The Daily Brief – 5th April 2019


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  1. The Congress party in its election manifesto for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 announced a Minimum Income scheme Nyuntam Aay Yojna (Nyay) as a surgical strike against poverty. The scheme is targeted towards 5 crore families who are the poorest 20 per cent in India. Nyay scheme guarantees each family a cash transfer of Rs. 72,000 a year. It would be a joint scheme of the central and state governments.
  2. The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for collaboration in the field of standardisation and conformity assessment. They will be setting up a Centre of Excellence in the field of Standardisation, Testing and Conformity Assessment with the BIS branding at IIT-Delhi campus and have also agreed to appoint a Chair in the field of standardisation and conformity assessment.
  3. The combat engineers of ‘Sahas aur Yogyata’ regiment of ‘Fire and Fury Corps’ of the Indian Army built the longest suspension bridge over Indus river in Leh in just 40 days and the bridge is named as Maitri Bridge. This260-feet long cable suspension bridge is expected to give a major boost to connectivity in remote areas in Ladakh. The Bridge has been dedicated to the people of India to commemorate the 20th year of Kargil Vijay Divas.
  4. International Mine Awareness Day and Assistance in Mine Action 2019 was observed on April 4 with the theme ‘United Nations Promotes SDGs – Safe Ground – Safe Home’. The United Nations has launched “Safe Ground”, a new strategy and campaign to “ensure that no one, no State, and no war zone is left behind”. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 8 December 2005 declared 4 April as the International Day for Mine Assistance in Mine Action.
  5. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on April 4, 2019 honoured PM Narendra Modi with prestigious Zayed Medal in recognition of his “pivotal role” in strengthening ties between the two nations. The Medal is the highest decoration of the UAE awarded to kings, presidents and heads of states. The honour has previously been conferred on the leaders of several countries including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II.
  6. The 7th Foreign Office consultations between India and Italy were held in New Delhi on 4 April. The consultations provided an opportunity to review the follow-up actions taken after the visit of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in October last year as well as the entire range of bilateral relations, including political, defence, scientific, economic and commercial ties.

    Lori Lightfoot
  7. Chicago has created history by electing an African-American woman as its mayor for the first time. Lori Lightfoot, a 56-year-old former federal prosecutor and practicing lawyer who has never before held elected office, won the city’s mayoral race by a huge margin. She will also be Chicago’s first openly gay mayor. Lightfoot will take over office from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who previously served as chief of staff under former President Barack Obama.

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Today’s Quiz

1. Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and _____ have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for collaboration in the field of standardisation and conformity assessment.

2. Which is the longest suspension bridge over Indus river?

3. On which day International Mine Awareness Day and Assistance in Mine Action is observed across the world?

4. When was the first International Mine Awareness Day and Assistance in Mine Action celebrated?

5. Who has been conferred with the prestigious Zayed Medal recently?

6. Who among the following countries presents the Zayed Medal?

7. Who is the first African-American woman to be elected as Chicago’s mayor?

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