? ‘Ramayan’ has created the world record of Highest Viewed Entertainment Programme Globally.
? Home Ministry announces extension of lockdown for a further period of 2 weeks with effect from May 4. Guidelines issued to regulate different activities in this period, based on the risk profiling of the districts of the country into Red (hotspot), Green and Orange Zones. The guidelines permit considerable relaxations in the districts falling in the Green and Orange Zones.
? The Ministry of Coal has launched Project Monitoring Unit which aims to facilitate early operationalisation of coal mines which have been allocated by the Central Government.
? Railways to run Shramik Special Trains to move persons including migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students stranded at different places due to lockdown. First such train carried 1,200 passengers from Hyderabad to Jharkhand on May 1.
? IIT Madras Professor Thalappil Pradeep has been selected for the Nikkei Asia Prize 2020 in the category of ‘Science and Technology’.
? Foundation day of Gujarat and Maharashtra was celebrated on May 1, 2020. The two states were formed after the enactment of the Bombay Reorganisation Act, 1960.
? Chhattisgarh has topped the list of states in terms of providing jobs under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act amid the nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic.
? International Labour Day, also known as International Worker’s Day or May Day, observed on May 1.
? NCSTC and Department of Science & Technology has launched a programme named ‘Year of Awareness on Science & Health (YASH)’ to promote grass-root level response on health.
? International Jazz Day observed by UNESCO on April 30.