Daily GK Update: 30th April 2020

By Stuti Mishra|Updated : April 30th, 2020

 National & International Appointments

1. Rajiv Kumar appointed as the chairman of PESB

  • Former finance secretary Rajiv Kumar has been appointed as the chairperson of the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB), the government's head hunter for public sector undertakings.
  • He is a 1984-batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre.
  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by PM Modi has approved his appointment for three years.
  • He has been appointed in place of Kapil Dev Tripathi who has recently taken over as the Secretary to President Ram Nath Kovind.
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 Obituaries

2. Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor passes away

  • Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor (67 years) passed away.
  • Rishi Kapoor received the National Film Award for his debut role as a child artist in Raj Kapoor's 1970 film Mera Naam Joker.
  • He played leading roles in many films between 1973 and 2000.
  • He won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor in 2011 for Do Dooni Chaar, and for Kapoor & Sons, he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2017.
  • He was honoured with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.
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 International Affairs

3. USCIRF Releases 2020 Annual Report

  • The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has released its 2020 report.
  • India is at the lowest ranking, “countries of particular concern” (CPC) for the first time since 2004 placed alongside countries like China, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
  • USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan federal government entity established to monitor, analyse and report on threats to religious freedom abroad.
  • Headquarter: Washington D.C.
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 Agreement

4. GoI and ADB signs loan agreement for CARES programme

  • Government of India and Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $1.5 billion loan agreement for the COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support Programme (CARES).
  • It will be used to implement COVID-19 containment plan, social protection for the poor, vulnerable, women, and disadvantaged groups over the next three months.
  • CARES is started in order to provide immediate support to the government in the global corona crises.
  • Headquarter of ADB: Manila, Philippines.
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 National & International Appointments

5. TS Tirumurti appointed as Permanent Representative of India to UN

  • T S Tirumurti is appointed as India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
  • He is currently serving as Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs and was a 1985 batch Indian Foreign Service officer.
  • He replaces Syed Akbaruddin.
  • Govt also appointed Jaideep Mazumdar as India's ambassador to Austria who is presently serving as Indian envoy to Philippines.
  • Joint Secretary Deepak Mittal was also appointed as India's Ambassador to Qatar in the same manner.
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 Science & Technology

6. JNCASR develop a natural product-based Alzheimer inhibitor

  • Jawaharlal Nehru Centre For Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) has modified the structure of Berberine, a natural and cheap product similar to curcumin into Ber-D to use as a Alzheimer’s inhibitor.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the most prevalent neurodegenerative disorder and accounts for more than 70% of all dementia.
  • Ber-D is an anti-oxident that reduces both RNS & ROS and prevent DNA damage, protein oxidation, and lipid peroxidation which causes death.
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 National & International Appointments

7. Suresh N. Patel takes oath as Vigilance Commissioner

  • Shri Suresh N. Patel took oath as Vigilance Commissioner.
  • He was administered the oath of office by Sanjay Kothari, CVC on video link. 
  • He was the MD & CEO of Andhra Bank and was an Executive Director in OBC.
  • He is a Permanent Invitee to the Board for Regulation and Supervision of Payment and Settlement Systems (BPSS) of RBI and a member of the Advisory Board for Banking and Financial Frauds (ABBFF) prior to his appointment as Vigilance Commissioner.
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 Sports

8. India loses hosting rights of men's World Boxing Championships

  • India loses hosting rights of men’s World Boxing Championships 2021 after the Boxing Federation of India failed to pay the host fee
  • International Boxing Association (AIBA) granted the hosting rights to Serbia.
  • In addition to this, India would have to pay a cancellation penalty of $500.
  • This elite competition was about to happen for the first time in the country, will now be held in the Serbian city of Belgrade.
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 Banking & Finance

9. Government sets up IFSCA to regulate financial services

  • The government has established International Financial Services Centres Authority to regulate all financial services in International Financial Services Centres (IFSCs).
  • The unified authority will be headquartered in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
  • Currently, banking, capital markets and insurance sectors in IFSC are regulated by multiple regulators like RBI, SEBI, and IRDAI.
  • It will comprise a chairperson, members nominated by regulators, 2 members from the central government.
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 National Affairs

10. CRISIL projected India's FY21 economic growth rate at 1.8% from 3.5%

  • Domestic rating agency CRISIL cut its projections for India’s economic growth rate to 1.8 % from 3.5% for 2020-21.
  • CRISIL had a gross domestic product (GDP) growth estimate of 6% for 2020-21 (FY21), which was revised to 3.5% in late March.
  • Among the major economies, India and China are the only exception to the declining economic activities in 2020 or FY21 in India’s case.
  • Headquarters of CRISIL: MumbaiIndia.
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 National & International Appointments

11. PNB Housing appoints Neeraj Vyas as interim MD and CEO

  • PNB Housing Finance has appointed Neeraj Vyas as its interim Managing Director and CEO replacing Sanjaya Gupta.
  • Vyas will be in the new role for a period of eight months, effective from April 28, 2020, according to a BSE filing by the company.
  • Vyas is a senior banking professional with over 36 years of experience in banking. Previously, he has worked as Deputy MD and CEO of State Bank of India.
  • PNB Housing Finance Limited is headquartered in New Delhi.
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 State Affairs

12. MP CM launches 'Jeevan Amrit Yojana' to boost immunity system of citizens

  • Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched Jeevan Amrit Yojana, a unique scheme to boost immunity system of citizens of the state.
  • Under Jeevan Amrit Yojana, packets of 50 grams each of the kadha have been prepared by Madhya Pradesh Laghu Vanopaj Sangh in collaboration with the Department of AYUSH.
  • This kadha made of peepal, ginger and black pepper will be distributed free of cost to one crore people in rural and urban areas of the state.
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 Books & Authors

13. Book titled ‘Sayajirao Gaekwad III: The Maharaja of Baroda’ released

  • Uma Balasubramaniam's latest historical epic biography titled, 'Sayajirao Gaekwad III: The Maharaja of Baroda' has been released.
  • It focuses on his ascendancy to the throne, his liaison with the British government in India, his extraordinary administration, and his noteworthy reforms.
  • This book has been written with an intention to enlighten people about one of India's forgotten kings, who worked towards building a modernized India and India's fight for freedom.
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Daily GK Update: 30th April 2020

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Lahabi

LahabiApr 30, 2020

What is meant by PESB
Raj Arya

Raj AryaMay 1, 2020

Mam daily ke according quizzes kyu nhi aate hai. Phle eske last me  hi aajaya krte the per ab nhi aate. Aur current affairs ke quizzes ke binna yaad kaise rhega
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