Current Affairs April 2020

Current Affairs April Module 2020

Current Affairs April 2020

NATIONAL and STATE NEWS

  1. Stranded in India portal is launched by the Ministry of Tourism to help foreign tourists who are stuck in various parts of the country. Web address for the portal is com.
  • Minister of State of the Ministry of Tourism: Prahalad Singh Patel
  1. The validity of the expired documents since 1st February 2020 is extended by the Ministry of Road.The validity of these documents has been extended till 30th June 2020. The documents include fitness, driving licence, permits (all types), registration or any other concerned document under the Motor Vehicle Rules.
  • Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways: Nitin Jairam Gadkari
  1. 83RD Utkal divas also known as Odisha Day was celebrated on 1st April 2020. This day is celebrated in the memory of the formation of the state as a separate province carved out of the combined Bengal-Bihar-Orissa province.
  • Capital: Bhubaneswar
  • Chief Minister: Naveen Patnaik
  • Governor:Ganeshi Lal
  1. The state government of Karnatakahas launched a mobile application ‘Corona Watch’. The mobile application aims to track the movement history of persons tested positive, before their detection in order to take precautions and to contain the coronavirus outbreak. The app also comprises a list of government designated first response hospitals for COVID-19 where citizen with symptoms can visit. In addition to the app, the Karnataka government has also constituted a ten-member Task Force on COVID-19.
  • Capital: Bengaluru
  • Chief Minister: S. Yediyurappa
  • Governor:VajubhaiVala
  1. Active Case FindingCampaign is started in the state by Himachal Pradesh government. This campaign will provide information about the symptoms of COVID-19 to the people at their doorsteps.
  • Capital: Shimla
  • Chief Minister: Jai Ram Thakur
  • Governor: BandaruDattatraya
  1. A kitchen named as Modi Kitchen has been set up in the Kovai, Tamil Nadu. This kitchen has a capacity to serve 500 meals per day will remain operational till 14th April 2020.
  • Capital: Chennai
  • Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu:ThiruEdappadi K. Palaniswami
  • Governor of Tamil Nadu:Banwarilal Purohit
  1. “National Monitoring Dashboard on COVID-19 Grievances” portal is launched by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances. The grievances will be received and portal will be updated and monitored at senior levels in Government on a daily basis.
  • Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions: Jitendra Singh
  1. The Foreign Trade Policy is extended for another one-yeare. up to 31st March 2021 by GoI. The policy was implemented on 1st April 2015 for 5 years and was valid up to 31st March, 2020. The outbreak of COVID-19 led the extension of the policy along with some changes in the FTP.
  • Union Minister of Commerce and Industry: Piyush Goyal
  1. ‘Portable Multi-feed Oxygen Manifold (MOM)’ is designed at the Naval Dockyard at Visakhapatnam. The preliminary trials were conducted at MI Room at NDV, followed by rapid trials at the Naval Hospital INHS Kalyani and it was found that this manifold is capable of providing oxygen to multiple patients at a time.
  • Capital: Amaravati
  • Chief Minister:S. Jagan Mohan Reddy
  • Governor:BiswaBhusanHarichandan
  1. Under ‘Exercise NCC Yogdan’ National Cadet Corps has offered its volunteer cadets for national duty to fight COVID-19. Only Senior Division volunteer cadets above 18 years of age will be employed and will abide by the issued guidelines.
  • NCC founded:16 April 1948
  • Headquarters:New Delhi
  • Director-General:Lt Gen Rajeev Chopra
  • The motto:Unity and discipline
  1. The official COVID-19 tracking app named as “AarogyaSetu” is been launched by the GoI. This application is developed by the National e-Governance Division of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in association with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  2. The Andhra Pradesh state government has started distributing pensions at the doorstep to 58,44,240 beneficiaries. The aim of this step is to encourage the pension beneficiaries to stay at home. The government is using its 2.5 lakh volunteer eliminating the need for pensioners to step out of their homes.  
  • Capital: Amaravati
  • Chief Minister: S. Jaganmohan Reddy
  • Governor:Biswa Bhushan Harichandan
  1. A rapid response centre “CAWACH” (Centre for Augmenting WAR with COVID-19 Health Crisis” is approved for its set up at a total cost of Rs 56 Crore at Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship IIT Bombay by the Department of Science & Technology of GoI.
  2. The Odisha government has launched an online cultural competition named as “Mo Prativa”in collaboration with the The competition will enable children to participate in various activities such as painting, writing of slogans, short stories, poems etc. The themes for the activities will be Being at home during lockdown & My responsibility as a young citizen during COVID-19.
  • Chief Minister: Naveen Patnaik
  • Governor:Ganeshi Lal
  • Executive Director of UNICEF: Henrietta H. Fore
  1. The Ministry of Civil Aviation has launched an initiativeLifeline UDAN to help India fight against COVID-19. Operation of 132 cargo flights for medical supplies of more than 184 tons have been done so far with the support of Air India, Alliance Air, IAF and private airlines.
  • Minister of State of the Ministry of Civil Aviation: Hardeep Singh Puri
  1. The Union Cabinet has approved an ordinance and the approved ordinance reduces the allowances and pension by 30% starting from 1ST April 2020 for a year due to the impact of the COVID-19.
  2. Prana-Vayu a low-cost portable ventilator has been developed by IIT-Roorkee in association with AIIMS-Rishikesh. The ventilator can be manufactured in just Rs 25,000 and will be applicable for a wide degree of congestions in the respiratory tract and can be used for all age group patients, especially the elderly.
  • Director of IIT-Roorkee:Ajit K. Chaturvedi
  1. Caruna an initiative by the Civil services officer’s associations has been launched to support and supplement the government’s efforts in fighting coronavirus.
  2. V Safe Tunnel has been installed in Telangana at the state Director General of Police’s office to achieve the aim of sanitizing. The disinfectant consists of a combination of a water-soluble polymer and iodine in a form of spray and is effective against virus such as SARS and Ebola.
  • Chief Minister: K Chandrasekhar Rao
  • Governor:TamilisaiSoundararajan
  1. An online challenge called SAMADHAN is launched by the innovation cell of MHRD and AICTE.The students participating in this challenge will search and develop such measures that can be made available to the government agencies, health services, hospitals and other services for quick solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Chairman of AICTE: Anil Sahasrabudhe
  • Union Minister of MHRD: Ramesh PokhriyalNishank
  1. DigiLocker has been designated as the sole National Academic Depository by the MHRD. The department has also directed the University Grants Commission to implement NAD as a permanent scheme within DigiLocker.
  2. RakhsaSarv application is developed by the Chhattisgarh police.Mobcoder Noida based startup helped the state police in the development of the application. A large number of people are kept in home quarantine hence this application acts as helping hand of the police in keeping a check the help of google map. A similar application is developed by Mohali Police in Punjab and the same is named as COVID Control.
  • Capital: Raipur
  • Chief Minster: Bhupesh Baghel
  • Governor:AnusuiyaUikey
  1. India’s first automated COVID-19 Monitoring System Application has been deployed by the government of Telangana state. Vera Smart Healthcare helped the deployment. The applications identify patients, under takes live surveillance, track, monitor, and provide real-time analytics to the chief minister and the state health department.
  • Capital: Hyderabad
  • Chief Minister: K Chandrasekhar Rao
  • Governor:TamilisaiSoundararajan
  • Founder and CEO of Vera Healthcare: Dharma TejaNukarapu
  1. A digital communication strategy for promoting campaign for Self Help Groups is developed by Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India in collaboration with UNICEF. UNICEF will provide the necessary support to the SHG centres in the form of Digital Multimedia content, Webinars for Virtual training, Social Media campaigns and Vanya Radio.
  • Formation: 1946
  • Headquarters: New York City
  • President:E. Ms Rabab Fatima
  1. The Government of India has launched an e-learning platform named as iGOT in order to combat COVID-19. The platform can be accessed at https://igot.gov.in and delivers curated, role-specific content, to each learner at their place and to any device of their choice. It is designed to population scale and will provide training to around 1.50 crore workers and volunteers.
  2. Odisha became the first state which extended the 21 days national lockdown do so.
  3. The COVIDCARE application has been launched by the Arunachal Pradesh state government to facilitate the quarantined, asymptomatic or COVID-19 patients with various facilities through the application and this application also enables the users to self-report their health status.
  • Capital:Itanagar
  • Chief Minister: Pema Khandu
  • Governor:D. Mishra
  1. 15000 crores have been allocated by GoI for COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package.
  • Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare: Harsh Vardhan
  1. YUKTI a web portal is started by Ministry for Human Resource Development in New Delhi. This web portal and dashboard aims to cover different dimensions of COVID-19 challenges in a comprehensive and holistic way.
  1. A double layered Khadi mask has been developed by Khadi and Village Industries Commission in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.
  • Chairman of KVIC: V.K. Saxena
  1. A chain of 20 lakh retail shops named as Suraksha Stores across India are planned by the GoI. This chain will provide daily essentials to citizens while maintaining stringent safety norms in the wake of COVID-19.
  2. Kalupur Gujarat has become the 1st railway station of Indian Railways which installed a Walk-Through Mass Sanitizing Tunnel.
  • Chairman of Railway Board: Vinod Kumar Yadav
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Minister of Railway: Piyush Goyal
  1. Food Bank a new initiative has been started by Manipur Government in view of the threat of COVID-19. This initiative provides immediate aid to the needy.
  • Capital: Imphal
  • Chief Minister: Biren Singh
  • Governor: Najma Heptulla
  1. Collaborative CAD Software have been jointly launched by Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog and National Informatics Centre.CollabCAD provides a total engineering solution from 2D drafting & detailing to 3D product design.

 

  • Chairperson of NITI Ayog: Narendra Modi
  • CEO of NITI Ayog: Amitabh Kant
  • Vice Chairperson of NITI Ayog: Rajiv Kumar
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Director-General of NIC: Neeta Verma
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  1. 20 control rooms have been set up by the Ministry of Labour and Employment to address wage related grievances arising in the backdrop of Covid-19. The control rooms have been set up under the Office of Chief Labour Commissioner and will be managed by the Labour Enforcement Officers, Assistant Labour commissioners, Regional Labour Commissioners, and Deputy Chief Labour Commissioners of the respective regions.
  • Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment: Santosh Kumar Gangwar
  1. India’s 1st remote health monitoring system have been setup at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences Rishikesh in partner with BEL. The system will be used in the state of Uttarakhand to monitor COVID-19 patients.
  • Headquarters of BEL: Bengaluru
  • MD & CEO of BEL:  M V Gowtama
  1. Indian Tourism Ministry has launched a web series named as #DekhoApnaDesh. This series provide information on many destinations and culture & heritage of Incredible India.
  • Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism: Prahalad Singh Patel
  1. Live counselling sessions on free-to-air DTH channels for secondary and senior secondary levels will be run by National Institute of Open Schooling. This will be done in order to overcome the loss of academic time of the students.
  2. Nearby Spot has been launched by google under Google Pay. This feature will assist users to find local stores selling essentials. This feature will be launched in cities Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, and Delhi.
  • CEO: Sundar Pichai
  • Headquarters: California
  1. With permission from Indian Council of Medical Research Uttar Pradesh became the first state to start Pool Testing of COVID-19 samples.
  • Capital: Lucknow
  • Chief Minister: Yogi Adityanath
  • Governor: Uttar Pradesh
  1. Jharkhand hospitals employed COBOT-Robotics Robots to serve food, medicine to COVID-19 patients. The robots have been developed by District Deputy Development Commissioner Aditya Ranjan and his team of engineers.
  • Capital: Jharkhand
  • Chief Minister: Hemant Soren
  • Governor:DroupadiMurmu
  1. Electronic format of comic textbooks has been launched by government of Manipur. The Department of Education has initially launched these electronic formats for Class III, IV and V.
  • Capital: Imphal
  • Chief Minister: Biren Singh
  • Governor: Najma Heptulla
  1. Goa became the first state to integrate allopathy and Ayurveda to boost the immunity of COVID-19 patients.
  • Capital: Panaji
  • Chief Minister: Pramod Sawant
  • Governor: Satya Pal Malik
  1. SAHYOG an Integrated Geospatial Platform has been rolled out by the Department of Science and Technology, GoI. This platform will help in decision making during the present COVID-19 outbreak and support with area-specific strategies and it will also complement the AAROGYA-SETU.
  2. The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh has launched YSR Nirman portal to fight against COVID-19. This is a web platform that will assist the departments to acquire cement and connects the various stakeholders.
  3. Cghaat website has been launched in Chhattisgarh to provide home delivery of fruits and vegetables during the lockdown.
  • Capital: Raipur
  • Chief Minister: Bhupesh Baghel
  • Governor:AnusuiyaUikey
  1. The National Conference on Kharif crops 2020 was held through video conference. Preparedness of states for Kharif cultivation amid the lockdown situation, achieving the aim of kharif target and take up doubling of farmers’ income in the mission mode were some main topics of discussion.
  2. A virtual roundtable COVID-19 meet for businesses named as Covid-19: Issues, Challenges and Way Forward was organised by the Indian High Commission in United Kingdom to address concerns around the economic impact of the coronavirus lockdown in the United Kingdom.
  3. Government of India has launched a dashboard containing information of human resources for combating and containing Covid-19 has been launched by GoI. This dash board is available on the website gov.in.
  4. The Union Minister for Culture (I/C) has launched the National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of India. It is a part of the Vision 2024 of the Ministry of Culture and raises awareness about the various intangible cultural heritage elements from different parts of India at national as well as international level.
  5. Uttar Pradesh became the 1st state to geotag community kitchens and is producing 12 lakh food packets on a daily basis. Around 7,368 community kitchens located in 75 districts were geotagged. The state government joined hand with tech giant Google to form these geotag community kitchens.
  6. Bombay, Orissa and Meghalaya High Court’s new chief justices have been recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium led by the chief justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde.

SR NO.

NAME

HIGH COURT

1.

DIPANKAR DATTA

BOMBAY HIGH COURT

2.

MOHAMMAD RAFIQ

 

ORISSA HIGH COURT

3.

BISWANATH SOMADDER

 

MEGHALAYA HIGH COURT

 

  1. Daporijo bridge a 430 feet long bailey over the Subansiri River has been constructed by Border Roads Organisation in Arunachal Pradesh’s Upper Subansiri district. It will provide adequate movement of supplies for security force personnel deployed along the India-China border.
  2. The e-sanjeevani-opd has been introduced by Himachal Pradesh state government. This service will provide free online medical consultation to sick people at their residence throughout the state.
  • Capital: Shimla
  • Chief Minister: Jairam Thakur
  • Governor:BandaruDattatraya
  1. Kapil Dev Tripathi is appointed as the new Secretary to the President of India. The appointment of Kapil Dev Tripathi was approved by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  2. A set of Standard Operating Procedure and graded relaxations for seafarers has been issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. As per the issued guidelines the Indian seafarers on the vessel are required to undergo the COVID-19 test prior to their return at their home.
  • Union Minister for Home Affairs: Amit Shah
  1. COVID India Seva an interactive platform is started by Union Health Minister to address citizens queries on coronavirus. The main objective of this initiative is to enable transparent e-governance delivery in real-time and answering citizen queries.
  2. Aayu&SehatSathiapp has been launched by the Rajasthan state government to fight against COVID-19. The state partnered with healthcare startupMedCords.
  • Capital: Jaipur
  • Chief Minister: Ashok Gehlot
  • Governor:Kalraj Mishra
  1. The third edition of government’s SujalamSufalam Jal Sanchay Abhiyan has been approved by the Gujarat government. The scheme will see the deepening of lakes, check dams and rivers by removing silt. This will be done till June 10, 2020.
  • Capital: Gandhinagar
  • Chief Minister: Vijay Rupani
  • Governor: Acharya Dev Vrat
  1. Tiranga a vehicle for rapid screening of COVID-19 symptoms has been launched by the administration of Pathanamthittadistrict in
  • Capital:Thiruvananthapuram
  • Chief Minister:Pinarayi Vijayan
  • Governor:Arif Mohammad Khan
  1. The promulgation of an Ordinance to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 has been approved by the Union Cabinet’s. It intends to make acts of violence cognizable and non-bailable offences and also ensure that during any situation akin to the current pandemic there is zero tolerance to any form of violence against healthcare service personnel as well as damage to property.
  1. VidyaDaan 2.0 national program has been rolled out by the Union Human Resource Development Minister. This program is to invite e-learning content contributions. This programme will create donation or contribution of e-learning resources for school as well as higher education in order to ensure the continuity of quality learning. This donated/shared content will be utilized on the DIKSHA app.
  2.  The Karnataka government has launched Apthamitra application & toll-free helpline number 14410 to empower the people of the state in the fight against COVID-19.
  • Capital: Bengaluru
  • Chief Minister: B. S. Yediyurappa
  • Governor:VajubhaiVala
  1. The Border Roads Organisation has built a new permanent bridge to connect the Kasowal enclave in Punjab with rest of India. The 484-meter long permanent bridge has been constructed by the 141 Drain Maintenance Coy of 49 Border Roads Task Force of Project Chetak on the river Ravi to provide the local population and the Army an all-weather connectivity to the enclave.
  • Capital: Chandigarh
  • Chief Minister: Amarinder Singh
  • Governor:P. Singh Badnore
  1. A Lockdown Learners series is rolled in India by the United Nation Office on Drugs and Crimes under its flagship Education for Justice The series emphasizes on COVID-19 and its impact on Sustainable Development Goals, peace and rule of law.
  • Director-General of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes: GhadaFathiWaly
  1. Serve-the-Seniors Initiative a helpline is launched under Jammu and Kashmir State Legal Services Authority. The objective of helpline is to help and facilitate the senior citizens who live alone and are unable to step out to get medicines, groceries and other essentials in this hour of crisis.
  • Governors: Girish Chandra Murmu
  • Governors of Ladakh: Radha Krishna Mathur
  1. Feluda a low-cost COVID-19 test strip has been developed by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research -Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology.
  • Director-General of CSIR: Shekhar C. Mande
  • Director of IGIB: Anurag Agrawal
  1. Khongjom Day at Khongjom War Memorial Complex, Thoubal, Manipur was commemorated by the government of Manipur on 25th
  2. Uttar Pradesh became the 1st state with a software-based in-house facility of virtual courts, where requisite infrastructure in Allahabad High Court and all its courts for hearing cases through video conferencing.
  3. Dhanwantaria scheme for home deliveryof medicines has been launched by Assam
  • Capital: Dispur
  • Chief Minister:SarbanandaSonowal
  • Governor: Jagdish Mukhi
  1. A robot KARMI-Bot to serve COVID-19 patients is deployed at the government hospital in Ernakulamhere, Kerala.
  • Capital:Thiruvananthapuram
  • Chief Minister:Pinarayi Vijayan
  • Governor:Arif Mohammad Khan
  1. The Uttar Pradesh Government has banned the public gathering till 30th June 2020.
  2. Jivan Shakti Yojana for women is launched by Madhya Pradesh government. Under this scheme women in urban areas can earn by making masks at home and the government will pay them Rs 11 per mask.
  • Capital: Bhopal
  • Chief Minister:Shivraj Singh Chouhan
  • Governor of Madhya Pradesh: Lal Ji Tandon
  1. The UIDAI has allowed the Common Service Centres that operate as banking correspondents to offer Aadhaar updation facility.
  • CEO CSC: Dinesh Tyagi
  • Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology: Ravi Shankar Prasad
  1. King George’s Medical University Lucknow has become India’s 1st government hospital to successfully launch the plasma therapy treatment for COVID-19. 
  2. A Global Expression of Interest has been launched by the National Thermal Power Corporation to provide 10 each Hydrogen Fuel Cell based electric buses and cars in Leh and Delhi.
  3. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister has started the Jagananna Vidya Deevena Under this scheme, fee reimbursement will be credited directly to mothers’ accounts instead of college accounts in the coming academic year 2020-21.
  4. To enhance its response to the COVID-19 the GoI has signed a $1.5 billion loan with the Asian Development Bank.
  5. IIT Delhi has developed a web-based COVID-19 dashboard PRACRITI. The dashboard gives detailed state-wise and district-wise predictions of COVID-19 cases in India.
  6. Madhya Pradesh government has launched Jeevan Amrit Yojana to boost the immune system of people. The state government will freely distribute an ayurvedic product called
  7. The Asian Development Bank has approved a USD 346 million loan to Maharashtra state government to provide reliable power connections in rural areas of Maharashtra.

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  1. The NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has announced the appointment of a group of experts on 31stMarch 2020. This group is appointed to support his work in a reflection process to further strengthen NATO’s political dimension.
  • Member countries of NATO: 30
  • Founded:4thApril 1949
  • Headquarters:Brussels, Belgium
  1. $1 billion is offered by the World Bank to the Indian Government for India’s COVID-19 emergency response and health systems preparedness project. This project will respond and mitigate the COVID-19 threat and will strengthen national systems for public health preparedness in India.
  • President: David Robert Malpass
  • Headquarter: Washington DC
  1. “Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment (SunRISE)” mission is selected by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) to look into how the Sun generates and releases giant space weather storms planetary space. This study will help to protect the astronauts that travel to the moon & mars.
  • The administrator of NASA: Jim Bridenstine
  • Headquarters: Washington D.C
  1. $2.9 million aid for India through the US Agency for International Development to help India in its fight against COVID-19 is announced by the United States.
  • Founded:3 November 1961
  • Headquarters:Washington, D.C
  • Administrator:Mark Green
  1. The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Development Fund has allocated $5 million for COVID-19 related projects in its member states.
  • Headquarters: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Secretary General:EsalaRuwan Weerakoon
  • CEO of SDF: Sunil Motiwal
  1. A support package of $2.2 billion for India to fight against COVID-19 pandemic has been assured by the Asian Development Bank.
  • Formation: 19thDecember 1966
  • Headquarters: Manila
  • Membership of ADB: 68 countries
  • President:Masatsugu Asakawa
  1. Managing Director of International Monetary Fund Kristalina Georgieva has named a group of prominent individuals to serve as her new External Advisory Group which includes former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan.
  2. The Asian Development Bank has increased the size of its COVID-19Response Package to $20 Billion. The amount in the Response Package was initially $6.5 billion.
  • President of Asian Development Bank:Masatsugu Asakawa
  1. The legislation to legalize the cannabis cultivation for medical and industrial purposes has been passed by Lebanese parliament. Legalizing the cultivation of Cannabis is expected to produce high value-added medicinal products.
  • Capital: Beirut
  • Currency: Lebanese pound
  • Prime Minister: Hassan Diab
  1. Israel’s first fully digital bank would be launched by the Tata Consultancy Services in 2021. The digital banking operations platform will be powered by the TCS BaNCS Global Banking Platform.
  • Capital: Jerusalem
  • Currency:Israeli new shekel
  • Prime Minister: Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Chairman of the Board of Tata Sons: Natarajan Chandrasekaran
  1. Iran’s first ever military satelliteNoor has been launched into the orbit.
  • Capital: Tehran
  • Currency: Rial
  • President: Hassan Rouhani
  1. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has abolished the death penalty for crimes committed by Instead the individual will undergo a prison sentence of no longer than 10 years in a juvenile detention facility. 
  • Capital: Riyadh
  • Currency: Saudi riyal
  1. G-20 has launched a new initiative Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator under the presidency of Saudi Arabia. This will act as global platform for action to improve connections as well as to leverage interdependencies for collective partnership, mobilizing, problem-solving, and guiding investments for new COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics as well as vaccines.

 

 

MISCELLENEOUS NEWS (BANKING, DEFENCE, ACHIEVEMENTS, SCHEMES, APPOINTMENTS and all OTHER)

  1. The tenure of Reserve Bank Deputy Governor BP Kanungo is extended by the centre by a year with effect from April 3, 2020. Kanungo, whose term was to end on April 2, had taken charge as a deputy governor in April 2017.
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Founded: 1stApril 1935
  • RBI Governor:Shaktikant Das
  1. ‘COVID-19 Protection Insurance Cover’ introduced by partnered Bharat Pe and ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited. This insurance scheme covers insurance for shopkeepers who are drastically affected in terms of finance due to COVID-19 outbreak.
  • MD of ICICI Lombard:Bhargav Dasgupta
  • Headquarters:Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • CEO Bharatpe:Ashneer Grover
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  1. The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur is developing portable ventilators that claims to be cheaper than the ones that are available in the market.This ventilator will be ready to be used as a life support system just after the assembling.
  2. A drone is developed by a team Indian Institute of TechnologyGuwahati to sanitise large areas such as roads, parks and footpaths. The drone containsan automated sprayer that will help the authorities to sanitise large areas.
  3. Spanish Princess Maria Teresa has passed away due to COVID-19. She was also known as ‘Red Princess’because of her outspoken views and activist work.
  4. Professor Arjun Dev passed away. He was legendary historian and educationist. He served as a historian at the NCERT. 
  5. International Transgender Day of Visibilitywas observed globally on 31st The day is dedicated to celebrating transgender people andraising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people
  6. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has launched a dedicated Twitter accountfor COVID-19. The account is named as #IndiaFightsCorona and it uses the handle @CovidnewsbyMIB. This account will provide all authentic updates on COVID-19.
  • Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting: Prakash Javadekar
  1. The charge of new Managing Director of the Sundaram Home Financeis assumed by
  • Chairman:T. Srinivasaraghavan
  1. The United Nation’s COP26 climate change conference is postponed till next year due to COVID-19. The conference was set to take place in Glasgow in the month of November 2020.
  • UNFCCC SecretaryGeneral: Patricia Espinosa
  1. Bhai Nirmal Singh passed away. He was former HazuriRaagi at the Golden Temple. He was having the knowledge of all 31 “raags” in the Gurbani of the Guru Granth Sahib and was awarded the Padma Shri award in 2009.
  2. Adam Schlesinger passed away. He was the Emmy award 2019 winner for Antidepressants Are So Not A Big Deal from the TV musical drama Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and the co-founder of the 2000s pop-rock band ‘Fountains of Wayne’.
  3. Philip Warren Anderson passed away. He received Nobel Prize in Physics in 1977, along with Nevill Francis Mott of Britain & the American John Hasbrouck van Vleck, for their contribution on fundamental theoretical investigations of the electronic structure of magnetic and disordered systems.
  4. World Autism Awareness Day was globally observed on 2nd April 2020. This is celebrated every year to highlight the need to improve the quality of life of those with autism so they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society. ‘The Transition to Adulthood’ was the theme for 2020.
  5. A unique coronavirus hospitalisation insurance policy called “Corona Care” is formed as PhonePe has partnered with Bajaj Allianz. Users can purchase their Coronavirus insurance policy under the “My Money” section on the PhonePe app.
  • Founded: December 2015
  • CEO: Sameer Nigam
  • Headquarters: Bengaluru
  1. “Domino’s Essentials” is launched by partnered Domino’s Pizza and ITC foods. With this everyday grocery essentials offered by ITC Foods will be delivered while leveraging the delivery infrastructure of Domino’s.

 

  1. An agreement is signed in between Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences &Technology and Wipro 3D Bengaluru. Under this agreement they will jointly manufacture a prototype of an emergency ventilator system based on Artificial Manual Breathing Unit.

 

  1. Dilip Kumar Patel is appointed as the Director Human resources of National Thermal Power Corporation on 1st April 2020.
  • Founded: 7 November 1975
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Chairman & MD: Gurdeep Singh
  1. A handheld infrared-based temperature sensorgun for the screening of personnel is designed by the Indian Navy’s Naval Dockyard in Mumbai.

 

  • Chief of Naval Staff: Admiral Karambir Singh
  1. State Bank of India has listed green bonds of $100 million (about Rs 750 crore) on BSE’s India International Exchange (India INX). The bank has listed green bonds under its USD 10 billion global medium-term note programme on India INX’s Global Securities Market Green Platform (GSM).
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Chairman: Rajnish Kumar
  1. Personal Protective Equipment a bio suit is developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation. The bio suit has been fabricated by DRDO to keep the medical, paramedical and other personnel engaged in combating COVID-19 safe from the deadly virus.
  • Established: 1958
  • Headquarters:New Delhi
  • Chairman: G Satheesh Reddy
  1. Tony Lewis passed away. He was one of the men behind the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS). Lewis received anMember of the Order of the British Empire for his services to cricket and mathematics in 2010.
  2. Bob Weighton from the United Kingdom is confirmed as the officially oldest person living (male) at 112 Years and 1 day as of 30 March 2020 by the Guinness World Records.
  3. Free of cost ‘Watson Assistant for Citizens’ is introduced by IBM in India to address COVID-19 queries. ‘Watson Assistant for Citizens’ unites Watson Assistant, Natural Language Processing as well as Artificial Intelligence search capabilities that helps in understanding and responding to common queries about COVID-19.
  • Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare: Harsh Vardhan
  1. The National Health Authority has inked pact with Uber to provide transportation service to public healthcare workers who are involved in the treatments of COVID-19 patients. As per the signed pact Uber cab service will provide 150 cars free of cost to support medical facilities in all the allotted cities of the signed pact.
  • CEO of Uber: Dara Khosrowshahi
  1. ICICI Securities has partnered with IIM Bangalore’s start-up hub N S Raghavan Centre of Entrepreneurial Learning to launch program for fintech start-ups. Duration of start-up will be of 15 months. This partnership has been done as the part of Corporate Social Responsibility initiative.
  • MD & CEO of ICICI Securities: Vijay Chandok
  1. In the annual publication of the Asian Development Bank Asian Development Outlook 2020 India’s growth is projected to slow down to 4% in the current fiscal year 2020-2021. But for the next fiscal year 2021-2022 it has projected India’s growth to strengthen to 2% boosted by government reforms.
  • President of ADB:Masatsugu Asakawa
  • Headquarters: Manila
  1. International Mine Awareness Day was observed on 4th This day is celebrated every year to raise awareness about landmines and progress toward their eradication.
  2. Gita Ramjee world’s renowned virologist of South Africa passed away after contracting the COVID-19. She was awarded with the Outstanding Female Scientist Award in Lisbon in 2018 for her lifetime commitment towards finding new HIV prevention methods.
  3. MHRD AICTE COVID-19 Student Helpline Portal is launched by All India Council for Technical Education. This portal will address the issues faced by students due to closure of colleges and hostels amid national lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Chairman of AICTE: Anil Sahasrabudhe
  • Union Minister of HRD: Ramesh PokhriyalNishank
  1. Hack the Crisis-India online Hackathon Hack, a part of a global initiative is launched to find the working solutions to overcome the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Union Minister of Electronics & Information Technology: Ravi Shankar Prasad
  1. A tie-up has been made among Dunzoan online delivery platform and Britannia Industries a packaged foods company to deliver range of products to the consumers. The essential products by Britannia Industries will be available at Britannia’s distribution centres and will be sourced by Dunzo from distribution centres.
  • Chairman of Britannia:Nusli N Wadia
  • Managing Director of Britannia: Varun Berry
  1. A pact has been signed in between Punjab National BankHousing Finance and Japan International Cooperation Agency. The motto of this pact is to raise 75 million dollars. The Citibank will be co-financing 25 million dollars in order to finance the mortgage loans in the affordable housing segment.
  • MD of PNB Housing Finance: Sanjaya Gupta
  1. The tenure of Justice Shiva Kirti Singh has been extended by the Supreme court of India, as the incumbent Chairman of the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal.
  2. UB Pravin Rao the Chief Operating Officer of Infosys has been appointed as the new chairman of the National Association of Software and Services Companies for 2020-21.
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • NASSCOM Founded:1st March 1988
  1. The plans for the setup of first human base camp Artemis on Moon’s south pole by year 2024 has been unveiled by NASA.
  • The administrator of NASA: Jim Bridenstine
  • Headquarters: Washington D.C
  1. International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda was observed globally on 7th Through this day, UNESCO aims to educate the world population regarding genocides and the consequences of the crime.
  • UNESCO formation: 4th November 1946
  • UNESCO Headquarters:
  • UNESCO Director-General: Audrey Azoulay
  1. The World Health Day a global health awareness day was celebrated on 7th The theme of World Health Day 2020 was Support Nurses And Midwives. 2020 is named as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife by WHO.
  • Headquarter:Geneva
  • Founded:7 April 1948
  • President:Tedros Adhanom Trending
  1. Veteran American actor Forrest Compton who was popular for playing the role of district attorney Mike Karr in the long-running soap opera The Edge of Night passed away. He has served in France with the 103rd Infantry Division during the World War II.
  2. Veteran Malayalam Music composer MK Arjunan passed away.
  3. Former Libya Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril passed away due to COVID-19.
  • Capital: Tripoli
  • Currency: Libyan dinar
  • Prime Minister: Fayez al-Sarraj
  1. Former New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Jock Edwards passed away.
  2. MadhabiPuri Buch term as a Whole Time Member at Securities and Exchange Board of India is extended by the GoI for 06 months.
  • Chairman: Ajay Tyagi
  • Headquarter: Mumbai
  1. Chief minister of Odisha has been conferred with Hero to Animals Award by PETA for allocating funds to feed community animals in the state during the lockdown over the COVID-19 outbreak. Rs 54 lakhs have been approved by CM from a relief fund to feed animals.
  • PETA established: 22nd march1980
  • Headquarters: Norfolk
  1. The IAF has air-lifted 6.2 tonnes of essential medical supplies to the Maldives via transport aircraft C-130J. The operation is named as Operation Sanjeevani
  • Chief of IAF: Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria
  • IAF founded:8th October 1932
  1. American songwriter and 3-time Grammy award winner Bill Withers passed away. He was also awarded the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award in 2006.
  2. The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace was celebrated on 6th April by United Nations. For the International Day of Sport 2020, the UN has appealed to people to #BeActive and healthy to beat #COVID19.
  • Secretary General of the United Nations: Antonio Guterres
  1. 5th April 2020 marked the first International Day of Conscience and served to remind people to engage in self-reflection to improve themselves and their communities, stimulating a crucial turning point for transforming our world.
  2. 57th edition of the Indian Maritime Day was observed on 5th April 2020. Theme for World maritime time for 2020 is Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet and day will be celebrated on 24th
  3. Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises will be facilitated by the Small Industries Development Bank of India with emergency working capital of up to Rs 1 crore against their confirmed government orders.
  • Chaiman& Managing Director of SIDBI: Mohammad Mustafa
  1. Kannada actor BulletPrakash passed away. He was also a member of the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party in 2015.
  2. Malayalam film and theatre actor Kalinga Sasipassed away. His real name was V Chandrakumar.
  3. A 5T plan (testing, tracing, treatment, teamwork and tracking) is launched by the Delhi Chief Minister to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in the national capital.
  4. Chief Executive Officer of Twitter Jack Dorsey will move $1 billion of his digital payments group Square equity i.e. 28% of his wealth to #startsmall LLC to fund global COVID-19 relief.
  5. A 4-year-old female Malayan tiger Nadia has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Bronx Zoo, New York.
  6. An agreement has been signed in between Larsen & Toubro and the Indian Army to set up an advanced IT-enabled system to operate the Armed Forces network under the Network of Spectrum. The project will create a centralised network monitoring, management and control system for all the 7 layers under NFS which interconnects 414 Defence stations.
  • Headquarters: Vadodara
  • CEO of L&T: Dr Keshab Panda
  1. Parag Raja has been appointed by the Bharti AXA Life Insurance as its new managing director and chief executive officer.
  2. 34th annual world’s billionaires list named as The Richest in 2020 has been launched by Forbes. The list has been topped by the Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos for 3rd time in a row, he is followed by Bill Gates having net worth of $98 billion while luxury goods tycoon Bernard Arnault, the Chairman and CEO of luxury magnate LVMH stood on the 3rd position with a net worth of $76 billion.
  3. England’s all-rounder Ben Stokes has been named the leading cricketer in the world 2020 by Wisden. In Women’s category Australia’s Ellyse Perry has been named the Wisden’s Leading Female Cricketer in the World.
  4. Genrich Membranes has developed Membrane Oxygenator Equipment for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. The device treats breathlessness which is one of the critical symptoms of COVID-19.
  5. Former Real Madrid Barcelona and Atletico Madrid coach Radomir Antic passed away.
  6. Indian-American journalistBrahmKanchibotla who was a former contributor to the United News of India news agency and was working as New York and UN correspondent of the United News of India passed away.
  7. Honor Blackman who was best known for playing the legendary Bond girl Pussy Galore in the 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger starring alongside Sean Connery passed away.
  8. Indian Immunologicals Limited has partnered with Australia’s Griffith University to develop the COVID-19. It will work with the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation to conduct clinical trials.
  • Founded:1982
  • Headquarters:Hyderabad
  • Chairman:DilipRath 
  1. Hindustan Unilever has teamed up with the United Nations Children’s Fund to support India to combat COVID-19.
  • Executive Director of UNICEF: Henrietta H. Fore
  1. Anamika Roy Rashtrawar has been appointed by IFFCO Tokio General Insurance as its new Managing Director & CEO of the company.
  2. A superabsorbent material has been designed by the scientists of Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology.
  3. A virtual Braille keyboard for Android users with low vision or blindness has been announced for its launch by Google.
  • Google CEO: Sundar Pichai
  • Headquarters: California
  1. The Pulitzer Prize-winning American reporter Mary Jordan has written a book The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump and published by Simon & Schuster.
  2. World Homoeopathy Day was observed globally on 10th This day is celebrated every year to mark the birth anniversary of the founder of Homoeopathy Dr Samuel Hahnemann.The theme of 2020 is Linking research with education and clinical practice: Advancing scientific collaborations.
  3. Former Madhya Pradesh minister and a six-time MLA from Seoni-Malwa Assembly constituency HoshangabadHazarilalRaghuwanshipassed away.
  4. American folk singer John Prine has passed away due to the COVID-19 complications.
  5. Operation SHIELD has been launched by Delhi Government to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the national capital. In the Operation SHIELD: S stands for: Sealing of area; H stands for: Home quarantine; I stand for: Isolation of infected patients; E stands for: Essential services ensured; L stands for: Local sanitisation; D stands for: Door to door survey.
  • Chief Minister: Arvind Kejriwal
  • Lieutenant Governor: Anil Baijal
  1. A twitter campaign is launched by RBI urging bank customers to adopt digital modes of payment that are both convenient and safe. RBI emphasised on digital transaction as it gives the convenience of making payments anytime and anywhere.
  1. DigiGen a digital banking platform has been launched by Jana Small Finance Bank where customers can digitally open a savings account and fixed deposit instantly.
  • MD and CEO: Ajay Kanwal
  1. The extension of tenure of all members and the current part-time chairman of the Bank Board Bureau by 2 years has been approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. 
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  1. Coro-Flu vaccine to fight against COVID-19 will be developed by Bharat Biotech in tie-up with FluGen a US based company and University of Wisconsin Madison.
  • Headquarters: Hyderabad
  • Chairman and Managing Director: Krishna M Ella
  1. Flipkart Private Limited partnered with ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited and Go Digit General Insurance to launch two health insurance policies COVID-19 Protection Cover and Digit Illness Group Insurance.
  2. Renowned Hindustani classical singer and Padma Shri awardee Shanti Hiranand Chawlapassed away.
  3. The former Zimbabwean cricketer Jackie du Preez passed away. After his retirement in 1979 he served his nation as a national selector in cricket.
  4. National Safe Motherhood Day was observed on 11th April. This day is an initiative of the White Ribbon Alliance India to enforce that women must have the availability and adequate access to care during pregnancy childbirth and postnatal services.
  5. Digital IR Thermometer and Oxygen Enrichment Unit has been designed and developed by CSIR National Chemical Laboratory Pune Maharashtra. These devices will assist within the mitigation of the COVID-19 outbreak. NCL has partnered with Bharat Electronics Ltd Pune to peed by the project.
  6. A Letter of Award has been issued by state government to GMR Airports Limited for the development and operation of greenfield international airport at Bhogapuram.
  • Capital: Amaravati
  • Chief Minister: YS Jagan Mohan Reddy
  • Governor:BiswaBhusanHarichandan
  1. Reserve Bank of India has sent nod to Karnataka Bank for reappointment of Mahabaleshwara M S as MD and CEO for next 3 years.
  • Karnataka Bank Limited Headquarters: Mangalore
  1. Google and Apple have collaborated to fight against COVID-19 through contact tracing technology. Both tech-giants will enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies to reduce the spread of the Corona Virus with user privacy and security central to the design.
  • Google CEO: Sundar Pichai
  • Headquarters: California
  • Apple Inc. CEO: Tim Cook 
  • Headquarters: California
  1. The International Day of Human Space Flight was observed globally on 12th April.
  2. British Comedian Tim Brooke-Taylor has passed away due to COVID-19.
  3. Sir Stirling Moss the legendary motor-racing driver has passed away. 
  4. Former England and Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Bonetti passed away. He was part of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning team and was nicknamed as The Cat.
  5. DD Retro a new channel is rolled out by Prasar Bharti. The new channel would be dedicated to old classics of Doordarshan.
  • CEO: Shashi S. Vempati
  1. Birupaksha Mishra has been appointed as new Executive Director of Union Bank of India after its amalgamation with Corporation Bank and Andhra Bank.
  1. The extension of strategic bancassurance relationship between YES Bank and the Max Life Insurance has been announced by the bank. The tie-up has been extended for 5 years.
  2. The stake of People’s Bank of China in Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited has raised from 0.8% to 1.01%.
  • Vice chairman and CEO of HDFC:Keki M Mistry
  • Managing Director of HDFC:Renu Sud Karnad
  • Governor of People’s Bank of China: Yi Gang
  1. A report titled South Asia Economic Focus has been released by World Bank. The report states that the regional growth will get dropped to a range between 1.8% and 2.8% in 2020.
  • President of World Bank: David Robert Malpass
  1. AyuSynk a digital stethoscope has been developed by IIT Bombay to check patients who are infected with COVID-19.
  2. World Chagas Disease Day was observed globally on 14th April. On 14th April 2020 the world community celebrated World Chagas Disease Day for the 1st time.
  3. Former India’s Attorney General and senior advocate Ashok Desai passed away. He was Attorney General from July 1996 to May 1998 and was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2001.
  4. Former Union Minister and veteran Congress leader M.V. Rajashekaran passed away.
  5. Father of modern Iraqi architecture Rifat Chadirjipassed away.
  6. Kerala became the 1st state of India to start clinical trial plasma therapy for COVID-19 treatment.
  • Chief Minister:Pinarayi Vijayan
  • Governor:Arif Mohammad Khan
  • Capital:Thiruvananthapuram
  1. Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Indian Institute of Science and Tata Memorial Centre has launched an initiative CovidGyan. The purpose of the launch of this initiative is to bring the scientific and factual aspects of COVID-19 pandemic outbreak on to public domain.
  1. A kiosk named as COVSACK is developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation for the sample collections of COVID-19.
  • Chairman: G Satheesh Reddy
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  1.  The Asian Boxing Championships for men and women will be hosted by the National Sports Federation of India in November-December 2020.
  • Headquarters:New Delhi
  • President: Ajay Singh
  1. Tour de France world’s famous cycle race tournament has been postponed due to the COVID-19. The three-week race was set to start on the 27th of June in the Riviera city France.
  • Capital: Paris
  • Currency: Euro
  1.  World Art Day was celebrated globally on 15th April. Purpose of this celebration is to promote the development, diffusion and enjoyment of art.
  2. Former pro golfer Doug Sanders passed away. He was known as the peacock of the fairways for his stylish and bright-hued clothing. 
  3. Former Switzerland’s Ice hockey player Roger Chappot passed away. He was the Swiss league’s leading scorer in the 1964 season.
  1. State Bank of India has announced to waive service charges for all ATM transactions made on SBI ATMs and on the other bank ATMs on account of exceeding the free number of transactions up to 30th June 2020. Chairperson of SBI: Rajnish Kumar
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Founded: 1 July 1955
  1. The Tata AIA Life Insurance has announced additional benefits related to COVID-19 for Policyholders and Agents at no additional cost. This benefit is applicable for all valid death claims with a date of death on or before 30thjune 2020.
  • MD and CEO: Rishi Srivastava
  • Headquarters:Mumbai
  • Founded:2000
  1. Vineet Arora has been appointed the new managing director and chief executive officer of Paytm General Insurance Ltd.
  • Founder: Vijay Shekhar Sharma
  • Headquarters: Noida
  • Founded: 2010
  1. Ajay Mahajan appointed as the new Managing Director & Chief Executive of credit rating agency CARE Ratings.
  • Founded:1993
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  1. Algerian writer AbdelouahabAissaoui has won the 13th International Arab fiction prize 2020 for his novel The Spartan Court published by Dar Min.
  2. Tata Power has won the Edison Award for its social innovation campaign Club Enerji #Switchoff2SwitchOn.
  • CEO:Praveer Sinha
  • Headquarters:Mumbai
  1. The virtual session of the 2nd G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting was attended by the Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman.
  2. The 44th session of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has been
  3. The sale of Harpoon air-launched anti-ship missiles and Mark 54 lightweight torpedoes to India by the Unites States has been announced in order to enhance India’s deterrent capabilities against regional threats.
  4. Film, television and theatre actor Ranjit Chowdhry has passed away.
  5. The Reserve Bank of India cancelled the licence of the Mapusa Urban Co-operative Bank of Goa Ltd.
  6. Reserve Bank of India has decided to reduce the reverse repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility by 25 basis points from 4% to 3.75% with immediate effect.
  7. The chairman and managing director of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited K. Purwar have been given the additional charge as CMD of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited.
  8. World chess champion Viswanathan Anand has been appointed as the ambassador of World Wide Fund India for the environmental education programme.
  9. The Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences has developed a compact and portable solid-state sensor to detect the heavy metal ions in water.
  10. The Indian Premier League governing council of the Board of Control for Cricket in India has suspended IPL 2020 till further notice.
  11. World Hemophilia Day was observed globally on 17thGet + Involved was the theme for 2020.
  12. Freedom fighter R V Bhuskute who had participated in the Quit India Movement passed away.
  13. Former American football player Willie Davis passed away.
  14. The Pusa Decontamination and Sanitizing Tunnel was inaugurated by the Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Framers’ Welfare Shri Kailash Choudhary.
  15. The United Kingdom’s sporting motorcycle brand Norton has been acquired by TVS Motor Singapore Pte. Ltd. in an all-cash transaction of £16 million. 
  16. Personal Protective Cover all Suit has been developed by CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories in association with MAF Clothing Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru.The polyproplylene spun laminated multi-layered non-woven fabric-based suit has been developed for the front-line health workers.
  17. Automatic Mist Based Sanitiser Dispensing Unit, UV Sanitisation Box and Hand-held UV device has been rolled out by the Defence Research and Development Organisation to enable COVID-19 disinfection process. 
  18. World Heritage Day 2020 was observed globally on 18th The theme 2020 was Shared Culture, Shared heritage and Shared responsibility.
  19. Veteran tribal leader and former Odisha Minister SaharaiOram passed away.
  20. KisanRath a mobile application to facilitatetransportation of food grains and perishables during lockdown has been launched by the agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
  21. The Postal employees including GraminDakSevaks are performing various departmental duties as well as serving the social cause amid nationwide lockdown. Therefore, it has been decided to grant payment of compensation of Rs. 10 lakhs to all the Postal employees including GraminDakSevaks succumbing to the disease while brought on duty.
  22. Assess Koro Na mobile application has been launched by Delhi government and the officials are advised to use the new application to do door-to-door survey in COVID-19 containment zones.
  23. HDFCBankSafetyGrid campaign has been started by HDFC bank to encourage social distancing in Public places.Physical markers of HDFC Bank logo on the ground using the outer grid logo has been created by bank.
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Managing Director: Aditya Puri
  1. India’s economic growth forecast has been slashed to 1.8% by Fitch Solutions for the financial year 2020-21.
  2. Air Evacuation Pod has been formed at the Indian Navy’s Naval Aircraft Yard (Kochi) for the safe evacuation of COVID-19 patients from remote areas.
  3. Bug sniffer a device for the rapid detection of pathogens has been developed by the researchers at the Agharkar Research Institute Pune. The device is portable and has the capability to detect as low as ten bacterial cells from a sample size of one milliliter in time duration of just 30 minutes.
  4. WardBot has been designed and developed by Indian Institute of Technology Ropar to deliver medicines and food to COVID-19 patients in isolation wards without human intervention. Bot also has a feature of self-sanitising on the return path and can also be used for sanitising walls of the hospitals.
  5. Shuttling to the Top: The Story of P.V. Sindhu have been released. The book is authored by Sports journalist, V. Krishnaswamy and it narrates the journey of badminton player PV Sindhu from her early life to becoming a world champion and what lies ahead. 
  6. UN Chinese Language Day was observed globally on 20th April.

 

  1. World Liver day was observed on 19th April. The day is observed to spread awareness about the liver-related disease.
  2. Oscar-winning animator, film director and producer, Gene Deitch passed away. His movie Munro won the Oscar award in the animated short film category in 1960. He received the Winsor McCay Award for his lifelong contribution to animation in 2004.
  3. Covid FYI a one-stop COVID-19 platform for accessing emergency services from official government sources has been released. The platform has been made by an international team of 16 members led by Simran Soni, a student of Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode.
  4. Launch of a third-party fact checking system in Bangladesh has been announced by Facebook. Facebook has partnered with Boom an Indian fact checking website.
  5. To promote wearing masks in public places and help the country to fight against COVID-19 pandemic a video has been created by Board of Control for Cricket in India. 
  • President: Sourav Ganguly
  • Headquarter:Mumbai
  1. A new feature of voice banking services on Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant has been rolled out by ICICI bank for its customers. This feature enables customers to #BankWithTheirVoice and get answers to banking queries. iPal is the bot that interacts with customers.
  2. Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman represented India in the 5th Annual Meeting of Board of Governorsof New Development Bank which was held through video-conference. 
  3. Former Fiji Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase has passed away.
  • Capital: Suva
  • Currency: Fijian dollar
  • Prime Minister: Frank Bainimarama
  1. BMW Group President and CEO Rudratej Singh has passed away.
  2. A low-cost electro-catalyst has been developed by the scientists by using Fish Gills at the Institute of Nano Science and Technology.This low-cost electro-catalyst will be used for the development of environmentally friendly energy conversion devices and storage technologies.
  3. Indian Institute of Technology Mandi has developed a high speedmagnetic random-access memory.
  4. The Civil Services Day was celebrated by the GoIon 21st For the first time the day was celebrated on 21st April 2006.
  5. World Creativity and Innovation Day was observed globally on 21st
  6. N Kamakodi will be reappointed as the MD & CEO of City Union Bank Ltd. The approval has been received by the Bank from the Reserve Bank of India.
  • Founded: 31st October 1904
  • Headquarters:Kumbakonam
  • Chairman: Mohan
  1. David Li has been appointed as the CEO of Huawei Telecommunications India.
  • Headquarters: Shenzhen
  • CEO:Ren Zhengfei
  1. Paytm Payments Bank Ltd has partnered with Mastercard to issue virtual and physical debit cards.
  2. Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster has won the William E. Colby Award. The book is authored by Adam Higginbotham.
  3. International Mother Earth Day was observed globally on 22nd April. Climate Action was the theme for year 2020.
  4. An alcohol-based herbal sanitizer has been created by the National Botanical Research Institute.
  • Director: S.K. Barik
  1. Saiyam a mobile application to track the home-quarantine citizens and to ensure their safety has been developed by the Pune Municipal Corporation.
  2. List of Dhabas and Truck Repair Shops contained in dashboard has been launched by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on their website.
  • Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways: Nitin Jairam Gadkari
  1. Facebook has acquired a 99% stake of Reliance Jiofor USD 5.7 billion. This deal of USD 5.7 billion has put the pre-money enterprise value of Jio Platforms at Rs 4.62 lakh crore.
  • CEO: Mark Zuckerberg
  • Headquarters: California
  1. International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association has elected Rakesh Sharma as its President for a tenure of 2 years.
  • Founded: 1947
  • Headquarters: Geneva
  1. NanoBlitz 3D an advanced tool is jointly developed by the scientists from International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials &Nanomechanics Inc., USA. This tool can be used for the mapping of nano-mechanical properties of materials. It will also help in carrying out advanced data analysis.
  • Director of International ARCI: G. Padmanabham
  1. English Language Day was observed globally on 23rd April. It marks the birthday and death date of famed writer William Shakespeare.
  2. World Book and Copyright Day was observed globally on 23rd April. KL Baca – caring through reading was the slogan for 2020.
  3. A mobile application named WashKaro has been developed by the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology. This application will warn the people about a coronavirus containment zone nearby and helps them check whether a news item about the pandemic is genuine or fake.
  1. NIIT Limited announced that its US subsidiary has signed a managed service agreement with a US-based education technology company. Through this agreement, the company will provide virtual services to education providers.
  • Headquarters: Gurugram
  • CEO:SapneshLalla
  1. A webinar on trade promotion has been jointly organised by Indian High Commission in Bangladesh and India Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
  • Capital: Dhaka
  • Currency: Taka
  • Prime Minister: Sheikh Hasina
  1. Mobile BSL-3 VRDL Lab India’s first COVID-19 sample collection mobile lab has been launched by Defence Minster.
  2. National Panchayati Raj Day was celebratedon 24th April.
  • Union Minister of Panchayati Raj: Narendra Singh Tomar
  1. The International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace was observed globally on 24th April.
  2. Eminent theatre director, actor and activist, Usha Ganguly passed away. She was awarded the Sangeet NatakAkademi Award for direction in 1998.
  3. Former Rajya Sabha member from Odisha Basanta Das passed away.
  4. NBT, India & Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry has organized a WEBINAR on Post-COVID Publishing Scenario in New Delhi. This webinar was organized on the occasion of WORLD BOOK & COPYRIGHT DAY.
  • Chairman NBT: Govind Prasad Sharma
  1. Union Human Resource Development Minister launched a campaign #MyBookMyFriend. The campaign has been launched on social media on the occasion of World Book Day.
  2. Sanjay Kothari took oath as Central Vigilance Commissioner of India.
  • Formed:February 1964
  • Headquarters:New Delhi
  1. Vodafone idea ties up with Paytm launched the Recharge Saathi program. This program will help individuals and small businesses to earn additional income.
  2. CISF has launched an e-office application e-karyalay. This application helps to enable the movement of files and documents of CISF without any physical touch.
  • Director-General: Rajesh Ranjan
  • Established: 1969
  1. Singapore’s Caladium Investment has raised its stake in Bandhan Bank by 1.1% from 3.39% to 4.49%.
  2. A high-pressure ventilator called VITAL to treat COVID-19 patients has been developed by NASA.
  3. World Malaria Day was observed globally on 25th April. The theme for 2020 was Zero malaria starts with me.
  4. International Delegate’s Day was observed globally on 25th April.
  5. Former Australian cricketer Graeme Watson passed away. The all-rounder earned a national call up during the 1966-67 tour of South Africa.
  1. Under the provisions of the Industrial Disputes Act, the Banking Industry has been declared by the GoI as a Public Utility Service till 21st October 2020.
  • Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment: Santosh Kumar Gangwar
  1. The RBI has approved Transcorp International Ltd to issue co-branded prepaid cards.
  • CEO:Amitava Ghosh
  1. The NASA Hubble Space Telescope has completed 30th year in orbit on 25th April 2020.
  2. World Intellectual Property Day was observed globally on 26th April. The theme for 2020 was Innovate for a Green Future.
  • Headquarters:Geneva
  • CEO:Francis Gurry
  1. World Immunization Week was observed from 24th April to 30th April 2020. The theme for 2020 was #VaccinesWork for All.
  • Director-General WHO:Tedros Adhanom
  1. A Special Liquidity Facility of Rs 50,000 crore for Mutual Funds is announced by
  2. The Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management – Kerala has developed an AI Semantic search engine Vilokana.
  3. Veteran sports photojournalist Ronojoy Ronny Roy passed away.
  4. Veteran politician and former Governors of Bihar, Tripura, and West Bengal, DevanandKonwar passed away.
  5. India Ratings and Research has reduced India’s Fiscal Year 2021 gross domestic product growth to 9% from 3.6%.
  6. A special borrowing scheme has been rolled out by the Indian Overseas Bank for self-help groups. The scheme can be availed by interested borrowers till 30th June 2020.
  • MD & CEO of Indian Overseas Bank:KarnamSekar
  1. Nokia and Bharti Airtelhas signed a multi-year agreement of around $1 billion in order to improve the network capacity of Bharti Airtel.
  • MD & CEO Bharti Airtel: Gopal Vittal
  • President & CEO Nokia: Rajeev Suri
  1. A report Trends in World Military Expenditure, 2019 has been released by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The report analysed the global military spending in 2019.
  2. Pakistani batsman Umar Akmal has received a ban from the Pakistan Cricket Board for all forms of cricket for a period of 3 years.
  3. A low-cost mechanical ventilatorRuhdaar has been created by a team of IIT Bombay, NIT Srinagar and Islamic University of Science & Technology, Jammu and Kashmir students with the help of locally available materials.
  4. Pitch Black 2020 a premier multilateral air combat training exercise between India and Australia has been cancelled by Australia in the wake of COVID-19.
  • Capital: Canberra
  • Prime Minister: Scott John Morrison
  • Currency: Australian Dollar
  1. World Day for Safety and Health at Work was globally observed on 28th The day of 2020 will primarily focus on addressing the outbreak of infectious diseases at work, focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Headquarters:Geneva
  • President:Guy Ryder
  • Founded:1919
  1. Noted Odia Dramatist & playwriter Bijay Mishra passed away. He received Kendra Sangeet NatakAkademi Award in 2013 for Banaprastha and was also a recipient of Odisha Sahitya Akademi award.
  2. James M. Beggs, who served as the 6th administrator of NASA passed away.
  3. Automobile giant Maruti Suzuki has developed low-cost ventilators for helping the government in the fight against COVID-19.
  • Chairman: C. Bhargava
  • MD and CEO: Kenichi Ayukawa
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  1. Axis Bank would acquire a 29% additional stake in Max Life Insurance for an estimated price of Rs 1,592 crore.
  2. Shiv Das Meena has been appointed as chairman and managing director of Housing and Urban Development Corporation.
  • Headquarter: New Delhi
  • Established: 1970
  1. Scientists who have been observing the ozone hole at Copernicus’ Atmospheric Monitoring Service has announced that the Ozone layer hole is now closed in the North Pole.
  2. A low-cost robotic device named as Hospital Care Assistive Robotic Device has been developed by CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI), Durgapur.
  3. Scientists from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre For Advanced Scientific Research has developed Berberine based Alzheimer inhibitor.
  4. India attended the 11th session of Petersberg Climate Dialogue. Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate change represented India in the first virtual Petersberg Climate Dialogue. Germany.
  5. India lost the hosting rights of the men’s World boxing championship 2021 to Serbia.
  6. International Dance Day was observed globally on 29th
  7. Padma Shri award winning Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan passed away. In 2011 he was honoured with the Padma Shri award for his significant contribution to arts and cinema.
  8. Grammy-nominated gospel singer Troy Sneed has passed away.
  9. Former Liverpool striker, Michael Robinson passed away.
  10. Deepak Mittal has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the State of Qatar while Piyush Srivastava goes to Bahrain in the same capacity.
  • Capital: Doha
  • Currency:Qatari riyal
  • Prime Minister: Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdelaziz Al Thani
  • King of Bahrain: Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
  • Capital: Manama
  • Currency: Bahraini Dinar
  1. Suresh N Patel took oath as the Vigilance Commissioner in the anti-corruption watchdog CVC.
  2. The former finance secretary Rajiv Kumar was appointed as the Chairperson of the Public Enterprises Selection Board for a period of 3 years.
  • Director: Kailash Dan Ratnoo
  • Secretary:KimbuongKipgen
  1. Former Karnataka cricketer Arunkumar has been appointed the head coach of the USA national team.
  • Headquarters: Colorado
  • Chairman:ParaagMarathe
  • CEO: Iain Higgins
  1. The GoI has appointed S. Tirumurti as the next Ambassador of Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations.
  2. Neeraj Vyas has been appointed as the interim Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of PNB Housing Finance Ltd for 8 months.
  3. Rating agency CRISIL has cut the GDP growth rate forecast for India for 2020-21 to 1.8% from the previous prediction of 3.5%. CEO:AshuSuyash
  • Chief Economist:Dharmakirti Joshi
  • Headquarters:Mumbai
  1. Moody’s Investors Service has cut India’s GDP growth forecast for the calendar year 2020 to 2% from 2.5% projected in March.
  • Headquarters: New York
  • President & CEO:Raymond Whitehead McDaniel, Jr
  1. Deepak Agarwal has been banned by the International Cricket Council from all cricket for a period of 2 years. He will be free to continue his involvement in cricket from 27th October 2021.
  2. International Jazz Day was observed globally on 30th This year is the 9th edition of International Jazz Day.
  3. Ayushman Bharat Diwas was celebrated on 30th This day is of national importance to mark the launch of Ayushman Bharat Yojana, which is also known as Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana.
  • Minister of State (I/C) of the Ministry of AYUSH: Shripad Yesso Naik
  1. National Film Award winning Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor has passed away.

 

SPORTS NEWS

  1. The 2021 World Athletics Championships which was scheduled from August 6th to august 15th2021 inEugene, Oregon will now be held in 2022.
  • Headquarters:Monaco
  • President: Sebastian Coe
  1. The Wimbledon 2020 has been cancelled due to COIVD-19, this is for the first time since World War. The tournament was due to be played from 29thJune to 12thJuly 2020.
  2. The official mascot of 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 has been unveiled by the Olympic Council of Asia. The three robots Congcong, Lianlian and Chenchen which are collectively known as The Smart Triplets are the official mascots.
  3. FIFA has decided to postpone the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup tournament. The tournament was scheduled to be played in India across five host cities: Navi Mumbai, Guwahati, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Bhubaneswar.
  • President of FIFA: Gianni Infantino
  • Founded: 21st May 1904
  • Headquarters: Zurich
  1. The Malaysia & Thailand weightlifters are suspended from competing in Tokyo Olympics 2020. The ban has been imposed on the players by the Independent Member Federation Sanctions Panel of the International Weightlifting Federation.
  • Capital of Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur
  • Currency: Malaysian Ringgit
  • Prime Minister of Malaysia: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
  • Capital: Bangkok
  • Currency: Thai baht
  • Prime Minister: Prayut Chan-o-cha
  1. The late Kobe Bryant is selected as a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The list of 9 members to be included in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame is as follows: Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Tamika Catchings, Eddie Sutton, Rudy Tomjanovich, Kim Mulkey, Barbara Stevens and Patrick Baumann.
  2. India football team retained 108th spotin the FIFA rankings. Belgium ranked 1st, France 2ndand Brazil is at 3rd 
  • Headquarters: Zürich
  • President: Gianni Infantino
  1. International Weightlifting FederationPresident Tamas Ajan resigned within the wake of allegations of corruption and doping violations. 
  2. Feifei to be the mascot for Hangzhou 2022 4th Asian Para Games China. The games are going to be held from October 9-15, 2022.
  3. Formula One Esports Chinese Virtual Grand Prix championship has been won by Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
  4. P V Sindhu has been named as one of the ambassadors for Badminton World Federation’sI am badminton awareness
  • Founded:5th July 1934
  • Headquarters:Kuala Lumpur
  • President:Poul-Erik Hoyer Larsen
  1. An updated logo and title have been unveiled for the 11th edition of World Games which is to be held in Birmingham, Alabama, US.
  • Headquarters: Lausanne
  • President: Jose PerurenaLopez
  • CEO: Joachim Gossow
  1. 16-year-old Iranian refugee, Alireza Firouzja beats World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen in the final of the Banter Blitz Cup 2020 and to claim the $14,000 prize.
  • Headquarters: Lausanne
  • President: Arkady Dvorkovich
  • Founded: 20th July 1924
  1. Former Pakistan women’s skipper Sana Mir announced her retirement from international cricket.
  • Capital: Islamabad
  • Prime Minister: Imran Khan
  • President:ArifAlvi
  1. The Athletics Integrity Unit has banned the Indian middle-distance runner Jhuma Khatun for 4 years for using banned substances for the doping case from 2018.
  • President of World Anti-Doping Agency: Witold Banka

Headquarters: Montreal