Current Affairs Today – 1 May 2020

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INDIA

Tamil Nadu Governor allocates One Crore to PM-CARES Fund

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On March 30, 2020:

The Governor of TN Banwarilal Purohit has allocated one crore rupees to Prime Minister Cares Fund & another one crore towards the Tamil Nadu CM Public Relief Fund (CMPRF). The funds were released from the Governor’s Discretionary Grant.

 

Delhi-Gurugram border sealed by Haryana Police: COVID-19

  • The Delhi-Gurugram border was sealed by Haryana Police on Friday due to COVID -19 as people and vehicles coming from the national capital were asked to go back.
  • While the Haryana government has said that people associated with essential services will be allowed to enter Gurugram, several of them claimed that despite having the passes, the police did not allow them to cross the border.
Known for Banarasi sarees, UP town gets a new way of life as coronavirus hotspot
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AZAMGARH: Famous for its Banarasi sarees – Mubarakpur in Uttar Pradesh has got a new identity as a coronavirus hotspot, making lives difficult for the town’s weavers and their families.

Looms here were shut since March 22 to check the spread of coronavirus, however, after COVID-19 cases were found in Chaksikathi locality an April 11, the entire town was sealed, a weaver said.

Covid-19 red, orange and green zones state-wise division of Centre issues

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New Delhi: The government has said that a red zone can move into a green zone if there are no confirmed cases or there is no reported case since last 21 days in a district, as it formulates a list of 733 zones which includes 130 red zones, 284 orange zones, and 319 green zones.

The states will not be allowed to relax the zonal classification of districts classified as red and orange zone. However, the states can designate additional red and orange zones. “This classification is multi-factorial and takes into consideration incidence of cases, doubling rate, the extent of testing and surveillance feedback to classify the districts,” health secretary Preeti Sudan has said in her letter to the state chief secretaries.

“The containment zone is the core area and buffer zone is the area beyond the containment zone. The containment zone will require stricter measures like the house to house surveillance,” said a senior health ministry official, as the government shares its post lockdown plan with the states.

 

Politics

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UK’s Labor Party pioneer repositions Kashmir remain to improve ties with Delhi

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NEW DELHI: UK’s Labour Party leader Keir Starmer has repositioned his party’s line on the issue of the Kashmir after his meeting with the executive team of Labour Friends of India (LFIN) on Thursday.

“We must not allow the issues of the sub-continent to divide communities here.  If there Any constitutional issues in India are a matter for the Indian Parliament, & Kashmir is a bilateral issue for India and Pakistan to resolve peacefully,” Starmer said trying to correct position taken by his predecessor.

Man recovers from COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, active cases drop to 17

PORT BLAIR: A person recovered from COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, officials said on Friday. The man, who is in his early 30s, had tested positive after coming in contact with a 39-year-old police radio operator from the Bambooflat area, they said.

The total number of active cases in the Union Territory dropped to 17 with the fresh recovery, said Avijit Roy, the nodal officer for COVID-19 here.

International Current Affairs

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Russian prime minister reveals testing positive COVID-19 Virus:

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On Thursday Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said that he tested positive for coronavirus and will self-isolate to protect other cabinet members.

AGRICULTURE
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Amid lockdown, wheat procurement exceeds 13 million tonnes

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Amid the lockdown, the wheat procurement was picking up gradually. The wheat procurement for the central pool has crossed those 13 million tonnes with Punjab leading the chart with 6.8 million tonnes followed by Haryana (3.0 million tonnes) and Madhya Pradesh (2.5 million tonnes). The govt has targets to procure 40 million tonnes by June.