Top GKToday’s News Headlines-7 May 2020

Top GKToday’s News Headlines-7 May 2020

INDIA

  • Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury reappointed Chairperson of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee
  • COVID 19: Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI), Durgapur, develops ‘Contactless Soap cum Water Dispensing Unit’
  • COVID-19: Govt starts Aarogya Setu IVRS (Interactive Voice Response System) services to cater to people having feature phone or landline
  • CSIR’s IGIB (Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology), Tata Sons sign agreement for licensing of KNOW-HOW for rapid, accurate diagnosis of COVID-19
  • IGIB developed a testing kit for COVID-19 named FELUDA (FNCAS9 Editor Linked Uniform Detection Assay).
  • West Bengal government allows home delivery of liquor, launches website for ordering
  • Haryana levying “COVID Cess” on all types of liquor from May 6
  • Tamil Nadu government to convert late CM J. Jayalalithaa’s ‘Veda Nilayam’ residence in Chennai into a memorial

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

  • Govt appoints Economic Affairs Secretary Tarun Bajaj as Director on Reserve Bank Central Board
  • India saved Rs 89,122 crore through energy efficiency initiatives by BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency) in 2018-19: Power Minister R K Singh
  • Govt.  bans exports of alcohol-based hand sanitizers amid coronavirus pandemic
  • Govt. to run awareness campaign in 1 lakh villages to promote use of bio/organic fertilisers and reducing consumption of chemical nutrients
  • Govt. to run awareness campaign for promoting use of bio/organic fertilisers and reducing consumption of chemical soil nutrients

PETROL, DIESEL DUTY HIKE

  • Centre hikes duties on petrol and diesel by Rs 10 and Rs 13 per litre respectively.
  • Retail prices will see no change as the price hike will be absorbed by oil marketing companies against the fall in crude prices
  • Road & Infrastructure Cess was hiked by Rs 8 for both petrol and diesel
  • Special additional excise duty (SAED) was hiked by Rs 2 per litre and Rs 5 per litre for petrol and diesel respectively

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