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Monday, May 3, 2021

DAILY GK: 2,3 MAY 2021

 DAILY GK: 2,3 MAY 2021

1.CENTRAL GOVERNMENT ALLOCATES INR 15,000 CRORE TO STATES

•     The Ministry of Finance, Government of India is set to provide an additional amount of INR 15,000 Crore to State Governments as Interest free 50-year loan for spending on Capital projects for the FY 2021-22.

•     The loan will be provided to the States under ‘Scheme of Financial Assistance to States for Capital Expenditure’.

•     The Scheme was launched in 2020.

 

2.INDIAN NAVY LAUNCHES OPERATION SAMUDRASETU-II

•     Indian Navy has launched Operation SamudraSetu-II for shipment of Liquid oxygen-filled cryogenic containers & associated medical equipment to India from other countries.

•     It is part of the ongoing national mission for meeting Oxygen requirements in India. The demand for Oxygen has increased in India due to COVID-19.

•     Operation SamudraSetu was launched in May 2020 as part of the Vande Bharat Mission.

 

3.FRENCH FIRM ALSTOM DELIVERS 100TH ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVE TO IR

•     Alstom, a French multinational rolling stock manufacturer successfully manufactured and delivered its 100th Electric Locomotive to the Indian Railways.

•     It is part of the  3.5 Billion Euro (~ INR 25, 000 Crore – during time of signing) contract signed between the Ministry of Railways, India & Alstom in 2015 for delivery of 800 fully electric high-powered double-section locomotives of 12,000 HorsePower (HP).

•     The Locomotives are manufactured at Madhepura plant in Bihar.

•     The plant is India’s largest integrated greenfield manufacturing facility.

 

4.FOOD GRAINS PRODUCTION TARGET AT 307 MILLION TONNES

•     Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar has stated that the Government has set Foodgrains Production target for the crop year 2021-22 at 307 Million Tonnes (MT), the production target for 2020-21 was 301.92 MT.

•     Season wise target – 151.43 MT in Kharif season & 155.88 MT during Rabi season.

 

5.US APPROVES SALE OF 6 P-8I PATROL AIRCRAFT TO INDIA

•     The United States State Department has approved the proposed sale of 6 Poseidon-8I (P-8I) Patrol Aircraft and other equipment to India.

•     The deal is estimated to cost USD 2.42 Billion (~ INR 18, 000 Crore).

•     It is being procured by the Indian Government for use by the Indian Navy.The P-8I Patrol Aircrafts are produced by Boeing, an American Aerospace & Defense Company.

 

6.SIDBI LAUNCHED SHWAS & AROG

•     In order to manage the national emergency and distress caused by COVID 19, the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has launched SHWAS & AROG, two new quick credit delivery schemes to help Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

•     SHWAS (SIDBI assistance to Healthcare sector in War Against the Second wave of COVID-19) – This scheme will fund MSMEs who are engaged in manufacturing of oxygen cylinders, oxy-generators, oxygen concentrators, liquid oxygen or providing services in transportation, storage, refilling to supply of these items.

•     AROG (SIDBI Assistance to MSMEs for Recovery & Organic Growth during COVID-19 pandemic) – will fund for MSMEs engaged in manufacturing of Pulse Oximeters, Permitted drugs (Remdesivir, Fabiflu, Dexamethasone, Azithromycin), Ventilators, and Personal protective equipment(PPEs).

 

7.‘IMMUNE INDIA DEPOSIT SCHEME’

•     The Central Bank of India launched the “Immune India Deposit Scheme” a special deposit scheme to provide an additional interest rate of 25 basis points in addition to the applicable card rate for the vaccinated people.

•     The Immune India Deposit Scheme has a maturity of 1111 days.

•     The senior citizens are also eligible for the extra interest as applicable.

 

8.AMIT BANERJEE APPOINTED AS THE CMD OF BEML LTD

•     The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB), has appointed Amit Banerjee the Director (Rail & Metro Business) of BEML limited, as the new Chairman and Managing Director(CMD) of BEML (Bharat Earth Movers Limited) Limited, a Miniratna Defence Public sector undertakings under the Ministry of Defence.

 

9.SMALLEST BLACKHOLE IN MILKY WAY GALAXY

•     Scientists have discovered the smallest known black hole in the Milky Way Galaxy and the closest black hole to the solar system.

•     This black hole has been nicknamed “the Unicorn”.

•     The black hole is around 3 times the mass of the Sun, is located around 1500 light-years from earth.

 

10.2020-21 LEAGUE CUP TITLE

•     Manchester City clinched a fourth consecutive 2020-21 League Cup or EFL Cup or Carabao Cup Football title after beating Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium, England.

•     It has now matched Liverpool’s record of eight League Cup titles.

 

11.PANDIT DEBU CHAUDHURI PASSES AWAY

•     Sitar Maestro Pandit Devabrata(Debu) Chaudhuri passed away in Delhi due to covid-19.

•     He was born in 1935 in Mymensingh (now in Bangladesh).

•     He was also a teacher and writer, who penned six books.Apart from being an artist he was a disciple of Mushtaq Ali Khan.

 

12.INTERNATIONAL LABOUR DAY 2021

•     The International Labour Day is annually observed across the globe on May 1st to recognise the achievements of the workers and to create awareness about the exploitation of workers.

•     The International Labour Day is also known as International Workers Day or May Day.

 

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