Daily Current Affairs for WBCS – April 2020

 

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Daily Current Affairs – 30 April 2020

  • Kamal Jain, IIT-Roorkee professor develops software to detect COVID-19 within 5 seconds using X-ray scan.
  • “Janaushadhi Sugam” App by Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers is helping people to locate their nearest Pradhan Mantri Janaushadhi Kendra (PMJAK).
  • MyGovIndia has been launched on VMate (short video application) to provide the official information related to the novel virus outbreak.
  • According to CRISIL Research report, Karnataka retained its 1st position in total installed renewable capacity flowed by Tamil Nadu & Gujarat.
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a loan worth of USD 346 million for Maharashtra for rural electrification.
  • Moody declined India’s growth estimate to 0.2% for CY 2020 from 2.5%
  • India has extended USD 150 million foreign currency swap support to Maldives to help in the COVID 19 pandemic.
  • T.S. Tirumurti appointed as Permanent Representative of India to UN
  • Former Karnataka cricketer J. Arunkumar, was appointed as the head coach of the USA men’s national team.
  • Asteroid 1998 OR2 a large near-Earth asteroid, measuring about 2 km wide will pass by Earth within 3.9 million miles.

Daily Current Affairs – 29 April 2020

  • CSIR, Durgapur developed Hospital Care Assistive Robotic Device (HCARD) to maintaining physical distance between health care workers and COVID-19 patients.
  • IIT Ropar designs ‘WardBot’ to deliver food, medicines to COVID-19 patients.
  • Supreme Court has held that bribery and corruption in a deemed university can be tried under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
  • GoI announced that the Common Service Centres will now take over village level online retail chain.
  • Indian Meteorological Department has released 169 new names for the tropical cyclones in Indian Ocean Region, names were contributed by 13 countries
  • Scientists of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research has invented a natural product for Alzheimer disease.
  • Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has issued guidelines on using the central air-conditioners in public buildings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Gujarat has launched “Umbare Aanganwadi” (doorstep Aanganwadi) under ICDS programme to reach children during the lockdown.
  • AP launched ‘Covid Pharma’, a mobile application to trace people buying medicines for fever, cold
  • Rajiv Kumar appointed as chairperson of Public Enterprises Selection Board
  • Axis Bank to buy 29% stake in Max Life Insurance for Rs 1,600 crore
  • G20 launches ‘Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator’ initiative to accelerate development, production, and access to health tools needed to fight the COVID-19
  • U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has added India in the list of “countries of particular concern” (CPC).
  • WHO has warned against idea of ‘immunity passports’ or a “back to work” pass.
  • “Petersberg Climate Dialogue” – hosted by Germany.
  • According to Global Report on Internal Displacement, “GRID 2020” released by IDMC, Geneva, Switzerland over 5 million people have displaced in India in 2019, highest in the world.
  • Global Terrorism Index of 2019 by Institute for Economics & Peace, Sydney, Australia ranked India as the seventh worst terrorism affected country.
  • Pakistan Cricket Board bans Umar Akmal for three-years for match fixing

Daily Current Affairs – 28 April 2020

  • COVID Action Collab is an initiative by group of experts to detect the virus in sewage initiated by the Catalyst Group
  • Assam State government has announced an insurance cover of Rs.50 lakh for the frontline journalists who are covering COVID-19.
  • GoI has established International Financial Services Centre Authority in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
  • UIDAI allows Aadhaar updating facility through Common Service Centre.
  • Scientists at ARCI, Hyderabad have developed a tool “Nanoblitz 3D” for mapping nano-mechanical properties of various materials.
  • Middle distance runner Jhuma Khatun handed 4 year ban for failing dope test.
  • Asian Development Bank approved 1.5 billion USD loan to India for its actions against COVID-19 crisis.
  • UNCTAD predicted $3.4 trillion debt for developing countries in 2020-2021.
  • UN has warned of “hunger pandemic” due to COVId-19 and other factors – wars in Syria, crisis in Lebanon and desert locusts in East Africa.
  • WHO has recently showed the parts of Ladakh as Chinese territory in its map. WHO differs from the standard map of the UN.
  • WHO launched COVID-19 Tools Act Accelerator initiative to provides a global platform for action to enhance connections and leverage interdependencies for collective partnership.
  • US President Trump nominated Indian-American Manisha Singh as US Envoy to OECD.
  • Yemen separatists declare self-rule in south – Yemen has been devastated by a civil war between the Houthis and the government-backed coalition.
  • Saudi Arabia has abolished flogging as a punishment for crime.
  • China is increasing its presence on two disputed archipelagos of the Spratly Islands and the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.
  • European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts reported that the largest hole in the Ozone layer spreading over 1 million sq. km above the Arctic has closed now.

Daily Current Affairs – 26 & 27 April 2020

  • King George Medical University in Lucknow, UP became the 1st govt. hospital to launch plasma therapy to treat COVID-19.
  • IIT-Bombay student develops “Ruhdaar”, a low-cost mechanical ventilator.
  • Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) has collaborated with LAXAI Life Sciences, Hyderabad to produce Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) inside India.
  • National Thermal Power Corporation recently launched ten Hydrogen Fuel Cell based buses and cars in New Delhi and Leh.
  • Central Industrial Security Force(CISF) launched ‘e-karyalay’ an electronic office application to enable movement of files and documents.
  • Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management- Kerala an AI powered search engine “Vilokana” for research of COVID-19 crisis.
  • GoI has approached to World Bank and IMF to help in preparing economic indicators such as retail inflation, industrial production and economic growth.
  • RBI announced Rs.50,000 cr. liquidity for Mutual Funds
  • Transcorp International – 1st non-bank company to receive RBI nod to enter into co-branding arrangements for prepaid Instruments and launched its multi-wallet RuPay-powered prepaid cards
  • Andhra Pradesh re-launched zero interest loan scheme for Women Self-Help Groups.
  • Assam govt launches new medicine delivery scheme called ‘Dhanwantari’
  • Digital Geological Map of the Moon – 1st ever digital geological map of moon released by US Geological Survey.
  • Stockholm International Peace Research Institute report titled “Trends in World Military Expenditure, 2019” – India become 3rd-largest military spender after US and China.
  • According to Times Higher Education Impact rankings 2020, IIT Kharagpur ranked 57th, list is topped by University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Laboratory (LIGO), USA have recently recorded the first merger of black holes 2.4 billion light years away.

Daily Current Affairs – 25 April 2020

  • Union Labour ministry declared banking services as public utility service till 21st Oct under the Industrial Disputed Act 1947, in order to prevent strikes by employees.
  • IIT Delhi have developed “PRACRITI-Prediction” a web-based dashboard to predict the district-wise and state-wise spread of COVID-19 in India.
  • Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute, Trivandrum has developed Chitra Magna, an innovative RNA extraction kit for SARS-COV-2 virus.
  • Finance Commission has advised state governments to use the clauses of FRBM act to raise additional resources to fight against COVID-19. Limit of fiscal deficit is 3% and the governments can raise the deficit up to 50 basis points.
  • RBI has decided to bring back its bond swapping program “Operation Twist” selling of short-term securities and buying of long term securities through open market operations.
  • Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund decided to close its 6 managed credit funds, which had combined assets around Rs 30,000 cr.
  • In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual Ambubachi Mela of Assam has been cancelled this year.
  • Sanjay Kothari appointed as Central Vigilance Commissioner
  • Govt reconstituted National Shipping Board headed by ex DG Shipping Malini Shankar.
  • Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru have started a plantation drive of ‘Devanahalli Pomelo’, an endangered citrus fruit
  • Uttar Pradesh becomes the 1st state with a software based in-house facility of virtual courts.
  • NASA develops “VITAL” a new ventilator tailored specifically to treat COVID-19 patients.
  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has cancelled over $1 trillion debt owed by developing countries amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 19 interstellar Asteroids has been discovered part of “Centaurs” group of asteroids between Neptune and Jupiter.

Daily Current Affairs – 24 April 2020

  • Researchers from Tamil Nadu have developed a vaccine candidate against SARS-CoV-2 through ‘reverse vaccinology’.
  • Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu has been manufacturing nutrient rich bread, rusks etc. for COVID-19 patients.
  • Regional Centre for Biotechnology, Faridabad has initiated a study to engineer virucidal (antimicrobial) coatings to prevent the COVID-19 Transmission.
  • PM Narendra Modi today launched e-Gram Swaraj app & Swamitva Yojana web portals for accelerating the pace of development in India’s villages.
  • Human Resource Development minister Ramesh Pokhriyal launched the #MyBookMyFriendcampaign on social media on the occasion of World Book Day.
  • 90 years for Peshawar’s Qissa Khwani Bazaar massacre. It was perpetrated by British soldiers against non-violent protesters of the Khudai Khidmatgar movement on April 23, 1930.
  • Shilpa Medicare launched the anti-cancer drug Dasashil for the treatment of Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia
  • Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) has launched Working Capital demand Loan for agriculture sector (WCDL-Agri)
  • Tech Mahindra joins hands with IBM to set up innovation centres in Bengaluru.
  • According to World Bank 23% decline projected in Migrants Remittances to India in 2020 due to COVID-19.
  • Deep nudes : computer-generated images and videos used by cybercriminals who could spread misinformation or blackmail people.
  • Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA) named its first Mars Exploration mission as Tianwen 1.

Daily Current Affairs – 23 April 2020

  • ICMR announced that pooled testing can be done only in areas where the COVID-19 prevalence is less than 5%. Not more than 5 samples shall be pooled.
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Gujrat become 1st authorized study centre in India for plasma research for COVID 19.
  • CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi have come up with a COVID-19 test, which produce results in 1 hour.
  • “Mobile Virology Research and Diagnostics Laboratory” has beed developed by DRDO in association with ESIC Hospital, Hyderabad. Biosafety Level 2 and Level 3 lab.
  • Karnataka has launched “Apthamitra” mobile application and helpline to fight COVID-19.
  • Himachal Pradesh launched “eSanjeevaniOPD”, will provide free online medical consultation & general health advice to the people.
  • Union Cabinet approved for investments of around Rs.15,000 cr. for ‘India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package’.
  • Ministry of HRD launched VidyaDaan 2.0 on DIKSHA to integrate both school and higher education for children.
  • NASA announced that Air Pollution in India has reached 20 year low. Aerosol Optical Depth in 2020 has been the least.
  • UN has launched “Lockdown Learners’ Series” under Education for Justice Initiative. It aims to sensitize students on issues such as misinformation, cybercrime, gender-based violence, corruption etc.
  • Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court has held it unconstitutional to provide 100% reservation for tribal teachers in schools located in Scheduled Areas across the country.
  • Union Cabinet approved to fix Nutrient Based Subsidy scheme for Phosphatic Potassic fertilizers.
  • Kasowal bridge over Ravi river, constructed by Border Roads Organization under Project Chetak.
  • Scientists from Agharkar Research Institute, Pune have developed a micro-reactor that can produce large quantities of uniform size of nanoparticles.
  • National Innovation Foundation-India, Gandhinagar developed ten varieties of Anthurium, a flower with high market value.
  • P V Sindhu was named the ambassador of the campaign  “I am Badminton” launched by Badminton World Federation.
  • Rakesh Sharma, Executive Director (ED), Bajaj Auto, was appointed as the President of Geneva-based International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association
  • Facebook buys 9.99% stake in Reliance Jio, largest FDI in India’s tech sector
  • Tom and Jerry, Popeye director Eugene Merril Deitch (Gene Deitch) passes away
  • Lebanon became the first Arab country to legalize marijuana cultivation.

Daily Current Affairs – 22 April 2020

  • Attacking health personnel are to be sentenced to jail for 6 months to 7 years.
  • “Team Mask Force” was created by the BCCI to spread awareness of the importance of wearing face masks in public places.
  • Govt. is procuring wristbands that will be integrated with Arogya Setu app to keep track of the movement of patients in hospitals and those under self-quarantine.
  • CSIR planned to implement the drug, Sepsivac. “Sepsis” is a potentially life-threatening condition caused by the body’s response to an infection.
  • Lifeline Udan flights support Covid-19 fight by delivering medical cargo.
  • Govt. of Rajasthan partnered with healthcare app ‘Aayu’ to deliver medicine to the people.
  • Gujarat govt. scheme “Sujalam Sufalam Jal Sanchay Abhiyan”, a conservation plan to deepen water bodies.
  • RBI has canceled the license granted to the Mapusa Urban Co-operative Bank of Goa Ltd.
  • Paytm Payments Bank partnered with Mastercard to issue virtual and physical debit cards
  • According to the Food Crisis report of World Food Programme of UN, 265 million people are facing food insecurity in 2020. It has grown by 10% from 2019.
  • Global Press freedom Index – India ranked 142nd, dropped 2 places. Published by Reporters without borders, Paris.
  • Iran successfully launched a military satellite “Noor”, the first satellite of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
  • Facebook will partner with BOOM to launched of its 3rd-party fact-checking program in Bangladesh.

Daily Current Affairs – 21 April 2020

  • Manipur became 2nd COVID-19 free state after Goa.
  • Centre formed high-level task force headed by Vinod Paul & K Vijay Raghavan for development of Covid-19 vaccine.
  • Central Govt. forms 6 Inter-Ministerial Teams under Disaster Management Act 2005 for West Bengal, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
  • Minister of Health & Family Welfare launched the “COVID India Seva” an interactive real-time platform to communicate with millions of Indians.
  • Pune Municipal Corporation launched Saiyam app to track home-quarantines citizens.
  • Ministry of Road Transport and Highways launched a dashboard and call no 1033 to provide information about dhabas and trucks.
  • Daporijo Bridge was inaugurated across Subansiri river in Arunachal Pradesh, constructed by the BRO.
  • Madhya Pradesh launched health insurance “Yoddha Kalyan Yojana” for Anganwadi workers in the time of COVID-19 .
  • IIT Bombay has developed a platform named World Wide Help (WWH) which can be used to connect people seeking medical help with helpers, such as doctors.
  • Monetary Policy Committee will be meeting five times in FY21, against seven in FY20. Usually, the MPC meets six times a year.
  • RBI has reduced the investment limit for general category foreign portfolio investors’ (FPI) in central government securities (G-secs) to Rs 2.34 lakh cr. for FY 20-21 from the existing limit of Rs 2.46 lakh cr.
  • Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare announced that the sown crop area of summer crops has increased by 36%.
  • Surplus rice available with the FCI is allowed by National Biofuel Coordination Committee to be converted to ethanol for making of hand-sanitizers and biofuel.
  • Former IAS officer Kapil Dev Tripathi was appointed as the new secretary to President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind.
  • Voice banking services on Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant launched by ICICI bank.
  • In a global compilation of reports of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) found online, India stands on top of the list, with 11.7% of the total reports.
  • Fitch Solutions has declined India’s GDP growth for the FY 2020-21 to 1.8%.
  • New Development Bank of the BRICS grouping is to provide a financial assistance of 1 billion USD of COVID-19 funds to India.
  • UN adopted a consensus resolution drafted by Mexico for equitable, efficient and timey access to future vaccines developed to fight against COVID-19.
  • US oil markets created history when prices of West Texas Intermediate (WTI), the best quality of crude oil in the world, fell to “minus” $40.32 a barrel in New York.
  • Milk tea alliance : pro-democratic front formed by internet users from Thailand, Taiwan and Hong Kong in social networks against Chinese Govt.
  • Demo-2 mission : NASA to launch 1st US astronaut mission to ISS since 2011 with SpaceX.

Daily Current Affairs – 19 & 20 April 2020

  • Goa has become the 1st zero COVID-19 State in the country.
  • Rajasthan became 1st Indian State to carry out Rapid Testing for Covid-19
  • Uttar Pradesh became the 1st state in India to Geo-tag its 7,368 community kitchens.
  • CSIR and Central Food Technological Research Institute has made protein rich biscuits for COVID-19 patients.
  • GoI launched online human resources pool data at https://covidwarriors.gov.in. It includes AYUSH doctors, health care professionals, volunteers from NSS, NCC, ex-servicemen.
  • Indian Army is to extend its support to the Narela Quarantine Centre. It is the largest quarantine centre in the country by Delhi govt.
  • Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CeNS), Bangalore, developed face masks technology, “TriboE Mask”, that can hold electric charges to restrict the entry of germs.
  • Bangalore blue variety of grape “fox grape” received  GI tag.
  • GoI has laid down procedure to allocate quota for the import of pet coke for the use in anode making.
  • Agharkar Research Institute (ARI), Pune have developed ‘bug sniffer,’ a sensitive and low-cost sensor to rapidly detect bacteria.
  • Institute of Nano Science and Technology, Mohali has launched an environment friendly catalyst for rechargeable metal-air battery from Fish gills.
  • Indian Institute of Geomagnetism researchers have developed an Artificial Neural Networks based Global Ionospheric Model (ANNIM) to predict ionospheric electron density.
  • Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru have discovered hundreds of Li-rich red giant stars.
  • IIT-Mandi develops Spin-Transfer Torque-Magnetic RAM (STT-MRAM) based nano spintronic device is expected to put an end to computer data loss due to power cut.
  • S&P cuts India growth forecast to 1.8% from 3.5% for FY 20-21
  • Thailand beaches lure leatherback sea turtles to build most nests in 20 years
  • Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has criticised India for what it called “growing Islamophobia” in Indian society.

Daily Current Affairs – 18 April 2020

  • April 18 – World Heritage Day. Theme – Shared Culture, Shared heritage and Shared responsibility
  • GoI amended FDI policy to prevent opportunistic acquisitions of Indian companies due to COVID-19.
  • CBDT issued Rs 5,204 cores Income Tax refunds as relief funds to MSME sector.
  • RBI has announced a 60% increase in the Ways and Means Advances limit of state governments “to undertake COVID-19 containment and mitigation efforts”.
  • Tata AIA becomes 1st Life Insurance company in India to announce additional benefits for its policyholders & agents for COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Ministry of Renewable Energy has initiated to set up Renewable Manufacturing parks in India.
  • Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences, Bengaluru has developed a compact solid-state sensor to detect the heavy metal ions in water.
  • A new species of green pit viper has been discovered in Arunachal Pradesh recently which was named Trimeresurus Salazar.
  • “Shuttling to the Top: The Story of P V Sindhu” authored by Krishnaswamy V was published.
  • India is not supporting a general allocation of new SDR by the IMF.
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman attended the Development Committee meeting of World Bank-International Monetary Fund.
  • Gartner 2019 Digital Workplace Survey : India become the world’s most digitally dexterous (skilful) country as it has a vast Gen Z workforce.

Daily Current Affairs – 17 April 2020

  • April 17: World Hemophilia Day : Theme – Get+Involved
  • Delhi Government launched “Assess Koro Na” application to conduct door to door survey.
  • Hand held UV sanitization box for COVID-19 introduced by DRDO.
  • Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute, Trivandrum developed “GeneLAMP-N” diagnostic test kit that can confirm COVID19 in 2 hours at low cost.
  • Govt to set up “Suraksha Stores” for FMCG and “Suraksha Circle” under PPP mode amid COVID-19 lockdown.
  • GoI launched the “Kishan Rath” application, developed by NIC to help farmers to transport their agriculture produce to the mandis.
  • Indian Agricultural Research Institute has developed PUSA decontamination tunnel with foot operated water and soap dispenser.
  • Aarogya Setu, has become the world’s fastest app to reach 50 million downloads
  • Chhattisgarh launched ‘Cghaat’ website for online essential delivery
  • RBI cuts Reverse Repo rate to 3.75% and announced Rs 50,000 cr. for Long Term Repo Operation (LTRO).
  • RBI launched Inventories and Capacity Utilization Survey (OBICUS) on the demands of the Indian manufacturing sector. Done quarterly, since 2008.
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is to finance 500 million USD projects in India to improve health care systems.
  • HDFC Bank launches Safety Grid campaign for social distancing.
  • Asia to stall at 0% growth in 2020 for 1st time in 60 years: IMF
  • Plenary Meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee – Policy Agenda titled, “Exceptional Times – Exceptional Action”.
  • China releases 4th Asian Para Games 2022 mascot as ‘Fei Fei’ bird
  • North Korea launched multiple short-range anti-ship cruise missiles into the sea.

Daily Current Affairs – 16 April 2020

  • Uttar Pradesh became the first state to start the Pool Testing of the coronavirus samples
  • Colour coding : government has decided to divide all districts across the country into hotspots, non-hotspots and green zones.
  • India to receive 6,50,000 COVID-19 testing kits from China
  • SAHYOG app launched by Survey of India now attached with Arogya Setu to provide geospatial information.
  • COVID-19: usahyogar Mobile application launched by Survey of India
  • Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and WHO engages National Polio Surveillance Network for COVID-19.
  • National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) has said that around 11,077 under trials have been released from prisons nationwide to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 50,000 Civil Defence volunteers are working to assist the local administration in implementing the measures to tackle COVID-19.
  • Government of India launched the All India Agri Transport Call Centre in New Delhi.
  • According to the new guidelines of MHA Spitting has been made punishable under Section 51 of Disaster Management Act.
  • GoI has decided to exempt IGST for the imported PPE, ventilators, sanitizers, masks, and other medical equipment.
  • IIT Guwahati developed an antimicrobial spray-based coating for PPE.
  • Researchers at NIT-Karnataka develops cost-effective disinfectant chamber called ‘ZERO-COV’.
  • ICMR researchers found Bat coronavirus in 2 Indian bat species.
  • Jim Corbett National Park of Uttarakhand becomes India’s 1st quarantine centre for animals.
  • Thrissur Pooram festival has been cancelled. It is called the ‘mother of all festivals’ in Kerala.
  • Odisha’s Ganjam district administration recently banned the Meru Jatra festival
  • Ministry of Tourism has launched its “DekhoApnaDesh” webinar series to provide information on culture and heritage of India.
  • Fit India launched Fit India Active Day live program for school students in partnership with CBSE.
  • NIOS of MHRD introduced SWAYAMPRABHA TV channels for their teachers and ‘SWAYAM’ MOOC platform for class 9th to 12th.
  • BSNL in partnership with SBI launches Bharat InstaPay a UPI-based payment platform
  • Safety of Zoom Application red flagged by Home ministry
  • Tata Power wins Edison Award 2020 for social innovation
  • Former Attorney General of India and padma bhushan winner Ashok Desai passed away.
  • IPL 2020 suspended by BCCI
  • India to host 2020 Asian Boxing Championship
  • Google is planning to launch Journalism Emergency Relief Fund to help local news outlets in the time of coronavirus pandemic.
  • IMF has proposed to deploy its full 1 trillion US Dollar lending capacity to support countries battling COVID-19 outbreak.
  • US Department of State has approved sale of Harpoon air-launched anti-ship missiles and MK 54 lightweight torpedo to India.
  • Ruling Democratic Party President Moon Jae won the election in South Korea.

 

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