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1

Nationwide Lock-down Extended Till May 3, 2020 To Contain COVID-19 Spread.

National

2

FIT India And CBSE Organizing First-Ever Live Fitness Sessions For School Students Amid Lockdown.

National

3

Uttar Pradesh Became First State To Initiate Pool Testing Of Covid-19.

National

4

External Affairs Ministry Announced COVID-19 Training Program For Healthcare Professionals From SAARC Countries.

National

5

Jim Corbett National Park Of Uttrakhand Becomes India’s 1st Quarantine Centre For Animals.

National

6

BSNL In Partnership With SBI Launches Bharat Instapay A UPI-Based Payment Platform.

National

7

IMF Cuts India GDP Growth To 1.9%, Projects While Barclays Forecasted It To 0%.

International

8

Telangana CM Recommended The Implementation Of “Helicopter Money”.

National

9

Algerian Novelist Abdelouahab Aissaoui Wins 13th International Arab Fiction Prize 2020.

International

10

Tata Power Wins Edison Award 2020 For Social Innovation.

National

11

Andhra Bank, Syndicate Bank Chiefs Appointed As OSDS In Union Bank Of India And Canara Bank.

National

12

MS Dhoni Appointed As The Brand Ambassador Of Pokerstars India.

National

13

Novelis Inc. Of Hindalco Acquired US’s Aleris For $2.8 Billion Deal.

National & International

14

GP Global Acquires Lubricants Assets Of Nigeria’s Grand Petroleum.

International

15

DRDO Develops COVSACK For COVID-19 Sample Collection.

International

16

Pharma Majors Sanofi & Glaxosmithkline Joined Hands To Prepare Vaccine For Coronavirus.

National

17

Researchers At NIT-Karnataka Develops Cost-Effective Disinfectant Chamber Called ‘ZERO-COV’.

International

18

Government Launches ‘Covidgyan’ A Science Communication Initiative.

National

19

Former Pakistani First-Class Cricketer Zafar Sarfraz Passed Away At 50 Due To Coronavirus.

International

20

March 14 – International Day Of Action For Rivers 2020.

International

21

Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy Launches ‘YSR Nirman’ Online Platform.

National

22

UP Govt Launches Annapurna, Supply Mitra Portals For Citizens’ Food Needs.

National

23

Tourism Ministry – Webinar Series “Dekhoapnadesh” Launched.

National

24

North Korea Multiple Short-Range Anti-Ship Missiles Test Fires.

International

25

Mansukh Mandaviya – Over 6300 PM Jan Aushadhi Centers.

National

Detailed Description On Current Affairs 16 April 2020 – Daily Current Affairs.

1

Nationwide Lockdown Extended Till May 3, 2020 To Contain COVID-19 Spread.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the extension of a nationwide lockdown till May 3 to contain the spread of Covid-19 as the number of novel coronavirus cases surged past 10,000-mark on Tuesday. Hinting at partial relief, however, the Prime Minister said there could be some relaxations after April 20 in places where there is no hotspot.

Lockdown 2.0 will come into force from April 14 till May 3, PM Modi said in a televised address to the nation on Tuesday. The 19-day extension of the lockdown till May 3 is an attempt to contain the spread of novel coronavirus which has affected over 10,000 people in India.

PM Modi said the Centre will closely monitor hotspots in states across India and added that those areas where there are no hotspots will get partial relief. “Till April 20, all districts, localities, states will be closely monitored, as to how strictly they are implementing norms. States where hotspots are contained could be allowed to resume some important activities, but with certain conditions,” the PM said.

2

FIT India And CBSE Organizing First-Ever Live Fitness Sessions For School Students Amid Lockdown.

Fit India in collaboration with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is organizing a first-of-a-kind live fitness session under its Fit India Active Day programme for school children across the country from 15th April 2020 at 9:30 am. The decision has been taken due to the nation-wide lockdown till May 3, 2020, to counter COVID-19 which has restricted the activities of children. These online sessions will enable children to practice fitness even at home in order to remain healthy.

The guidelines of the Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurvedic, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) to stay healthy and to build immunity will also be shared with students during this programme. Students can access these live sessions by distinguished fitness experts, emotional wellness experts, and yoga professionals on the Facebook and Instagram handles of Fit India Movement and CBSE. All the sessions will also be available on YouTube.

Launched on 29 Aug 2019 by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi its aim is to make physical fitness as part of lifestyle by teaching and practicing the art of taking care of one’s body and health daily. In this regard, Fit India Mission mandated schools to organize a Fit India School Week in the month of November/December to attain a Fit India School Certification. Already 13868 CBSE schools have been part of several Fit India programmes in the past and 11682 CBSE schools have already got the Fit India flag.

3

Uttar Pradesh Became First State To Initiate Pool Testing Of Covid-19.

Uttar Pradesh has become the first state in India to start pool testing for Covid-19 infection. The state health department has tested 30 pools of five samples in Agra, one of the Covid-19 hotspots in the country and all tested negative, news agency ANI reported quoting UP Principal Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad today. There are as many as 14 testing labs in the state and all of them are conducting a test of over 2,000 samples every day, the report further stated. As of now, UP has 773 positive Covid-19 cases spread across 48 districts. The state health department has been able to cure 68 patients until today in the state, the report further said.

The Yogi Adityanath government has also come down heavily on people who have violated the lockdown norms. The Saharanpur district administration has filed FIRs on four relatives of Maulana Saad, who is the chief of Tablighi Jamat in India after they hid their details although appealed by the district administration, ANI quoted Saharanpur DM as saying.

4

External Affairs Ministry Announced COVID-19 Training Program For Healthcare Professionals From SAARC Countries.

The External Affairs Ministry has announced a training programme on COVID-19 from April 17 for healthcare professionals from SAARC countries.

PTI PTI, New Delhi, Apr 14 2020, 20:41 ist updated: Apr 14 2020, 20:45 ist Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested that health professionals of the member nations could come together to jointly fight the coronavirus pandemic. Reuters/FileP.

5

Jim Corbett National Park Of Uttrakhand Becomes India’s 1st Quarantine Centre For Animals.

While the world is busy battling coronavirus, the reports of a Malayan tiger being tested positive for COVID-19 in the United States has caught the attention of the Indian authorities. India’s oldest National Park Jim Corbett, situated in Uttarakhand’s Paurhi Garhwal region, has built isolation wards for animals.

Speaking to IANS over the phone, R.K. Tiwari, Warden, Jim Corbett National Park, said, “At least 10 quarantine centres are being prepared within the premises to contain animals. We are also holding talks on converting the cages built for wild animals into a quarantine facility.”

Taking further preventive measures, the authorities have intensified video surveillance of animals. “Any animal with symptoms will be quarantined, the cameras installed in the vicinity of the national park will record the cold and cough symptoms of animals,” he said. Jim Corbett’s Wildlife Medical Officer, Dr Dushyant has however stated that there is less risk of animals, especially tigers, getting infected in forest areas.

6

BSNL In Partnership With SBI Launches Bharat Instapay A UPI-Based Payment Platform.

State-owned BSNL in partnership with State Bank of India launched a UPIbased payment platform, Bharat InstaPay. According to BSNL officials, the new payment facility developed by the company will enable its partners, especially prepaid sellers, to buy service immediately for sale.

7

IMF Cuts India GDP Growth To 1.9%, Projects While Barclays Forecasted It To 0%.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its “World Economic Outlook, April 2020” has decreased India’s GDP (Gross Domestic Products) growth rate to 1.9% projection from 5.8 % for fiscal year 2020-21 starting April 1, 2020. It has also predicted that in FY 21-22 the Indian economy will recover strongly with a growth projection of 4%. This current projected GDP growth rate at 1.9% for 2020-21 is 3.9% lower than the January outlook and 5.1% lower than the projection made in 2019.

On the global front, the economy is projected to contract by –3%in FY 20-21 while it will grow by 8% in 2021 as economic activity normalizes due to the containment of COVID-19.  The ‘Great Lockdown’ to combat the covid-19 outbreak has marked the worst recession in world economy since the Great Depression in the 1930s.

8

Telangana CM Recommended The Implementation Of “Helicopter Money”.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has expressed the hope for a positive response from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his suggestion to the latter earlier in the day to see that Reserve Bank of India pumped money to revive the sagging economy.

Seeking implementation of Quantitative Easing (QE), also called helicopter money, Mr. Rao told a press conference that he had sought Mr. Modi’s intervention to make RBI pump at least 5% per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) which was ₹203 lakh crore. At this rate, the RBI could inject ₹10 lakh crore into the economy. Otherwise, neither the Centre nor the State governments had the money to revive the economy.

9

Algerian Novelist Abdelouahab Aissaoui Wins 13th International Arab Fiction Prize 2020.

The Spartan Court by Abdelouahab Aissaoui has won the 13th International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Aissaoui is the first Algerian to win the prize. He wins USD $50,000 (£39,950), as well as funding for the English translation of the novel.

10

Tata Power Wins Edison Award 2020 For Social Innovation.

Tata Power bags Edison Award for social innovation. The company bags the awards for its ‘Club Enerji #Switchoff2SwitchOn’ campaign. It has brought about 533 participating schools across India, saving over 29.8 million units of power since its inception in 2007. Tata Power is India’s largest integrated power company and has an installed capacity of 10,763 megawatts together with its subsidiaries and jointly controlled entities.

What is Edison Award?

The Edison Awards honours the world’s best innovations and innovators. It is to honour excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design and innovation. The award winners represent products and services, leadership and excellence in innovation around four criteria: Concept, Value, Delivery, and Impact. It is established in 1987 in the memory of Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931).

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11

Andhra Bank, Syndicate Bank Chiefs Appointed As OSDS In Union Bank Of India And Canara Bank.

Andhra Bank Managing Director J Packirisamy and Syndicate Bank Chief Executive Officer Mrutyunjay Mahapatra have been appointed as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Union Bank of India and the Canara Bank respectively, according to an official order issued on Monday.

12

MS Dhoni Appointed As The Brand Ambassador Of Pokerstars India.

PokerStars India doesn’t dominate its market in the same way that many other Stars Group poker sites currently do around the world. But the online poker giant is taking another shot at getting more mainstream exposure in India with the signing of Mahendra Singh Dhoni – better known as MS Dhoni – one of the country’s biggest cricket stars.

Dhoni, who was the long-time captain of the Indian national cricket team, is joining PokerStars India as a brand ambassador.

13

Novelis Inc. Of Hindalco Acquired US’s Aleris For $2.8 Billion Deal.

The Aditya Birla group’s flagship company Hindalco on Tuesday completed the buyout of Aleris Corp by its wholly owned subsidiary Novelis Inc at an enterprise value of $2.8 billion (Rs 21,295 crores). The deal marks Novelis‘ potential entry into the high-end aerospace segment.

14

GP Global Acquires Lubricants Assets Of Nigeria’s Grand Petroleum.

GP Global, an energy-to-agriculture conglomerate, has acquired Nigeria-based Grand Petroleum’s lubricants assets, to strengthen its presence in Nigeria and West Africa, for an undisclosed sum. Grand Petroleum is a part of Nigeria’s Nosak Group, the company said in a statement.

15

DRDO Develops COVSACK For COVID-19 Sample Collection.

Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad has added another product to the portfolio of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to combat Coronavirus (COVID-19) by developing COVID Sample Collection Kiosk (COVSACK).

The unit has been developed by DRDL in consultation with the doctors of Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), Hyderabad. The COVSACK is a kiosk for use by healthcare workers for taking COVID-19 samples from suspected infected patients. Patient under test walks into the Kiosk and a nasal or oral swab is taken by health care professional from outside through the built in gloves. 

The Kiosk is automatically disinfected without the need for human involvement, making the process free of infection spread. The shielding screen of kiosk cabin protects the health care worker from the aerosols/droplet transmission while taking the sample.This reduces the requirements of PPE change by health care workers. After the patient leaves the Kiosk, four nozzle sprayers mounted in the kiosk cabin disinfect the empty chamber by spraying disinfectant mist for a period of 70 seconds. It is further flushed with water & UV light disinfection.

The system is ready for next use in less than two minutes. Voice command can be given through two-way communication system integrated with the COVSACK. It is possible to configure COVSACK to be used either from inside or outside as required by the medical professionals. The COVSACK costs nearly Rsone lakh and the identified industry based at Belgaum, Karnataka can support 10 units per day. The DRDO has designed and developed two units and handed over these to ESIC Hospital, Hyderabad after successful testing.

16

Pharma Majors Sanofi & Glaxosmithkline Joined Hands To Prepare Vaccine For Coronavirus.

Within the partnership, Sanofi will contribute its S-protein COVID-19 antigen based on recombinant DNA technology, while GlaxoSmithKline will implement its proven pandemic adjuvant technology.

According to the latest data from the World Health Organization, there are 70 coronavirus vaccines under development. Three of them have already enrolled in the stage of human trials. On Tuesday, two more companies joined the COVID-19 vaccine race. World’s major pharma companies, French Sanofi (NASDAQ: SNY) and British GlaxoSmithKline, partnered to develop a coronavirus vaccine.

Within the partnership, Sanofi will contribute its S-protein COVID-19 antigen based on recombinant DNA technology, while GlaxoSmithKline will implement its proven pandemic adjuvant technology. This combination has already worked well in a number of vaccines available today.

17

Researchers At NIT-Karnataka Develops Cost-Effective Disinfectant Chamber Called ‘ZERO-COV’.

A team of researchers from National Institute of Technology-Karnataka at Surathkal near here has developed a cost-effective disinfectant chamber that could disinfect personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, surgical masks, vegetables, packed food and other day-to-day items without causing them damage.

Named Zero-Cov, the chamber is made out of an old refrigerator and uses UV-C radiation with a wavelength of 254 nanometres that could destroy or inactivate all surface contamination — bacteria and viruses up to 99.9 %, including novel coronavirus, said Arun M. Islur, Professor and Head, Department of Chemistry, NITK, who built Zero-Cov along with research scholar Syed Ibrahim.

Learning from reports from abroad that COVID-19 warriors were washing PPEs for reuse, the team looked for a simple solution that also could be used in every household as a preventive measure. It noted that items bought from markets, including books, ready-to-eat food, currency, etc., could not be washed at home.

18

Government Launches ‘Covidgyan’ A Science Communication Initiative.

Government launches a multi-institutional, multi-lingual science communication initiative, ‘CovidGyan’ on April 3 to bring together the collection of resources, which are generated by public supported research institutions in India & associated programs in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 so as to create public awareness, & to conduct a complete approach to understand the disease & ways to mitigate it.

It will assist as a ‘go-to’ repository of information regarding COVID-19, & is user-friendly authentic, reliable, trustworthy and can be accessed through https://covid-gyan.in/. It is designed with a number of features to provide accurate information by talks from eminent scientists in audio/podcast formats, infographics, posters, videos, Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs) and myth busters, and even links to scientific papers.

The initiative is the idea of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), and Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) & several other partners have also joined including, Vigyan Prasar, India Bioscience, and the Bangalore Life Science Cluster (BLiSc), Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine (InStem), Centre for Cellular And Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), and National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS).

In another novel initiative by student volunteers from InStem and NCBS have set up several internal communication channels to help groups for their campus community to address fears and anxieties over COVID-19 pandemic & the facilities include- campus email helpdesk, a campus messaging service, a phone helpline, and a peer support line.

19

Former Pakistani First-Class Cricketer Zafar Sarfraz Passed Away At 50 Due To Coronavirus.

Former Pakistan first-class cricketer Zafar Sarfraz has died after testing positive for Covid-19. The 50-year old who made his debut back in 1988 had been on a ventilator in the intensive care unit of a private hospital in Peshawar for the past three days. Sarfraz, a left-hand middle-order batsman, made 616 runs from 15 first-class games for Peshawar. He also had 96 runs from six one-day games before retiring in 1994 and moving on to coaching both the senior and the Under-19 Peshawar teams in the mid-2000s.

A prominent figure in the region’s cricket, Zafar was the brother of Pakistan international Akhtar Sarfraz, who went on to play four ODIs between December 1997 and October 1998, scoring 66 runs in four innings. He died 10 months ago in same city after a battle with colon cancer. Nearly 100 people have died from the coronavirus pandemic in Pakistan. Peshawar, a city in the north of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, has 744 of the nearly 5500 active cases in the country. Sarfraz was the first professional cricketer to die as a result of the coronavirus in Pakistan.

20

March 14 – International Day Of Action For Rivers 2020.

The main objective behind generating this day is to raise voices in unison against destructive water development projects, reclaim the health of watersheds and demand for equitable and sustainable management of our rivers. On 14 March, 2020, 22nd International Day of Action for Rivers will be celebrated.

16

Pharma Majors Sanofi & Glaxosmithkline Joined Hands To Prepare Vaccine For Coronavirus.

Within the partnership, Sanofi will contribute its S-protein COVID-19 antigen based on recombinant DNA technology, while GlaxoSmithKline will implement its proven pandemic adjuvant technology.

According to the latest data from the World Health Organization, there are 70 coronavirus vaccines under development. Three of them have already enrolled in the stage of human trials. On Tuesday, two more companies joined the COVID-19 vaccine race. World’s major pharma companies, French Sanofi (NASDAQ: SNY) and British GlaxoSmithKline, partnered to develop a coronavirus vaccine.

Within the partnership, Sanofi will contribute its S-protein COVID-19 antigen based on recombinant DNA technology, while GlaxoSmithKline will implement its proven pandemic adjuvant technology. This combination has already worked well in a number of vaccines available today.

17

Researchers At NIT-Karnataka Develops Cost-Effective Disinfectant Chamber Called ‘ZERO-COV’.

A team of researchers from National Institute of Technology-Karnataka at Surathkal near here has developed a cost-effective disinfectant chamber that could disinfect personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, surgical masks, vegetables, packed food and other day-to-day items without causing them damage.

Named Zero-Cov, the chamber is made out of an old refrigerator and uses UV-C radiation with a wavelength of 254 nanometres that could destroy or inactivate all surface contamination — bacteria and viruses up to 99.9 %, including novel coronavirus, said Arun M. Islur, Professor and Head, Department of Chemistry, NITK, who built Zero-Cov along with research scholar Syed Ibrahim.

Learning from reports from abroad that COVID-19 warriors were washing PPEs for reuse, the team looked for a simple solution that also could be used in every household as a preventive measure. It noted that items bought from markets, including books, ready-to-eat food, currency, etc., could not be washed at home.

18

Government Launches ‘Covidgyan’ A Science Communication Initiative.

Government launches a multi-institutional, multi-lingual science communication initiative, ‘CovidGyan’ on April 3 to bring together the collection of resources, which are generated by public supported research institutions in India & associated programs in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 so as to create public awareness, & to conduct a complete approach to understand the disease & ways to mitigate it.

It will assist as a ‘go-to’ repository of information regarding COVID-19, & is user-friendly authentic, reliable, trustworthy and can be accessed through https://covid-gyan.in/. It is designed with a number of features to provide accurate information by talks from eminent scientists in audio/podcast formats, infographics, posters, videos, Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs) and myth busters, and even links to scientific papers.

The initiative is the idea of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), and Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) & several other partners have also joined including, Vigyan Prasar, India Bioscience, and the Bangalore Life Science Cluster (BLiSc), Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine (InStem), Centre for Cellular And Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), and National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS).

In another novel initiative by student volunteers from InStem and NCBS have set up several internal communication channels to help groups for their campus community to address fears and anxieties over COVID-19 pandemic & the facilities include- campus email helpdesk, a campus messaging service, a phone helpline, and a peer support line.

19

Former Pakistani First-Class Cricketer Zafar Sarfraz Passed Away At 50 Due To Coronavirus.

Former Pakistan first-class cricketer Zafar Sarfraz has died after testing positive for Covid-19. The 50-year old who made his debut back in 1988 had been on a ventilator in the intensive care unit of a private hospital in Peshawar for the past three days. Sarfraz, a left-hand middle-order batsman, made 616 runs from 15 first-class games for Peshawar. He also had 96 runs from six one-day games before retiring in 1994 and moving on to coaching both the senior and the Under-19 Peshawar teams in the mid-2000s.

A prominent figure in the region’s cricket, Zafar was the brother of Pakistan international Akhtar Sarfraz, who went on to play four ODIs between December 1997 and October 1998, scoring 66 runs in four innings. He died 10 months ago in same city after a battle with colon cancer. Nearly 100 people have died from the coronavirus pandemic in Pakistan. Peshawar, a city in the north of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, has 744 of the nearly 5500 active cases in the country. Sarfraz was the first professional cricketer to die as a result of the coronavirus in Pakistan.

20

March 14 – International Day Of Action For Rivers 2020.

The main objective behind generating this day is to raise voices in unison against destructive water development projects, reclaim the health of watersheds and demand for equitable and sustainable management of our rivers. On 14 March, 2020, 22nd International Day of Action for Rivers will be celebrated.

21

Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy Launches ‘YSR Nirman’ Online Platform.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched two portals on Wednesday- the AP Industries COVID-19 portal for registration of units which are manufacturing essential medical supplies and the ‘YSR – NIRMAN’ portal for supply of cement to government projects.

The AP Industries COVID- 19 portal enables the MSME manufacturers and suppliers in the State to register themselves. The manufacturers and suppliers can register themselves in the portal for making and supplying essential items (both medical and auxiliary) related to COVID-19. The Industries department has already compiled a list of 112 units manufacturing medical essentials and 41 units manufacturing auxiliary items.

The YSR Nirman platform helps various government departments to procure cement from suppliers for various government projects such as Polavaram, housing etc. Various stakeholders such as Cement Manufacturers Association, manufacturing companies and government departments can connect through this portal.

In a meeting held to discuss the Industrial Incentive Policy at the camp office in Tadepalli, YS Jagan directed officials to clear the industrial incentives in a phased manner, giving priority to the industries providing employment on a large-scale. Support to the MSMEs should also be extended, he said.

22

UP Govt Launches Annapurna, Supply Mitra Portals For Citizens’ Food Needs.

Uttar Pradesh government has started a new UP Supply Mitra Portal, Annapurna Portal for citizens at supplymitra-up.com. At this portal, people can get information of nearby kirana and ration items distribution centres for home delivery at Supply Mitra portal. People can even get information of cooked food distribution centres as well as food items vitaran kendras at Annapurna Portal. In case anyone wants to include their name in list of stores for home delivery of food, ration items to people during Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown can apply online.

Along with home delivery of food items, people can also apply for inclusion of their name in the list of suppliers of cooked food. The main objective of launching UP Supply Mitra Portal by CM Yogi Adityanath is to ensure that no person in the state remains hungry. Earlier, the state govt. has also started providing Lockdown E-Passes to people.

For delivery of essential food items either in the form of ration or cooked food, this is a noble initiative. One more initiative named as Annapurna Portal has also been launched in order to ensure proper food supply to people in the hour of need.

23

Tourism Ministry – Webinar Series “Dekhoapnadesh” Launched.

COVID-19 has had a major impact on all human life and not just in India but globally. Tourism as a sector is naturally hugely impacted with no movement happening either domestically or from across the border. But owing to technology, it is possible to visit places and destinations virtually and plan our travels for a later date. In these unprecedented times, technology is coming handy to maintain human contact and also keep faith that times will be good to be able to travel again soon.

Keeping this in view, the Ministry of Tourism has launched its “DekhoApnaDesh” webinar series from today to provide information on the many destinations and the sheer depth and expanse of the culture and heritage of our Incredible India. The first webinar, which was part of a series that shall unfold, touched upon the long history of Delhi as it has unfolded as 8 cities, each one unique in its character and leaving behind traces which makes Delhi the magnificent city that it is today. The webinar was titled ” City of Cities- Delhi’s Personal Diary’.

The Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture (I/C) Shri Prahlad Singh Patel said that the series of  webinars shall be an on-going feature and the Ministry would work towards showcasing the diverse and remarkable history and culture of India including its monuments, cuisine, arts, dance forms. natural landscapes, festivals and many other aspects of the  rich Indian civilization.

The core of the session based itself on tourism awareness and social history. Laced with interesting anecdotes the session which was conducted by the India city walks for Ministry of Tourism, had enthusiastic participation with 5546 persons registering and many interesting questions were raised which depict the interest of the participants. The webinar shall be available in public domain soon. It will be available on the Ministry’s social media handles- Incredible India on Instagram and Facebook.

24

North Korea Multiple Short-Range Anti-Ship Missiles Test Fires.

North Korea launched multiple short-range anti-ship cruise missiles into the sea and Sukhoi jets fired air-to-surface missiles on Tuesday as part of military exercises, South Korea’s military said. The missile tests were done on the eve of a national holiday in North Korea to celebrate the birthday of Kim Il Sung, the founder of the country and grandfather of the current leader, Kim Jong Un.

Launched at around 7 a.m. (2200 GMT), the anti-ship missiles plunged into the sea more than 150 kilometres (93 miles) off the east coast town of Munchon, while the Sukhois carried out firing tests, officials at South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) told reporters. The JCS gave no indication of how many missiles were fired, but said a detailed analysis of the launches was being conducted together with U.S. intelligence.

25

Mansukh Mandaviya – Over 6300 PM Jan Aushadhi Centers.

he Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Shri Mansukh Mandaviya has said that even in the current difficult circumstances the Pradhan Mantri Janaushadhi Kendra (PMJK) people are working as CoronaWarriors and serving the nation. In a tweet Minister Said, it is being ensured that affordable medicines are available at 6300 Jan Aushadhi centers across the country.  Shri Mandaviya further said that to deal with the current situation its warehouses are working day and night on war footing.

During the lockdown due to spread of COVID-19 pandemic across the country, pharmacists of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras are delivering quality generic medicines at affordable prices to the common citizens of the country. Presently, more than 6300 PMJAKs are functioning across the country, covering 726 districts .

Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) scheme is being run by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India with an objective of providing quality and affordable healthcare to anyone in need.

To ensure the availability of affordable medicines ,one central warehouse in Gurugram, two regional warehouses at Guwahati and Chennai and around 50 distributors are working with their full capacity. In order to control the supplies of the medicines, a strong SAP based end to end point of sales software has been set up . Mobile application “Jan Aushadhi Sugam” is also available for common public to locate their nearest Janaushadhi Kendra and availability of medicines with its price. The app. can be downloaded from Google Play Store and I-phone Store.

In the lockdown period, Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) is also generating awareness through informational posts on their social media platforms, to help people protect themselves from Coronavirus. You can also get updates by following us @pmbjpbppi at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

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