Top GKToday’s News Headlines-1 May 2020

Top GKToday’s News Headlines-1 May 2020

INDIA

  • DRDO’s Defence Institute of Advanced Technology DIAT), Pune develops microwave steriliser ‘ATULYA’ to disintegrate COVID-19
  • NCSTC launches ‘YASH’ programme on health and risk communication with focus on COVID-19
  • NCSTC: National Council for Science & Technology Communication
  • YAHS: Year of Awareness on Science & Health
  • SNBNCBS, Kolkata develops nanomedicine to alter oxidative stress for better immune power to treat viral infections including COVID-19
  • SNBNCBS: S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences
  • Researchers at Dehradun-based WIHG (Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology) reveal 35,000-year history of river erosion in Ladakh Himalayas
  • Actor Rishi Kapoor dies at 67 in Mumbai; won National Film Award for Best Child Artist for his role in Mera Naam Joker (1970)
  • Delhi’s famed chronicler R. V. Smith dies at 81; authored books ‘Delhi That No One Knows’ and ‘Capital Vignettes’
  • Ramayan creates world record for Highest Viewed Entertainment Programme Globally; 77 million people watched it on April 16

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

  • Nitin Gadkari launches portal ((http://ideas.msme.gov.in/)) for uploading ideas and innovations regarding MSMEs
  • Centre launches a project monitoring unit (PMU) to facilitate early operationalisation of coal blocks
  • RBI extends regulatory benefits under SLF-MF (Special Liquidity Facility for Mutual Funds) scheme to all banks
  • Output of eight core infrastructure industries grew 0.6% in 2019-20; figure was 4.4% in 2018-19
  • Ministry of Shipping launches new website-(shipmin.gov.in)

IBP SURVEY

  • India was ranked 53rd among 117 nations in terms of budget transparency and accountability by Open Budget Survey
  • The survey was conducted by International Budget Partnership (IBP)
  • The survey gave India’s Union Budget process a transparency score of 49 out of 100
  • New Zealand tops the chart with a score 87.

WORLD

  • USAID to provide USD 3 million to India’s PAHAL project to mitigate the spread of COVID-19
  • USAID: United States Agency for International Development
  • PAHAL: Partnerships for Affordable Healthcare Access and Longevity
  • Nearly half of global workforce at risk of losing livelihoods due to COVID: ILO

CHUNI GOSWAMI

  • Footballer Chuni Goswami dies at 82 in Kolkata
  • India won gold in Asian Games for the last time under his captaincy at Jakarta in 1962
  • He also played for Bengal in Ranji Trophy cricket

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