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KGMU Becomes The 1st Govt Hospital In India To Successfully Launch CPT Treatment: COVID-19.

International

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G20 Launches ‘Access To COVID-19 Tools Accelerator’ Initiative.

National & International.

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India’s Holding Of US Govt Securities Hits High Record Of USD 177.5 Bn In Feb: US Treasury Dept.

National & International

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Ladakh’s Aksai Chin Is Part Of China: WHO Map.

International

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Asian Development Bank Approves $1.5 Billion USD To India To Combat COVID-19.

International

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APEC Region To Post 2.7% Economic Contraction In 2020 Due To Covid-19: Report.

International

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Biocon’s Mazumdar-Shaw Among World’s Top 20 Leaders In Biopharma:The Medicine Maker Power List 2020.

National

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Shiv Das Meena Appointed As Chairman & Managing Director Of HUDCO.

National

9

Axis Bank To Buy 29% Stake In Max Life Insurance For Rs 1,600 Crore.

National

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First Black Hole Merger Of Uneven Massed Observed By LIGO-VIRGO; Indicated By GW190412 Signal In April 2019.

National & International

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Low-Cost Mechanical Ventilator Ruhdaar Developed By Team Led By IIT Bombay.

National

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IIT Ropar Designs ‘Wardbot’ To Deliver Food, Medicines To COVID-19 Patients.

National

13

Pakistan Cricket Board Bans Umar Akmal For Three-Years For Match Fixing.

International

14

Former Liverpool Striker Michael Robinson Passed Away At 61.

International

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April 28 – World Day For Safety And Health At Work 2020.

National & International

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April 25 – World Veterinary Day 2020.

National & International

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Gujarat Govt Launches Unique Initiative ‘Umbare Aanganwadi’ To Help Children During Lockdown.

National

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AP Launched ‘Covid Pharma’, A Mobile Application To Trace People Buying Medicines For Fever, Cold.

National

19

Former Rajya Sabha MP Basanta Das Passed Away At 80 Years.

National

20

‘Recharge Saathi’: Vodafone Idea Ties Up With Paytm Launched.

National

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KGMU Becomes The 1st Govt Hospital In India To Successfully Launch CPT Treatment: COVID-19.

A 25-year-old junior resident doctor at the King George Medical University here has tested positive for novel coronavirus after coming in contact with two patients undergoing treatment for the disease at its premises, a hospital spokesperson said on Wednesday.

The doctor has been kept in an isolation ward and is undergoing treatment, the spokesperson said. “A woman from Canada and one of her relatives, who came in contact with her, are undergoing treatment for Covid-19 at an isolation ward at KGMU. A 25-year-old junior resident doctor had taken the samples of these patients. Suddenly, some symptoms were seen in him and he was tested at the university laboratory, where he was found to be coronavirus positive,” KGMU spokesperson Dr Sudhir Singh told PTI.

“The resident doctor has been kept in an isolation ward and is undergoing treatment,” he said. Singh said 14 other people working in the isolation ward were also tested and their results came out to be negative.

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G20 Launches ‘Access To COVID-19 Tools Accelerator’ Initiative.

The group of 20, G20, on Sunday launched ‘Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator’, an international initiative to accelerate access to health tools needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Mohammed Aljadaan, Saudi Minister of Finance, the current G20 chair, said that the international community is still facing extraordinary uncertainty about the depth and duration of this health crisis.

Aljadaan, who participated in the launch event, stressed the urgency to come together and cooperate to face this global challenge together.

He added, “The Saudi G20 Presidency took the lead and worked with its partners and relevant organisations to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. The G20 will continue reinforcing global cooperation on all fronts, and most importantly, on closing the immediate health financing gap.”

Head of states and other key political leaders as well as principals of multilateral, global health and development institutions participated in the launching event. Global community, health actors and leaders supporting this landmark collaboration will convene again in a pledging event on 4th May.

‘Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator’ initiative will be a global platform for action to enhance connections and leverage interdependencies for collective partnership, problem-solving, mobilising and guiding investments, and driving equitable access for new Covid-19 diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines.

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India’s Holding Of US Govt Securities Hits High Record Of USD 177.5 Bn In Feb: US Treasury Dept.

Continuing to increase its exposure, India’s holding of US government securities jumped by over USD 13 billion in a month to record high of USD 177.5 billion at the end of February. In the last one year since February 2019, the overall holding of India has jumped by a staggering USD 33.2 billion.

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Ladakh’s Aksai Chin Is Part Of China: WHO Map.

Parts of Ladakh (AksaiChin) in the China section of the WHO website has been shown as part of Chinese territory with a dotted line and colour code. Also, Jammu & Kashmir and the rest of India are depicted in different colours.

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Asian Development Bank Approves $1.5 Billion USD To India To Combat COVID-19.

The Asian Development Bank on Tuesday said it has approved $1.5 billion loan to India to help fund its fight against coronavirus pandemic. The loan has been sanctioned with a view to support immediate priorities such as disease containment and prevention, as well as social protection for the poor and economically vulnerable sections. It is fully committed to supporting the Indian government.

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Asian Development Bank Approves $1.5 Billion USD To India To Combat COVID-19.

The Asian Development Bank on Tuesday said it has approved $1.5 billion loan to India to help fund its fight against coronavirus pandemic. The loan has been sanctioned with a view to support immediate priorities such as disease containment and prevention, as well as social protection for the poor and economically vulnerable sections. It is fully committed to supporting the Indian government.

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APEC Region To Post 2.7% Economic Contraction In 2020 Due To Covid-19: Report.

The APEC region is expected to post a 2.7 percent economic contraction in 2020 due to the impact of the novel coronavirus, the most significant fall since the near-zero growth rate logged in 2009 during the global financial crisis, according to the APEC Secretariat.

The contraction compares with a 3.6 percent growth in 2019 for the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, which includes Japan, China and the United States. The region’s unemployment rate is projected to rise to 5.4 percent in 2020 from 3.8 percent in 2019, or an additional 23.5 million workers in the region being unemployed in 2020, according to a report released April 20.

“The APEC region is on the frontlines for meeting this challenge because member economies are among the first and worst affected by the pandemic,” said Rebecca Sta Maria, executive director of the Singapore-based Secretariat. “A crisis of unprecedented severity calls for a response of unprecedented scale.”

An economic rebound is forecast for 2021, with the APEC region anticipated to grow 6.3 percent, higher than the projected global economic growth of 5.8 percent. This rebound, however, hinges on the effectiveness of containment mechanisms to avoid a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the expected stimulus from economic policy measures.

The APEC region has an average of 4.1 hospital beds, 1.9 physicians, and 3.9 nurses or midwives per 1,000 people, according to the APEC Policy Support Unit, the policy research and analysis arm of the regional organization.

While these figures have improved since the 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, the current capacity of health systems is insufficient considering the significantly higher infection rates and the uncertainty of the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, the unit said.

“Member economies quickly rose to the challenge by introducing fiscal and monetary measures,” Sta Maria said. “The focus now is for members to come together for coordinated multilateral cooperation to support our people and small businesses.”

APEC is comprised of Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam.

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Biocon’s Mazumdar-Shaw Among World’s Top 20 Leaders In Biopharma:The Medicine Maker Power List 2020.

Shaw has been featuring on The Medicine Maker Power List for six consecutive years since 2015. Bengaluru: Biocon Ltd announced on Monday that The Medicine Maker Power List 2020 has ranked its Executive Chairperson Kiran MazumdarShaw as one of the world’s top 20 inspirational leaders in the field of biopharmaceuticals.

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Shiv Das Meena Appointed As Chairman & Managing Director Of HUDCO.

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs’ (MoHUA) Additional Secretary Shiv Das Meena (IAS) has been appointed as Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) of Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited (HUDCO), a Miniratna PSU under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). According to an order from the MoHUA, Meena has been given additional charge of the post for a period of six months with immediate effect from the date of issue of the order i.e. April 21, or till the appointment of a regular incumbent to the post, or until further orders, whichever is the earlier. The information has been shared by the HUDCO in a regulatory filing to the stock exchange on Wednesday.

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Axis Bank To Buy 29% Stake In Max Life Insurance For Rs 1,600 Crore.

Axis Bank to buy 29% stake in Max Life for Rs 1,592 crore. Private sector lender Axis Bank on Tuesday formally joined peers to have a life insurance joint venture by announcing to raise its stake in Max Life Insurance, the fourth largest player in the life cover space, to 30 per cent for Rs 1,592 crore.

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First Black Hole Merger Of Uneven Massed Observed By LIGO-VIRGO; Indicated By GW190412 Signal In April 2019.

This discovery took place a year after when a gravitational wave (GW) signal dubbed “GW190412observed by the LIGO and Virgo detectors on 12 April 2019, which was actually a sign of merging of two black holes with unequal masses. This merger took place 2.4 billion light years away.

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Low-Cost Mechanical Ventilator Ruhdaar Developed By Team Led By IIT Bombay.

Ruhdaar ventilator project was headed by Zulqarnain, a first-year student of Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay. He with his friends PS Shoib, Asif Shah and Shakar Nehvi from IUST, Awantipora and Majid Koul from NIT Srinagar developed this low-cost ventilator using locally available materials.

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IIT Ropar Designs ‘Wardbot’ To Deliver Food, Medicines To COVID-19 Patients.

A team of researchers at IIT Ropar is aiming to develop a wardbot that will deliver food and medicine to COVID-19 patients in their isolation wards. The conceptual design is of a bot that can be instructed to receive and deliver food and medicines and the necessary equipment to every room from a remotely-located control room. Lines drawn on the floor will help the IR-sensor-fitted wardbot find its way, the researchers say. The bot will have at least twelve shelves and a carrying capacity of 4 to 5 kg. It should be able to serve 10 to 12 patients. 

Once the bot reaches a room, the patient can pick his or her food or medicine from the shelves. The bed ID of the patient will be displayed on a small LCD unit fitted on the respective shelves on the bot.

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Pakistan Cricket Board Bans Umar Akmal For Three-Years For Match Fixing.

Pakistani cricketer Umar Akmal, whose career has been marred with controversies, was on Monday banned from all forms of cricket for three years after pleading guilty to failing to report match-fixing approaches. The decision was announced by a disciplinary committee after a brief hearing of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

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Former Liverpool Striker Michael Robinson Passed Away At 61.

 Former Liverpool star Michael Robinson has died at the age of 61. Robinson, who won the league title and European Cup at Anfield in 1984 and won 24 caps for the Republic of Ireland, had been suffering from skin cancer. His family confirmed the news via his social media account on Tuesday morning.

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April 28 – World Day For Safety And Health At Work 2020.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work takes place on April 28, 2020. World Day for Safety and Health at Work takes place on April 28, 2020. The day was declared by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally.

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April 25 – World Veterinary Day 2020.

This year, World Veterinary Day will be celebrated on April 25, 2020. This day is dedicated to the appreciation of veterinarians, who are essential to the field of healthcare and medical science. Veterinarians always work to promote animal welfare and health.

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Gujarat Govt Launches Unique Initiative ‘Umbare Aanganwadi’ To Help Children During Lockdown.

In Gujarat, Women and Child Development Ministry(WCD) has taken a unique initiative called Umbare Aanganwadi, i.e doorstep Aanganwadi to reach out to children during the lockdown. AIR correspondent reports that the under ICDS programme the government has not only ensured the nutritious food to the children but also ensure their overall development.

The ICDS Department has launched a TV programme called Umbare Aanganwadi which is telecast every alternate day through Vande Gujarat channel as well as Jio TV. Same is also telecast on You Tube. Talking to AIR, Deputy Director of ICDS Ila Ba Rana said, the regular theme based modules of Aanganwadi are being taught in an interactive the way in the programme which children can watch with their parents.

Apart from this, various experts teach different Art and Craft activities in the programme which children can make from home based resources during the lockdown. She added that the programme is targeted to around 14 lakh Aanganwadi children in the age group of 3-6 years old. In view of COVID-19, the department has also distributed ready to eat nutritious food packets by AMUL to its beneficiaries including children pregnant women and adolescent girls through the network of around 53 thousand Aanganwadi. 

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AP Launched ‘Covid Pharma’, A Mobile Application To Trace People Buying Medicines For Fever, Cold.

Using the app, pharmacies will have to take down details of persons and their mobile numbers, who are making OTC purchases of medicines, including Paracetamol, for common ailments, and report that to the government.

In the prevailing scenario, this will help us easily trace persons with any kind of likely symptoms of coronavirus,” Katamaneni Baskar, commissioner of health, said in a statement. This also includes buying medicines with prescriptions. The medical shops association has consented to collect details of persons making such purchases and share those with the health department for better monitoring, he said.

The state reported 80 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the overall tally to 1,177. Meanwhile, the state government has recruited 1,174 doctors on a temporary basis for a year to meet emergent requirements. Most of these doctors would be posted in the Covid-19 hotbed districts like Kurnool, Guntur, Krishna and Chittoor, Baskar said.

Chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said YSR Telemedicine will continue on a permanent basis and village clinics will have great utility in times of health emergency. During a review meeting, Reddy said Andhra stands ahead of other states with an average of 1,147 tests per million, and has so far conducted 61,266 tests.

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Former Rajya Sabha MP Basanta Das Passed Away At 80 Years.

Former Rajya Sabha MP dies. member from Odisha Basanta Das died on Wednesday following a prolonged illness. He was 80. Das, who was suffering from age-related ailments, breathed his last at his residence in Bahadur Bagicha locality of Bhawanipatna, family sources said.

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‘Recharge Saathi’: Vodafone Idea Ties Up With Paytm Launched.

Former Governor of Bihar and Tripura and veteran Congress leader Devanand Konwar died of old age ailments at his The programme is intended to help individuals, small businesses to earn an additional income. Vodafone Idea and Paytm, a digital payments and financial services platform, have launchedRecharge Saathi‘ programme which helps individuals and small businesses to earn an additional income.

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