19 April to 24 April 2021


Britain PM Boris Johnson cancels his visit to India

Boris Johnson, Britain Prime Minister has canceled his visit to India amid the rising cases of Coronavirus cases. The news was shared by the Ministry of External Affairs. It was also informed both PM Modi and PM Boris Johnson will be interacting virtually to discuss UK-India Partnership.

IFFCO to set up four oxygen plants

IFFCO will be setting up four oxygen plants at the cost of Rs. 30 crores. The move will be significant as the number of states is facing medical oxygen crisis in the hospitals. The oxygen plants will be set up in UP, Gujarat, Odisha to facilitate free oxygen.

Government allows Vaccine for all adults

All adults above the age of 18 years will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from May 1, 2021. The news was announced under the liberalized and accelerated phase 3 strategy of vaccination of the Central Government.

Weightlifter Mirabi Chanu creates a national record

The Indian weightlifter Mirabi Chanu has successfully created a new world record by lifting 119 kg at the Weightlifting Championship. Chanu also created a new National record by lifting a total of 205 kg. She also won the bronze medal for this.

Import duty waived off on Remdesivir

Import duty has been waived off on Remdesivir by the Union Government. The step was taken as the Coronavirus cases increase in India. Remdesivir has been approved as an investigational therapy for Coronavirus patients who are on oxygen.

Virtual Summit of India and EU in May 2021

The virtual summit of India and European Union Leaders will be on May 8, 2021. The summit was earlier to be held in Portugal. Prime Minister Modi has decided to cancel his visit to Portugal. The Free Trade Agreement between India and the EU will be a key focus of the summit.

COVAXIN’s phase 3 trial results announced

Bharat Biotech and ICMR announced the phase 3 trial results of indigenously developed COVAXIN. The vaccine in the latest results has shown 100% effectiveness against severe Coronavirus infection. The clinical trial of COVAXIN was jointly conducted by ICMR and Bharat Biotech.

CAG becomes external auditor of OPCW

India’s Comptroller and Auditor General of India GC Murmu has become the External Auditor of OPCW. Murmu’s tenure will be for the period of three years starting from 2021. OPCW is the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

US passes bill to make Washington DC 51st state

The United States House of Representatives has passed the bill to make Washington DC 51st state of the country. The Capital Washington DC does not yet have elected voting representation in Congress.

Oxygen generated on Mars by NASA’s Perseverance Rover

For the very first time, the Perseverance Rover of NASA has successfully generated oxygen on Mars. According to the space agency, the move will further help in storing the oxygen. It will also help the power rockets off the surface of the plant in the future.

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