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.