Daily Current Affairs 2 April 2020
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♦ On 2nd April World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) is observed every year to raise public awareness of autism. WAAD Theme for 2020: The Transition Of Adulthood
♦ Prime Minister Modi and Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany discussed ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and importance of international collaboration for fighting the health crisis via a telephone call
President: Frank Walter Steinmeier
Chancellor: Angela Merkel
Legislature: Upper house- Bundesrat
Legislature: Lower house- Bundestag
♦ Election commission extended the date for submitting suggestions on recommendations of Working Groups set up on various aspects of Electoral Management
Recommendations on 25 points
- Single simplified Form for all services to voters eg. Registration, change of address, deletion of names
- Expanding the network and Electoral Service Centres / Voter Facilitation Centres to streamline Electoral Services to citizens.
- Door-step electoral services to Persons with Disability and Senior citizens (80+ years)
- Online registration of prospective voters at age of 17 years registration facilities to be provided in schools and colleges
- Preparing Electoral Roll of Graduates and Teachers Constituency through online platforms of ERO Net.
- Revamping Booth Level Officer (BLO) System and appointing full-time tech-savvy BLOs in a phased manner for services through handheld digital devices.
- Provision of e-EPIC for voters.
- Quarterly/ six monthly qualifying date for voter registration instead of one annual date (1st January) as qualifying date
- Modern online Election Planning Portal
- Accessibility portal for providing speedy services to Persons with Disability or Senior Citizens.
- GIS-based Electoral Atlas for mapping of Constituencies and Polling Stations for public information.
- Digital Election Calendar and schedule of Elections to public
- Partnership with Govt. organizations, PSUs and Private Trade/Industrial Organizations for Electoral education and awareness.
- Setting up Electoral Literacy Clubs in all schools and colleges.
- Setting up voter awareness forums in all Govt. and private organizations
- Setting up ChunavPathshala in all Polling Stations, for voter awareness
- Inclusion of voter education in school curriculum
- Setting up regional six hubs for voter education and awareness
- Media Outreach
- Orientation Programme for Media Persons, Political Parties, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).
- New Voting Methods
- Print Media and Social Media regulation
- Online nomination:
- Political Party Expenditure
- Integration of Citizen-facing services
♦ Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) developed a bio-suit Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for medical, paramedical personnel engaged in combating COVID-19
♦ Naval Dockyard, Mumbai designed and developed its own handheld IR based temperature sensor, manufactured under Rs. 1000/ – through in-house resources for undertaking screening of personnel
♦ SCTIMST, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology tied up with Wipro 3D, Bengaluru to build upon a prototype of an emergency ventilator system based on Artificial Manual Breathing Unit (AMBU), developed by SCTIMST
- AMBU bag/ bag-valve-mask (BVM) is a hand-held device used to provide positive pressure ventilation to the patient who is either not breathing or breathing inadequately
♦ Public Sector Banks announced a 3-month moratorium on Loan Payments
♦ ICICI Bank launched banking services on WhatsApp Platform
♦ S&P Global Ratings lowered India’s growth forecast for financial yeat 2021 to 3.5% from 5.2%
♦ IAG, Insurance Australia Group Limited sold its 26% stake in SBI general insurance for $310 million
♦ HDFC Trustee company acquired 5.45% stake in SpiceJet
♦ Legendary Historian Arjun Dev of Uttar Pradesh died at age of 81 years, he wrote extremely popular textbooks for the NCERT on Modern and Contemporary India and the World
♦ BhartPe Partnered with ICICI Lombard and launched ‘COVID-19 Protection Insurance Cover’ for shopkeepers
♦ The Asian Development Bank granted $60 million to Aavas Financiers to improve women’s access to housing in India
Asian Development Bank
Founded: 19 December 1966
Headquarters: Mandaluyong, Philippines
President: Masatsugu Asakawa
Membership: 68 countries
♦ Foreign Trade Policy Policy which came into force on 1st April 2015 for 5 years and has validity up to 31 March 2020 is extended for one more year i.e., till March 2021
♦ Karnataka government launched “Corona Watch” App and instructed all persons under the order of home quarantine to send their selfies every one hour from home in that App
♦ Modi Kitchen started in the Kovai, Tamil Nadu which is of capacity to serve 500 meals every day and also deliver food parcels within a radius of 10 km
♦ IIT Kanpur and DRDO develop Low-Cost Portable Ventilator, costs around Rs 70,000 per unit. Market price for Ventilator is about Rs. 4 lakh per unit
♦ IIT Guwahati team developed a drone to Sanitise large areas. A single drone can replace around 20 workers
♦ Apple acquired popular weather App Dark Sky
♦ Aalok Kumar appointed as President and CEO of NEC Corporation
♦ Wimbledon 2020 cancelled due to Coronavirus pandemic and rescheduled to June 28 – July 11, 2021
♦ Union Minister Agriculture and Panchayati Raj Narendra Singh Tomar launched new features of National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) Platform to strengthen agriculture marketing. Negotiable Warehouse Receipt (e-NWRs) module, FPO trading module and Logistic Module
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