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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

68.2% of under-5 deaths in India due to child, maternal malnutrition; UP topped: Global Burden of Disease Study 2000–17

Child and maternal malnutrition was the predominant risk factorin India as it attributed to 68·2% of under-5 deaths while low birth weight and short gestation led to 83·0% of neonatal deaths in 2017.

Highest number of under-five and neonatal deaths in 2017 were reported in Uttar Pradesh (UP) followed by Bihar.

About ICMR
Director General– Prof. Balram Bhargava
Headquarter– New Delhi



PM Modi announces Rs 20 lakh cr special economic package and Lockdown 4.0


This packageis the sum of earlier announcements by the government during covid-19 crisis and decisions taken by RBI viz. liquidity measures and rate cuts.
ii.The details of the plan are dubbed as “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan” (self-reliant India) which is to be provided by Nirmala Sitharaman on the eve of May 13, 2020.




Registration Committee recommends banning use of TB drug on crops


The Registration Committee (RC) under the Central Insecticides Board and Registration Committee(CIBRC) has recommended the use of Tuberculosis(TB) drugs(antibiotics) like streptomycin and tetracycline to be banned completely with immediate effect on crops where other options were available for bacterial disease control.



4 new products from three states receive Geographical Indication (GI) tag


Geographical Indications Registry headquartered in Chennai (Tamil Nadu) has granted Geographical Indication (GI) tag for 4 new products from three states.
Jharkhand’s Sohrai Khovar painting (a traditional and ritualistic mural art), Telangana’s Telia Rumal cloth (an intricate handmade work with cotton loom) and Thanjavur Netti Works (pith works) and Arambavur Wood Carvings form the state of  Tamil Nadu (TN) are the latest addition in the GI list.


ICMR, NCDC to initiate a population-based serosurvey in selected districts to monitor coronavirus prevalence


Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) and National Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) are set to initiate a population-based sero-survey in selected districts in collaboration with key stakeholders and State Health Departments

About NCDC:
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
Director– Sujeet Kumar Singh



New initiative by the Railways and postal department for delivery and pick up


TheThiruvananthapuram division of Southern Railways and Kerala Circle of Postal department has initiated a first of its kind to establish tie up with the door delivery and pick up of parcels to help the public during the lockdown. The service will help the consigner to transit upto 3.5 tonne packages as a single shipment.
About Southern Railway:
Established on– 14th April 1951
Headquarters– Chennai



In a 1st, PoK’s Gilgit-Baltistan & Muzaffarabad included in the meteorological forecast list of IMD


The Regional Meteorological Centre of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), has included the areas of Gilgit-Baltistan and Muzaffarabad, which are parts of PoK (Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir) in its weather forecasting for the 1st time.

About Indian Meteorological Department (IMD):Headquarters– New Delhi
Parent organization– Ministry of Earth Sciences
Director General– Dr. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra

Harsh Vardhan addressed a digital conference RE-START to celebrate the National Technology Day

The Union Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Health & Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan addressed a digital conference RE-START(‘Reboot the Economy through Science, Technology and Research Translations’) to celebrate the National Technology Day

Constituency:
Harsh Vardhan– Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi

Delhi- CM- Arvind Kejriwal

SRS Bulletin released: National infant mortality rate at 32, MP worst performer; Kerala achieved SDG target



India’s infant mortality rate (IMR) has improved very marginally from 33 per 1,000 live births in 2017 to 32 in 2018. In 2009-2018 it has declined from 50 to 32.

Kerala is the only state with an IMR in single digits at 7. It is also the only state which has now achieved the United Nations’ (UN’s) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) target for IMR reduction, set at eight for the year 2020.
iii.The death rate of India has witnessed a significant decline over the last four decades from 14.9 in 1971 to 6.2 in 2018

About Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India (ORGI)
Works under– Ministry of Home Affairs
Registrar General & Census Commissioner– Dr. Vivek Joshi

Department of Consumer Affairs partners with Safejob and Seekify to power Suraksha Store Initiative



The Department of Consumer Affairs partnered with two tech startups Safejob and Seekify to use the technology in the local Kirana store level to control the spread of COVID-19. The initiative of Suraksha Store is to provide safety and care about the health of the people during and after the lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic

About FSSAI:
Chairperson- Rita Teaotia
CEO- G.S.G. Ayyangar
Headquarters- New Delhi


MP becomes 1st in the country to launch ‘FIR Aapke Dwar Yojana’



Madhya Pradesh(MP) Home Minister Narottam Mishra launched the country’s 1st ‘First Information Report(FIR) Aapke Dwar Yojana‘(FIR at your doorstep) at the new Police Control Room, Bhopal to enable people to file FIRs from their homes instead of visiting police stations

About Madhya Pradesh:
Chief Minister(CM)– Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Governor– Lal Ji Tandon.
Some National Parks(NP)– Kanha NP, Bandhavgarh NP, Panna NP, Satpura NP, Madhav NP, Sanjay NP, Pench NP, Van Vihar  NP


Gujarat based Macpower produces India’s 1st indigenous Seam Sealing Machine for PPEs



Macpower CNC Machines Ltd, a Rajkot (Gujarat) based manufacturer of CNC (Computerized Numerical Control), has made India’s 1st indigenous hot air seam sealing machine used to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) kits.
The make in India machine, manufactured with the guidance of doctors at Indian Medical Association (IMA), was launched by Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani

About Gujarat:Capital– Gandhinagar
Governor– Acharya Devvrat
National Parks (NP)- Vansda NP, Blackbuck NP, Gir Forest NP, Marine NP.


Jitendra Singh addresses Indo-Bangladesh Virtual Conference organised by ASSOCHAM



Union Development of North Eastern Region(DoNER) Minister of State Independent Charge(I/C) Jitendra Singh addresses the Indo-Bangladesh ‘Virtual Conference’ organised by Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India(ASSOCHAM)

About ASSOCHAM:
Corporate Office– New Delhi, India
President– Niranjan Hiranandani
Constituency of Jitendra Singh– Udhampur, Jammu & Kashmir

SC orders to set up high-powered committee headed by Secretary of MHA to restore 4G internet services in J&K



Supreme Court(SC) orders to set up a high-powered committee to look into the demands by petitioners who seek restoration of 4G internet services in the Union Territory(UT) Jammu and Kashmir(J&K). It is headed by the Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) Ajay Kumar Bhalla

About J&K:
Capital– Srinagar (summer), Jammu (winter).
Lieutenant Governor(LG)– Girish Chandra Murmu.

India launched Mission Sagar to assist 5 island nations Indian Oceanamid COVID-19

Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kesari departed for MaldivesMauritiusSeychellesMadagascar and Comoros, to provide Food items, COVID related Medicines including Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) Tablets and Special Ayurvedic Medicines with Medical Assistance Teams.
ii.This mission is launched in coordination with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), and other agencies of the Government of India

About MEA:
Union Minister– Dr. SubrahmanyamJaishankar
Minister of State (MoS)– VellamvellyMuraleedhara

National Gallery of Modern Art launches a virtual program ‘NGMA Ke Sangrah Se’ to showcase artworks



National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) New Delhi, has launched a virtual program called  “NGMA KE SANGRAH SE” to showcase an iconic and rare collection of artifacts from its repository.
The event is based on various weekly/ daily themes & for the current week, the theme is ‘Artist by Artists’ and dedicated it to Poet Rabindranath Tagore, whose 159th birth anniversary was celebrated  on 7th May 2020

About National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA):DG (director general)– Shri Adwaita Charan Garnayak
It works under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India (GoI).

ICMR ties-up with India Post for lab delivery of Covid-19 testing kits


Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has entered in to the partnership with India Post to deliver coronavirus (COVID-19) test kits from its 16 regional depots to the 200 additional labs set by ICMR in the country.

About Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR):
Headquarters
– New Delhi
Secretary & Director General– Dr. Balram Bhargava
About India Post:Headquarters– New Delhi
Parent Ministry– Ministry of Communications

TRIFED under AOL signed a MoU to promote the tribal enterprises


Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India(TRIFED) under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Art of Living(AOL) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU)to collaborate in programmes of each organisation to promote the tribal enterprises

About Ministry of Tribal Affairs:
Minister of Tribal affairs– ArjunMunda
Minister of State– Renuka Singh Saruta
Set up in– 1999
Headquarters– New Delhi
About AOL:
Founder– H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Founded– 1981
Headquarters– Bangalore, Karnataka

Defence Ministry signs contract with Tata Power SED for Phase-II of Modernisation of Air Field Infrastructure

The Defence Ministry has signed a contract worth around Rs 1,200 crore with Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division(TPSED) for Phase-II of Modernisation of AirField Infrastructure(MAFI) of 37 airfields for Indian Air Force(IAF), Indian Navy (IN) and Indian Coast Guard (ICG)

About Defence Ministry:
Union Minister– Rajnath Singh(Constituency- Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh)
Minister of State– Shripad Yesso Naik(Constituency- North Goa)



Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ announces modifications in PMRF Scheme to boost  research

Union Human Resource Development(HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ announced various modifications(amendments) in the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship(PMRF)  Scheme



About HRD ministry:
Union Minister– Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank'(Constituency- Hardwar or Haridwar, Uttarakhand)
Minister of State– Sanjay Dhotre(Constituency- Akola, Maharashtra)

Nitin Gadkari sets road construction target for next 2 years at Rs 15 lakh crore during virtual meet of MoRTH & SIAM

The objective of the meet was to discuss challenges being faced by the auto industry affected by COVID-19 pandemic along with few suggestions and requested support from the government to keep the smooth working of the sector.

About Ministry of MSME:
Minister of State– Pratap Chandra Sarangi
About SIAM:
President– Rajan Wadhera
Headquarter– New Delhi

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurates 80 km link road for Kailash Mansarovar through VC



Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has inaugurated 80km strategically crucial road link connecting Lipulekh pass (China Border) with Dharchula in Uttarakhand through video conferencing (VC).


About Ministry of Defence:Headquarters– New Delhi
Minister of State– Subhash Bhamre

SC Ruling: Cooperative banks come under SARFAESI Act, 2002; Parliament can prescribe recovery process for cooperative banks


Section 2(1)(c) of SARFAESI Act of 2002 empowers the cooperative banks with recovery procedures including seize and sell defaulters’ assets. The recovery procedure u/s (under section) 13 of the Act is also applicable to such banks.



Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh approves abolition of 9,304 posts in Military Engineering Service



On the recommendation of the Committee of Experts (CoE), headed by Lt General DB Shekatkar, Raksha Mantri (Minister of Defence) Rajnath Singh has approved the proposal of Engineer-in-Chief of Military Engineering Services (MES), Lt Gen Sanjeev Kumar Shrivastava, for abolition of 9,304 posts in MES.

Energy efficiency initiatives by BEE led to savings worth Rs. 89,122 Cr. in 2018-19: Report by PwC

India reduced energy intensity in 2018-19 by 20% as compared to 2005 level.
ii.India has set a target to reduce the energy intensity by 33-35%by 2030 compared to 2005 level.

The energy efficiency efforts have also contributed in reducing 151.74 Million Tonnes of CO2 (MTCO2) emissions (in 2018-19), whereas last year (2017-18) this number was 108 MTCO2

PricewaterhouseCoopers Private Limited (PWC Ltd)

BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency)


About BEE
Establishment– 2002 under the provision of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001.
Works under– Ministry of Power
Director General– AbhayBakre
About PwC Pvt Ltd
Chairman– Robert E. Moritz
PwC India chairman– Shyamal Mukherjee
Headquarters– London, United Kingdom


MP becomes the first state in country to provide Mid-Day Meal ration



Amidst Corona crisis, an amount of Rs. 117 crore has been transferred online by the state government in the bank accounts of the parents of total 66 lakh 27 thousand students of primary and secondary school.



In addition, under door-to-door mid-day meal scheme, ration has also been provided to 56 lakh 87 thousand children.

About Madhya Pradesh (MP):
Capital– Bhopal.
Chief Minister(CM)– Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Governor– Lalji Tandon.


Harsh Vardhan & Shripad Yesso Naik launched Ayush Sanjivani app & interdisciplinary studies involving AYUSH interventions



Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Minister of State for Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy(AYUSH) Shripad Yesso Naik jointly launched Ayush Sanjivani application & clinical research studies on Ayurveda interventions as an addition to standard care to COVID 19 situation  in New Delhi



About MoHFW:
Union Minister– Harsh Vardhan(Constituency- Chandni Chowk, New Delhi)
Minister of State– Ashwini Kumar Choubey (Constituency- Buxar)
About AYUSH Ministry:
Minister of State (Independent Charge)– Shripad Yesso Naik(Constituency-  North Goa)

India’s unemployment rate shoots up to 27.11% amid COVID-19 crisis: CMI


According to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy(CMIE) the country’s unemployment rate rose to 27.11% for the week ended May 3 due to the COVID-19 crisis, up from the under 7% level before the start of the pandemic in mid-March





  • Puducherry in  South India has the highest number of unemployment at 75.8%, followed by Tamil Nadu at  49.8% , Jharkhand at  47.1% and Bihar at 46.6%.
  • Maharashtra’s unemployment rate is fixed at 20.9%, Haryana at 43.2%, Uttar Pradesh at 21.5% and Karnataka at 29.8%.
  • Unemployment is lowest in the Hilly states, where Himachal Pradesh stands at 2.2%, Sikkim at 2.3% and Uttarakhand at 6.5%.

About CMIE:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman– S A Dave
Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Mahesh Vyas


India for the 1st time has more internet users in rural areas than urban: IAMAI report


According to ‘Digital in India’ report by the Internet & Mobile Association of India(IAMAI) & Nielsen shows that for the 1st time has more internet users in rural areas than urban, where rural India had 227 million active internet users, 10% more than urban India’s about 205 million, as of November 2019



Delhi tops in state-level Internet Penetration followed by Kerala

About IAMAI:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman– Amit Agarwal
President– Subho Ray


CSIR launches Compendium of Indian Technologies to tackle COVID-19 pandemic




The National Research Development Corporation(NRDC) prepared a compendium of Indian Technologies for combating COVID-19 pandemic which are categorized as tracking, testing and treating was launched by Dr.Shekhar C. Mande, Director General CSIR, Secretary, DSIR, Government of India

About NRDC:
Chairman & Managing Director– H.Purushotam
Head Office– New Delhi
Established– 1953


Govt to run awareness campaign in 1 lakh villages on balanced use of fertilisers for FY20-21








INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India ranks 74th, Sweden tops: WEF’s global Energy Transition index 2020


About WEF:
Headquarters– Cologny/Geneva, Switzerland
Founder and Executive Chairman– Klaus Schwab




BRICS’ New Development Bank provides USD 1 billion loan to India to fight COVID-19

The‘Emergency Assistance Program Loan’ to India was approved by the NDB Board of Directors on April 30, and it is aimed at supporting the Indian government to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to provide financial aid.


Establishment– 2014
Headquarter– Shanghai, China
K V Kamath
About BRICS:
Establishment– 2009
Members– 5


CDC of the United States promises 3.6 million USD to India to combat COVID-19


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) of the United States of America has promised 3.6 million(around 27 crores) to the government of India, the first tranche of funding to help in strengthen the India to combat against the COVID-19 pandemic and to increase the laboratory capacity of SARS-COV-2 testing and to help molecular diagnostics and serology.


About CDC:
Director- Robert R.Redfield
Principal Deputy Director- Anne Schuchat
Founder- Dr.Joseph Mountin
Founded- July 1, 1946
Headquarters- Atlanta

WHO released first “State of the World’s Nursing Report – 2020” stating a global shortfall of 5.9 mn nurses

Countries facing greatest shortfall of nurses are in Africa, South East Asia and the WHO Eastern Mediterranean region as well as some parts of Latin America.

One in every eight nurses practices in a country other than the one where they were born or trained.

About WHO
Director General– Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Headquarters- Geneva, Switzerland
About ICN
Headquarters– Geneva, Switzerland
President– Annette Kennedy

Covid-19: United Nations and partners to raise $ 6.7 billion for vulnerable nations



In the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, the United Nations (UN) and its partner agencies have appealed to governments, companies and billionaires to donate $ 6.7 billion in funds for essentials within vulnerable countries.

About United Nations (UN):Headquarters– New York City, United States
Secretary general– António Guterres

WHO and UN’s postal agency releases commemorative stamp on 40th anniversary of smallpox eradication


The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nation (UN) postal agency released a commemorative postage stamp on the 40th  anniversary of the eradication of smallpox. The commemorative stamp was designed and developed by Sergio Baradat, United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) in collaboration with WHO


About WHO:
The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health.
Headquarters– Geneva, Switzerland.
Director-general– Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

India’s energy demand falls by 30% due to covid-19 lockdown: IEA-Global Energy Review 2020






In India, energy demand would decline for the first time, following on from low demand growth in 2019.
ii.The decline in electricity and transport demand in India is highest among the globe.
iii.Globally, the report projects that energy demands will fall 6% in 2020, seven times the decline after the 2008 global financial crisis



International Energy Agency (IEA)

About IEA:
Headquarters location– Paris, France
Executive Director– DrFatihBirol


Iran approves currency denomination bill to slash 4 zeros from its currency; Rial will covert to Toman


The parliament of Iran has approved a bill on national currency denomination, which allows to cutting four zeros from its national currency Rial & to rename it as ‘Toman’ which is equal to 10,000 rials.



About Iran:Capital– Tehran
President– Hassan Rouhani


BANKING & FINANCE

AIIB grants $500 mn loan to India to deal with coronavirus disaster



Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved a loan worth of $500 million for India’s ‘COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project’ to assist nation’s efforts to stop the risk posed by coronavirus (Covid-19).

Co-financed by the World Bank (WB)

About Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB):Headquarters– Beijing, China
Membership– 78 Members
President– Jin Liqun

NABARD disburses Rs 12,767 crore to State Co-op Banks & RRBs to extend credit to farmers



The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development(NABARD) disburses Rs 12,767crore to State Co-operative(Co-op) Banks & Regional Rural Banks(RRBs) across the country to increase their resources for extending credit to farmers during the lockdown due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic


About NABARD:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman– Harsh Kumar Bhanwala

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Government hikes its market borrowing to Rs 12 lakh crore from Rs 7.80 lakh crore for FY 21: COVID-19 impact



The Government has hiked its estimated gross market borrowing to Rs 12 lakh crore(additional Rs 4.2 lakh crore) from Rs 7.80 lakh crore for Financial Year(FY) 2020-21 as per the Budget Estimates(BE) so as to tackle the expected shortfall in revenue due to the impact of COVID-19 crisis on the economy

About Finance Ministry:
Union Minister– Nirmala Sitharaman(Constituency- Karnataka)
Minister of State– Anurag Singh Thakur(Constituency- Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh)


FM Nirmala sitharaman launches INR-USD futures and options contracts on BSE, NSE  at Gift city


Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitaraman launched INR-USD (Rupee-Dollar) Futures and Options contracts on two international exchanges namely BSE’s India INX and NSE’s NSE-IFSC at the International Financial Services Center (IFSC) of Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City) in Gandhinagar through a video conference.

These deals will be available for 22 hours every day & will increase economic activities and employment in the country


About Ministry of Finance:Headquarters– New Delhi
Minister of State (MoS)– Anurag Thakur

Moody’s slashes India’s GDP growth to zero in FY 21 from 2.6%



Moody’s slashed down India’s Gross Domestic Product(GDP) growth to zero for the current fiscal 2020-21 from its earlier forecast of 2.6%. In 2021-22 India’s GDP growth rate will bounce back to 6.6%

About Moody’s:
Headquarters– NewYork, United States
President & CEO– Raymond W. McDaniel, Jr.


Coir Board signs MoU with IIT Madras to establish CoE for Coir applications




Ministry of MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Coir Board and IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Madras for setting up a Centre of Excellence (CoE) to boost the use of Coir applications


About MSME:
Headquarters– New Delhi.
Union Minister– Nitin Jairam Gadkari (Constituency- Nagpur, Maharashtra).
Minister of State (MoS)– Pratap Chandra Sarangi (Constituency- Balasore, Odisha).

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS    

Manoj Ahuja appointed as new CBSE chief and ASI gets V Vidyavati as Director General

Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) 

About UPSC:
Chairman- Arvind Saxena
Secretary- Rakesh Kumar Gupta
Headquarters- New Delhi



Akhil Kumar re-inducted into NADA disciplinary panel

Former Commonwealth Games gold-winning Indian boxer Akhil Kumar, 39 years old, was re-inducted into the National Anti-Doping Agency’s (NADA) Disciplinary Panel. He was formerly in the panel from 2017 to 2019.


About NADA:
Motto– Play fair.
Headquarters– New Delhi.
Director-General– Navin Agarwal.

Kumar Sangakkara set to serve second term as MCC President



About MCC:
President- K.C. Sangakkara
Club Chairman- G.M.N Corbett
Founded- 1787
Headquarters- London, United Kingdom

Narinder Batra to remain as FIH President until May 2021

The International Hockey Federation(FIH) announced that it has extended the terms of its president Narinder Dhruv Batra & the Executive Board(EB) members which is due to end in October 2020 has been extended until the 47th FIH Congress in May 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic



About FIH:
Headquarters– Lausanne, Switzerland
President– Narinder Dhruv Batra
Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Thierry Weil

Edu-tech firm ELSA Corp appoints Indian cricketer Ajinkya as its brand ambassador for India, Middle East, ANZ & SAARC

ELSA Corp (English Language Speech Assistant Corporation) India, the education technology company based out of the US (United States), has appointed Indian Test team vice-captain Ajinkya Madhukar Rahane as its brand ambassador for India, Middle East, ANZ (Australia & New Zealand) and SAARC.

About ELSA Corp:Headquarters– California, US
Co-Founder & CEO– Vu Van

Yes Bank appoints Neeraj Dhawan as chief risk officer


the Yes Bank appointed Neeraj Dhawan, as Chief Risk Officer(CRO) for a period of three years with immediate effect replacing Ashish Agarwal, the current Chief Risk Officer

About Yes Bank:
MD & CEO– Prashant Kumar
COO– Anita Pai
Headquarters– Mumbai
Founded– 2004
   

UNEP extends Bollywood actress Dia Mirza’s term as Goodwill ambassador till 2022


The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has extended the Bollywood actress & environmentalist Dia Mirza‘s term as its National Goodwill Ambassador for another two years till the end of 2022.



About United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP):Headquarters– Nairobi, Kenya
Executive Director– Inger Andersen
Regional Director and Representative for Asia and the Pacific– Dechen Tsering

Former intelligence chief Mustafa Al Kadhimi sworn in as 6th Prime Minister of Iraq


Mustafa al-Kadhimi (53), former head of Iraq’s intelligence agency, was sworn in as the country’s 6th Prime Minister (PM) after Adel Abdul Mahdi, who has resigned in November 2019 due to massive anti-governmental protests.



About Iraq:Capital– Baghdad
Currency– Iraqi dinar

Donald Trump Nominates seniorIndian-American diplomat Manisha Singh as US envoy to OECD


United States President Donald Trump nominated senior Indian American diplomat Manisha Singh, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs at the State department as his envoy to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development(OECD) with an Ambassador rank



About OECD:

Secretary-General– Angel Gurria
Headquarters– Paris, France
OECD official establishment– 30th September 1961
Members– 37 Countries



AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS   

World Airport Awards 2020: Bengaluru’s Kempegowda honoured as best regional airport in India & Central Asia; Singapore Changi crowned as World’s Best




The Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru (Karnataka) has won the SKYTRAX Award 2020 for Best Regional Airport in India and Central Asia. It ranks 68th in World’s Top 100 Airports 2020 list, which was topped by Singapore Changi Airport.
About Karnataka:Capital– Bengaluru
Chief minister– B. S. Yediyurappa
Governor– Vajubhai Vala

Indian Tennis ace Sania Mirza becomes 1st Indian to win Fed Cup Heart award 2020 for Asia/Oceania zone



Indian professional tennis player Sania Mirza (33) has created new history by becoming the 1st Indian to win Fed Cup Heart Award 2020 for Asia/Oceania zone. She decided to give a prize money of $ 2000 to the Telangana Chief Minister Relief Fund to help battle against coronavirus.

17 laureates conferred with DW Freedom of Speech Award 2020; Journalist Siddharth Varadarajan from India among them


On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2020, i.e. on May 3, 2020, 17 journalists from 14 countries have been named for Deutsche Welle Freedom of Speech Award 2020 who have disappeared or been arrested or threatened because of their reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic   

Giriraj Singh presents awards to the winners of “Startup India- Animal Husbandry Grand Challenge”


Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Giriraj Singh(chief guest) presented the award  to the winners of “Startup India-Animal Husbandry Grand Challenge”. Minister of State of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying(AHD), Sanjeev Kumar Balyan & Secretary AHD,  Atul Chaturvedi were also present
Winner

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Krushak Mitra Agro Services Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai

ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS      

74% stake of SeQuent bought by Carlyle for Rs 1,587 crore


The Carlyle Group, an United States(US) based private equity firm acquired 74% stake in SeQuent Scientific Limited, the largest animal healthcare company from India for Rs.1,587 crore($210 million) for Rs.86 a piece.

About SEBI:
Chairman– Ajay Tyagi
Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO)– ArtiChhabraSrivastava
Headquarters– Mumbai
Established– April 12, 1992

Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline sells 5.7 % stake in Hindustan Unilever for $3.35 billion




British firm GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) has sold its 5.7 % stake in Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) for $3.35 billion (about 254.8 billion rupees) in the stock market through a largest ever block deal.

In an another big transaction, French firm Societe Generale S.A has acquired 1.29 crore shares in HUL worth of Rs 2,453.58 crore from British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline 

About GlaxoSmithKline plc:Headquarters– Brentford, United Kingdom
Chief executive Officer– Emma Walmsley

US-based Vista Equity Partners to buy 2.32% stake in Jio Platforms for  Rs 11,367 crore


The US-based private equity firm Vista Equity Partners to buy 2.32% stake in Reliance’s  Jio Platforms, for Rs 11,367 crore which will make Vista the largest investor in Jio Platforms after Reliance Industries and Facebook



About Vista Equity Partners:
Founder, Chairman & CEO– Robert F. Smith
About Reliance:
Corporate Office– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman & Managing Director(MD)– Mukesh D. Ambani

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

MSME Ministry launches CHAMPIONS Portal


Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises(MSME) has launched CHAMPIONS(Creation and Harmonious Application of Modern Processes for Increasing the Output and National Strength) portal(www.Champions.gov.in), a Technology-driven control room-cum-Management Information System. The system utilises modern Information and Communications Technology(ICT) tools.

TVS Group, IIT-Madras develop automated respiratory assist device “Sundaram Ventago”



The TVS (Thirukkurungudi Vengaram Sundram) group, the Sundaram Medical Foundation, IIT (Indian Institute of Technology)- Madras, have jointly developed a low-cost, automated respiratory assistance device called “Sundaram Ventago” that will be useful in remote and rural areas where ventilator facilities are not available and would have a great impact of post COVID-19.


About TVS Groups:
Headquarters– Chennai, Tamil Nadu (TN).
Chairman & Managing Director (MD)– Venu Srinivasan.
Director & CEO (Chief Executive Officer)– K N Radhakrishnan.



South African & US scientists use MeerKAT telescope to solve the mystery of ‘X galaxies’




According to the study published in the journal ‘Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society’, a team of astronomers from the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), the (US) National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), the University of Pretoria, and Rhodes University(Both in South Africa), have used the MeerKAT telescope to solve a longstanding puzzle in ‘X’-shaped radio galaxies.

CSIR-NAL develops BiPAP non-invasive ventilator ‘Swasth Vayu’


Council of Scientific & Industrial Research – National Aerospace Laboratories(CSIR-NAL)

About NABL:
Chairman- Prof. S.K. Joshi
Interim Chairperson- Dr. D.K. Aswal
CEO- N.Venkateswaran
Headquarters- Gurugram, Haryana
About CSIR-NAL:
Director General CSIR- Dr.Shekhar C. Mande
Director- Jitendra J Jadhav
Established- 1959


Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank launches Central University of Odisha helpline ‘Bharosa’ to help students in distress




Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank launched Central University of Odisha (CUO) Helpline “Bharosa” and its Helpline Number 08046801010 through a virtual platform in New Delhi inorder to relieve the distress of student community during the troubled time of the COVID-19

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

China launches two satellites to test space based communication technology




China launches two satellites Xingyun-2 01 and 02 into the obit by Kuaizhou-1A(KZ-1A) carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the northwest China at 9.16am(Beijing time), to test the space-based Internet of Things(IoT) communication technology

About CASIC:

Chairman- Gao Hongwei
Location- Haidian District, Beijing, China

ICMR-NIV develops 1st indigenous antibody detection kit “COVID KAVACH ELISA” for COVID-19


Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan informed that Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR)-National Institute of Virology(NIV) has developed the 1st indigenous anti-Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2(SARS-CoV-2) human Immunoglobulin G(IgG) enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test kit, “COVID KAVACH ELISA” for antibody detection of COVID-19

About NIV:
Headquarters– Pune, Maharashtra
Director– Priya Abraham
About Zydus Cadila:
Headquarters– Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Chairman– Pankaj R. Patel


Parakh: DRDO- DFRL’s mobile microbial containment lab handed over to MMCR




Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), an Indian defence laboratory of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), has handed over an innovative, state of the art Mobile Microbial Containment (BSL-3) Laboratory ‘PARAKH’ to the Mysuru Medical College and Research Institute (MMCRI) to test samples of coronavirus (Covid-19).

About Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL):Headquarters– Mysuru,  Karnataka
Director– Anil Dutt Semwal
About Mysuru Medical College and Research Institute (MMCRI):
Location– Mysore, Karnataka
Director and Dean– C.P. Nanjaraj.

DRDO lab develops DRUVS, an automated UV systems to sanitise electronic gadgets, papers & currency notes


Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad based Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) premier lab, developed an automated contactless Ultraviolet C (UVC) sanitisation cabinet called Defence Research Ultraviolet Sanitiser (DRUVS). It has been designed to sanitise mobile phones, iPads, laptops, currency notes, cheque leafs, challans, passbooks, paper, envelopes, etc

About DRDO:
Headquarters– DRDO Bhavan, New Delhi.
Minister– Shri Rajnath Singh.
Chairman– Dr G. Satheesh Reddy.


ICMR ties up with BBIL to develop the 1st fully indigenous COVID-19 vaccine




Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) announced its tie-up with Bharat Biotech International Ltd(BBIL) to develop the 1st fully indigenous COVID-19 vaccine by using the virus strain isolated at the National Institute of Virology(NIV), Pune. The strain has been successfully transferred from NIV to BBIL

About BBIL:
Founder & Chairman– Krishna M. Ella
Registered office– Hyderabad, Telangana

IIT-Delhi startup launches reusable antimicrobial mask NSafe


With increasing demand for face masks to contain transmission of deadly COVID-19 virus, IIT (Indian Institute of Technology)- Delhi startup company named Nanosafe solutions has developed and launched an antimicrobial and washable face mask “NSafe” that can be reused upto 50 launderings

About Delhi:
Chief Minister (CM)– Arvind Kejiwal.
Governor– Anil Baijal.

CSIR receives approval for clinical trial of two drugs, ‘phytopharmaceutical & favipiravir’ to treat COVID-19




The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) received approval from Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for its two clinical trial drugs- “favipiravir” and “phytopharmaceutical”- to combat coronavirus (COVID-19)

About CSIR:
President– Shri Narendra Modi.
Director-General– Dr Shekhar C. Mande.

China successfully launches ‘Long March 5B’ rocket to space as it steps up Moon landing plans


China has successfully launched a powerful white-large cargo rocket ‘Long March 5B’and prototype spacecraft towards the space from the Wenchang Space Launch Center on the coast of southern China’s island province of Hainan at 6 p.m. (Beijing Time).

About China:Capital– Beijing
Currency– Renminbi
President– Xi Jinping 

JNCASR Researchers Invent Economical, Energy-Efficient Wafer-Scale Photo detector for security




the Researchers of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Researcher(JNCASR) under the Department of Science and Technology, for security applications, invented an economical and energy efficient wafer-scale photo detector to detect weak scattered light and indicate unwanted activity. The photo detector is self powered and has fabricated gold-silicon which are highly photosensitive

About JNCASR:
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Researcher(JNCASR) is a multidisciplinary research institute
President– G U Kulkarni
Dean Research & Development– Chandra bhas Narayana
Location– Jakkur, Karnataka

Jupiter like cloud bands on closest brown dwarf discovered by astronomers


 A team of astronomers discovered that the Luhman 16A, closest known brown dwarf showing signs of cloud bands similar to the Jupiter and Saturn using the technique of polarimetry to determine the properties of atmospheric clouds outside the solar system or typically



About NASA:
Administrator– James Frederick ‘Jim’ Bridenstine
Deputy Administrator– James W. Morhard
Headquarters– Washington DC


SPORTS

FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in India from 17 Feb 2021

About FIFA:
Headquarters– Zurich, Switzerland.
Motto– For the Game. For the World.
President– Gianni Infantino.

French cyclist Remy Di Gregorio banned by UCI for 4 years following ‘super-EPO’ positive test



About International Cycling Union (UCI):
Headquarters– Aigle, Switzerland
President– David Lappartient

COVID-19: SAI forms 6-member panel to prepare SOP for phased resumption of training after lockdown


The Sports Authority of India (SAI) formed a six-member committee to prepare a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for phased resumption of training across sporting disciplines at all the centers once the coronavirus-forced national lockdown is lifted



About SAI:
Headquarters– New Delhi.
Director-General– Sandip Pradhan.


ENVIRONMENT

Indian Scientists discover 3 new species of fishes under genus ‘Dawkinsia’ in western ghats



According to the published in the international journal Vertebrate Zoology, Scientists from the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS),the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune (Maharashtra), have jointly discovered a three new fish species under the genus ‘Dawkinsia’ namely Dawkinsia apsara, Dawkinsia austellus, Dawkinsia crassa

IMPORTANT DAYS

International Nurses Day 2020: May 12


Theme for the year 2020: Nurses: A voice to lead- Nursing the World to Health


About International Council of Nurses (ICN):
Headquarters– Geneva, Switzerland.
President– Annette Kennedy.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Howard Catton.

National technology day 2020, May 11


This year’s focus is “Rebooting the economy through science and technology



About DRDO:
Chairman– G. Satheesh Reddy
Formed in– 1958
Headquarters– New Delhi

Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War: May 8-9


The Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during World War II is a two day international event observed every year on May 8 & 9 to pay tributes to the millions of people who lost their lives during World War II. This year marks the 75th anniversary of World War II.

About United Nations (UN):
Headquarters– New York City, United States (US).
Secretary General– António Guterres.

World Migratory Bird Day 2020, 9th May




The theme of this year’s WMBD is “Birds Connect Our World”

About UNEP:
Executive Director– Inger Andersen
Deputy Executive Director– Joyce Msuya
Headquarters– Nairobi, Kenya

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day 2020, May 8





Globally May 8th is celebrated as the World Red Cross Day and Red Crescent Day every year this day is to celebrate and acknowledge the volunteers who help the people in need and to commemorate the birth anniversary of Henry Dunant the founder of International Committee of the Red Cross(ICRC) born on 8 May 1828. The first Red Cross Day was adopted on May 8, 1948

About ICRC:
President– Peter Maurer
Vice President– Gilles Carbonnier
Founder– Henry Dunant
Headquarters– Geneva, Switzerland
Created in– 1863


World Thalassaemia Day 2020: May 8




Theme for the year 2020: “The dawning of a new era for thalassaemia: Time for a global effort to make novel therapies accessible and affordable to patients”

About Thalassaemia International Federation (TIF):
President– Mr Panos Englezos.
Executive Director– Dr Androulla Eleftheriou.


World Hand Hygiene Day 2020: May 5




Theme for the year 2020: “SAVE LIVES: Clean your hands”

About World Health Organization (WHO):
Headquarters– Geneva, Switzerland.
Director-General– Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

World Athletics Day 2020: May 7












About World Athletics:
World Athletics, formerly known as the International Amateur Athletic Federation and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Headquarters– Monaco.
President– Sebastian Coe.


BOOKS & AUTHORS

Vadhan authors a new book titled “Fear of God” deals with corruption, vigilantism & law

“Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family”  byOmidScobie and Carolyn Durand



Biography of Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle “Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of A Modern Royal Family” by royal reporters OmidScobie and Carolyn Durand scheduled to release on 11th August tops the pre order charts as it went online in Amazon


STATE NEWS

Uttarakhand CM launches ‘HOPE’ a portal to help unemployed youths


The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat launched ‘HOPE’- Helping Out People Everywhere a portal to create employment opportunities for the youths in their expertise and to provide skill development opportunities.

About Uttarakhand:
State was formed on- 9th November 2000
Capital- Dehradun(Temporary)
Chief Minister- Trivendra Singh Rawat
Governor- Baby Rani Maurya


Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan re-launched Sambal Yojana for dalits tribals and poor




Madhya Pradesh(MP) Chief Minister(CM) Shivraj Singh Chouhan re-launched  Sambal Yojana to strengthen the lives of the poor and Scheduled Caste(SC) and Scheduled Tribe(ST) communities by providing them social security cover, right from birth to death. He transferred Rs 41.33 crores  to 1903 beneficiaries account.
About MP:
Capital– Bhopal.
Governor– Lal Ji Tandon


United We Fight’ musical creation released by ICCR to Fight COVID-19



Indian Council for Cultural Relations(ICCR) has unveiled a musical creation “United we Fight”, which was Written and composed by Joe Alvares to fight against  COVID-19.The Indian Embassy stated that the song is dedicated to the world by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) of India.

77 new mandis from 10 States & UTs integrated with the e-NAM platform for marketing of Agricultural produce




In order to strengthen  agriculture marketing and facilitate farmers to sell their harvested produce through the online portal,Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar has launched integration of 177 new mandis with the National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) from 10 States & UTs.Now the total number of eNAM mandis across country is 962(including 177 mandis).

TN constitutes a 24 member high-level committee headed by ex-governor of RBI C Rangarajan to assess COVID-19 impact


About TN:
Chief Minister(CM)– Edappadi K. Palaniswami
Governor– Banwarilal Purohit
National Park(NP)– Guindy NP, Indira Gandhi NP, Mukurthi NP, Mudumalai NP, Gulf of Mannar Marine NP

BBMP, Bengaluru launches “Pranavayu” to track oxygen levels of ILI patients




The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Bengaluru, karnataka, has launched an initiative called “Pranavayu” as many COVID-19 patients have low oxygen levels that puts them at risk of complications. This initiative helps each individual to monitor blood oxygen levels and heart rates of patients showing influenza-like illnesses (ILI) in fever clinics

About Karnataka:
Capital– Bengaluru.
Chief Minister (CM)– Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yediyurappa.
Governor– Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala.


UP passes ordinance to suspend most Labour Laws for 3 years




The Uttar Pradesh(UP) government has passed an ordinance ‘Uttar Pradesh Temporary Exemption from Certain Labour Laws Ordinance, 2020’, to suspend most of the labour laws for 3 years, where all factories & manufacturing  establishments will be exempt from existing labour laws

About UP:
National Parks (NP)– Dudhwa NP, Lakhimpur Kheri
Wildlife Sanctuary (WS)– Katarniaghat WS, Bahraich; Chambal WS,  Etawah; Chandra Prabha WS, Chandauli.
Tiger Reserve (TR)– Pilibhit TR, Pilibhit district

Yogi Adityanath launches ‘Pravasi Raahat Mitra’ app for migrant Workers





About Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister(CM)– Yogi Adityanath
Governor– Anandiben Mafatbhai Patel
Capital– Lucknow
Official Animal– Barasingha
Official Bird– Sarus crane

Himanta Biswa Sarma presented Rs 1,03,762 cr Assam Budget for FY 2020-2021



Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma presented Budget for Assam for the financial year 2020-21.

About Assam:
Capital– Dispur
State animal– One-horned rhinoceros
State bird– White-winged duck




UP becomes first state to provide facility of beds with ventilators in each district

Tripura CM launches national scholarship online portal under ‘Mukhyamantri Yuba Yogayog Yojana’


Tripura Chief Minister(CM) Biplab Kumar Deb launched a National Scholarship online portal website(https:/ /scholarships.gov.in/) under ‘Mukhyamantri Yuba Yogayog Yojana’, an incentive scheme at the state secretariat so that students can apply for this scheme for the Academic Year 2019-20



National Park (NP)– Clouded Leopard NP, Bishalgarh, Sepahijala District

About Tirupura:
Capital– Agartala
Governor– Ramesh Bais


Sanjeevani a unique vehicle developed at the local level in Madhya Pradesh



Sanjeevani, a unique vehicle developed at local level in the initiative of Rajnagar administration of Chhatarpur district, Madhya Pradesh to help the healthcare workers



About Madhya Pradesh:
Capital– Bhopal
Chief Minister(CM)– Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Governor– LaljiTandon


OBITUARY

Former National TT champion Manmeet Singh Walia passed away at 58



About Canada:
Capital– Ottawa.
Prime Minister (PM)– Justin Pierre James Trudeau.
Currency– Canadian dollar.


Grammy winning-singer Betty Wright passes away at 66

Comedian and Seinfeld actor Jerry Stiller passed away at 92

Famous historian Hari Shankar Vasudevan passed away at 68




Pixar Director Rob Gibbs passed away




Veteran director, story artist and writer of many Pixar films  Rob Gibbs passed away at the age of 55 years, who is well Known for successful Pixar films, including Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, Monsters.Up, Wall-E, Inside Out to Onward.