Daily GK Update: 05th April 2020

Current Affairs


  1.  Odisha launches ‘Mo Prativa’ for engaging young minds amid lockdown
  • The Odisha government in collaboration with the UNICEF has launched an online cultural competition, ‘Mo Prativa’ to keep children engaged at home during the lockdown period.
  • The programme will include competitions of painting, writing of slogans, short stories, poems and poster making, winning entries will get certificates.
  • The “Mo Prativa” (My talent) programme is for children in the age group of 5 to 18 years.


  1. National Maritime Day being observed on 5 April
  • National Maritime Day is observed every year on 5th April to illustrate the awareness in supporting intercontinental commerce and to commemorate the maiden voyage of the first Indian owned ship “SS Loyalty” from UK to Mumbai in 1919.
  • The National Maritime Day was first celebrated on April 5, 1964.
  • On this day, Varuna award is conferred to the outstanding contributor of Indian maritime sector.



  1. Renowned singer Bill Withers passes away
  • Renowned singer and lyricist, Bill Withers (81 years) passes away.
  • Wither won Grammy Awards 3 times in his career for his song Ain’t No Sunshine, Just the two of us and Lean on Me.
  • He was known for his smooth baritone vocals and sumptuous soul arrangements of 1970s.
  • Lean on Me has recently become associated with the Coronavirus pandemic, with many people posting their own versions to support health workers.


  1. 3D protection shields for health workers designed
  • 3D protection shield for doctors and health workers working to prevent and treat COVID-19 pandemic have been designed in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
  • The design is formulated by Shri Ebin of Eachanari, a suburb of Coimbatore.
  • The design has been given to 60 organizations in various parts of the country and efforts are on to produce 20,000 shields as soon as possible.


  1. Operation Sanjeevani launched for essential medicines assistance to Maldive
  • India has supplied 6.2 tonnes of essential medicines to Maldives as assistance in fight against COVID 19 by a Hercules aircraft of Indian Air Force under operation Sanjeevani.
  • India has also supplied essential food grains and edibles despite logistical challenges in wake of lockdown.
  • The medicines include influenza vaccines, anti-viral drugs such as lopinavir and ritonavir.


  1. SEBI whole time member Madhabi Puri Buch’s term extended for 6 months
  • Madhabi Puri Buch, Whole Time Member (WTM) at SEBI, has been given a six months extension by the government.
  • She was appointed in April 2017 for three-year tenure which was about to end in March.
  • Buch is SEBI’s first woman WTM and the first from the private sector to be appointed a SEBI board member.


  1.  International Day of Conscience being observed on April 5.
  • The United Nations declares April 5 as International Day of Conscience in 2019 with resolution “Promoting the Culture of Peace with Love and Conscience”.
  • The aim of this day is to promote peace, tolerance, inclusion, understanding and solidarity.
  • April 5, 2020 will mark the first International Day of Conscience.



  1. SBI lists USD 100 million green bonds on India INX
  • SBI has listed green bonds of USD 100 million (about Rs 750 crore) on its debt listing platform.
  • The green bond is issued under the global medium term note programme on India INX’s Global Securities Market Green Platform (GSM).


      9. GoI constituted Empowered Group for COVID-19-related Response Activities

  • Government has constituted an Empowered Group chaired by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kantfor coordinating with Private Sector, NGOs and International Organisations for COVID-19-related Response Activities.
  • It will address the issues pertaining to identification of problems, effective solutions and formulation of plans with three groups of stakeholders.
  • 3 groups have been created including UN agencies, World Bank, ADB, Civil Society Organisations, Industry associations.


  1. US research links BCG vaccination against COVID-19
  • US-based research suggested the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccination a “game-changer” in the fight against novel coronavirus.
  • BCG vaccine is used against tuberculosis (TB).
  • It contains a live but weakened strain of tuberculosis bacteria that provokes the body to develop antibodies to attack TB bacteria boosting the immune system.
  • It can act as the first-line defence that keep a variety of pathogens from entering the body and prevent infection.