Current Affairs Today – 30th April 2020

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INDIA

  • Chhattisgarh’s top list of states in providing employment to over 18 lakh unskilled laborers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).
  • IFS Officer T. S. Tirumurti appointed as India’s next Permanent Representative to the United Nation.
  • J&K: Tata Technologies to set up two Centres for Invention, Innovation, Incubation and Training (CIIITs) at Baramulla and Jammu.

CWMA:

  • Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) brought under Jal Shakti Ministry. It was earlier under the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development, and Ganga Rejuvenation. CWMA was set up in 2018 by the Centre to address the dispute over sharing of river water among Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, and Puducherry.

UGC:

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UGC releases guidelines for examinations and academic calendar for universities in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak New academic session for freshers may begin in universities from September and for already enrolled students in August Exams for final semester students be conducted in July.

 

Politics

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Indian missions in UAE open online registration for its citizens who wish to fly home-COVID-19

Dubai – The Indian missions in the UAE have opened online registration for the expatriates who wish to fly back home after getting stuck in the country amidst the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday night, the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi has announced that the details of data collection through the website of the Indian Consulate in Dubai, the Gulf News reported.

“Embassy of India has informed that Abu Dhabi & the Consulate General of India, Dubai, have started a database to register Indians wishing to travel back to India under COVID-19 Pandemic situation. Details can be entered through the website of the Embassy www.indianembassyuae.gov.in or Consulate www.cgidubai.gov.in by following the link ‘Register in Database of Indians to Travel Back to India under COVID-19 situation’,” India in Dubai tweeted on Thursday.

“Also they are entered by following the link www.cgidubai.gov.in/covid_register,” it tweeted.

 

US Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced USD 3 million to support India’s COVID-19 efforts

New Delhi – The US government, through its aid agency USAID, has announced an additional grant of $3 million to help India combat the coronavirus pandemic. On April 6, the USAID had announced a grant of $2.9 million to India to mitigate the spread of the deadly virus.

US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster said the additional funding will further support India’s response to COVID-19.

 

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) widens probe in fraud-hit YES Bank, may examine former LIC chairman GP Kohli

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Wednesday widened its probe into the fraud at bailed-out lender Yes Bank NSE 0.89 %, seeking to investigate former Life Insurance Corp chairman GP Kohli, who was also an independent director at the defaulting shadow bank DHFL.

 

International Current Affairs

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US President Donald Trump says China wants him to lose his bid for re-election

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WASHINGTON: United States President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he believes China’s handling of the coronavirus is proof that Beijing “will do anything they can” to make him lose his re-election bid in November.

Interview with Reuters in the Oval Office, Donald Trump talked tough on China & said he was looking at different options in terms of consequences for Beijing over the virus. “I can do a lot,” he said.

China’s battle against coronavirus major strategic achievement
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Beijing: Xi Jinping, China President has termed China’s battle against COVID-19 as a major strategic achievement, as the ruling Communist Party is all set to hold the postponed Parliament session on May 22nd amid a steady decline in the coronavirus cases.

China’s National Health Commission (NHC) on Thursday said the country reported that only the four new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the total number to 82,862, while no death due to the disease was registered.

German company begins testing a possible vaccine

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Berlin – German pharmaceutical company BioNTech has said it has begun testing a potential vaccine for the new coronavirus on volunteers. BioNTech, which is working with U.S.-based Pfizer NSE -0.55 %, said Wednesday that 12 participants of a clinical trial in Germany have received doses of the vaccine candidate BNT162 since April 23.

Numerous pharmaceutical companies are racing to deliver a vaccine for the virus that has caused a pandemic and led to more than 215,000 deaths worldwide and sickened at least three million people.

BioNTech has said in a statement that in the next step, it will begin increasing the dose of BNT162 in a trial involving about 200 participants aged 18 to 55.

AGRICULTURE
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  • Farmers in states like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttrakhand, and Himachal Pradesh are selling their produce directly through farmer producer organizations and cooperatives to bulk buyers and big retailers.
  • PM-KISAN ensures 100% funding from the Govt of India. Under the Scheme, income support of Rs.6000 per year is provided to all farmer families across the country in three equal installments of Rs 2000 each every four months.

Cumin, Coriander is likely to be hit as Virus cases rise

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Gujarat & Rajasthan are the main producers of these spices, which are heavily sought after by curry masala companies. Cumin/jeera is the second-largest exported spice from the country. The harvest of both commodities got over in March & farmers are left with heavy stock. As the mandis in Gujarat are not operational, some traders who are into exports are traveling to interior areas and buying directly from growers.