1. Miscellaneous

“Operation Shield” launched by the Delhi Government

The Operation will be implemented in 21 containment zones of Delhi. The steps to be implemented are: S- Sealing of 21 containment zones H- Home quarantining of residents in these zones I- Isolation of primary and secondary contacts of infected individuals E- Essential supply of commodities L- Local authorities to sanitize area D- Door-to-door health checks

2. International Affairs

Ceasefire in Yemen declared by Saudi-led Coalition

Saudi Arabia led coalition declared a two-week cease fire in Yemen. The coalition includes Saudi Arabia, Sudan, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Senegal It is supported by the UN to aid Yemen government against a coup by the Houthis group.

Quick Facts: Sana’a is the capital of Yemen

3. Defence and Security

CRPF Valour Day observed in India on April 9th

CRPF Valour Day is also called as CRPF Shaurya Diwas This day commemorates the lives of CRPF personnel who fought against Pakistan in Rann of Kutch on April 9th, 1965

Quick Facts: Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is India’s largest Central Armed Police Force.

4. National Affairs

CSIR ties up with BEL to develop mass manufacturing technologies

CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) has tied up with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) to develop mass manufacturing technologies. These software and hardware technologies will focus on producing medical devices. The mass manufacturing technologies will be developed and transferred to companies free of cost

5. Miscellaneous

World Homeopathy Day observed

This day is celebrated to honor the birth of the father of the Homeopathy system of medicines Dr. Samuel Hahnemann He was a German physician born in France

Quick Facts: The doctrine of homeopathy is ‘similia similibus curantur’ i.e likes are cured by likes

6. Economy

India’s GDP for FY21 projected at 4.8%: UN ESCAP report

The projection has been given by the UN ‘Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) 2020: ‘Towards sustainable economies’ report The fall of GDP will be due to direct and spillover effects of the ongoing pandemic

Quick Facts: UN-ESCAP is one of the five regional commissions under the jurisdiction of the United Nations Economic and Social Council

7. Science and Technology

DST funded company develops ‘membrane oxygenator equipment’

Pune based company Genrich Membranes has developed a membrane oxygenator equipment to treat COVID-19 patients It will treat breathlessness, a major complication of COVID-19 The device enriches oxygen in the air up to 35 per cent and does not require trained manpower for its operation

8. Miscellaneous

Doordarshan emerges among highest watched channel in India

According to Broadcast Audience Research Council, Doordarshan was among the highest watched channels last week. This was due to rebroadcasting of old shows like Ramayana, Mahabharata, Shaktiman and Buniyaad. Overall TV viewership has increased by 43% compared to pre-COVID-19 periods.