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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Manipur black rice, Gorakhpur terracotta & Kovilpatti kadalai mittai gets GI tagGI tag to Manipur black rice, Gorakhpur terracotta

Chak-Hao, the black rice of Manipur which is glutinous rice cultivated in Manipur & is characterised by its special aroma; the terracotta work of Gorakhpur &Kovilpatti kadalai mittai(a peanut candy)has been granted with the Geographical Indication(GI) tag.
About GI Tag:
It is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. In India, GI registration is administered by the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 which came into force with effect from September 2003….Click here to Read More

MoC launched Project Monitoring Unit for early operationalization of coal minesMinistry of Coal launches Project Monitoring Unit

i.PMU will act as a consultant for sorting out the issues of allocatees of coal mines so that the coal production may begin at the earliest.
ii.KPMG(Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler) has been appointed as the consultant in the project monitoring unit (PMU) through a transparent bidding process….Click here to Read More
About Ministry of Coal:
Union Minister– Pralhad Joshi(Dharwad, North Karnataka)
Secretary– Anil Kumar Jain
About KPMG:
Headquarter– Amstelveen, Netherlands
KPMG India Chairman & CEO– Arun M. Kumar
KPMG Global Chairman and CEO– Bill Thomas

DST launched ‘Year of Awareness on Science & Health (YASH)’on health & risk communication focusing COVID-19Year of Awareness on Science & Health (YASH)’

i.It is launched by the National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC) under DST.
ii.Its aim is to convey authentic best practices to the general public to minimize the risk of transmission of virus at all levels, in the absence of vaccines and cure for COVID-19.
iii.This programme will provide clarity on the misperceptions, misbeliefs by introducing practices based on authentic knowledge duly verified by scientific processes….Click here to Read More
About DST:
Parent Ministry– Ministry of Science and Technology
Secretary– Professor Ashutosh Sharma
About NCSTC:
Established in 1982 under DST, NCSTC is a scientific programme of the Government of India for the popularisation of science, dissemination of scientific knowledge and inculcation of scientific temper.

NLC India Limited, a Navratna Public Enterprise under the Ministry of Coal commences coal productionNLC India Limited a Navratna Public Enterprise

On 30th April 2020, Neyveli Lignite Corporation(NLC) India Private Limited ‘Navratna’ a government of India Enterprise under the Ministry of Coal started the production of Coal for the first time. The coal allocated to the NLCIL in 2016 with a capacity of 20 million tonne per annum from the Talabira II and III mines of Odisha will suffice the requirements of existing and future coal fired power plants….Click here to Read More
About NLC India Limited:
Neyveli Lignite Corporation(NLC) India Limited , Navratna – a government of India Enterprise
Chairman cum Managing Director– Rakesh Kumar
Directors– Vinod Kumar Tiwari and A.Karthik
Formed as Corporate– 1956
Present Mining Capacity– 30.6 MTPA
Headquarters– Chennai, Tamil Nadu

NBWL permits coal mining in part of Assam’s Dehing Patkai elephant reserveNBWL nod for coal mining in Assam elephant reserve

National Board for Wild Life (NBWL) has permitted the use of 98.59 hectares of land at Saleki, a part of the Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve in Assam for opencast coal mining project done by North-Easter Coal Field (NECF), a unit of Coal India Limited.
i.The Elephant Reserve includes the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary consists of an 111.19 sq km area of ​​ rain forests & several reserve forests in Sivasagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts….Click here to Read More
About Assam:
Capital
– Dispur
Chief minister– Sarbananda Sonowal
Governor– Jagdish Mukhi

BANKING & FINANCE

RBI extends regulatory benefits under SLF-MF scheme dated 27.4.2020 to all banksRBI SLF-MF scheme

i.This decision has been taken on the lines of request made by banks to RBI.As we have notified earlier, on April 27, 2020, RBI has initiated a special liquidity facility of Rs 50,000 crore for MFs.
ii.The bank claiming these extended regulatory benefits will not be required to avail back-to-back funding from the central bank under the SLF-MF scheme.
iii.The bank claiming these extended regulatory benefits will be required to submit a weekly statement containing consolidated information on entity-wise and instrument-wise loans and advances….Click here to Read More
About Reserve Bank of India (RBI):
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Formation– 1 April 1935
Governor– Shaktikanta Das
Deputy Governors– 4 (Bibhu Prasad Kanungo, Mahesh Kumar Jain, Michael Debabrata Patra, one is yet to be appointed).

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

Sania Mirza, first Indian to be nominated for Fed Cup Heart AwardSania Mirza Nominated For Fed Cup Heart Award

On 30th April 2020, Sania Mirza became the first Indian to be nominated for the Fed Cup Heart Award from the Asia/Oceania Zone along with Priska Madelyn Nugroho of Indonesia, Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit and Luxembourg’s Eleonora Molinaro from Europe/Africa, Fernanda Contreras Gomes of Mexico and Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg from Americas. The voting for the award opens from 1st May until 8th May….Click here to Read More
About ITF:
President– David Haggerty
COO– Kelly Fairweather
Headquarters– London, United Kingdom

ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS

CCI approves BP Global’s proposed 49% acquisition of Reliance BP Mobility LimitedBP Global proposed 49% acquisition

The Competition Commission of India(CCI) approved the acquisition of 49% of the fully diluted paid-up equity share capital and voting rights in and of Reliance BP Mobility Limited(RBPML) by BP Global Investments Limited(BP Global) under Section 31(1) of the Competition Act, 2002….Click here to Read More
About CCI:
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
Chairman– Ashok Kumar Gupta

CCI approves proposed acquisition of 100% shares and control of Tech Data Corporation by Tiger Midco LLCCCI approves proposed acquisition of 100% shares and control

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approved the proposed acquisition of 100% shares and control of Tech Data Corporation by Tiger Midco LLC. In this regard, Tech Data Corporation (Tech Data) will be acquired by Tiger Midco LLC (Tiger Midco) by way of merger of Tech Data with a wholly owned subsidiary of Tiger Midco, viz., Merger Sub.

  • Tech Data will continue as the surviving corporation after the merger as a direct wholly owned subsidiary of Tiger Midco….Click here to Read More

CCI approves the acquisition of less than 5% shareholding in Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd by Canary Investments and Link Investment Trust IICanary Investments Limited and Link Investment Trust II

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approves the acquisition of less than 5% shareholding in Intas Pharmaceuticals Limited by Canary Investments Limited and Link Investment Trust II, under Section 31(1) of the Competition Act, 2002.

  • In this regard, less than 5% shareholding ofIntas Pharmaceuticals Limited (Intas) will be acquired by Canary Investments Limited (Canary) and Link Investment Trust II (Link II)….Click here to Read More

      SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Union minister Nitin Gadkari launches ‘MSME Bank of Ideas, Innovation and Research’ portalNitin Gadkari launches MSME Bank of Schemes

Union Minister of Road transport & Highways & MSME, Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari has launched ‘MSME Bank of Ideas, Innovation and Research’ portal (http://ideas.msme.gov.in/)  along with ‘Ayush Entrepreneurship Development Program’ through Video Conference.
i.Through the portal, the registered users can upload their ideas and innovations regarding the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector within 5-6 Minutes to raise money (crowd funding) from venture capitalists….Click here to Read More
About Ministry of MSME (Ministry of Micro Small & Medium Enterprises):
Headquarters
– New Delhi
Minister of State (MoS)– Pratap Chandra Sarangi

Shipping Ministry has launched its reconstructed websiteMinistry of Shipping launches new website

i.The Ministry of Shipping has launched its reconstructed website, which is based on open source technology and is deployed on the National Informatics Centre(NIC) cloud Meghraj.
ii.It is designed in accordance with the Guidelines for Indian Government Websites issued by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances….Click here to Read More
About Shipping ministry:
Minister of State– Mansukh Mandaviya (Independent Charge)
About  MeitY:
Union Minister– Ravi Shankar Prasad(Constituency- Patna Sahib)
Minister of State– Sanjay Dhotre(Constituency- Akola)

Pune-based defence institute develops microwave steriliser Atulya to kill COVID- 19DIAT develops microwave steriliser Atulya

On May 1, 2020, The Defence Ministry announced that the Pune-based Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT) has developed a microwave steriliser ‘Atulya’ that can disintegrate the novel Coronavirus within 30 seconds by differential heating in the range of 56 degrees to 60 degrees celsius temperatures….Click here to Read More
About DRDO:
Headquarters– DRDO Bhavan, New Delhi.
Motto– Strength’s Origin is in Science.
Minister of Defense– Shri Rajnath Singh.(Ghaziabad, UP)
Chairman– Dr G. Satheesh Reddy.

35 thousand-year history of river erosion in Ladakh Himalayas revealed: WIHG35 thousand-year history of river erosion

On April 30, 2020 Scientists and students from Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology(WIHG), an autonomous institute under the Department of Science &Technology, in the study, published in the Global and Planetary Changes journal has revealed a 35 thousand-year history of river erosion and identified hotspots of erosion and wide valleys that act a buffer zones in Ladakh Himalayas….Click here to Read More

CSIR-CSIO transfers its Electrostatic Disinfection Technology for commercializationElectrostatic Disinfection Technology

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research(CSIR) – CSIR’s Scientific Instruments Organisation(CSIO) transferred the Electrostatic Disinfection Technology, innovative and effective disinfection and sanitization technology developed by CSIR-CSIO to fight coronavirus pandemic to Rite Water Solutions Private Limited for commercialization and large scale production….Click here to Read More
About CSIR-CSIO:
Vice President– Dr.HarshVardhan
Director General– Dr.Shekhar C. Mande
Location– Chandigarh

Indian-origin girl Vaneeza names NASA’s 1st Mars helicopter as ‘Ingenuity’NASA's first Mars helicopter gets a name Ingenuity

A 17-year old Indian-origin girl Vaneeza Rupani has named the 1st helicopter to be built for Mars as ‘Ingenuity’ after she submitted her essay in NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) ‘Name the Rover’ competition.
i.NASA’s mars rover ‘Perseverance’ & ‘Ingenuity’ are scheduled to launch in July 2020 and will land in February 2021 in the Jezero Crater of Mars….Click here to Read More
About NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration):
Headquarters– Washington, D.C., United States
Administrator– Jim Bridenstine

SPORTS

Australia deposes India for the first time since 2016 in Test ranking for men: ICC India slips to 3rd PositionICC test ranking Australia tops

India has lost its top spot & has slipped to the 3rd position(114) for the first time since 2016 in the International Cricket Council (ICC) test rankings, Australia(116) topped the rank, followed by New Zealand(115)….Click here to Read More
About ICC:
Headquarters– Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
CEO (Chief Executive Officer)– Manu Sawhney
Chairman– Shashank Manohar.

OBITUARY

India’s football legend & Padma Shri awardee Chuni Goswami passed away at 82India's football legend Chuni Goswami

Former India football captain Subimal Goswami, commonly known by his nickname Chuni Goswami, passed away at the age of 82 in Kolkata, West Bengal. He was born on January 15, 1938, in Kishoreganj, now Bangladesh. He was the captain of the 1962 Asian Games gold-medal winning team and had also represented Bengal in first-class cricket tournaments….Click here to Read More
About West Bengal:
Capital– Kolkata.
Chief Minister– Mamata Banerjee.
Governor– Jagdeep Dhankhar.

Writer and columnist RV Smith, known for his books on Delhi, passed away at 81Writer and columnist RV Smith

On April 30, 2020, Eminent author and columnist Ronald Vivian Smith passed away at the age of 81 in Delhi, due to age-related ailments. He was born in 1938 in Agra, Uttar Pradesh (UP). RV Smith was the former News Editor for The Statesman and also worked with the Press Trust of India (PTI) and was best-known for his writings in Delhi….Click here to Read More
About Delhi:
Chief Minister (CM)– Arvind Kejriwal.
Governor– Anil Baijal.

South African anti-apartheid activist Denis Goldberg passed away at 87South African anti-apartheid activist Denis Goldberg dies

On April 30, 2020, South-African anti-apartheid activist Denis Theodore Goldberg passed away at the age of 87 due to lung cancer and diabetes in Cape Town, South Africa. He was born on April 11, 1933, in Cape Town, South Africa (SA). Golberg spent 22 years in prison for his involvement with the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) fight against apartheid, the racist system of oppression imposed by the white minority government….Click here to Read More
About South Africa:
Capital– Pretoria (executive), Bloemfontein (Judicial), Cape Town (legislative).
President– Cyril Ramaphosa.
Currency– South African rand.

BOOKS & AUTHORS

A new book “Shivaji in South Block: The Unwritten History of a Proud People”by Girish KuberA new book Shivaji in South Block

On 1st May 2020, A New book named” Shivaji in South Block: The Unwritten History of a Proud People” written by journalist Girish Kuber talks about Maharashtra’s evolution from the past to the modern times and its contribution to the tapestry of the country’s culture, politics, history and society. The book is scheduled to be released in October….Click here to Read More
About HarperCollins:
HarperCollins Publishers is the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world operating in 17 countries.
Established in India– 1992
CEO– Ananth Padmanabhan
CFO & COO– Amit Abrol
Headquarters– New Delhi

IMPORTANT DAYS

International Labour Day 2020, May 1International Labour Day 2020

May 1st of every year is acknowledged as International Labours day, an official public holiday in many countries all over the world as a tribute to the workers across the globe. It is also known as Workers day or May day. In India for the first time on May 1, 1923, the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan celebrated the May day in Madras(now Chennai)….Click here to Read More
About LKPH:
All the provincial organisations including the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan renamed as Workers and Peasants Party(WPP) by 1928 into an All India Party.
Founded– May 1, 1923
Leader– SingaraveluChettiar
Headquarters– Chennai

STATE NEWS

Delhi Police & AIIA jointly launches ‘Ayuraksha’ programme to fight COVID-19AYURAKSHA-Corona Se Jung- Delhi Police Ke Sang

In view of increasing coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, the Delhi Police in association with All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) has jointly run the program called ‘Ayuraksha – Corona se Jung, Delhi Police ke sang’, under which Ayurveda immunity-boosting kit will be distributed to the Delhi Police in 4 different phases by Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy)….Click here to Read More
About All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA):
Location
– New Delhi

Minister of State (MOS) independent charge– Shripad Yesso Naik

Tripura government launches agro entrepreneur facilitation desk to boost economyagro entrepreneur facilitation desk

On May 1, 2020, The Tripura government launched an “Agro-Entrepreneur Facilitation Desk” to help the entrepreneurs of the state to get subsidies and incentives from Central government funding agencies. The state cabinet has approved the setting up of the desk, which will operate from the Directorate of Horticulture and Soil Conservation in the state capital, Agartala….Click here to Read More
About Tripura:
Capital– Agartala.
Governor– Ramesh Bais.

AC GAZE

KARMI-Boot robot deployed by Kerala government hospital

In order to assist COVID-19 patients, robot named “KARMI-Boot” was deployed by Kerala government hospital at the medical college’s COVID-19 isolation ward in Ernakulamhere, Kerala, which was developed by ASIMOV robotics under maker village of Kerala start-up mission.

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S.no           Current Affairs 2 May 2020
1 Manipur black rice, Gorakhpur terracotta & Kovilpatti kadalai mittai gets GI tag
2 MoC launched Project Monitoring Unit for early operationalization of coal mines
3 DST launched ‘Year of Awareness on Science & Health (YASH)’on health & risk communication focusing COVID-19
4 NLC India Limited, a Navaratna Public Enterprise under the Ministry of Coal commences coal production
5 NBWL permits coal mining in part of Assam’s Dehing Patkai elephant reserve
6 RBI extends regulatory benefits under SLF-MF scheme dated 27.4.2020 to all banks
7 Sania Mirza, first Indian to be nominated for Fed Cup Heart Award
8 CCI approves BP Global’s proposed 49% acquisition of Reliance BP Mobility Limited
9 CCI approves proposed acquisition of 100% shares and control of Tech Data Corporation by Tiger Midco LLC
10 CCI approves the acquisition of less than 5% shareholding in Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd by Canary Investments and Link Investment Trust II
11 Union minister Nitin Gadkari launches ‘MSME Bank of Ideas, Innovation and Research’ portal
12 Shipping Ministry has launched its reconstructed website
13 Pune-based defence institute develops microwave steriliser Atulya to kill COVID- 19
14 35 thousand-year history of river erosion in Ladakh Himalayas revealed: WIHG
15 CSIR-CSIO transfers its Electrostatic Disinfection Technology for commercialization
16 Indian-origin girl Vaneeza names NASA’s 1st Mars helicopter as ‘Ingenuity’
17 Australia deposes India for the first time since 2016 in Test ranking for men: ICC India slips to 3rd Position
18 India’s football legend & Padma Shri awardee Chuni Goswami passed away at 82
19 Writer and columnist RV Smith, known for his books on Delhi, passed away at 81
20 South African anti-apartheid activist Denis Goldberg passed away at 87
21 A new book “Shivaji in South Block: The Unwritten History of a Proud People”by Girish Kuber
22 International Labour Day 2020, May 1
23 Delhi Police & AIIA jointly launches ‘Ayuraksha’ programme to fight COVID-19
24 Tripura government launches agro entrepreneur facilitation desk to boost economy
25 KARMI-Boot robot deployed by Kerala government hospital

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