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Utkal Diwas or Odisha day is celebrated on 1 April

Utkal Diwas
  • Utkal Diwas, meaning Odisha day, is celebrated on 1 April in Odisha annually. The day marks the establishment of the state in 1936.
  • The day cherishes the contributions and sacrifices by the people of Odisha.

Affordable housing firm Aavas receives $60m ADB loan

Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has inked an agreement to lend up to $60 million to Aavas Financiers Ltd, a housing finance company in India, to enhance access to housing finance for lower-income borrowers, especially women.

Paytm Money CEO Pravin Jadhav retires

Pravin Jadhav
  • The MD & CEO of Paytm Money Pravin Jadhav has retired.
  • Jadhav was involved with Paytm Money since June 2017 as its first member and saw its rise to 40 million users.

China to host the 2021 Asian Youth Games

2021 Asian Youth Games
  • The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) on 1st April said that the coastal city of Shantou in China will continue as hosts of the third Asian Youth Games
  • The Asian Youth Games will be organized from November 20 to 28, 2021.

An expert historian Arjun Dev passes away

Professor Arjun Dev

  • Professor Arjun Dev, the expert educationist, and historian, a kind, sensitive and generous but extremely brave man, passed away.
  • He spent the better part of his academic life serving as a historian at the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).

Central govt again defines domicile for J&K; Perks and Privileges of ex-CMs of J&K taken away

J&K
  • The domicile of Jammu & Kashmir was redefined which has stated that a person residing in J&K for at least 15 years or has studied for a period of seven years there and appeared in Class 10 or 12 examinations will now be eligible to be a permanent resident of the UT.
  • The perks and privileges of ex-Chief Ministers of Jammu & Kashmir have been taken away after the central government repealed section 3-C of State Legislature Members’ Pension Act, 1984.

COP26 climate change conference deferred until 2021 due to COVID-19

COP26 climate change conference
  • A major UN climate change conference to take place in November has been deferred until 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic
  • The COP26 summit was set to be organized by the U.K. at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow, Scotland, with over 30,000 people supposed to attend.

Hindustan Unilever finishes its merger with GSKCH India

Hindustan Unilever completes its merger with GSKCH India

  • Hindustan Unilever on 2nd April declared fulfillment of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Ltd’s merger (GSKCH) with itself.
  • The company has obtained all the required regulator approvals along with the National Company Law Tribunal for the merger of GSKCH into the company, HUL stated.

World Athletics championship delayed to 2022

World Athletics championship delayed to 2022
  • The 2021 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon will be postponed to 2022 to accommodate the re-arranged Tokyo Olympics, World Athletics stated.
  • The World Athletics Championships that were programmed to take place in Eugene on August 6-15, 2021, can no longer be held on those dates due to the shifting of 2020 Tokyo Games to 2021

Wimbledon canceled due to COVID-19, the first time since World War II

Wimbledon canceled
  • Wimbledon organizers on 2nd April dismissed the grasscourt Grand Slam for the first time since World War II as the COVID-19 wreaks further havoc on the global sporting calendar.
  • The cancellation of the only grasscourt major at the All England Club leaves the season in upset. “Devastated,” tweeted eight-time champion Roger Federer.

2nd April celebrated as World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness Day
  • The World Autism Awareness Day is observed on April 2 globally. It is celebrated with the goal of spreading awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD).
  • ASD is a developmental disorder that leads to the impairment of communication and social interaction skills.
  • Theme 2020- ‘The Transition to Adulthood’.

DARPG releases “National Monitoring Dashboard on COVID-19 Grievances”

National Monitoring Dashboard on COVID-19 Grievances
  • The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) has released “National Monitoring Dashboard on COVID-19 Grievances” which will collect and monitor all cases related to COVID-19 on a priority basis.
  • The portal will be refreshed and monitored at senior levels in Government on a daily basis.