Current Affairs in English – April-30, 2021

Current Affairs in English – April-30, 2021

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 2021

APRIL – 30, 2021

NATIONAL

COVIRAP

  • IIT Kharagpur (Kgp) has successfully commercialized its flagship healthcare product – COVIRAP.
  • This novel diagnostic technology will be useful for infectious diseases including COVID-19 and beyond.
  • The COVID-19 diagnostic test can be conducted directly from human swab samples in the portable device.

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana

  • The GOI recently announced that it will provide five kilo grams of free food grains under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana till June 2021.
  • The free food grains are being provided to around eighty crore beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act, 2013.
  • PMGKAY was launched in March 2020 by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

MOXIE

  • The Perseverance rover of Mars 2020 Mission of NASA recently converted carbon dioxide into oxygen.
  • This is the first time this has been achieved in another planet.
  • This was achieved by MOXIE (Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment), an instrument placed in the front side of the rover. MOXIE is also called “Mechanical Tree”.

AWARDS

Oscars 2021 – First Asian woman

  • Chloe Zhao is the first Asian woman and second woman ever to win best director at the Academy Awards.
  • The Chinese-born Zhao not only directed Nomadland, but also wrote the screenplay and edited the film.

IMPORTANT DAYS

Ayushman Bharat Diwas – April 30

  • Ayushman Bharat Scheme largest heah scheme in the world launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April 2018.
  • They are to promote health and wellness to the poor and also to provide insurance benefits to them.
  • The theme for this year is “Keep your Health, Save Your Wealth”.
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