1.Economy

World Steel Report 2020 published by World Steel Association

The report studies crude steel production of 64 countries

The crude steel output in India has decreased by 65.2% in April 2020

Globally, there has been a 13.0% decrease compared to April 2019

2.Miscellaneous

J.K. Rowling announces new book: The Ickabog

British author J.K. Rowling has released the first two chapters of her new Children’s book “The lckabog”

The Ickabog is her first children’s book since the Harry Potter series

The story will be published in installments on The Ickabog website for free before its official publication

3.National Affairs

Chamba Tunnel inaugurated under Chardham Pariyojana

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the Chamba Tunnel under Chardham Pariyojana

The construction was challenging due to geographical challenges, land acquisition issues and COVID lockdown restrictions

The tunnel and Char Dham highway have a big role to play from socioeconomic and religious point of view in the region.

Quick Fact: The Char Dham highway network will connect the four holy places in Uttarakhand, i.e. Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri

4.National Affairs

Supreme Court takes suo motu cognisance of migrant workers’ plight

A three-judge Supreme Court bench has taken suo motu cognisance of the migrant workers issue

They have noted inadequacies and lapses in Central and State governments’ support to them during lockdown

They have ordered the centre and states to immediately provide free of cost transport, food and shelter to stranded migrant workers.

Quick Fact: Suo motu cognisance means that the court has taken the matter into cognizance on its own, without anybody filing a petition

5.Environment

Critically Endangered Saharan Cheetah Seen in Algeria For The First Time in a Decade

The Saharan Cheetah was sighted in the Hoggar Mountains national park in Algeria.

The Saharan or Northwest Cheetah is a Cheetah subspecies endemic to Sahara and the Sahel regions of Africa

It is unique because of its shorter coat and nearly white colour.

Quick Fact: Algeria is the largest country of the African continent


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