1. Haryana launches ‘Covid Emergency Loan Scheme’
- To ensure uninterrupted flow of vital medical supplies to fight the Covid-19 pandemic in the State, Haryana Government announced “Haryana Covid Emergency Loan Scheme” for new and old entrepreneurs supplying medicines, oxygen and other medical facilities to Covid-19 patients.
- For this, the State Government has set up a fund of Rs 500 crore.
2. Haryana to provide jobs to abandoned, surrendered children under HARIHAR scheme
- The Haryana cabinet approved a policy to provide jobs on compassionate grounds and economically weaker section (EWS) status to children either abandoned or surrendered and turned 18-year-old while living in child-care institutions across state.
- The children abandoned when below 5 years of age and surrendered before turning one-year-old will be eligible for benefits of HARIHAR initiative of the Haryana government. Under the policy, eligible children will get benefits of education, employment, and financial support.
3. India builds infrastructures for three educational institutions in Nepal’s Palpa
- India has built infrastructures three educational institutions in Nepal’s Palpa district and handed it over in the last two days, the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu announced.
- Newly constructed buildings of Shree Rambha Higher Secondary School, Shree Laxmi Higher Secondary School and Shree Nava Adarsha Multiple Campus respectively, built with Government of India’s financial assistance of NRs. 98.37 Million, were virtually inaugurated by Shri Karun Bansal, First Secretary (DP&R) of the Embassy of India, Kathmandu, District Coordination Committee, Palpa and School Management Committee and local representatives.
4. Russia plans its own space station in 2025
- Russia’s space agency said it hoped to launch its own orbital station in 2025 as Moscow considers withdrawing from the International Space Station programme to go it alone and build and manage its own floating laboratory that will be launched into orbit by 2030.
5. India’s demographic advantage to overtake China’s by 2035, says China’s central bank report
- China’s demographic transition owing particularly to its stricter birth policies has grappled it with the problem of ageing population and dwindling work-force. A report released by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), China’s central bank, said that China should immediately liberalise its birth policies to tackle the problems of an ageing population and plan to compete economically with a demographically young India and an immigration-friendly US.
6. Arvind Kejriwal to represent Delhi, India at World Cities Cultural Forum
- Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will be representing Delhi and India at the World Cities Cultural Forum (WCCF), according to a statement issued by the city government.
- He has been invited by Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, to participate in the forum that comprises 40 world cities, including London, Tokyo and New York, that recognise the impact and importance of culture and creativity, and seek to inculcate these values in public policy and city planning.
7. WHO unveils global immunization strategy to save 50 million lives by 2030
- A UN-led global immunization strategy was unveiled to reach more than 50 million children who have missed lifesaving jabs against measles and other diseases because of COVID-19 disruption.
- WHO, along with UNICEF and the vaccine alliance Gavi, said their new global strategy has the potential to save 50 million lives within less than a decade.
BANKING & FINANCE
8. Axis Direct Launches a Revolutionary mobile application – Axis Direct RING
- Axis Direct – the flagship brand of Axis Securities, a fully-owned subsidiary of Axis Bank, announced the launch of a revolutionary mobile app- ‘Axis Direct RING’ to make investment in stock markets simple, fast, and rewarding.
9. RBI Imposes Ceiling of 70 Years for MD, CEO of Private Bank
- The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) fixed the tenure of MD, CEO and whole-time director (WTD) in a private sector bank at 15 years and prescribed the maximum age of 70 years for such functionaries.
- The maximum age limit for chairman and non-executive directors has been fixed at 75 years.The RBI directives also stipulate that the fixed remuneration for an NED, other than the chair of the board, shall not exceed Rs 20 lakh per annum.
10. NDB issues USD 1.5 billion benchmark bond
- The New Development Bank (NDB) priced its 5-year USD 1.5 billion benchmark bond. This transaction is the third USD benchmark bond offering of the Bank in the international markets.
11. Aceware launches first neobank in Kerala
- Aceware FinTech Services, a fintech services company based out of Kerala, launched the state’s first neobank, Ace Money Neobank, in partnership with Yes Bank and ICICI Bank.
- In the first phase, startups, traders and business entities can open current accounts with the neobank.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
12. CII IGBC launches ‘Mission on Net Zero’
- Coinciding with Earth Day, the CII Indian Green Building Council has launched ‘IGBC Mission on Net Zero’ to facilitate ‘India achieve net zero carbon emission status by 2050’.
- More than 250 leading organisations in building sector have committed to achieve Net Zero status for their new and existing buildings.
13. AP inks MoU with Microsoft to skill over 1.6L
- In a major initiative, the state government has roped in Microsoft to take up skill development training for college students and unemployed youth in Andhra Pradesh .
- Microsoft has agreed to provide training to about 1.62 lakh students in the coming one year.
14. World Trade Center Faridabad signs MoU with HSIIDC to promote trade and investment in Haryana
- The Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) entered into a MoU with the World Trade Center (WTC) recently to promote and facilitate trade and investment in the state.
- The MoU was signed with the intent of bringing in national and international investment in the state with the help of WTC, especially for the industrial estate at Faridabad.
15. Mahamat Idriss Déby emerges as Chad’s new President
- A son of the assassinated leader of Chad Idriss Deby Itno is to succeed the presidency in place of his father, according to a charter published by the presidency.
- The charter says that General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, 37, who was appointed head of the transition to the head of a military council following the death of his father, “will serve as president of the republic “and will also serve as the head of the armed forces.
16. Govt Appoints Economic Affairs Secretary Ajay Seth on RBI Board
- The Reserve Bank said the government has appointed Economic Affairs Secretary Ajay Seth on the central bank’s board.
- Seth replaces Tarun Bajaj, who was appointed as Revenue Secretary earlier this month.
- The nomination of Seth is effective from April 24, 2021, and until further orders, it said. In addition to the Economic Affairs Secretary, the other government nominee director on the central board is Financial Services Secretary Debasish Panda.
17. Bengaluru-based lady entrepreneur Vibha Harish makes it to Forbes Asia’s 30 ‘Under-30’ list
- Bengaluru-based lady entrepreneur Vibha Harish, CEO and founder of herbal nutrition and plant-based supplement company Cosmix, has made it to the Forbes Asia’s 30 Under- 30 in just one year of opening her venture. At present.
18.Argentina, Brazil, Uganda and Vanuatu crowned ICC Global Development award winners
- Argentina, Brazil, Uganda and Vanuatu were announced as the global winners of the ICC development awards for 2020.The awards are given to members for working to grow cricket in emerging markets in partnership with the ICC.
- The global award for the ICC Development Initiative of the Year has been awarded to Cricket Argentina for producing 17 coaching, umpiring and scoring courses in Spanish to attract local audiences in South America to cricket.
- Cricket Brazil has been awarded the 100% Cricket Female Cricket Initiative of the Year after taking a huge step forward in the development of the women’s game in South America by awarding 14 professional central contracts to the women’s national team.
- The ICC Digital Fan Engagement of the Year has been awarded to the Vanuatu Cricket Association for providing cricket to fans during the pandemic when the Women’s T20 Grand Final was the only live sporting event available.
- The Uganda Cricket Association has won the Cricket 4 Good Social Impact Initiative of the Year for supporting hundreds of their players, volunteers and their families through a COVID-19 relief programme.
19. Agneepath, Ram Lakhan Editor Waman Bhonsle passee away
- National-award winning editor Waman Bhonsle passed away at his residence in Mumbai due to age-related issues. He was 87.
- In his four-decade-long career, he worked with several noted filmmakers including Subhash Ghai, Shekar Kapur, Mahesh Bhatt, Gulzaar, Raj Sippy, Anil Ganguly, Sunil Dutt, others.
BOOKS & AUTHORS
20.‘The Living Mountain: A Fable for Our Times’ by Amitav Ghosh
- The Living Mountain is a new story by Jnanpith winner and internationally renowned author Amitav Ghosh, written during the course of the pandemic.
- It is a fable for the current times: a cautionary tale of how humans have systematically exploited nature, leading to an environmental collapse.
- HarperCollins Publishers India will publish The Living Mountain as a special standalone edition in January 2022 under its prestigious Fourth Estate imprint.
- The book will also be published simultaneously in Hindi, and as an ebook and an audiobook.
21. World Immunization Week
- World Immunization Week is a global public health campaign to raise awareness and increase rates of immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases around the world. It takes place each year during last week of April(24-30).
- The theme of World Immunization Week is ‘Vaccines bring us closer’.