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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

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

i.The central government has brought the Cauvery Water Management Authority under the Jal Shakti Ministry, which was earlier under the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
ii.The decision is a formality of business allotment, which means that the authority must report to the Ministry of Jal Shakti….Click here to Read More
About Jal Shakti Ministry:
Union Minister– Gajendra Singh Shekhawat(Constituency- Jodhpur)
Minister of state– Rattan Lal Kataria(Constituency- Ambala)

National Infrastructure Pipeline submitted Final Report to FinMin; Rs 111 lakh cr projected from FY20 to FY25National Infrastructure Pipeline

i.The report highlighted policy deficits and challenges in India’s infrastructure sector and recommended reforms to scale up investment in the sector.
ii.For NIP projects, the Centre would invest 39% of the projected expenditure while states’ share would be 40%, followed by the private sector with 21%.
What is NIP?
NIP is a first-of-its-kind, whole-of-government exercise to provide world-class infrastructure across the country, and improve the quality of life for all citizens. It aims to improve project preparation, attract investments (both domestic and foreign) into infrastructure. It will play a major role in India in becoming a $5 trillion economy by FY 2025….Click here to Read More

Chhattisgarh tops among other states in providing employment under MGNREGSChhattisgarh tops among other states

i.According to an official statement by the Rural Development Ministry, Chhattisgarh is 1st  state to provide employment to over 18(18.51) lakh unskilled labourers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme(MGNREGS).
ii.Rajasthan(2nd) to 10.79 lakh workers & Uttar Pradesh(3rd) to around 9.06 lakh workers.
About MGNREGS:
It is Indian legislation enacted on August 25, 2005. It provides a legal guarantee for 100 days of employment in every financial year to adult members of any rural household who willingly does unskilled manual work….Click here to Read More

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

i.According to Mercom India Research’s ‘India Solar Market Leaderboard 2020’ report India has installed 7.3 Giga Watt (GW) of solar power in CY 2019 which consolidates its position as the 3rd largest solar market in the world after China and U.S.
ii.India has total solar installations of approximately 35.7 GW by the end of December 2019….Click here to Read More
About Mercom India:
Headquarters– Bangalore, Karnataka
Managing Director (MD)– Priya Sanjay
Founder– Raj Prabhu(CEO and co-founder of Mercom Capital Group)

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

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

The United States Agency of International Development (USAID), one of the leading aid agency of the government of United States has announced an additional grant of 3 million USD in addition to the 2.9 million USD announced on 6th April 2020 to help India to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and to fund the PAHAL project, an innovative financial platform….Click here to Read More
About PAHAL:
Partnerships for Affordable Healthcare Access and Longevity(PAHAL) is a USAID and IPE’s flagship innovative platform to promote health financing models.
Project Director– LM Singh
Technical resource(Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MOHFW)– Dr.Dinesh Agarwal

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

According to the 7th edition of ‘Open Budget Survey 2019’ conducted by International Budget Partnership (IBP), India has been ranked at 53rd position among 117 nations in terms of budget transparency and accountability with the score of 49 out of 100. While New Zealand has been topped the list with a score of 87….Click here to Read More
About International Budget Partnership (IBP):
Headquarters
– Washington, D.C., United States (US)

India’s rank downgraded to “Country of Particular Concern (CPC)” in USA’s International Religious Freedom annual report 2020US Commission on International Religious Freedom

i.This is the first time since 2004 that India has been placed in this category for engaging in and tolerating systematic, and ongoing religious freedom violations, as defined by the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA), 1998.
ii.The report which documented significant religious developments during 2019 has placed 14 countries under CPC viz. Burma, China, Eritrea, India, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Vietnam.
About USCIRF:
Created by IRFA, USCIRF is an independent U.S. government advisory body, separate from the State Department that monitors religious freedom abroad and makes policy recommendations to the president, secretary of state, and Congress.
Headquarters– Washington, D.C., United States
Chair– Tony Perkins
About IRFA, 1998
Enacted in 1998 by US Congress, it promotes religious freedom as a foreign policy of the United States….Click here to Read More

Disasters, conflicts trigger 5 million displacements in India in 2019: IDMCDisasters, conflicts triggered 5 mln displacements in India

According to a recent report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, titled ‘The Global Report on Internal Displacement(GRID 2020)’, nearly 5 million(mn) people were displaced in India in 2019, the highest in the world so far….Click here to Read More
About IDMC:
Headquarters– Geneva, Switzerland
Director– Alexandra Bilak

BANKING & FINANCE

‘Vikas Abhaya’ loan scheme launched: KVGBKVGB loan scheme Vikas Abhaya

i.Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank (KVGB), a regional rural bank’s chairman P Gopi Krishna has launched ‘Vikas Abhaya’ a loan scheme.
ii.To provide some relief to borrowers whose business activities are disrupted on account of the Covid-19 pandemic in Dharwad….Click here to Read More
About KVGB:
Headquarters– Dharwad, Karnataka, Sponsor Bank – Canara Bank

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

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

On April 30, 2020, Thangjam Dhabali Singh, Manipuri allopathic doctor, was conferred with “Order of Rising Sun- Gold and Silver Rays” by the Japan government for promoting a better understanding of Japan in India and deepening ties between 2 countries….Click here to Read More
About Japan:
Capital– Tokyo.
Currency– Japnese yen.(JPY)
Prime Minister (PM)– Shinzō Abe.

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS         

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

On 29th April 2020, T S Tirumurti an Indian Foreign Service officer(IFS) of 1985 currently serving as the Secretary,Economic Relations in the Ministry of External Affairs was appointed as the permanent representative of India to the United Nations at New York, succeeding Syed Akbaruddin following his retirement….Click here to Read More
About Ministry of External Affairs:
External Affairs Minister– Subrahmanyam Jaishankar(Rajya Sabha – Gujarat)
Minister of State for External Affairs– V.Muraleedharan(Rajya Sabha – Maharashtra)
Headquarters– South Block, New Delhi

ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS        

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

Manulife picks 49pc stake in Mahindrai.Manulife has invested $35 million or Rs 265 crore in Mahindra AMC. An agreement for the same was inked in June 2019.
ii.Mahindra Finance now owns the balance 51% stake in its AMC.
iii.Both the companies aim to expand their fund offerings, drive fund penetration and achieve long-term wealth creation in India….Click here to Read More
About Manulife:
Headquarters– Toronto, Canada
President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Roy Gori
About Mahindra AMC
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Managing Director (MD) & CEO– Ashutosh Bishnoi

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

Reliance increases stake SkyTrani.Reliance Strategic Business Ventures Limited(RSBVL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited(RIL), has increased its stake to 26.3%
ii.On a fully diluted basis in US-based SkyTran Incorporated(Inc), a venture-funded technology company which develops modern transport modes including personal rapid transit system….Click here to Read More
About RIL:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Mukesh Ambani

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 

Janaushadhi Sugam app to access generic medicine benefits 325000 usersOver 325000 people are using Janaushadhi Sugam

On 30th April 2020, more than 325000 users are benefited by the  “Janaushadhi Sugam” a mobile application developed by the Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India(BPPI) under the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India for the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP)….Click here to Read More
About BPPI
CEO– Sachin Kumar Singh
General Manager (Marketing and Sales)– Dhiraj Sharma
General Manager (Finance and Administration)– Ravikant Tiwari
General Manager (Procurement and Quality)– Anurag Dwivedi

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

On April 30, 2020, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals became the first pharma company in India to receive approval from Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) to conduct clinical trials of Favipiravir antiviral tablets on mild to moderate COVID-19 patients….Click here to Read More
About Glenmark Pharmaceuticals:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Chairman & Managing Director (MD)– Gleen Saldanha.
Founder– Gracias Saldanha.

IMD releases list of 169 names for upcoming tropical cyclones: North Indian Ocean New list of 169 names of tropical cyclones

India Meteorological Department (IMD), an agency of the Ministry of Earth Sciences of the Government of India (GoI), has released a detailed list of 13 names of upcoming tropical cyclones each for the 13 member nations, totalling to 169.
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The 13 names for India include Gati, Tej, Murasu, Aag, Vyom, Jhar, Probaho, Neer, Prabhanjan, Ghurni, Ambud, Jaladhi and Vega….Click here to Read More
About India Meteorological Department (IMD):
Headquarters– New Delhi
Director General– Dr Mrutyunjay Mohapatra

COVID-19: HCARD, a robot, to assist frontline healthcare warriorsHCARD, in short for Hospital Care Assistive Robotic Device

On April 29, 2020, The robotic device HCARD (Hospital Care Assistive Robotic Device) helps the frontline healthcare workers in maintaining physical distance from those infected by Coronavirus (COVID-19). The device was developed by CSIR- Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur, West Bengal. The cost of this device is less than Rs 5 lakh and the weight is less than 80 kilograms….Click here to Read More
About Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute:
Director– Professor Harish Hirani.
Motto– yantrame wasmaakam mantra (Machine is our Incantation).

OBITUARY

Famous Hindi actor Rishi Kapoor passes away at 67Rishi Kapoor veteran Hindi actor

On April 30, 2020, Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Raj Kapoor passed away at the age of 67 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, after a 2 year battle with leukaemia (blood cancer). He was born on September 4, 1952, in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He had starred in more than 100 films….Click here to Read More
About Maharashtra:
Capital– Mumbai.
Chief Minister– Uddhav Bal Thackeray.
Governor– Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

Freedom fighter Padma Shri Gandhian Hema Bharali passed away at 101Freedom fighter Gandhian Hema Bharali dies

Freedom fighter and Padma Shri Gandhian Hema Bharali well known as Freedom Activist, social worker, Sarvodaya leader passed away on 29th April 2020, due to prolonged illness at her home in Guwahati, Assam at the age of 101. She was born in Assam on 19th February 1919….Click here to Read More
About Assam:
Capital– Dispur
Official Animal– Indian rhinoceros
Official Bird– White-winged duck

BOOKS & AUTHORS

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

On April 30, 2020, A book titled “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir” authored by John Bolton. The date of the book release has been pushed back from May 12, 2020 to June 23, 2020, on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble bookseller company. The book was published by an American publishing company Simon & Schuster….Click here to Read More
About Simon & Schuster:
Headquarters– New York City, United States (US).
President & CEO (Chief Executive Officer)– Carolyn Kroll Reidy.

IMPORTANT DAYS

International Jazz Day 2020, April 30International Jazz Day 2020

In 2011 November The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated the 30th April as the International Jazz Day and it is celebrated annually to promote jazz and its role in uniting people from all around the world.This day is a culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month to get attention to Jazz and its heritage throughout April….Click here to Read More
About Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz:
Chairman– Herbie Hancock
Vice Chairman– Stuart Subotnick
President– Thomas R.Carter
Director of Special Projects– Leonard E.Brown

STATE NEWS

J&K administration inks MoU with Tata Technologies to built 2 CIIIT centersTata Signs MoU With J&K Govt

The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) administration has signed an MoU with Tata Technologies limited to set up 2 Centres for Invention, Innovation, Incubation and Training (CIIITs), one each at Government Polytechnic Colleges at Jammu and Baramulla with a cost of Rs 360 crore.
The move will help improve the academic and training curriculum in technical education….Click here to Read More
About Tata Technologies Limited:
Headquarters
– Pune, Maharashtra
CEO & MD-Warren Harris

AC GAZE

FIFA launches #WeWillWin campaign for health workers

Fédération Internationale de Football Association(FIFA), Switzerland based international governing body, has launched a campaign called “#WeWillWin”, a special video to pay tribute to health workers and other professionals who ensure the society continues to function among COVID-19 pandemic. Former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia who is also featured among 50 past and present football stars.

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S.no          Current Affairs 1 May 2020
1 Cauvery Water Management Authority brought under the Jal Shakti Ministry: Central government
2 National Infrastructure Pipeline submitted Final Report to FinMin; Rs 111 lakh cr projected from FY20 to FY25
3 Chhattisgarh tops among other states in providing employment under MGNREGS
4 India installs 7.3 GW of solar power in CY 2019 & secures world’s 3rd largest solar market: Mercom
5 USAID announces 3 million USD to support India’s efforts to combat COVID-19
6 India ranks 53rd in budget transparency; New Zealand tops: IBP’s Open Budget Survey 2019
7 India’s rank downgraded to “Country of Particular Concern (CPC)” in USA’s International Religious Freedom annual report 2020
8 Disasters, conflicts trigger 5 million displacements in India in 2019: IDMC
9 ‘Vikas Abhaya’ loan scheme launched: KVGB
10 Manipuri doctor Thangjam Dhabali Singh conferred ‘Order of Rising Sun’ by Japan
11 T S Tirumurti appointed as Ambassador/Permanent Representative of India to Indian United Nations
12 Manulife acquired 49% stake in Mahindra AMC for Rs 265 crore
13 Reliance increases its stake to 26.3% in US-based tech company SkyTran
14  Janaushadhi Sugam app to access generic medicine benefits 325000 users
15 COVID-19: Glenmark Pharma becomes the first company to get Nod from DCGI for clinical trials of Favipiravir tablets
16 IMD releases list of 169 names for upcoming tropical cyclones
17 COVID-19: HCARD, a robot, to assist frontline healthcare warriors
18 Famous Hindi actor Rishi Kapoor passes away at 67
19 Freedom fighter Padma Shri Gandhian Hema Bharali passed away at 101
20 A book titled “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir” authored by John Bolton
21 International Jazz Day 2020, April 30
22 J&K administration inks MoU with Tata Technologies to built 2 CIIT centers
23 FIFA launches #WeWillWin campaign for health workers

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