30 April 2020 Daily GK Update: Read Daily GK, Current Affairs for Bank Exam

Here is the daily GK update of 30th April 2020 covering the following news headlines: PRACRITI, Jeevan Amrit Yojana, Asian Development Bank, Public Enterprises Selection Board.

Daily GK updates are incorporated with the important news that made the current affairs headlines for banking or other competitive exams. Daily GK Update is the complete bag of the important news that held all day long. One should have complete knowledge about the banking terms, current affairs news, etc. So, here is the GK update of 30th April 2020 to help you prepare the Current affairs part. After reading this section, you can successfully attempt Current Affairs Quiz.

National News

1. IIT-D team develop COVID-19 dashboard ‘PRACRITI’

IIT Delhi team has developed a web-based COVID-19 dashboard named as “PRACRITI” (PRediction and Assessment of CoRona Infections and Transmission in India). This dashboard gives detailed state-wise and district-wise predictions of COVID-19 cases in India. This platform will be highly useful for healthcare bodies, local and central authorities, to efficiently plan for different future scenarios and resource allocation.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/SSC CGL:

  • IIT Delhi Director: V Ramgopal Rao.
  • IIT Delhi founded: 1961.

States News

2. MP govt launches ‘Jeevan Amrit Yojana’ to boost Immune system

Madhya Pradesh government has launched ‘Jeevan Amrit Yojana’ to boost the immune system of people to fight (COVID-19) disease. Under this yojana, the state government will freely distribute an ayurvedic product called ‘Trikut Churna (means three peppers)’, prepared by the AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) Department of the state in collaboration with Laghu Vanopaj Sangh, in areas with corona infection. A target has been set to distribute this packet of 50 grams to 1 crore families of the state.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Madhya Pradesh (CM): Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
  • Capital of Madhya Pradesh: Bhopal.
  • Governor of Madhya Pradesh: Lalji Tandon.

3. ADB to support Maharashtra with $346 mn loan for power sector

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a USD 346 million (around Rs 2,616 crore) loan to Maharashtra state government to provide reliable power connections in rural areas of Maharashtra. The loan will support the state government’s high voltage distribution system (HVDS) program for new grid-connected rural agricultural customers in Maharashtra.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • President of Asian Development Bank: Masatsugu Asakawa.
  • ADB was established in 1966.


4. India appoints new Ambassadors to Qatar, Bahrain

Deepak Mittal has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the State of Qatar, while Piyush Srivastava goes to Bahrain in the same capacity. Both of them are 1998 batch Indian Foreign Service officers.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Qatar Capital: Doha; Currency: Qatari riyal.
  • Prime Minister of Qatar: Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdelaziz Al Thani.
  • King of Bahrain: Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa;
  • Capital of Bahrain: Manama; Currency of Bahrain: Bahraini Dinar.

5. Suresh N Patel takes oath as vigilance commissioner of India

Suresh N Patel took oath as the Vigilance Commissioner in the anti-corruption watchdog CVC. He took the oath of office by Central Vigilance Commissioner Sanjay Kothari through video conference. He will have a tenure of over two years, till late December 2022, in the CVC. Sharad Kumar is working as the other vigilance commissioner. The tenure of a vigilance commissioner is of four years or till the incumbent attains the age of 65 years.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Central Vigilance Commission formedFebruary 1964.
  • Central Vigilance Commission Headquarters: New Delhi.

6. Former finance secretary Rajiv Kumar becomes new chief of PESB

The former finance secretary Rajiv Kumar was appointed as the Chairperson of the Public Enterprises Selection Board(PESB) for a period of 3 years. He is a 1984-batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre. His appointment is confirmed by Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) headed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will replace Kapil Dev Tripathi who took over as the Secretary to the President Ram Nath Kovind.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Director of Public Enterprises Selection Board: Kailash Dan Ratnoo.
  • Secretary of Public Enterprises Selection Board: Kimbuong Kipgen.

7. Former Karnataka cricketer J Arunkumar named USA head coach

Former Karnataka cricketer, J. Arunkumar has been appointed the head coach of the USA national team. He was the successor of interim coach James Pamment. He has worked with the Karnataka team for several years and as batting coach for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League. He scored over 7,200 runs in first-class cricket and over 3,000 runs in List ‘A’ games.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters of USA cricket: Colorado, United States (US).
  • Chairman of USA cricket: ParaagMarathe.
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of USA cricket: Iain Higgins.

8. GoI appoints T.S. Tirumurti as next Ambassador of India to UN

The Government of India has appointed T.S. Tirumurti as the next Ambassador or Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations. He will replace Sayyad Akbaruddin as the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations at New York.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Secretary-General of United Nations: Antonio Guterres.

9. Neeraj Vyas appointed as interim MD & CEO of PNB Housing

Neeraj Vyas has been appointed as the interim Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of PNB Housing Finance Ltd for 8 months. He has replaced Sanjaya Gupta who was serving as the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of the company.


10. CRISIL cuts India’s GDP growth at 1.8% from 3.5% for FY21

Rating agency CRISIL has cut the GDP growth rate forecast for India for 2020-21 (FY21) to 1.8% from the previous prediction of 3.5%. CRISIL has projected a total loss of Rs 10 lakh crore or Rs 7,000 per person due to the impact of lockdowns to control COVID-19 pandemic.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • CEO of Crisil: Ashu Suyash.
  • Crisil Chief Economist: Dharmakirti Joshi.
  • Headquarters of Crisil: Mumbai.

11. Moody’s cuts India’s GDP growth to 0.2% from 2.5%

Moody’s Investors Service has cut India’s GDP growth forecast for the calendar year 2020 to 0.2%, from 2.5% projected in March. Moody’s has predicted India’s GDP growth rate to be 6.2% for 2021. Only China, India, and Indonesia are projected to witness economic growth in 2020 by Moody’s. Moody’s has cut its growth projection for India amid the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters of Moody’s: New York, United States (US).
  • President and CEO of Moody’s: Raymond Whitehead McDaniel, Jr.


12. Deepak Agarwal banned by ICC from all cricket for 2 years

Deepak Agarwal has been banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) from all cricket for a period of 2 years. He has been banned by the ICC after he accepted one charge of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. Deepak will be free to continue his involvement in cricket from 27 October 2021.

Important Days

13. International Jazz Day observed globally on 30 April

International Jazz Day is observed globally on 30 April every year. The day aims to create awareness around the world of the virtues of jazz as a force of peace, unity, dialogue, and enhanced cooperation among people, and an educational tool. This year is the 9th edition of  International Jazz Day.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Director-General of UNESCO: Audrey Azoulay.
  • UNESCO formation: 4 November 1946.
  • UNESCO Headquarters: Paris, France.

14. Nation celebrates Ayushman Bharat Diwas on 30th April

Nation celebrates Ayushman Bharat Diwas on 30th April. The day aims to promote affordable medical facilities in remote areas of the country based on the Socio-Economic Caste Census database. It will also promote health and wellness and provide insurance benefits to the poor. This day is of national importance to mark the launch of Ayushman Bharat Yojana, which is also known as Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY).

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH): Shripad Yesso Naik.


15. Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor passes away

National Film Award winning Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor has passed away. He had a remarkable acting career spanning over 4 decades. He made his screen debut in 1970 with film “Mera Naam Joker” as a child artist and also received National Film Award for the role. His first lead role as an adult came in 1973 with the film Bobby for which he was awarded with Filmfare Best Actor Award.

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