CURRENTS AFFAIRS 19th MARCH TO 26th MARCH 2020

Keep yourself updated in this lockdown and use the time to become the best version of yourself. Ambition Quest Institute Chandigarh here gives you the current affair capsule divided into sections. Ab selection durr nahin

Current Affairs 19th to 26th March 2020

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

1.      The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has introduced an AI bot called Clara to help people in assessing the potential symptoms of COVID-19. The CDC has partnered up with CDC Foundation and Microsoft Azure’s Healthcare Bot service to create Clara.

·       Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft: Satya Nadella

·       Founded: April 4, 1975

·       Headquarters: Washington, United States

2.      The IMF has launched a Tracker of Policies Governments are Taking in Response to COVID-19. The policy tracker covers the responses on the basis of three pillars, namely: Fiscal; Monetary And Macro-Financial and Exchange Rate And Balance Of Payments.

·       Managing Director of IMF: Kristalina Georgieva

3.      Famous Indian footballer Sunil Chhetri selected for FIFA campaign against Covid-19. WHO and FIFA have joined hands to fight the coronavirus by starting a new awareness campaign which will be led by world-renowned footballers.

·        FIFA foundation: 21 May 1904

·        Headquarters of FIFA: Zurich, Switzerland

·        President of FIFA: Gianni Infantino

·       Headquarters of WHO: Geneva, Switzerland

·        Director general of WHO: Tedros Adhanom

4.      Canada has withdrawn its name from Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

·        Official mascot Olympics 2020: Miraitowa

·        Date Olympics 2020: 24th July to 9th August 2020

·        Capital of Japan: Tokyo

·        Currency of Japan: Japanese yen

·        Prime Minister of Japan: Shinzo Abe

5.      Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) has established the fund of $100 million to help workers on television productions and films which have been badly affected due to the global COVID 19 outbreak. 

·        Chief Executive Officer of Netflix: Reed Hastings

6.      Greecehanded over the Olympic Flame to Tokyo 2020 organizers after the suspension of Greece leg of torch relaydue to the COVID-19 pandemic.

·        Capital of Greece: Athens

·        Currency of Greece: Euro

·        President of Greece: Katerina Sakellaropoulou

7.      WhatsApp has launched “WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Hub”globally in partnership with the WHO, United Nations Children’s Fund, and United Nations Development Programme.

·        Administrator of United Nations Development Programme: Achim Steiner

·        Executive Director of UNICEF: Henrietta H. Fore

·        Headquarters of Whatsapp: Menlo Park, California

·        CEO of Whatsapp: Jan Koum

8.      President of the United States of America, Donald Trump has signed a $100-billion emergency aid package to ensure sick leave of the American workers who fall ill from the COVID-19. The relief package will facilitate free coronavirus testing for the needy.

·       Capital of USA: Washington, D.C

·       Currency of USA: US Dollar

 

9.      Iraqi President Barham Salih has appointed Adnan al-Zurfi as the country’s new prime minister. Adnan al-Zurfi will succeed Mohammed Allawi.

·       Capital of Iraq: Baghdad

·       Currency of Iraq: Iraqi dinar

NATIONAL AND STATE NEWS:

1.      The Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced scheme named Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan worth package of 1.7 lakh crore rupees which will assist the migrant workers and poor people affected by the lockdown amid COVID-19 pandemic.

2.      India’s national Investment Promotion & Facilitation Agency the Invest India has launched The Invest India Business Immunity Platform to assist businesses and investors in getting real-time updates on India’s active response to COVID-19.

·       MD & CEO of Invest India: Deepak Bagla

·       Union Minister for Commerce and Industry: Piyush Goyal

·       Chairman & Managing Director of SIDBI: Mohammad Mustafa

3.      GoI has banned the export of anti-malarial drug Hydroxychloroquine and the formulations made up of it within the wake of COVID-19 outbreak.

·       Director-General of ICMR: Balram Bhargava.

·       Headquarters: New Delhi

4.      Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has designated 285 beds for isolation wards in handling Coronavirus cases. The OFB is also trying to produce personal protection equipment and face masks as per the order placed by HLL Lifecare Limited (HLL).

·       Director-General && Chairman of Ordnance Factories: Hari Mohan

·       Headquarters of Ordnance Factory Board: Kolkata, West Bengal

5.      Election Commission of India has permitted the use of indelible ink on persons for stamping for home quarantine by health authorities’ insight of COVID-19.

·       Chief Election Commissioner of India: Sunil Arora

6.      Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched Mo Jeeban programme in Odisha for the containment of COVID-19 pandemic. Through Mo Jeeban programme, the chief minister of Odisha urged the people of the state to take a pledge to stay indoors.

·       Capital: Bhubaneshwar

·       Chief Minister of Odisha: Naveen Patnaik

·       Governor: Ganeshi Lal

7.      Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the complete lockdown of the entire nation for 21 days from 25th march 2020 to 15th April 2020. This step has been taken as a part to tackle COVID-19.

8.      Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced the that the Finance Ministry has decided to extend the Income Tax Return (ITR) filing deadline for the Fiscal Year 2019 from 31st March 2020 to 30th June 2020.

9.      IIT Madras will organise country’s’s first Global Hyperloop Pod Competition. The competition will be named Indian Hyperloop Pod Competition. Hyperloop is mode of transportation i.e a high-speed train that travels in a near-vacuum tube.

10.   Telugu New Year day Ugadi was celebrated on 24th march 2020. The festival was celebrated across both the Telugu states Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to mark the beginning of the Hindu Lunar calendar.

·       Capital of Andhra Pradesh: Amaravati

·       Capital of Telangana: Hyderabad

·       Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh: Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy

·       Chief Minister of Telangana: K. Chandrashekar Rao

·       Governor of Andhra Pradesh: Biswabhusan Harichandan

·       Governor of Telangana: Tamilisai Soundararajan

11.   My lab Patho Detect COVID-19 Qualitative PCR kit has been approved as the first Made in India COVID19 Test Kit to get the CDSCO approval.

12.   The Rajya Sabha elections got deferred by the Election Commission of India.

·       Chief Election Commissioner: Sunil Arora

·       Chairman of Rajya Sabha: M. Venkaiah Naidu

13.   Indian Oil Corporation Limited has started the supply of BS-VI fuel across the nation. Bharat Satge-VI is the world’s cleanest fuel containing just 10 parts per million of sulphur.

·       Chairman of Indian Oil Corporation Limited: Sanjiv Singh

 

14.   The United Kingdom is confirmed as the first co-chair of the Governing Council of Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI). CDRI is an India-led global climate initiative which was established by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the UN Climate Action Summit 2019.

·       Capital of the UK: London

·       Currency of the UK: UK Pound

·       Prime Minister of UK: Boris Johnson

 

15.   With the introduction of the taser guns as part of police weapons Gujarat has become the first state in India whose police is equipped with the modernised weapons. The taser guns is an electrical weapon that use compressed nitrogen to fire by sending electricity through attached wires which disrupt voluntary control of muscles.

·       Capital of Gujarat: Gandhinagar

·       Chief Minister of Gujarat: Vijay Rupani

·       Governor of Gujarat: Acharya Dev Vrat

 

16.   Shivraj Singh Chouhan was sworn in as Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh.

·       Capital of Madhya Pradesh: Bhopal

·       Governor of Madhya Pradesh: Lal Ji Tandon

 

17.   The Union Cabinet has approved Production Incentive Scheme for Large Scale Electronics Manufacturing proposed by the Government of India. Cabinet has also approved financial assistance to the Modified Electronics Manufacturing Clusters Scheme (EMC2.0) for development of world class infrastructure through Electronics Manufacturing Clusters.

18.   Shaheed Diwas was celebrated on 23rd March to pay tribute to martyrs Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar, and Shivaram Rajguru

19.   Uttarakhand government has abolished reservation in promotion in the state government jobs.

·       Capital: Dehradun

·       Chief Minister: Trivendra Singh Rawat

·       Governor: Baby Rani Maurya

 

20.   The RBI will infuse liquidity funds of Rs 30,000 crore by purchase of Government securities under Open Market Operations (OMOs) to maintain financial stability in the Indian economy due to outbreak of COVID-19. 

21.   Four convicts in Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Kumar and Mukesh Kumar were hanged to death at Tihar jail in Delhi on 20th march 2020.

22.   Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi took oath as a nominated member of Rajya Sabha.

23.   The GOI has approved the proposal of setting up of National Technical Textiles Mission with an outlay of Rs. 1480 crores. The mission would be set up for a period of 4 years from 2020 to 2024.

·       Union Minister of Textiles: Smriti Zubin Irani

 

24.   Indian Navy has established a Quarantine Camp at INS Vishwakarma in Eastern Naval Command for Indian nationals being evacuated from COVID-19 affected countries.

·       Chief of Naval Staff: Admiral Karambir Singh

25.   The Supreme court of India cleared permanent commission for women officers in the Indian Navy. A bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud said there cannot be any excuses for not granting gender equality in the armed forces.

·       Indian Navy Day: 4th December

 

BOOKS AND AUTHORS: 

1.       Chander Suta Dogra has launched a book Missing in Action: The Prisoners Who Never Came Back. The book is published by Harpercollins and addresses the missing Indian soldiers during the mission of 1965 & 1971 Indo- Pak wars.

2.       ‘Legacy Of Learning’ authored by Savita Chhabra released her very first novel.Savita Chhabra is the chairperson at Hygienic Research Institute Private Limited (HRIPL).

3.       ‘Messiah Modi: A Great tale of expectations’authored by senior journalist & author Tavleen Singh is released. The book is published by HarperCollins India.

4.       “My Encounters in Parliament” authored by Bhalchandra Mungekar released.

5.       The book titled “Invincible – A Tribute to Manohar Parrikar”, authored by Tarun Vijay was released by defence minister Rajnath Singh on 16th March 2020.

 

DEFENCE NEWS:

1.      US Marines and UAE Emirati forces conducted the biennial exercise, named Native Fury at Abu Dhabi.

·        Capital of UAE: Abu Dhabi

·        Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham

·        President of UAE: Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

2.      The Indian Ministry of Defence has signed the capital acquisition contract of worth Rs 880 crore with Israel Weapons Industries for the procurement of Light Machine Gun (LMGs).

·        Chief of Army Staff: General Manoj Mukund Naravane

3.      The Indian Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved the procurement of indigenous Tejas fighter aircraft for Indian Air Force.

·        Chief of the Air Staff: Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria

 

SPORTS NEWS:

1.    The International Olympic Committee and Tokyo Olympic organizers agreed to postpone the Tokyo Olympics Games to 2021 as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic.

·       International Olympic Committee foundation: 23 June 1894

·       Headquarters of International Olympic Committee: Lausanne, Switzerland

·       President of International Olympic Committee: Thomas Bach

 

2.    Vrinda Rathi and Janani Narayanan have been named in the International Panel of ICC Development Umpires.

·       Headquarters of ICC: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

·       Chairman of ICC: Shashank Manohar

·       Chief Executive of ICC: Manu Sahney

 

IMPORTANT DAYS:

1.   The International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members was observed on 25thMarch by the United Nations on the anniversary of the abduction of Alec Collett.

·        Secretary-General of the United Nations: Antonio Guterres

2.   The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade was observed on 25th March. The theme of day for year 2020 was “Confronting Slavery’sLegacy of Racism Together”.

3.   World Tuberculosis (TB) Day was observed globally on 24th March. The theme of World TB Day 2020 was ‘It’s time’.

·       WHO Director General: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

 

4.   The International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims was observed on 24th March. This day is observed every year to pay tribute to “Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero” as he was murdered on 24 March 1980.

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