Today’s top news:


  1. PM Modi on Tuesday addressed the nation on the prevailing Covid-19 situation in the country.: the PM said that the government is working to ensure supply of oxygen, hospital beds, hails country’s Covid-19 vaccination programme. After May 1, anyone above 18 years could take the Covid-19 vaccination dose.
  2. PM Modi chaired a high-level meeting with the top doctors of the country . Vaccination Strategy of Phase 3 It was decided to liberalize and accelerate the phase three strategy of COVID-19 Vaccination programme in the country. Under phase III, the healthcare and frontline workers will be prioritised to get second dose of the vaccine.
  3. The Ministry of Railways recently announced that it is to create a Green Corridor to ensure fast movement of Oxygen Express trains. These Oxygen Express trains are to be operated to help the country handle the issue of shortage of oxygen.
  4. Bharat Biotech announces COVAXIN® capacity expansion to support vaccination campaigns in India and worldwide : Manufacturing scale up has been carried out in a stepwise manner across multiple facilities at Hyderabad, and Bangalore. Inactivated vaccines, while highly safe, are extremely complex and expensive to manufacture, resulting in lower yields when compared to live virus vaccines.
  5. Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday amid the huge surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in India .
  6. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath declared that the COVID-19 vaccine will be administered free of cost to all adults in the state from 01 May .
  7. The Karnataka government on Tuesday imposed a night curfew in the state from 9 pm on April 21 till 6 am on May 4.
  8. PM Modi emphasised that lockdown should be the last resort and urged the state government to focus more on micro-containment zones.
  9. Paytm has come up with a bumper offer for its customers. Under this offer, customers can get gas cylinder of Rs 809 for only Rs 9. Paytm has offered a cashback offer. Under this cashback offer, if a customer books a gas cylinder, he can get a cashback of up to Rs 800. till 30 April 2021. These offers are only for those consumers who will book LPG cylinders for the first time and pay with Paytm.
  10. The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy recently released the first tranche of Rs 672 crores under the Jagananna Vidya Deevena Scheme for the year 2021-22. This reimbursed the fees for 10.88 lakh students. So far, a total of Rs 4, 879 crores have been disbursed under the Jagananna Vidya Deevena Scheme.
  11. Sushant Singh Rajput’s father KK Singh has moved to Delhi High Court seeking a ban on films that are based on the late actor’s life. As per the latest updates, the Delhi HC has issued summons to the makers of the biopics on Sushant’s life, considering the petition filed by KK Singh.

Nyay: The Justice based on the life of Sushant Singh and Rhea Chakroborty, the accused Sushant death case. Reportedly, the movie is scheduled to be released in April 2021, and many other films, series, and books are about to be published in near future.

  1. The Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) has recently developed a Supplemental Oxygen Delivery System. It is to be used for soldiers posted at extreme high-altitude areas . The system was developed by the Defence Bio-Engineering and Electro Medical Laboratory (DEBEL) located in Bengaluru. It operates under DRDO.
  2. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Army Chief General MM Naravane, Defence Secretary and DRDO chief and asked them to offer available facilities and expertise to civilians during the COVID19 crisis. : Rajnath Singh also directed Army Chief that local commanders must reach out to Chief Ministers and offer all possible help. Following it Defence Secretary also issued instructions to 67 Cantonment Board Hospitals across the country to extend medical services to every patient who reaches out to them.
  3. The Indian Army on Tuesday said it is converting its base hospital in Delhi to an exclusive COVID-19 facility for armed forces personnel as well as veterans. This facility will be available for COVID-19 patients from Thursday
  4. General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of Defence Staff, announced that the country will establish an apex federal body designated the National Maritime Commission (NMC) by mid-2021, to oversee maritime affairs. A National Maritime Security Coordinator would head the proposed body.Post 26/11, there has been some attempt at restructuring the maritime security construct in the country.
  5. COVID Status in India Total cases 15,609,004
    New cases +294,290
    Total deaths 182,570
    New deaths +2,020
    Totl recovery 13,269,863
    Active cases 2,156,571


  1. Experts from India and Japan discussed possibilities of collaboration for promotion of hydrogen-based technologies as well as related innovations, trends, concerns, and solutions at a webinar on De-carbonisation: Exploring the Hydrogen Prospects and Innovative Technologies.
  2. The webinar jointly organised by the Embassy of India in Japan, Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India along with The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan, and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India, on 19th April 2021 provided a platform for the experts to deliberate on the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions.
  3. India and Kyrgyztan recently held a joint Special Force Military Exercise called the “Khanjar”. The exercise was held at Bishek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. The Khanjar exercise is held annually between India and Kyrgyzstan since 2011.
    is located in Central Asia. India has been looking for several opportunities to increase its trade in the region lately. The INSTC (International North South Transport Corridor) and Chabahar ports were planned and developed to fulfil India’s interests in central Asia. Developing good relations with Kyrgyzstan is thus important for India.
  4. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and his American counterpart Tony Blinken discussed on phone bilateral and regional issues including Afghanistan, Myanmar, and climate change.
  5. Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on Tuesday held talks with Gen Philippe Lavigne, Chief of Staff of French Air and Space Force (FASF), on ways to further expand cooperation between the two sides.Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria is on a five-day visit to France from Monday. Both the air forces have been carrying out exercise series ‘Garuda’.


  1. Miguel Díaz-Canel to succeed Raúl Castro as the President of Cuba : Miguel Díaz-Canel will succeed Raúl Castro as the Cuban Communist Party’s first secretary, the most powerful position on the island. He is the first person without the surname Castro to run Cuba since the 1959 revolution.
  2. Raúl Castro announced that he would step down from the key position of the party and hand over the leadership to a younger generation. At 60, Díaz-Canel is almost 30 years younger than his predecessor and will now hold Cuba’s two most important positions, head of the party and president of the state. Eighty nine year old Castro had been in the post since 2011, when he took over from his older brother, Fidel Castro
  3. Mamunul Haq, the Joint Secretary-General of the hardline Islamist organisation of Bangladesh Hefazat-e-Islam was arrested on charges of attempt to murder , assault and vandalism relating to a case filed last year. Mamunul Haq was arrested at the Jamia Rahmania Arabia Madrasa in the Mohammadpur area of the capital.
  4. NASA successfully performed a controlled flight to Mars for the first time. History was created with the help of the Ingenuity Helicopter, which flew around the Jezero Crater and successfully landed back on Martian Land


  1. IPL Match 13
    Tuesday, 20th April 2021
    M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Delhi Capitals won by 6 wickets

  1. IPL Match on April 21, Wednesday
    Punjab Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
    3:30 PM at Chennai

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings
7:30 PM at. Mumbai

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Facts about India

Ayodhya is a city and the administrative headquarters of Faizabad district in UP. It is the birthplace of Rama and setting of the epic Ramayana.

The word “Ayodhya” is a regularly formed derivation of the Sanskrit verb yudh, “to fight, to wage war”. Yodhya is the future passive participle, meaning “to be fought”; the initial a is the negative prefix; the whole, therefore, means “not to be fought” or, means “jise yudhya me jeeta na ja sake”.
English translation- ” City which can’t be won in a war”.

Thought of the day

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

Joke of the day

After the war between Ravana and Rama,

Hanumanji submitted his Travel Allowance Bill to Ayodhya administration for his official tour to collect Sanjeevani Booti .

The Auditor in Bill Section raised 3 objections :

(1) Hanumanji did not take prior permission from the appropriate authority (Bharat), the King of Ayodhya, during the relevant time for his travel

(2) Hanumanji being a Grade 2-officer was not entitled to air travel;

(3) Hanumanji was asked to bring Sanjeevani Booti, just a single plant, but he carried a whole mountain (unauthorized excess baggage).

The Auditor returned the bill. King Ram could do nothing except marking it for re-examination.

A worried Hanumanji approached the Auditor and offered % of the T.A.Bill.

The Auditor now wrote on the Bill :

Re-examined :

  1. Even during the relevant time, Ram was still the king through his Paduka and as journey was performed on Sri ram’s instruction, it is acceptable.
  2. Also excess baggage is justified as bringing a wrong plant would have entailed multiple journeys with extra cost; hence bill may be paid.

Ram ji shocked !!😧
That’s Accounts…..

GK Today

Rama Setu , is a chain of natural limestone shoals, between Pamban Island, also known as Rameswaram Island, off the south-eastern coast of Tamil Nadu, India, and Mannar Island, off the north-western coast of Sri Lanka. Geological evidence suggests that this bridge is a former land connection between India and Sri Lanka


why octopus blood is blue

The blue blood is because the protein, haemocyanin, which carries oxygen around the octopus’s body, contains copper rather than iron like we have in our own haemoglobin.

Octopuses have 9 brains because, in addition to the central brain, each of 8 arms has a mini-brain that allows it to act independently. Octopuses have blue blood because they have adapted to cold, low oxygen water by using hemocyanin, a copper rich protein.

LEARN Sanskrit🙏🏻

varna: colour
Setu : Bridge

How it works ⁉

How cricket bat is made

Cricket bat is traditionally made from willow wood,
Traditional Indian cricket bats are made in the regions of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. In Kashmir they are made out of willow found in northern India.

willow woods, as they were considered to be lighter, tougher, and more shock resistant to ball impact.


Ram Navami is a major festival celebrated with great religious fervour and devotion. It is celebrated for 10 days from the Chaitra saptami to the Bahula Padyami that fall in the month of March and April. Rambhaktas visit temples where Rama’s birthday is celebrated by the re-enactment of his marriage to Sita. For this reason Ram Navami is also called the Kalyanotsav.

The birthday of Lord Rama, the celebrated hero of the famous epic, ‘Ramayana’, is enthusiastically celebrated all over India. Lord Vishnu is worshipped in his human incarnation as Rama, the divine ruler of Ayodhya.

Sita is described as the daughter of the earth goddess, Bhūmi or Prithvi, her birth place was Mithula and the adopted daughter of King Janaka of Videha and his wife, Queen Sunaina. She has a younger sister, Urmila, and the female cousins Mandavi and Shrutakirti. Sita is known for her dedication, self-sacrifice, courage and purity.


(Note : These home tips followed in villages/ancient traditions, it is up to you to use it or not🙏🏻)

Traditional medicinal uses for henna/Mehndi include being used as a coagulant for open wounds and a poultice to sooth burns and eczema. Fresh leaves may be used as a topical antiseptic for fungal or bacterial skin infections, including ringworm. Henna helps to improve hair health.

CH. Naveen Kumar