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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

“Lockdown Learners” series launched with students & educators in India on COVID-19: UNODC

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) under its flagship Education for Justice Initiative launched the “Lockdown Learners” series of online dialogues with students and educators in India on COVID-19 & its impact on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), peace and the rule of law.


Lebanon becomes 1st Arab nation to legalise cannabis farming

Lebanon became the 1st Arab nation to legalise cannabis (also known as marijuana) farming for medicinal & industrial use with the aim to boost the exports & to beat the economic crisis created by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Lebanon faces the worst economic crisis due to lockdown since the 1975-1990 civil war.

About Lebanon:Capital– Beirut
Currency– Lebanese pound
President– Michel Aoun
Prime Minister– Hassan Diab


BANKING & FINANCE

IOB launches Working Capital Demand Loan for agriculture sector: COVID-19

Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) has launched Working Capital demand Loan for agriculture sector (WCDL-Agri), a special credit facility for the agriculture sector & allied activities as a relief measure to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ e-launches VidyaDaan 2.0 program on DIKSHA platform

The Union Human Resource Development Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ e-launched VidyaDaan 2.0 program on DIKSHA platform to invite e-learning content contributions.




Defense Minister Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurates DRDO developed mobile laboratory to test COVID-19 samples

Defense Minister Shri Rajnath Singh inagurated Mobile Virology Research and Diagnostics Laboratory (MVRDL) via video conference. The lab was developed by DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) in association with ESIC (Employees’ State Insurance Corporation) Hospital, Hyderabad and Private industry. This mobile lab has the testing capacity of more than 1000 to 2000 samples daily.



BRO builds Rs 17.89 cr, 484-meter permanent bridge connecting Punjab’s Kasowal enclave with rest of the country

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has constructed and opened a new Class 70 permanent bridge by replacing the pontoon bridge (floating bridge) of limited load capacity on the Ravi river that connects the 35 square kilometre Kasowal enclave in Punjab with the rest of the country.



India approves US$ 1 million to Antigua as project outlay

India provided medical supplies including hydroxychloroquine tablets to many countries and India approved the 1 million USD to Antigua as a project outlay with 150K USD for medical equipment as immediate assistance from the United States to fight against coronavirus pandemic.



ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Fitch ratings reduces India’s annual GDP growth estimates for FY21 to 0.8% from 2%

About Fitch Ratings:President– Ian Linnell
Headquarters– New York, United States (US)


23% decline projected in Migrants Remittances to India in 2020 due to COVID-19: World Bank Report

Remittances to India are likely to drop by 23% to USD 64 billion in 2020 from USD 83 billion in 2019 due to COVID-19 impact.



IT firm Tech Mahindra joins hands with IBM to set up innovation centres

Tech Mahindra Limited, an Indian multinational subsidiary of the Mahindra Group, has entered in to the partnership with US (United States) based IBM (International Business Machines Corporation) to establish innovation centres with the aim to boost digital transformation & encourage adoption of more hybrid cloud-based technologies among its global customers.

Both the firms have decided to open a  1st such centre in Bengaluru (Karnataka) later in 2020

About Tech Mahindra Limited:
Headquarters– Pune, Maharashtra.
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer– Chander Prakash Gurnani
About IBM (International Business Machines Corporation):Headquarters– New York, U.S.
President– Jim Whitehurst




NIIT’s US arm signs agreement with US based EdTech company

NIIT (National Institute of Information Technology) Limited announced that its US (United States) subsidiary has signed a managed service agreement with a US-based education technology (EdTech) company to provide virtual services to education providers. The term of the agreement is 5 years.

About NIIT Limited:
Headquarters– Gurugram, Haryana.


ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS   

Federal Bank to acquire additional stake of up to 4% in IDBI Federal Life Insurance

The Federal Bank’s board has approved its purchase to acquire an additional stake of up to 4% in the equity capital of IDBI Federal Life Insurance Company Limited (IFLIC) from Industrial Development Bank of India(IDBI) Bank, increasing the total shareholding in the life insurance joint venture to 30% from 26%.

About Federal Bank:
Headquarters– Aluva, Kerala
Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Shyam Srinivasan
About IFLIC:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD & CEO– Vighnesh Shahane
About IDBI:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman– M R Kumar



SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

CSIR-IGIB scientists develops ”Feluda” a low-cost coronavirus test strip

The Scientists at Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research(CSIR-IGIB) has developed ”Feluda” a low-cost coronavirus test strip.

It is developed by Debojyoti Chakraborty and Souvik Maiti & the total time required for the test is less than an hour.



SpaceX launches Falcon 9 carrier rocket with 60 satellites Starlink

Space Exploration Technologies Corp (also known as SpaceX),  a private American aerospace company, has successfully launched 60 Starlink broadband satellites aboard Falcon 9 rocket from the Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Kennedy Space Center in Florida, US (United States).
  • Starlink aims to provide cheap internet service in some parts of the US and Canada in 2020 and become the fastest broadband worldwide.


SPORTS

World Games Birmingham unveils new logo, title for 2022 edition

The 11th edition of World Games which is set to be held in Birmingham, Alabama, US (United States), unveiled an updated logo and title after being delayed a year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The World Games 2021 Birmingham has been renamed to “World Games 2022 Birmingham”. The World Games was initially scheduled for July 2021, but it will now be held from July 7 to 17, 2022.


COVID-19: BCCI creates Team Mask Force to spread awareness

Featuring India’s most revered cricketers, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has created a new video under the title “Team Mask Force” to promote wearing masks in public places and help the country to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
About BCCI:
Headquarters– Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
BCCI President– Sourav Chandidas Ganguly.

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Book and Copyright Day 2020: April 23

World Book Capital 2020: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Slogan for the year 2020 is “KL Baca- caring through reading”.

About UNESCO:
Headquarters– Paris, France.
Director-General– Audrey Azoulay.
About Malaysia:
Capital– Kuala Lumpur.
Currency– Malaysian ringgit.
Prime Minister– Muhyiddin bin Haji Muhammad Yassin.

STATE NEWS

Karnataka Government Launches “Apthamitra” to combat COVID-19

The Government of Karnataka Launches Apthamitra to provide assistance to the people in the coronavirus infected zones and to provide the medical aids through the telemedicine with OTC medicine and counsel them on self-quarantine directly from the AYUSH or volunteers or doctors in the helpline centers