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May 4 | Daily Current Affairs 2021
Table of Contents
1. International Fire Fighters’ Day celebrated on which date?
a) May 1
b) May 2
c) May 4
d) May 5
e) May 6
Answer: c) May 4
- International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) is observed annually on May 4 to honor the work of firefighting professionals, who dedicate their lives to the protection of people and property.
- On this day, the world’s communities recognize and honor the sacrifices that firefighters around the world make every day to ensure our communities and environment are safe.
- Besides other celebrations, current and past firefighters are thanked and honored for their work on this day.
History of the Day:
- The IFFD was instituted after a proposal was emailed out across the word on January 4, 1999.
- This happened shortly after the death of five firefighters in the bushfires in Australia in 1998.
- Firefighters in Linton, Australia were fighting a large bushfire and had called for mutual aid.
- Five firefighters – Garry Vredeveldt, Chris Evans, Stuart Davidson, Jason Thomas, and Matthew Armstrong – all loaded into the company’s truck and were dispatched as a strike team to help extinguish the bushfire.
- The five were doing their work in the hot zone when suddenly the wind changed direction and engulfed their truck in flames, killing all the 5 five firefighters.
- The tragic event, which happened on December 2, 1988, shook the world.
- The events of the day inspired JJ Edmondson to introduce an international holiday, which later came to be known as International Firefighters’ Day.
World Asthma Day is celebrated every year on the first Tuesday of May:
- The Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) in collaboration with health care groups and asthma educators, organizes events to spread awareness and care around this respiratory disease.
History of World Asthma Day:
- World Asthma Day was first celebrated in 1998 in more than 35 countries along with the first World Asthma Meeting held in Barcelona, Spain.
Theme of World Asthma Day 2021:
- The theme for this year World Asthma Day is ‘Uncovering Asthma Misconceptions’.
- The theme aims to address and bust widely held myths and misconceptions concerning asthma that hinders people suffering from the disease to enjoy life to the fullest, despite advancement in medical science.
2. Former Jammu & Kashmir Governor Jagmohan passes away. He won which award?
a) Padma Shri
b) Padma Vibhushan
c) Padma Bhushan
d) Both B & C
e) All A, B, C
Answer: e) All A, B, C
- Former Union Minister and Former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Jagmohan passed away in New Delhi.
- He was 94.
- A civil servant, Jagmohan also served as Lieutenant Governor of Delhi and Goa.
- He was nominated to the Rajya Sabha once and represented New Delhi in Lok Sabha thrice.
- In the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Cabinet, he served as the Union Minister for Communications, Urban Development, Tourism and Culture.
- He was honoured with Padma Shri in 1971, Padma Bhushan in 1977 and Padma Vibhushan in 2016.
- President Ram Nath Kovind has expressed grief over the demise of Jagmohan.
- Mr. Kovind said, the nation has lost a unique town planner, able administrator and man of letters.
- The President said, Mr. Jagmohan’s administrative and political career was marked by unparalleled brilliance and his death leaves a void that will be felt forever.
3. Padma Shri awardee Manas Bihari Verma passes away. He was related to which field?
d) Aeronautical Scientist
Answer: d) Aeronautical Scientist
- Aeronautical scientist Manas Bihari Verma died of heart attack at his native place in Darbhanga district of Bihar last night.
- He was 78.
- Mr Verma played a vital role in the development of the Light Combat Aircraft – Tejas.
- He was close associate of former President APJ Abdul Kalam.
- In 2018, he was conferred Padma Sri.
- Bihar Governor Phagu Chouhan and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar have expressed grief over Verma’s demise.
- Chief Minister said his role in the field of aeronautical engineering will always be remembered.
4. What is rank of IISER-Pune in the Centre for World University Rankings global 2000 list?
Answer: a) 1124
- Two institutions from Pune — the state-run Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) — have been ranked among the top 2,000 universities in the world by the Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR) 2021-2022.
- CWUR ranks universities and research institutions across medicine, science, social sciences and other streams.
- The assessment is done on the basis of quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty and research performance.
- While IISER, Pune has bagged the 22nd rank among Indian institutions, it stands at the 1,124th position globally.
- It is ranked the highest among the four IISERs in the CWUR list this year.
- The SPPU ranks 32nd among Indian institutions and 1,329th globally. On the basis of research performance, SPPU is ranked 1,327 while IISER, Pune is ranked 1,073.
- At least 97 Indian institutions and universities have made it to the top 2,000 list.
- IIM Ahmedabad, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, IIT Madras, IIT Bombay, University of Delhi, IIT Delhi, IIT Kharagpur, Panjab University and IIT Kanpur are ranked in the top 10 among Indian institutions.
- IITs at Roorkee, Guwahati, Gandhinagar, Bhubaneswar and Hyderabad have been ranked in the top 60 among Indian universities.
- Nationally, the IISERs at Kolkata (30), Bhopal (55) and Thiruvananthapuram (62) have been featured in the list.
- Other major universities ranked in the top 30 in India include Jawaharlal Nehru University (11), Banaras Hindu University (13), All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi (14), Jadavpur University (18), University of Calcutta (20), Visva Bharati University (21), Aligarh Muslim University (24), Indian Agricultural Research Institute (26), University of Hyderabad (27), Xavier School of Management (28) and Vellore Institute of Technology (29).
BANKING AND FINANCE
5. RBI imposed how much amount monetary penalty on ICICI Bank for contravention of certain directions?
a) Rs 3 crore
b) Rs 5 crore
c) Rs 1 crore
d) Rs 2 crore
e) Rs 10 crore
Answer: a) Rs 3 crore
- The RBI has imposed a monetary penalty of Rs 3 crore on ICICI Bank for ”Contravention of certain directions issued by the RBI contained in Master Circular on ‘Prudential Norms for Classification, Valuation and Operation of Investment Portfolio by Banks’, the central bank said.
- ICICI Bank in a stock exchange filing said the penalty has been imposed under certain provisions of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 for shifting certain investments from HTM category to AFS category in May 2017.
- After considering the banks reply to the notice, oral submissions made in the personal hearing and examination of additional submissions made by it, the RBI said it came to the conclusion that the charge of non-compliance with RBI directions was substantiated and warranted imposition of monetary penalty.
RBI imposes ₹25.50 lakh penalty on Jaipur-based Jumbo Finvest (India) Ltd:
- The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed a monetary penalty of ₹25.50 lakh on Jumbo Finvest (India) Ltd, Jaipur, for non-compliance with provisions of two of its directions.
- RBI, in a statement, said the monetary penalty has been imposed for non-compliance with certain provisions of its directions contained in ‘Non-Banking Financial Company – Systemically Important Non-Deposit taking Company and Deposit taking Company (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2016’ and ‘Reserve Bank of India, Know Your Customer (KYC) Directions, 2016’.
- “This penalty has been imposed in exercise of powers vested in RBI under the provisions of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934, taking into account the failure of the company to adhere to the aforesaid directions issued by RBI,” the statement said.
Act: Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Governor– Shaktikanta Das
Deputy Governors– 4 (T Rabi Sankar, Mahesh Kumar Jain, Michael Debabrata Patra, M. Rajeshwar Rao)
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD & CEO-Sandeep Bakhshi
Tagline- Hum hai na, Khayal Apka
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY
6. Accenture has pledges USD 25 million for pandemic relief efforts in India. Who is the Chairperson & MD of Accenture in India?
a) Vashist M Menon
b) Rekha M Menon
c) Radhika M Menon
d) Vasugi M Menon
e) Mridhul Menon
Answer: b) Rekha M Menon
- Gobal IT and professional services company Accenture has pledged USD 25 million (about Rs 185 crore) for pandemic relief efforts in the country.
- This is in addition to the company’s ongoing investments in people and communities, Rekha M Menon, Chairperson and Senior Managing Director of Accenture in India, said in a blog post on LinkedIn.
- Additionally, Accenture will be augmenting existing hospitals with beds and ICUs and setting up portable hospitals.
- Menon – who was recently appointed as the Chairperson for IT industry body Nasscom – said Accenture is also engaging with the government to support vaccination camps and provide local language call-center support.
- To support its over 2,00,000 employees and their families in India, the company has built several resources including 24/7 telemedicine, care-at-home services, enhanced insurance coverage, virtual childcare, mental health support, and support for testing and vaccinations.
- IT companies like Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys and HCL Technologies are taking a number of steps to contribute to these efforts, including setting up COVID care centers at their facilities.
- Capgemini has committed Rs 50 crore to augment medical infrastructure in India, while SAP said it is doubling its COVID-19 Emergency Fund that was announced last year to 6 million euros.
Chairperson India-Rekha M Menon
7. Who has been appointed as 38th National President of FICCI Ladies Organization?
a) Madhava Kumar
b) Lalith Sankar
c) Ujjwala Singhania
d) Rakesh Mittal
e) Ramkumar Singh
Answer: c) Ujjwala Singhania
- Mrs. Ujjwala Singhania has been appointed as the National President of FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO), the oldest women-led & women-centric business chamber of Southeast Asia.
- She took over as the 38th President of FLO at the FLO’s 37th Annual Session in presence of eminent personalities including Smt. Smriti Irani, Honourable Minister for Women & Child Development, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Honourable Minister for Rural Development, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister for Development of North Eastern Region, Government of India among others.
- As the 38th National President of FLO Mrs. Singhania will focus on empowering women by facilitating an enabling environment that promotes entrepreneurship, industry participation and economic development of women.
- Under her leadership, FLO will carry out many interventions towards fostering larger contributions of women in Indias Industrial and economic growth story.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
8. IIT-Madras partnered with which country researchers developed paper-based sensor to detect antimicrobial pollutants?
Answer: e) UK
- The research on developing the paper-based sensor to detect anti-microbial pollutants was funded by the department of science and technology in collaboration with the United Kingdom”s Natural Environment Research Council under the Indo-UK Water Quality Research programme.
- IIT-M, the sensor works on a ‘see and tell’ mechanism that makes it logistically effective for wide implementation.
- Scientific communities were engaged in the study of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the water bodies were the major source for the dissemination and transfer of AMR.
- Underlining the need for periodic monitoring of antimicrobial pollutants in water bodies, antibiotic resistant genes was the key to assess the current situation of Antimicrobial Resistance in the country.
Prime Minister- Boris Johnson
9. Serum Institute India (SII) set to invest how much amount in Britain to expand its vaccine business?
a) 250 million pound
b) 500 million pound
c) 100 million pound
d) 200 million pound
e) 240 million pound
Answer: e) 240 million pound
- The Serum Institute of India will invest GBP 240 million in the UK to expand its vaccine business and set up a new sales office creating a large number of jobs, Downing Street has announced as part of plans for a GBP 1 billion India-UK Enhanced Trade Partnership creating around 6,500 jobs in Britain.
- The Pune-based vaccine manufacturer is among a list of nearly 20 Indian companies across sectors such as healthcare, biotech and software services to announce significant investment plans in the UK.
- It was also revealed that the Serum Institute of India (SII) has started phase one trials in the UK of a nasal vaccine against coronavirus.
- The sales office is expected to generate new business worth over USD 1 billion, GBP 200 million of which will be invested into the UK, Downing Street said in reference to SII’s plans for the UK market.
- Serum’s investment will support clinical trials, research and development and possibly manufacturing of vaccines.
- This will help the UK and the world to defeat the coronavirus pandemic and other deadly diseases.
- Serum has already started phase one trials in the UK of a one-dose nasal vaccine for coronavirus, in partnership with Codagenix INC, it said.
- In the field of healthcare, another Indian investment highlight includes GBP 59 million by biotech firm Global Gene Corp over the next five years.
- It will create 110 highly skilled jobs in the UK, mostly based in the R&D centre at Wellcome Genome Campus in Cambridge, which is the site of the Human Genome Project.
Serum Institute of India (SII):
Founder-Cyrus S Poonawalla
10. The Delhi Chief Minister announced how much amount to autorickshaw & taxi drivers?
Answer: c) 5000
- The Delhi government announced to provide free ration to all ration cardholders for the next two months.
- “We have decided that all ration card holders in Delhi, around 72 lakh in number, will be given free ration for the next two months,” said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
- Rs 5,000 each to all the autorickshaw drivers and taxi drivers in the national capital.
- The Delhi government had last week said it has disbursed ex gratia payments of
Rs 5,000 each to construction workers registered under the Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board.
Chief Minister-Arvind Kejriwal
11. Which state education minister launches Auro Scholarship Programme is organized by Sri Aurobindo Society?
c) West Bengal
Answer: d) Tripura
- In a virtual event organised by Sri Aurobindo Society, Education Minister of Tripura Ratan Lal Nath launched ‘Auro Scholarship Programme’ of Sri Aurobindo Society for all the students of the state.
- This one of its kind initiatives, Auro Scholarship Programme, provides the monthly micro-scholarship to the students in order to motivate them towards achieving better learning outcomes once students achieve benchmark performance in 10-min curriculum aligned Quizzes conducted on Auro Scholar App.
- Working through Auro Scholar App, Auro Scholarship programme awards monthly micro-scholarships to K-12 students on achieving benchmark performance in a 10-min curriculum-aligned quiz on an internet enabled phone.
- The parents receive up to Rs 1,000/month (INR 50 per quiz, for 20 quizzes across 5 subjects) in their bank account, which they can use to pay for their child’s education in various ways.
- This model of monthly micro-scholarships is a 1st of its kind and goes a long way in incentivizing the learning outcomes.
- Since the national launch around one and a half years ago, lakhs of users have registered themselves on Auro Scholar App and around 15 lakh assessments have been taken by the students since the start of the programme.
- Auro Scholar aims to eventually reach 25 cr K-12 children across the country and incentivize them for learning.
Chief Minister-Biplap Kumar Deb
12. J & K LG Manoj Sinha approves how much amount special incentives for resident doctors of covid-19 warriors?
a) Rs 5,000
b) Rs 10,000
c) Rs 7,000
d) Rs 6,000
e) Rs 15,000
Answer: b) Rs 10,000
- Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Monday approved special financial incentives for COVID-19 Warriors of Health and Medical Education Department of the union territory.
- As per a statement, the decision will benefit more than 17,000 Corona warriors including resident doctors, medical officers, paramedical/nursing staff, drivers and class IV employees.
- The incentive will be Rs 10,000 per month for resident doctors, PGs and Medical Officers, Rs 7,000 per month for nursing and paramedical staff, and Rs 5,000 per month for drivers, sweepers and attendants.
- “The tenure of these incentives shall be initially for a period of 03 months and will be paid from May 2021 onwards”.
Jammu & Kashmir:
Capital- Srinagar (Summer), Jammu (Winter)
Governor- Manoj Sinha
13. Country’s first ‘Drive in Vaccination Center’ inaugurated in which place in Maharashtra?
Answer: a) Mumbai
- The Nation’s first ‘Drive in Vaccination Center’ was inaugurated by MP Rahul Shewale in Mumbai.
- This center has been set up in the parking lot of Kohinoor Square Tower at Dadar.
- This first of its kind ‘Drive in Vaccination Center’ facility has been made available to the citizens at a time when people with disabilities are facing difficulties in getting to the vaccination center.
- The center also provides transportation facilities to the citizens who do not have their own vehicles.
- The vaccination has been started from today and the facility is available for all the sections of the society.
- MP Rahul Shewale informed that this facility will be provided in other multi-parking lots in the city, after assessing the success of this first project.
Chief Minister-Uddhav Thackeray
Governor-Bhagat Singh Koshyari
14. Which State/UT launches ‘Sanjeevani Vehicles’ to pump Oxygen to hospitals?
d) J & K
Answer: b) Jharkhand
- Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren launched ”Sanjeevani Vehicles” – oxygen trucks to rush to any hospital in state capital Ranchi in case of an SOS.
- Similar vehicles are planned to be deployed at other districts including Dhanbad and Jamshedpur.
- Jharkhand-based steel plants have been supplying medical oxygen to various states amid the COVID-19 crisis.
- Domestic giant Tata Steel has stepped up the supply of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) to 800 tonne per day from its plants, including in Jamshedpur, while SAIL through its arm in Bokaro is pumping oxygen to the states that are facing an acute shortage.
- Responding to the national urgency, Tata Steel is currently supplying 800 tonne per day of LMO to various Indian states and hospitals, through its manufacturing units in Jamshedpur (Jharkhand), Kalinganagar (Odisha), and Dhenkanal (Odisha), an official said.
- It is supplying liquid medical oxygen to Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Odisha, among others.
- State-run Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) has supplied 4,695 tonnes of LMO to various states since April.
- The Bokaro Steel Plant (BSL) of SAIL has supplied 4,694.51 metric tonne of liquid medical oxygen to Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand from April 1 to May 2.
Chief Minister-Hemant Soren