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National International Current Affairs 24 April 2020

Current Affairs 24 April 2020

Daily Current Affairs 24 April 2020

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Day Wise Current Affairs 24 April 2020

♦ April 24: World day of laboratory animals 2020

♦ April 24: National Panchayati Raj Day 2020

♦ Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare had launched “Kisan Rath” App to facilitate Farmers and Traders in identifying the right mode of transportation for movement of farm produce, As of now a total of 80,474 farmers and 70,581 traders are registered in this App

♦ Team of scientists from IIT Delhi developed COVID 19 probe – free Real-time PCR Diagnostic Kit, they felicitated by Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal. It’s low-cost detection assay for COVID-19 which also approved by ICMR, Indian Council of Medical Research

♦ SCTIMST developed Chitra Magna, an innovative RNA extraction kit for isolating RNA from swabs for COVID 19 tests

  • SARS-COV-2, the causative virus of COVID-19 pandemic, is an RNA virus. One of the critical steps in detecting this virus is by confirming the presence of the RNA of the virus in the sample taken from the throat or nose

♦ The annual festival at the Kamakhya temple as been cancelled for the first time an outbreak of Pandemic COVID19, Kamakhya Temple also known as Kamrup Kamakhya temple, Kamakhya Devalaya, Hindu temple dedicated to the mother goddess Kamakhya

  • It is one of the oldest of the 51 Shakti Pithas Situated on the Nilachal Hill in Guwahati, Assam. Temple built in the period 8th century by Mlechchha dynasty and rebuilt by Koch King Nara Narayan and Ahom kings

♦ Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a mobile virology research and diagnostics laboratory (MVRDL) through video conference, developed by the DRDO with ESIC Hospital, Hyderabad and private industry.

  • The mobile lab will be helpful in carrying out a diagnosis of COVID19 and in virus culturing for drug screening, convalescent plasma-derived therapy, comprehensive immune profiling of patients towards vaccine development and early clinical trials

♦ The Confederation of Indian Industry projected India’s economy to slow down with estimate ranging from a contraction of 0.9% to a growth of 1.5% in the current fiscal year 2020-21 due to outbreak of COVID19

♦ The snooker World championship rescheduled from 18 April – May 4 to 31 July – August 16, 2020, at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

♦ The Women’s European Championship, 2021 postponed by 1 year moving out of a direct clash with the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics. UEFA’s executive committee stated as the tournament to be played from July 6 to 31, 2022 in England

  • UEFA stated as men’s European Championship which is Euro 2020 is also postponed to 2021

♦ Chennai Super Kings M.S. Dhoni named as IPL’s Greatest of All Time (GOAT) captain by a Star Sports jury on the 13th anniversary of the league

♦ Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute, Gujarat is the first in India to carry out plasma research in view of Covid-19

♦ Global press freedom index 2020, India slipped two places to 142nd in 2020 and Norway tops

  • First: Norway
  • Second: Finland
  • Third: Denmark
  • 142 Rank: India

♦ Adam Higginbotham’s book ”Midnight in Chernobyl” won the William E. Colby Award 2020 which given for an outstanding book on military or intelligence history

♦ PV Sindhu named as a new ambassador for BWF ‘i am badminton’ campaign 2020

♦ Rakesh Sharma, Bajaj Auto Executive Director appointed as new International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association, IMMA President

♦ Facebook buys 9.99% stake in Reliance Jio, its largest FDI in India’s tech sector

♦ Pune Municipal Corporation design and developed ‘Saiyam app’ to track home quarantined people in the outbreak of COVID19

♦ IIT, Mandi developed magnetic RAM to enable higher data storage and faster computation

♦ Agharkar Research Institute, ARI researchers developed “bug sniffer” for detection of pathogens in 30 minutes

♦ Iran’s Alireza Firouzja defeated world chess champion Magnus Carlsen and won Banter Blitz cup 2020

♦ Tom and Jerry director Gene Deitch passes away at 95 years, created animated cartoons such as Munro, Tom Terrific, and Nudnik

♦ Gujarat’s water conservation scheme Sujalam Sufalam Jal Sanchay Abhiyan initiated amid lockdown

♦ Himachal Pradesh starts to use eSanjeevaniOPD, which free online medical consultation and general health advice provided to the people from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM on all working days

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