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01st MAY 2020

US NAVY WILL HOST RIMPAC EXERCISE

 The U.S. Navy said Wednesday it will host the world’s largest maritime exercises in Hawaii again this year, but the drills will only be held at sea because of the coronavirus.
 The Navy has held the Rim of the Pacific exercises in Hawaii every two years since the early 1970s
 RIMPAC, the Rim of the Pacific Exercise, is the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise.
 RIMPAC is held biennially during June and July of
even-numbered years from Honolulu, Hawaii.
 It is hosted and administered by the United States Navy’s Indo-Pacific Command, headquartered at Pearl Harbor

CENTRE LAUNCHES PROJECT MONITORING UNIT OF COAL BLOCKS

 The Centre on Thursday announced the launch of a project monitoring unit to facilitate early operationalisation of coal blocks, a move that may attract bidders during auction of commercial mines.
 The step will help promote ease of doing business in India as it will facilitate coal mines allocatees to obtain timely approvals for operationalising the mines.

RAMAYAN BECOMES MOST-WATCHED ENTERTAINMENT SHOW IN THE WORLD

 Ramanand Sagar’s epic show Ramayan’s return to television has worked wonders for Doordarshan.
 Ever since the show started it rerun, it’s smashing viewership record. Since March 28, when its rerun began on DD National, Ramayan continued to be the most-watched show in India, week after week.
 The show was back on Doordarshan to keep the viewers hooked to television so that they could stay at home

NASA SELECTS BEZOS’S BLUE ORIGIN AND MUSK’S SPACEX TO BUILD NEW MOON LANDERS

• National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has selected SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Dynetics, the three space firms to build new lunar landing systems that will carry astronauts to the moon by 2024.
• The announcement by NASA was made on
April 30, 2020.
• The deadline has been accelerated by the White House to 2024, under the Space agency’s moon to mars campaign.

MGNREGA GETS SANCTION OF RS. 33,300 CRORES BY CENTRE

 The sanction of Rs. 33,300 crore has been done under MGNREGA, out of it Rs. 20,624 crores have been given to liquidate all the outstanding dues of the previous year towards material and wages.
 Mahatma Gandhi Employment Guarantee Act 2005 later renamed as the “Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act”, MGNREGA), is an Indian labour law and social security measure that aims to guarantee the ‘right to work’. This act was passed in September 2005.
 It aims to enhance livelihood security in rural areas by providing at least 100 days of wage employment in a financial year to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work

INDIA RANKS 53RD IN BUDGET TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY: IBP SURVEY

 International Budget Partnership (IBP) has provided a transparency score of 49 out of 100 to India’s Union budget process.
 The provided score to India is higher than the global average score of 45.
 The International Budget Partnership collaborates with civil society organizations around the world to improve governance
 International Budget Partnership (IBP) focuses on government budgetsbecause they are at the core of development. Budgetsare the government’s most powerful tool to meet the needs of its people, especially those who are poor and marginalized

International Workers’ Day: MAY 1

 Labourorganizations across the globe will observe the International Workers’ Day also known as the Labour Day or Workers’ Day on 1st May 2020.
 The 2020 International Labour Day is being celebrated amid the Coronavirus pandemic, which has threated to put thousands of workers and labourers out of job due to economic concerns

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