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BANKING FINANCE

Govt nominated IOB & HDFC Bank for collecting donations of PM Cares Fund


After State Bank of India (SBI), now State-owned Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) and private lender Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) Bank have been nominated for the collection of donations for Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-Cares Fund), which was set up on March 28, 2020 to raise money for providing relief to the affected due to Coronavirus outbreak.


About HDFC
The HDFC group has contributed Rs.150 crores to the PM-Cares Fund.
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Managing Director (MD)– Aditya Puri
Tagline– We understand your world
Digital Assistant– EVA
About IOB
Headquarters– Chennai, Tamil Nadu
MD & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– KarnamSekar
Tagline– Good people to grow with


India’s economic growth decelerate to 4 pc in FY21 due to COVID-19 pandemic: ADO 2020


Asian Development Bank (ADB) in its Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2020 has forecasted a slowdown in Indian economic growth to 4% for the financial year 2020-21 due to the current global health emergency raised by COVID-19.


About ADB:
Establishment– 1966
Headquarter– Philippines, Manila
President– Masatsugu Asakawa

Corona CareIndia’s first coronavirus hospitalization insurance by PhonePe for Covid-19 treatment


Digital payments company PhonePe has launched India’s first COVID-19 hospitalization insurance policy called Corona Care in collaboration with Bajaj Allianz General Insurance for people who have been infected and hospitalised for covid-19 treatment.


About PhonePe:
Founder & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Sameer Nigam
Headquarter– Bengaluru, Karnataka
Bajaj Allianz General Insurance:
Managing Director (MD) & CEO– TapanSinghel
Headquarter– Pune, Maharashtra



SBI lists green bonds of USD 100 million on India INX

the State Bank of India (SBI) has listed green bonds of USD 100 million (about Rs 750 crore) under its USD 10 billion global medium term note programme on India International Exchange Limited’s (INX) Global Securities Market Green Platform (GSM).

About SBI
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman– Rajnish Kumar

Centre has decreased small savings schemes interest rates for Q1FY20-21; PPF int. rate lowered since 43 years to 7.1%


Public Provident Fund 7.1 from 7.9

KisanVikas Patra 6.9 from 7.6

SukanyaSamriddhiYojana 7.6 from 8.4


RBI increases WMA limit to Rs 1.2 lakh crore for the first half of FY21


Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in consultation with the Government of India (GoI), has hiked the limit of Ways and Means Advances (WMA) for the centre to Rs 1.2 lakh crore for the first half of the financial year 2020-21(FY21), up from Rs 75,000 crore in the first half of FY20 Click here to read more

RBI has revised norms for appointment & reappointment of MD & CEO

Reserve of Bank (RBI) has notified regarding the revision of norms for appointment and reappointment of Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of private sector & foreign banks.



  • Proposal of re-appointment should be submitted 6 months in advance from 4 months earlier.
  • Proposal for appointment of new MD & CEO or CEO should consist of a panel of at least 2 names in the order of preference(earlier was 3 names) & the proposal have to be submitted at least 4 months before the expiry of the term of present incumbent office. Click here to read more

World Banks offers USD 1 billion for proposed COVID-19 Indian project


The World Bank has offered USD 1 billion to India for the proposed a 4  year COVID-19 emergency response & health systems preparedness project which aims to develop the preparedness of India’s health care systems in the time of the pandemic & also to respond and mitigate the pandemic.

FPI limit in corporate bonds enhanced to 15% from 9% for FY21; FAR initiated for investment in G-Secs by non-residents

foreign portfolio investment (FPI) 



ICICI Bank launches banking services on WhatsApp


the ICICI Bank has launched Whatsapp banking to assist its customers in meeting the banking needs from homes during the lockdown.

About ICICI bank
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Sandeep Bakhshi

In a 1st, BhartPe partners with ICICI lombard to launch ‘COVID-19 protection insurance cover’ for shopkeepers

 to introduce ‘COVID-19 Protection Insurance Cover’ for shopkeepers, who are most affected financially due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

About BharatPe:Headquarters– New Delhi
CEO & Co-founder– Ashneer Grover
About ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Ltd:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD– Bhargav Dasgupta

ADB grants $60 million to Aavas financiers to improve women’s access to housing in India

About Aavas Financiers Ltd:Headquarters– Jaipur, Rajasthan
Managing Director and CEO– Sushil Kumar Agarwal
About Asian Development Bank (ADB):Headquarters– Mandaluyong, Philippines
President– Masatsugu Asakawa

NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Tamil Nadu topped in micro-irrigation coverage under PMKSY for FY 2019-20


Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY)




Central government constitutes 10-member group headed by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh kant to fight corona


About NITI Aayog:Headquarters– New Delhi.
Chairperson– Narendra Modi.
Vice Chairperson– Rajiv Kumar.

Sanjay Dhotre launched “Hack the Crisis – India”online Hackathon to find working solutions to beat COVID-19

 a 48 hours online hackathon namely “Hack the Crisis – India” was launched by the Minister of State (Mos) Electronics & Information Technology, Communications and Human Resource Development Sanjay Dhotreto solve the problems arised due to COVID-19 crisis.Its key focus is to develop Non-Medical Solutions to deal with the aftermath of Coronavirus (Covid-19).



Civil services associations form an initiative called ‘Caruna’ to fight COVID-19

Home minister Amit shah approves Rs 11,092 crore for all states to deal with coronavirus

The Union Minister for Home Affairs, Shri Amit Shah has approved the release of Rs 11,092 crores to all States under the State Disaster Risk Management Fund (SDRMF) for 2020-21.


COVID-19: NHA partnered with Uber India to provide transport services to frontline healthcare workers

National Health Authority (NHA) partnered with Uber India to provide 24/7 free UberMedic transport services to India’s frontline healthcare workers and hospitals engaged in the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

About Uber Technologies:
Headquarters– San Francisco, US (United States).
CEO (Chief Executive Officer)– Dara Khosrowshahi.


IAF transports 6.2 tons of essential medicines to Maldives under ‘Operation Sanjeevani’

About Indian Air Force (IAF):Headquarters– New Delhi
Chief of the Air Staff (CAS)– Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria,
About Maldives:Capital– Malé
Currency– Maldivian rufiyaa
President– Ibrahim Mohamed Solih


1st time Blue chip VC firms & startup CEOs to set up ‘Action Covid-19 Team’ Grants

Founders of leading startups, independent advisors, investors, supporters & blue-chip venture capital firms jointly set up a Rs 100 crore  ‘Action Covid-19 Team’ (ACT) Grants a first-of-its-kind initiative globally aims to seed over 50 initiatives to support companies who work on products & services to combat COVID-19 pandemic.

Agriculture Ministry launched 3 new features of e-NAM platform to prevent crowding in mandis



Newly launched software modules in e-NAM software are:
  • Negotiable Warehouse Receipt (e-NWRs) module
  • Farmer Producer Organisation (FPO) trading module
  • Logistic Module

Coronavirus outbreak: Kerala based SCTIMST joins hands with Wipro 3D to make automated ventilators

 In view of increasing coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in India, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), an institute of National Importance of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) based in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, has partnered with ‘Wipro 3D’ to build a portable and lightweight emergency ventilator system based on Artificial Manual Breathing Unit (AMBU) to assist the breathing of the critical patients who have no access to ICU (Intensive care unit)ventilators.

About Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST):Director– Asha Kishore
About Wipro 3D:Headquarters– Bengaluru, Karnataka


NCC volunteer cadets to fight COVID-19 under ‘Exercise NCC Yogdan’

Headquarters– New Delhi, India
Director General– Lieutenant general(Lt Gen) Rajeev Chopra

Lifeline Udan flights launched by MoCA transported 37.63 tonnes of medical cargo across India in 6 days

Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA)

About MoCA:
Union Minister– Hardeep Singh Puri
Secretary– Pradeep Singh Kharola



Donations for PM-CARES Fund granted 100% tax exemption under section 80G IT Act, 1961


Govt extends implementation of uniform stamp duty for capital market instruments to July 1, 2020 from 1 April 2020




ICCR: “United Against Corona- Express through Art”


ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) launched a competition titled “United Against Corona- Express through Art”, the art in the time of Corona. The aim of the competition is to unite the citizens across the world. The competition was announced by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and this soft-power initiative is being organized by ICCR.

About ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations):
Headquarters– New Delhi.
Founder– Maulana Abul kalam Azad.
President– Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe.

Jitendra Singh launched DARPG’s National Monitoring Dashboard for COVID- 19 Grievances

Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, launched DARPG’s [ Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances] National Monitoring Dashboard on COVID- 19 grievances.


Government notifies regulation of 24 medical devices 

the government has regulated 24 classes of medical devices notified under Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Drugs & Cosmetics Rules, 1945.

Govt extended upto Rs 3 lakh crop loan interest benefits to farmers till May 31


the government has extended the benefit of 2% interest subvention (IS) to banks and 3% prompt repaymentincentive (PRI) to all farmers up to May 31, 2020 for all crop loans up to 3 lakh which have become due or are becoming due between March 1 and May 31, 2020. The decision has been taken due to the national lockdown situation to prevent Covid-19 infection.

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Fitch declined India growth forecast to 2% for FY21 from 5.1%


This would be the slowest growth in India over the past 30 years.

Global economy may shrink by almost 1% in 2020: UN-DESA


the United Nations (UN) Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) World Economic Forecasting Model estimates that the global economy could shrink by 1% in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic from an earlier forecast of 2.5%.


India’s fiscal deficit likely to reach 6.2 % of GDP in 2020-21: Fitch solutions

About Fitch Solutions, Inc:Parent organization– Fitch Ratings
Headquarters– New York, United States (US)
Founder– John Knowles Fitch

India’s 8 core industries growth registers 11-month high of 5.5% in February 2020

According to the ‘Index of Eight Core Industries (Base: 2011-12=100) ‘ released by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, India’s 8 core industries grew 11 months high by 5.5 % to 132.9 in February 2020 as compared to the index of February 2019 with 125.9 due to increased production of coal, refinery products and electricity.


About Ministry of Commerce & Industry:Headquarters– New Delhi
Union Minister– Piyush Goyal

S&P lowers India’s growth forecast for FY21 to 3.5% from 5.2% 

About S&P:
Headquarters– New York, United States
President and Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Douglas L. Peterson

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS

Government extends tenure of NCLT acting President for another 3 months


The government extended the tenure of National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) acting President Bethala Shanta Vijaya (B.S.V.) Prakash Kumar for another 3 months (with effect from 5th April, 2020) or till the joining of new President,  whichever is earlier.




Trishikhar ventures acquisition of 18.95 % stake in Religare health insurance gets CCI nod


Competition Commission of India (CCI), a non-departmental public body responsible for investigating mergers, has approved the acquisition of 18.951 % equity stake in Religare Health Insurance Company Limited (RHICL) by Trishikhar Ventures LLP under the green channel route.

About Trishikhar Ventures LLP:Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
It is a part of Kedaara Group, which invests in a variety of companies through acquisitions and corporate restructurings.
About Religare Health Insurance Company Limited:
Headquarters– New Delhi


Lakshminarayanan appointed as MD of Sundaram Home Finance

About Sundaram Finance Limited:
Chairman– T. T. Srinivasaraghavan.
Headquarters– Chennai,Tamil Nadu (TN).


AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS  

Naveen Patnaik conferred PETA’s “Hero to Animals Award”for feeding community animals

Indian NGO ARMMAN among 4 winners to clinch Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship 2020


ARMMAN, an India-based non-profit organization (NPO), has been awarded the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship 2020 in recognition of its exceptional work in the maternal and child health space in India, along with 4 other awardees. ARMMAN is the only organization from Asia and Africa, selected from 700 organizations.

Chittaranjan locomotive works of Indian Railways creates world record of making 431 locomotives for FY 20


Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW), the manufacturing unit of Indian Railways based in Asansol, West Bengal (WB), has set the Limca Book of Records for producing record 431 locomotives in the financial year 2019-2020 (FY20) in 292 working days. 

About Indian Railways:Headquarters– New Delhi
Union Minister– Piyush Goyal


ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS 

CCI approves Joint Venture between Adani Green Energy Limited and Total S.A

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the formation of Joint Venture (JV) between Adani Green Energy Limited and Total S.A. for solar power generation in India.



About CCI:
Headquarters– New delhi, India
Chairman– Ashok Chawla
About Total S.A.:
Headquarters– Paris, France
Chairman & Chief Executing Officer (CEO)– Patrick Pouyanné
About Adani Green Energy Limited:
Headquarters– Ahmedabad
CEO– Jayant Parimal

Hindustan Unilever completes its merger with GSKCH India

Glaxo SmithKline Consumer Healthcare Limited (GSKCH India) 



About Hindustan Unilever (HUL):Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman and Managing Director– Sanjiv Mehta
About GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Limited (GSKCH India):Headquarters– Gurgaon, Haryana

IAG sold its 26% stake in SBI General Insurance for $310 mn

Insurance Australia General (IAG) 

About SBI General Insurance
It was a joint venture between SBI and Insurance Australia Group where SBI owns 70% stake.
Establishment– 2010
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman– Rajnish Kumar
Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– PushanMahapatra



HDFC Trustee company acquires 5.45% stake in SpiceJet

HDFC Trustee Company Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited (HDFC), has acquired 3.4 crore shares or 5.45% stake in Indian low-cost airline SpiceJet.

About HDFC Trustee Company Limited:Headquarters– Mumbai,Maharashtra
It is an arm of HDFC Mutual Fund.
About SpiceJet:Headquarters– Gurugram, Haryana
Chairman & Managing Director– Mr Ajay Singh

SPORTS

American Basketball player Kobe Bryant inducted into Naismith Hall of Fame

American Basketball player & 5 time NBA champion Kobe Bryan will be posthumously inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame




IWF bans Thailand & Malaysia from weightlifting at Tokyo Olympics


The Independent Member Federation Sanctions Panel (IMFSP) of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has banned Thailand and Malaysia from participating in weightlifting events at the Tokyo Olympics due to multiple doping offences.

About IWF:
Headquarters– Budapest, Hungary
President– Tamas AJAN



Former Australian Test spinner Stephen O’Keefe retires from 1st class cricket






East Bengal contracts Indian-origin Iranian footballer Omid Singh


East Bengal F.C (Football Club ),a professional football Club based in Kolkata, West Bengal (WB), has signed Iran’s Indian-origin footballer Omid Singh (29) for a 2-year deal.




China’s High Jumper Zhang Guowei retires at 28


2022 Asian Games mascot“smart triplets” unveiled at digital ceremony in Hangzhou, China

The official mascots of the 19th Asian Games, to be from 10 to 25 September 2022, were unveiled at a 20 minutes digital launch ceremony in Hangzhou, China. The ceremony was conducted online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There are three mascots namely CongcongLianlian and Chenchen, which represents the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage sites of Hangzhou in eastern China.



About 2022 Asian Games:
It should be noted that these will be the third Asian Games to be hosted by China following Beijing 1990 and Guangzhou 2010.
Motto– Heart to Heart, @Future
Location– Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

Asian Youth Games to be held in China from November 20 to 28, 2021


The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) announced the 3rd edition of Asian Youth Games, which will be hosted in the coastal city of Shantou in Southern China from November 20 to 28, 2021.


Wimbledon Tennis Tournament cancelled for the first time since World War II due to COVID- 19



SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Indian Railways’ RCF unit developed low-cost ventilator ‘Jeevan’ to fight COVID-19

The Indian Railways has developed a low-cost ventilator ‘Jeevan’ at its premier coach production unit,Rail Coach Factory (RCF), Kapurthala in Punjab.The cost of “Jeevan”is around Rs 10,000 without the compressor and it will not rise over Rs 30,000 even after adding a few more indicators.The ventilator is now awaiting the final clearance from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

About RCF:
Establishment– 1986
General manager– Ravinder Gupta



Start-up Aerobiosys Innovations at IIT-Hyderabad develops low-cost ventilator called ‘Jeevan Lite’


About Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Hyderabad):Headquarters– Hyderabad,Telangana
Director– Budaraju Srinivasa Murty
About Aerobiosys:Headquarters– Sangareddy, Telangana
Co-founders– Rajesh Thangavel and Cyril Antony




NASA’s Artemis: First human base camp on Moon’s South Pole by 2024


National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) unveiled its plan to setup ‘Artemis’, the first human base camp on Moon’s South Pole by 2024 through a 13-page report titled “NASA’s Plan for Sustained Lunar Exploration and Development”. The report was submitted to the National Space Council, an advisory group to United States (US) President Donald Trump, presided over by Vice President Mike Pence.

About NASA:
Establishment– 1958,
Headquarter– Washington, D.C., United States
Administrator– James Frederick Bridenstine

Union HRD Minister launches MHRD AICTE COVID-19 for students

Union Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD) Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launched a unique MHRD All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) COVID-19 Student Helpline Portal to  address the difficulties faced by students due to closure of colleges & hostels since March 25 because of the  national lockdown.



PIB sets up COVID-19 fact check unit, started daily bulletin

COVID-19 Fact Check Unit (FCU) has been constituted in the Press Information Bureau (PIB) under the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting to prevent dissemination of fake facts and news related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The unit is headed by the PIB Director General (DG), Nitin Wakankar.



Pune based company develops technology- “Scitech Airon negative ion generator” 

Jclean weather Technology private limited, company of Science & Technology (Scitech) Park, Pune has developed a technology- “Scitech Airon negative ion generator” to control viral, bacterial and fungal infections in closed environments can clean the air & disinfect areas caused by COVID-19 positive cases & suspects.


Bione launches India’s 1st home screening test kit for COVID-19

Bengaluru based startup Bione, a genetic and microbiome testing firm has launched India’s 1st home screening test kit for COVID-19 & is approved by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

About ICMR:
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
Director General– Balram Bhargava


Coronavirus: IIT Roorkee in association with AIIMS-Rishikesh prepares low-cost portable ventilator ‘Prana-vayu’

IIT (Indian Institute of Technology)- Roorkee, Uttarakhand in collaboration with AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Science) Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, has developed a low-cost portable ventilator called ‘Prana-vayu’ costing just Rs.25,000.
The commercial product will be around 1.5 feet by 1.5 feet for better portability.

IISc Bengaluru develops indigenous ventilator prototype: COVID-19 crisis




DRDO develops bio suit with seam sealing glue to keep health professionals fighting COVID-19 safe

Geo-fencing app to locate quarantine violators

The government has tested an application named, Geo-fencing app to trigger emails and SMS alerts to an authorised government agency, if a person has jumped quarantine or has escaped from isolation, based on the person’s mobile phone’s cell tower location.

Government launches its 1st comprehensive COVID-19 tracking app called Aarogya Setu

About Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology:Headquarters– New Delhi
Union minister– Ravi Shankar Prasad

NASA to launch new mission ‘SunRISE’ to study the Giant Solar Particle Storms



Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment (SunRISE)

Ministry of Tourism launched ‘Stranded in India’ portal to help foreign tourists stuck in India





Pune Woman behind First Indian made testing tool “Pathodetect Covid-19 Kit”

Virologist Minal Dakhave Bhosale from Pune had headed the designing team for the coronavirus testing kit called ‘Mylab PathoDetect COVID-19 Qualitative PCR kit’.She is the research and development chief of Mylab Discovery Solutions in Pune, the first Indian company have received full approval to make and sell Covid-19 testing kits.




Government of India launches coronavirus tracking app Corona Kavach

The app was jointly developed by the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) & the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).

The app uses a person’s location to assess whether they are in the high risk geographical zone or not and the app is available on the Google Play Store.


INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS


World will go into recession except India and China due to COVID-19, USD 2.5 trillion rescue package needed: UNCTAD


United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Click here to read more




Poverty to increase by 11 mn in East Asia and Pacific due to COVID-19:World Bank April 2020 Update

World Bank in its April 2020 Economic Update for East Asia and Pacific (EAP) titled “East Asia and Pacific in the Time of COVID-19” has stated that if the economic situation become worsen further due to COVID-19 consequences then the poverty is estimated to increase by about 11 million people in the EAP region. Click here to read more



OBITUARY

Libya’s former PM Mahmoud Jibril passed away at 67

About Libya:
Capital– Tripoli.
Currency– Libyan dinar.



Malayalam Music composer M.K. Arjunan passed away at 84


American singer & 3 time Grammy awardee Bill Withers passed away at 81


Emmy award-winning musician Adam Schlesinger passed away at 52





Prominent virologist Gita Ramjee passes away


Tony Lewis of ‘DLS method’ cricket fame passed away at 78

Tony Lewis, one of the men behind the Duckworth- Lewis- Stern (DLS) method, the mathematical formula used in weather-affected limited-overs cricket matches, passed away at the age of 78. 

Padma Shri awardee and Former ‘Hazoori Raagi’ Bhai Nirmal Singh passed away at 62


Nobel laureate Phillip Anderson passed away at 96


Philip Warren Anderson, a Nobel Prize- winning physicist who expanded the world’s understanding of magnetism, superconductivity and the structure of matter, passed away at the age of 96 in Princeton, New Jersey, US (United States). 

Legendary historian Arjun Dev passes away at 81



BOOKS & AUTHORS

Two new books providing better understanding of COVID-19 will release in May 2020

Shokoofeh Azar authored a book titled- The Enlightenment of The Greengage Tree




The book titled- ‘Backstage: The Story Behind India’s High Growth Years’ authored by Padma Vibhushan Montek Singh Ahluwalia



Satyarth Nayak authored a book- ‘Sridevi: The Eternal Screen Goddess’


IMPORTANT DAYS

National Maritime Day 2020: April 5


The theme for WMD selected by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the year 2020 is, “Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet”.





International Day of Conscience 2020: April 5




International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2020: April 6


International Transgender Day of Visibility: March 31





International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action 2020: April 4




Army Medical Corps celebrates its 256th Raising Day: April 3, 2020

The 256th Raising Day was held with the motto “Sarve Santu Niramaya”, meaning “ Let all humans be free from disease and disability”.


World Autism Awareness Day 2020: April 2

Theme for the year 2020:  “The Transition to Adulthood”.

STATE NEWS

Odisha Govt in collaboration with UNICEF launches “Mo Prativa” programme to engage kids during lockdown

About Odisha:Capital– Bhubaneswar
Chief Minister– Naveen Patnaik
Governor– Ganeshi Lal
About UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund):
Headquarters– New York, United States
Executive Director– Henrietta H. Fore




World Bank approves $1 billion emergency funds for India: COVID-19

The World bank has approved total aid of USD 1.9 billion for 25 countries to tackle COVID- 19 pandemic. The largest amount of assistance was USD 1 billion for India followed by USD 200 million for Pakistan, USD 129 million for Sri Lanka, USD 100 million for Afghanistan and USD 83 million for Ethiopia.

Andhra Pradesh to purchase ‘Portable Multi-feed Oxygen Manifold’

Andhra Pradesh (AP) government has proposed to buy a novel contraption, ‘Portable Multi-feed Oxygen Manifold (MOM)’ to address the need for oxygen supply to coronavirus patients. It is developed by Personnel of the Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam (NDV).

About AP:
Capital– Visakhapatnam- executive capital, Kurnool- judicial capital, Amaravati- legislative capital
Chief Minister– Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy
Governor– Biswa Bhusan Harichandan



25 lakh poor in Andhra Pradesh to get house sites under Navaratnalu- Pedalandariki Illu programme



India, China mark 70 years of diplomatic relations


COVID 19: Jharkhand Government launched PRAGYAAM app to issue e-passes for essential deliveries




About Jharkhand:
Capital– Ranchi.
Chief Minister– Hemant Soren.
Governor– Draupadi Murmu.

Nagaland CM launched Self Declaration COVID-19 App

Nagaland CM (Chief Minister) Neiphiu Rio launched the Self Declaration COVID-19 application at Kohima, Nagaland. The app is crucial for tracking and surveillance of high-risk cases.

About Nagaland:
Capital– Kohima.
Governor– Ravindra Narayana Ravi.

PM Modi holds first ever video conference with 130 heads of Indian missions



Princess Maria Teresa of Spain becomes 1st royal to pass away from COVID-19