Daily Current Affairs 1 May 2020 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.
Chhattisgarh tops among other states in providing employment under MGNREGS
According to data released by the Union Rural Development Ministry, Chhattisgarh has topped the list of states in providing employment to over 18 lakh unskilled labourers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).
- Rajasthan has provided employment to 10.79 lakh workers under the rural employment guarantee scheme and Uttar Pradesh is at third position with around 9.06 lakh workers engaged by it.
- West Bengal is at the fourth position with 7.29 lakh workers engaged under MGNREGS, Madhya Pradesh at fifth with 7.24 lakh workers, Bihar at sixth with 6.71 lakh workers, Odisha at seventh position with 4.93 lakh workers and Karnataka at the eight position with 3.65 lakh labourers employed under the scheme.
AIIA organises “AYURAKSHA” programme with Delhi Police
The All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), under Ministry of AYUSH and Delhi Police organised AYURAKSHA programme for Delhi Police personal at New Delhi.
- The joint programme titled AYURAKSHA “Corona Se Jung- Delhi Police Ke Sang” aims to fight against corona through simple and time tested Ayurveda immunity boosting measures
DST launches programme on health & risk communication with focus on COVID-19
National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC), Department of Science & Technology (DST) has launched a programme on health and risk communication ‘Year of Awareness on Science & Health (YASH)’ with focus on COVID-19.
- It is a comprehensive and effective science and health communication effort for promoting grass-root level appreciation and response on health and would help saving and shaping the lives of people at large, as well as build confidence, inculcate scientific temper and promote health consciousness among them.
USAID announces 3 million USD to support India’s efforts to combat COVID-19
The US will provide an additional $3 million to India, through its aid agency USAID, for mitigating the spread of Covid-19.
- In coordination with the Indian government, USAID is providing these funds to the Partnerships for Affordable Healthcare Access and Longevity (PAHAL) project.
- Till now, USAID has provided $5.9 million to assist India in responding to the pandemic. This assistance will help India slow the spread of Covid-19, provide care for the affected, disseminate essential public health messages to communities and strengthen case finding and surveillance
India 53rd in budget transparency, accountability in IBP survey
According to the Open Budget Survey, conducted by International Budget Partnership (IBP), India has been placed at 53rd position among 117 nations in terms of budget transparency and accountability.
- New Zealand tops the chart with a score 87.South Africa (87), Mexico (82) and Brazil (81) are among the top six countries providing extensive information to public for scrutiny.
- The survey, covering 117 countries, rates the level of budget transparency across countries on a scale of 0-100, based on several normative, internationally comparable indicators.
BANKING & FINANCE
KVG bank launches “Vikas Abhaya” loan scheme
Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank(KVGB) has launched ‘Vikas Abhaya’ a loan scheme to provide some relief to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise(MSME) borrowers.
- This scheme is for those borrowers whose business activities are disrupted on account of the COVID-19 pandemic in Dharwad, Karnataka.
- The loan will be for the existing MSME customers who have been regular as on February 29, a maximum loan of up to Rs 1 lakh will be provided and no collateral security is emphasized & is repayable within 36 months.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
India installs 7.3 GW of solar power in CY 2019 & secures world’s 3rd largest solar market: Mercom
India installed 7.3 GW of solar capacity in 2019 and secured its spot as the world’s third-largest solar market in the world. The country boasts of cumulative solar installations of about 35.7 GW at the end of December 2019.
- The report added that the country also had a robust pipeline of utility-scale under-development projects of 23.7 GW capacity by the end of CY19, with 31.5 GW capacity tenders pending under auctions.
- According to the study by Mercom Communications India, the top 10 large-scale project developers accounted for 68 per cent market share in 2019. While ReNew Power was the top utility-scale developer during CY19, Azure Power, on the other hand, owned the largest project pipeline.
FIFA launches #WeWillWin campaign to pay tribute to health workers
Fédération Internationale de Football Association(FIFA) has launched a campaign called “#WeWillWin”.
- Through this campaign FIFA tribute a special video to health workers and other professionals who ensure the society continues to function among COVID-19 pandemic.
Google Pay names Shikha Sharma, former CEO of Axis Bank, as advisor
Google Pay appointed Shikha Sharma, former CEO of Axis Bank, as an advisor to digital payments app . Sharma will help the Internet giant accelerate its payment journey.
- Google Pay has been leading UPI Payments adoption in India.
Manipuri doctor conferred ‘Order of Rising Sun’ by Japan
A doctor from Manipur has been conferred the ‘Order of Rising Sun’ by the Japan government for promoting a better understanding of Japan in India and deepening ties between the two countries.
- Thangjam Dhabali Singh, an allopathic doctor by profession and founder of the Manipur Tourism Forum (MTF), was conferred the ‘Order of Rising Sun – Gold and Silver Rays’ by the Japan government.
IIT-Madras professor T Pradeep got selected for Nikkei Asia prizes 2020
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Madras) Professor T Pradeep has been chosen for the Nikkei Asia Prizes 2020 in ‘Science and Technology’ category.
- He was accorded this honour in recognition of his pioneering work in nanotechnology-based water purification.
- He was recently awarded by the government of India with the highest civilian honour of the country i.e. Padma Shri Award.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Robot ‘HCARD’ to assist frontline COVID-19 healthcare warriors
CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) has developed HCARD (Hospital Care Assistive Robotic Device). The device can help frontline healthcare workers in maintaining physical distance from those infected by a coronavirus.
- The device is equipped with various technologies and works both in automatic as well as manual modes of navigation.
- The robotic device can be controlled and monitored by a nursing booth with a control station having such features as navigation, drawer activation for providing medicines and food to patients, sample collection, and audio-visual communication.
Freedom fighter, Gandhian Hema Bharali dies
Freedom fighter and Gandhian Hema Bharali, known for her efforts to uplift the condition of women and empower the marginalised sections of society, died due to old age related health issues. She was 101 and a spinster.
- Bharali had received the Padma Shri in 2005.
- In 2006, she was awarded the National Communal Harmony Award by the National Foundation for Communal Harmony under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
- She also received the Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Memorial Award for National Integration from the Assam government.
India’s football legend Chuni Goswami passes away
Former Indian footballer Chuni Goswami passed away in Kolkata due to cardiac arrest.He was 82.
- The captain of the 1962 Asian Games gold-medal winning team, Goswami had also represented Bengal in first-class cricket tournaments.
- Starting his international career in 1957, Goswami was the one of the biggest stars of the national team. However, he quit international football in 1964, at the age of 27.
- Not just football, Goswami was successful in cricket as well. In 1966, he and Subroto Guha plotted the historic innings defeat of Gary Sobers’ West Indies by the combined Central and East Zone team under Hanumant Singh in Indore. Goswami took eight wickets in that fixture
- He was appointed the Bengal Ranji Trophy captain in 1971-72 season and under his captaincy, the team reached the final, before losing against Bombay at the Brabourne Stadium.
BOOKS & AUTHORS
Book titled “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir” authored by John Bolton launched
A book titled “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir” authored by former national security adviser John Bolton released.
- The interest in the book and its anticipated criticism of President Trump’s actions on Ukraine, peaked during the Senate impeachment trial in 2019, had reached the top 20 on Amazon’s bestseller list.