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National International Current Affairs 18 March 2020

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National International Current Affairs 18 March 2020

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♦ Indian Navy made set up Quarantine Camp which fully equipped to accommodate nearly 200 personnel at INS Vishwakarma in Eastern Naval Command (ENC) for Indian nationals in an effort to fight against the spread of CoViD-19 who have been evacuated from CoViD 19 affected countries.

♦ Ordnance Factories observed 219th foundation day, first Ordnance Factory, now known as the Gun and Shell Factory at Cossipore in Kolkata was established 18 March 1801. Corporate headquarters Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) is in Kolkata.

  • In DefExpo 2020 which held at Lucknow in Feb 2020, OFB launched the up-gunned version of the 1950’s vintage Russian 130mm to 150X45 caliber known as ‘Sharang’

♦ The expert Committee on Cantonments headed by Sumit Bose to analyze the problems faced by people living in cantonment regions has submitted its report on the following:-

  • Democratizing the governance structure of Cantonment Boards
  • Building Bye-Laws and Floor Space Index
  • Cantonment Board Finances
  • Land Tenures and their Management
  • Service Charges
  • Smart Cantonments; Expert Committee on Cantonments

♦ Indian Pharmaceutical company, Cipla voluntarily came forward to manufacture 3 chemical compounds with antiviral properties to treat COVID19 and sought the help of the CSIR and IICT to make the Active Pharma Ingredients (APIs)

CSIR: Council of Scientific & Industrial Research
Founder: Arcot Ramaswamy Mudaliar and Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar
Established: 26 September 1942
President: Prime Minister
Vice President: Dr. Harsh Vardhan
Director-General: Shekhar Mande

IICT: Indian Institute of Chemical Technology
Established: 1944

Location: Hyderabad, Telangana
Director: Dr. Srivari Chandrasekhar

♦ The Lok Sabha passed Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020 to amend the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 which is to extend the upper limit for permitting abortions from 20 weeks to 24 under special circumstances for special categories of women include rape survivors, victims of incest, differently-abled women and minors

♦ The Punjab CM Amarinder Singh announced a cash award of ₹ 5 lakh for boxer Simranjit Kaur, who recently qualified for the Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020

Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020, officially known as the Games of the 32nd Olympiad

Host city: Tokyo, Japan

Motto: United by Emotion

Opening Ceremony: 24 July 2020

Closing Ceremony: 9 August 2020

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