09th and 10th May, 2021 – Daily News

Topics coveredDost for life, four digit security code, Ayush-64, 12-member National Task Force, first-ever batch of 83 women jawans, Mukhyamantri COVID Upchar Yojana’, ‘Manoj Das International Literary Award’, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare’s data on area under cultivation, ID-Art” app, Global Task Force on Pandemic Response of CEOs, China’s Long March-5B Y2 rocket, 1st Chinese Covid vaccine, DOGE-1 satellite, 3rd Arctic Science Ministerial, Nature in a Globalised World: Conflict and Conservation, RBI’s Advisory Group. 

Bulletins

  1. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has launched a counselling app named for Dost for life for class 9 to class 12 students.
  2. Ministry of Health has introduced the “four digit security code” in the Co-WIN portal to improve the error in the portal.
  3. Ministry of AYUSH has made Ayush-64 available free of cost for mild, moderate asymptomatic Covid patients in Delhi.
  4. Supreme Court has set up a 12-member National Task Force (NTF) to streamline the process of oxygen distribution between states and UT on the basis of scientific and specialised domain knowledge.
  5. Madhya Pradesh has launched the ‘Mukhyamantri COVID Upchar Yojana’.
  6. India has got its first-ever batch of 83 women jawans (soldiers). The batch has been inducted into the Indian Army’s Corps of Military Police (CMP).
  7. Odisha government will present ‘Manoj Das International Literary Award’ in memory of eminent litterateur Manoj Das.
  8. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, the area under cultivation of summer crops has increased up by 21.58% from last year to 80.02 lakh hectares.
  9. INTERPOL has launched an app named “ID-Art” to help identify stolen cultural property, reduce illicit trafficking, and increase the chances of recovering stolen works and artefacts.
  10. A newly created Global Task Force on Pandemic Response of CEOs of top American 40 companies has announced to provide COVID-19 emergency relief material, including 1,000 ventilators and 25,000 oxygen concentrators, to India in its fight against the coronavirus.
  11. China’s Long March-5B Y2 rocket, carrying the Tianhe module, the first and core module for the construction of China’s space station, has crashed into the Indian Ocean near Maldives.
  12. WHO has approved 1st Chinese Covid vaccine named Sinopharm.
  13. SpaceX has announced to launch DOGE-1 satellite mission to moon in 2022 on its Falcon 9 rocket.
  14. 3rd Arctic Science Ministerial (ASM3) – the global platform for discussing research and cooperation in the Arctic region – was jointly organised by Iceland and Japan (8-9 May, 2021).
  15. “Automotive Export Manual 2021- South Africa publication” has been released by Automotive Industry Export Council (AIEC).
  16. International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has released “Nature in a Globalised World: Conflict and Conservation” report.
  17. RBI has set up a six-member Advisory Group, headed by S Janakiraman (MD of SBI), under the Regulations Review Authority (RRA 2.0).
  18. Ministry of Labour has notified the changes in the investment pattern of the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).
  19. Bajaj Finserv has launched ‘Savdhan Rahein. Safe Rahein’ public awareness campaign, across digital and social media platforms, to educate customers and public at large on financial fraud risks and how to stay protected.
  20. Carlyle Group (US based company) has sold its 4% stake in SBI Life for Rs 3900 crores.
  21. The Income Tax Department has issued a notification allowing hospitals and nursing homes to accept cash payments of ₹2 lakh and more for the treatment of Covid-19 patients.
  22. Ujjwala Singhania has been appointed as the 38th President of the FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO).
  23. Himanta Biswa Sarma (of Bharatiya Janata Party) has sworn in as the 15th Chief Minister of Assam.
  24. Coal Miners’ Day is celebrated on May 4 across the globe.
  25. World Portuguese Language Day is observed on May 5 by UNESCO.
  26. World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is observed on May 8 every year.
  27. World Thalassaemia Day is observed on May 8 by Thalassaemia International Federation.
  28. World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated on the second Saturday in May (8th May 2021) and second Saturday in October (9th Oct 2021) every year.
  29. Victory Day is celebrated on May 9 in Russia to mark the surrender of Germans in the second world war.
  30. Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War is observed on 8-9 May by UN.
  31. 22nd Laureus World Sports Awards were hosted at Seville, Spain.
  32. Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, just outside Barcelona, Spain.
  33. Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus) has won the women’s singles title at Madrid Open tennis.
  34. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (from Mexico) has won the world super middleweight boxing title.
  35. Seema Bisla has won the gold medal at the World Olympic Qualifiers at Sofia, Bulgaria. Thus, she secured the Olympic quota in Tokyo Olympics 2020.
  36. Nepalese climber Kami Rita has scaled Mount Everest for the 25th time.
  37. ‘VINCOV-19’ — a novel therapeutic antibody engineered product – is developed by University of Hyderabad, CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology and Vins Bioproducts Ltd.
  38. MK Kaushik and Ravindra Pal Singh (hockey players) have passed away.
  39. Padma Vibhushan, Rajya Sabha member and eminent sculptor from Odisha Raghunath Mohapatra has died of Covid-19.

Table of Content

National News

  1. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has launched a counselling app named for Dost for life for class 9 to class 12 students.
      • The purpose of this app is to improve students’ psycho-social wellness.
      • This counselling app will help students to deal with depression, anxiety, internet addiction disorder, specific learning disability and more.
  2. Ministry of Health has introduced the “four digit security code” in the Co-WIN portal to improve the error in the portal.
      • People have complained of data entry error wherein people who have booked vaccination slots were marked as “Vaccinated”, even when the dose was not administered to them. This code has been launched to rectify such errors.
  3. Ministry of AYUSH has made Ayush-64 available free of cost for mild, moderate asymptomatic Covid patients in Delhi.
      • Ayush 64 – a poly herbal formulation – was developed by the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) in 1980 for the treatment of malaria.
      • But it has been repurposed in the present situation.
  4. Supreme Court has set up a 12-member National Task Force (NTF) to streamline the process of oxygen distribution between states and UT on the basis of scientific and specialised domain knowledge.
      • The Convenor of the National Task Force, who shall also be a member, will be the Cabinet Secretary (incumbent: Rajiv Gauba) to the Union Government.
      • The Cabinet Secretary may nominate an officer not below the rank of Additional Secretary to depute for him, when necessary.
  5. India has got its first-ever batch of 83 women jawans (soldiers). The batch has been inducted into the Indian Army’s Corps of Military Police (CMP).

State News

  1. Madhya Pradesh has launched the ‘Mukhyamantri COVID Upchar Yojana’.
      • The scheme has been divided into three sections.
      • First section – hospitals run by state medical colleges, district and civil hospitals and community health centres will give free treatment to COVID-19 patients.
      • Second section – 20% ICU/HDU and isolation beds will be reserved in hospitals run by private medical colleges to give free treatment.
      • Third section – 20% beds will be reserved for free treatment in hospitals accredited under Ayushman scheme for economically weaker sections.
      • Also, the revised rates for Ayushman card holders have also been announced under the Mukhyamantri COVID Upchar Yojana.
  2. Odisha government will present ‘Manoj Das International Literary Award’ in memory of eminent litterateur Manoj Das.
      • The award will be conferred on litterateurs from Odisha for their creative contribution to English literature every year.
      • Prize money – Rs 10 lakh
      • High school students will be presented ‘Manoj-Kishore Literary Talent Award’ for their creative works in order to develop interest among youths in both Odia and English literature. The prize money will be Rs 1 lakh.
      • A memorial ‘Manmath-Manoj Memorial’ in the name of Manoj Das and his historian brother Manmath Nath Das will be set up at their birthplace Sankhari village in Balasore district.
      • Manoj Das is an eminent Indian author who wrote both in Odia and English language. He passed away last month.

Agriculture & Rural Development

  1. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, the area under cultivation of summer crops has increased up by 21.58% from last year to 80.02 lakh hectares.
      • Reason – The rise is primarily due to sharp increase in pulses area, which has gone up by almost 70% from last year.
      • The pulses area has expanded to 17.75 lakh hectares as against 10.49 lakh hectare, last year. Other crops’ area of cultivation has also increased as shown in the picture below.
      • The water storage in 130 key reservoirs of our country is 19% more than the average storage of last ten years. This indicates good irrigation opportunities.
      • The government has already set the production target for food grain for the crop year 2021-22 at a record 307.31 million tonnes. This includes production of 151.43 million tonnes of food grains during kharif (summer) season and 155.88 million tonnes during rabi (winter) season.
Crops Area in 2021 Area in 2020 % increase
Rice 39.43 35.13 15.52
Pulses 17.75 10.49 69.22
Oilseeds 10.74 9.58 12.05
Coarse Grains 12.11 11.62 4.22
Total 80.02 65.82 21.58
Source: Agriculture ministry

International News

  1. INTERPOL has launched an app named “ID-Art” to help identify stolen cultural property, reduce illicit trafficking, and increase the chances of recovering stolen works and artefacts.
      • Interpol established – 1956
      • Secretary General – Jürgen Stock of Germany
      • HQ – Lyon, France
  2. A newly created Global Task Force on Pandemic Response of CEOs of top American 40 companies has announced to provide COVID-19 emergency relief material, including 1,000 ventilators and 25,000 oxygen concentrators, to India in its fight against the coronavirus.
      • Global Task Force on Pandemic Response has announced creation of Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) India Action Group to provide ideas and practical information to CHROs to help their people in India.
      • The Global Task Force on Pandemic Response is a public-private partnership organised by the US Chamber of Commerce and supported by Business Roundtable.
  3. China’s Long March-5B Y2 rocket, carrying the Tianhe module, the first and core module for the construction of China’s space station, has crashed into the Indian Ocean near Maldives.
      • The rocket was launched from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on the coast of the southern island province of Hainan on April 29.
      • In 2007, UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space had adopted Space Debris Mitigation Guidelines.
      • Apparently, NASA has accused China of violating these guidelines in the launch of this rocket. The crash of this rocket has put habited areas in risk.
  4. WHO has approved 1st Chinese Covid vaccine named Sinopharm.
      • The Sinopharm vaccine is produced by Beijing Bio-Institute of Biological Products Co Ltd, subsidiary of China National Biotec Group (CNBG).
  5. SpaceX has announced to launch DOGE-1 satellite mission to moon in 2022 on its Falcon 9 rocket.
      • Unique feature of this mission – it is funded entirely by cryptocurrency named DOGE. Thus, it becomes the first ever space mission to be paid in Dogecoin.
      • The DOGE-1 mission will obtain information about moon through cameras and sensors with integrated computational and communication systems.
      • Dogecoin was created in 2013 by two software engineers Billy Markus and Jackson Palmer. It is, presently, the fourth largest cryptocurrency in the world.
      • In March, SpaceX’s SN10 starship exploded after successfully landing on Earth.
SpaceX has announced to launch DOGE-1 satellite mission to moon
  1. 3rd Arctic Science Ministerial (ASM3) – the global platform for discussing research and cooperation in the Arctic region – was jointly organised by Iceland and Japan (8-9 May, 2021).
      • Theme – ‘Knowledge for a Sustainable Arctic’
      • Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Science and Technology, Health and Family Welfare, and Earth Sciences, represented India.
      • The first two meetings—ASM1 and ASM2—were held in the USA in 2016 and Germany in 2018, respectively. ASM3 is the first Ministerial meeting being held in Asia.
      • Since 2013, India enjoys ‘Observer’ status in the Arctic Council with twelve other countries (Japan, China, France, Germany, UK, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Spain, Netherlands, Singapore, and South Korea).
      • Since 2013, India has a permanent research station in the Arctic called Himadari in Norway and also deployed multi-sensor moored observatory called IndARC in the Kongsfjorden fjord, Norway in 2014.
      • National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR), Goa, under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, coordinates, conducts, and promotes research in the Arctic region on behalf of India.

Reports & Indices

  1. “Automotive Export Manual 2021- South Africa publication” has been released by Automotive Industry Export Council (AIEC).
      • In 2020, South Africa was the top importer of passenger cars and light commercial vehicle, supplied by India, accounting for 43.2% of the total car and light commercial vehicle imports.
      • India is followed by Japan, Germany, South Korea in this line.
      • India also topped on the Rand Value basis, followed by Germany. India accounted for 22.1% of total import value of South Africa.
  2. International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has released “Nature in a Globalised World: Conflict and Conservation” report.
      • The report analysed the relation between armed conflicts and nature conservation.
      • This report also provided suggestions to handle the conservation issues.

Banking & Economy

  1. RBI has set up a six-member Advisory Group, headed by S Janakiraman (MD of SBI), under the Regulations Review Authority (RRA 2.0).
      • Purpose – to support it in reviewing the central bank’s regulations and compliance procedures with a view to streamlining/ rationalising them to make them more effective.
      • In April 2021, RBI formed the Regulations Review Authority (RRA 2.0), headed by M Rajeshwar Rao.
  2. Ministry of Labour has notified the changes in the investment pattern of the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).
➜ The ministry has allowed the EPFO to invest up to 5% of its investible surplus in alternate investment funds (AIFs) that support infrastructure, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), venture capital funds and social venture capital funds.
➜ The EPFO manages more than Rs 12 lakh crore of retirement savings of over six crore subscribers.
➜ The new investment pattern will be effective from March 15, 2021.
➜ EPFO will have the option to invest in AIFs whose corpus is equal to or more than Rs 100 crores with maximum exposure to a single AIF capped at 10% of the AIF Size. However, this limit would not apply to a government sponsored AIF.
➜ At least 51% of the funds of such AIF shall be invested in either of the infrastructure entities or SMEs or venture capital or social welfare entities.
➜ EPFO will not be allowed to invest directly or indirectly in securities of the companies or funds incorporated and/or operated outside India.
➜ For Category II AIFs, at least 51% of the funds of such an AIF should be invested in either of the infrastructure, SME, venture capital or social welfare entities.
➜ In March 2021, Finance ministry had allowed non-government provident funds, superannuation funds and gratuity funds to invest in units issued by Category I and Category II AIFs regulated by the SEBI to make domestic capital available for investment in start-ups.
➜ The government plans to raise this to 100,000 startups and over 100 unicorns by 2025 by helping Indian startups become global giants.
  1. Bajaj Finserv has launched ‘Savdhan Rahein. Safe Rahein’ public awareness campaign, across digital and social media platforms, to educate customers and public at large on financial fraud risks and how to stay protected.
      • The campaign has also gone live with the campaign on other infotainment and entertainment apps like Chingari, Josh and Jio Saavn, to effectively reach out to the regional audiences, present on these platforms.
  2. Carlyle Group (US based company) has sold its 4% stake in SBI Life for Rs 3900 crores.
  3. The Income Tax Department has issued a notification allowing hospitals and nursing homes to accept cash payments of ₹2 lakh and more for the treatment of Covid-19 patients.
      • Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has specified hospitals, dispensaries, nursing homes, Covid care centres or similar other medical facilities providing Covid-19 treatment to patients in the section 269ST of the Income Tax Act.
      • This section restricts any person from receiving an amount of ₹2 lakh or more in cash, from a person in a day, in respect of a single transaction or in respect of transactions relating to one event or occasion from a person.
      • This section was introduced by Union government in 2017 to curb black money.

Appointments

  1. Ujjwala Singhania has been appointed as the 38th President of the FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO).
  2. Himanta Biswa Sarma (of Bharatiya Janata Party) has sworn in as the 15th Chief Minister of Assam.
      • Assam governor – Jagdish Mukhi

Important days

  1. Coal Miners’ Day is celebrated on May 4 across the globe.
  2. World Portuguese Language Day is observed on May 5 by UNESCO.
  3. World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is observed on May 8 every year.
      • Theme – Together we are unstoppable
      • May 8 is the birth anniversary of Swiss humanitarian Henry Dunant. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901 for his contribution to humanitarian acts.
      • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian network. It was founded in 1919 in Paris, France to provide relief services to the victims of World War I.
      • President –  Mr Francesco Rocca (Italy)
      • HQ – Geneva, Switzerland
World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day on May 8
  1. World Thalassaemia Day is observed on May 8 by Thalassaemia International Federation.
      • Theme – Addressing Health Inequalities Across the Global Thalassaemia Community
      • Thalassaemia is a blood disorder involving lower-than-normal amounts of an oxygen-carrying protein.
  2. World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated on the second Saturday in May (8th May 2021) and second Saturday in October (9th Oct 2021) every year.
      • Theme – Sing, Fly, Soar – Like a Bird!
  3. Victory Day is celebrated on May 9 in Russia to mark the surrender of Germans in the second world war.
      • 2021 is the 76th anniversary of this day.
  4. Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War is observed on 8-9 May by UN.
  5. World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is observed on May 8 every year.

Awards

  1. 22nd Laureus World Sports Awards were hosted at Seville, Spain.
Category Winner
Laureus World Sportsman of The Year Rafael Nadal (tennis)
Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Naomi Osaka (tennis)
Laureus World Team of the Year Bayern Munich (football)
Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Patrick Mahomes (football)
Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award Max Parrot (snowboarder)
Laureus Sport for Good Award KICKFORMORE by KICKFAIR
Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award Billie Jean King (tennis)
Laureus Athlete Advocate of the Year Award (1st edition) Lewis Hamilton (motor racing)
Laureus Sporting Inspiration Award Mohamed Salah (football)
Laureus Sporting Moment of the Year Award Chris Nikic (triathlete)
22nd Laureus World Sports Awards hosted at Seville, Spain.

Sports

  1. Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, just outside Barcelona, Spain.
  2. Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus) has won the women’s singles title at Madrid Open tennis.
      • Alexander Zverev (Germany) has won the men’s singles.
  3. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (from Mexico) has won the world super middleweight boxing title.
  4. Seema Bisla has won the gold medal at the World Olympic Qualifiers at Sofia, Bulgaria. Thus, she secured the Olympic quota in Tokyo Olympics 2020.
  5. Nepalese climber Kami Rita has scaled Mount Everest for the 25th time.
      • He broke his own record for the most ascents of the world’s highest peak.

Miscellaneous

  1. ‘VINCOV-19’ — a novel therapeutic antibody engineered product – is developed by University of Hyderabad, CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology and Vins Bioproducts Ltd.
      • The product has got approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI) for clinical trials to test against the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. MK Kaushik and Ravindra Pal Singh (hockey players) have passed away.
  3. Padma Vibhushan, Rajya Sabha member and eminent sculptor from Odisha Raghunath Mohapatra has died of Covid-19.

Start Quiz of 09th & 10th May 2021

Q.1) Which state has launched the 'Mukhyamantri COVID Upchar Yojana'?
Q.2) What is the name of the app launched by Interpol to help identify stolen cultural property, reduce illicit trafficking, and increase the chances of recovering stolen works and artefacts?
Q.3) Who heads the RBI’s six-member Advisory Group set up under the Regulations Review Authority (RRA 2.0)?
Q.4) How much percentage of investible surplus is the Employees Provident Fund Organisation allowed to invest in alternate investment funds?
Q.5) Which company has launched 'Savdhan Rahein. Safe Rahein' public awareness campaign to educate customers and public at large on financial fraud risks?
Q.6) Who has been appointed as the 38th President of the FICCI Ladies Organization?
Q.7) Who has been awarded the Laureus World Sportsman of The Year 2021?
Q.8) Which country organized the 3rd Arctic Science Ministerial?
Q.9) Who among the following is the convener of the 12-member National Task Force set up by Supreme Court to streamline the process of oxygen distribution between states and UT on the basis of scientific and specialised domain knowledge?
Q.10) Who has won the women’s singles title at Madrid Open tennis?
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