Current Affairs – To the points – April 2020

Indian Railways has developed a prototype of a low-cost ventilator and is ready for mass production after it get clearance from the ICMR.

SEBI has extended the term of whole-time member Madhabi Puri Buch. She has been given an extension for 6 months.

Naveen Patnaik has won the PETA award for allocating funds to feed community animals during the lockdown period amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace is the annual celebration of the power of sport to drive social change. It was celebrated on April 6.

Kobe Bryant has recently been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Indian NGO ARMMAN has won the prestigious USD 1.5 million Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship for its work in the maternal and child health space.

Operation Sanjeevani conducted by the Indian Airforce to airlift medical and hospital consumables for the Maldives as an assistance in fighting against Covid 19.

The Army Medical Corps has celebrated its 256th Raising Day on April 3.

Bill Withers who passed away recently won Grammy award as a famous writer and singer.

Amitabh Kant is the head of the Empowered group constituted by the Government for coordinating COVID-19 related Response Activities.

The World Games have been postponed until 2022. They were scheduled to be held in Alabama, US.

Caruna, formed by IAS and IPS officers to fight the Coronavirus pandemic.

Lisa Nandy has been recently named as the shadow foreign secretary of the United Kingdom.

Bione has launched India’s first COVID-19 home screening test kit to display results within minutes.

MK Arjunan Master who passed away recently was a famous Malayalam Music director.

The IMF has opened a 1 trillion-dollar war chest to help countries amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Uber has partnered with the National Health authority to provide dedicated transport service to COVID-19 healthcare workers.

UAE has requested to postpone the Dubai Expo 2020 to October month of the year 2021.

Odisha Foundation Day was observed every year on April 1.

Princess Maria Teresa has become the first royal to pass away due to coronavirus. She belonged to Spain.

The finance ministers of G20 will hold out virtual talks on the coronavirus crisis to push ahead the economies.

7.1 percent is the new interest rate on public provident fund (PPF) schemes for April-June quarter.

Tata Power Joint venture has commenced commercial operations of 178 MW Shuakhevi Hydro Power Project in Georgia.

NASA has announced a New Sunrise Mission to study Giant Solar Particle Storms.

Reliance Industries has overtaken TCS to become the most valued domestic firm by market capitalization.

Arjun Dev who passed away recently was a famous Historian.

The government has extended the Foreign trade policy for one year till March 2021. The Exports during April-February fiscal have dipped by 1.5 percent to 292.91 billion.

Andrew Jack who passed away at the age of 76 played the role of a major in iconic films Star Wars.

The Tourism Ministry has launched Stranded in India Scheme to help foreign tourists stuck in various parts of the country & disseminate information regarding services which can be availed by them.

The Secretary General of NATO has appointed a group of experts to strengthen the political dimension of the group.

RBI has raised the Ways and Means Advances (WMA) limit for the first half of the financial year 2020-21 to 1.20 lakh crore from Rs 75,000 crore in the year-ago period.

ICICI Bank has launched banking facilities on WhatsApp to help customers undertake banking facilities from their home.

IBA has instructed banks to deposit Rs. 500 in PMJDY accounts of women for three months, as recently announced by the Finance Minister.

Aavas has recently signed an agreement with ADB to lend upto $ 60 million to improve access to housing finance.

Apple has acquired weather app Dark Sky, and will shut down its Android version in June,2020.

IIT Guwahati has developed robots to deliver food and medicines to Covid-19 patients.

The World athletics championships will be shifted from 2021 to 2022 to accommodate the rearranged Tokyo Olympics. Event will be held at Oregon.

The government has extended the crop loan interest benefits till May 31 to repay loan without losing the benefit of interest subvention.

World Autism Awareness Day was observed annually on April 2.

Vincent Marzello who passed away recently was a famous Actor.

25 lakh poor will get house sites in Andhra Pradesh under the Navaratnalu – Pedalandariki Illu (houses for all the poor) programme.

Hindustan Unilever has completed the merger of GlaxoSmithKline after receiving regulatory approval with the NCLT.

D. Lakshminarayanan has taken over the Managing Director of Sundaram Home Finance.

The United Nation’s COP 26 climate change summit has been postponed till 2021. It was scheduled to be held in Glasgow.

PhonePe has launched a coronavirus insurance policy offering Rs 50,000 cover at Rs 156.

Philip Anderson who passed away recently received a Nobel award in Physics.

Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances has constituted a National Monitoring Dashboard launched for COVID-19 Grievances.

Prominent Indian-origin virologist Gita Ramjee has died from coronavirus in South Africa.

Wimbledon Tennis tournament has been canceled for the first time since World War II. The tournament scheduled to be played in between June-July.

As per Fitch solutions, India’s fiscal deficit may shoot up to 6.2 percent of GDP in FY21.

According to the RBI announced latest measures to deal with economic fallout of Covid-19, the Ways & Means advances have been increased by 30 percent from the existing limit for all states & UTs.

Axis Bank has offered the EMI deferment on loans for 3 months in wake of Covid 19.

Guillaume Cartier has been appointed by Nissan as the new Chairman for Africa, Middle East and India.

According to the UN, the Global economy could shrink by 1 percent in 2020.

World Bank has decided to offer $1 billion for the proposed India Covid-19 emergency and health systems project.

India’s first safety app DROR aims to help users record their social distancing score.

International Children’s Book Day was observed annually on April 2.

Bhai Nirmal Singh who passed away recently after testing positive for coronavirus was the recipient of Padma Shri.

Andhra Pradesh has decided to buy Multi-feed Oxygen Manifold (MOM) contraption developed by the NAVY for COVID-19 patients.

Government app Aarogya Setu launched to track the coronavirus accurately and assess the risk of catching infection.

Pravin Jadhav has recently resigned from the post of MD & CEO of Paytm Money.

Tony Lewis who passed away at the age of 78 is credited to have provided Duckworth-Lewis rain Rules – famous methods in cricket.

Railway factory Chittaranjan Locomotive Works has set a World Record by producing 431 Locomotives in FY 2019-20.

Bob Weighton has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the World’s oldest man.

Adam Schlesinger who passed away due to COVID-19 was a famous Singer.

DRDO has developed a bio suit to keep personnel engaged in combating COVID-19 safe from virus.

SBI Cards is offering a moratorium of 3 months on credit card dues as per the decision of RBI in view of the hardships faced by customers due to the 21-day lockdown.

C-DOT in coordination with the Department of Telecom and Telecom Service Providers has developed a COVID Quarantine Alert System.

Delhi government has decided to provide financial assistance worth Rs 5,000 each to all auto-rickshaw, taxi drivers amid lockdown situations.

Maharashtra government has launched an online self-assessment tool to better identify and assist Covid 19 patients.

Dominos has joined hands with ITC Foods to make home delivery of essential items in view of the current lockdown.

The Gujarat government has announced a financial assistance of 25 rupees per day for each animal for the month of April for all registered Gau Shalas.

According to Asian Development Bank (ADB), India’s Economic growth is expected to slow down to 4 per cent in FY21.

Indian Bank has launched three new products to support farmers, poultry players in the informal sector during the current covid 19 pandemic.

Google has donated 6.5 million to fact checkers and non-profit organizations to help fight coronavirus misinformation.

Justice Rajnesh Oswal has been sworn in as permanent Judge of the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh.

According to the Asian Development Bank, $ 4.1 trillion could be the cost to the global economy due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Theme of International Day of Mine awareness celebrated every year on April 4 – Together for mine action.

Passang Wangchuk Sona who passed away recently was a former minister from Arunachal Pradesh.

The government has started using Geo-fencing technology in mobile applications in a bid to Locate Quarantine Violators as well as send the information by email or SMS.

IBM has offered ‘Watson Assistant for Citizens’ to quickly address covid-19 related queries. Watson assistant for citizens is available in a total of 13 languages.

AICTE has come out with a unique helpline portal to help support students during lockdown.

Odisha government has partnered with UNICEF to launch ‘Mo Prativa’ to engage children during lockdown amidst COVID-19.

Acting President of the NCLT BSV Prakash Kumar tenure has been extended by the Government for three months.

IIT Roorkee has developed low-cost face shields for protection of first line healthcare professionals fighting COVID-19.

China will launch the first of its two communications satellites for its space based Internet of things project with one of them being named after Wuhan city.

The Department of Science & Technology (DST) has set up a rapid response centre at IIT Bombay to scout and evaluate startups that address Covid-19 challenges.

The World Bank has decided to roll out 160 Billion in emergency aid to help nations deal with Covid-19.

UNGA has adopted a resolution calling for global solidarity in the fight against COVID-19. 188 members co-sponsored the resolution titled Global solidarity to fight the coronavirus disease 2019.

The FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup has been postponed due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic. The event was scheduled to be held in India.

India has seeked 6 billion in loans from multilateral institutions including ADB, AIIB to combat Covid-19.

Finance ministry released 17,287 crore on account of the state disaster response mitigation fund to fight the outbreak of Covid-19.

Sanjay Dhotre has launched the ‘Hack the Crisis-India’ hackathon to find working solutions to overcome Covid-19 pandemic.

RBI has reduced the trading timings of currency and debt markets functioning due to the shortage of staff and restriction on movements. The new timings will begin from April 7.

Fitch ratings have slashed India’s growth forecast from 5.1 to a 30-year low of percent for FY21.

National Maritime Day was observed annually on April 5.

Rafael Callejas who passed away recently and was involved in the FIFA gate football corruption scandal belonged to Honduras.

Google maps has partnered with the government to display public food and night shelters across 31 Indian cities.

The All India Football Federation has submitted India’s bid to host the AFC Asian Cup in the year 2027.

Theme of the International Day of Conscience for the year 2020 – Change the World with Conscience.

Peter Walker who passed away at the age of 84 was a famous Cricketer.

World Health Day was celebrated every year on April 7.

UB Pravin Rao has been appointed as the Nasscom Chairman for 2020-21 succeeding Keshav Murgesh.

Mahmoud Jibril who passed away after being hospitalized for coronavirus was the former Interim Prime Minister of Libya.

How Contagion Works: Science, Awareness and Community in Times of Global Crisis Book will be released in the month of May which talks about Corona and makes an attempt to explore the resources to keep people safe from the disease.

IIT Hyderabad has incubated a startup to develop low-cost & portable ventilators called ‘Jeevan Lite’.

Bobby Mitchell who passed away at the age of 84 was related with Football.

A Safe Disinfectant tunnel has been installed at the DGP’s office in the state of Telangana by S3V Vascular Technologies private limited.

Jock Edwards who passed away recently was a former wicket keeper playing for New Zealand.

Tamil Nadu has ranked on top at the all India level for micro-irrigation coverage in the financial year 2019-20.

NHAI has achieved the highest ever construction of National Highways in FY 2019- 20. It has accomplished the construction of 3,979 kilometer of national highways.

Anurag Srivastava has taken charge as the Spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs succeeding Ravish Kumar.

NASA has unveiled a plan for Artemis ‘base camp’ to land humans on the moon beyond 2024.

Kerala has installed walk in Sample Kiosks for Covid-19 testing based on the South Korean model.

The UN Security Council will hold a closed session to discuss the Covid-19 pandemic. Dominican Republic has assumed the presidency of the Council.

The Union Cabinet has approved an ordinance to reduce salaries of PM, Ministers, MPs by 30% for a year.

Dr Dang Labs has launched India’s 1st drive-through coronavirus test centre in the Punjabi Bagh area of the Nation’s Capital.

Tata Power Solar has bagged a NTPC contract for Rs 1730 crore for the grid connected solar photovoltaic project.

L&T has bagged a large order from the Indian army to establish a unified network management system.

Likee has launched a dedicated Covid-19 dashboard with WHO-sourced data and the Ministry of Health & Family welfare.

The Independent Member Federation Sanctions Panel (IMFSP) of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has imposed a ban on Malaysia and Thailand from participating in weightlifting events at the Tokyo Olympics.

The Ministry of Human Resources Development has launched a mega challenge named Samadhan to fight against covid19 and future challenges.

The Supreme Court has extended the tenure Of the Telecom Tribunal Chairman by three months. Shiva Kirti Singh is the current Chairman of Telecom Tribunal.

Kalinga Sasi who passed away recently was a famous Malayali actor.

Arvind Kejriwal has announced a 5-T plan to combat coronavirus spread in Delhi.

Telangana has become the first one to deploy India’s First Automated Covid19 Live Monitoring App.

The police in Chhattisgarh has developed the app ‘Rakhsa Sarv’ keep an eye on home quarantined people.

Bullet Prakash who passed away recently was a famous Actor.

Stephen O’Keefe who recently retired from 1st class cricket played for Australia.

L&T has won a ‘large’ contract from IOCL for the capacity expansion at Barauni Refinery.

Airtel Payments Bank has partnered with Bharti AXA to offer simple and health focused health care insurance plans to protect against covid 19.

SBI has slashed the marginal cost of funds-based lending rate (MCLR) by 35 base points across all tenors.

Bank of Baroda has launched four schemes for the agriculture sector offering additional loans of up to 1 lac to self-help groups.

RBI has given states longer overdraft periods with immediate effect to tide over cashflow mismatches. It will be available till September.

Singapore-based Indian-origin man Dedar Singh Gill has been appointed as Judge of the High court.

The Indian economy is pegged to grow at 2 per cent in FY21 as per ICRA Ratings.

SIDBI has agreed to provide an emergency working capital of up to Rs 1 crore to MSMEs to facilitate response against the coronavirus pandemic.

SAARC Development Fund has allocated $ 5 Million to deal with the covid-19 pandemic.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the acquisition of GMR Kamalanga Energy Limited by JSW Energy Limited.

Roger Chappot who passed away due to complications of covid-19 played ice hockey for Switzerland.

Parag Raja has been appointed as the MD & CEO of Bharti AXA Life Insurance.

Brahm Kanchibotla who passed away at the age of 65 was a famous Journalist.

DRDO has collaborated with Wipro 3D to develop a full face shield for healthcare personnel and doctors treating COVID-19 patients.

Former Atletico, Madrid and Barcelona coach Radomir Antic who passed away at the age of 71 belonged to Serbia.

The CCI has approved acquisition of 80.1 percent stake in ABB by Hitachi Limited.

Honor Blackman who passed away recently was a famous actor and is known for her role in the James Bond Film Goldfinger.

Learning platform iGOT launched by the Central government to provide front line workers with the training and help them to cope with the pandemic.

Bengaluru has been voted as the best city to work for IT professionals in terms of career growth and high living standards.

The Central government has approved a COVID-19 emergency package for states and UTs. It will be implemented in a phased manner from January 2020 to 2024.

Ben Stokes has been named as the ‘Leading Cricketer in the World’ in the 2020 edition of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.

China has become the World’s top patent filer after surpassing the US for 1st time in 4 decades.

Bank of Maharashtra has launched various schemes for the corporate, retail and agriculture sector to ensure financial assistance against the backdrop of covid-19.

IDBI Bank’s board of directors have set a bond borrowing limit of 7500 crore for FY 2020-21 that would be borrowed in way of tranches.

Telangana government has set up 12 Covid-19 ‘containment clusters’ with the aim to contain the spread of the pandemic.

IISC has developed the app GoCoronaGo.

According to the United Nations, India’s projected GDP for FY21 projected stands at 4.8 percent due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Arunachal Pradesh government has launched the COVIDCARE app to fight COVID-19.

The World Homeopathy Day was observed annually on April 10.

Hazarilal Raghuwanshi who passed away at the age of 93 belonged to Congress.

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has launched the revised version of Swachhata-MoHUA with the aim to handle queries specific to Covid 19.

Mary Jordan has written an unauthorized biography of Melania Trump titled ‘The Art of Her Deal’.

Indian Railways Coach Rehabilitation workshop has developed a mobile doctor booth named Charak for zero-contact check-up facility to ensure safety of medical professionals & doctors.

TRIFED has launched a digital campaign in collaboration with UNICEF for self-help groups to ensure that Tribal Gatherers carry on their work safely.

According to the recently released Forbes Billionaires List 2020, Jeff Bezos has retained the top spot with a net worth of 113 billion dollars.

Anamika Roy Rashtrawar has been appointed as the Managing Director & CEO of IFFCO Tokio General Insurance.

The Central Government has sanctioned 15,000 crore for the Covid-19 emergency response and health system preparedness package for the states.

The Asian Development Bank has assured a sum of 2.2 billion in support package to India.

Delhi government has launched Operation ‘SHIELD’ in a bid to identify covid-19 hotspots.

The Singapore based DBS banking group has revised India’s GDP estimate to 1.5 percent for FY21.

A 24X7 Health Channel dedicated to COVID-19 has been introduced in Andaman & Nicobar to provide information covering preventive measures against covid-19.

Ahmedabad railway station has become the first one to install a walk-through mass sanitizing tunnel to ensure safety of staff and passengers in view of Covid-19.

Ladakh has launched an IT based application to combat and contain the spread of Covid-19.

African Development Bank has unveiled a $10 billion Response Facility to curb COVID-19 and assist regional member countries in fighting the disease.

SafeSeniors App to help monitor senior citizens and identify early detection of the Covid-19 disease.

Jana Small Finance Bank has rolled out a digital banking platform to help customers open a savings and fixed deposit account instantly.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is observing the ‘Play Safe on Play True Day 2020’ on April 9.

Shanti Hiranand who passed away recently won Padma Shri.

The National Pet Day was celebrated annually on April 11. It was founded in 2006.

The Union HRD Minister has launched Bharat Padhe Online campaign with the aim to invite ideas to improve the online education ecosystem.

ICICI bank has deployed mobile ATM vans in Delhi NCR and Chennai to overcome the cash crisis during the lockdown.

Raj Vikash Verma has been appointed as the Chairman of the AU Small Finance Bank.

Biofortified carrot variety named Madhuban Gajar has been developed by farmer scientist Shri Vallabhhai Vasrambhai Marvaniya with high β-carotene and iron content benefits.

India get 108th place as per the recently released list of FIFA.

National Safe Motherhood Day is observed on 11 April to raise awareness about proper healthcare of women and maternity facilities.

Jackie du Preez who passed away at the age of 77 played cricket for South Africa.

The National Commission for Women has launched a WhatsApp number to report cases of domestic violence during the lockdown period. Rekha Sharma is current chairperson of the NCW.

NIPER-Guwahati has designed two innovative products which could be used to open & close doors, windows and help in the fight against COVID-19.

Nobuhiko Obayashi, who was famous for his films portraying the horrors of war, passed away at the age of 82. He belonged to Japan.

IIT Kanpur has developed a low cost Personal Protective Equipment which can be produced for less than 100 rupees.

IOB has been nominated by the Central Government for collection of PM Cares Fund for the coronavirus outbreak.

Amitabh Bachan is the brand ambassador of the campaign launched by the RBI to urge customers to adopt digital modes of payment.

Flipkart has partnered with Tata Consumer Products to provide essential food and beverage products for consumers during the lockdown.

ICICI Lombard and Go Digit has partnered with Flipkart to offer COVID-19 focused health insurance policies.

Goa, first state to integrate allopathy with Ayurveda to treat COVID-19 patients and boost their immunity.

Ravi Shankar Prasad has launched the Interactive Voice Response System service feature in Aarogya Setu App launched by the Central Government.

The International Day of Human Space Flight was observed each year on April 12.

Peter Bonetti who passed away recently played football for Chelsea club.

Mahabaleshwar MS has been appointed as the MD & CEO of Karnataka Bank after receiving approval from the Reserve Bank of India.

Raghuram Rajan has been roped in by the IMF among 11 others to an external advisory group to provide perspective aimed at financial help to help manage the Covid 19 pandemic.

Maha Prasad Adikari has been appointed as the Governor of Nepal central bank on the recommendation committee coordinated by the Finance Minister Yubaraj Khatiwada.

The People’s Bank of China has acquired a 1.01 percent stake in the Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC).

The Union HRD Minister has launched YUKTI portal with the aim to monitor and record the initiatives of the Ministry of Human resources & development for the betterment of students.

Sir Stirling Moss who passed away at the age of 90 years was a famous Racer.

UGC has constituted a committee to promote online learning amidst nationwide lockdown.

World Bank in its report has slashed India’s growth projection to 1.5-2.8% for the fiscal 2020-21.

Manipur has launched a Food Bank with the aim to help the poor and needy facing scarcity of essential commodities during the lockdown.

NABARD has agreed to refinance farmers, small business and micro enterprises to ease the pressure in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic.

The Finance Ministry has relaxed norms for deposits in PPF, SSA and Post Office RD. The money can be deposited in these tax saving instruments for fiscal 2019-20 by June 30.

Max Life Insurance has announced the extension of its partnership with Yes Bank for a term of five years.

Apple has collaborated with Google to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to bring in contact tracing and help the governments worldwide.

Jim Corbett National Park has become India’s first quarantine facility for animals.

The Central government has planned to set up 20 lac retail shops called ‘Suraksha Stores’ with the aim to sell daily essentials to citizens while maintaining safety norms.

MV Rajasekharan who passed away in Bengaluru at the age of 91 belonged to Congress.

B.R. Ambedkar Remembrance Day is an annual festival observed on April 14 to mark Dr. Ambedkar’s birthday.

Golfer Doug Sanders passed away recently was known as ‘Peacock of the Fairways’.

The festival of Puthandu falls on April 14th and marks the first day on the Tamil new year.

Ashok Desai who passed away recently was the former Attorney General of India.

The energy minister of Saudi Arabia recently chaired the G20 Extraordinary Energy Ministers’ virtual meeting.

Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog & National Informatics Centre (NIC) have jointly launched CollabCAD with an aim to work on 2D & 3D modelling.

Glenn Beckert who passed away at the age of 79 played basketball for US.

IIT Guwahati has developed an antiviral coating for Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to protect wearers from infectious virus droplets.

ASEAN recently held a special summit in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vietnam holds the current Chair of ASEAN.

J Packrisamy has been appointed as Officer on Special Duty in the Union Bank of India.

Telangana government has decided to credit around 7.4 million bank accounts with Rs 1,500 as a support for the needy during the current lockdown prevailing in the country.

Zafar Sarfraz who passed away recently due to coronavirus, play cricket for Pakistan.

North Korea has fired a barrage of cruise missiles on the eve of its founder’s birthday.

The United States has approved the sale of Harpoon Block II along with lightweight torpedoes worth USD 155 million to India.

The International Monetary Fund has announced an immediate debt relief for 25 poor countries to help them fight and cope up with the Covid-19 pandemic.

ADB has upped the fight against COVID-19 and has increased its response package to 20 billion to help member countries counter the impact of the disease.

IFFCO is running Break the CORONA Chain campaign on ground zero in different states across the country in a bid to highlight the preventive measures to be taken by the masses in the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.

CovidGyan initiative launched Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Science to collaborate on topics covering from diagnostics to innovative technologies to deal with the covid-19 outbreak.

World Chagas Disease Day was marked every year on April 14.

Walter D’Souza who passed away at the age of 93 was a famous Cricketer.

The National Agriculture Market portal e-NAM has completed four years since its launch. Till now 585 mandis have become operational.

Four Indian-Americans have been awarded the 2020 Guggenheim fellowships. The fellowship is awarded in Arts.

The Competition Commission of India has approved a 9.93 percent stake in Apollo Tyres by Emerald Sage Investment.

INS Dega, Naval air station is working round the clock to ensure that the joint user airfield at Vizag remains operational during the lockdown period.

Fit India has partnered with CBSE to organize the 1st-ever live fitness sessions for School students.

Vineet Arora has been named as the MD & CEO of Paytm General Insurance Ltd.

Jharkhand will use robots to serve food and medicine to COVID-19 patients in hospitals in a bid to protect healthcare workers.

US has Instructed its administration to stop funding to the World Health Organization after its gross mismanagement & cover up of the spread of coronavirus.

Uttar Pradesh government has decided to promote all students from class 6 to 9 & 11 following the lockdown.

Manipur has launched textbooks in e-comic format for class III to V for Maths, Environment science and English language to make up for the loss in education due lockdown.

According to the IMF, India along with China has registered a positive GDP growth rate despite the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Hockey India has decided to postpone all the scheduled national championships till the end of the lockdown to contain the spread of covid-19.

Airtel along with Apollo has launched an AI based self-assessment tool for Covid 19 risk profiling of people.

The United Nations has released 2.5 million to help the people of cycloneravaged Vanuatu and other countries affected by it.

The Government has launched the Sovereign Gold Bonds Scheme 2020-21 which will be open for subscription from April 20. The tenor of the bond is 8 years.

DRDO has developed kiosks for COVID-19 sample collection to help doctors & healthcare professionals.

World Art Day was observed annually on April 15.

Ajay Mahajan has been appointed as the MD & CEO of Care Ratings.

A team of researchers from NIT-Karnataka have built Zero-Cov, a cost-effective disinfectant chamber to disinfect personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, surgical masks, vegetables, packed food and other day-to-day items.

The Ministry of Tourism has launched the “DekhoApnaDesh” webinar series. The first webinar will feature the rich heritage of Delhi.

Tata Power bagged the Edison Award for social innovation for its Club Energi campaign.

Abdelouahab Aissaoui won the 13th International Prize for Arabic Fiction for his novel ‘The Spartan Court’.

Department of Science & Technology has created an Integrated geospatial platform to create area-specific strategies & decisions during the COVID-19 outbreak.

WHO launched an interactive COVID-19 service on Facebook Messenger.

According to the IMF, 0 percent will be Asia’s growth rate in 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Chief Minister of Karnataka will inaugurate mobile testing Kiosk for COVID 19 which has been developed by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences.

Uttar Pradesh has become the first one to get ICMR nod for ‘pool testing’ of samples for coronavirus.

Tata AIA, insurance provider which has become the first one to announce Additional Benefits Related to COVID-19 upto Rs. 5 lac.

Equitas small finance banks has taken steps to bring in digital banking services like Selfie based Instant fixed deposit account service.

The Ministry of External Affairs has announced the COVID-19 training program for healthcare professionals from SAARC.

HDFC has launched the Safety Grid campaign to encourage social distancing while waiting at shops.

The RBI will soon conduct the fourth tranche of targeted long-term repo operation & will inject 25000 crore liquidity into the banking system.

Chief of International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Tamas Ajan has resigned amidst corruption probe and doping violations.

IMF has proposed to deploy 1 trillion in lending capacity to support countries battling covid 19 pandemic.

Google has launched the ‘journalism relief fund,’ following in the footsteps of Facebook to help local news outlets.

Theme of World Voice Day being celebrated on April 16 to celebrate the phenomenon of voice – Focus on Your Voice in 2020.

Feifei, mascot for the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Para Games to be held from October 9, 2022 in China.

Rohit Sharma has been appointed as the brand ambassador of Dubai based CricKingdom.

BSNL Chairman & Managing Director PK Purwar has taken additional charge of MTNL.

The World Haemophilia Day was observed every year on April 17.

Ranjit Chowdhry who passed away at the age of 65 was a famous Actor.

Viswanathan Anand has recently been appointed as the brand ambassador of WWF India for Environment Education.

The Central government has released 7300 crore to States & Union Territories under MGNREGS to liquidate pending dues of the last financial year.

According to the recent announcement made by Reserve Bank of India, Banks are now required to maintain a Liquidity coverage ratio of 80 percent from the earlier requirement of 100 percent.

Indian-American Ro Khanna has been appointed to the White House COVID-19 advisory council.

According to a recent research report by SBI, the Economic growth of India may fall to 1.1 percent in the current fiscal due to the coronavirus induced lockdown.

The IMF has approved a funding of 1.3 billion dollar to Pakistan to address the impact of Covid-19 shock.

MS Sahoo is the chair of the Government appointed panel dealing with the constitution of the National Institute of Valuers as well as the drafting of the Valuers Bill, 2020.

China has earmarked 10 million from its ADB Trust Fund to address the COVID-19 challenges in developing Asia and assist developing member countries.

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has joined hands with All India Football Federation to launch an online coaching programme during lockdown.

World Rugby has announced 100 million as a relief fund amid the coronavirus crisis with the aim to step up the fight.

World famous cycling race event Tour de France has recently been postponed due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Beijing-based AIIB is considering a proposal for financing a $500 million project to strengthen the healthcare system of India.

Theme of the International Day For Monuments and Sites celebrated annually on 18th April – Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility.

Saharai Oram who passed away recently was a former Cabinet minister. He represented JDU.

A New pit viper named after Harry Potter character ‘Salazar Slytherin’ has been discovered in Arunachal Pradesh.

Kisan Rath app launched by the Central government to help farmers transport their agricultural and horticulture farm produce.

Chhattisgarh has launched a website for Home Delivery Of Fruits and Vegetables amidst Lockdown.

IIT -Ropar has designed ‘WardBot’ to deliver food and medicines to Covid -19 patients in isolation wards without human intervention.

Krishnaswamy V is the author of the book Shuttling to the Top: The Story of P.V. Sindhu.

Luis Sepulveda who passed away at the age of 70 was an author belonging to Chile.

DRDO has introduced products to enhance operations at public places during the covid-19 pandemic.

Famous lawn tennis championship Laver Cup has been postponed until 2021 due to its scheduling conflict with the French Open championship.

Sharath Kamal has become the highest-ranked Indian table tennis player in the latest ranking of ITTF after surpassing G.Sathiyan.

NASA is set to launch astronauts to space stations from the US soil for the first time in a decade. The spacecraft along with the rocket have been developed by SpaceX.

TVS has acquired Norton Motorcycles, one of the most iconic British motorcycle brands for Rs 153 crore.

Nirmala Sitharaman has attended the Plenary Meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) of the IMF through video-conference to discuss measures to combat covid-19.

The National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) has joined hands with UNICEF to train community leaders online in a bid to combat covid-19.

Prahlad Singh Patel has launched the National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of India in New Delhi in an attempt to recognize the diversity of Indian culture.

Abba Kyari who passed away recently due to covid-19 was the Chief of staff of Nigeria.

The institute of Kerala has developed a diagnostic test kit to confirm covid-19 cases in just two hours at a low cost of around Rs 1,000.

The Delhi government has developed Assess Koro Na app for door-to-door survey in containment zones to speed up real time analysis data in a bid to contain the virus.

IIM-Kozhikode students have developed a one-stop COVID-19 platform for accessing emergency services during the pandemic.

Dipankar Datta has been nominated for elevation as Chief Justice of Bombay high court.

The 44th Session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has been postponed. It was scheduled to be held in China.

The Central government has constituted 6 Inter-Ministerial Central Teams to make on-spot assessment of COVID-19 situation and issue necessary directions to state authorities.

Microsoft has launched plasmabot to encourage COVID-19 recovered patients to donate plasma to help cure patients.

Facebook has launched a third-party fact checking system in Bangladesh to discourage the spread of fake news.

Vinod Paul will head the high-level task force constituted by the Central government to develop vaccines and drugs to tap the rising number of Covid-19 cases.

Fitch Solutions has cut down India’s GDP growth forecast to 1.8 percent on account of contraction in consumption and loss of large-scale income.

The founders of Instagram have launched a COVID-19 tracking website to bring state-by-state updates on the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Uttar Pradesh has become the first one to geotag community kitchens to produce around 12 lac food packets a day.

Scientists have discovered a Six-planet system found in almost perfect orbital harmony in the Draco constellation. The planets were found using the spectrograph at Haute-Provence Observatory.

ADB Ventures has raised $50 million for its new impact assessment platform which exceeds the fund capitalization target.

Rajasthan has partnered with Healthcare App ‘Aayu’ to Tackle the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Website launched by the government to pool in data related to critical human resources for combating and containing COVID-19.

Gene Deitch who passed away at the age of 95 was the director of Tom and Jerry.

World Liver Day is observed annually on April 19.

ICICI has launched voice banking services on Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for its retail banking customers.

The National Civil Service Day is observed every year on April 21 to celebrate the dedication of people who work for the betterment of the country.

Vehicle Tiranga launched in Kerala for rapid testing and screening for symptoms of covid-19 virus.

IT company Cognizant has been hit by ‘Maze’ ransomware attack resulting in disruption of services to its clients.

First every audio book How the Onion Got Its Layers released by the popular storyteller Sudha Murty.

UN Chinese Language Day observed annually on April 20.

China has begun testing of its digital currency to move forward with its plan of rolling out a virtual money payment system.

Facebook is all set to roll out its Covid-19 symptom tracking survey globally to identify potential hotspots.

India has approved USD 1 million to Antigua as a project outlay and immediate assistance for medical equipment to combat coronavirus.

Kapil Dev Tripathi has been appointed as the Secretary to President Ram Nath Kovind with the approval of the appointments committee of the cabinet.

BRO has constructed a bridge over Subansiri in Arunachal Pradesh in a record span of 27 days.

Indian American Sudarsanam Babu appointed by US President Donald Trump to head the country’s National science board for a six-year term.

Himachal Pradesh is all set to provide free online medical consultation to sick people at their residence through e-sanjeevani-opd.

RBI has announced the calendar of MPC meetings for the current financial year. The decision of the first meeting will be announced on June 5.

RBI has raised the Ways and Means advances limit in the first half of FY21 to 2 lakh crores from the earlier limit of Rs.1.2 lakh crore.

RBI has given nod to appoint N Kamakodi as the MD & CEO of City Union Bank with effect from 1st May, 2020.

The World Creativity and Innovation Day is celebrated every year on April 21 to raise awareness about the importance of creativity.

Laisenia Qarase who passed away recently was the former Prime minister of Fiji.

Theme of World earth day celebrated every year on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection – Climate action.

Madhya Pradesh has decided to introduce Yoddha Kalyan Yojana to help Anganwadi workers and Assistants who are helping in the fight against the covid-19 pandemic.

Interactive platform Covid India Seva launched by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan launches to address citizens’ queries related to coronavirus.

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has launched a dashboard on its website to provide ‘dhabas and repair shops’ details across the country.

Agharkar Research Institute has developed a ‘sensor-based bug sniffer’ to rapidly detect bacteria and screening water along with food borne pathogens.

The Pune municipal Corporation has developed Saiyam mobile app to effectively track home-quarantined citizens.

Federal Bank is all set to acquire additional stake in IDBI Federal Life Insurance of up to 4 percent of its equity capital.

India get 142 rank on the recently released Global press freedom index.

David Li has been appointed as the CEO of Huawei India.

Rudratej Singh who passed away at the age of 46 was the President and CEO of BMW India.

Iran has successfully launched its first military satellite vehicle into orbit.

ADB has sold five-year global benchmark bonds worth 4.5 billion dollars to be used as part of its ordinary capital resources.

Facebook has bought a stake worth 9.9 percent in Reliance Jio for Rs 43,574 crore in the largest tech based FDI.

TCS has partnered with Telangana State Council of Higher Education to prepare college students for future job readiness.

Rakesh Sharma has been appointed as the President of Geneva based International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association.

UST Global has won Microsoft’s AI application award for social impact for delivering AI powered personal assistants to each employee.

Kuala Lumpur has been officially recognized as the UNESCO World book Capital 2020.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Medical Science and Research institute has become the first authorized study centre in the country to carry out plasma research in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Government of Karnataka has launched Apthamitra helpline and app to fight COVID-19 and provide medical guidance for those in need.

VidyaDaan 2.0 program has been launched by the Union HRD Minister to develop and contribute e-learning content for students.

PV Sindhu has been named as one of the ambassadors of the ‘I am badminton’ campaign by the Badminton World Federation.

Adam Higginbotham has won the William E. Colby Award presented for outstanding book on intelligence history.

Narendra Singh Tomar represented India in the G-20 Extraordinary Agriculture Ministers Meeting through Video Conferencing to address issues related to covid-19.

IIT-Mandi has developed magnetic RAM to enable higher data storage , faster computation and bring in energy efficiency.

Gujarat has given the nod to launch the third edition of the water conservation scheme ‘Sujalam Sufalam Jal Sanchay Abhiyan’.

The Union Government has sanctioned 15000 crore for investment in ‘India COVID-19 Emergency Response & Health System Preparedness Package’.

RBI has announced special Open Market Operations Of Purchase And Sale of Government Securities worth 10000 crore to improve liquidity in the economy.

Researchers of IIT-Delhi have developed an app that warns about COVID-19 containment zones and filters fake news.

TCS will launch Israel’s first fully digital bank to help transform the banking sector of the country.

Pakistan will host SAARC virtual conference on COVID-19 to discuss a strategy to fight the pandemic in the region.

NADA has collaborated with Boxing Federation of India to conduct an online anti-doping awareness session utilizing the lockdown period.

Lebanon has legalized cultivation of marijuana for medicinal use with the aim to improve on exports.

The legal authority of Jammu & Kashmir has launched a helpline under ‘Serve-the-Seniors Initiative’ for senior citizens to identify the most vulnerable segment of the society.

According to Fitch Ratings, India will grow at 0.8 percent in FY 21 owing to disruptions caused by the ongoing coronavirus.

The UN English and Spanish language day established by UNESCO on the same day is observed annually on April 23.

Rajnath Singh has inaugurated the DRDO mobile testing lab to speed up covid-19 screening and carry out immune profiling of patients.

SpaceX has successfully lunched 60 internet beaming satellites into orbit for its ambitious internet project Starlink.

Feluda, low cost covid-19 test developed by CSIR’s Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) for the detection of pathogens without any expensive machines.

Tech Mahindra has tied up with IBM to set up innovation centres and boost digital transformation and encourage adoption of cloud-based technologies.

National Panchayati Raj Day is celebrated every year on April 24 to celebrate the day the constitution came into force.

Charles Leclerc has won the Chinese Virtual Grand Prix after defeating the Red Bull racer Alex Albon.

World Bank has approved Rs 585 cr for Himachal Pradesh State Roads Transformation Project to upgrade major roads and modernization of public works.

Ujjivan bank has ranked 5th among ‘Best Large Workplaces in Asia 2020’.

Jammu & Kashmir has bagged three national awards for outstanding contribution by its Panchayati Raj Institutions towards socio-economic development.

According to the World Bank’s latest report, remittances to India are likely to drop by 23 percent in FY 21.

Mangus Carlsen has won the final of the Banter Blitz Cup after defeating Alireza Firouzja.

Usha Ganguly who passed away at the age of 75 in Kolkata was a famous Theatre Artist.

Basanta Das who passed away recently was a former rajya sabha from Odisha.

Bajaj Allianz insurance company has launched ‘BAGIC GOQii Copay Option’ under regulatory sandbox approval from IRDAI, to reward customers with a healthy lifestyle.

SIDBI has launched a special liquidity scheme for MSMEs including NBFCs and MFIs.

The ICT department of Mizoram has developed a mobile app ‘mCOVID19’ to act as an online pass for drivers and handymen to ensure safe transport during the lockdown period.

PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the e-Gram Swaraj portal and Swamitva Scheme on Panchayati Raj Day. The purpose of the Swamitva Scheme – Drone mapping of villages.

Theme of World Malaria Day observed annually on 25 April every year – Zero Malaria Starts with Me.

Former cricketer Graeme Watson who passed away at the age of 75 played for Australia.

The Union Government has declared Banking industry as a public utility service for six months till October 21.

Vodafone has tied up with PayTm to launch ‘Recharge Sathi’ to help individuals and small businesses to earn additional income by selling on the platform.

Bank of Baroda has announced ex-gratia payment of Rs 10 lac to the next of kin of business correspondents in case of loss of life due to covid-19.

HCL will offer tech support to the Tamil Nadu government in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic.

CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has launched a zero-interest loan scheme providing Self Help groups with 1400 crore to over 8.78 lakh SHGs.

CISF has launched ”e-office” application called ‘e-kayalay’ for movement of files without the need for physical touch.

Sanjay Kothari has been appointed as the new Chief Vigilance Commissioner after taking the oath ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

UNODC has launched the ‘Lockdown Learners’ series for students and teachers of India.

IIT-Delhi has developed a COVID-19 test kit which has got the ICMR’s approval for testing patients.

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