Month April 2020

AspirantWorld One liners : 30th April

• 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. • Former finance secretary Rajiv…

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.…

New list of cyclone names

• The India Meteorological Department (IMD) released a new list of names of tropical cyclones over the north Indian Ocean including the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, comprising of 169 names including 13 from India such as Gati,…

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…