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Daily Current Affairs – 19th May 2020

  • US based firm Moderna has prepared 1st COVID-19 vaccine which has generated antibodies against the virus.
  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs released star rating of garbage free cities for the year 2019-20. It rate on the scale of 1 to 7.
    • 5-star cities – Ambikapur, Surat, Rajkot, Mysuru, Indore and Navi Mumbai.
  • Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) reported that the Indian export is expected to fall by 20%, ($50-$60 billion), in the current fiscal year.
  • GoI to implements Shekatkar Committee recommendations related to speeding up road infrastructure and socio-economic development in the border areas.
  • J&K Administration issued “J&K Grant of Domicile Certificate (Procedure) rules 2020”. Domicile of a person is defined as
    • A person resided in J&K for a period of 15 years or has studied in the UT for a period of 15 years and appeared in Class 10 or 12 examination.
  • MP launched Charan Paduka Campaign to provide shoes and slippers to migrant workers passing through the state.
  • Karnataka’s Centre of Excellence on Cyber Security (CS-CoE) launched 1st cyber security accelerator named H.A.C.K for startups in India.
  • Canara Bank has launched a special business vertical dedicated for gold loans.
  • India post, Mumbai has released a Special Postal Cover dedicated to migrant workers at the Bicentennial Hall, Mumbai.
  • Gujarat mandates digital payment for home delivery in Ahmedabad.
  • Anil Kumble led ICC Committee recommended ban of the use of saliva to shine the ball due to the threats of COVID-19.
  • Hanko is a personal stamp, which is essential in Japan for several transactions. The tradition is gaining criticism in Japan post COVID-19 period.
  • WHO announced that spraying of disinfectants on roads is not effective, it can be harmful to public health.
  • Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) has developed “i-Feel you”, an intelligent bracelet which will help users respect social distancing rules.

Daily Current Affairs – 17th & 18th May 2020

  • India is co-sponsoring a resolution, being led by Australia in the World Health Organization to identify the source of COVID-19.
    • China and US are not a part of the resolution.
    • SAARC countries, only India, Bhutan and Bangladesh have signed.
  • ESDS Software Solution has developed AA+ COVID-19 Testing Solution, a rapid detection solution detects COVID-19 from Chest X-rays (CXRs).
  • Advanced Research Centre for powder metallurgy, Hyderabad and Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute, Thiruvananthapuram have developed new biodegradable implant from Iron-Manganese alloy.
  • PM E-Vidya is to be launched. It will include “One Nation One Digital Platform” and “One Class One Channel”
  • A Group of Ministers headed by Thawar Chand Gehlot has drafted a set of proposals includes land pooling to corporatise agriculture, merging MGNREGA with skilling programmes.
  • Indian Army is to convert the 61st cavalry, the only horse serving cavalry in the world into a regular armoured regiment with tanks.
  • Indian Army has launched Tour of Duty which is a 3 years internship for youths to work as officers and soldiers.
  • Cyclonic storm Amphan in the Bay of Bengal has intensified into severe cyclonic storm. The name is suggested by Thailand.
  • Centre approved to modification of the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Ujh multipurpose Project located on river Ujh, tributary of Ravi river J&K.
  • Centre and West Bengal govt. inked loan agreements with AIIB and World Bank for “West Bengal Major Irrigation and Flood Management Project”
  • Indian Navy commissioned 7th ship of MK IV class Landing Craft Utility ‘IN LCU L57’ at Port Blair, made by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd.
  • Book titled “Wuhan Diary: Dispatches from a Quarantined City” authored by Fang Fang.
  • Biologist Sofia Reboleira of University of Copenhagen, Denmark discovered a new parasitic fungus called “Troglomyces twitteri” named after Twitter.
  • Baltic countries have opened their borders to one another creating “travel bubble” called the Baltic Travel Bubble.
  • USA announced that it will donate ventilators to India.
  • Bundesliga of Germany becomes world’s 1st major sports event to resume after COVID-19 lock down.
  • Scientists from New Zealand have discovered the rear “Super Earth” which is 111 light years away from Earth.

Daily Current Affairs – 16th May 2020

  • IIT – Gandhinagar, have developed an interactive dashboard named “MIR AHD Covid-19 Dashboard” to help contain COVID-19 community infection post lockdown.
  • 3,376 industrial parks of India are to be mapped and ranked under the Industrial Information System.
  • ENAM succeeds touching milestone of 1000 Mandis across 18 States, 3 UTs.
  • Defence Ministry approves Rs.400 cr. for Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme to create 6-8 new test facilities.
    • Will be used to test ammunition, radar, UAVs and electronic arms.
  • Researcher from CSIR has developed light carbon foam that will replace lead-acid batteries.
  • National Disaster Management Authority developed an online Dashboard-National Migrant Information System (NMIS) to facilitate movement of migrant workers.
  • Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying has introduced 2% interest subvention on working capital loans for dairy sector.
  • Chhattisgarh launched the Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana to provide Rs.10,000 per acre to fermers for crops such as sugarcane, corn and paddy.
  • Delhi Police launched India’s 1st ‘Thermal Corona Combat Headgear’ to ensure the safety of frontline warriors.
  • West Bengal launched two schemes ‘Sneher Porosh’ to provide support for the migrant workers and ‘Prochesta’ to help the workers of the unorganised sector.
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank approves a loan of 145 million USD to improve irrigation facilities and flood management West Bengal.
  • Israel named a street in Tel Aviv after Rabindranath Tagore on his 159th birth anniversary.
  • World Bank approved 1 billion USD aid to India to accelerate “India’s COVID-19 Special Protection Response Programme” to Protect Indias Poorest.
  • China wins 1st edition of FIDE Chess.com online Nations cup 2020, India finishes fifth.
  • “Updated Assessment of the Potential Economic Impact of COVID-19” released by Asian Development Bank.
    • According to this report global economy is expected to lose between $ 5.8 trillion to $ 8.8 trillion.
    • This is equal to 6.4 % to 9.7 % of global GDP.

Daily Current Affairs – 15th May 2020

  • COBAS 6800 – India’s 1st automated COVID-19 RT PCR testing machine. It is capable of providing test results of 1,200 samples in 24 hours.
  • Computer Emergency Response of Team (CERT) of India has issued warning against a new malware called “EventBot” steals personal financial information from Android phone users.
  • IIT Dhanbad and CSIR have found a technique to monitor the aggregation of ASyn protein, which has crucial role in causing Parkinson’s Disease.
  • According to Project 39A, conducted by a team of National Law University, Delhi, Indian Courts invoke “Collective Conscience” in most of the death penalty cases.
  • NIT Kurukshetra implemented samarth.edu.in an open source platform, will caters faculties and students by providing different study modules.
  • India’s food grain production has been estimated to touch a record of 295.67 million tonnes (MT) in the 2019-20 crop year.
  • Defence Minister commissioned Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Sachet and 2 interceptor boats C-450 and C-451 in Goa.
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru has developed an injectable Silk fibroin-based hydrogel for sustained insulin delivery in diabetic patients.
  • Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Facebook launched the “Going Online As Leaders (GOAL)” to provide mentorship to tribal youth through digital mode.
  • Centre set up a new body Rice Export Promotion Forum (REPF) to boost rice exports under Agricultural and Processed Foods Export Promotion Development Authority(Apeda).
  • RBI has extended interest subsidy (5%) period to 31 March 2021 on export credit received before and after shipment of goods to exporters.
  • MoneyGram Payment tied up with Federal Bank to provide a cost-effective way to receive direct-to-bank deposits in India.
  • Gujarat is to implement a sensor-based service delivery monitoring system in rural drinking water sector under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM).
  • West Bengal launched ‘Matir Smristi’ scheme to utilise 50,000 acres of barren land in 6 districts for income-generating activities like horticulture and pisciculture.
    • 6 districts – Bankura, Birbhum, Purulia, Jhargram, West Burdwan and West Midnapore.
  • According to Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, USA, potential of renewable energy investments in India became 500-700 billion USD.
  • According to World Economic Situation and Prospects Report, 2020 of UN world economy is to shrink by 3.2% in 2020.
  • WTO Chief Roberto Azevedo from Brazil, to resign a year before his term expires.
  • According to United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) the international tourism could decline by 60-80% in 2020.

Daily Current Affairs – 14th May 2020

  • Finance Minister announced 2nd tranche of Rs 20 lakh cr. economic package focuses on migrant workers, small traders, street vendors, self-employed.
  • Prime Minister announced “Vocal for Local” aims to promote local produce.
  • PM CARES Fund – Rs.2,000 cr. to buy 50,000 made in India ventilators, Rs.1000 cr. to states and UT govt. for migrant workers and Rs.100 cr. to support vaccine developers.
  • Ministry of Home Affairs announced that all Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) canteens will sell only indigenous products, from 1 June 2020.
  • ICMR is to participate in Global Solidarity Trial of COVID-19 launched by WHO to test accuracy of – Hydroxychloroquine, Remdesivir, Lopinavir-Ritonavir and Lopinavir-Ritonavir along with Interferon.
  • CSIR and Ministry of AYUSH began clinical trials of 4 Ayurvedic drugs – Ashwagandha, Guduchi + Pippali, Yashtimadhu and AYUSH-64.
  • ICMR released guidelines for using rapid antibody kits and listed the names of manufacturers including 3 Chinese company.
  • Agharkar Research Institute (ARI), Pune developed a new process for the synthesis of quantum efficient and biocompatible quantum dots (QDs).
  • Farmers of Punjab and Haryana are being encouraged to adopt “direct seeding of rice” due to shortage of labourers.
  • Uttarakhand launched ‘HOPE’- Helping Out People Everywhere a portal to create employment opportunities for the youths.
  • Madhya Pradesh re-launched Sambal Yojana to strengthen the lives of poor and Scheduled Caste(SC) and Scheduled Tribe(ST) communities.
  • GI Tag – Sohrai Khovar painting (mural art) Jharkhand, Telia Rumal cloth of Telangana and Thanjavur Netti Works and Arambavur Wood Carvings from Tamil Nadu.
  • Thiruvananthapuram division of Southern Railways and Kerala Circle of Postal department has initiated a first of its kind door delivery and pick up of parcels.
  • Bengaluru’s Kempegowda honoured as best regional airport in India & Central Asia. Singapore Changi crowned as World’s Best airport.
  • Manoj Ahuja, is appointed as the new Chairman of Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE).
  • Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has unveiled a musical creation “United we Fight”, written and composed by Joe Alvares.
  • WHO released “Global Nutrition Report, 2020” – major 4 nutritional indicators are anemia among women in reproductive age, stunting among children under-5, exclusive breast feeding and childhood overweight.
  • According to the “Global Forest Resources Assessment Report, 2020” of FAO  report, around 178 million hectares of forests is lost in the last 30 years.
  • WEF released Global Energy Transition Index. India ranked 74th within 115 countries. India improved in energy security, growth and environmental sustainability.
  • South African & US scientists use MeerKAT telescope to solve the mystery of ‘X galaxies’.

Daily Current Affairs – 13th May 2020

  • GoI has announced “Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” will launch from May 18, 2020 and economic package of Rs.20 lakh cr. in total.
  • According to European Heart Journal men are more vulnerable to COVID-19 virus than women because of ACE2 enzyme that enables the COVID-19 to infect human cells. ACE2 enzymes are more in men than in women.
  • Delhi Police with Indian Robotics Solution launched Thermal Corona Combat Gear (TCCH), which can detect temperature of a large number of people from a distance of 10-15 metres.
  • IIT-Guwahati and Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore will use “Susceptible Infectious Susceptible” (SIS) model to predict total number of infected people for different States in India in next 30 days.
  • Supreme Court orders to set up a committee for the demands of restoration of 4G services in J&K. It is headed by the Ajay Kumar Bhalla.
  • Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) to provide Functional Household Tap Connection to every rural household by 2024.
  • According to Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA), the CO2 Emissions in India has declined the least in 40 years.
  • According to India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative, child mortality rate at 32, has dropped by 49% between 2000 and 2017. Kerala IMR is “7” achieved the UN SDG target of 2020.
  • Union Minister of Science & Technology Harsh Vardhan addressed a digital conference RE-START to celebrate the National Technology Day.
  • India is to host under 17 FIFA Women World Cup has postponed to 2021.
  • WHO announced that the number of deaths due to TB, AIDS and Malaria might increase as entire focus of health care is shifted towards COVID-19.

Daily Current Affairs – 12th May 2020

  • CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories, Bengaluru has developed a BiPAP Non-Invasive ventilator called “Swasthvayu” within a record time of 36 days.
  • ICMR and National Centre for Disease Control are to conduct a “Sero survey”. It is testing of blood serum of individuals and determine the presence of antibodies against COVID-19.
  • Technology Centres under Ministry of MSME of Bhubaneswar, Jamshedpur and Kolkata are now manufacturing parts of Real-Time Quantitative Micro PCR System for AMTZ, Visakhapatnam.
  • Ministry of MSME launches Champions portal, will acts as a technology driven control room cum management information system.
  • Indian Scientists discover 3 new species of fishes under genus ‘Dawkinsia’ in western ghats.
  • Madhya Pradesh has launched “FIR Aapke Dwar Yojana”, will enable on spot FIR registrations.
  • Fisheries organization and environmental experts flag serious threats to ecology of Indian Sundarbans as the fly ash filled barges are sinking and capsizing in Hooghly river.
  • KVIC potters in Kishanganj village of Baran, Rajasthan making earthen pot with a message on ways to fight Coronavirus.
  • National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, launched a virtual program “NGMA KE SANGRAH SE” to showcase an iconic and rare collection
  • Eminent historian Hari Vasudevan dies of COVID-19 in Kolkata.
  • Book – “Fear of God” deals with corruption, vigilantism & law, written by Bomma Devara Sai Chandravadhan under Pen Name Vadhan.
  • US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced $3.6 million to assist Indian govt. to fight against COVID-19.
  • WHO and International Council of Nurses released “State of World’s Nursing report”. UN marks 2020 as the Year of Nurse and Midwife.

Daily Current Affairs – 11th May 2020

  • ICMR and National Institute of Virology, Pune jointly developed indigenous antibody detection kit called “COVID KAVACH ELISA”, capable of testing 90 samples in 2.5 hours.
  • Research Centre Imarat, Hyderabad of DRDO has developed Defence Research Ultraviolet Sanitizer (DHRUVS) an Ultra Violet Cabinet to sanitize mobile phones, laptops, iPads, passbooks, challans and paper.
  • Department of Consumer Affairs launched “Suraksha Store Initiative” to educate Kirana store owners all over the country about COVID-19 safety guidelines.
  • Registration Committee under Central Insecticides Board recommended that TB drugs “Streptomycin” and “Tetracycline” should be completely banned on crops.
  • According to data released by Registrar General of India, national birth rate – 20, death rate – 6.2 and infant mortality rate – 32, for the year 2018. Infant mortality rate has declined 35% in rural areas in last decade.
  • Under the order of National Green Tribunal the LG Polymers held liable according to the Principle of “Strict Liability” and have to deposit an initial amount of Rs.50 cr.
  • GoI has hiked its estimated gross market borrowing to Rs.12 lakh cr. from Rs.7.80 lakh cr. for FY 2020-21.
  • CBDT amended Rule 44G of Income-tax Rules, 1962 for making an application to invoke mutual agreement procedure in Form no.34F which will be called Income-tax (8th Amendment) Rules, 2020.
  • National Fertilizers Ltd, a PSU under GoI, registered a 71% growth in fertilizer sales in April 2020.
  • British firm GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) has sold its 5.7 % stake in HUL for USD 3.35 billion in stock market through a largest ever block deal.
  • Bengaluru City Corporation launched “Pranavayu Programme” to create awareness about the respiratory health of the city.
  • Book – “Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of A Modern Royal Family” written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand.

Daily Current Affairs – 10th May 2020

  • GoI has launched “Mission Sagar”, to provide food items, Ayurvedic medicines, HCQ tablets to Maldives, Madagascar, Seychelles and Comoros.
  • WHO and UN Postal Agency released a stamp to mark 40th anniversary of eradication of small pox. With the help of WHO, India started “TARGET ZERO” in 1974 to eradication of small pox.
  • Tamil Nadu has constituted a Committee to assess the impact of COVID-19 on state’s economy headed by Dr. C Rangarajan, former RBI Governor.
  • Global Energy Review of International Energy Agency states 15% decline in electricity demand globally.

Daily Current Affairs – 9th May 2020

  • CSIR under its New Millennium Indian Technology Leadership Initiative, is to develop human monoclonal antibodies (hmAbs), will neutralise COVID-19 virus in patients.
  • CSIR begins clinical trials on Favipiravir and Phytopharmaceutical for treating COVID-19 patients.
  • India Post has tied up with ICMR to deliver COVID-19 testing kits to around 200 labs.
  • National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Limited is to provide free pulses for 3 months to more than 19.5 cr. Households.
  • Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) signed a MoU with Art of Living Foundation to provide Free Ration Kits to needy tribes India artisans.
  • A dedicated division called “Research and Innovation Division” was created to boost research under Prime Minister Research Fellowship Scheme.
  • Moody’s slashed down GDP growth to “0 %” for the current fiscal 2020-21.
  • Supreme Court ruled that Cooperative banks come under SARFAESI Act, 2002 and Parliament can prescribe recovery process for cooperative banks.
  • NABARD disburses Rs 12,767 crore to State Co-op Banks & RRBs to extend credit to farmers.
  • US-based Vista Equity Partners to buy 2.32% stake in Jio Platforms for  Rs.11,367 cr.
  • Ministry of Defence signed a contract with TATA POWER SED to modernize 37 airfields of Indian Air Force. Estimated cost is Rs.1,200 cr.
  • On the recommendation of Committee of Experts, headed by Lt General DB Shekatkar, Minister of Defence approves abolition of 9,304 posts in Military Engineering Service.
  • UP govt. has launched ‘Pravasi Raahat Mitra’ app for migrant Workers.
  • UP has become the 1st state in the country to provide the facility of beds with ventilators in hospitals of  all 75 districts of state.

Daily Current Affairs – 8th May 2020

  • Startup of IIT Delhi has developed 1st fabric-based face mask that is antimicrobial and washable named “NSAFE”.
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Centre For Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru has fabricated energy efficient, economical and wafer scale Photodetector for security application.
  • According to census 2019-20 by Bengal Forest Ministry the number of Royal Bengal Tigers in the Sundarbans has increased to 96.
  • Task Force on National Infrastructure Pipeline has recommended to set up National Land Management Corporation, will help to monetize state-owned surplus lands in a systematic way.
  • Defence Minister inaugurated road link from Dharchula (Uttarakhand) to Lipulekh (China Border) constructed by Border Roads Organisation (BRO).
  • Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has announced its target to construct roads worth Rs.15 lakh crore in the next two years.
  • Coir Board signed MoU with IIT-Madras for setting up Centre of Excellence for coir applications.
  • Finance Minister launched INR-USD Futures and Options BSE’s India INX and NSE’s NSE-IFSC, at GIFT International Financial Services Centre, Gandhinagar.
  • GoI and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) signed an agreement for a $500 million fund for “COVID-19 response.
  • UP Govt. passed an ordinance to suspend labour laws 3 years to boost industrial investment and help migrants returned to the state.
  • Madhya Pradesh has become 1st state in the country to provide a mid-day meal ration to children by door-to-door mid-day meal, ration and DBT.
  • Tripura launches national scholarship online portal under ‘Mukhyamantri Yuba Yogayog Yojana’.
  • “The Resistance Front” is new terror group in Kashmir, made of existing terror groups claimed responsibility for attack in Kupwara district on April 5, 2020.
  • India Russia to sign MoU on Coking Coal. The coking coal is to be mainly used to cater steel industry.
  • ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore prepared fisheries guidelines in 12 languages become part of FAO global guidelines.

Daily Current Affairs – 7th May 2020

  • Sanjivani Application developed by Ministry of AYUSH will help generating data from around 5 million people in the time of COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Government of India is to begin “Vandhe Bharat Mission” aims at bringing stranded Indians from all over the world.
  • Punjab National Bank Housing Finance Limited signs MoU with IIT Delhi to develop reusable PPE kits.
  • Bharat Dynamics Limited, a defence PSU signs MoU with IIT Kanpur to manufacture ventilators for COVID-19 treatment.
  • CSIR, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology and TATA Sons signed an MoU for licensing of KNOWHOW related to the “FELUDA” rapid testing kit for COVID-19.
  • Styrene gas leakage occurred in LG Polymers industry in RR Venkatapuram village, Visakhapatnam District, Andhra Pradesh.
  • According to “Impact of Energy Efficiency Measures, 2018-19” report by  Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Bureau of Energy Efficiency have helped to save 113 billion units of electricity.
  • According to report of Mobile Association of India, first time rural India has more active internet user than urban. Rural –  227 million and urban – 205 million.
  • Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) included Gilgit-Baltistan and Muzaffarabad into its meteorological sub-division of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • A team from INSPIRE, under Department of Science & Technology develops high energy density and power density nanomaterials based supercapacitor.
  • Book titled as ‘Vijyant at Kargil: The Life of a Kargil Hero’ authored by Vijyant’s father Colonel VN Thapar and writer Neha Dwivedi.
  • Iraq parliament voted to choose Mustafa Kadhimi as the new prime minister of Iraq.
  • Iran introduced new currency Toman to tackle inflation. Toman is equals to 10,000 Rials.
  • China launched the Long March 5B rocket from its Wenchang launch site a deep-space spacecraft to operate a permanent space station and also to send astronauts to moon.

Daily Current Affairs – 6th May 2020

  • In India, the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad is the only centre to pool samples of COVID-19 in the country.
  • UP Govt. lunched “Ayush Kavach” aims to boost the immunity of the people through Ayurveda medicines and access to prescriptions.
  • Indian Navy launched Operation “Samudra Setu” to bring back the Indians that are stranded in Maldives.
  • IIT Alumni Council has launched India’s 1st COVID-19 test bus in Mumbai.
  • Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury took charge as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.
  • According to the report of Centre for Monitoring of Indian Economy (CMIE), Mumbai, jobless rate is 27.1% due to lock down.
  • Himachal Pradesh launch “Nigah” to educate family members maintaining social distancing during home quarantine, that are coming from other parts of the country.
  • NITI Aayog and Primal Foundation launched “Surakshit Dada-Dadi and Nana-Nani Abhiyan” to ensure wellbeing of senior citizens in 25 Aspirational Districts.
  • SIDBI will launch ‘India SME Services Platform’, to educate stakeholders in the small and medium enterprises ecosystem.
  • IRDAI has set up a panel to frame standard professional indemnity policy for insurance intermediaries, headed by  Yegnapriya Bharat.
  • West Bengal launched “Exit App” for people of other states who are stranded in the state due to the lockdown.
  • According to UNICEF report “Lost at Home” 19 million children were internally displaced due to conflict and violence in 2019.
  • US President has appointed Indian American Diplomat Manisha Singh as his envoy to OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development).
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a commemorative war medal.

Daily Current Affairs – 5th May 2020

  • According to the report of GoI Ministerial Team, West Bengal had the highest mortality rate of 12.8% among COVID-19 patients.
  • After COVID-19 virus invades a human cell, it begins to replicate itself with the help of an enzyme called “copy machine”.
  • BharatPe, has launched two voice-based applications “Paisa Bolega” and “BharatPe Balance” to limit the need to touch handsets for checking transactions.
  • Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Science & Technology launched “COVID KATHA” a multimedia guide on COVID-19.
  • Indian Railways started Shramik Special trains from “Labour Day”, May 1, 2020.
  • Civil Aviation Ministry launches GARUD portal to fast-track approval to COVID-19 related drone operations
  • Three Indian journalists were honoured with 2020 Pulitzer Prizes, Dar Yasin and Mukhtar Khan from Srinagar and Channi Anand from Jammu.
  • Union Minister of Food Processing Industries has been completed integration of Cold Chain Projects.
  • Himachal Pradesh govt. has decided to launch employment guarantee scheme “Mukhya Mantri Shahari Rojgar Guarantee Yojna” will provide 120 days of employment to urban people.
  • RBI has cancelled the license of CKP Co-operative Bank Ltd located in Mumbai.
  • IIT, Hyderabad, collaborated with New Frontier Capital Management, Hong Kong to establish a global network of venture ecosystem.
  • US private equity firm Silver Lake buys 1.15% stake in Reliance Jio platforms.
  • Poet and Kannada writer Padma Shri winner K S Nissar Ahmed passed away.
  • Israel Institute of Biological Research has isolated the key COVID-19 antibody named “monoclonal” can be neutralize COVID-19 virus inside the infected person.
  • Russia is to launch 1st Arktika-M satellite to monitor Arctic climate and environment by December 2020 from Baikonur spaceport, Kazakhstan.
  • US President had nominated Indian American Ashok Michael Pinto as the US representative to International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (World Bank).
  • 2021 Tobago and Trinidad Commonwealth Youth Games has been postponed to 2023.

Daily Current Affairs – 3rd & 4th May 2020

  • DRDO has developed UV Disinfection Tower named “UV Blaster” for chemical free and rapid disinfection.
  • National Institute of Animal Biotechnology, Hyderabad developed “eCovSens” can detect COVID-19 virus within 10 to 30 sec.
  • In partnership with the Tech Mahindra, Tata Group and Swasth the Arogya Setu Mitr was launched to provide online consultation, home collection of samples, medicine delivery, etc.
  • Maharashtra the 1st state to announces free and cashless insurance to the COVID-19 patients at the private hospitals in Pune and Mumbai.
  • Assam Govt. has confirmed that more than 2,500 pigs in 306 villages were killed due to African Swine Flu.
  • Former Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi passed away due to COVID-19 disease
  • “Bharat Market” national e-commerce market place was launched by Confederation of All India Traders, aims to bring 95% of retail traders into the platform.
  • Ministry of Jal Shakti launched “IDEAthon” titled “The future of River Management” to explore how the COVID-19 crisis can shape River Management strategies for the future.
  • Ministry of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj launched “The Saras Collection”  to promote daily utilities made by self-help groups on the GeM (Govt. E Marketplace).
  • According to the guideline of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, satellite channel is that it should be uplinked on C band or Ku band.
  • Thalappil Pradeep named for 25th Nikkei Asia Prizes 2020 in S&T
  • According to British Journal of Dermatology Researchers study, “COVID Toe” was observed in 19% of patients infected with COVID-19.
  • PM Modi will attend the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) forum video conference summit for the first time.
  • US Scientists discover 1st known aquatic Dinosaur ‘Spinosaurus aegyptiacus’ at the Kem Kem region of the Moroccan Sahara in North Africa.

Daily Current Affairs – 2nd May 2020

  • GoI directed Arunachal Pradesh Government to include Hajong and Chakma communities in the COVID-19 relief programme.
  • Students from Jadavpur University, Kolkata have developed an intelligent device that will analyze if a coughing person is a COVID-19 carrier.
  • KARMI-Boot robot deployed by Kerala government hospital to assist COVID-19 patients.
  • Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) has fanned fear among the villagers and health officials of Muzaffarpur, Bihar amid COVID-19 lockdown. It is linked to children eating unripe litchi fruit on empty stomachs.
  • Ministry of Coal appointed KPMG as the consultant of the Project Monitoring Unit for early operationalization of coal mines.
  • Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) a ‘Navaratna’ GoI Enterprise under the Ministry of Coal started production of Coal for the first time.
  • National Board for Wild Life has permitted opencast coal mining in the Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve in Assam.
  • Expert Appraisal Committee cleared the proposal to new Parliament at Rs 922 cr.
  • Ministry of Shipping launched new website deployed on NIC cloud “Meghraj”.
  • Union minister Nitin Gadkari launches ‘MSME Bank of Ideas, Innovation and Research’ portal.
  • CSIR-Central Road Research Institute launched Kisan Sabha App to connect farmers to freight transportation and supply chain.
  • National Science and Technology Management Information India ranks 3rd globally in the scientific publication after the USA and China.
  • Saffron cultivated in the Kashmir valley has received GI Tag.
  • “Thikri pehra” community policing practiced in Punjab and Haryana made a comeback after two decades, communities guarded their villages.
  • CCI approves BP Global’s proposed 49% acquisition of Reliance BP Mobility Limited.
  • Sania Mirza became the first Indian to be nominated for the Fed Cup Heart Award from the Asia/Oceania Zone.
  • ”Shivaji in South Block: The Unwritten History of a Proud People” written by journalist Girish Kuber.
  • According to “Global Energy Review 2020” by International Energy Agency (IEA) global energy demand is projected to fall 6% in 2020.
  • NASA has partnered with SpaceX, Blue Origin and Dynetics to build lunar landing systems under Moon-to-Mars campaign.
  • Indian-origin girl Vaneeza Rupani has named 1st helicopter to be built for Mars as ‘Ingenuity’ in NASA’s ‘Name the Rover’ competition.

Daily Current Affairs – 1st May 2020

  • All India Institute of Ayurveda and Delhi Police launched “YURAKSHA Programme” to fight against COVID-19 with Ayurveda immunity boosting measures.
  • Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Pune under DRDO has designed microwave sterilizer called “ATULYA” to disintegrate COVID-19 virus.
  • S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata developed a Nanomedicine for treatment of a number of diseases including coronavirus by altering oxidative stress in the body.
  • National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) launched “YASH”, Year of Awareness on Science and Health.
  • Glenmark became 1st pharma company in India to receive approval from DCGI to conduct clinical trials of “Favipiravir” antiviral tablets on COVID-19 patients.
  • J&K administration inks MoU with Tata Technologies to build 2 Centres for Invention, Innovation, Incubation and Training (CIIITs).
  • According to Mercom India report ‘India Solar Market Leaderboard 2020’ India has installed 7.3 GW of solar power in 2019, 3rd largest solar market in the world after China and U.S.
  • GI Tag – Black rice (Chak-Hao) of Manipur, Gorakhpur Terracotta and Kadalai Mittai of Kovilpatti, Tamil Nadu.
  • Indian Institute of Geomagnetism (IIG), Mumbai developed a generalized one-dimensional fluid simulation code for studying earth’s magnetosphere.
  • Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG), Dehradun studied 35,000-year history of river erosion in Ladakh Himalaya region.
  • Cauvery Water Management Authority brought under the Jal Shakti Ministry.
  • Chhattisgarh tops among other states in providing employment under MGNREGS.
  • Manipuri doctor Thangjam Dhabali Singh conferred ‘Order of Rising Sun’ by Japan
  • Freedom fighter Padma Shri Gandhian Hema Bharali from Assam passed away.
  • FIFA launches #WeWillWin campaign for health workers.
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide $ 3 million for India’s PAHAL project. Partnerships for Affordable Healthcare Access and Longevity.
  • USA has placed India on the “Priority Watch List” due to lack of improvements in intellectual property framework.
  • According to “Open Budget Survey” by International Budget Partnership, India ranked 53rd among 117 countries in budget transparency and accountability.
  • Germany classified the organization Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Hezbollah is a Shia Islamist political party that is based in Lebanon.
  • A book titled “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir” authored by John Bolton

 

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