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Current Affairs 14th April 2020

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1. HRD Minister launched ‘YUKTI’ in New Delhi
  • YUKTI is a web portal to monitor and record the efforts and initiatives of MHRD.
  • The portal intends to cover the different dimensions of COVID-19 challenges in a very holistic and comprehensive way.
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2. More than Rs 5,000 Cr transferred to accounts of 7.15 Cr beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujwala Yojana
  • PMUY is under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan package.
  • There are over 8 crore PMUY beneficiaries in the country.
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3. Govt approves ex-gratia compensation for FCI officials in case of death
  • FCI = Food Corporation of India.
  • The government has approved the proposal for grant of ex-gratia monetary compensation to 1,08,714 workers and officers of the FCI
  • Including 80,000 labour who are working round the clock to supply food grains across the country amidst the pandemic.
  • Union Minister for Food & Consumer Affairs : Ram Vilas Paswan.
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4. Ahmedabad railway station gets sanitizing tunnel
  • The Ahmedabad Railway station at Kalupur has become the first in the country to install a walk-through mass sanitizing tunnel.
  • It is a pilot project and an attempt to ensure that passengers do not contract the infection.
  • It runs on vaporization process that converts sanitizer mixture.
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5. Chinese Central Bank’s stake in HDFC crosses 1%; worth around Rs 3000 Cr.
  • China’s Central Bank, the People’s Bank of China raised its shareholding in HDFC to over 1%.
  • It now has 17.49 million shares or 1.01% of HDFC equity capital, according to BSE.
  • HDFC is India’s largest mortgage firm in the private sector.
  • HDFC Vice Chairman & CEO : Keki Mistry.
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5. Chinese Central Bank’s stake in HDFC crosses 1%; worth around Rs 3000 Cr.
  • China’s Central Bank, the People’s Bank of China raised its shareholding in HDFC to over 1%.
  • It now has 17.49 million shares or 1.01% of HDFC equity capital, according to BSE.
  • HDFC is India’s largest mortgage firm in the private sector.
  • HDFC Vice Chairman & CEO : Keki Mistry.
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7. Jana Small Finance Bank rolls out digital banking platform
  • Jana SFB, a scheduled commercial bank.
  • The bank has launched a digital banking platform, DigiGen.
  • Where customers can open accounts instantly.
  • It is a 3-step process and customers are eligible for a 4.5% interest rates on the savings account.
  • MD & CEO : Ajay Kanwal.
  • HQ : Bangalore.
  • Tagline : Paise ki Kadar.
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8. IIT Bombay develops ‘smart stethoscope’ which can hear heartbeats from a distance
  • IIT Bombay developed a ‘digital stethoscope’ that can listen to heartbeats from a distance.
  • Also heartbeats can be recorded with minimising the risk of healthcare workers from contracting coronavirus.
  • It has been developed with inputs from Reliance Hospital and Hinduja Group.
  • The IIT-B has received a patent for the device.
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9. Former South Africa Test Cricketer Jackie du Preez passes away
  • Former South Africa spinner and Zimbabwe selector, John Harcourt du Preez, fondly known as Jackie, has died at the age of 77.
  • He was one of the many Zimbabweans to play for South Africa in his country’s pre-independence days.
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10. Veteran Congress leader MV Rajasekharan dies at 91
  • He was former Union Minister also.  
  • He was also an agriculturalist and a rural development consultant.
  • He represented Kanakapura constituency in Lok Sabha.
  • He hails from Ramnagara, Karnataka.

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