Current Affairs 9 April 2020 – Daily Current Affairs

Current Affairs 9 April 2020 – Daily Current Affairs

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HRD Ministry Along With AICTE Initiated “Samadhan” Challenge For Students To Fight Covid-19.

National

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 DGFT Lifted Export Restriction On 24 Pharma Ingredients.

National

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Smart Cities Joining Hands With Medical Practitioners To Provide Online Consultation.

National

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CAG Report: India’s 40.59% Environment-Related Crimes Reported In Rajasthan During 2014-16.

National

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 Ministry Of Health To Divide Health Centres Into 3 Categories For Corona Patients.

National

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SAARC Development Fund Allocates USD 5 Million For COVID-19 Projects.

International

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Bank Of Baroda Initiated Four Schemes For Agri Sector To Tackle COVID-19 Impact.

National

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 SIDBI Offers Emergency Working Capital Of Up To Rs 1 Crore To SMES.

National

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Parag Raja Appointed As MD & CEO Of Bharti AXA Life Insurance.

National

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CCI Approves Hitachi’s Acquisition Of 80.1% Stake In ABB’s Power Grid Business.

National

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CCI Approves 100% Acquisition Of GMR Kamalanga Energy Limited By JSW Energy Limited.

National

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Commerce Ministry Designs Online Platform To Issue Certificate Of Origin For Exporters.

National

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Larsen & Toubro Gets Big Contract From Indian Army To Install State-Of-The-Art IT Enabled Network.

National

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DRDO & Wipro 3D Team Together To Create Full Face Shield For Healthcare Personnel Treating Coronavirus Patients.

National

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1960s ‘James Bond’ Girl Honor Blackman Passed Away At 94.

International

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Former Real Madrid, Atletico And Barcelona Coach Radomir Antic Passed Away At 71.

International

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April 8: International Romani Day 2020.

International

Detailed Current Affairs 7 April 2020:9

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HRD Ministry Along With AICTE Initiated “Samadhan” Challenge For Students To Fight Covid-19.

The Innovation Cell of the Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in collaboration with Forge and InnovatioCuris launched a mega online challenge – SAMADHAN – to test the ability of students to innovate. The students participating in this challenge will search and develop such measures that can be made available to the government agencies, health services, hospitals and other services for quick solutions to the Coronavirus epidemic and other such calamities. Apart from this, through this “Samadhan” challenge, work will be done to make citizens aware, to motivate them, to face any challenge, to prevent any crisis and to help people get a livelihood.

Under the “Samadhan” challenge, the students and faculty will be motivated for doing new experiments and new discoveries and provide them with a strong base leading to the spirit of experimentation and discovery. The success of this program depends on how effective are the ideas of participating contestants with the ability to find solutions, technically and commercially, which in turn will help fight the epidemic like coronavirus.

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DGFT Lifted Export Restriction On 24 Pharma Ingredients.

The government on Monday relaxed export curbs on 24 pharma ingredients and medicines, including vitamin B1 and B12, according to an official notification. But export restrictions on paracetamol and formulations made of paracetamol would remain, the notification by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade stated.

On March 3, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), under the commerce ministry, had imposed export restrictions on 26 active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and formulations, under which exporter has to obtain a licence or permission from the DGFT. Easing of curbs on 24 APIs and its formulations assumed significance as certain pharma companies have raised concerns over these restrictions. “24 APIs and formulations made from these APIs are made free for export with immediate effect,” the DGFT said. With this, export of these items is allowed freely without any restrictions.

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Smart Cities Joining Hands With Medical Practitioners To Provide Online Consultation.

Smart Cities are joining hands with medical practitioners (certified doctors and health experts) to provide online medical consultation facilities to citizens. “The guidelines issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) in collaboration with NITI Aayog and Indian Medical Council, allow remote delivery of medical services during the lockdown period,” said an official release.

These guidelines allow doctors to write prescriptions based on telephonic, textual or video conversations — chat, images, messaging, emails, fax and others. Citizens can, therefore, consult certified medical practitioners without the need to go out of their houses, reducing the risk of Covid-19 spread, added the release.

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Cag Report: India’s 40.59% Environment-Related Crimes Reported In Rajasthan During 2014-16.

A total of 40.59% of the crimes related to environment in the country were committed in Rajasthan during 2014-16, according to a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). The report pointed out that despite the fact, state-level interagency coordination committee and wildlife crime control units to combat wildlife crimes were not established in the state.

The crimes were mostly related to violation of the Forest (Conservation) Act — such as uses of forest land for non-forest purposes without approval of government — and Wildlife Protect Act — capturing, poisoning, snaring or trapping of wild animals. The CAG report, for the year ended March 31, 2018, was tabled in the assembly on Friday. It highlighted that the highest number of crimes related to the environment were committed in Rajasthan from 2014-2016.

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 Ministry Of Health To Divide Health Centres Into 3 Categories For Corona Patients.

To ensure optimal utilisation of resources to provide care to novel coronavirus patients, the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday proposed classification of health facilities into three categories COVID Care Centre, Dedicated COVID Health Centre and Dedicated COVID Hospital.

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SAARC Development Fund Allocates USD 5 Million For COVID-19 Projects.

The SAARC Development Fund has allocated USD five million for COVID-19 projects in SAARC member states under its Social Window to support member countries in responding to COVID-19 pandemic. “The objective of the USD 5 million allocation is to provide fund support to member states in their efforts and to protect the people of SAARC member states by mitigating financial losses and severe socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said CEO of SDF Sunil Motiwal in a press release issued today.

As the virus continues to spread globally, the eight SAARC member states — Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka — have reported more than 8,282 confirmed cases of Coronavirus till yesterday. India has reported 4,281 cases, Pakistan 3,403, Afghanistan 299, Sri Lanka 178, Bangladesh 88, Maldives 19, Nepal 9 and Bhutan 5, according to World Health Organisation.

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Bank Of Baroda Initiated Four Schemes For Agri Sector To Tackle COVID-19 Impact.

To help borrowers in the agriculture sector tide over the distress created by the Covid-19 pandemic, Bank of Baroda (BoB) has announced schemes where it will offer additional loans of up to ₹1 lakh to existing self-help group (SHG) borrowers and up to ₹50,000 to existing crop loan borrowers, among others.

India’s third-largest public sector bank, in a statement, said it will provide existing SHGs facilities in the form of cash credit/over draft/term loan/demand loan. The minimum and maximum loan amount is ₹30,000 and ₹1 lakh per SHG, repayable in 24 months. The repayment under this additional assurance to SHGs-Covid-19 scheme would be on a monthly / quarterly basis, and the moratorium will be for a period six months from the date of disbursement.

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SIDBI Offers Emergency Working Capital Of Up To Rs 1 Crore To SMES.

SIDBI further said it has enhanced the loan limit for MSMEs to Rs 2 crore under its SAFE initiative. The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) on Tuesday said it will provide emergency working capital of up to Rs 1 crore to small and medium enterprises against their confirmed government orders.

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Parag Raja Appointed As MD & CEO Of Bharti AXA Life Insurance.

Bharti AXA Life Insurance announced the appointment of Parag Raja as Managing Director and CEO of the company. Raja will succeed Vikas Seth, who led Bharti AXA Life Insurance for the past two-and-a-half years, after April 30.

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CCI Approves Hitachi’s Acquisition Of 80.1% Stake In ABB’s Power Grid Business.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approves proposed acquisition of 80.1% stake by Hitachi in the power grid business of ABB Limited, in its meeting held today through video conferencing. The proposed combination envisages acquisition of 80.1% share capital of ABB Management Holding AG (ABB Management) by Hitachi Limited (Hitachi) from ABB Limited (ABB). ABB Management will hold the entire power grid business of ABB (Target Business).

Hitachi, headquartered in Japan, is the parent company of the Hitachi group of companies. It is active in a variety of business segments including IT Solution, Energy Solution, Industry Solution, Mobility Solution, and Smart Life Solution. The Target Business involves development, engineering, manufacturing and sale of products, systems and projects in the power grids sector.

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CCI Approves 100% Acquisition Of GMR Kamalanga Energy Limited By JSW Energy Limited.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approves the acquisition by JSW Energy Limited (“Acquirer”) of GMR Kamalanga Energy Limited (“Target”), under Section 31(1) of the Competition Act, 2002, in its meeting held today through video conferencing.

The proposed combination envisages the acquisition of the entire (i.e., 100%) shareholding of the Target by the Acquirer. The Acquirer (also through its subsidiaries) is engaged in power generation, power transmission, power trading, coal mining and power equipment manufacturing. Presently, the Acquirer has a power generation capacity of 4,541 MW comprising of portfolio of thermal (3,140 MW), hydro (1,391 MW) and solar (10 MW). The Target is engaged in generation of power through its coal based thermal power plant at Kamalanga village, Dhenkanal district, Odisha.

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Commerce Ministry Designs Online Platform To Issue Certificate Of Origin For Exporters.

The commerce ministry has designed an online platform for issuance of a key document required for exports to those countries with which India has trade agreements, with a view to facilitate shipments during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Larsen & Toubro Gets Big Contract From Indian Army To Install State-Of-The-Art IT Enabled Network.

L&T wins ‘largecontract from Indian Army for advanced IT-enabled network. Engineering and construction giant Larsen & Toubro on Tuesday said it has won a ‘largecontract from the Indian Army for setting up an advanced IT-enabled system to operate the Armed Forces network under the Network of Spectrum (NFS).

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DRDO & Wipro 3D Team Together To Create Full Face Shield For Healthcare Personnel Treating Coronavirus Patients.

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Wipro 3D, on Tuesday, have come up with a ‘full face shield’ to protect doctors from direct infection Aiding doctors and other health officials who are involved in the treatment and care of Coronavirus (COVID-19) patients, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Wipro 3D, on Tuesday, have come up with a ‘full face shield’ to protect them from direct infection. India’s premier defence research facility has already provided several testing kits, PPEs and masks to the health ministry for the same. India’s current COVID-19 case tally stands at 4789, with the 124 deaths.

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1960s ‘James Bond’ Girl Honor Blackman Passed Away At 94.

Honor Blackman, the actor best known for playing the Bond girl Pussy Galore, has died aged 94. Blackman, who became a household name in the 1960s as Cathy Gale in The Avengers and had a career spanning eight decades, died of natural causes unrelated to coronavirus.

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Former Real Madrid, Atletico And Barcelona Coach Radomir Antic Passed Away At 71.

Former Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid boss Radomir Antic has died at the age of 71. It’s understood that the Serbian passed away after suffering from complications with pancreatitis. He enjoyed most of his success at the latter, guiding Atleti to the LaLiga and Copa del Rey double during the 1995-96 season.

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April 8: International Romani Day 2020.

8 April, International Roma Day: “Step up human rights protection for Roma and guarantee their access to vital services during COVID-19 pandemic” Joint Statement by Marija Pejčinović Burić, Council of Europe Secretary General, and Helena Dalli, European Commissioner for Equality.

Many of the 10-12 million Roma in Europe still suffer from poverty and exclusion. The existence of widespread anti-Gypsyism reinforces and aggravates their economic and social deprivation. These inequalities persist despite ongoing efforts at national, European, and international level to tackle anti-Roma and anti-Traveller prejudice, discrimination and crimes.

This year’s International Roma Day is celebrated at a time when the world mobilises to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus and European countries have adopted exceptional measures.As a consequence, everyday life is being transformed for many people in ways we had never believed possible. Governments need to be supported by all in the management of this crisis, and they must be free to decide on the necessary measures. However, all measures must respect the existing European human rights framework, including the principles of equality and non-discrimination.

“I am concerned”, says Marija Pejčinović Burić,“by reports that some European countries have adopted measures that could result in further compromising the human rights of Roma and hampering their equitable access to the provision of basic public services, most importantly health care, sanitation and even fresh water. We are worried to learn that the provision of food aid and the disbursement of welfare benefits are endangered, and that some politicians blame Roma for the spread of the virus.”

Helena Dalli, European Commissioner for Equality, says: “Online hate speech and fake stories against Roma people are again on the rise. Many Roma in Europe continue to face anti-Gypsyism, discrimination and socio-economic exclusion in their daily lives – despite EU and national rules against discrimination. Negative stereotypes and prejudices are still very much present in our society. This is why the Commission will present a reinforced strategy for Roma equality and inclusion in European society.

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