National International Current Affairs 17 April 2020

Current Affairs 17 April 2020

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♦ Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephone conversation President of South Africa and President of Egypt, discussed the steps being taken by their respective governments in the outbreak of COVID19

Country: South AfricaCountry: Egypt
Capital: Pretoria (executive), Bloemfontein (judicial) and Cape Town (legislative)Capital: Cairo
Currency: Egyptian poundCurrency: South African rand (ZAR)
Government: Unitary dominant-party parliamentary republic with an executive presidencyGovernment: Unitary semi-presidential republic
Legislature: House of RepresentativesLegislature: Parliament
President: Cyril RamaphosaPresident: Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
Deputy President: David MabuzaPrime Minister: Mostafa Madbouly

♦ DRDO developed two products which enhance the operations at public places during the covid19 pandemic

  • Automatic Mist Based Sanitiser Dispensing Unit
  • UV Sanitisation Box and Hand-held UV device

♦ RBI reduced Reverse Repo rate from 4.0% to 3.75% and provided relief to NBFCs and Real Estate Sector

  • RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das stated as India is projected to turn around and grow at 7.4% in 2021-22: RBI Governor
  • Policy Repo Rate: 4.40%
    Reverse Repo Rate: 3.75%
    Marginal Standing Facility Rate: 4.65%
    Bank Rate: 4.65%
    CRR : 3%
    SLR: 18.00%

♦ Scientists of the Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST), Mohali developed a stable material for pseudocapacitors or supercapacitors a hybrid xerogel structure which stores electrical energy by electron charge transfer.

  • This material will offer a low-cost scalable energy storage solution as an alternative to batteries.

♦ The Ministry of Home Affairs cautioned against the use of Zoom video conference stated it was not a safe platform. Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERTIn) issued 2 advisories on February 6 and in March, cautioning on the use of Zoom for an office meeting

♦ Biotechnology students and a professor from DY Patil Institute of Bio-Technology and Bio-Informatics, Mumbai developed an artificial intelligence-based tool which can test COVID19 through voice-based diagnosis. The University of Tor Vergata in Rome is conducting a pilot run for this patented artificial intelligence-based tool which already been tested on 300 individuals.

♦ 5 time World chess champion Viswanathan Anand appointed as new Ambassador for World Wide Fund for NatureIndia’s Environment Education programme

♦ New species of green pit viper found in Arunachal Pradesh, scientific name Trimeresurus Salazar which inspired by Salazar Slytherin, cofounder of J.K. Rowling’s fictional Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

♦ Nirmala Sitharaman attended virtual 2nd G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meet

♦ MS Sahoo Panel which set up to review the domestic and foreign capital markets proposed National Institute of Valuers for an institutional framework for valuers

♦ The government set up “Suraksha Stores” and “Suraksha Circle” under Public-private partnership (PPP) mode amid COVID-19 lockdown

♦ HDFC Bank launched Safety Grid campaign for social distancing in the outbreak of COVID19

♦ IMF projected Asia growth to 0% in 2020 which all-time low in 60 years

International Weightlifting Federation, IWF President Tamas Ajan (Hungary) resigned due to alleged corruption charges

♦ Ajay Mahajan appointed as new MD and CEO of Care Ratings

♦ India’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma became a new brand ambassador for “CricKingdom”

♦ Vineet Arora appointed as new MD & CEO of Paytm General Insurance

♦ India’s Aarogya Setu became the world’s fastest app to reach 50 million downloads in just 13 days

♦ China released the 4th Asian Para Games 2022 mascot as ‘Fei Fei’ bird

♦ Comedy Classic ‘Khubsoorat’ actor Ranjit Chowdhry passed away at 65 years in the US

♦ First-ever online training of coaches was started to due to outbreak of COVID-19 lockdown


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