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BANKING & FINANCE

HDFC Bank launches Safety Grid campaign for social distancing


About HDFC:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman– Deepak S. Parekh



ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Asia to stall at 0% growth in 2020 for 1st time in 60 years: IMF



APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS       

IWF President Tamas Ajan resigns

International Weightlifting Federation (IWF)

Ursula Papandrea will be the acting president of IWF.
About IWF:
Headquarters– Budapest, Hungary.


Ajay Mahajan appointed as MD and CEO of Care Ratings

Credit Analysis and Research Limited (CARE) appointed Ajay Mahajan as Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company for 5 years commencing from April 15, 2020. He was the successor of T.N. Kumar- Interim CEO of the company.

About CARE Ratings:
Headquarters– Mumbai.


India’s Limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma becomes brand ambassador for “CricKingdom”

Limited-overs Vice-captain of Indian cricket team Rohit Sharma was named brand ambassador of “CricKingdom” a Dubai-based cricket coaching academy which provides a platform for online coaching after the global COVID-19 pandemic subsides.

About CricKingdom:
World’s first online platform to connect cricket players, coaches, students, academies and facilities.
Co-founder/CEO– Chetan Suryawanshi
Co-founder/CTO– Sesha Sayana
Managing Director– Prashant Naik
Mentor– Dhawal Kulkarni


Vineet Arora appointed as MD & CEO of Paytm General Insurance

Paytm, a major digital payment system and financial service platform, appoints Vineet Arora as the Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Paytm General Insurance Limited (Ltd).

About Paytm General Insurance Ltd:
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
About Paytm:
Headquarters– Noida, Uttar Pradesh
Founder & CEO– Vijay Shekhar Sharma
About Paytm Payments Bank:
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
MD & CEO– Satish Kumar Gupta.


ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS        

ORIX acquires IL&FS’s 100% stake in IWPSL for Rs 6.05 cr

ORIX Corporation, a Japanese diversified financial services group, has completed its acquisition of 100% stake held by cash-strapped Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) in its wholly-owned subsidiary IL&FS Wind Power Services Ltd (IWPSL) for Rs 6.05 crore.

About Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS):
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman– Uday Kotak
About ORIX Corporation:Headquarters– Tokyo, Japan
CEO– Makoto Inoue


SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

India’s Aarogya Setu becomes world’s fastest app to reach 50 million downloads in 13 days

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Amitabh Kant stated that Centre’s mobile app, Aarogya Setu, which is developed for tracking COVID-19 patients, has become the world’s fastest app to reach 50 million (5 crore) downloads in just 13 days.


Central Government unveils PUSA decontamination, sanitizing tunnel

Minister of State (MoS) for Agriculture Kailash Choudhary inaugurated a “PUSA decontamination and sanitizing tunnel” in Delhi and was developed by the government research body ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research).


‘Bat coronavirus’ in 2 Indian bat species: ICMR

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in a 1st of its study in collaboration with a team of scientists from the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, have found out ‘Bat coronavirus’ (BtCoV) from 25 bats in 2 Indian bat species namely, Pteropus (Indian Flying Fox) and Rousettus (old world fruit bats).



Scientists observes biggest star explosion ever seen


 An international team of scientists led by the University of Birmingham in the UK (United Kingdom) and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in the US (United States), have observed the biggest supernova (stellar explosion) named SN2016aps.This supernova is 10 times more powerful than a normal supernova but is also about 500 times brighter than that.


NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Narendra Singh Tomar chairs the National Conference on Kharif crops 2020 by video conference


Nirmala Sitharaman attended virtual 2nd G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meet

About G20 or Group of Twenty:
Members– Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico,  ​Republic o​f Korea​,​ Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, ​​​Turkey, United Kingdom (UK), United States (US), and European Union (EU)​. Spain is a permanent guest invitee to the G20 meetings.
Current Presidency– Saudi Arabia
2020 G20 Presidency theme– Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century for All
Chairman– Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (2020)


MS Sahoo Panel proposed National Institute of Valuers for institutional framework for valuers

The government-appointed 8 member committee of experts headed by IBBI (Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India) Chairperson M S Sahoo has submitted a report on “valuation professionals” and proposed an institutional framework for valuers by setting up National Institute of Valuers (NIV).


Govt to set up “Suraksha Stores” and “Suraksha Circle” under PPP mode amid COVID-19 lockdown

In order to provide daily essentials to Indian citizens during the extended lockdown, the government will set up 20 lakh retail shops through public-private partnership (PPP) namely ‘Suraksha Stores’ across India in the next 45 days. In this regard, the neighbourhood Kirana (general) stores will be converted into sanitized retail outlets selling daily essentials while adhering to safety norms such as social distancing to control the spread of the novel coronavirus.




SPORTS

China releases 4th Asian Para Games 2022 mascot as ‘Fei Fei’ bird

The organizing committee of Hangzhou Asian Games, has  released ‘Fei Fei’ the bird as an official mascot for 4th Asian Paralympic Games 2022, which is scheduled to be held in Hangzhou, China from 9 – 15 October 2022.

About Asian Paralympic Committee:Headquarters– Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
President– Majid Rashed



OBITUARY

Comedy Classic ‘Khubsoorat’ actor Ranjit Chowdhry passed away at 65 in the US




IMPORTANT DAYS

World Voice Day 2020: April 16

Theme for the year 2020: FOCUS ON YOUR VOICE.



International Mathematics Day 2020: March 14

Theme for the year 2020: Mathematics is Everywhere.