Today Current Affairs for CompetitiveExams - Current Affairs 2021 OnlineDukaan partners with Dunzo and Shiprocket Dukaan, a start-up that helps local stores selltheir products online, has announced apartnership with delivery platform Dunzo, andlogistics firm Shiprocket to integrate deliveryinto the platform. Dukaan works with 3.5 million merchants—enabling small and medium businesses andfirst-time internet entrepreneurs to sell theirproducts and services online.New RT-PCR kit can detect more covid variants A new RT-PCR kit has been developed thathas a higher accuracy of detecting variousmutant strains of the deadly coronavirus. The newly designed kit has been developedby the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for MedicalSciences and Technology under the Dept ofScience and Technology. ICMR (Indian Council of MedicalResearch) has validated this kit at theNational Institute of Virology, Pune.London: Most expensive to rent a warehouse London is the most expensive city in the worldto rent a warehouse, with price growthoutstripping Hong Kong and San Francisco. Logistics properties cost 24.90 a square footin the UK capital in 2020, soaring 13% in ayear, according to data from real estate firmCushman & Wakefield Plc. Rents in Hong Kong, meanwhile, were about10% lower than in 2020 while San Franciscowas broadly flat.Finance Ministry releases 8,924 crore The Union Finance Ministry, on therecommendation of the Panchayati RajMinistry, has released 8,923.8 crores to 251 Pagestates for providing grants to rural localbodies. The amount has been released as the firstinstallment of the Basic (Untied) Grants. It will be utilized among other things forvarious prevention and mitigation measuresneeded to combat the Covid pandemic.Adani Green to buy SB Energy India Adani Green Energy Ltd (AGEL) is set to buyJapan’s SoftBank Group Corp. and BhartiEnterprises Ltd owned solar power producerSB Energy India. It will buy it for an enterprise value of 3.5billion. This follows the collapse of a plan to sellSoftBank’s entire 80% stake in SB Energy tothe Canada Pension Plan Investment Board(CPPIB) for an estimated 525 million.AstraZeneca followed by Pfizer dose is safe A Spanish study on mixing COVID-19vaccines has found that giving a dose ofPfizer's drug to people who already receivedthe first shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine ishighly safe and effective. The Combivacs study, run by Spain's CarlosIII Health Institute, found the presence of IgGantibodies in the bloodstream was between30 and 40 times higher in people who got thefollow-up Pfizer shot.Google unveils new AI model LaMDA Google has made a new leap in developingconversational artificial intelligence (AI)models, developing a system that can hold itsown in natural conversations. The company announced LaMDA during thefirst-day keynote of Google I/O, its yearlydeveloper conference, on 18 May 2021.
LaMDA stands for Language Model forDialogue Applications and aims to replacerobotic conversations with AI.Karnataka provides 1,250 cr relief package The move is aimed at encouraging efforts bycorporations, NGOs, and individuals andfacilitating donations of items such as oxygenconcentrators. Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa hasannounced a Covid-19 relief package of 1,250 crores. The Karnataka government will provide 3,000 each for auto/taxi drivers andconstruction workers, 2,000 for workers inthe unorganized sector and 10,000 perhectare for floriculture farmers. Meanwhile, the state received 2 lakh doses ofthe Covishield vaccine on 19 May 2021.American actor Charles Grodin passes awayAudio-Visual Guide App launched Leicester City has won FA Cup for the firsttime in their history, beating Chelsea 1-0 inthe final at Wembley. The final was watched by 21,000 fans at theWembley Stadium -- the biggest crowd inEngland since the resumption of sportingactivities in the wake of the Covid-19pandemic. Leicester City last reached the FA Cup final in1969. National Gallery of Modern Art,NGMA launched an Audio-Visual Guide Appon the occasion of International Museum Day,on 18 May 2021. Now it will be possible for museum viewers tolisten to anecdotes and stories related to thetreasured Indian modern art exhibited at theGallery, on their smartphone. The app is an audio-visual guide for exploringmodern art treasures.Telangana to join Ayushman Bharat Scheme Charles Grodin, an American actor known forhis comic roles in films such as Midnight Runand Beethoven, passed away in May 2021. He won the best actor at the 1988 ValladolidInternational Film Festival for his role inMidnight Run. He also won an Emmy in 1978 for cocomposing NBC's 'The Paul Simon Special'.Leicester City wins FA Cup for the first timeInternational Day against Homophobia: 17 May The Telangana government has decided tojoin the central government’s AyushmanBharat scheme. The State Medical and Health Departmenthas signed an MoU with the National HealthAuthority in this regard. The Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri JanArogya Yojana of the government of Indiaaims to provide free access to healthcare for50 crore people in the country. 17 May is annually observed asthe International Day against Homophobia,Transphobia and Biphobia. It’s a day to recognize that while the rights ofthe LGBTQI people have significantlyadvanced in recent decades, progressremains patchy and geographically uneven. The day marks the anniversary of the day in1990 when WHO took the step ofdeclassifying ‘homosexuality’ as a mentaldisorder.Haryana: First state to reimburse GSTWorld Hypertension Day: 17 May Haryana has become the first state in thecountry to allow reimbursement of goods andservices tax (GST) paid on Covid-relateddonations made to the state and state-runfacilities. This will be applicable till June 30, 2021. World Hypertension Day is observed on May17 in order to increase awareness about thecondition. Hypertension or high blood pressure is amedical condition in which the force orpressure of blood against the artery walls istoo high.2 Page
A person has hypertension if his/her bloodpressure is above 140/90. The theme for 2021 is ‘Measure Your BloodPressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer’.Vandita Kaul: Nominee Director on board of BoI Bank of India (BOI) has informed that thegovernment has appointed Vandita Kaul,Additional Secretary in the Finance Ministry,to its board as a nominee Director. Bank of India has a total of eight members onits board, including the MD and CEO AtanuKumar Das, its four executive directors, onenominee director each from thegovernment and the RBI, and oneshareholder director.Ten highest-paid athletes in the world The ten highest-paid athletes in the world tookhome pretax gross earnings of 1.05 billionduring the past 12 months, 28% more than2019’s top earners. The combined haul falls just a few millionshort of the 1.06 billion record set in 2018. For the year 2020-21, McGregor is at the top,having collected a total of 180 million overthe last 12 months.Satoshi Uchida: Company Head of Suzuki Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt. Ltd hasappointed Satoshi Uchida as its newCompany Head as part of a global revamp bythe parent Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC). Uchida has succeeded Koichiro Hirao witheffect from May 1, 2021. In his last role, he was assigned to the US. He returns to India, where he had workedpreviously in the company as well as servedas Deputy Executive General Manager.India loses Iranian gas field to local firm India has lost the ONGC Videsh Ltddiscovered Farzad-B gas field in the PersianGulf after Iran awarded a contract fordeveloping the giant gas field to a localcompany. The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) hassigned a contract worth 1.78 billion with3 PagePetropars Group for the development ofFarzad B Gas Field in the Persian Gulf.IIT-Bombay designs prototype to reuse oxygen A team of alumni and researchers at the IITBombay have built a breathing device thatcan reduce wastage of oxygen when a Covid19 patient is put on assisted breathing supportsuch as ventilators. The prototype, called ‘reBreather’, is a semiclosed circular breathing system that will allowpatients to breathe in unused exhaled oxygen.Govt brings changes in Customs rules The Govt has brought changes in the existingCustoms rules, IGCR 2017 to boost tradefacilitation. The Central Board of Indirect Taxes andCustoms has introduced changes through theCustoms (Import of Goods at ConcessionalRate of Duty) Amendment Rules, 2021. The IGCR, 2017 lay down the procedures inwhich an importer can avail the benefit of aconcessional Customs duty on import ofgoods.Appointments and Resignations: The mind behind Facebook’s Oculus, HugoBarra has left the company. He wasappointed as the VP of Augmented Realityand Virtual Reality at Facebook. NASA has assigned astronaut Kayla Barronto serve as a mission specialist for SpaceXCrew-3 mission. Ukraine fired its 3rd Health Minister, MaksymStepanov since pandemic began, blaming himfor the nation’s spotty efforts to fight thepandemic.BJP veteran Chaman Lal Gupta passes away Chaman Lal Gupta, veteran BJP leader andformer Union Minister passed away on 18May 2021 due to post covid complications. He was elected to the 11th Lok Sabha fromthe Udhampur constituency of Jammu in 1996and re-elected to the 12th and 13th LokSabha in 1998 and 1999.
He had held key portfolios like Civil Aviation,Food Processing Industries and Defence(MoS).'Darwin's Arch' collapses from erosion A famous rock formation off the GalapagosIslands known as Darwin's Arch hascollapsed into the sea. The formation, named after the Englishbiologist Charles Darwin, is considered a topdiving location in the Pacific Ocean. The top of Darwin's Arch, located in thenorthern part of the Galapagos Islands, fell as"a consequence of natural erosion,"IIT-M team grows brain tissues in bioreactor IIT Madras and Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology scientists have grown humanbrain tissues called ‘organoids’ with help of a3D printed bioreactor that they developed. The aim was to observe the brain tissueswhile they grow and develop a technologythat can potentially accelerate medicaldiscoveries for diseases such as cancer andneurological disorders like Alzheimer’s andParkinson’s.Punjab to give Rs 10 lakh grant to villages Captain Amarinder Singh-led Punjabgovernment on 18 May 2021 announced aspecial development grant of 10 lakh toevery village that achieves a 100%vaccination target. This move was announced under the stategovernment's flagship 'Corona Mukt PindAbhiyan' scheme. The scheme will help to inoculate all thebeneficiaries eligible to take the jab againstCOVID-19.Govt to sell SUUTI stake in Axis Bank The government will sell a nearly 2% stake inAxis Bank Ltd. held through SpecifiedUndertaking of the Unit Trust of India(SUUTI). A move is expected to fetch around Rs 3,969crore to the exchequer in divestment receipts.4 Page The government will sell its 1.21% stake inAxis Bank. It has also kept the option to additionally sellits 0.74% stakes in the private sector lender.Brazil to join Chile to lay Internet cable Brazil plans to join a Chile-led project to lay afiber optic cable connecting South Americaand Asia, in a bid to expand digitalconnectivity in the region. The 388-mn, 8000-mile cable would connectValparaiso, Chile through New Zealand toSydney, Australia, where it could be linked tolines in Asia. Brazil, Argentina, and Chile represent 80percent of South America's internet traffic.Shree Malani Foams Pvt Ltd wins an award Shree Malani Foams Pvt. Ltd. has won thecoveted 'Star Export House' award from theMinistry of Commerce and Industry. The certification is valid for 5 years between2021 to 2026. It has emerged as the first and only mattressand mattress components company to beawarded this honour in the past 5 years. It is the largest exporter of mattress andmattress components from India.IDRBT building Financial Infrastructure The Institute for Development and Researchin Banking Technology (IDRBT), an arm ofRBI, is building next-generation DigitalFinancial Infrastructure. The National Digital Financial Infrastructure(NADI) would provide a roadmap andframework for future digital financial servicesgrowth in the country. It will consist of modern network infrastructurewhich includes 5G/Edge Cloud.W. Bengal govt to set up a Legislative Council West Bengal Chief Minister has announcedthat a Legislative Council (Vidhan Parishad)will be set up in the state. Only 6 states in India have a LegislativeCouncil, namely, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh,
Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, andKarnataka. A State Legislative Council existed in WestBengal from 1952 to 1969, before it wasdissolved by the United Front government. 50,000 ex-gratia for families in Delhi Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has announcedfinancial compensation for families whose kindied due to Covid-19. 50,000 ex gratia will be given to the familiesthat have had a Covid death. He also announced that families who had losttheir breadwinner will get a pension of 2,500every month. The children who had lost both parents willget 2,500 every month till they are 25 yearsold.Stupa signs agreement with ITTF International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)has collaborated with Indian startup, StupaSports Analytics. It will provide Artificial Intelligence (AI)enabled, real-time match and practiceanalytics solutions to leading players in all its226 member associations (countries). Stupa is working on Artificial Intelligenceenabled ball tracking and video analyticstechnology.Agro-export facilitation centre opened The Mahratta Chamber of Commerce,Industry, and Agriculture (MCCIA) hasteamed up with NABARD to launch India'sfirst agro-export facilitation centre in Pune. It will boost agricultural exports from theregion. There are also plans to set up a digitalpresence for the centre as well as subbranches in the region to ensure greateraccess.Rs 5 lakh aid to kin of govt employees: MP The Madhya Pradesh government haslaunched a scheme to provide financialassistance of Rs 5 lakh to the families of itsemployees who died of COVID-19. These reliefs would be provided under theMukhyamantri COVID-19 Vishesh AnugrahYojana (for financial assistance to families ofdeceased employees). This scheme is applicable from March 30,2021, to July 31, 2021.Manipur launches a mobile app Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh haslaunched a smartphone application for homedelivery of fresh vegetables. This will ensure that people get freshvegetables at their doorsteps during theCOVID-19 induced curfew. The MOMA market mobile application isavailable for download atwww.momamarket.com. Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA) isa unit of the state horticulture department.Coal India to invest Rs 35 crore Coal India Ltd has announced an investmentof Rs 35 crore to install 25 oxygen generationplants, across 22 hospitals, in a bid toaugment the supply of the life-saving gasamid a surge in COVID-19 infections. These O2 generation plants will be set up inCoal India's own hospitals and in districthospitals where four of its subsidiariesoperate to support 3,328 beds.Centre releases Rs 5,968 crore to 15 states The government has released Rs 5,968 croreto 15 states for the implementation of the JalJeevan Mission in the financial year 2021-22. This is the first tranche of the four to bereleased in this financial year. Of the central funds allocated under the JalJeevan Mission, 93 per cent is to be utilizedon developing water supply infrastructureAttempt Daily Current Affairs Quiz5 Page