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- Today is the 123rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar(124th in leap years). 242 days remain until the end of the year.
- Press Freedom Day or World Press Freedom Day – Every year Press freedom Day or World Press Freedom Day is observed on 3rd May to evaluate press freedom around the world and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.
- International Dawn Chorus Day to be celebrated on May 3; is celebrated on the first Sunday of May every year
Today Current Affairs Headlines
LOCKDOWN RULES/EXEMPTIONS FROM MAY 4
- The Ministry of Home Affairs clarified rules regarding the opening of shops/services during the lockdown.
- First “Shramik Special” train arrives in Patna from Jaipur carrying 1,187 stranded migrant laborers.
- Barbershops and salons located in green and orange zones will be allowed to open. These are not allowed to open in red zones.
- In green and orange zones, the sale of all items by e-commerce platforms permitted. In red zones, e-commerce companies are allowed to sell only essential commodities.
- Liquor shops could open in all zones except containment areas. Sales allowed of the shop is a standalone one and is not located in markets or malls.
- Classifications of districts into ‘Red’, ‘Orange’, and ‘Green’ zones is done based on COVID-19 risk profiling.
Geographical Indication(GI): Kashmir Saffron receives GI Tag
The Saffron cultivated in the Kashmir valley has received Geographical Indication Tag. It is to be noted that three other products such as Gorakhpur Terracotta, Kovilpatti Kadalai Mittai, and Black rice of Manipur also received GI tag recently.
Special About Kashmir Saffron – The Kashmir Saffron is the only saffron in the world that is grown at an altitude of 1,600 meters. Kashmir Saffron is a world-renowned spice and is grown in regions of Pulwama, Kishtwar, Budgam, & Srinagar.
Karnataka: Free inter-district bus facility for stranded people to travel within Karnataka for 3 days
Bengaluru: In a bid to help people, including a large number of laborers, from Karnataka stranded within the state due to the COVID-19 lockdown, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said free bus services would be operated for three days from Sunday for them to reach their native places. The expenses will be borne by the government, he said appealing to the people to make use of the opportunity that will be available till Tuesday and not create rush at bus stands.
Yes Bank appointed Neeraj Dhawan as its Chief Risk Officer
Yes Bank appointed Neeraj Dhawan as its Chief Risk Officer (CRO) with immediate effect. Neeraj was appointed for a period of three years. He assumed charge on 2 May. He replaced Ashish Agarwal, the current CRO, who will be transitioning to a new role in the bank.
Neeraj Dhawan: Neeraj Dhawan held the position of chief risk officer for retail and business banking at Yes Bank. He has experience of over 29 years of financial services and banking industry.
Legendary footballer Chuni Goswami no more
Chuni Goswami Legendary former India footballer, who captained the 1962 Asian Games gold-winning team, died on Thursday after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Chuni Goswami is the iconic sportsperson, who also played first-class cricket for Bengal, was 82 & breathed his last at a hospital here.
“He suffered a cardiac arrest && died in the hospital at around 5 pm,” a family source told PTI. Chuni Goswami was suffering from underlying ailments, including sugar, prostrate & nerve problems.
He has played 50 matches for India as a footballer from 1956 to 1964.
International Current Affairs
COVID-19: United States FDA has allowed the use of remdesivir drug for severely ill COVID-19 patients
The United States Food and Drug Authority (USFDA) has allowed emergency use of the antiviral drug, Remdesivir for treatment of severely ill COVID-19 patients.
- A study by Gilead Sciences in the US showed that Remdesivir shortens the recovery time by 31% or about 4 days on average, for hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
- The reports also stated that the clinical trials of Remdedivir were conducted on 1,063 patients. When the patients were given the drug, they were able to leave the hospital in 11 days on average versus 15 days for the comparison group.
- Remdesivir would become a new standard of care for severely ill COVID-19 patients.
- The drug has not yet tested on people with milder illness. The medicine is currently given through an IV in a hospital.
NEW DELHI: Pakistan’s infamous spy agency ISI is allegedly taking advantage of the global fight against pandemic and eliminating political dissidents. The list includes Baloch journalist Sajid Hussain in Sweden and Arif Wazir of the PTM in Waziristan.
A day after missing Baloch journalist Hussain’s body was found in Sweden in mysterious circumstances, Arif Wazir, a leader of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) was shot dead by unidentified armed persons outside his home in Wana, South Waziristan on Saturday.
Prime Minister holds meeting to boost the agriculture sector and increase farmers income
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a key meeting on the reforms in the agriculture sector and increase farmers income in India. The importance of the use of technology in the agriculture sector was emphasized in the meeting.
- Prime Ministers & Ministers have discussed the possibilities of the uniform statutory framework in the country to facilitate new ways for farming which will infuse capital and technology in the agrarian economy.
- Discussion to make strategic interventions in the existing marketing eco-system and to bring appropriate reforms in the context of rapid agricultural development.
- Developing e-NAM into a platform of platforms to enable e-commerce was one of the important topics of discussion.
- They also discussed measures to strengthen the role of Farmer’s Produce Organization (FPOs) to bring vibrancy in the agrarian economy, transparency in agriculture trade, and enable maximum benefits to the farmers.