Current Affairs Daily Digest – April 28 2020
1. Andhra Pradesh CM launched Jagananna Vidya Deevena Scheme
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S.Jaganmohan Reddy launched the Jagananna Vidya Deevena Scheme on 287 April. Under the scheme over Rs.4,000 crore of funds have been released along with Rs.1880 crore towards the pending amount left by the earlier government. Fee reimbursement will be credited directly to mothers’ accounts instead of college accounts in the coming academic year 2020-21.
2. India became third largest military spender in the world
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) report titled “Trends in World Military Expenditure, 2019” stated that India has become the third-largest military spender in the world, after the US and China.
For the first time that India and China are among the top three military spenders. The military spending of India grew by 6.8% to $71.1 billion in 2019. This was the highest military spending in South Asia.The report stated that the total global military expenditure rose to $1,917 billion in 2019, which is an increase of 3.6% from 2018 and the largest annual growth in spending since 2010.
3. April 28: World Day for Safety and Health at Work
Every year the World Day for Safety and Health at Work is observed on April 28. With COVID-19 pandemic creating great challenges for governments, workers and employers, this year the day is to focus on addressing outbreak of infectious diseases at work. This year, the day is marked under the theme –
Theme: Stop the Pandemic
4. Largest hole in the Ozone Layer closes by itself
The C3S (Copernicus Climate Change Service) and CAMS (Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service) confirmed that the hole in the Ozone layer has healed itself. The hole was 1 million square kilometres wide above the Arctic. The hole was identified by the scientists in March 2020. It was formed due to unusual climatic conditions.
5. MadhyaPradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan launches Jeevan-Shakti yojana
The Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh launched Jeevan-Shakti Yojana at Mantralaya. Under the scheme, women will prepare masks at homes in the urban areas and earn profit. The Government will give Rs. 11 per mask to them immediately. While interacting through video conferencing with the women who have registered for making masks, Shri Chouhan said that they will not only earn profit by preparing the masks but will also participate in a pious work.
6. RBI extends Madhavan Menon’s term as part-time Chairman of CSB Bank
CSB Bank said the Reserve Bank of India has extended the term of appointment of Madhavan Menon as the part-time Chairman of the Bank till July 21, 2020.
The private sector bank, formerly known as The Catholic Syrian Bank, in a regulatory filing said, the extension is in terms of Section 10B (1A)(i) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.
7. Former Governor, Veteran Congress Leader Devanand Konwar Passes Away in Guwahati
Former Governor of Bihar and Tripura and veteran Congress leader Devanand Konwar died of old age ailments at his Guwahati residence. He was 86. The politician is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.
8. Five of the North Eastern States become COVID-19 free
Five of the eight north east states namely Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and Sikkim have become COVID-19 free. The other three states namely Meghalaya, Assam and Mizoram have not reported new cases. This was announced by the Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh.
9. India signs $1.5 billion loan with ADB to support India’s COVID-19 immediate response
The Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $1.5 billion loan that will support the government’s response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, focusing on immediate priorities such as disease containment and prevention, as well as social protection for the poor and economically vulnerable sections of the society, especially women and disadvantaged groups.