Current Affairs Today – 2nd May 2020

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MAY 2 – International Astronomy Day is celebrated twice a year. one in autumn & another in spring. The Astronomy Day 2020 was celebrated on May 2. The next Astronomy Day will be celebrated on Sep 26.

On this day, astronomical institutions, museums, societies, and planetariums organize seminars, workshops & other fun-filled activities to spread awareness about the world of astronomy.

Today Current Affairs Headlines

INDIA

LOCKDOWN EXTENSION: COVID-19

  • Home Ministry announces extension of lockdown for a further period of 2 weeks with effect from 4th May.
  • The Guidelines have issued that to regulate different activities in this period, based on the risk profiling of the districts of the country into Red (hotspot), Green, and Orange Zones.
  • The guidelines permit considerable relaxations in the districts falling in the Green and Orange Zones.
  • Foundation day of Gujarat and Maharashtra was celebrated on May 1, 2020. The two states were formed after the enactment of the Bombay Reorganisation Act, 1960.
National Food Security Act
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  • Five more States/UTs (Bihar, UP, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and Daman & Diu) join the ‘One Nation-One Ration Card’ system.
  • Now 17 States/UTs are under this system.
  • This system enables beneficiaries to obtain foodgrains under NFSA (National Food Security Act) from any Fair Price Shop in the country using the same ration card.
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide 3 million USD for India’s PAHAL project
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On May 1, 2020, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that it is to provide 3 million USD for India’s PAHAL project. PAHAL is Partnerships for Affordable Healthcare Access and Longevity.
PAHAL – PAHAL scheme is a joint initiative of USAID and IPE. The main objective of the scheme is to provide quality and affordable health care solutions to the urban poor. The main aim of the project is to reach 10 million poor in India by 2020. This will help reduce out of pocket expenditure of the underserved urban communities by 30 Percent.
Delhi Police Organized the AYURAKSHA Programme
The All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) organized AYURAKSHA Programme under the Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy).
The program was mainly to maintain the health of front-line workers of COVID-19. It was a joint venture of AIIA and Delhi Police and was titled AYURAKSHACorona Se Jung-Delhi Police Ke Sang”. The main objective of the program is to fight against simple & time tested Ayurveda immunity-boosting measures.
Actor Rishi Kapoor has died of Leukemia

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On April 30, the 67 old Bollywood actor died of Leukemia. He has won several awards including the National Film Award.
Manipur Black Rice, Gorakhpur Terracotta and Kovilpatti Kadalai Mittai has got GI Tag
On April 30, 2020, the Black rice of Manipur, also called the Chak-Hao, Gorakhpur Terracotta & Kadalai Mittai of Kovilpatti bagged Geographical Indication tag.
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Black rice – This rice variety has a deep black color and is higher by weight than that of other colored rice varieties like brown rice, etc. The rice has a higher weight and is black in color mainly due to the anthocyanin agent.
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Kovilpatti Kadalai – Mittai Kadalai Mittai is a peanut candy made in southern parts of Tamil Nadu. The candy is prepared from groundnut and jaggery. The water is exclusively used from the river Thamirabarani. According to the producers of the region, the water from this particular river enhances the taste of the candy.
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Gorakhpur Terracotta – The terracotta of Gorakhpur is centuries old. The potters of the town make animal figures like elephants, horses. This GI tag will help to boost the potters’ income.
SPORTS
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  • Cricket: Australia bans use of saliva, sweat to shine ball under COVID-19 guidelines

India lost top spot in the ICC Test rankings to Australia

India lost the top spot in the ICC Test rankings to Australia on 1 May. It lost the rank because of the 2016-17 record was eliminated from the annual update as per rules.

Highlights

  • India has dropped in the ladder largely because the record of 12 Tests victories & just one Test defeat in 2016-17 was removed in the latest chart. Australia, the top-ranking country, now has 116 points.
  • It is followed by New Zealand with 115 points and India with 114 points. India has yielded the top spot in Test rankings for the first time since Oct 2016. It continues to lead the ICC World Test Championship.

 

International Current Affairs

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NASA partners with private companies for Moon-to-Mars campaign
  • The US space agency NASA has partnered with SpaceX, Blue Origin and Dynetics to build lunar landing systems that can carry astronauts to the moon by 2024. The mission is accelerated under the space agency’s Moon-to-Mars campaign.
  • NASA is planning for a long-term presence on Moon so that it will eventually enable humans to reach Mars. For this campaign, NASA is leaning heavily on private companies built around shared visions for space exploration.

China’s coronavirus cases drop to one

As of Friday, the total confirmed cases on the mainland were 82,875. As many as 77,685 patients have been recovered, the NHC said. One new imported coronavirus case was reported on Friday with no new local infection, it said.
AGRICULTURE
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Vegetable supplies in Delhi’s Azadpur Mandi drop due to restricted interstate movement
NEW DELHI: Fruit and vegetable prices remain stable even though supplies in the Delhi’s Azadpur mandi have fallen because of restricted inter-state movement, particularly from Haryana.

200 more mandis added to eNAM
NEW DELHI: The government has connected 200 new mandis across seven states to its national digital agricultural trading platform — eNAM — taking the total tally of eNAM enabled mandis to 785.

By the end of the month, 1,000 mandis would be connected with the platform, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said while launching the services on Friday.