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04th June 2022


Mumbai reports 889 new COVID-19 cases, highest since January 31

Mumbai has recorded 889 cases of COVID-19 and one death related to the infection in the last 24 hours. As per reports, the number of cases reported is the highest recorded since January 31. The number of active COVID-19 patients in the city stands at 4,294, while 45 patients were hospitalised in the last 24 hours.


Corbevax approved as COVID-19 booster shot for those aged 18 yrs & above

Biological E on Saturday announced its COVID-19 vaccine Corbevax has been approved by Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for administering booster doses to people aged 18 years and above. Corbevax was earlier approved for emergency use in kids aged 5-12 years and 12-15 years. Adults fully vaccinated with two doses of Covishield or Covaxin can take a Corbevax booster.

'Fat finger' trade causes ₹250 crore loss in India's biggest trading mistake: Report

A 'fat finger' trade on the National Stock Exchange's (NSE) derivatives segment on Thursday may have caused a loss of up to ₹250 crore to an unknown brokerage house, PTI reported. This could be the biggest trading mistake in the history of the Indian market. A 'fat finger' error is a human error caused by pressing the wrong key.


Masks must in closed public spaces: Maharashtra health department's Add'l Chief Secy

Wearing masks has been made mandatory in closed public spaces in Maharashtra, as per a letter by the state Public Health Department Additional Chief Secretary Pradeep Vyas to district authorities. Masks will now be a must in public spaces like buses, cinemas and schools, Vyas said. This comes as Maharashtra reported over 1,000 daily cases for the past three days.

Tamil Nadu Govt signed MoU with IPPB for pensioner’s digital life certificate

The Tamil Nadu government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) for obtaining life certificate from pensioners through doorstep services of the Postal Department. IPPB would transfer it to the doorstep services at a cost of Rs 70 per digital life certificate. Almost most than 7.15 lakh State government pensioners/ family pensioners submit their life certificate during July, August and September every year.  Recently, the State government issued orders for five modes of annual mustering of pensioners during July to September this year, including the doorstep services of the IPPB, for obtaining digital life certificate through Jeevan Pramaan Portal to avoid hardship of coming in person for aged pensioners/family pensioners.  As of now, mustering can be done by pensioners/family pensioners by exercising any one of three options—direct mustering (physical appearance); submission of life certificate through post; and digital life certificate (DLC) through Jeevan Pramaan Portal by using biometric device. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, exemption from annual mustering was granted during the last two years.

Meghalaya Wins Best Project Award at UN World Summit

The Meghalaya government key initiative of e-proposal system, part of Meghalaya Enterprise Architect has won a coveted UN Award- World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS) prize at Geneva in Switzerland.  Secretary General of ITU, Houlin Zhao presented the winner award to Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma in the WSIS Forum Prizes 2022, held at Geneva, Switzerland. Post this there was voting to select the best 90 projects which were invited in Geneva, Switzerland for the final award.  Meghalaya contested with projects from Australia, China, Argentina and Tanzania. Meghalaya was declared as the best project in the category and MeghEA is the only project from India to win the Winner Award this year.

Rajasthan's Special Health Care Abhiyan 'Anchal' launched for pregnant women

In Rajasthan, a Special Health Care Abhiyan 'Anchal' has been launched in the Karauli district for pregnant women. More than 13 thousand women have benefited from this Abhiyan.  This unique campaign was started on the initiative of District Collector Ankit Kumar Singh to ensure all necessary medical aid to pregnant women at the pre and post-natal stage so that maternal and infant mortality rates could be reduced.


Mexican city limits water access to 6 hours a day amid drought

A city in Mexico's Nuevo Leon state is limiting daily water access to residents to just a six-hour window amid historic drought in the region, authorities said. Monterrey city, which is home to 5.3 million people, will allow water use from 4 am to 10 am daily. The earlier policy restricted water to one day per week based on location.

Google cancels talk by Dalit activist after some employees protest; sr manager quits

Google cancelled a scheduled talk by US-based Dalit activist Thenmozhi Soundararajan in April after some employees sent emails calling her "Hindu-phobic" and "anti-Hindu", the Washington Post reported. Following this, Google News' Senior Manager Tanuja Gupta, who had invited Soundararajan to speak, has resigned. Google said the talk was cancelled because it "was creating division and rancour".

US & S Korea conclude military drills amid tensions with N Korea

South Korea and the US concluded a three-day military exercise on Saturday, amid tensions with North Korea. Notably, this the first combined exercise between the two countries involving an American aircraft carrier in over four years. The tensions stem from the recent missile launches by North Korea and reports of the North Korean government preparing to conduct a nuclear test.


Banking, Business and Economy

HDFC ties up with Accenture for digital transformation

NBFC giant, HDFC has announced the collaboration with global information technology services and consulting firm, Accenture to digitally transform its lending business. The tie-up will revamp HDFC’s customer experience and business processes to provide greater operational agility and efficiency, and drive business growth.  The collaboration is aimed at making HDFC's lending lifecycle paperless and nimble. HDFC highlighted that a key element of the program is a cloud-native lending platform with digital workflows for every step of the customer journey including application, loan processing, credit underwriting and decisions, disbursement, and loan servicing.

Tata Projects wins bid to build UP's Jewar Airport

Tata Projects will build the national capital region’s new airport at Jewar, after outbidding the Shapoorji Pallonji Group and Larsen & Toubro for the contract. While the deal size has not been disclosed, sources pegged it at over Rs 6,000 crore.  Tata Projects, the infrastructure and construction arm of the Tata group, will construct the terminal, runway, airside infrastructure, roads, utilities, landside facilities and other ancillary buildings at the Noida International Airport.  The new airport is expected to be functional by 2024.

Union Minister Dr. Virendra Kumar launched the Scheme “SHRESHTA”

Union Minister of social Justice and empowerment Dr. Virendra Kumar has launched the Scheme “SHRESHTA”-Scheme for residential education for students in High school in Targeted Areas. The Scheme for Residential Education for Students in Targeted Areas (SHRESHTA) has been formulated with the objective to provide quality education and opportunities for even the poorest.  Scheme for Residential Education for Students in High Schools in Targeted Areas (SHRESHTA) provides for high quality education for meritorious but poor SC students in CBSE-affiliated reputed residential schools across the country.

Defence News

IAF heritage centre to come up in Chandigarh

A heritage centre to showcase the role of the Indian Air Force in various wars and its overall functioning will come up at Chandigarh.  The ‘IAF Heritage Centre’ will be set up jointly by the force and the Chandigarh administration. An MoU between the Union Territory of Chandigarh and the IAF for setting up of the centre was inked.  The ceremony was attended by Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari.




Pressure was big this time: World no. 1 Swiatek on 2nd French Open win

short by Anant Kaur / 10:11 pm on 04 Jun 2022,Saturday

After winning French Open title for the second time on Saturday, world number one Iga Swiatek said the "pressure was big" and it was "tough" this time. "Two years ago winning this was something amazing. This time I feel I worked hard to get here," she stated. Swiatek defeated 18th seed Coco Gauff 6-1, 6-3 for her 35th consecutive win.

Important Days

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

Every year on June 4th, the United Nations (UN) observes the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression to raise awareness of the children who have been victims of physical, mental, and emotional abuse around the world.  On this day, the United Nations reaffirms its commitment to preserve children's rights. The very first International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression was observed on August 19, 1982. 



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