1.Economy

India’s first ‘Kisan Rail’ begins services

India’s first ‘Kisan Rail’ will run between Devlali, Maharashtra to Danapur, Bihar.

It  will cover 1,519 kilometres in over 31 hours

It will be used to transport perishable goods.

2.Person in News

Pradeep Kumar Joshi becomes new chairman of UPSC

Pradeep Kumar Joshi has served as the chairman of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commissions, as well as a member of the UPSC

He will succeed Arvind Saxena as the Chairman of UPSC

His tenure will be till May 12, 2021

Quick Fact: The headquarters of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is in New Delhi

3.Person in News

G.C. Murmu becomes new Comptroller and Auditor General of India

Girish Chandra Murmu has been appointed as the 14th Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India

He was previously serving as the Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor

He will be replacing Rajiv Mehrishi as the CAG

Quick Fact: The Comptroller and Auditor General of India is an authority established by Article 148 of the Constitution of India

4.Miscellaneous

Karnataka launches India’s First Mobile COVID-19 testing lab

Karnataka  has launched India’s first Mobile COVID-19 testing lab of India in Bengaluru

It has been  developed by Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and approved by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

The Mobile Infection Testing and Reporting (MITR) lab can conduct 9,000 RT-PCR tests per month with 100% accuracy within 4 hours

5.Environment

Mauritius declares emergency over oil spill

Mauritius has declared an environmental emergency due to an oil spill caused by a stranded Japanese owned ship 

The oil spill has put around 1 to 3 million lives at risk

The nation has asked France for help, since the French Island of Reunion, the largest military base of France, is the closest to Mauritius

Quick Fact: Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius