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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

Country: Germany
Capital: Berlin
Currency: Euro
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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