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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Nationwide lockdown extended till May 3, 2020 to contain COVID-19 spreadPM announces extension of lockdown

On April 14, 2020, Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Damodardas Modi extended the nationwide lockdown till May 3, 2020, to halt COVID-19 spread. He made 7 points appeal (Saptapadi) to the citizens of India as a preventive measure from COVID-19 disease. These are:
i.Extra care of senior citizens as they are prone to COVID-19 infection due to weak immunity.
ii.Follow the protocols of lockdown and social distancing.
iii.Adopt guidelines issued by the Ayush Ministry to boost immunity.
iv.Download the Aarogya Setu App launched by the central government to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
v.Help the poor within means and fulfil their basic needs such as food.
vi.Businessmen and companies should not terminate their employees.
vii.To respect ‘corona warriors’, i.e. doctors, nurses, sweepers and police officers on ground.
As of April 14, the total number of coronavirus cases in India stands at 10,363. Out of these, 8,988 are active cases, 339 people have died due to novel coronavirus, 1,035 people have been cured or discharged and 1 patient has migrated.

Fit India and CBSE organizing first-ever live fitness sessions for school students amid lockdownFit India and CBSE organise first-ever live fitness sessions

Fit India in collaboration with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is organizing a first-of-a-kind live fitness session under its Fit India Active Day programme for school children across the country from 15th April 2020 at 9:30 am. The decision has been taken due to the nation-wide lockdown till May 3, 2020, to counter COVID-19 which has restricted the activities of children.

  • These online sessions will enable children to practice fitness even at home in order to remain healthy.
  • The guidelines of the Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurvedic, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) to stay healthy and to build immunity will also be shared with students during this programme.

Key Points:
-Students can access these live sessions by distinguished fitness experts, emotional wellness experts, and yoga professionals on the Facebook and Instagram handles of Fit India Movement and CBSE. All the sessions will also be available on YouTube.Live streaming would also be available on GOQii and Shilpa Shetty App.
About Fit India Movement:
Launched on 29 Aug 2019 by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi its aim is to make physical fitness as part of lifestyle by teaching and practicing the art of taking care of one’s body and health daily. In this regard, Fit India Mission mandated schools to organize a Fit India School Week in the month of November/December to attain a Fit India School Certification. Already 13868 CBSE schools have been part of several Fit India programmes in the past and 11682 CBSE schools have already got the Fit India flag.

Uttar Pradesh became first state to initiate Pool Testing of COVID-19

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has given its approval for pool testing to Uttar Pradesh (UP), making latter the first state to do so. The decision has been taken to maximize the sample testing on a daily basis as the cases of COVID-19 positive patients are increasing in the state. As of April 13, 2020, the tally for coronavirus positive cases in the state is 558.
What is pool testing?
If 10 samples are mixed and tested for COVID-19 and if they test negative, then it will indicate that all samples are negative. But if the test is not negative, then individual testing will be done. This will increase the testing capacity at a time as well as accelerate the process using RTPCR ( Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction).
Initiatives by UP govt to tackle COVID-19 impact:
-Commencement of telephonic consultation facility through which people can call on toll free number 18001805145 and can consult with the doctors.
-The committee led by Deputy Chief Minister (CM) Keshav Prasad Maurya is ensuring social distancing protocol in construction-related work while another committee headed by Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma is taking care of the syllabus for online education in the state.
-Life insurance worth Rs 50 lakh has been provided to health workers, police personnel and home guards.
-More than 3.54 crore families of the state have been given free ration in the first phase of the curfew.

External affairs ministry announced COVID-19 training program for healthcare professionals from SAARC countries

On April 14, 2020, The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has announced a training program on COVID-19 from April 17 for healthcare professionals from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries, it will be carried out by the Central Government’s  Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme.
Key Points
i.It is to take forward the Prime Minister’s (PM) ‘Prepare Not Panic’ for ‘SAARC fights Corona’.
ii.PM Narendra Modi has suggested that the health professionals of the member nations come together to fight the coronavirus pandemic at the India-initiated video conference of SAARC leaders on March 15.
iii.India has proposed to set up a common electronic for all the member nations so as to share expertise & best practice to jointly combat the spread of the COVID-19.
About MEA:
Union Minister– Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
Minister of State (MoS)– V. Muraleedharan

Jim Corbett National Park of U’khand becomes India’s 1st quarantine centre for animals

On April 14, 2020, Jim Corbett National Park , the India’s oldest forested wildlife sanctuary located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand, has become the India’s 1st quarantine centre for animals with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Key Points:
i.At least 10 quarantine centers are being set up within the complex to handle the corona virus prey animals & Cameras will be installed in the park to monitor the cold and cough symptoms of animals.
ii.Background: After humans, the threat of COVID-19 is now hovering over wildlife. The NTCA (National Tiger Conservation Authority) has alerted the officials of country’s sanctuaries, forests and zoos after the Coronavirus infection was detected in the Malayan tiger ‘Nadia’ in the Bronx zoo of US (United States).
About Jim Corbett:
Named after tiger hunter turned conservationist Jim Corbett, this national park is one of the famous tiger destinations in India.
It has rich biodiversity including around 110 tree species, 50 species of mammals, 580 bird species. The park covers more than 1288 sq km over 3 districts of Uttarakhand, Pauri Garhwal, Nainital, and Almora.

BANKING & FINANCE

BSNL in partnership with SBI launches Bharat InstaPay a UPI-based payment platform

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) in partnership with the State Bank of India (SBI) has launched a Unified Payments Interface (UPI) based payment platform, Bharat InstaPay to enable all types of channel partners of BSNL to digitize their payment transactions on a round the clock basis/ real- time basis.
Key Points:
i.In particular it will help the prepaid sellers to buy the services immediately for sale.
ii.It will improve BSNL’s credibility towards partners, & will  help in growth of partners’ business at a faster pace.
iii.1 time online verification process is introduced, which is to be done by the partners themselves by visiting the portal.
About BSNL:
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
Chairman & Managing Director– Pravin Kumar Purwar
About SBI:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman– Rajnish Kumar

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

IMF cuts India GDP growth to 1.9%, projects while Barclays forecasted it to 0%IMF cuts India GDP growth to 1

International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its “World Economic Outlook, April 2020” has decreased India’s GDP (Gross Domestic Products) growth rate to 1.9% projection from 5.8 % for fiscal year 2020-21 starting April 1, 2020. It has also predicted that in FY 21-22 the Indian economy will recover strongly with a growth projection of 7.4%. This current projected GDP growth rate at 1.9% for 2020-21 is 3.9% lower than the January outlook and 5.1% lower than the projection made in 2019.

  • On the global front, the economy is projected to contract by –3% in FY 20-21 while it will grow by 5.8% in 2021 as economic activity normalizes due to the containment of COVID-19.
  • The ‘Great Lockdown’ to combat the covid-19 outbreak has marked the worst recession in world economy since the Great Depression in the 1930s.

Projections by other Organizations:
-Investment bank Barclays Predicted India’s growth to 0% for calendar year 2020 from its earlier projection of 2.5%.
-Rating agency ICRA Ltd projected the Indian economic growth at anywhere between -1% and 1% in FY 20-21.

Telangana CM recommended the implementation of “Helicopter Money”helicopter money

While formulating strategies to curb the adverse impact of COVID-19, a term “helicopter money” landed on the internet surface. This term has been used by Telangana Chief Minister (CM) Kalvakuntla Chandrashekhar Rao during a video-conference with Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi.

  • In order to deal with the financial crisis powered by COVID-19, the Telangana CM has recommended that RBI should implement ‘helicopter money’ by way of quantitative easing (QE) policy. QE is followed all over the world, is the only way to deal with the situation.
  • He also suggested releasing 5% funds from Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to improve money circulation in the system and boost the economy….Click here to Read More

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS       

Algerian Novelist Abdelouahab Aissaoui wins 13th International Arab fiction prize 2020author Abdelouahab Aissaoui wins International Prize for Arabic Fiction

On April 14, 2020  1st Algerian Novelist, Abdelouahab Aissaoui, to win the 13th International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) 2020 for his novel ‘The Spartan Court’ published by Dar Min in 2018 & will receive USD 50,000 and funding will be provided for the English translation. It is shortlisted from 6 novels, where the other 5 authors will each receive USD 10,000.
Essence of the book
It is a historical novel that relates the power struggle between Ottoman and French colonial powers in Algeria where it interconnects the lives of 5 characters in Algiers at the beginning of the 19th century (1815 to 1833).
Gist about the author
i.His debut novel (2012) ‘Jacob’s Cinema’, became in the novel category of the President of the Republic Prize,  2nd novel(2015), ‘Mountain of Death’ won Assia Djebar Priz.
ii.The 3rd novel(2017), ‘Circles and Doors’ won the Kuwaiti Suad al-Sabah Novel Prize (2017) & in 2017 won Katara Novel Prize in the unpublished novel category, for Testament of the Deeds of the Forgotten Ones.
About the Prize:
It is the most prestigious and important literary prize in the Arab world, it aims to reward excellence in contemporary Arabic creative writing and to encourage the readership of high-quality Arabic literature internationally by translation & publication of winning and shortlisted novels in other major languages.
The Prize is run with the support of The Booker Prize Foundation in London and is funded by the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi (DCT).

Tata Power wins Edison Award 2020 for social innovation

Tata Power company limited’s ‘Club Enerji #Switchoff2SwitchOn’ campaign, which is India’s 1st, energy & resource conservation club has won silver in the Edison Award 2020 under Social innovation’s subcategory, social energy solution. The company’s ‘Club Enerji’ is a 12-year old sustainability initiative which targets school children.
Gist about the Campaign
i.It is a 360 degree campaign that has children as brand ambassadors to educate & engage the community to reduce carbon footprint & build a sustainable future. It has brought about 533 participating schools across India, saving over 29.8 million units of power since its inception in 2007.
ii.It is a call to action campaign, hosted on green community & is amplified through  Digital, Below-the-line marketing, Public relations(PR), Internal Platforms and on-ground activities.’
iii.It holds several Contests, plastic cleanliness drives, educational Audio Visuals (AVs) and creatives to switch off irresponsible consumption and switch on smart practices leading to savings.
About Edison Awards:
It is to honor the excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design and innovation. The award winners represent game-changing products and services, excellence and leadership in innovation around four criteria: Concept, Value, Delivery, and Impact. It is established in 1987 in the memory of  Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931).

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS        

Andhra Bank, Syndicate Bank chiefs appointed as OSDs in Union Bank of India and Canara BankSyndicate Bank, Andhra Bank chiefs appointed as OSDs

On April 13, 2020, Andhra Bank Managing Director (MD) J Packirisamy and Syndicate Bank Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mrutyunjay Mahapatra were appointed as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Union Bank of India (UBI) and the Canara Bank respectively.
Key Points:
i.The appointments come after some of the public sector banks were merged by the government with effect from April 2020.
ii.Packirisamy has been appointed as OSD on supernumerary basis in the Union Bank of India, with effect from April 1, 2020 or the date of assumption of office till the age of his retirement in February 2021.
iii.Mahapatra has been appointed as an OSD in Canara Bank from April 1, 2020 till the age of his retirement.
iv.Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank have merged with Union Bank of India whereas Syndicate Bank merged with Canara Bank from April 1, 2020.
About Union Bank of India:
Headquarters– Mumbai.
MD & CEO– G Rajkiran Rai.
Tagline– Good People to Bank With.
About Canara Bank:
Headquarters– Bengaluru, Karnataka.
MD & CEO– Lingam Venkat Prabhakar.
Tagline– Together We Can.

MS Dhoni appointed as the brand ambassador of PokerStars India

PokerStars India has appointed former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as its new brand ambassador. Prior to MS Dhoni’s appointment popular Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui was the brand ambassador of the company.
Key Points:
i.Muskan Sethi and Sharad Rao are the other brand ambassadors of PokerStars India, while Aditya Agarwal quit the brand in December 2019.
ii.PokerStars India’s motive to bring MS Dhoni on board is aimed at increasing its market share in the industry as the cricketer has a fan following among millions of Indians.
iii.Currently, the brand is at rank four for player traffic among poker sites.

About PokerStars:
PokerStars is an online poker cardroom owned by The Stars Group. It can be accessed through downloadable poker clients for the Windows, macOS (Macintosh Operating System), Android and iOS(iPhone Operating System). It is the largest real money online poker site in the world, controlling over two-thirds of the total online poker market.
Headquarters– Isle of Man.

ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS        

Novelis Inc. of Hindalco acquired US’s Aleris for $2.8 billion deal

The Aditya Birla group’s Hindalco Industries Ltd. has acquired Aleris Corporation through its wholly owned subsidiary Novelis Inc. for an enterprise value of $2.8 billion (Rs 21,295 crores). Hindalco is now one of the world’s largest aluminium makers.

  • This acquisition took place after 2 years of signing the deal. It’s deadline was January 2020 but was delayed due to regulatory hurdles.
  • Novelis will acquire Aleris’ 13 plants across North America, Europe and Asia.

Aleris Corp was Ohio, United States (US)-based aluminium rolled products maker and has long-term supply contracts with aircraft makers Boeing, Airbus and Bombardier. The acquisition will also give Hindalco access to the aluminium supply market for the building and construction segments.
About Hindalco:
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Managing Director (MD)– Satish Pai
About Novelis Inc.
Headquarters– Atlanta, Georgia, United States
President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Steve Fisher
Parent Company– Hindalco Industries

GP Global acquires lubricants assets of Nigeria’s Grand Petroleum 

On April 15, 2020, Gulf Petrochem (GP) Global, a leading energy-to-agriculture conglomerate, announced the acquisition of the lubricants assets of Grand Petroleum in Nigeria, to expand and strengthen its presence in the African nation and western part of the continent.
Key Points:
i.Grand Petroleum is part of the Nigerian Conglomerate The Nosak Group.
ii.The acquisition includes assets such as – lubricants brand – HiSpeed and a state-of-the-art blending plant with an annual capacity of about 50,000 metric tonnes in Lagos, which includes storage tanks with a capacity of 6,000 kilolitres.
iii.The operations of the Nigerian company are certified by the Standard Organisation of Nigeria as part of the MANCAP (Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme).
iv.GP global is a leading lubricant player in the UAE and India, where it has high-end manufacturing units in the industrial and automotive lubricants sector.
v.The company has recently announced the setting up of a new blending plant in India and aims to process 500 million litres of lubricants across India, the Middle East and West Africa in the year 2020.
About Gulf Petrochem:
Gulf Petrochem Group is a company operating in the downstream and midstream sectors of the oil and energy industry. It has 6 divisions in Oil Trading and Bunkering, Oil Refining, Grease Manufacturing, Oil Terminals, Bitumen Manufacturing and Shipping & Logistics.
Director– Ayush Goel.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

DRDO develops COVSACK for COVID-19 sample collectionCOVID-19 sample collection booth

On April 14, 2020 The Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), under  Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in consultation with the doctors of Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), Hyderabad, has developed  COVID Sample Collection Kiosk (COVSACK) for healthcare workers to safely collect COVID-19 samples from suspected patients.
Key Points
i.The patient under test walks into the kiosk and a nasal or oral swab is taken by a healthcare professional from outside through the built-in gloves, the shielding screen protects them from aerosols/droplet transfer which minimises the requirements of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) change by health care workers.
ii.After the patient leaves the kiosk, the 4-end sprayers fitted in the cabin disinfect the empty room by spraying the disinfectant mist for 70 seconds & then it is flushed by water and Ultra Violet (UV) light disinfection.
iii.In less than 2 minutes, the system is ready for the next use, voice command can be given by a 2 way communication system integrated with the COVSACK & is possible to configure COVSACK to be used either from inside or outside as required by the medical professionals.
iv.The COVSACK costs nearly Rs 1 lakh. DRDO has designed and developed 2 units, after successful testing & has delivered to ESIC Hospital in Hyderabad.
About DRDL:
Headquarters– Hyderabad
Director– Dasharath Ram
About ESIC:
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
Director General– Anuradha Prasad, Indian Defence Accounts Services (I.D.A.S)

Pharma majors Sanofi & GlaxoSmithKline joined hands to prepare vaccine for coronavirus

On April 15, 2020, GlaxoSmithKline plc, a British multinational pharmaceutical company, has tied-up with France’s Pharmaceutical company Sanofi S.A., to develop the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine to deal with the current epidemic.
Key Points:
i.Both companies plan to conduct the first phase clinical trials in the second half of 2020. If it succeeds, it is planned to complete its development by the second half of 2021 for availability based on regulatory approval.
ii.Under the partnership, Sanofi will deliver the S-protein COVID-19 antigen, based on ‘Recombinant DNA’ technology. Based on this technology, Sanofi designed the product Recombinant Influenza in the US. At the same time, GSK of London will provide adjuvants (additives that boost the immune response and can reduce the amount of vaccine protein required per dose).
About Sanofi S.A:
Headquarters
– Paris, France
Chief executive– Paul Hudson
About GlaxoSmithKline plc:
Headquarters
– Brentford, United Kingdom
Chief executive Officer – Emma Walmsley

Researchers at NIT-Karnataka develops cost-effective disinfectant chamber called ‘ZERO-COV’

On April 14, 2020, In view of increasing pandemic coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, a team of researchers from National Institute of Technology-Karnataka (NIT-K) at Surathkal, has designed a disinfection chamber called ‘ZERO-COV’ to disinfect personal protective equipment (PPE) tools, surgical masks, vegetables, packaged food items, currency notes and other day-to-day items within 15 minutes.
Key Points:
i.The chamber, developed by Arun M Isloor, professor and Head of the Department of Chemistry at NIT-K, along with research scholar Syed Ibrahim, built on an old unused refrigerator and consumes 254 nanometres (nm) wavelength of C-type UV(Ultraviolet) radiation that can destruct or inactivate all surface contamination bacteria and viruses up to 99.9 %, including coronavirus.
ii.The chamber has been equipped with three UV- C lamps each consuming 11 watts of power to provide the radiation. It can be placed at the entrance of the house or office.
iii.This technology has been recommended by WHO (World Health Organization) & is being accepted by the scientific community for surface disinfection.
About National Institute of Technology-Karnataka:
Motto
– Work is worship
Chairperson– Dr. K. Balaveera Reddy

Government launches ‘CovidGyan’ a science communication initiative

Government launches a multi-institutional, multi-lingual science communication initiative, ‘CovidGyan’ on April 3 to bring together the collection of resources, which are generated by public supported research institutions in India & associated programs in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 so as to create public awareness, & to conduct a complete approach to understand the disease & ways to mitigate it.
Key Points
i.It will assist as a ‘go-to’ repository of information regarding COVID-19, & is user-friendly authentic, reliable, trustworthy and can be accessed through https://covid-gyan.in/
ii.It is designed with a number of features to provide accurate information by talks from eminent scientists in audio/podcast formats, infographics, posters, videos, Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs) and myth busters, and even links to scientific papers.
iii.The initiative is the idea of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), and Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) & several other partners have also joined including, Vigyan Prasar, India Bioscience, and the Bangalore Life Science Cluster (BLiSc), Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine (InStem), Centre for Cellular And Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), and National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS).
Another Initiative
In another novel initiative by student volunteers from InStem and NCBS have set up several internal communication channels to help groups for their campus community to address fears and anxieties over COVID-19 pandemic & the facilities include- campus email helpdesk, a campus messaging service, a phone helpline, and a peer support line.

OBITUARY

Former Pakistani first-class Cricketer Zafar Sarfraz passed away at 50 due to CoronavirusPakistani cricketer Zafar Sarfraz

On 13th April 2020, Former Pakistani first-class cricketer, Zafar Sarfaraz ,50 years, who tested positive to COVID-19 passed away in a hospital at Peshawar, Pakistan. He was born on 30th October 1969 in Peshawar, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan.
Key Points:
i.Zafar Sarfraz, middle-order batsman played 15 First Class (FC) Games for Peshawar and played 6 List A Matches for Peshawar Cricket Team between 1988 to 1992.
ii.He became the coach of the Under-19 Peshawar Cricket Team after his retirement from playing competitive cricket in 1994.
iii.He also worked in the National Bank of Pakistan.
iv.He is the first professional cricketer to die from contracting the novel coronavirus in Pakistan.
v.He was the brother of Akhtar Sarfraz who was a Pakistani cricket coach and an international cricketer and a selector of Pakistani women’s cricket team who died on 10th June 2019 due to Colon cancer.

IMPORTANT DAYS

International Day of Action for Rivers 2020: March 14International Day of Action for Rivers

International Day of Action for Rivers is observed every year on March 14 and aims to raise public awareness of destructive water development projects, health and sustainable management of the watersheds.The year 2020 marks the 22nd edition of International Day of Action for Rivers.
Theme for the year 2020: Women, Water and Climate Change.
Key Points:
i.History of the day: The International Day of Action against dams and for rivers, water
and life was adopted by the participants of the first International meeting of people affected by dams, March 1997 in Curitiba Brazil.
ii.Representatives from 20 countries decided that the International Day of Action would take place on March 14 – Brazil’s Day of Action Against Large Dams.

STATE NEWS

Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy launches ‘YSR Nirman’ online platform

Andhra Pradesh (AP) Chief Minister (CM) Jagan Mohan Reddy launches ‘YSR Nirman’ an online platform on April 6 to help various departments of the State to procure cement from suppliers for government works such as Polavaram irrigation project, housing and roads & also display availability of cement demand and supply on a real-time basis.
Key Points
i.The Government departments, district collectors, AP Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA) and other suppliers will be given access to the portal with user IDs and Passwords, the District Collector will forward the consolidated demand to APCMA and it will then allocate the suppliers based on the quantity of cement.
ii.It connects various stakeholders such as Cement Manufacturers Association, manufacturing companies and government departments.
iii.This portal will help reduce the waiting time of buyers & will also complete the project on time without any delay & increases the accountability & transparency in the process.
iv.The State held a meeting with the cement manufacturers in February & decided that all the government departments should procure cement at Rs 225 for Portland Pozzolana Cement (PPC) & Rs 235 for Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) a bag including Goods and Service Tax (GST).
v.All those supplies will be made in red bags by the cement companies, to distinguish it from private supplies and also to prevent misuse.
About AP:
Governor– Biswa Bhusan Harichandan
State Animal– Blackbuck
State Bird– Rose-ringed Parakeet
State tree– Neem

UP govt launches Annapurna, Supply Mitra portals for citizens’ food needs

Uttar Pradesh (UP) Government has launched two portals namely the Annapurna portal and the Supply Mitra portals for the convenience of the food needs for the people of the state during the COVID-19 crisis. Alok Sinha, Commissioner of Agricultural Production, UP, launched the portal.
Key Points:
i.The Annapurna portal will help people get the knowledge of food products and packets.
ii.Supply Mitra portal will provide free home delivery of etables.
About Uttar Pradesh (UP):
Capital– Lucknow.
Chief Minister– Yogi Adityanath.
Governor– Anandiben Patel.

AC GAZE

Webinar series “DekhoApnaDesh” launched: Tourism ministry

In order to reach out to people amid COVID-19 lockdown, the Ministry of Tourism  launched a webinar series called “DekhoApnaDesh”, which is  based on tourism awareness and social history. The title of the first series is ‘City of Cities – Delhi’s Personal Diary’.

Multiple short-range anti-ship missiles test fires: North Korea

As part of military exercises, North Korea has launched Multiple short-range anti-ship cruise missiles into the sea more than 150 kilometres (93 miles) off the east coast town of Munchon and Sukhoi jets fired air-to-surface missiles.

Over 6300 PM Jan Aushadhi centers: Mansukh Mandaviya

The Ministry of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Shri Mansukh Mandaviya has announced  that more than 6300 Pradhan Mantri Janaushadhi Kendra (PMJK) working across the country during COVID-19 lockdown. Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) scheme under the aegis of Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India with an objective of providing quality and affordable healthcare to anyone in need.

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1 Nationwide lockdown extended till May 3, 2020 to contain COVID-19 spread
2 Fit India and CBSE organizing first-ever live fitness sessions for school students amid lockdown
3 Uttar Pradesh became first state to initiate Pool Testing of Covid-19
4 External affairs ministry announced COVID-19 training program for healthcare professionals from SAARC countries
5 Jim Corbett National Park of U’khand becomes India’s 1st quarantine centre for animals
6 BSNL in partnership with SBI launches Bharat InstaPay a UPI-based payment platform
7 IMF cuts India GDP growth to 1.9%, projects while Barclays forecasted it to 0%
8  Telangana CM recommended the implementation of “Helicopter Money”
9  Algerian Novelist Abdelouahab Aissaoui wins 13th International Arab fiction prize 2020
10  Tata Power wins Edison Award 2020 for social innovation
11 Andhra Bank, Syndicate Bank chiefs appointed as OSDs in Union Bank of India and Canara Bank
12  MS Dhoni appointed as the brand ambassador of PokerStars India
13 Novelis Inc. of Hindalco acquired US’s Aleris for $2.8 billion deal
14 GP Global acquires lubricants assets of Nigeria’s Grand Petroleum
15 DRDO develops COVSACK for COVID-19 sample collection
16 Pharma majors Sanofi & GlaxoSmithKline joined hands to prepare vaccine for coronavirus
17 Researchers at NIT-Karnataka develops cost-effective disinfectant chamber called ‘ZERO-COV’
18 Government launches ‘CovidGyan’ a science communication initiative
19 Former Pakistani first-class Cricketer Zafar Sarfraz passed away at 50 due to Coronavirus
20 International Day of Action for Rivers 2020: March 14
21 Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy launches ‘YSR Nirman’ online platform
22 UP govt launches Annapurna, Supply Mitra portals for citizens’ food needs
23 Webinar series “DekhoApnaDesh” launched: Tourism ministry
24 Multiple short-range anti-ship missiles test fires: North Korea
25 Over 6300 PM Jan Aushadhi centers: Mansukh Mandaviya

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