Today's top news


1. *An estimated 75% votes were cast on Monday in West Bengal in the seventh and penultimate phase of assembly election.* 

2. *Karnataka govt imposes 14-day lockdown from April 27; public transport, shops shut* : As Bengaluru's COVID cases explode, CM Yeddiyurappa  on Monday, imposed a 14-day lockdown - industries except construction, manufacturing & agriculture shut.  Shops selling essential goods allowed to be open b/w 6-10 am. After 10 am shops will close.

3. Takeaway from restaurants and home delivery of alcohol has been allowed. Goods can be transported from one state to another

4. *To track Ganganyan, ISRO will launch data relay satellite* : The Indian Space Research Organisation will launch a data relay satellite that will help maintain contact with the Gagangyaan mission throughout after the launch.

5. *COVID-19: Punjab extends night curfew timings by two hours from 6 pm to 5 am* 

6. Liquor shops to remain closed in Puducherry till April 30.

7. Actress Hina Khan, who recently lost her father after he suffered a cardiac arrest, has now informed that she has tested positive for COVID-19. 

8.  *Armed forces recall retired medical staff to work to battle Covid-19 pandemic in India*: All medical personnel of the armed forces who have retired or have taken pre-mature retirement in the last two years are being recalled to work in COVID-19 facilities within proximity of their present place of residence.

9. *PM Modi meets CDS Rawat, reviews preparations by Armed Forces in fight against Covid-19* 

10. 'Swarnim Vijay Mashaal' reaches Jammu, tributes paid to 1971 war heroes
The 'Swarnim Vijay Mashaal', marking the commemoration of 50 years of India's victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war, arrived at the Jammu-based Tiger Division on Monday.

11. Faced with an increase in number of cases of either veterans or dependents of its personnel succumbing to the deadly second Covid-19 wave, the Army has set up a special cell at the Delhi Cantonment to provide “decent last rites” to members of its own family.

12. *Security forces have recovered a cache of arms and ammunition, including two pistols, during a search operation in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district.* A joint team of the Army and police launched a search operation in Chhatru forest area

1.  *PM Narendra Modi speaks to US President Joe Biden over phone as India battles COVID-19 crisis* 

 2. *Australia mulls ban on flights from India, may send emergency supplies:* The Australian government will consider banning flights from India and will likely send emergency medical supplies as a ferocious second wave of coronavirus shows no signs of abating.

3. *IAF sends aircraft to Dubai to bring seven empty cryogenic oxygen containers* 

4. *The Government of India is to import 10,000 oxygen concentrators.* 
Working of Oxygen Concentrator The atmospheric air has 78% of nitrogen and 21% of oxygen. The Oxygen Concentrator accumulates air, filters through a sieve sending the nitrogen back in to the air and collects oxygen alone. The oxygen in the oxygen concentrator is compressed and dispensed through a cannula. The oxygen is 90% to 95% pure. A pressure valve in the concentrators help to regulate the supply of oxygen from 1 to 10 litres per minute.

5. US does a turnaround on vaccine raw material supply after NSA talks; *Russia, other countries dispatch help to India During the pandemic* , it is natural for a government to give priority to its domestic requirements. Experts believe that the US will achieve the target of vaccinating its entire adult population soon. In addition, it has piled up vaccines which it may never use.

6.  *India welcomes ASEAN call to end violence in Myanmar:*  Asian nations’ led initiative to end violence in Myanmar that has shot up since the military dismissed the government headed by Aung San Suu Kyi in February.

7. *COVID situation in India beyond heartbreaking:* WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday (April 26) as the country recorded more than 3.5 lakh new cases of COVID-19.