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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

ASEAN leaders held Special summit and Special ASEAN plus 3 summit on COVID-19 via video conference

the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held the Special ASEAN Summit via video conference which was chaired by Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of Vietnam, in his capacity as Chair of ASEAN.



India becomes world’s most digitally dexterous country; 39% technophiles want OTJ & JIT training: Gartner 2019 Survey

In accordance with the Gartner 2019 Digital Workplace Survey, India has become the world’s most digitally dexterous (skilful) country in the world as it has a vast Gen Z workforce who are keen to learn new digitally powered skills in the workplace. India is followed by the United Kingdom (UK) and United States (US).It should be noted that Generation Z or Gen Z are the ones born between 1995 and 2009.



BANKING & FINANCE

OBICUS Q4: 2019-20: 49th round of quarterly survey on manufacturing sector launched by RBI

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) launched the 49th round of quarterly order books, inventories and capacity utilization survey (OBICUS) of the manufacturing sector which will provide important figures and input for monetary policy formulation. The reference period for this survey is January-March 2020 (Q4: 2019-20).



Tata AIA becomes the 1st Life Insurance company in India to announce additional benefits: COVID-19

Additional Benefits
i.All policyholders will get additional benefit equal to the base sum assured or Rs 5,00,000 (no additional cost) whichever is lower, it is applicable for all valid death claims with a date of death on or before June 30th 2020.
ii.All ‘active’ agents with their spouse and children are entitled upto Rs 25,000 hospitalization cover if diagnosed with COVID-19 within the period as mentioned for the policyholders.
About Tata AIA life insurance:
It is a joint venture company, formed by Tata Sons and AIA Group Limited (AIA).
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Rishi Srivastava


RBI Governor announced relief measures for liquidity in system; Reverse Repo Rate slashed to 3.7% from 4%

  • RBI slashed Reverse Repo rate by 25 bps to 3.75% from 4%; repo rate remained unchanged.
  • Inflation could fall below 4% target by RBI in H2 FY21.
  • TLTRO 2.0 worth Rs 50,000 cr announced; Banks exempted from paying dividends.
  • Refinancing NABARD, SIDBI & NHB with Rs 50,000 crores


ECONOMY & BUSINESS

India’s GDP growth may fall to 1.1% in FY21: SBI Ecowrap report




APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS    

World chess champion Viswanathan Anand becomes ambassador of WWF India’s environment education programme

5 time world chess champion Viswanathan Anand was appointed as ambassador of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) India’s environment education programme.

About WWF India:

Headquarters– New Delhi, India
President– Jamshyd N. Godrej
About WWF:
Headquarters– Gland, Switzerland
Director– Marco Lambertini.


NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Nirmala Sitharaman attends the Plenary Meeting of IMFC through video-conference

Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman attended the Plenary Meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) through video conference due to pandemic.


NIRDPR and UNICEF training community leaders online to combat COVID-19

National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Hyderabad field office, is training over 28.33 lakh community leaders through online programs to practice social behaviours required to control the transmission of COVID-19 cases in villages in association with the governments of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh (AP) and Karnataka.

About UNICEF:
Headquarters– New York City (NYC), US (United States).
Executive Director– Henrietta Holsman Fore.


India’s subsidies to renewables drops 35 per cent from FY17 to FY19: IISD & CEEW

According to the study, Mapping India’s Energy Subsidies 2020 released by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), India’s energy subsidies drops 35% from Financial Year (FY)17 to FY19, while its oil and gas subsidies increased by 65% .




SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

COVID-19: Kerala institute develops Chitra GeneLAMP-N test kit gives results in 2 hours  



Scientists at NASA discovers Earth-like planet ‘Kepler-1649c’ found to be hidden in early Kepler data

About NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration):Headquarters– Washington, D.C., United States
Administrator– Jim Bridenstine


Agriculture minister Narendra singh tomar launches transport aggregator app ‘Kisan Rath’ for farmers

The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar, has launched farmer friendly mobile application ‘Kisan Rath’ with tagline “Kisan ka apna Vahan” to facilitate the movement of crops. The app has been developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) and will connect 5 lakh trucks & 20,000 tractors for transporting farm produce.

About Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare:Headquarters– New Delhi
Minister of State– Parsottambhai Rupala, Kailash Choudhary


ENVIRONMENT

New pit viper discovered in Arunachal Pradesh named after Harry Potter Character

The new species of green pit viper discovered in Arunachal Pradesh by a team of researchers was named Salazar’s pit viper after Salazar Slytherin, a fictional character by J.K Rowling.



SPORTS

ITTF world rankings 2020: Table tennis player Sharath kamal become India’s No.1 player at 31st spot, Fan zhendong of China tops

About International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF):Headquarters– Lausanne, Switzerland
President– Thomas Weikert



BOOKS & AUTHORS

Shuttling to the Top: The Story of P V Sindhu authored by Krishnaswamy V

published by HarperCollins in Amazon digital platform along with other two books, amid the lockdown due to Coronavirus.


IMPORTANT DAYS

World Haemophilia Day 2020: April 17

The theme of the World Haemophilia Day is “Get+involved”.


World Art Day 2020: April 15