4th and 5th April 2021 Current Affairs


GK Update of 04th and 05th April 2021 protecting the next information headlines: Carnivac-Cov, National Policy for Rare Diseases, International Mine Awareness Day, International Day of Conscience.

International News

1. Russia registers world’s 1st Covid vaccine Carnivac-Cov for animals

  • The world’s first animal vaccine in opposition to the novel coronavirus has been registered in Russia, the nation’s agriculture security watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor. The vaccine for animals, developed by a unit of Rosselkhoznadzor (Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance), was named Carnivac-Cov. 
  • The immunity lasts for six months after the vaccination, however the dose’s builders are persevering with to analyse this. The use of this vaccine, as per Russian scientists, can forestall the event of virus mutations. The use of this vaccine, as per Russian scientists, can forestall the event of virus mutations. It is the world’s first and solely product for stopping Covid-19 in animals.

State News

2. Rajasthan turns into the first state to offer free medical insurance to all

  • Rajasthan turns into the primary state within the nation the place the state authorities is offering free medical insurance facility to all of the residents of the state.
  • This plan was introduced by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot within the state price range of 2021-22.  The State started the registration for its cashless ‘mediclaim’ scheme Chiranjeevi Health Insurance Scheme.
  • Each household will get annual medical insurance as much as 5 lakhs.
  • Registrations have began for the Chiranjeevi Health Insurance Scheme from 1 April, whereas the scheme will begin benefiting the residents after its implementation on May 1.
  • In this medical insurance cowl, 1576 packages and procedures for the remedy of varied ailments have been included.
  • The price of remedy associated to OPD, examination, medicines and associated bundle of 15 days after discharge may also be included within the free remedy earlier than the affected person is admitted to the hospital.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Rajasthan: Ashok Gehlot; Governor: Kalraj Mishra.

3. India’s greatest floating solar energy plant to be arrange in Telangana

  • The greatest floating solar energy plant in India is to be arrange at Ramagundam in Telangana. It is predicted to be opened in May 2021. The price of the venture has been estimated as Rs 423 crores. The energy plant can have 4.5 lakh photovoltaic panels.
  • The solar energy plant is being arrange on the Ramagundam Thermal Power Plant reservoir.
  • The solar energy plant is to be arrange in 450 acres of the reservoir.
  • The venture is commissioned by NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation).
  • NTPC goals to scale back its carbon footprints and enhance its inexperienced vitality manufacturing to 30% of its capability by this solar energy plant.
  • The capability of the solar energy plant is 100 MW. 

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Telangana Capital: Hyderabad.
  • Telangana Governor: Tamilisai Soundararajan.
  • Telangana Chief minister: K. Chandrashekar Rao.

Business News

4. PhonePe turns into 1st participant to cross billion-transaction mark on UPI

  • Bengaluru-based digital funds and monetary providers firm, PhonePe has develop into the primary firm to cross one billion transactions on Unified Payments Interface (UPI) infrastructure.
  • The firm achieved the feat in March 2021, when the entire transactions clocked round 1.3 billion on its platform, throughout the cost devices providing of pockets, playing cards in addition to UPI.
  • PhonePe, which first achieved market management on UPI in December, final yr, has seen its transaction depend develop steadily, on the again of rising service provider funds. Overall UPI transactions processed by PhonePe grew from 902.03 million in December 2020 to 975.53 million in February 2021.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • CEO of Phonepe: Sameer Nigam
  • Headquarters location of Phonepe: Bengaluru, Karnataka.

5. NPCI transfers Bharat Bill Payments enterprise to its new subsidiary NBBL

  • The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has transferred all its Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS) transaction enterprise to NPCI Bharat BillPay Limited (NBBL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of NPCI.
  • All licensed invoice processors on the Bharat Bill Payment Operating Units (BBPOU), i.e. the banks and cost aggregators, have been directed to start out accounting their billing transactions underneath NBBL from April 1 2021.
  • The choice to arrange a separate subsidiary for invoice cost enterprise goals to scale progress of the interoperable invoice platform by giving it elevated autonomy in operations and onboarding of recent billers. BBPS is an interoperable invoice funds platform arrange in 2013, to be used by banks, fintech firms and biller retailers to automate invoice assortment and request options.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • National Payments Corporation of India MD & CEO: Dilip Asbe.
  • National Payments Corporation of India Headquarters: Mumbai.
  • National Payments Corporation of India Founded: 2008.

Appointments News

6. Digit Insurance roped Virat Kohli as model ambassador

  • Digit Insurance has roped in cricketer Virat Kohli as its model ambassador. Kohli has additionally invested in Digit Insurance up to now. Digit Insurance, a basic insurance coverage firm that turned the primary unicorn of 2021 with a valuation of $1.9B.
  • With this affiliation, the corporate goals to hold the message of ‘making insurance simple’ by the cricketer. Digit was in a position to get the Indian Men’s Cricket Team Captain to spend money on the corporate earlier than he deliberate to develop into the face for the model.

Schemes News

7. Dr. Harsh Vardhan approves National Policy for Rare Diseases, 2021

  • Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has permitted National Policy for Rare Diseases, 2021. The coverage goals to decrease the excessive price of remedy for uncommon ailments, with an elevated deal with indigenous analysis & native manufacturing of medicines.
  • The Policy additionally focuses on early screening and prevention by main and secondary well being care infrastructure resembling Health and Wellness Centres and District Early Intervention Centres.
  • A provision for monetary assist as much as Rs.20 lakh underneath the Umbrella Scheme of Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi is proposed for remedy of these uncommon ailments that require a one-time remedy (ailments listed underneath Group 1 within the coverage). Benefits to be prolonged to about 40% of the inhabitants eligible underneath PM Jan Arogya Yojana. 

Awards News

8. Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan Receives Kalinga Ratna Samman

  • Odisha-born Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan acquired the Kalinga Ratna Samman for 2021.
  • Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu conferred Biswabhusan with the celebrated award in Cuttack on the event of the fortieth annual day of the Sarala Sahitya Sansad on the Sarala Bhawan.
  • The Kalinga Ratna Samman carries a silver idol of Goddess Saraswati, a copper plaque and a scarf.

Science and Technology News

9. IIT Kanpur develops touch-sensitive look ahead to the visually impaired

  • A professor and a analysis affiliate on the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, (IIT-K) have developed a novel touch-sensitive look ahead to using visually impaired individuals to sense time precisely.
  • The watch was developed by prof Siddhartha Panda and Vishwaraj Srivastava of IIT Kanpur.
  • The watch we’ve got developed is a haptic watch with a tactile interface that makes it simple for visually impaired individuals to learn the time simply.
  • The watch has tactile hour indicators of various shapes that make it simple for visually impaired individuals to recognise them.
  • The consumer has to the touch and scan the touch-sensitive watch’s hour indicators and with the assistance of various vibration patterns, the watch communicates again the time data that’s simply perceived by the consumer. This approach, the particular person is ready to learn the time.

Important Days

10. International Day of Conscience: 5 April

  • The United Nations declares April 5 as International Day of Conscience. This day serves to remind individuals to self-reflect, observe their conscience, and do the fitting issues.
  • This Day is noticed yearly on Fifth April and the first International Conscience Day was noticed in 2020. So within the present yr 2021, the second United Nations (UN) International Day of Conscience celebrations are being held internationally.
  • This day is well known to spotlight the significance of conscience and the position of conscience in stopping individuals from harming others orally, bodily, sexually, or mentally.
  • International Conscience Day is well known to spotlight that everybody has self-respect and the fitting to reside with peace and safety. Anti-humanity acts are outlined by students on this present day and they’re condemned so most people would hate and keep away from such acts.

11. International Mine Awareness Day: 4 April

  • The United Nations’ International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action is well known on April 4 annually. On 8 December 2005, the General Assembly declared that 4 April of every yr shall be noticed because the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. It was first noticed on 4 April 2006.
  • This yr, the United Nations will promote mine motion by highlighting how “Perseverance, Partnership, and Progress” have carried the sector by this difficult yr.

Books and Authors News

12. A guide titled ‘Manohar Parrikar: Brilliant Mind, Simple Life’ by Nitin Gokhale

  • A brand new guide titled ‘Manohar Parrikar: Brilliant Mind, Simple Life’ authored by Nitin Gokhale was launched. The guide is printed by Bloomsbury. It is an try to seize Parrikar’s persona — the person, the politician and the patriot.
  • Gokhale is a famend creator, media coach and founding father of a specialised defence associated web site BharatShakti.in. and StratNewsInternational.com.
  • Through this guide, the creator presents the journey of the contribution of Parrikar to nation-building and his service to the Goan society, from being an IIT scholar to a social employee and to India’s defence minister. The guide is a tribute to Parrikar, India’s former defence minister and four-time chief minister of Goa, the primary IIT-ian to develop into a chief minister.

Obituaries News

13. Japanese Nobel laureate Isamu Akasaki passes away

  • Japanese Physicist Isamu Akasaki, a co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics, has handed away. Akasaki, a professor on the college, had been acknowledged for the invention which has contributed to vivid and energy-saving white gentle sources, broadly often called LED lamps.
  • He was honoured in 1997 by the Japanese authorities with the Medal with Purple Ribbon, an honour bestowed on those that have made contributions to educational and creative developments.
  • In 2014, Akasaki, a professor at Meijo University, shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with physicist Hiroshi Amano, a professor on the University of Nagoya, and Japan-born American Shuji Nakamura, a professor on the University of California, Santa Barbara. He labored with Amano to provide gallium nitride crystals and succeeded in 1989 in creating the world’s first blue LED.

14. Veteran movie and TV actress Shashikala passes away

  • Veteran movie and TV actress Shashikala Om Prakash Saigal handed away. She was extra popularly identified by her first identify, Shashikala has famously appeared as varied supporting characters in over 100 movies.
  • Shashikala was honoured with the celebrated Padma Shri by the Indian authorities for her unparalleled contribution to the world of cinema and humanities in 2007.
  • She was additionally conferred with the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award on the V. Shantaram Awards in 2009. Apart from this, Shashikala bagged two Filmfare awards for her work in Aarti and Gumrah.

15. Samajwadi Party founder member Bhagwati Singh passes away

  • Founder member of the Samajwadi Party and former UP minister Bhagwati Singh handed away. He was 89-year-old.
  • The final rites of Singh is not going to be accomplished as he had pledged to donate his physique to the King George Medical University.

Miscellaneous News

16. J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha inaugurates Tulip Festival 

  • In the Kashmir Valley, Tulip Festival in Srinagar was inaugurated by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha. Over 15 lakh flowers of greater than 64 varieties are in full bloom on the foothills of the Zabarwan Mountains.
  • The five-day-long Tulip Festival in Asia’s largest tulip backyard on the foothills of Zabarwan hills on the banks of world-famous Dal Lake in Srinagar.
  • The Tulip Garden was opened for vacationers and most people on the twenty fifth of March.
  • Last yr the Tulip Festival couldn’t be held due to the unprecedented scenario of COVID-19.
  • However, this time, the Tulip Festival is being organized on a big scale to draw increasingly vacationers.
  • The Tulip Festival, to be held from third to seventh of April, will showcase Kashmiri folks music aside from a portray competitors.