Current Affairs 19 April 2020
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Day Wise Current Affairs 19 April 2020
♦ Dr Harsh Vardhan participated Health Ministers of G20 countries at Saudi Arabia via video conference, discussed cooperation and mutually collaborations to deal with Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
- G20: an international forum founded in 1999 with the aim to discuss policy pertaining to the promotion of international financial stability. Members 19 countries and the European Union (EU)
- The 19-member countries of G20 are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America and India.
♦ Union Government created an online data pool of doctors including AYUSH doctors, nurses and other health care professionals, volunteers from NYKs, NCC NSS, PMGKVY, ex-Servicemen etc for use by the ground level administration at state, district or municipal levels. Link: https://covidwarriors.gov.in
♦ Researchers at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics discovered hundreds of Li-rich giant stars indicating that Li is being produced in the stars and accounts for abundance in the interstellar medium.
- Lithium (Li), is one of the 3 primordial elements, apart from Hydrogen and Helium (He), produced in the big bang nucleosynthesis (BBN) whose models predict primordial Li abundance
♦ Researchers at the Agharkar Research Institute, Pune developed a sensitive and low-cost sensor to rapidly detect bacteria. The portable device can detect as low as 10 bacterial cells from a sample size of one millilitre in just 30 minutes
♦ The central government made approval mandatory for foreign direct investments, FDI’s from countries which share a land border with India. Previously, only investments from Pakistan and Bangladesh faced such restrictions
- Total 7 countries India shares its borders are Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, China, Afghanistan and Pakistan
♦ The All India Tennis Association (AITA) to abolish honorary posts of life president, life vice president and life Counsellor on the direction of the Sports Ministry. Present honorary posts held were former Davis Cup captains Jaideep Mukhejea and Naresh Kumar as life vice president’s and T.D. Francis held the post of life counsellor
♦ Hockey India began online coaching development sessions as part of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) initiative. Basic course conducted by junior women’s coach Erik Wonink
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