Current Affairs Daily Digest – April 30 2020
1. International Jazz Day is celebrated on 30 April
International Jazz Day is celebrated on 30 April. The day aims to create awareness around the world of the virtues of jazz as a force of peace, unity, dialogue, and enhanced cooperation among people, and an educational tool. International Jazz Day 2020 is the ninth year celebration of International Jazz Day.
2. Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor passed away
Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor passed away in Mumbai on 30 April. He died at the age of 67. He died due to ill health. The actor was admitted to the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital. Rishi was diagnosed with cancer in 2018.
3. Ayushman Bharat Diwas 2020 is celebrated on 30 April
Ayushman Bharat Diwas is celebrated on 30 April. The day aims to promote affordable medical facilities in remote areas of the country based on the Socio-Economic Caste Census database. It will also promote health and wellness and provide insurance benefits to the poor.
4. Suresh N. Patel took oath as Vigilance Commissioner
Suresh N. Patel took oath as Vigilance Commissioner on 19 April. He was administered the oath of office by Sanjay Kothari, Central Vigilance Commissioner on the video link, due to the social distancing norms. The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Shri Sharad Kumar, Vigilance Commissioner, Secretary, and other senior officers of the Commission.
5. Flipkart Ties Up With Meru to Deliver Daily Essentials, Groceries During Lockdown
Flipkart has announced its partnership with cab services company Meru to deliver daily essentials and groceries to consumers during the ongoing national lockdown in India. The new move by the Walmart-owned e-commerce firm will ease doorstep deliveries across Bengaluru, Delhi NCR, and Hyderabad. Flipkart has claimed that it has installed “Ozone Air Purifier” at its dispatch hubs from where Meru drivers will be able to sanitise their cabs before proceeding the deliveries.
6. Boxing: AIBA strips Delhi of 2021 world championships, awards to Belgrade
Amateur boxing body AIBA has stripped New Delhi of the 2021 men’s world championships and handed them to Belgrade instead. AIBA said it had terminated the contract, signed in 2017, after India failed to meet host city payment obligations.
The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) blamed problems relating to the AIBA account for the delay in payment and said AIBA had acted in haste and without due consultation.
7. Joe Biden wins Ohio primary, a test of mail-in voting
Joe Biden has won Ohio’s presidential primary, which was conducted by mail, CBS News projects. Biden had picked up 74 of Ohio’s 136 pledged delegates. The rest of the delegates will be awarded as more votes are counted.
Bernie Sanders won 17% support — he dropped his presidential bid in April, weeks after the primary was originally to take place.
8. APEC economy to be reduced by 2.7 per cent in 2020
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) region has been expected to post an economic decline by 2.7 percent in 2020 because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
As per the APEC Secretariat, this will be the most significant fall since the zero -growth rate logged in 2009 because of the financial crisis.
The region with 21 member countries had recorded an economic growth rate of 3.6 percent. The countries are expected to see this fall due to the ongoing global health crisis that has dangerously impacted the world economy.
9. IMD releases new list of 169 tropical cyclones names
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has released a new list consisting of 169 names of future tropical cyclones that would emerge in the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal. The list was released by IMD on April 28.
The newly released list has 13 names each from the 13 member countries, including India, of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).
IMD is one of the six Regional Specialised Meteorological Centres (RSMC) in the world. It is mandatory for the department to issue advisories and name tropical cyclones in the north Indian Ocean region.
10. 11th session of Petersberg Climate Dialogue conducted via video conference
11th session of Petersberg Climate Dialogue with 30 countries including India took place on April 28, 2020, through a video conference. The dialogue was conducted to discuss the ways of tackling the societies and economies after COVID-19.
The Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar attended the Petersberg Climate Dialogue and talked about climate technology that must be available at an affordable cost.