AspirantWorld One liners : 6th April

• TRIFED (Tribal Cooperative Market Development Association Limited), the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and the Indian government launched two interesting competitions for the tribal people. They are the Become a Brand Ambassador of the Indian Tribe and Become a Friend of the Indian Tribe contest. The competition was initiated jointly with MyGov.in.

• Since touching the “Red Planet” in November 2018, NASA’s InSight lander has so far recorded more than 500 quakes on Mars. The two recent magnitude 3.3 and 3.1 quakes originated in an area called Cerberus Fossae. These findings support the idea that the planet is seismically active. InSight is part of NASA’s exploration program.

• A team of scientists from the Indian Council of Medical Research examined 1,300 cases of people who tested positive for the coronavirus twice. It has been found that 58 out of 1,300 individuals (4.5%) can be classified as possible reinfections. Covid-19 Reinfection case was first confirmed and reported in Hong Kong. There have also been several cases from the United States and Belgium.

• The Delhi’s Chief Minister will represent India and Delhi in the World Cities Cultural Forum (WCCF). The forum’s website has not yet announced the date for this year’s annual summit. WCCF was established in London in 2012. It has eight cities and a total of 43 member cities (including London, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Lisbon, San Francisco, Shanghai, etc.). Delhi was invited to participate this year, but it is not part of the member city.

• Recently, the government has extended the 3 lakh-crore rupees Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) until June 30, 2021, and has also expanded its scope to new areas, including hotels, travel and tourism. ECLGS was launched in May 2020 as part of the Atmanirbhar plan, the center of the response to the Covid-19 crisis.

• The Supreme Court has asked the government to clarify the status of the 55 recommendations made by colleges and universities (Collegium) regarding judicial appointments to the High courts. Article 124(2): The President of India shall appoint judges after consulting with the necessary number of SC/HC judges. To appoint any judge of SC (except CJI), CJI must be consulted.

• The central government has postponed the deadline for adopting new emission standards for coal-fired power plants by three years. It also allows utility companies that missed the new target to continue operating after paying fines. Initially, India sets a 2017 deadline for thermal power plants to install Flue Gas Desulfurization devices to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions.

• April 5 is the International Day of Conscience. The purpose of this day is to promote a peaceful culture of love and conscience. This day reminds people to reflect on themselves, follow their conscience, and do the right thing. In July 1989, the concept of a culture of peace was put forward at the International Peace Conference organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

• The National Maritime Day of India is celebrated on April 5th each and every year. The theme of the 56th National Maritime Day is the Indian Ocean-an ocean of opportunities. Highlights: National Maritime Day has been since 1964. More than a hundred years ago, on this day in 1919, the first ship of Scindia Steam Navigation Company Ltd, SS Loyalty, traveled from Mumbai to England, thus creating the history of navigation.

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