05-06-2020 Daily GPSC Current Affairs


Goa University choir goes international to help WHO Covid fund


The Goa University (GU) choir was recently invited to represent the Asian segment to be a part of a virtual rendition of Amazing Grace with legendary American singer-songwriter Judy Collins. The soulful version was released on May 29 on various e-music platforms.
This collaboration has put GU on the global map in terms of music.


Launched by Collins toraise money with a charity single in aid of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) solidarity response fund, the global virtual choir is a collaboration by hundreds of professional and amateur singers performing in their living rooms all over the world.


The GU choir is now preparing three more virtual choirs in collaboration with different artists from India and Europe.






India at 53rd position in budget transparency, accountability

India has been placed at 53rd position among 117 nations in terms of budget transparency and accountability, according to the Open Budget Survey.

The survey, which was conducted by International Budget Partnership (IBP), has provided India’s Union Budget process a transparency score of 49 out of 100, which is higher than the global average of 45.

New Zealand tops the chart with a score of 87.

The survey, covering 117 countries, rates the level of budget transparency across countries on a scale of 0-100, based on several normative, internationally comparable indicators.




CISF launches ”e-karyalay” app for movement of files   

Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has launched an e-office application, that enables movement of files and documents without physical touch.

The app has been launched for usage in the 1.62 lakh personnel-strong force to prevent coronavirus infection.

The application called ”e-karyalay” (electronic office) has been designed by the in-house technical team of the force.

This application has been hosted at CISF cloud with all security arrangements in place to safeguard the data.

Also, it will enable officials to work from home.


GI tag to Manipur black rice, Gorakhpur terracotta

Chak-Hao, the black rice of Manipur and the Gorakhpur terracotta have bagged the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.

Chak-Hao, a scented glutinous rice which has been in cultivation in Manipur over centuries, is characterised by its special aroma.

It is normally eaten during community feasts and is served as Chak-Hao kheer.

The terracotta work of Gorakhpur is a centuries-old traditional art form, where the potters make various animal figures like, horses, elephants, camels, goats, ox, etc. with hand-applied ornamentation.


India third largest military spender in world, after US and China

India has become the third largest military spender in the world, after the US and China, according to a Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) report.

This is the first time that India and China are among the top three military spenders.

India’s military spending grew by 6.8 percent to $71.1 billion in 2019, according to the SIPRO report on “Trends in World Military Expenditure, 2019”.

This was the highest military spending in South Asia.

Total global military expenditure rose to $1,917 billion in 2019.


Narendra Singh Tomar releases SOP for e-Gram Swaraj Yojana platform and mobile App

Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Narendra Singh Tomar issued a detailed guideline of the SVAMITVA Scheme aimed at providing people residing in Rural parts with the right to document their residential properties.

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) regarding the e-Gram Swaraj Yojana platform and mobile App, was launched on this occasion.

This would also help in resolving property related disputes and would also enable creation of better-quality Gram Panchayat Development Plans.

The pilot phase of the scheme will extend to six states namely Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand covering approximately one lakh villages.

Mr. Tomar informed that it will ensure that the funds given to the panchayats are not misused and transparency can be established.


Govt decides to provide Mid-day meals to students during summer vacation in wake of situation arising out of COVID 19

Government has announced around 11 per cent increase in annual central allocation of cooking cost under Mid-day meal scheme to 8 thousand 100 crore rupees in view of the situation arising out of COVID-19.

The annual central allocation of cooking cost for procurement of pulses, vegetable, oil, spices and fuel under Mid Day Meal Scheme was 7 thousand 300 crore rupees.

Considering the health of the students, during the lockdown, ration is being provided under mid-day meal for the children to get adequate and nutritious food.

The scheme covers more than 12 crore children studying in over 11 lakh schools across the country.

The Midday Meal Scheme comes under the HRD Ministry’s Department of School Education and Literacy.

It was launched in the year 1995 as a centrally sponsored scheme.


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