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Current Affairs 11th April 2020

1. IndiGrid to acquire Sterlite Power’s asset for 1,050 crore
  • IndiGrid is one of India’s two listed Infrastructure Investment Trust (InvIT).
  • CEO of IndiGrid: Harsh Shah.
  • HO: Mumbai.
2. IFFCO Tokio Insurance names Rashtrawar MD & CEO
  • IFFCO Tokio General Insurance appointed Anamika Roy Rashtrawar its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.
  • She replaces Warendra Sinha.
  • She is the first woman to head a large private sector general insurance company in India.
  • It is a joint venture b/w IFFCO & Tokio Marine Group Insurance.
3. Sanitation App upgraded
  • Sanitation App ‘Swachhata MoHUA’ has been updated to include features such as reporting of suspected cases and lockdown violations.
  • The app’s primary use was to report sanitation-related grievances but 9 features are added.
  • Secretary of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs : Durga Shankar
4. Tata Power bags Edison Award for social innovation
  • Tata Power has been conferred with the Edison Award under social innovation category and social energy solutions sub-category.
  • The Edison Awards, named after Thomas Alva Edison, recognises and honours the world’s best innovations and innovators.
  • It was awarded for ‘Club Enerji #Switchoff2SwitchOn’ campaign.
5. Indian Robotics Solution launches Corona Combat Drone to fight COVID-19
  • To aid the Delhi Government,
  • Corona Combat Drone (CCD) that can sanitize large congested slums and colonies within a short duration.
  • Sagar Gupta Naugriya is the founder of Indian Robotics Solution.
  • The company is based in Delhi.
6. IndiGo Enters Brand Finance Top 50 Airlines List
  • IndiGo has been recognised as one of the most valuable and strongest airlines as per the Brand Finance Airlines 50 report for 2020.
  • It is ranked 43 as it entered the list for the first time.
  • IndiGo is the only airline from India.
  • IndiGo CEO : Rahul Bhatia.
  • IndiGo HO : Gurugram.
7. Indian Railways’ Coach Rehabilitation Workshop develops Charak
  • Charak is a mobile doctor booth with zero contact check-up facility.
  • Union Minister for Railways : Piyush Goyal.
8. HUL partners with UNICEF to support India’s fight against COVID-19
  • HUL = Hindustan Unilever Limited
  • UNICEF = United Nations Children’s Fund
  • HUL collaborated with UNICEF for a mass media campaign titled #BreakTheChain or #VirusKiKadiTodo.
  • Based on 3 themes-social distancing, handwashing & generosity.
9. John Prine, US folk and country songwriter, dies
  • Prine won two Grammy Awards from 11 nominations.
  • He was also given a lifetime achievement award at the 2020 ceremony.
  • In 2016 he recorded a duets album For Better, or Worse.
10. Italian Olympic 800m finalist Donato Sabia dies of coronavirus aged 56
  • He is the 1st Olympic finalist in the world to dies from virus.
11. Delhi Launces ‘Op SHIELD’ across its containment zones
  • Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal launched ‘Operation Shield’, a strategy involving sealing, isolation and tracing to contain the spread of the virus.
  • SHIELD – Sealing; Home-Quarantine; Isolation; Essential Supplies; Local Sanitation; Door to Door Checking.
  • It is launched to spread the disease in 23 Containment zones.
12. Biofortified carrot variety developed by farmer scientist benefits local farmers
  • Madhuban Gajar, a biofortified carrot variety with high β-carotene and iron content.
  • That is developed by Vallabhhai Vasrambhai Marvaniya, a farmer in Gujarat.
  • It is a highly nutritious carrot variety.
  • Marvaniya was conferred with National Award & Padma Shri.
13. CSIR- National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) Pune ties up with Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) for production of medical devices
  • To form Digital IR Thermometer & Oxygen Enrichment Unit to mitigate the pandemic.
  • DG CSIR : Shekhar Mande.
  • Chairman & MD BEL : M V Gowtama.
14. Lifeline Udan: 240 tonnes of medical supplies flown across country during Covid-19 lockdown
  • Lifeline Udan initiative,167 flights have transported over 248 tonnes of essential medical supplies across the country during lockdown.
  • Air India and Indian Air Force collaborated primarily for Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, North-East and other island region.
  • Civil Aviation Minister : Hardeep Singh Puri.



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