Current Affairs 11 April 2020 – Daily Current Affairs

Current Affairs 11 April 2020 – Daily Current Affairs

Current Affairs 11 April 2020 – Daily Current Affairs

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Government Of India (GOI) Approved Rs.15000 Cr For COVID-19 Emergency Response And Health System Preparedness Package.

National

2

TRIFED Along With UNICEF & WHO Launched Digital Campaign To Ensure Work Safety Of Tribal Gatherers.

International

3

SC Extended Tenure Of TDSAT Chairperson Shiva Kirti Singh By Three Months.

National

4

UNSC Met For 1st Time To Discuss COVID-19 Impact Through Video-Conference.

International

5

Flipkart Partners With ICICI Lombard & Go Digit To Offer Two COVID-19 Health Insurance Policies.

National

6

CPI Inflation Likely To Ease From 4.8% In Q1 To 4.4% In Q2: RBI’s MPR.

National

7

RBI: AU Small Finance Bank Appoints R V Verma As Part-Time Chairman And Sanjay Agarwal Re-Appointed As MD And CEO.

National

8

Indigrid To Acquire Gurgaon-Palwal Transmission Limited

National

9

Apple Acquires Dark Sky Weather App.

International

10

Centre Launched Aarogya Setu IVRS For Non-Smart Phones In Collaboration With TN Govt And IIT-Madras.

National

11

Biofortified Carrot Variety ‘Madhuban Gajar’ Developed By Vallabhhai Vasrambhai Marvaniya- Farmer Scientist.

National

12

Bharat Biotech Ties-Up With Flugen & US Virologists To Develop Intranasal Vaccine For Coronavirus ‘Coroflu’.

International

13

DST To Fund For Development Of Nasal Passage Gel For COVID-19.

National

14

FIFA’s Ranking 2020, Indian Football Team Static At 108th Position; Belgium On Top.

National

15

Indian-American Veteran Journalist Brahm Kanchibotla Passed Away At 66.

National  & International

16

 April 10 – World Homeopathy Day 2020.

National

17

 WADA Celebrates Play True Day 2020.

National

18

April 9 – 55th Anniversary Of CRPF Valour Day 2020.

National

19

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Launches “Operation SHIELD” In 21 Containment Areas Against COVID-19.

National

20

RBI Launches Twitter Campaign To Adopt Digital Payment Modes.

National

21

Odisha Became The First State To Extend Lockdown Till April 30.

National

Brief Description About Current Affairs April 11 2020:

1

Government Of India (GOI) Approved Rs.15000 Cr For COVID-19 Emergency Response And Health System Preparedness Package.

Government of India (GoI) has announced significant investments to the tune of Rs.15000 crores for ‘India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package’. The funds sanctioned will be utilized for immediate COVID-19 Emergency Response (amount of Rs.7774 crores) and rest for medium-term support (1-4 years) to be provided under mission mode approach.

The key objectives of the package include mounting emergency response to slow and limit COVID-19 in India through the development of diagnostics and COVID-19 dedicated treatment facilities, centralized procurement of essential medical equipment and drugs required for treatment of infected patients,  strengthen and build resilient National and State health systems to support prevention and preparedness for future disease outbreaks, setting up of laboratories and bolster surveillance activities, bio-security preparedness, pandemic research and proactively engage communities and conduct risk communication activities. These interventions and initiatives would be implemented under the overall umbrella of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The Hon’ble Prime Minister in his address to the Nation on 24th March 2020 highlighted that – “The Central Government has provisioned 15 thousand crore rupees for treating Coronavirus patients and strengthening the medical infrastructure of the country. This will allow for rapidly ramping up the number of Corona testing facilities, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Isolation Beds, ICU beds, ventilators and other essential equipment.  Simultaneously, training of medical and paramedical manpower will also be undertaken.  I have requested the State Governments to ensure that only healthcare is treated as their first and topmost priority now.”

The major share of the expenditure will be used for mounting robust emergency response, strengthening National and State health systems followed by strengthening pandemic research and multi-sector national institutions and platforms for One Health, community engagement and risk communication and implementation, management, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation component. M/o Health & Family Welfare is authorized to re-appropriate resources among components of the package and among the various implementation agencies (National Health Mission, Central Procurement, Railways, Dept of Health Research/ICMR, National Centre for Disease Control) as per the evolving emergent situation.

MoHFW has been playing a lead role in executing the health sector response with containment and control as key response strategies. As on date, a total of 223 labs comprising a network of 157 government & 66 private laboratories are conducting rigorous screening process. Furthermore, MoHFW has already disbursed Rs. 4113 Crore to all the States and UTs for dealing with the emergency COVID response.

2

TRIFED Along With UNICEF & WHO Launched Digital Campaign To Ensure Work Safety Of Tribal Gatherers.

To ensure tribal gatherers carry on their work safely, TRIFED has collaborated with UNICEF and WHO for developing a digital communication strategy for promoting a digital campaign for Self Help Groups (SHGs) involved in this work, highlighting the importance of Social Distancing.

3

SC Extended Tenure Of TDSAT Chairperson Shiva Kirti Singh By Three Months.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended the tenure of Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) Chairperson by three months after it was informed that the tribunal had no other members and the Chairman was due to retire later this month.

A Bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao asked the Center the explain why TDSAT members had not been not appointed since October 2019. The order came after the top court was informed that the tribunal was virtually non-functional as only Chairman – Justice Shiva Kirti Singh — was there and his tenure would end on April 20. 

4

UNSC Met For 1st Time To Discuss COVID-19 Impact Through Video-Conference.

The UN Security Council underlined the need for unity and solidarity with those affected by the COVID-19 and expressed support for the efforts of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the potential impact of the pandemic, as the powerful UN arm met for the first time to discuss the crisis that has engulfed the world.

The Council, under the Presidency of the Dominican Republic, held a closed video-conference session in connection with the impact of COVID-19 on the issues that fall under the Security Council’s mandate.

Guterres also briefed the Council. In Press Elements issued following the meeting, the 15-nation Council said Members expressed their support for all efforts of the Secretary-General concerning the potential impact of COVID-19 pandemic to conflict-affected countries and recalled the need for unity and solidarity with all those affected.

5

Flipkart Partners With ICICI Lombard & Go Digit To Offer Two COVID-19 Health Insurance Policies.

E-commerce marketplace Flipkart, in partnership with ICICI Lombard and Go Digit General Insurance, has launched health insurance policies on its platform that distinctly cover COVID-19. Enabling health cover for consumers combating the global pandemic, the two health insurance policies come with instant claim benefits and do not require any medical tests at the time of purchase. According to industry estimates, about 56 per cent of the Indian population is not covered under any health insurance policy.

The COVID-19 Protection Cover by ICICI Lombard provides an instant Rs 25,000 benefit plan paid to the customer on positive diagnosis of COVID-19. It is priced at an annual premium of Rs 159.Additionally, the policy provides health assistance benefit, virtual and teleconsultation benefit, and ambulance assistance. It allows Flipkart’s customers to submit digital copies of the claim document to the insurer for processing. The Digit Illness Group Insurance offered by Digit Insurance allows consumers to avail a hospitalisation cover up to a sum assured of Rs 1 lakh with an annual premium of Rs 511.

6

CPI Inflation Likely To Ease From 4.8% In Q1 To 4.4% In Q2: RBI’s MPR.

CPI inflation is tentatively projected to ease from 4.8% in Q1:2020-21 to 4.4% in Q2, 2.7% in Q3 and 2.4% in Q4, with the caveat that in the prevailing high uncertainty, aggregate demand may weaken further than currently-anticipated and ease core inflation further, while supply bottlenecks could exacerbate pressures more than expected,” RBI said.

7

Ben Stokes Becomes First English Player Since 2005 To Be Named Wisden’s Leading Cricketer.

Ben Stokes has been named as the leading Cricketer in the World in the 2020 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, which is published today, after a remarkable 2019 in which he guided England to their maiden World Cup title before producing one of the great Test innings to beat Australia in the Headingley Ashes Test. Stokes succeeds India’s Virat Kohli, who had been honoured by Wisden for three years running, and becomes the first English player since Andrew Flintoff in 2005 to be considered the best contemporary player in the world.

“Ben Stokes pulled off the performance of a lifetime – twice in the space of a few weeks,” said Wisden’s editor, Lawrence Booth. “First, with a mixture of outrageous talent and good fortune, he rescued England’s run-chase in the World Cup final, before helping to hit 15 off the super over. Then, in the Third Ashes Test at Headingley, he produced one of the great innings, smashing an unbeaten 135 to pinch a one-wicket win.”

8

RBI: AU Small Finance Bank Appoints R V Verma As Part-Time Chairman And Sanjay Agarwal Re-Appointed As MD And CEO.

Reserve Bank of India has given approval for it. Verma, an MA in Economics has been associated with the Jaipur-based lender since 2018 as independent director. … RBI has also approved the reappointment of managing director Sanjay Agarwal and whole time director Uttam Tibrewal for three years.

9

Apple Acquires Dark Sky Weather App.

Apple acquired the popular weather app Dark Sky for an undisclosed amount. Dark Sky said no changes will be made to its iOS app, which costs $3.99. It will no longer be available to download for Android users. Service for Android subscribers will stay active until July 1, and then will shut down.

10

Centre Launched Aarogya Setu IVRS For Non-Smart Phones In Collaboration With TN Govt And IIT-Madras.

As part of efforts to combat coronavirus, the Central and Tamil Nadu governments on Thursday launched the Aarogya Setu Interactive Voice Response System service which is aimed at guiding people, speed up preventing virus spread, detection, tracking and treatment measures.

The service, a joint initiative of the State information technology and health and the Centre’s telecommunications departments and the IIT Madras offers people the facility to converse in their mother tongue. Union Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami together launched the service through video-conference. Prasad said Aarogya Sethu mobile app has been already launched and crores of people have downloaded it, but that was only confined to smart phones.

11

Biofortified Carrot Variety ‘Madhuban Gajar’ Developed By Vallabhhai Vasrambhai Marvaniya- Farmer Scientist.

Gujarat scientist develops biofortified carrot variety. Madhuban Gajar, a biofortified carrot variety with high β-carotene and iron content developed by Vallabhhai Vasrambhai Marvaniya, a farmer scientist from Junagadh district, Gujarat is benefitting more than 150 local farmers in the area.

12

Bharat Biotech Ties-Up With Flugen & US Virologists To Develop Intranasal Vaccine For Coronavirus ‘Coroflu’.

CoroFlu could be in human clinical trials by fall (September-December) of 2020, Bharat Biotech statement said. Vaccine maker Bharat Biotech, on April 4, said it had joined hands to develop a unique intranasal vaccine against COVID-19 in collaboration with US-based vaccine company FluGen and virologists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Bharat Biotech will manufacture the vaccine, conduct clinical trials and prepare to produce almost 300 million doses of vaccine for global distribution. “Under the collaboration agreement, FluGen will transfer its existing manufacturing processes to Bharat Biotech to enable the company to scale up production and produce the vaccine for clinical trials,” said Dr. Raches Ella, Head of Business Development at Bharat Biotech.

13

DST To Fund For Development Of Nasal Passage Gel For COVID-19.

Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), a statutory body of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), is supporting a technology by the Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering (DBB), IIT Bombay for capturing and inactivation of novel corona virus, the causative agent of COVID-19.

The funding will help the team from the Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, IIT Bombay develop a gel that can be applied to nasal passage, which is a major entry point of the corona virus. This solution is not only expected to protect the safety of health workers, but can also lead to reduction in community transmission of COVID-19, thereby helping disease management.

Given the contagious nature of COVID-19, health providers including doctors and nurses are at maximum risk while taking care of COVID-19 patients, particularly asymptomatic ones who cannot be detected and pose a greater risk in spreading the disease. The team is planning a 2-pronged approach to limit transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the causative agent of COVID-19. Primarily, since viruses replicate within host cells of the lungs, the first component of the strategy will be to inhibit binding of viruses to host cells. While this is expected to reduce host cell infection, viruses will still remain active, therefore, raising the need to inactivate them.

Secondly, biological molecules would be incorporated, which would inactivate the trapped viruses in a manner similar to that of detergents. Upon completion, this approach will lead to development of gels that can be locally applied in the nasal cavity. Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST said, “Our health care workers and others working in the front-line of fight against the virus deserve a fool-proof, 200% protection. The nasal gel being developed in conjunction with other protective measures, will provide a strong extra layer of defense”,

Prof. Kiran Kondabagil, Prof. Rinti Banerjee, Prof. Ashutosh Kumar and Prof. Shamik Sen from the Dept. of Biosciences & Bioengineering at IIT Bombay will be part of this project. The team has expertise in the areas encompassing virology, structural biology, biophysics, biomaterials, and drug delivery and it is expected that the technology would be ready in about 9 months.

14

FIFA’s Ranking 2020, Indian Football Team Static At 108th Position; Belgium On Top.

The Indian men’s senior football team held on the 108th position in the year ending rankings released by FIFA on Thursday. India, however, lost 11 places throughout the year. Belgium is the leader in the FIFA rankings once again. The remainder of the top 10 consists of a European and South America nations, with Uruguay, Croatia, Portugal, Spain, Argentina, and Colombia rounding out the cream of the crop.

Among the Asian countries, India, with a total of 1187, is ranked 19th. The Asian countries’ ranking is dominated by Japan. Japan is among the biggest climbers this year, from No. 50 to being Asia’s top-ranked team and at No. 28 in the world. Japan is followed by Iran (33), Korea (40), Australia (42) and continental champion Qatar (55).

The hosts of FIFA Wold Cup 2022, have been the biggest gainer in terms of points as they gained a total of 138 points over the course of the year. They were benefited by being clinching the Asian Cup title. Qatar also saw the highest surge of 38 places throughout the year. Qatar was followed by Algeria who gained 32 ranks and Japan who jumped by 22 ranks.

15

Indian-American Veteran Journalist Brahm Kanchibotla Passed Away At 66.

The Indian-American community mourned the death of veteran journalist Brahm Kanchibotla, who died of coronavirus in the U.S. Kanchibotla, 66, was admitted to a hospital on Long Island in New York on March 28, some five days after he showed symptoms of the novel coronavirus. He died on April 6.

For several years, Kanchibotla was the New York and UN correspondent of the United News of India. In recent years, he was writing for two ethnic Indian American publications: The Indian Panorama and South Asia Times.

16

 April 10 – World Homeopathy Day 2020.

Homoeopathy Awareness Week is from April 10 to April 16, 2020. It is observed to celebrate the birth of Samuel Hahnemann, the father of Homoeopathy.

17

WADA Celebrates Play True Day 2020.

Since 2014, in April of every year, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the anti-doping community worldwide have celebrated ‘Play True Day’ – a day that is dedicated to Clean Sport and is intended to raise awareness among athletes, the sporting public and others about the importance of protecting Clean Sport.

The inspiration for Play True Day stems from a WADA-hosted Education Conference in 2013, which was attended by 17 South American countries. While the celebration started as a small South American initiative, last year, the Agency’s digital and social media campaign reached over six million people with numerous individuals and organizations taking part from around the globe.

This year, given the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having around the globe, WADA is seizing the opportunity to engage the global anti-doping community in solidarity around the theme Play Safe on Play True Day 2020, asking you to share what you are doing and why to curb the spread of the virus.

18

April 9 – 55th Anniversary Of CRPF Valour Day 2020.

On April 9th, 1965 a small contingent of 2nd Bn CRPF, successfully fought and repulsed an attack by a Pakistani Brigade on Sardar Post in the Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, eliminating 34 Pakistani soldiers and capturing 4 alive. Never in the history of military battles have a handful of policemen fought back a full – fledged infantry Brigade in such a manner. In this conflict, six valiant CRPF men also attained martyrdom. As a tribute to the saga of the brave men of the Force, 9th April id is befittingly celebrated as “Valour Day” in the Force.

19

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Launches “Operation SHIELD” In 21 Containment Areas Against COVID-19.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced “Operation Shield” in 21 containment zones to curb the spread of Covid and warned of strict action against those misbehaving with healthcare personnel in the city. He appealed to the people living in the containment areas to cooperate in implementing the operation.

Kejriwal said: “Under the first ‘S’ of the operation, the government seals the area immediately and its surroundings following positive cases there.” “In the next stage, we put people of sealed areas under home-quarantine and then in the third stage, the process begins to isolate those who have Covid symptoms and trace their contacts,” he said. About ‘E’, he said the government ensured home-delivery of essential items. “Under ‘D’, checking of door-to-door houses is conducted to ascertain whether anybody has Covid symptoms,” he said. — TNS

20

RBI Launches Twitter Campaign To Adopt Digital Payment Modes.

Reserve Bank of India on Thursday urged bank customers to adopt digital modes of payment that are convenient and safe. The usage of digital modes to make transactions has become all the more important as the ongoing 21-day nationwide lockdown, imposed to maintain social distancing to contain the spread of the coronavirus, has restricted the movement of people.

In a Twitter campaign launched in public interest, the RBI emphasised on transacting digitally as it gives the convenience of making payments anytime and anywhere. The face of the campaign is Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan.

21

Odisha Became The First State To Extend Lockdown Till April 30.

Amid unconfirmed speculation about the nationwide lockdown due to end on April 14, Odisha has become the first Indian state to extend the ongoing lockdown. In a video statement on Thursday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that his government has decided to extend the lockdown period in Odisha till April 30.

“During ongoing lockdown period amid Covid-19 crisis, your discipline and sacrifice has provided us the strength to fight Covid-19,” said chief minister Patnaik. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s official figures on April 9, Odisha has 42 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. This number includes one patient who succumbed to the infection and two individuals who recovered.

The decision was announced after a cabinet meeting where the importance and need of the extension were discussed at length. Naveen Patnaik announced, “At this crucial juncture, one has to decide between protecting the lives of people and economic activity. We will recommend to Government of India to extend the national lockdown up to April 30. In addition to this, we will also request the Union Government not to start airline and railway services till April 30,” said a statement from the Odisha government.

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