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1. Nirmala Sitharaman participates in 2nd G20 meeting of Finance Ministers

– Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman participated in the 2nd Extraordinary G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting under the Saudi Arabian Presidency, to discuss the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy and coordinate efforts in response to this global challenge.

– Ms Sitharaman appreciated the Saudi Presidency for organizing these meetings which provide opportunity to all G20 members to not only share their individual experiences but also to work in better coordination.

– G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors during the 1st Extraordinary Virtual G20 meeting held on March 23 had decided to meet virtually on a regular basis to continue discussions on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, including its impact on markets and economic conditions and take further actions to support the economy during and after this phase.

– This meeting was held to follow up on discussion of the 1st virtual meeting as well as to discuss the follow-up in line with the statement made by G20 Leaders during the G20 Virtual Leaders Summit held on March 26. During the summit, the Leaders had tasked G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors to deliver a G20 Action Plan in Response to COVID-19, in close cooperation with relevant international organizations.

 

2. Govt extends crop loan interest benefits to farmers till May 31

– In the wake of national lockdown due to Covid-19, the Government has extended the benefit of two per cent Interest Subvention to Banks and three per cent Prompt Repayment Incentive to all farmers upto 31st of May this year.

– The interest subsidy has been extended to all crop loans upto 3 lakh rupees given by banks which have become due or are becoming due between 1st of this month to 31st May, 2020.

– Ministry of Agriculture said that many farmers are not able to travel to bank branches amid lockdown for payment of their short term crop loan dues and difficulty in timely sale and receipt of payment of their produce facing difficulties in repayment of their crop loans.

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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the name given to the 2019 novel coronavirus. COVID-19 is the name given to the disease associated with the virus. SARS-CoV-2 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.

 

3. Government of India launches coronavirus tracking app ‘Corona Kavach’

– The Government of India has launched a coronavirus risk-tracking app called ‘Corona Kavach.’ This app uses a person’s location to assess whether they are in the high risk geographical zone or not.

– Corona Kavach is designed to provide information about COVID-19 and capture information. It will track the data of the users every one hour to alert them of whether they have crossed paths with any person who has tested positive for the infection.

– It is jointly developed by the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the name given to the 2019 novel coronavirus. COVID-19 is the name given to the disease associated with the virus. SARS-CoV-2 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.

 

4. National Gallery of Modern Art celebrates 66 years by launching virtual tour

– National Gallery of Modern Art is celebrating 66 years by launching a virtual tour of its permanent collection for the visitors to enjoy without having to physically visit the Museum during these days.

– It is for the first time that the National Gallery of Modern Art has provided the facility of virtual tour of its permanent collection to art lovers.

– The National Gallery of Modern Art is the premier art gallery under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
The main museum at Jaipur House in New Delhi was established on 29 March 1954 by the Government of India.

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The National Gallery of Modern Art is the premier art gallery under Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The main museum at Jaipur House in New Delhi was established on 29 March 1954 by the Government of India, with subsequent branches at Mumbai and Bangalore.

 

5. Musk’s SpaceX wins NASA award for planned lunar space station

– NASA picked a new space capsule from Elon Musk’s SpaceX to ferry cargo and supplies to the agency’s planned lunar space station.

– It is a crucial building block to its plans to build a permanent post on the moon and mount future missions to Mars.
SpaceX will get a portion of a $7 billion NASA contract to use its biggest rocket, Falcon Heavy, to send a new “Dragon XL” spacecraft to the Lunar Gateway.

– The Dragon XL spacecraft will carry research supplies that will help future astronauts on the surface of the moon collect lunar samples.

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA was established in 1958.

Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States

 

6. Uttar Pradesh govt transfers Rs 611 cr to 27.15 lakh MNREGA workers

– Uttar Pradesh government has transferred 611 crore rupees in accounts of 27.15 lakh MNREGA workers.
An average amount of 2,250 rupees was transferred in their respective accounts electronically.

– Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath spoke to many MNREGA labourers through video conferencing and assured them that apart from money all labourers will also get three months’ free ration and free cylinders.

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UP Governor: Anandiben Patel; Capital: Lucknow

 

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