Current Affairs Today – 4th May 2020

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NATIONAL STAR WARS DAY – National Star Wars Day was first organized in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Toronto Underground Cinema in 2011. It was Produced by Sean Ward and Alice Quinn, festivities included an Original Trilogy Trivia Game Show, a costume contest, and the web’s best tribute films, mash-ups, parodies, and remixes on the big screen.  May 4th was chosen because of the play on words.

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NATIONAL ORANGE JUICE DAY – On May 4th National Orange Juice Day recognizes America’s most popular breakfast drink. Orange juice holds a large margin over second-place apple juice, too. People have waking up to a glass of orange juice for many years and enjoying the health benefits it gives them.

 

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BIRD DAY – Feathered friends on several holidays called Bird Day in the United States. The day celebrates birds of all kinds across North America. With over 2,000 species of birds in North America, birdwatchers and nature lovers alike will appreciate the beauty and variety of these winged friends offer. From songbirds to waterfowl and domesticated birds, they come in every color of plumage and wingspan.

 

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India to boost its economy with Bamboo resources

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  • The Union Minister of State Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr. Jitendra Singh, addressed the Bamboo Conclave through Video Conference. The Union Ministry of Agriculture and stakeholders from different sectors participated in the conference.

 

Bamboo Conclave: 

  • The Minister discussed India’s Post-COVID economy which will provide an opportunity for India to emerge as an economic power with the support of its Bamboo resources.
  • Northeast consists of 60 Percent of India’s reserve of Bamboo.
  • Centre also plans for the promotion of bamboo manufacturing and trade and works out the feasibility of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in this sector.
  • Bamboo can be processed into multiple products, including bio-diesel and green fuel, wooden lumber, and plywood.
  • It can change the entire face of the economy and create employment opportunities in multiple sectors.
  • The total requirement of “Agarbatti” in India is about 2,30,000 per annum and the market value of it is up to Rs.5000 Cr. India has been importing a large bulk of it from countries like China and Vietnam. It is expected that the Post-COVID era, will provide an opportunity for the North-Eastern region to help India become world competitive and self-sufficient in the changed scenario.

India ranks 3rd in scientific publication

  • The National Science and Technology Management Information (NSTMIS), Department of Science and Technology (DST), has conducted a survey on Research and Development (R&D) Statistics and Indicators 2019-2020.
  • As per the survey, India ranks 3rd among countries in a scientific publication.

Survey:

  • The survey included more than 6800 S&T Institutions spread across varied sectors like central government, state governments, higher education, public sector industry, & private sector industry in the country. A response rate of more than 90Percent was achieved.

Prime Minister to attend the virtual summit of Non-Aligned Movement

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  • PM Narendra Modi is to participate in a virtual summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on 4 May. The summit aims to enhance the coordination of the member states in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will also participate in the summit.

 

COVID-19: Centre constitutes 20 Central Public Health Teams for districts with the highest number of COVID-19 cases

  • The government of India has constituted 20 Central Public Health Teams from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The move comes as per the guidance of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Central Public Health 10 Teams:

  • The teams have been constituted to support the States in the implementation of containment measures for COVID-19 in the affected areas within these districts/cities. The teams will assist the State Governments.
  • The 20 districts that are reporting the maximum number of COVID-19 are Mumbai, Maharashtra; Ahmedabad, Gujarat; Delhi (South East); Indore, Madhya Pradesh; Pune, Maharashtra; Jaipur, Rajasthan; Thane, Maharashtra; Surat, Gujarat; Chennai, Tamil Nadu; Hyderabad, Telangana; Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh; Jodhpur, Rajasthan; Delhi (Central); Agra, Uttar Pradesh; Kolkata, West Bengal; Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh; Vadodara, Gujarat; Guntur, Andhra Pradesh; Krishna, Andhra Pradesh; Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
  • As of 4 May, India has 130 red zones, 284 orange zones, and 319 green zones. They will be opened up gradually as per the Home Ministry guidelines.
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Priyam Garg: The Baseline Ventures signs India’s under-19 cricket captain Priyam Garg

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MUMBAI: Sports marketing firm Baseline Ventures has added India’s Under-19 cricket team captain Priyam Garg to its talent roster.
The multi-year deal will see Baseline managing all the commercial interests of Garg.

Born in Meerut, UP, Garg made his first-class debut against Goa in 2018 where he went on to score an unbeaten 117.
He recently led the Under-19 Indian team at the World Cup in South Africa where they finished runners-up. “I am excited to be represented by Baseline. They have helped build the careers of many young talents by guiding them in the right direction. I look forward to a great partnership with them,” Garg said.

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Taliban attack military center in Afghanistan, casualties reported

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KABUL: The Taliban on Monday claimed responsibility for an attack at a military center in southern Helmand province in Afghanistan where at least 150 members of the Afghan army and intelligence wing were stationed.

  • The bombing occurred on Sunday night, government officials and the Taliban said.
  • “Dozens of members belonging to the enemy forces have been killed and wounded in the attack,” Qari Yousuf Ahmedi, a spokesman for the hardline Islamist group, said in a statement.

DHS has reported that China hid virus severity to hoard supplies

  • WASHINGTON: US officials believe China covered up the extent of the coronavirus outbreak — and how contagious the disease is — to stock up on medical supplies needed to respond to it, intelligence documents show.
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Due to COVID, the Mangoes are suffering

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  • The coronavirus bringing India to a halt and the nationwide lockdown extending, the collateral damage is high and this time, it’s everybody’s favorite fruit – the mango.
  • The Supply chains across the country, especially with labor being unavailable at big farms. so the most mango plantations are considering throwing away their harvest.
  • The problem with the mangoes is the incredible seasoning fruit short time they are harvested – from March to July – which means mango farmers are stuck with no way to clear their stores till the lockdown lifts, meaning losing out on at least Rs 40/kilo of mangoes.
  • The farmers growing premium mangoes – like Alphonso – will have to wait till 2022 for a good harvest, which means farmers will have to wait for 2 yrs to recoup their losses.
  • The mango farmers in Karnataka have figured out alternative supply chains to sell their produce; growers are taking their mangoes directly to housing societies and selling crates of their stock.