midwives with women: celebrate, demonstrate, mobilise, unite – our time is now”.

International Confederation of Midwives(ICM)

About ICM:
President– FrankaCadee
Vice President– Mary Kirk
Chief Executive– Dr. Sally Pairman
Headquarters– Hague, Netherlands

World Press Freedom Day 2020: May 3rd

The theme of this year’s World Press Freedom Conference is Journalism without Fear or Favour

About Reporters without boarder:
Chairman– Pierre Haski
Vice President– Frederic Filloux
Secretary General– Christophe Deloire
Headquarters– Paris, France



World Laughter Day 2020: May 3

The first World laughter day was celebrated on 10th May, 1998 in Mumbai, India organised by Dr.MadanKataria, the founder of the Worldwide Laughter Yoga movement


About Maharashtra:
Governor– Bhagat Singh Koshyari
Chief Minister– Uddhav Thackeray
Capital– Mumbai



International Firefighters’ Day 2020: May 4


The day was instituted after a proposal was emailed out across the world on January 4, 1999 due to the deaths of five firefighters in tragic circumstances in a bushfire in Australia

About Australia:
Capital– Canberra.
Currency– Australian dollar.
Prime Minister (PM)– Scott John Morrison.

International Guide Dog Day 2020: April 29


International Guide Dog Day 2020 is observed on April 29 (every year last Wednesday of April). The main aim of this day is to create awareness about  guide dogs and honor for supporting visually impaired people as faithful companions.


Ayushman Bharat Diwas 2020: April 30


As part of Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, Ayushman Bharat Diwas is celebrated across the country every year on 30th April, to mark the start of Ayushman Bharat(AB) Yojana, which is also referred as AB-National Health Protection Scheme(AB-NHPM) or ModiCare or AB-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana(AB-PMJAY) by  Prime Minister(PM) Narendra Modi on April 30,2018

About NHA:
It was established on 2nd January 2019 by reconstituting The National Health Agency, a registered society, since 23rd May, 2018.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Indu Bhushan

World Tuna Day 2020: May 2




World Tuna Day is observed on May 2 every year. The United Nations (UN) established the World Tuna Day to raise awareness about the tuna fish and its importance to humans and earth. 

About Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
Headquarters– Rome, Italy.
Director-General– Qu Dongyu.


International Astronomy Day 2020: May 2




The International Astronomy Day is celebrated twice a year (bi-annual), once in the spring (in 2020- May 2) & another in autumn(in 2020- October 5).

The International Astronomical Union(IAU) launched 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy(IYA) under the theme The Universe, Yours to Discover.


About UNESCO:
Headquarters– Paris, France
Director General– Audrey Azoulay

About IAU:
Headquarters– Paris, France
President– Ewine F. van Dishoeck

International Labour Day 2020, May 1


International Jazz Day 2020, April 30


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated the 30th April as the International Jazz Day and it is celebrated annually to promote jazz and its role in uniting people from all around the world.This day is a culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month to get attention to Jazz and its heritage throughout April

About Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz:
Chairman– Herbie Hancock
Vice Chairman– Stuart Subotnick
President– Thomas R.Carter
Director of Special Projects– Leonard E.Brown



STATE NEWS

Andhra Pradesh CM rolls out ‘CMAPP’  to monitor farming needs

Andhra Pradesh (AP) Chief Minister (CM) Yeduguri Sandinti Jaganmohan Reddy has launched a mobile application ‘CMAPP (Comprehensive Monitoring of Agriculture, Price, and Procurement)’ with the aim to monitor the agriculture needs of the farmers in the state.
i.The mobile app showcases all data relating to the cost, procurement, and marketing facilities of the farmers for their agriculture produce

About Andhra Pradesh (AP):Capital– Amaravati
Governor– Biswabhusan Harichandan

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath launches ‘Ayush Kavach-Covid’ App


Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister (CM) Yogi Adityanath launched the “Ayush Kavach-Covid app” that will provide health-related tips and information about ayurvedic medicines to people during the coronavirus crisis. 

About Uttar Pradesh:
Capital– Lucknow.
Governor– Anandiben Patel.


Himachal Pradesh to launch ‘Nigah’ to aware family members of migrant returnees


Himachal Pradesh(HP) government plans to launch  a new programme ‘Nigah’ to sensitize and educate the family members of the people coming to the state  from other parts  of the country

Jharkhand launches three schemes for rural job creation

In Ranchi, Chief Minister, HemantSoren launches three schemes, BirsaHarit Gram Yojana(BHGY), NeelambarPitambar JAL SammridhiYojana(NPJSY) and Veer SahidPotoHoKhelVikas Scheme (VSPHKVS) to prove wage employment for the workers in the rural area devised in convergence with the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme(MNREGA) 


West Bengal govt launches exit app for stranded people of other states


The West Bengal (WB) state Home Secretary, Alapan Bandopadhyay announced that the WB Government (govt) launched an “exit app” for people of other states who are stranded in the state due to the lockdown and want to return to their native place.

About West Bengal:
Capital– Kolkata.
Chief Minister (CM)– Mamata Banerjee.
Governor– Jagdeep Dhankhar.

HP govt to launch ‘Mukhya Mantri Shahari Rojgar Guarantee Yojna ‘ for urban employment

In a bid to revive the economy of the state affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Himachal Pradesh (HP) state government has decided to launch  employment guarantee scheme called “’Mukhya Mantri Shahari Rojgar Guarantee Yojna”  that will provide 120 days of employment to those living in urban areas.

About Himachal Pradesh:Capital– Shimla
Governor– Bandaru Dattatreya
Chief Justice– Lingappa Narayana Swamy



Sushil Kumar Modi presented Rs 2,11,761 cr Bihar’s budget for FY 20-21; Max. allocation towards education


The budget was presented by the state’s finance minister and Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, which was his 11th Budget speech. The proposed allocations were Rs 11,260.48 crore more than the FY 2019-20.

About Bihar:
Capital– Patna



Delhi Police & AIIA jointly launches ‘Ayuraksha’ programme to fight COVID-19


In view of increasing coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, the Delhi Police in association with All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) has jointly run the program called ‘Ayuraksha – Corona se jung, Delhi Police ke sang’ , under which Ayurveda immunity boosting kit will be distributed to the Delhi Police in 4 different phases by Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy)



About All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA):Location– New Delhi

About Ministry of AYUSH:Headquarters– New Delhi
Minister of State (MOS) independent charge– Shripad Naik


Tripura government launches agro entrepreneur facilitation desk to boost economy



The Tripura government launched an “Agro-Entrepreneur Facilitation Desk” to help the entrepreneurs of the state to get subsidies and incentives from Central government funding agencies. The state cabinet has approved the setting up of the desk, which will operate from the Directorate of Horticulture and Soil Conservation in the state capital, Agartala

About Tripura:
Capital– Agartala.
Governor– Ramesh Bias.

J&K administration inks MoU with Tata Technologies to built 2 CIIT centers






The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) administration has signed an MoU with Tata Technologies limited to set up 2 Centres for Invention, Innovation, Incubation and Training (CIIITs), one each at Government Polytechnic Colleges at Jammu and Baramulla with a cost of Rs 360 crore.

About Tata Technologies Limited:Headquarters– Pune, Maharashtra
President– Anand Bhade.


FIFA launches #WeWillWin campaign for health workers




Fédération Internationale de Football Association(FIFA), Switzerland based international governing body, has launched a campaign called “#WeWillWin”, a special video to pay tribute to health workers and other professionals who ensure the society continues to function among COVID-19 panademic.