Current affairs is one of the inevitable and compulsive topic in almost every competitive examinations. It is inevitable for an aspirant to get updated on daily current affairs happening around the world. Daily newspaper reading and follow-ups are necessary for mastering these current affairs section. In this article, we have provided the top weekly current affairs from April 27 to May 03, 2020 which will help all aspirants to improve scores in their competitive examination like PSC, SSC, RRB and Banking.
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Top Weekly Current Affairs for all Competitive Exams 2020 April 27 to May 03
Here are the list of top current affairs of the week April 27 to May 03, 2020 which will be helpful for all competitive examinations like PSC, SSC, RRB, Banking etc.
Hubble Space Telescope: NASA’s longest living Space Telescope celebrates 30th anniversary
- On April 24, 2020, NASA celebrated its 30 years of launch of Hubble Space Telescope.It is one of the longest living Space Telescopes in the world.
- The Hubble Space Observatory is run in partnership with European Space Agency.The telescope has played a crucial role in the discovery of accelerating expansion of the cosmos. Also, it was the Hubble Telescope that gave evidence of the existence of black holes in the centres of the galaxy.
- The Telescope has its own unique design to be repaired and upgraded by the astronauts.It is the longest living space telescope on the earth.
World Intellectual Property Day is observed on 26 April
- World Intellectual Property Day is observed on 26 April every year.
- The day is observed to learn about the role that intellectual property (IP) rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity.
- World Intellectual Property Day provides an opportunity for IP offices, enterprises, and inventors to discuss and connect with each other about new innovations that will help to shape the world and improve the living of people.
- The World Intellectual Property Day 2020 carves a pathway to a green future. Hence, WIPO organizes a campaign “Innovate for a green future” that aims to create awareness about the need to preserve the environment.
India provided Bangladesh one lakh anti-malarial HCQ tablets and 50,000 surgical gloves
- On April 27, 2020, India sent 1 lakh Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) tablets, 50,000 sterile surgical gloves and other emergency medical supplies to Bangladesh.
- Earlier, India had provided 15,000 headcovers and 30,000 surgical masks to Bangladesh in the first tranche of assistance under COVID-19 emergency funds.
- The emergency fund was created by PM Modi during his interaction with the SAARC leaders on March 15, 2020.
- The All India Institute of Medical Science held a webinar for the SAARC medical professionals that was attended by many people from Bangladesh.
India became third largest military spender in the world
- Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) report titled “Trends in World Military Expenditure, 2019” stated that India has become the third-largest military spender in the world, after the US and China.
- Russia and Saudi Arabia were in fourth and fifth places respectively.The top three military spenders accounted for 62% of the world military expenditure.
- The military spending of India grew by 6.8% to $71.1 billion in 2019. This was the highest military spending in South Asia.
- According to the report, the military expenditure of India increased due to its increasing tensions with Pakistan over the Kashmir issue.
Lucknow Medical Hospital first in the country to launch Plasma Treatment Therapy
- On April 27, 2020, the King George Medical University in Uttar Pradesh became the first government hospital to launch plasma therapy to treat COVID-19.The first dose of plasma therapy was given to a 58-year old patient.
- The Drug Controller General of India (DGCI) recently cleared the proposal of plasma therapy that was submitted by ICMR.
- The method was used in the past to treat diseases such as polio, measles, mumps, 1918 flu epidemic, and in previous outbreaks of respiratory infections namely H1N1 influenza, SARS, and MERS.
- Under the method, Plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 will be collected. It is believed that it might contain antibodies to the virus that causes the disease and might be effective against the infection.
Hydrogen Fuel Bus and car launched by NTPC
- The National Thermal Power Corporation recently launched ten Hydrogen Fuel Cell based buses and 10 similar electric cars.
- The buses and cars were launched in New Delhi and Leh. Similar proposal is under implementation in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
- NTPC has been taking several such initiatives to provide e-mobility solutions for public transport.This includes providing charging infrastructure and electric bus to state and city transport systems.
- The initiative undertaken by NTPC to procure hydrogen fueled buses is to decarbonize the transport system in the country.
Ruhdaar: Low Cost Mechanical Ventilator developed by IIT Bombay
- Students from IIT Bombay, Islamic University of Science and Technology, NIT Srinagar have come together to invent a low-cost ventilator called “Ruhdaar”.
- The cost of production of one ventilator is Rs 10,000. The design was initiated by the first-year student of IIT Bombay from Kashmir.He began to design the ventilator after learning that his home, the Kashmir Valley had only 97 ventilators in all.
- In order to increase the number of ventilators in the country, the Government of India has been implementing a two-pronged approach.One is to increase domestic production of ventilators and the other is to search for supplies from different parts of the world.
- The Central Government has also identified nine manufactures in the country and has placed order of 59,000 units.
Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan passed away
- One of Bollywood’s most beloved stars Irrfan Khan passed away on 29 April 2020.
- He died at the age of 53. He died due to neuroendocrine tumour, a type of cancer. He was diagnosed with the disease in March 2018.
- Irfaan Khan’s last movie was ‘Angrezi Medium.’ His most famous films include the Academy Award-nominated Salaam Bombay, Maqbool (2004), Paan Singh Tomar (2011), The Lunchbox (2013), Haider (2014), Gunday (2014), Piku (2015) and Talvar (2015) and Hindi Medium (2017).
Justice Dipankar Datta sworn in as Chief Justice of Bombay HC
- A senior judge of the Calcutta High Court (HC) Justice Dipankar Datta was sworn-in as the new Chief Justice of Bombay HC on 28 April.
- The oath of office was administered by Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan.
- Justice Dipankar Datta will replace Justice Bhushan Pradyumna Dharmadhikari whose term as Chief Justice ended on 27 April 2020.
- Justice Dipankar Datta was born in February 1965. He practiced in various High courts including Calcutta HC, Gauhati HC, Jharkhand HC. Occasionally, he has also practiced law in the Supreme Court of India for about 16 years in Civil, Constitutional, Labour, Service, Education, and Transport.
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