Current affairs April 05 2020

1. What is the name of the mobile application launched by the Government of India, to enable people the risk of coronavirus infection?

Ans: Aarogya setu (The app built through public private partnership “assesses themselves the risk for their catching the Corona Virus infection. It will calculate this based on their interaction with others, using cutting edge Bluetooth technology, algorithms and artificial intelligence,”Once installed in a smart phone, the app detects other nearby devices with AarogyaSetu installed. The app can then calculate the risk of infection based on sophisticated parameters if any of these contacts is tested positive. “The App will help the Government take necessary timely steps for assessing risk of spread of COVID-19 infection, and ensuring isolation where required,)

2. The United Nation’s COP 26 climate change summit, which has been postponed to 2021, was scheduled to be held in which city?

Ans : Glasgow (A major UN climate change conference due to take place in November has been postponed until 2021 because of the corona virus pandemic.

The COP26 summit was set to be hosted by the U.K. at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow, Scotland, with over 30,000 people expected to attend.In a statement issued Wednesday, the U.K. government said new dates for the conference would be “set out in due course” following talks.

“In light of the ongoing, worldwide effects of COVID-19, holding an ambitious, inclusive COP26 in November 2020 is no longer possible,” the government added.

3.  The Union Agriculture Minister launched new features of national Agriculture Market (e–NAM) platform amid the lockdown. When was e–NAM launched in India?

Ans: 2016 (Shri Narendra Singh Tomar reiterated that e-NAM was launched on 14 April 2016 as a pan-India electronic trade portal linking APMCs across the States. Already 585 mandis in 16 States and 02 Union Territories have been integrated on e-NAM portal. He also said that e-NAM will be soon expanded to cover additional 415 mandis, which will take the total number of e-NAM mandis to 1,000.   Further highlighting, he said e-NAM provides for contactless remote bidding and mobile-based any time payment for which traders do not need to either visit mandis or banks for the same. This helps improve social distancing and safety in the APMC markets to fight against COVID-19. a critical role in maintaining the supply chain of Grains, Fruits & Vegetables. e-NAM is well poised to play a critical role during the period of Covid-19 to decongest mandis while helping the farmers at same time. For this purpose following 03 modules have been launched for enhancing the effectiveness of e-NAM.)

4.  As per recent survey, about one – fourth of Indians currently pay for news. Which international organisation conducted the survey?

Ans: World Economic Forum

( The World Economic Forum (WEF), about one-fourth of the consumers in India pay for news at present but nearly two-third of the population are willing to pay.

Amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the role of media has become vital in the society. The World Economic Forum (WEF) conducted a survey of news and entertainment consumers in six markets including China, Germany, India, South Korea, the UK and the US. It also revealed that 60% of consumers registered for a media service.)

5. Gita Ramjee, an Indian – origin South African who recently passed away after contracting coronavirus, was associated with which profession?

Ans: Virologist (World-renowned virologist Gita Ramjee has become the first Indian-origin South African to have died after contracting the novel coronavirus that has killed five people in the country. Ramjee, a stellar vaccine scientist and an HIV prevention research leader, had returned from London a week ago but reportedly showed no symptoms of COVID-19.

Ramjee, 64, was the Clinical Trials Unit Principal Investigator and Unit Director of the HIV Prevention Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) offices in Durban.)

6.  The application called ‘Neighbourly’. Which was recently shut down, was initially launched by major tech firm?

Ans: Google (Technological major Google has recently shut down its neighbourhood community app called Neighbourly, which will be completely closed on May 12, 2020. The application which was launched two years ago, hasn’t gained much userbase as expected and hence it has been shut down. The users will be able to download the content of the application until October 12 of this year.)

7.  What will be the growth rate of India in the current fiscal year of according to the ADB?

Ans: 4.0% (The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has projected India’ growth to slow down to 4% in the current fiscal year, citing weak global demand and the government’s Covid-19 containment efforts. The outlook for India remains subdued, with growth slowing from 5.0% last fiscal year to 4.0% this year, it said in the Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2020. The ADO is its annual flagship economic publication. The bank expects the country’s gross domestic product growth to strengthen to 6.2% in FY22, boosted by government reforms. The forecast assumes that the Covid-19 pandemic dissipates and full economic activity resumes from the second quarter of this fiscal year.)

8.  Which international financial institution has granted $1 billion found to India for Covid – 19?

Ans: World Bank (The World Bank has approved $1 billion emergency funding for India to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed 53 lives and infected more than 2,000 people in the country.The World Bank’s first set of aid projects, amounting to $1.9 billion, will assist 25 countries, and new operations are moving forward in over 40 nations, the bank said on Thursday. The largest chunk of the emergency financial assistance has gone to India.)

9. DLS mathematical method formula associated with which game, Tony – Lewis, who devised DLS Method?

Ans: Cricket  (Duckworth–Lewis–Stern method (DLS) is a mathematical formulation designed to calculate the target score for the team batting second in a limited overs cricket match interrupted by weather or other circumstances. The method was devised by two English statisticians; it was introduced in 1997, and adopted officially by the ICC in 1999. After the retirements of Duckworth and Lewis, Professor Steven Stern became the custodian of the method and it was renamed to its current title in November 2014.)

10. What was initially planned to be held in which city the 2021 World game?

Ans:  Brimingham  (Thousands of athletes and spectators from 100 countries around the globe will converge upon Birmingham for the 2021 World Games. The International World Game Executive Committee just announced its selection of Birmingham from among the three finalists vying for the international games. Birmingham beat Lima, Peru and Ufa, Russia for the event.

Supporters of Birmingham’s bid are hailing this morning’s announcement as a coup for the city, region and state. Landing the event could have a $256.5 million economic impact to the Birmingham region.)

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