daily current affairs 30th april

Daily Current Affairs 30th April 2020

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AP Govt Launched Jagananna Vidya Deevena a fee reimbursement scheme

AP Govt Launched Jagananna Vidya Deevena a fee reimbursement scheme

Andhra Pradesh government launched a fee reimbursement scheme called Jagananna Vidya Deevena for college students

Jagananna Vidya Deevena scheme with an alotment of Rs 4,000 crore to provide full fees reimbursement to about 14 lakh college students, including those in professional courses

About AP

    • Capital– Amaravati
    • State Flower– Water lilies
    • State Bird– Indian roller
    • State Animal– Black buck
    • State Tree– Neem

What is the main objective of the scheme?

    • Jagananna Vidya Deevena scheme provides help for the financially weak students who wish to study but unable to study due to lack of finance
    • Jagananna Vidya Deevena scheme Promotes Higher education in the state
    • Jagananna Vidya Deevena scheme encourages the youngsters for further education.

Notable points

    • To support this scheme AP govt also released pending due of Rs 1,880 crore during the previous Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government
    • The amount directly credited into the accounts of the students’ mothers
    • The CM also launched a helpline number that is 1902, for parents of the students to lodge a complaint if the college management does not provide quality education or better facilities to their children.

Jagananna Vasathi Deevana (JVD)

Apart from above scheme, another scheme, Jagananna Vasathi Deevana, also launched which will take care of hostel and mess charges.

Madhya pradesh Govt Launched Jeevan Amrit Yojana to help people fight against COVID-19

Madhya pradesh Govt Launched Jeevan Amrit Yojana to help people fight against COVID-19

Madhya Pradesh Government on April 28, 2020 launched ‘Jeevan Amrit Yojana’ scheme to boost the immune system of people to fight the deadly virus COVID 19

MP Chief Minister launches Jeevan Amrit Yojana scheme

About Madhya Pradesh

    • Capital– Bhopal
    • Governor– Lalji Tandon

Jeevan Amrit Yojana:

    • Under Jeevan Amrit Yojana the state government freely distribute an ayurvedic product called ‘Trikut Churna (means three peppers)’
    • It is prepared by the AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy)

What are the natural elements used in Trikut Churna?

They used naturally available at home elements used such as

    • Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
    • Indian Long Pepper (Piper longum)
    • Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
  • A target has been set to distribute this packet of 50 grams to 1 crore families of the state.
  • Accordig to AYUSH it is claimed that drinking Trikut Churna increase immunity and has no side effects
  • Govt provides kadha (or decoction) to the people of the state, irrespective of whether they are from rural or urban areas.

U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Report 2020 on Religious Freedom Released

U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Report 2020 on Religious Freedom Released

Why in News?
The US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released its 2020 annual report

What the report says?

  • The USCIRF listed India under “Country of Particular Concern” on religious freedom for the first time since 2004

What is US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)?

    • USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission
    • It is first time in the world which releases its kind of report
    • It is dedicated to defending the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad.
    • The commission makes policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress.

Notable points of the report?

  • India categorised as a “Tier 2 country” in last year’s listing

What are Tier 2 countries?

    • Tier 2 countries are those countries engaged in serious violations or tolerated by the government  and characterized by at least one of the elements of systematic, ongoing, and egregious.
    • This is the first time since 2004 that India has been placed in the “Country of Particular Concern” category.
    • India is placed alongside countries, including China, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
    • 14 countries designated as “countries of particular concern” (CPCs) because their governments engage in or tolerate “systematic, ongoing, egregious violations.”

Nine countries earlier in the list of December 2019 are also included those are 

  1. Burma
  2. China
  3. Eritrea
  4. Iran
  5. North Korea
  6. Pakistan
  7. Saudi Arabia
  8. Tajikistan
  9. Turkmenistan

Along with these five other countries are

  1. India
  2. Nigeria
  3. Russia
  4. Syria
  5. Vietnam

What are the Reasons shown to downgrade India?

    • India enacted the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, which provides a fast track to Indian citizenship for non-Muslim migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan already residing in India which act as a bias towards one particular community
    • The unilateral abrogation of Article 370 in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and activities aftermath
    • India used its strengthened parliamentary majority to institute national-level policies violating religious freedom across the country, especially for Muslims
    • The national and various state governments also allowed nationwide campaigns of harassment and violence against religious minorities to continue with impunity, and engaged in and tolerated hate speech and incitement to violence against them

US government’s action on the report’s recommendation:

    • In 2005, Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was at the time the Chief Minister of Gujarat was censured by the USCIRF.
    • The commission had recommended sanctions against him for the 2002 riots and the U.S. government had subsequently cancelled his visa.

India’s response:

  • India has objected to the commission’s biased and tendentious comments against it.

Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan passed away at 53

Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan passed away at 53

Famous Bollywood star Sahabzade Irrfan Ali Khan on April 29, 2020 passed away due to cancer in Mumbai, Maharashtra

Movie Career

  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Life of Pi
  • The Amazing Spider-man

His birth details

    • Born on January 7, 1967, in Jaipur
    • Rajasthan

About Irrfan Khan:

    • Irrfan earned a scholarship to study at National School of Drama (NSD) while pursuing his MA (Master of Arts) degree
    • Irrfans first screen debut in the 1988 Mira Nair directorial Salaam Bombay
    • After struggling for many years, success finally came to him after he starred in AsifKapadia’s The Warrior (2001).
    • He was starred in the movies like Haasil, Maqbool, Life in a Metro, Paan Singh Tomar, The Lunchbox, Haider, Piku and Talvar
    • He has acted in over 50 Indian films.
    • Irrfan was also known for his work in international projects like The Namesake, The Darjeeling Limited and Jurassic World among more.
    • Khan was last seen in Bollywood comedy film, Angrezi medium, which was released in March 2020.

His awards

    • Irrfan Khan was honoured with Padma Shri by the Government of India (GOI) for his significant contribution to arts and cinema.
    • He also won the National Film Award and 4 Filmfare awards.
    • After Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth and Om Puri the latest actor who earned reputation in Hollywood movies is Irfan Khan
    • He also collaborated with Oscar-winning directors such as Danny Boyle, Ang Lee and appeared in the HBO (Home Box Office) show In Treatment

CRISIL Research Report Released on Total Installed Renewable Capacity

CRISIL Research Report Released on Total Installed Renewable Capacity

  • Karnataka tops in total installed renewable capacity: CRISIL Research report
  • CRISIL Research report released on April 28, 2020 According to this report Karnataka retained its 1st position in terms of total installed renewable capacity in FY20


  • Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Ashu Suyash
  • Chairman– John Berisford

After Karnataka Tamil Nadu(2nd) & Gujarat(3rd)

    • The top 3 states in overall solar energy capacity addition are Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka The top 3 states in overall wind energy states are Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.

Position             State                  Total installed renewable  in Mega Watt (MW)
1                 Karnataka                                  15,232
2                 Tamil Nadu                                 14, 347
3                 Gujarat                                      10,586

How Karnataka retained their position?

    • Many SECI (Solar Energy Corporation of India)-led schemes enabled commissioning of projects in the Pavagada solar park with the capacity of 2,050 MW of solar projects.
    • The state enabled the commissioning of several rounds of solar schemes under its solar policy (Karnataka Renewable Energy Corporation Ltd-led rounds), which boost additions over the past 3 fiscals.
    • The state also exploited wind capacity, particularly in the districts near Ghats, and facilitated a favorable open access policy capacity until FY18 which helped capacity additions.

Uma Balasubramaniam book on The Maharaja Of Baroda Sayajirao Gaekwad III

Uma Balasubramaniam book on The Maharaja Of Baroda Sayajirao Gaekwad III

Sayajirao Gaekwad III: The Maharaja of Baroda, New book by Uma Balasubramaniam published by Rupa Publications

About Uma Balasubramaniam:

    • She is a history graduate from the faculty of arts of the M.S. University of Baroda.
    • She began her career in 2002 as a freelance writer for publications like The Hindu, The Indian Express and the Deccan Chronicle

What is this book on?

    • It is an epic biography titled Sayajirao Gaekwad III The Maharaja of Baroda

Elaboration of the book on?

    • Uma Balasubramaniam gave brief on How a 13 year old Maratha farmers (Maharashtra) boy became the king of baroda
    • Also gave on how the fate twists for the favourite son of the British empire gets himself to the brink of being deposed by the British

Focus of the book

    • The book focuses on his ascendancy to the throne, his association with the British government in India, his administrations like schools for girls and training institutes for female teachers and reforms like abolishment of child marriage and reintroduction of widow remarriage

Reason behind publishing this book?

    • This book written for the people to understand about one of India’s unsung heroes who worked to build a free and modern India.


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