Daily Current Affairs 2 May 2020 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.
Rlys announces 6 ‘Shramik Special’ trains to ferry stranded migrant workers, students
The railways said it will run “Shramik Special” trains from “Labour Day” on May 1 to move migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons stranded at different places due to the nationwide lockdown that came into force from March 25.
- The railways has already run the first such train with 1,200 passengers from Hyderabad to Jharkhand.
- The railways announced six “Shramik Special” trains — Lingampally to Hatia, Nasik to Lucknow, Aluva to Bhubaneswar, Nasik to Bhopal, Jaipur to Patna and Kota to Hatia.
India lose top spot in ICC Test rankings to Australia
India lost the top spot in the ICC Test rankings to Australia dropping to third after their stupendous 2016-17 record was eliminated from the annual update as per rules.
- India yielded the top spot in Test rankings for the first time since October 2016 but continue to lead the ICC World Test Championship, a league comprising six series played by each of the top nine sides
- India dropped in the ladder largely because the record of 12 Tests victories and just one Test defeat in 2016-17 was removed in the latest chart.
Ramesh Babu V takes over as director operations at NTPC
State-owned power giant NTPC announced that Ramesh Babu V has assumed charge as director operations at NTPC, effective May 1.
- Before his appointment as director (operations), he was the executive director to the CMD while also working on system improvement activities and strategies related to the operational excellence of NTPC power plants.
Manipur black rice, Gorakhpur terracotta & Kovilpatti kadalai mittai gets GI tag
Chak-Hao, the scented glutinous rice popularly known as Black Rice cultivated in Manipur, has got GI (Geographical Indications).
- Besides this, the terracotta work of Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh has also received the GI Tag.
- Also, Kovilpatti kadalai mittai, a peanut candy, from Tamil Nadu has also bagged GI tag.
Sania Mirza Becomes First Indian To Be Nominated For Fed Cup Heart Award
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza became the first Indian to be nominated for the Fed Cup Heart Award from the Asia/Oceania zone along with Indonesia’s Priska Medelyn Nugrorho.
- Sania had recently made a comeback to Fed Cup after four years.
- In Fed Cup Heart Award’s 11th edition this year, Anett Kontaveit (Estonia) and Eleonora Molinaro (Luxembourg) have been nominated from Europe/Africa zone while Fernanda Contreras Gomez of Mexico and Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg have been nominated from the Americas.
Indian-origin girl gets honour of naming Nasa’s first Mars helicopter
Nasa’s first Mars helicopter has a name now and the credit goes to 17-year-old Indian-origin girl Vaneeza Rupani.
- Rupani, a high school junior from Northport, Alabama, earned the honour of naming the helicopter after she submitted her essay into NASA’s “Name the Rover” contest.
- Destined to become the first aircraft to attempt powered flight on another planet, NASA’s Mars Helicopter officially named: Ingenuity, as suggested by Rupani.
Veteran anti-apartheid activist Denis Goldberg passes away
Denis Goldberg, the South African anti-apartheid campaigner who worked closely with Nelson Mandela, has died aged 87.
- Goldberg was jailed in 1964 on treason charges and spent 22 years in a Pretoria prison.
- He was a lifelong supporter of the African National Congress and became a member of the armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe, when it was formed in 1961.
Veteran scribe Ronald Vivian Smith dies at 82
Eminent author and columnist Ronald Vivian Smith, who is best known for his writings on Delhi, breathed his last at a hospital. He was 81
- Mr Smith, who retired as News Editor of The Statesman in 1996 after a long career that began with Press Trust of India (PTI), had been unwell for some time. Author of several books and two widely read newspaper columns, ‘Quaint Places’ and ‘Down Memory Lane’, he was a marvellous raconteur of all things to do with the history of Delhi and Agra, his native town where he spent his early year