Current Affairs 8 April 2020 – Daily Current Affairs

Current Affairs 8 April 2020 – Daily Current Affairs

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MPLAD Suspended For 2 Years. Cabinet Approved 30% Salary Cut Of PM, Ministers, MPS For FY 20-21 To Manage COVID-19.

National

2

NHAI Achieved Record 3,979 Kilo Meters Highways Construction In FY 19-20.

National

3

Telangana Govt Deploys Covid-19 Monitoring System APP.

National

4

HRD Ministry Has Designated Digi-Locker As National Academic Depository(NAD).

National

5

USAID Announces $2.9 Million Aid To India To Fight Coronavirus.

National & International

6

RBI Relaxed The Norms Of State/UT To Avail Overdraft Facility.

National

7

Airtel Payments Bank Joined Hands With Bharti AXA To Offer COVID-19 Insurance Plans.

National

8

In Life Insurance Policies Force Majeure Not Applicable To COVID-19 Death Claims.

National

9

PNBHF Enters Into Agreement With JICA, Citibank To Raise USD 100 Million.

National

10

UB Pravin Rao Appointed As Chairman & Rekha Menon As Vice Chairperson Of NASSCOM.

National

11

Shafali Verma Named As Brand Ambassador By Pepsico.

National

12

DRDO Develops Personnel Sanitisation Enclosure & Full Face Mask For COVID-19.

National

13

DST Set Up CAWACH At SINE, IIT-B For Supporting Start-Ups With Funding To Tackle COVID-19.

National

14

April 7-World Health Day 2020.

National & International

15

April 7-International Day Of Reflection On The 1994 Genocide Against The Tutsi In Rwanda.

National

16

 Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Announces 5T Plan To Control The Spread Of  COVID-19.

National

17

Moefcc Advisory Regarding Containing And Management Of COVID-19 In National Parks, Sanctuaries & Tiger Reserves.

National

1

MPLAD Suspended For 2 Years. Cabinet Approved 30% Salary Cut Of PM, Ministers, MPS For FY 20-21 To Manage COVID-19.

Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi has approved an ordinance of 30% cut in the salaries of all Members of Parliament (MPs) for FY 20-21 and a two-year suspension (2020-21 and 2021-22) of the MP Local Area Development (MPLAD) scheme so that the amount saved can go to the Consolidated Fund of India to fight COVID-19. This announcement was made by Prakash Javedkar, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting.

2

NHAI Achieved Record 3,979 Kilo Meters Highways Construction In FY 19-20.

National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has achieved the highest ever highway construction feat with an accomplishment of 3,979 km of national highways in the financial Year 2019-20.However, it has completed 88% of highway construction against the target of building 4,500 km highways in FY-20. In the FY 2018-19, NHAI constructed 3,380 km of National Highways.

3

Telangana Govt Deploys Covid-19 Monitoring System APP.

The Public Health and Family Welfare Department of the government of Telangana invested swiftly to deploy India’s first automated “COVID-19 Monitoring System App” by Vera Smart Healthcare. According to the department, the objective of this app is to identify patients, undertake live surveillance, track, monitor, and provide real-time analytics to the chief minister and the state health department.

The system empowers each health worker to handle 1,500+ phone calls, and simple chatbot conversations each day with a patient to ensure that the symptomatic or confirmed ‘positive’ individual is quarantined and undergoing treatment. It will help strengthen the contacts outreach of Covid-19 patients significantly. The callers will also persuade and remind the patient to self-administer the prescribed treatment, to maintain social distancing, as well as remind them to stay home and stay safe.

4

HRD Ministry Has Designated Digi-Locker As National Academic Depository(NAD).

The Ministry of Human Resource Development has designated Digi-Locker as the sole National Academic Depository (NAD). The ministry has directed the University Grants Commission to implement NAD as a permanent scheme within Digi-Locker.

NAD will be implemented as a permanent scheme without the levy of any user charges by Digi-Locker through the Ministry of Electronics and IT, said the HRD ministry in a release. UGC has also been asked to ensure the transfer of academic awards, creation of student accounts and procedure of verification with Digi-Locker.

5

USAID Announces $2.9 Million Aid To India To Fight Coronavirus.

Out of the $ 2.9 million, around $2.4 million will be used for the USAID’s health strengthening project, hich is being implemented in India by Jhpiego, which according to the embassy statement is an international on-profit health organization and is affiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

The US government, through its aid agency USAID, has announced a grant of $2.9 million to India to help it fight the coronavirus pandemic. US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster said the assistance will further support India’s response to COVID-19.

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RBI Relaxed The Norms Of State/UT To Avail Overdraft Facility.

RBI extends the overdraft facility for a longer period of time until 30 September. A state or UT can now avail of overdraft facility for 21 working days, compared with the current 14 days, RBI says.

PTI PTI, New Delhi, Apr 07 2020, 15:59 ist updated: Apr 07 2020, 15:59 ist Credit: Reuters File PhotoCredit: Reuters File Photo The Reserve Bank on Tuesday relaxed norms for state governments to avail overdraft facilities for a longer. In a circular, the central bank said it has permitted “greater space” to state governments/ Union Territories for availing overdraft facilities. In order to provide greater flexibility to the state governments to tide over their cashflow mismatche.

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Airtel Payments Bank Joined Hands With Bharti AXA To Offer COVID-19 Insurance Plans.

Airtel Payments Bank has partnered with Bharti AXA General Insurance to offer simple and focused health insurance plans to provide financial protection against Covid-19.Under the partnership, the general insurer has rolled out two different health insurance plans — Bharti AXA Group Health Assure, which offers lumpsum benefit of ₹25,000, and Group Hospital Cash providing daily benefit starting ₹500 per day — to cover protection against the coronavirus.

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In Life Insurance Policies Force Majeure Not Applicable To COVID-19 Death Claims.

Life insurers, both private and state owned, will not invoke ‘force majeure’ clause in case of Covid-19-related death claims and will process them at the earliest, said Life Insurance Council. “This step was taken to reassure customers who had reached out to individual life insurance companies seeking clarity on this clause in their contract as well as to dispel rumours to the contrary. All life insurance companies have also communicated to their customers individually in this regard,” the council said.

“The life insurance industry is taking every measure to ensure the disruption caused to policyholders, due to the lockdown is minimal, by providing them uninterrupted support digitally — be it honouring death claims related to Covid-19 or servicing their policy,” said the secretary general of the council. The insurance regulator has provided some relaxations to policyholders by giving them a grace period of 30 days to pay their premiums if they are falling due between March and April 2020.

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PNBHF Enters Into Agreement With JICA, Citibank To Raise USD 100 Million.

PNB Housing Finance on Monday announced that it has signed an agreement with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to raise $75 million with co-financing of $25 million by Citibank based on the Facility for Accelerating Financial Inclusion in Asia. The fund is to be used to help affordable housing for low-income households in India.

This would be JICA’s first debt funding in the housing finance sector in India,” said Sanjaya Gupta, managing director, PNB Housing Finance. The company said that disbursement of the external commercial borrowing (ECB) facility would be availed soon.

10

UB Pravin Rao Appointed As Chairman & Rekha Menon As Vice Chairperson Of NASSCOM.

IT industry body Nasscom on Monday said it has appointed Infosys Chief Operating Officer UB Pravin Rao as its chairman for 2020-21, succeeding WNS Global Services Group CEO Keshav Murugesh. Also, Rekha M Menon, chairman and senior managing director of Accenture in India, has been named as the vice chairperson for 2020-21.

The appointment was announced at Nasscom’s Executive Council meeting. Given the lockdown on account of the COVID-19 crisis, the meeting was conducted via a video conference – a first for the industry body. Rao will take on the position from his previous role as vice chairman of Nasscom, succeeding Keshav Murugesh, Group CEO of WNS Global Services, who served as chairman of NASSCOM for the year 2019-20, Nasscom said in a statement.

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Shafali Verma Named As Brand Ambassador By Pepsico.

Just like the might of her willow atop the Indian women cricket team’s batting order, teen sensation Shafali Verma is off the blocks in brand endorsement world with a big PepsiCo deal. The youngest member of the Indian women’s cricket team, the 16-year-old Shafali has been roped in by the multinational food and beverage company as one of the Pepsi brand ambassador for India. Shafali will join Salman Khan to promote the aerated water brand.

Though Shafali, who has climbed to the top spot in the ICC Women’s T20 rankings for batters in less than six months since her India debut, had an earlier contract with India’s leading cricket gear brand Sanspareils Greenlands (SG), the Pepsi contract in real terms is the first major brand endorsement deal for the Rohtak girl.The initial one-year contract has been signed between ₹ 30 lakh and ₹ 40 lakh. The value may further go up with performance-linked bonus.

Next in the line can be a contract with a leading sports shoe and apparel brand. The negotiations, InsideSport has reliably learnt, between Shafali’s exclusive managers Baseline Ventures and the brand are in advance stages. Talks are also on to close several more interests.

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DRDO Develops Personnel Sanitisation Enclosure & Full Face Mask For COVID-19.

In the ongoing efforts against the coronavirus pandemic, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has been using scientific endeavours to develop products in an accelerated manner. The DRDO laboratories are working with industry partners for volume production of special face masks and personal sanitation chambers.

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DST Set Up CAWACH At SINE, IIT-B For Supporting Start-Ups With Funding To Tackle COVID-19.

Department of Science & Technology, Government of India in a rapid response to combat COVID-19 global pandemic approved setting up of a Centre for Augmenting WAR with COVID-19 Health Crisis (CAWACH) at a total cost of Rs 56 Cr to scout, evaluate and support the innovations and start-ups that address COVID-19 challenges. The Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE), a technology business incubator at IIT Bombay supported by DST has been identified as the Implementing Agency of the CAWACH.

Given the impact of Covid-19 as a pandemic globally that has jolted countries across the world to take immediate actions and scale up responses to detect, treat and reduce transmission to save people’s lives, DST is playing a critical role to pace up India’s efforts to fight the crisis.

While the nation is under a health emergency, various solutions to address the pandemic are being undertaken at research institutions & laboratories. Urgent measures are being taken by Governments at both Centre and State level to shore up these efforts and infuse resources in various forms to contain the further havoc of COVID-19.

DST’s effort at this hour of need is to support R&D initiatives in this direction by boosting innovations offering comprehensive solutions like Ventilators, Diagnostics, Therapeutics, Informatics and other intervention for control and mitigation of Covid-19.

The support will be provided to startups at different stages for fast tracking commercialization process and journey and scale-up across geographies which will have significant impact in the long term. The CAWACH’s mandate will be to extend timely support to potential startups by way of the requisite financial assistance and fund deployment targeting innovations that are deployable in the market within next 6 months.

CAWACH will identify upto 50 innovations and startups that are in the area of novel, low cost, safe and effective ventilators, respiratory aids, protective gears, novel solutions for sanitizers, disinfectants, diagnostics, therapeutics, informatics and any effective interventions to control COVID-19.

It will provide access to pan India networks for testing, trial and market deployment of these products and solutions in the identified areas of priority COVID-19 solutions. This will help to address various challenges faced by country due to severe impact of Covid-19.

“CAWACH program of DST is focused on leveraging the youthful energy, intelligence and extraordinary innovative potential of our technology incubators and startups and empowering them for scale-up to speedily address the multi-dimensional challenges of COVID-19 across respiratory aids, disinfection systems, protective gear and coatings, information and monitoring  assists, diagnostics, and plethora of other relevant materials, devices and solutions”, said Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology.

DST is taking a lead from the front and upping efforts across its wide resource network of highly committed institutions, researchers, experts, incubators, innovators and startups in the hour of this grave national need and health crisis.

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April 7-World Health Day 2020.

April 7 of each year marks the celebration of World Health Day. From its inception at the First Health Assembly in 1948 and since taking effect in 1950, the celebration has aimed to create awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization. 

Over the past 50 years this has brought to light important health issues such as mental health, maternal and child care, and climate change. The celebration is marked by activities which extend beyond the day itself and serves as an opportunity to focus worldwide attention on these important aspects of global health.

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April 7-International Day Of Reflection On The 1994 Genocide Against The Tutsi In Rwanda.

The date, 7 April, marks the start of the 1994 genocide which lasted for the 100-day period to mid-July 1994. Every year, on or around that date, the United Nations organizes commemorative events at its Headquarters in New York and at United Nations offices around the world.

Rwanda has two public holidays mourning the genocide. The national mourning period begins with Kwibuka (Remembrance), the national commemoration, on 7 April and concludes with Liberation Day on 4 July.

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 Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Announces 5T Plan To Control The Spread Of  COVID-19.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a 5T plan to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. The 5T plan includes testing, tracing, treatment, teamwork and tracking.

1.Testing
Aggressive testing is the key to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, says Arvind Kejriwal. The government will conduct one lakh rapid tests in hotspot areas like Dilshad Garden and Nizamuddin.

2.Tracing
After testing, next comes tracing. People are identified who have come in contact with a positive patient and are asked to self-quarantine. The help of Delhi Police is being taken to ensure that self-quarantine is being followed.
On Tablighi Jamaat the chief minister said, “We will give the police phone numbers of Tablighi Jamaat event attendees to trace and ascertain whether they moved in nearby areas.”

3.Treatment
2,950 beds are reserved for coronavirus patients, the chief minister said. LNJP, GB Pant and Rajiv Gandhi hospitals will treat only coronavirus patients. Beds in private hospitals have been identified where only coronavirus patientis will be treated. 12,000 hotel rooms will be taken over. Serious patients and elderly will be kept in hospitals and those with milder symptoms will be kept in hotels and dharamshalas.

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Moefcc Advisory Regarding Containing And Management Of COVID-19 In National Parks, Sanctuaries & Tiger Reserves.

In view of the spread of COVID 19 in the country and a recent news report on a Tiger being infected with the COVID 19 in New York, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has issued an advisoryregarding containing and management of COVID-19 in National Parks/Sanctuaries/Tiger Reserves as it is felt that there are possibilities of spread of the virus amongst animals in National Parks/Sanctuaries/Tiger Reserves and also transmission of the virus from humans to animals and vice-versa.

 The advisory has asked Chief Wildlife Wardens of all States/UT’s to:

  1. Take immediate preventive measures to stop the transmission and spread of the virus from humans to animals and vice versa, in National Parks/Sanctuaries/Tiger Reserves.
  2. Reduce the human wildlife interface.
  3. Restrict the movement of people to National Parks/Sanctuaries/Tiger Reserves.
  4. Constitute a Task Force/Rapid Action Force with Field Managers, Veterinary doctors, Frontline staff, to manage the situation as quickly as possible.
  5. Create a ‘round the clock’ reporting mechanism with a Nodal Officer for swift management of any cases noticed.
  6. Set up essential services for emergency treatment of animals and their safe release back to their natural habitats, as and when required.
  7. Enhance disease surveillance, mapping and monitoring system through coordinated effort amongst various Departments.
  8. Maintain all other stipulations issued by the Health Ministry in the movement of staff/tourists/villagers, etc. in and around National Parks/Sanctuaries/Tiger Reserves.
  9. Take other possible steps to control the spread of the virus.
  10. Report the action taken to this Ministry.
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