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Current Affairs 15 April 2020
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C-DOT And Telecom Service Providers Develop COVID-19 Quarantine Alert System.

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CSIR Forms Core Strategy Group To Find Early Measures To Prevent COVID-19.

National

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In March 2020 Against 6.58% In February 2020, Retail Inflation Lowers To 5.91%.

National

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Agri Ministry Launches A Call Centre For Agri Logistics.

National

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Goa Becomes The First State To Integrate Allopathy And Ayurveda To Treat COVID-19 Patients.

National

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Coronavirus: CII Demands Economic Package, Says Industries Should Be Opened In Staggered Manner.

National

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UN Releases $ 2.5 Million To Help Cyclone-Ravaged Vanuatu.

International

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RBI To Put 200 Bps Penalty On Banks If Failed To Invest TLTRO Funds In 30 Days.

National

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RBI To Launch Sovereign Gold Bonds Scheme 2020-21 In H1 FY21 On Behalf Of GOI.

National

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Import License Validity Reduced To 6 Months – India Tightens Curb On Import Of Refined Palm Oil.

National

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India’s GDP To Contract By 6.1% In April-June.

International

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Bank Credit Growth Decelerated To 5-Decade Low Of 6.14% In FY20.

National

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Four Indian-Americans Is Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships 2020.

National

14

CCI Approves Emerald Sage Investment Ltd’s Acquisition Of 9.93% Stake In Apollo Tyres Ltd.

National

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US Clears Sale Of Harpoon Missile And Torpedoes Priced A Total Of $155 Million To India.

International

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Govt Agri portal e-NAM registers 1.66 crore farmers and 1.28 lakh traders of its 4-year completion.

National

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M V Rajasekharan Former Union Minister And Veteran Congress Leader Passed Away At 91.

National

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April 14 – World Chagas Disease Day 2020 For The First Time.

International

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April 2 – Indian Army Observes 36th Siachen Day On April 13, 2020.

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International Children’s Book Day 2020.

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Former Gujarat First Class Cricketer Walter D’Souza Passes Away At 93.

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Kannada Actor ‘Bullet’ Prakash Passes Away At 44.

National

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C-DOT And Telecom Service Providers Develop COVID-19 Quarantine Alert System.

The Department of Telecommunication and C-DOT in coordination with Telecom Service Providers have developed and tested an application which automatically triggers an email or SMS if any identified corona positive person moves away from their quarantine location.

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has encouraged state government agencies to use the Covid-19 Quarantine Alert system. A Standard Operating Procedure for location-based monitoring of potential cases from the telecom network data has been established. Large number of requests from state agencies are already coming in from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Haryana, and Bihar.

The system would send triggers to the identified monitoring agencies for any potential violations from the quarantined location subject to network availability and triangulation limitations.

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CSIR Forms Core Strategy Group To Find Early Measures To Prevent COVID-19.

A Core Strategy Group on COVID-19 is working on digital and molecular surveillance, rapid and economical diagnostics, new drugs, repurposing of drugs and associated production processes, said Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, here on Monday.

“To review research on COVID-19 issues, Union Health, Science and Technology Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has conducted a detailed review with the DG of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). A Core Strategy Group has been formed, which is working on digital and molecular surveillance, rapid and economical diagnostics, new drugs, repurposing of drugs and associated production processes,” said Aggarwal. He informed that the government is striving to save life and livelihood.

“In 27 States, under the Rural Livelihood Mission, 78,000 Self-Help Group members have made 1.96 crore masks till now. Under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY), Rs 28,256 crore have been disbursed to 30 crore people to help them during the lockdown,” he said.

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In March 2020 Against 6.58% In February 2020, Retail Inflation Lowers To 5.91%.

The retail inflation based on Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 6.58 per cent in February 2020 and 2.86 per cent in March 2019. Retail inflation slowed to 5.91 per cent in March over the previous month, mainly due to easing food prices, government data showed on Monday.

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Agri Ministry Launches A Call Centre For Agri Logistics.

The All India Agri Transport Call Centre, which will coordinate movement of produce and agri inputs, can be accessed at 1800-180-4200 and 14488 from any mobile or landline phone, the statement said.

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Goa Becomes The First State To Integrate Allopathy And Ayurveda To Treat COVID-19 Patients.

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday said Goa will be the first state to integrate allopathy and Ayurveda to treat COVID-19 patients and those who have been quarantined. Speaking to reporters here, he said the state government was integrating allopathy and Ayurveda to treat COVID-19 patients and those quarantined at different facilities in the state. “Goa will be the first state to use both these streams of medici.

The treatment will be administered in consultation with doctors who are dealing with COVID-19 patients, said the Chief Minister, who is also an Ayurveda practitioner. The coastal state has recorded seven COVID-19 cases so far, of which one patient.

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Coronavirus: CII Demands Economic Package, Says Industries Should Be Opened In Staggered Manner.

Industry body CII has said the government should announce an economic package before it decides to lift the lockdown, which it said should be done in a staggered manner. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Sunday recommended a “calibrated and safe” lifting of the lockdown, while adding that the government should give adequate notice before it lifts restrictions.

“Prior to the lifting of the lockdown, there has to be adequate notice given to all and along with that there should be announcement of an economic package,” the CII said in a press release on Sunday. The CII also suggested “a sector-wise health, safety and sanitation protocols to be followed by industry for calling of lockdown and said, “This is an evolving situation and therefore, we should be open to alter our approach as we go along.”

“Given that the number of cases has rapidly increased and hotspots have emerged in the country over the last few days, and that the opening up across the country would need to be slow and staggered, it would be desirable to have three classifications of geographies as red, amber and green, based on the incidence of Covid-19 cases,” the CII suggested.

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UN Releases $ 2.5 Million To Help Cyclone-Ravaged Vanuatu.

The United Nations has released $2.5m from its emergency humanitarian fund to help thousands of people affected by Cyclone Harold in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu and offered support to other hard-hit countries.

The cyclone made landfall on Espiritu Santo, the largest island in Vanuatu, on April 6 before hitting the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga. At least two people died in Vanuatu, and a further 27 in the Solomon Islands when they were swept off a ferry in rough seas, according to media reports. 

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RBI To Put 200 Bps Penalty On Banks If Failed To Invest TLTRO Funds In 30 Days.

In a bid to provide additional liquidity to the system hit by the coronavirus outbreak, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Monday decided to inject Rs 1 lakh crore and assured such move further also if required. The first tranche of term repo worth Rs 50,000 crore was conducted on Monday, while the second tranche of the same amount will be conducted on Tuesday.

As a pre-emptive measure to meet any frictional liquidity requirements on account of dislocations due to the coronavirus outbreak, the RBI has decided to conduct the fine-tuning variable rate repo auctions for Rs 1 lakh crore, the central bank said in a statement.

The RBI’s move is aimed at providing cheaper money to banks at the repo rate, thus improving liquidity in the banking system. “The Reserve Bank is monitoring the evolving financial market conditions. The Reserve Bank will calibrate its operations to meet any need for additional liquidity support, if warranted, to ensure normal functioning of markets, promote staff welfare and preserve financial stability,” it said.

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RBI To Launch Sovereign Gold Bonds Scheme 2020-21 In H1 FY21 On Behalf Of GOI.

The government will issue sovereign gold bonds in six tranches beginning April 20, the Reserve Bank of India said on Monday. Sovereign Gold Bond 2020-21 will be issued by Reserve Bank India on behalf of the Government of India.

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Import License Validity Reduced To 6 Months – India Tightens Curb On Import Of Refined Palm Oil.

India on Monday tightened the curbs on import of refined palm oil by putting more conditions for the inbound shipments of the commodity. “Validity period of import licenses/authorizations for refined palm oil will be six months in place of usual 18 months.

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India’s GDP To Contract By 6.1% In April-June.

The Indian economy will contract by 6.1 per cent in the AprilJune quarter and is likely to expand only in the December quarter, a Japanese brokerage said on Monday, expecting another 0.75 per cent cut in rates by the RBI to push growth in 2020.

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Bank Credit Growth Decelerated To 5-Decade Low Of 6.14% In FY20.

Bank credit growth decelerated to an over five-decade low of 6.14 percent in the fiscal ended March 31, 2020, amid a faltering economy, lower demand and risk aversion among banks, RBI data showed. Bank advances growth in FY20 was the slowest since the fiscal ended March 1962, when loans had grown by 5.38 percent.

In the week ended March 27, 2020, advances stood at Rs 103.71 lakh crore as against Rs 97.71 lakh crore as on March 29, 2019, according to Reserve Bank data. “The economy during the year was weak which led to demand slowdown. Also, there was higher risk aversion among banks,” Fitch Ratings Director (Financial Institutions) Saswata Guha said.

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Four Indian-Americans Is Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships 2020.

Four Indian-Americans have been awarded with a prestigious US fellowship for their accomplishments and “exceptional promise”. Pradeep Sharma, mechanical engineer at the University of Houston, Kavita Ramanan, professor of Applied Mathematics at Brown University, Dilip Da Cunha, architect, planner and teacher at Harvard University and Columbia University, and Mukul Sharma, professor of Earth Sciences at Dartmouth College, have been awarded the 2020 Guggenheim fellowships.

Approximately 175 such fellowships are awarded each year. The size of grant varies and is adjusted to the needs of fellows, considering their other resources and the purpose and scope of their plans. The average grant in the 2008 Canada and United States competition was approximately USD 43,200.

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CCI Approves Emerald Sage Investment Ltd’s Acquisition Of 9.93% Stake In Apollo Tyres Ltd.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI), in a tweet, on Monday said it “approves proposed acquisition of 9.93 per cent stake by Emerald Sage Investment Limited in Apollo Tyres Limited.” Emerald is a Mauritius-based investment holding company, while Apollo Tyres is engaged in manufacturing and sale of automotive.

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US Clears Sale Of Harpoon Missile And Torpedoes Priced A Total Of $155 Million To India.

The US has notified the Congress its plans to sell to India air-launched anti-ship missiles and lightweight torpedoes worth $155 million to enhance the latter’s deterrence capabilities against “regional threats” and boost its homeland defence.

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Govt Agri portal e-NAM registers 1.66 crore farmers and 1.28 lakh traders of its 4-year completion.

The National Agriculture Market or eNAM, an online trading platform for agricultural commodities in India, has registered more than 1.66 crore farmers and 1.28 Lakh traders while completing 4 years on April 14, 2020.

“e-NAM is an innovative initiative developed by the agricultural department to enhance farmers’ accessibility digitally to access several markets and buyers and bring transparency in trade transactions with the intent of improving price discovery mechanism, quality commensurate price realization in agricultural marketing,” said Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Agriculture Minister, in an official communication.

Keeping in view the need of making marketing of commodities easier for farmers, e-NAM was envisioned and launched on April 14, 2016 in 21 mandis, which has now reached 585 mandis across 16 States and 2 UTs, he informed. Farmers are free to register on the portal and upload their products for sale online to the traders across all e-NAM mandis and traders can bid for the lots available for sale on e-NAM from any location.

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M V Rajasekharan Former Union Minister And Veteran Congress Leader Passed Away At 91.

Veteran Congress leader and former Union minister M V Rajasekharan passed away at a hospital in Bengaluru on Monday after prolonged illness, family sources said. He was 91. The Congress leader was ailing from old-age-related diseases. He is survived by his wife Girija Rajasekharan, two sons and two daughters.

An agriculturist and rural development consultant, the Congress leader was born on September 12, 1928, at Maralawadi in Ramanagara district. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said Rajashekharan, who had served as an MLC, MP and Union minister, was a politician with simplicity, humility and great maturity.

“Shri Rajashekharan, son in law of former Chief Minister S Njalingappa, was an authority on rural economy and had set up an institute to make studies on rural development,” Yediyurappa said. “He represented Kanakapura constituency in Lok Sabha. He was known for value-based politics and had served as the Union minister of state of planning and statistics,” the chief minister added.

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April 14 – World Chagas Disease Day 2020 For The First Time.

For the first time, the global community is preparing to celebrate 14 April as the  first  World Chagas Disease Day. One of the aims is to raise the visibility and public awareness of people with Chagas Disease and the resources needed for the prevention, control or elimination of the disease. Chagas disease, also called American trypanosomiasis, has been termed as a “silent and silenced disease”, not only because of its slowly progressing and frequently asymptomatic clinical course but also because it affects mainly poor people who have no political voice or access to health care. 

Once endemic in Latin American countries, Chagas disease is now present in many others, making it a global health problem. It was on this date in 1909 that the first patient, a Brazilian girl named Berenice Soares de Moura, was diagnosed for this disease by Dr Carlos Ribeiro Justiniano Chagas. Raising awareness and the profile of this neglected tropical disease, which is often diagnosed in its late stages, is essential to improve the rates of early treatment and cure, together with the interruption of its transmission. Evidence-based, cost-effective interventions exist, including screening (blood, organs and of new-borns and children), early case detection, prompt treatment of cases, vector control, hygiene and food safety.

WHO invites the countries to take action with us and add a global voice in favour of this and other neglected tropical diseases.

Did you know?

  • Chagas disease is prevalent mainly among poor populations of continental Latin America and affects 6–7 million people.
  • During the past decades, it has been increasingly detected in the United States of America and Canada and in many European and some Western Pacific countries.
  • The disease can be transmitted by vectorial transmission (T. cruzi parasites are mainly transmitted by contact with faeces/urine of infected blood-sucking triatomine bugs. These bugs, vectors that carry the parasites, typically live in the wall or roof cracks of poorly-constructed homes in rural or suburban areas. Normally they hide during the day and become active at night when they feed on human blood. They usually bite an exposed area of skin such as the face, and the bug defecates close to the bite. The parasites enter the body when the person instinctively smears the bug faeces or urine into the bite, the eyes, the mouth, or into any skin break) contaminated food, transfusion of blood or blood products, passage from an infected mother to her newborn, and organ transplantation and even laboratory accidents.
  • Without treatment, Chagas disease can lead to severe cardiac and digestive alterations and become fatal.

The proposal to designate 14 April as World Chagas Disease Day was initiated by the International Federation of Associations of People Affected by Chagas Disease. On 24 May 2019, the World Health Assembly – WHO’s decision-making body – endorsed the proposal, which  was supported by several health institutions, universities, research centres, national or international nongovernmental platforms, organizations and foundations.

Celebrating World Chagas Disease Day on 14 April will provide a unique opportunity to add a global voice in favour of this and other neglected tropical diseases.

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Indian Army Observes 36th Siachen Day On April 13, 2020.

The Indian Army observed the 36th Siachen Day on Monday, remembering the gallant martyrs of Siachen. Siachen Day commemorates the courage and fortitude displayed by troops of the Indian Army in securing the highest and coldest battlefield in the world.

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April 2 – Indian Army Observes 36th Siachen Day On April 13, 2020.

The Indian Army observed the 36th Siachen Day on Monday, remembering the gallant martyrs of Siachen.  Siachen Day commemorates the courage and fortitude displayed by troops of the Indian Army in securing the highest and coldest battlefield in the world.

On April 13, 1984, the Indian Army launched ”Operation Meghdoot” to secure Bilafond La and other passes on the Saltoro Ridgeline from Pakistani aggression.  “Since then, it has been a saga of unparalleled valour in the face of a belligerent enemy, arduous terrain and challenging climatic conditions,” said the Indian Army.

The Siachen Warriors continue to guard the ”Frozen Frontier” with tenacity and resolve against all odds. “The ”Siachen Day” every year honours all the Siachen Warriors who served their motherland while successfully thwarting evil designs of the enemy over the years,” said the force.

The force celebrates a saga of unmatched bravery, heroism, courage and sacrifice on the world”s highest and coldest battlefield. Siachen lies in the Karakoram Range in North-West India. Siachen Glacier is 76.4 km long and covers about 10,000 sq km of uninhabited terrain. It was in 1974 that Pakistan started permitting mountaineering expeditions in the Siachen Glacier. By the spring of 1983, it was clear that India needed to maintain a close watch on Siachen.

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Former Gujarat First Class Cricketer Walter D’Souza Passes Away At 93.

Former Gujarat cricketer, Walter D’Souza, 93, passed away in his sleep at his residence here on Friday. He was one of India’s oldest living firstclass cricketers, who featured in 16 fixtures for Gujarat. In the 27 innings that he appeared in, D’Souza scored 821, with an average of 35.69.

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Kannada Actor ‘Bullet’ Prakash Passes Away At 44.

Famous Kannada actor Bullet Prakash passed away on Monday. He was 44. The actor breathed his last in a Bengaluru hospital where he was being treated for a kidney-related ailment. One of the most loved actors of the Kannada cinema, he has worked in over 300 films in his career.

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