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28th April 2022



Delhi sees nearly 1,500 new COVID-19 cases, active cases cross 5,000

Delhi's active COVID-19 cases have crossed the 5,000 mark on Thursday as nearly 1,500 (1,490) people tested positive for the virus in the city in the last 24 hours. The national capital also reported two coronavirus-related deaths on Thursday, while 1,070 people recovered from the disease in one day. Delhi's daily positivity rate jumped to 4.62% from 4.50% on Wednesday.



Jharkhand’s Jamtara became country’s 1st district with library in every village

Jamtara in Jharkhand has become the only district in the country where all gram panchayats have community libraries.  This district with a population of about eight lakh has a total of 118-gram panchayats under six blocks and each panchayat has a well-equipped library that is open for students from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Career counselling sessions and motivational classes are also held free of cost here.  Sometimes, IAS and IPS officers also visit these libraries to guide students. Everyone is welcome to visit these innovative sites.  Gradually, libraries were set up in panchayats such as Chandradeep, Panjaniya, Menjhia, Gopalpur, Shaharpura, Champapur, and Jhilua. The villagers elected a President, Treasurer, and Librarian from amongst themselves, to run these libraries.

SIPRI’s “Trends in World Military Expenditure report 2021": India ranked 3rd

According to the Sweden-based think-tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) report, titled "Trends in World Military Expenditure Report 2021", India’s military expenditure is the third highest in the world behind the US and China.  Military spending in India is amounting to $76.6 billion in 2021 which grew by 0.9% from 2020. Russia has also increased its military expenditure for the third consecutive year.  The report’s data is based upon the updated SIPRI Military Expenditure Database, which provides military spending data by country for the years 1949–2021. The five largest spenders in 2021 were the US, China, India, the UK (United Kingdom) and Russia, together accounting for 62% of expenditure.


TCS’ Krishnan Ramanujam appointed as Nasscom Chairperson for 2022-23

The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) announced that Krishnan Ramanujam, President, Enterprise Growth Group at Tata Consultancy Services, has been appointed as its Chairperson for 2022-23.  Ramanujam succeeds Rekha M. Menon, Chairperson and Senior Managing Director of Accenture in India, in this role.  Nasscom also announced the appointment of Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India, as its Vice-Chairperson for 2022-23. Maheshwari will succeed Ramanujam in this role.


Have declared 16 AIIMS across India since 2014: PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi, who visited Assam to lay foundation stone to various medical and developmental projects, said that his government has announced setting up of 16 AIIMS in the country after 2014. He added that AIIMS Guwahati was one of these projects. He tweeted, "Before 2014, there were only 7 AIIMS in the country. We declared 16 AIIMS across India."





Bitcoin adopted as legal tender in Central African Republic

The Central African Republic has adopted Bitcoin as legal tender, a spokesperson for President Faustin-Archange Touadera told Bloomberg on Thursday. "By legalising the use of Bitcoin, CAR hopes to attract investors," the spokesperson stated. Notably, it is the first African and only the second country in the world to do so after El Salvador, which adopted Bitcoin in September 2021.

Finland and Sweden could join NATO quickly: Stoltenberg

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Finland and Sweden will be able to join the military alliance "quickly" if they apply for membership. NATO would also try to find ways to ensure the two countries' security from the time they apply until they formally join, he added. Russia has threatened to deploy nuclear weapons to Baltics if the countries join NATO.


South Korea to send gas to Europe amid energy crisis: Report

South Korea has decided to share liquefied natural gas (LNG) with European countries amid the energy crisis owing to restricted supply of Russian gas over Ukraine war, a report said quoting government officials. The country has the capability for providing such support in spring, however, the volume of shipment will "not be that much", according to an official.


Parliamentary panel summons Amazon, Google over competitive conduct

The Parliamentary Panel on Finance has said it'll summon Google, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft among others to discuss their competitive behaviour. It comes as the Competition Commission of India (CCI) on Thursday told the panel that it was setting up a 'Digital Markets and Data Unit' for dealing with anti-competition practices of big tech companies.

Netflix & GoI collaborate for video series on ‘women change-makers’

Netflix India, in collaboration with the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, has released a series of short video series under an initiative called ‘Azadi Ki Amrit Kahaniya’, highlighting the role of women achievers. As part of a broader partnership, the global OTT platform will also conduct workshops and masterclasses for the skill development of Indian filmmakers.  Netflix and ministry will partner to develop a creative ecosystem by organizing training programs for post-production, VFX, animation, and music production among others and will be organized on the ground and virtually.  The Minister lauded the remarkable achievements of the three women on the dais and said their stories will inspire people across the country. He also expressed hope that after this collaboration filmmakers from across the world will come to India to make films and documentaries for not just the Indian audience but to showcase it to the entire world.  The Minister stated that the partnership between the Ministry and Netflix was only a beginning and will not be limited to Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

Apple may make iPhones worth ₹47,000 crore in India this fiscal: Report

Apple's contract manufacturers in India are expected to make iPhones worth ₹47,000 crore in FY23, The Economic Times reported. This will be almost five times the ₹10,000 crore worth of iPhones made by Apple's contract manufacturers Foxconn and Wistron in India in FY22, the report added. Earlier this month, Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn began making iPhone 13 in India.

Future Retail directed to file reply on insolvency plea by May 12

National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has given Future Retail time till May 12 to file its reply to the insolvency plea filed by Bank of India. Future has defaulted on payment of ₹5,322.32 crore to a Bank of India-led consortium of lenders. This comes after Reliance called off its ₹24,713-crore deal with Future on Saturday.

Nilekani helping govt build platform to take on Amazon, Flipkart: Report

Infosys' billionaire Co-founder Nandan Nilekani is helping the government build "a freely accessible online system where traders and consumers can buy and sell everything from detergent bars to airline tickets," Bloomberg reported. It is called the Open Network for Digital Commerce, or ONDC. Its objective is to curb Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart's domination in India, Bloomberg report added.

8 months' GST compensation sent to states, ₹78,704 cr pending: Govt

Finance Ministry on Wednesday said the Centre has released eight months of GST compensation for FY22 to states and compensation worth ₹78,704 crore is pending due to inadequate balance in the cess fund. During GST's implementation in 2017, Centre had agreed to compensate states till June 2022. It added that ₹7.35 lakh crore has been released to compensate revenue loss.

Google starts building 2nd largest campus outside US in Hyderabad

Google began building its largest campus outside of its US headquarters in Hyderabad's Gachibowli on Thursday. The 3 million-square-foot building will have a capacity to employ 14,000 people and is located on a 7.3-acre site. Google had acquired the land in 2019 after an agreement was signed between Google and Telangana's IT Minister KT Rama Rao in 2015.


Airtel Payments Bank tie-up with IndusInd Bank to offer FD Facility

Airtel Payments Bank has partnered with IndusInd Bank to offer fixed deposit (FD) facilities to its customers. A customer can open FD of Rs 500 up to Rs 190,000 on the Airtel Thanks app.  With this partnership, customers of Airtel Payments Bank savings account will get an interest rate of up to 6.5 %p.a. and senior citizens will get an additional 0.5% on all fixed deposits.  Customers of the Airtel Payments Bank will be able to book several FDs for a fixed term of one, two, or three years. Customers can dissolve an FD before its maturity date via the Airtel Thanks app without incurring any penalties or processing fees for early withdrawals. Within minutes, the invested amount will be paid back to the associated account.

Suryoday Small Finance Bank tie-up with Kyndryl for Digital & IT transformation

Suryoday Small Finance Bank has partnered with New York, US-based Kyndryl, an IT infrastructure services provider for a period of 5 years.  The bank will partner with Kyndryl to drive its technology transformation program, improve operational efficiency, and increase digital banking adoption among its customers as part of a five-year transformation deal.  Kyndryl will drive the bank’s Information technology (IT)/Digital transformation program, improve operational efficiency, and increase digital banking adoption among the bank’s customers.  Overall, Kyndryl will modernize the bank’s technology and network connectivity. The bank will utilize Kyndryl’s advisory and implementation services to deploy and support a new core banking system.’  Kyndryl will provide advisory and implementation services to the bank to deploy and support a new core banking system and integrate with digital channels to deliver an agile banking platform that accelerates retail business growth and enhances the bank’s customer experience.

Reliance Industries becomes first Indian company to hit Rs 19 lakh m-cap 

Reliance Industries Limited has become the first Indian company to hit the Rs 19 lakh crore market valuation mark in intra-day trade.  The market heavyweight stock jumped 1.85 per cent to its record high of Rs 2,827.10 during the day on the BSE. It finally settled flat at Rs 2,777.90, up 0.08 per cent.  In March this year, the company's market valuation had gone past Rs 18 lakh crore. Last year on October 13, the company's market valuation went past Rs 17 lakh crore mark.  Following the gain in the share price, the company's market valuation jumped to Rs 19,12,814 crore in morning trade on the BSE. At the close of trade, the market valuation was at Rs 18,79,237.38 crore.

SBI Cards tie-up with TCS to boost digital transformation

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has expanded its strategic partnership with SBI Cards and Payments Services Ltd to power SBI Card’s digital transformation.  TCS had helped the SBI cards to transform its core cards sourcing platform and digitized a significant portion of the process. TCS has been providing services to SBI Card for over a decade since 2008, and the new deal represents an extension of that relationship.  TCS had helped the company transform its core cards sourcing platform and digitized a significant portion of the process.  With this expansion in partnership, it will further digitalize the online onboarding processes enabling a faster turnaround and frictionless experience with greater customer satisfaction. In addition, it will enable SBI Card to grow its e-card issuance.  TCS will continue to digitalize and change online onboarding processes in order to provide a faster and more frictionless experience for customers, resulting in higher customer satisfaction.

Books and Authors News

A book titled ‘Chinese Spies: From Chairman Mao to Xi Jinping’ authored by Roger Faligot

HarperCollins India has published a new book titled “Chinese Spies: From Chairman Mao to Xi Jinping” authored by French journalist Roger Faligot and translated by writer, editor and translator, Natasha Lehrer.  The foreword of the book is written by Vikram Sood, the former head of the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), India’s foreign intelligence agency. The book ‘Chinese Spies’ was originally published in French in 2008 and later translated into English from the updated 4th edition by Natasha Lehrer.

Sports News

Asian Wrestling Championships 2022: India finished with 17 medals

The 30-member Indian contingent participated at the 35th Edition of Asian Wrestling Championships 2022 held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Indian wrestlers secured a total of 17 medals, that includes (1-Gold, 5-Silver, and 11-Bronze medals).  Gold Medalist: Ravi Kumar Dahiyais the only Gold medalist representing India, in the men’s 57kg freestyle category, beating Kazakhstan’s Rakhat Kalzhan on technical superiority.  Ravi Kumar became the first Indian to win 3 Gold medals in Asian Wrestling Championships which includes 2020 in New Delhi, India, 2021 in Almaty, Kazakhstan and 2022 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia respectively.

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Important Days

World Day for Safety and Health at Work: 28 April

The annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April promotes the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally.  The World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2022 focuses on enhancing social dialogue towards a culture of safety and health. This year’s theme of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work is ” Participation And Social Dialogue In Creating A Positive Safety And Health Culture”.  The Annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work was first observed in 2003 by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). It stresses the importance of the prevention of accidents and diseases at work. The day is considered as a crucial tool for carving out a top-shelf political position for occupational safety and health.

World Stationery Day 2022 celebrates on 27th April

World Stationery day is celebrated every year on the last Wednesday of April. This year World Stationery Day 2022 is observed on the 27th of April.  The day is celebrated to mark the importance of stationery and writing on paper than using computers. It is celebrated around the world by enthusiasts to protect and encourage the use of Stationery.  World Stationery Day is celebrated every year since 2012 to honour the 800th anniversary of the creation of the Magna Carta which is one of the most important written documents in British history. It stands as an excellent example to show the longevity of handwritten documents.  Magna Carta was created in 1215. This day was designed to encourage the art of writing all around the world. Writing is a fundamental aspect of communication that deserves to maintain an active presence in people’s lives around the world. Celebrating World Stationery Day will preserve a special artform while helping participants grow closer with loved ones.

Obituaries News

Former Indian women’s hockey team captain Elvera Britto passes away

Former Indian women’s hockey team captain, Elvera Britto has passed away at 81 due to old-age-related problems. He led Karnataka’s domestic team to win seven national titles. She ruled the domestic circuit from 1960 to 1967.  She also represented India against Japan, Sri Lanka, and Australia. She is the second women hockey player to be conferred with the Arjuna Award (1965) after Anne Lumsden.

Former CM of Meghalaya J D Rymbai passes away

The former Chief Minister of Meghalaya, James Dringwell Rymbai, died at the age of 88. He was born in Meghalaya on October 26th, 1934. The Meghalaya Government had declared three days of state mourning from April 21st to April 23, 2022, as a mark of respect for his sad and sudden demise.  He had entered into electoral politics in 1982 and contested elections to the legislative assembly from the Jirang constituency successfully. On June 15, 2006, the veteran politician was elected Chief Minister of Meghalaya and served until March 2007.

Actor Salim Ghouse passes away aged 70 due to cardiac arrest

Film and TV actor Salim Ghouse passed away aged 70 in Mumbai after suffering cardiac arrest. The last rites of the actor were performed early on Thursday morning. Ghouse started his acting journey in 1978 with the movie 'Swarg Narak', following which he featured in films like 'Chakra' and 'Saaransh'. He also featured in the TV show 'Bharat Ek Khoj'.


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