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Current Affairs 30 April 2020

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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Prakash Javadekar participates in 1st virtual 11th session of Petersberg Climate Dialogue 2020First virtual XI Petersberg Climate Dialogue

i.Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar participates in 1st virtual which is 11th session of Petersberg Climate Dialogue 2020 along with 30 other countries representatives & ministers
ii.To discuss the ways and means to tackle the challenge to restore the economies and societies after COVID-19….Click here to Read More
About Germany:
Capital– Berlin
Currency– Euro
About UK:
Capital– London
Currency– Pound

EAM Jaishankar participated in BRICS FMs’ virtual meet on coronavirus; $15bn loan support by BRICSJaishankar attends BRICS FMs' meet

i.Objective: Development of strategic partnership within the BRICS to speed up the joint vaccine production and to combat the virus and overcome the financial, economic, and social consequences of the pandemic.
ii.BRICS countries have agreed to set up a $15 billion loan instrument to finance projects for the economic rebuilding of member-states impacted by COVID-19 crisis. The fund will be allocated through the New Development Bank (NDB)….Click here to Read More
About BRICS:
Establishment– 2009
Members– 5
Theme for 2020– “BRICS Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth”.
About NDB
Establishment– 2014
President– KundapurVaman Kamath
So far NDB has approved 14 projects in India for an amount of $4,183 million.

Karnataka tops in total installed renewable capacity:  CRISIL Research reportClean energy Gujarat, Rajasthan shine in FY20

i.According to a CRISIL Research report, Karnataka retained its 1st position in terms of total installed renewable capacity in FY20 followed by Tamil Nadu(2nd) & Gujarat(3rd).
ii.The top 3 states in overall solar energy capacity addition are- Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka & in wind energy- Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra….Click here to Read More
About CRISIL:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Ashu Suyash
Chairman– John Berisford

COVID-19: India facilitates $ 150 million foreign currency swap facility to MaldivesIndia extended a USD 150 million

India has extended $ 150 million foreign currency swap support to Maldives to help reduce the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID 19).
i.This facility has been extended under the $ 400 million currency swap agreement signed between the two countries in July 2019….Click here to Read More
About Maldives:
Capital
– Male
Currency– Maldivian rufiyaa
President– Ibrahim Mohamed Solih

Government establishes IFSCA to regulate all financial services in IFSCsInternational Financial Services Centres

i.The Central government notified that it has established International Financial Services Centres Authority(IFSCA), a unified body to regulate all financial services in International Financial Services Centres(IFSCs) in the country its headquarters will be at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
About IFSC:
It is established through International Financial Services Centres Authority Bill, 2019. It is a jurisdiction that provides financial services to resident and non-resident Indians in foreign currencies.
About  GIFT City:
The aim is to develop a world-class smart city that becomes a global financial hub with the development of an International Financial Services Centre….Click here to Read More
Chairman– Sudhir Mankad

BANKING & FINANCE

ADB approves $ 346 mn loan for Maharashtra to electrify rural agriculture customersADB gives $ 346 mn loan

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a loan worth of $346 million (around Rs 2,616 crore) for Maharashtra to provide better power connection in rural areas, where the labour force is mostly engaged in agriculture activities.
i.The loan will support the state’s high voltage distribution system (HVDS) program, in which some 46,800km of high-voltage 11 kV energy distribution systems will be installed….Click here to Read More
About Asian Development Bank (ADB):
Headquarters
– Mandaluyong, Philippines
Membership– 68 countries
President– Masatsugu Asakawa

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Moody declined India’s growth estimate to 0.2% for CY 2020 from 2.5%Moody's slashes India's growth new

i.The decline is due to the nationwide lockdown started from March 24, 2020.
ii.Moody also forecasted India’s growth for 2021 at 6.2%.
iii.The projection of GDP of G-20 advanced economies as a bloc is also declined by 5.8% in 2020….Click here to Read More
About Moody’s Corporation:
Headquarters– New York, United States (US)
President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Raymond Whitehead McDaniel, Jr.

CRISIL pegs India’s FY21 economic growth rate at 1.8% from 3.5%

On 27th April 2020, CRISIL(Credit Rating Information Services of India Limited), an S&P (Standard & Poor’s) Global company, a domestic rating agency had lowered its projections for the Financial progress price of India to 1.8% from 3.5%, its earlier prediction for the year 2020-21
The parent company of CRISIL, Standard & Poor’s, predicts the world economy to contract 2.4% against its earlier estimated 0.4% growth.
India and China are the only exceptions to the declining economic activities in 2020 among the other major economies.
The agency projects the lockdown due to COVID-19 Pandemic to cause a total loss of Rs 10 trillion that is Rs 7000 per person.
About CRISIL:
Chairman– John L.Berisford
CEO– AshuSuyash
President & Business Head– Gurpreet Chhatwal
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

Former Finance secretary Rajiv Kumar is appointed as PESB ChiefRajiv Kumar appointed PESB chief

On 29th April 2020, The former finance secretary Rajiv Kumar was appointed as the Chairperson of the Public Enterprises Selection Board(PESB) by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) headed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a period of three years in place of KapilDev Tripathi who took over as the Secretary to the President Ram NathKovind.
Rajiv Kumar, IAS officer of 1984-batch of Jharkhand cadre, in September 2017 he took over as the Financial services secretary and initiated many reforms in the banking sectors and retired from the post in February 2020.
About PESB:
The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) is initiated to develop a sound managerial policy for the Central Public Sector Enterprises and to advise the Government on appointments of top managerial posts.
Chairman– Rajiv Kumar
Director– Kailash Dan Ratnoo
Secretary– KimbuongKipgen

Former Andhra Bank chief Suresh N Patel takes charge as vigilance commissionerSuresh N Patel to take over as vigilance commissioner

i.Former Andhra Bank chief Suresh N Patel(62) takes charge as vigilance commissioner in the anti-corruption watchdog Central Vigilance Commission(CVC)
ii.His oath of office is administered by newly-appointed Central Vigilance Commissioner Sanjay Kothari….Click here to Read More
About CVC:
The Central Vigilance Commission was set up by the Government in February,1964 on the recommendations of the Committee on Prevention  of Corruption, headed by Shri K. Santhanam, as an apex body to advise and guide Central Government agencies in the field of vigilance.
Headquarters– New Delhi, India

PNB housing appoints Neeraj Vyas as interim MD & CEO as incumbent Sanjaya Gupta steps downPNB Housing appoints Neeraj Vyas

On 28th April 2020, The Punjab National Bank (PNB) Housing Finance Limited appointed independent director NeerajVyas as the Interim Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO) for the period of eight months effective from 28th April, who is currently an independent director in the board of the company, following the early retirement of PNB housing Finance managing Director Sanjaya Gupta whose tenure as MD and CEO ends on May 4, 2020….Click here to Read More
About PNB housing Finance:
Interim MD & CEO– NeerajVyas
Founded– November 11,1988
Corporate Office– New Delhi

Former Karnataka batsman J Arunkumar named as USA national team coachJ Arunkumar USA national team coach

On April 28, 2020, Former Karnataka cricketer J. Arunkumar, 45 years old, was appointed as the head coach of the USA (United States of America)men’s national team. He was the successor of interim coach James Pamment.
Key Points:
i.About Arunkumar: He is also known as ‘Jak’ in the cricketing circles, has worked with the Karnataka team for several years and as batting coach for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League. This is the first international role for Jak.
ii.Arunkumar scored over 7,200 runs in first-class cricket and over 3,000 runs in List ‘A’ games, had guided Karnataka to a treble for two successive seasons — Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy and Irani Cup in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
iii.In 2019, Arun Kumar was appointed as the head coach of Puducherry, however, he quit the job in the middle of the season owing to differences with the officials of the Cricket Association of Puducherry.
About USA cricket:
Headquarters– Colorado, United States (US).
Chairman– ParaagMarathe.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Iain Higgins.

    SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Near-Earth asteroid 1998 OR2 to pass within 3.9m miles of Earth: NASA

Near-Earth asteroid 1998 OR2 new

i.Asteroid 1998 OR2 a large near-Earth asteroid, measuring about 1.5-mile-wide (2-kilometer-wide) will pass by earth within 3.9 million miles (6.3 million kilometers), which is about 16 times farther away than the moon.
ii.Asteroid 2020 HS7, estimated to be 13 to 24 feet (4 to 8 meters) in size, passed Earth on April 28….Click here to Read More
About NASA:
Headquarters– Washington, United States
Administrator– James Frederick “Jim” Bridenstine

Scientists at JNCASR develop Berberine based Alzheimer inhibitor ‘Ber-D’Natural product based Alzheimer inhibitor

According to the research work published in the scientific journal iSceince, a team of scientists led by Prof. T. Govindaraju at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre For Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) has developed an Alzheimer’s disease inhibitor called ‘Ber-D’, a modified the structure of Berberine, a natural and cheap product similar to curcumin, found in India & China….Click here to Read More
About JNCASR:
Location
– Bangalore, Karnataka

MyGov, VMate collaborates to disperse information on Covid-19MyGov, VMate collaborates to disperse information on Covid-19

On April 28, 2020, Short video application (app) VMate joined hands with the Government’s citizen engagement platform MyGov to support the Central Government efforts against the spread of Coronavirus pandemic. MyGovIndia has been launched on VMate to provide the official information related to the novel virus outbreak and the efforts being made to control its impact.
About MyGov platform:
The MyGov citizen engagement platform was launched by PM Narendra Modi in 2014. It aims at promoting citizen participation in governance and developmental activities undertaken by the government, thereby crowdsourcing governance ideas from citizens….Click here to Read More

IIT-Roorkee professor develops software to detect COVID-19 within 5 seconds using X-ray scanIIT professor develops software

Kamal Jain, professor at Civil Engineering Department, IIT(Indian Institute of Technology)- Roorkee, Uttarakhand, has developed a software which can detect COVID-19 within 5 seconds using x-ray scan of the suspected patient. The software will not only reduce testing costs but will also reduce the risk of exposure to healthcare professionals….Click here to Read More
About IIT-Roorkee:
Director– Ajit K Chaturvedi.
Motto– Nothing can be achieved without hard work.

SPORTS

India lost hosting rights of 2021 Men’s World Boxing Championships to Serbia: AIBAIndia loses hosting rights of 2021 Men’s World Boxing Championships

On April 28, 2020, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) terminated an agreement with India, signed in 2017, which resulted in losing of hosting rights of 2021 men’s world boxing championship by the latter to Serbia.

  • The reason behind termination is the inability of Boxing Federation of India (BFI) to pay the host fees of USD 4 million due on December 2, 2019.Now, India would have to pay a cancellation penalty of USD 500….Click here to Read More

India among 5 teams seals direct qualification for Women’s World Cup 2021

The International Cricket Council(ICC) has announced that India, New Zealand, Australia, England and South Africa have sealed a direct berth for the quadrennial 50-over Women World Cup 2021 to be held in New Zealand & scheduled from February 6 to March 7 in 2021.
Key Points
i.The announcement is made after ICC’s Technical Committee (TC) has decided that teams will share points in all three series in the ICC Women’s Championship that did not take place during the competition window.
ii.India has reached the 2017 Women’s World Cup final, have won 10 matches and lost 8 out of the 21 matches they have played in the current cycle of ICC Women’s Championship.
iii.All 8 teams in the 2017-2020 edition of the ICC Women’s Championship play each other in a three-match series.
iv.The host of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021, New Zealand, and the next four highest-placed teams- Australia (37 points), England (29), South Africa (25) and now India (23)  on the points table qualify directly for ODIs(One-Day International).
v.The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier is scheduled to be played from 3-19 July in Sri Lanka, it is subject to review due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
About ICC:
Headquarters– Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Manu Sawhney

OBITUARY

Padma Shri awardee and famous Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan passed away at 53 Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan dies at 53

On April 29, 2020, Famous Bollywood star SahabzadeIrrfan Ali Khan, whose international movie career included hits such as Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi and the Amazing Spider-man etc., passed away at the age of 53. He was born on January 7, 1967, in Jaipur, Rajasthan….Click here to Read More

BOOKS & AUTHORS

Sayajirao Gaekwad III: The Maharaja of Baroda, New book by Uma Balasubramaniam published by Rupa PublicationsAn epic biography titled Sayajirao Gaekwad III The Maharaja of Baroda

Uma Balasubramaniam’s “Sayajirao Gaekwad III: Maharaja of Baroda”, a historic epic published on December 5, 2019, by Rupa publication on how a Maratha farmer’s 13-year-old boy becomes the King of Baroda and also how the fate twists for the favourite son of the British empire gets himself to the brink of being deposed by the British.
Key Points:
i.The book focuses on his ascendancy to the throne, his association with the British government in India, his administrations like schools for girls and training institutes for female teachers and reforms like abolishment of child marriage and reintroduction of widow remarriage
ii.This book was written for the people to understand about one of India’s unsung heroes who worked to build a free and modern India.
About Uma Balasubramaniam:
i.She is a history graduate from the Faculty of Arts of the M.S. University of Baroda.
ii.She began her career in 2002 as a freelance writer for publications like The Hindu, The Indian Express and the Deccan Chronicle

IMPORTANT DAYS

International Dance Day 2020, April 29International Dance Day 2020

The International Dance Day is celebrated annually on 29th April by the International Dance Committee(IDC) of the International Theatre Institute(ITI) since 1982 to create awareness about the importance of the various dance forms and to encourage the dancers all around the world and to commemorate the birth anniversary of Jean-George Noverre(29th April 1727), the creator of modern ballet.The UNESCO allocated the ITI to organise the events….Click here to Read More
About ITI:
President– Mohamed Saif-AL-AFKHAM
Director General– Tobias BIANCONE
Headquarters– Shanghai, China
About IDC:
President– Alberto GARCIA CASTANO
General Secretary– Gloria GARCIA ARAMBARRY

STATE NEWS

Andhra govt launches fee reimbursement scheme for students namely Jagananna Vidya DeevenaAndhra govt launches fee reimbursement scheme

i.Jagananna Vidya Deevena launched with an outlay of Rs 4,000 crore to provide full fees reimbursement to about 14 lakh college students, including those in professional courses.
ii.AP govt also released pending due of Rs 1,880 crore during the previous Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government….Click here to Read More
About AP
Capital– Amaravati
State Flower-Jasmine
State Bird– Rama Chiluka  (psittacula krameri) or rose-ringed parakeet
State Animal– Blackbuck
State Tree– Neem

Madhya pradesh CM Shivraj singh unveils ‘Jeevan Amrit Yojana’ to help people fight against COVID-19MP CM launches Jeevan Amrit Yojana scheme

Madhya Pradesh (MP) Chief Minister (CM) Shivraj Singh Chouhan has launched ‘Jeevan Amrit Yojana’ scheme, under which an ayurvedic product called ‘Trikut Churna (means three peppers)’ will be provided to the people with the aim to boost their immune system to fight against the disease….Click here to Read More
About Madhya Pradesh:
Capital
– Bhopal
Governor– Lalji Tandon
Folk Dances– Jawara, Matki, Aada, Phulpati, Grida Dance, Selalarki, Selabhadoni, Maanch.

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1 Prakash Javadekar participates in 1st virtual 11th session of Petersberg Climate Dialogue 2020
2 EAM Jaishankar participated in BRICS FMs’ virtual meet on coronavirus; $15mn loan support set up by BRICS
3 Karnataka tops in total installed renewable capacity:  CRISIL Research report
4 COVID-19: India facilitates $ 150 million foreign currency swap facility to Maldives
5 Government establishes IFSCA to regulate all financial services in IFSCs
6 ADB approves $ 346 mn loan for Maharashtra to electrify rural agriculture customers
7 Moody declined India’s growth estimate to 0.2% for CY 2020 from 2.5%
8 CRISIL pegs India’s FY21 economic growth rate at 1.8% from 3.5%
9 Former Finance secretary Rajiv Kumar is appointed as PESB Chief
10 Former Andhra Bank chief Suresh N Patel takes charge as vigilance commissioner
11 PNB housing appoints NeerajVyas as interim MD & CEO as incumbent Sanjaya Gupta steps down
12 Former Karnataka batsman J Arunkumar named as USA national team coach
13 Near-Earth asteroid 1998 OR2 to pass within 3.9m miles of Earth: NASA
14 Scientists at JNCASR develop Berberine based Alzheimer inhibitor ‘Ber-D’
15 MyGov, VMate collaborates to disperse information on Covid-19
16 IIT-Roorkee professor develops software to detect COVID-19 within 5 seconds using X-ray scan
17 India lost hosting rights of 2021 Men’s World Boxing Championships to Serbia: AIBA
18 India among 5 teams seals direct qualification for Women’s World Cup 2021
19 Padma Shri awardee and famous Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan passed away at 53
20 Sayajirao Gaekwad III: The Maharaja of Baroda, New book by Uma Balasubramaniam published by Rupa Publications
21  International Dance Day 2020, April 29
22 Andhra govt launches fee reimbursement scheme for students namely Jagananna Vidya Deevena
23 Madhya pradesh CM Shivraj singh unveils ‘Jeevan Amrit Yojana’ to help people fight against COVID-19

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