Month April 2020

Petersberg Climate Dialogue XI

• Union Minister for Environment, Prakash Javadekar represented India in the first virtual Petersberg Climate Dialogue. About: • The first virtual Climate Dialogue was the eleventh session of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue. • It has been hosted by Germany since…

Raja Ravi Varma

• April 29 is the birth anniversary of the famed Indian painter Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906), remembered for giving the Indians their western, classical representations of Hindu gods and goddesses. • Through his printing press, Varma’s humanized depiction of Hindu…

Homemade masks

• A study on face masks has identified a combination of two fabrics as possibly the best: either cotton plus natural silk, or cotton plus chiffon. If the fit is good, such homemade masks can effectively keep out aerosol particles.…

Immunity passports

• The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against issuing an “immunity certificate” or “immunity passport” to people who have recovered from Covid-19, as there is no evidence that they will be protected from a second infection. About: • Under…

Global Terrorism Index

• NITI Aayog has questioned the methodology adopted by Global Terrorism Index (GTI) 2019 to rank India as the seventh-worst terrorism affected country ahead of conflict-ridden countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Sudan, Burkina Faso, Palestine,…

Mid-day meal scheme

• Government has announced around 11 percent increase in annual central allocation of cooking cost under Mid-day meal scheme to eight thousand 100 crore rupees in view of the situation arising out of COVID-19. Key highlights: • Human Resources and…