Daily GK Update 05th and 06th April 2020: Read Daily GK-Current Affairs Update

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 05th and 06th April 2020 to help you prepare the Current affairs part. After reading this section, you can successfully attempt Current Affairs Quiz.

National News

1. PM, President and MPs Salary reduced by 30% , MPLAD funds suspended for 2 years

The Union Cabinet has approved an ordinance which amends the salary, allowances as well as pension of the members of parliament. The approved ordiance reduces the allowances and pension by 30% starting from April 1, 2020, for a year due to the impact of the novel coronavirus. All Members of Parliament (MPs), including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Council of Ministers, will face a 30% salary cut from April 1, 2020, for a year. The Union Cabinet has also approved the temporary suspension of Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) fund scheme during 2020-21 and 2021-22. These funds will be used for managing health services and the adverse impact of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

2. Low-cost ventilator “Prana-Vayu” developed by IIT-Roorkee

A low-cost portable ventilator called ‘Prana-Vayu’ has been developed by IIT-Roorkee in association with AIIMS-Rishikesh. The ventilator can be manufactured in just Rs 25,000 and will be applicable for a wide degree of congestions in the respiratory tract and can be used for all age group patients, especially the elderly. The closed-loop ventilator is equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities & can prove useful in ensuring the safety of coronavirus patients.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Director of IIT-Roorkee: Ajit K. Chaturvedi.
  • Headquarters of IIT-Roorkee: Roorkee, Uttarakhand.

3. ‘Caruna’ initiative launched by Civil servants to fight Coronavirus

An initiative ‘Caruna’ has been launched by the Civil services officers’ associations to support and supplement the government’s efforts in fighting coronavirus. The initiative named as ‘Caruna’ stands for Civil Services Associations Reach to Support in Natural Disasters. As per the initiative, the officers have set up teams in sync with the 11 empowered groups created by the Narendra Modi government to tackle all issues related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

State News

4. To sanitize people, ‘V Safe Tunnel’ installed in Telangana

To achieve the aim of sanitizing people, ‘V Safe Tunnel’ has been installed in Telangana at the state Director General of Police’s office. A unique disinfectant named ‘V Safe Tunnel’ sanitizes people from any possible bacteria and other microbes within 20 seconds to minimise the local transmission of Coronavirus in the state. The disinfectant consists of a combination of a water-soluble polymer and iodine in a form of spray and is effective against virus such as SARS and Ebola.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Telangana: K Chandrasekhar Rao; Governor: Tamilisai Soundararajan.


5. GoI extends tenure of Madhabi Puri Buch as WTM at SEBI

The Government of India has extended the term of Madhabi Puri Buch as a Whole Time Member (WTM) at Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) by 6 months. She is the first woman Whole Time Member (WTM) of SEBI who is also the first from the private sector to be appointed as a board member in SEBI. She was appointed by the Government of India as the Whole Time Member (WTM) at Securities and Exchange Board of India in 2017.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of SEBI: Ajay Tyagi; Headquarter: Mumbai.

Schemes & Committees

6. GoI constitutes Empowered Group for coordinating COVID-19 related Response Activities

The Government of India has constituted an Empowered Group for coordinating response activities with Private Sector, NGOs and International Organisations related to COVID-19 to coordinate response activities with Private Sector, NGOs and International Organisations related to COVID-19. The gorup will be headed by the chief executive officer (CEO) of NITI Aayog Amitabh Kant and will address the issues such as identification of problems, effective solutions and making of plans along with three groups of stakeholders.

Awards & Rewards

7. Peta India honours CM Naveen Patnaik for feeding animals

Animal rights body People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has conferred Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik with ‘Hero to Animals Award’ for allocating funds to feed community animals in Odisha during the lockdown over the novel coronavirus pandemic. CM approved of Rs 54 lakhs from a relief fund to feed animals of the community to ensure that the animals do not go starving in such conditions.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • PETA established: March 22, 1980
  • Headquarters: Norfolk, Virginia, United States.


8. Kobe Bryant inducted into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

The late Kobe Bryant has been selected as a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. He has now become a part of 9-member class that also constitutes multiple All-Star selections Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett. The list of 9 members to be included in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame is as follows:

Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Tamika Catchings, Eddie Sutton, Rudy Tomjanovich, Kim Mulkey, Barbara Stevens and Patrick Baumann.

Defence News

9. Under ‘Operation Sanjeevani’, IAF airlifts essential drugs to Maldives 

Under the ‘Operation Sanjeevani’, the Indian Air Force has air-lifted 6.2 tonnes of essential medical supplies to the Maldives via transport aircraft C-130J as an assistance in the fight against the COVID 19. The medicines procured from various cities were delivered by a Hercules aircraft of Indian Air Force.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Air Chief Marshal: Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria.
  • Indian Airforce founded: 8 October 1932.
  • Indian Airforce Headquarters: New Delhi.


10. 3 time Grammy award winner Bill Withers passes away

American songwriter & 3 time Grammy award winner Bill Withers passed away. In his carrer, he produced 9 albums and his debut album was Just As I Am(1971) & the last album was Watching You Watching Me(1985). He was also awarded the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award in 2006.

Important Days

11. International Day of Sport for Development and Peace observed on 6 April 

6th of April is celebrated by the United Nations every year as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. To celebrate International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2020, a request has been made by the United Nations to people around the world asking them to be active, stay healthy and exhibit solidarity during this period of physical and social distancing as this team spirit is going to help us all in getting through the current challenges together. For the International Day of Sport 2020, the UN has appealed to people to #BeActive and healthy to beat #COVID19.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Secretary General of the United Nations: Antonio Guterres.

12. UN declares April 5 as International Day of Conscience

5th of April has been declared by the United Nations as the International Day of Conscience to remind people to self-reflect, follow their conscience, and do the right things. April 5, 2020 marked the first International Day of Conscience and served to remind people to engage in self-reflection to improve themselves and their communities, stimulating a crucial turning point for transforming our world.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • The Federation of World Peace and Love (FOWPAL), an international peace organization, was established by Dr Hong, Tao-Tze in the United States in 2000. 

13. Nation celebrates 57th edition of National Maritime Day

India observes National Maritime Day on 5 April every year to illustrate the awareness in supporting intercontinental commerce and the global economy as the most well-organized, safe and sound, environmentally responsive approach of transporting goods from one corner to another corner of the world. National Maritime Day 2020 was the 57th edition of the National Maritime Day. The day was celebrated for the first time on April 5, 1964.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

    • World Maritime Day is observed on the last week of September on Thursday annually.
    • This year World Maritime Day will be celebrated on September 24, 2020.
    • According to the International Maritime Organization, “Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet” has been selected as the World Maritime theme for 2020.

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