1.Miscellaneous

Daporijo Bridge across Subansiri river in Arunachal Pradesh inaugurated

The bridge is strategically important as it links roads leading upto the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China.

All essential supplies to the state are supplied via this bridge.

Quick facts : Subansiri river is the largest tributary of Brahmaputra river

2. National Affairs

CPCB issues guidelines to handle COVID-19 treatment wastes

Central Pollution Control Board has issued guidelines for waste management generated from COVID-19 patients.

These places should have dedicated bin labelled “COVID-19 Waste”.

The COVID-19 Waste bins should be disinfected with 1% Sodium Hypochlorite

Quick facts : Subansiri river is the largest tributary of Brahmaputra river

3. International Affairs

UN Consensus Resolution for equitable access to future vaccines

United Nations has adopted a consensus resolution drafted by Mexico

The resolution calls for equitable, efficient and timely access to future vaccines developed against COVID-19

Quick facts : To pass a resolution, United Nations requires more than 50% of all votes, called simple majority

4. Miscellaneous

Civil Services Day observed on 21st April

India rewards officers with Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Administration on this day.

On this day, Sardar Vallabhai Patel addressed the first batch probationers of Administrative Services in 1947.

5. Person in News

Former IAS officer Kapil Dev Tripathi appointed as Secretary to President

Former IAS officer Kapil Dev Tripathi has been appointed as the new secretary to the President

The appointment was made by Appointment Committee of the Cabinet

Quick facts: Chairman of the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet is the Prime Minister

6. Economy

Fifteenth Finance Commission will assess impacts of COVID-19

The Economic Advisory Council of the Fifteenth Finance Commission will discuss the impacts

They will also discuss public expenditure to be spent to boost the economy

Quick facts: Nand Kishore Singh is the chairman of the Fifteenth Finance Commission

7. Science and Technology

DCGI approves clinical trial of COVID-19 drug to reduce mortality rate

The COVID-19 drug that was developed by the Cadila Pharmaceuticals along with CSIR

The drug had been used to treat patients having Gram Negative Bacterial Sepsis

It is helpful with COVID-19 due to similarities between the two conditions.

8. Economy

New Development Bank’s gives India 1 bn USD as financial assistance

New Development Bank will provide financial assistance of 1 billion USD of COVID-19 funds to India

The bank is part of BRICS grouping of member countries Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa