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Current Affairs 16th April 2020

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1. e-NAM completes four years of implementation
  • The pan-India Agriculture trading portal e-NAM.
  • It helps to realise the vision of One Nation One Market for Agri produces.
  • E-NAM is expanded to cover 415 mandis.
  • It was launched by PM Narendra Modi.
  • More than 1.66 cr farmers are registered on e-NAM.
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2. “DekhoApnaDesh” webinar series to provide information on many destinations and culture and heritage of Incredible India
  • Tourism Ministry launched DekhoApnaDesh webinar series
  • To provide information on the cultural & heritage sites.
  • The first webinar was about Delhi titled City of Cities-Delhi’s Personal Diary.
  • It is to be available on social handles of the Ministry.
  • Tourism Ministry : Prahlad Singh Patel.
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3. Govt launches Sovereign Gold Bonds Scheme 2020-21
  • The GoI in consultation with RBI will launch Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme.
  • The bonds will be issued in six tranches.
  • The bonds will be sold through Scheduled Commercial banks (except SFBs & Payments Bank), SHCIL, BSE, NSE. Bond period – 8 years.
  • Investment limit for Individual : 1gm – 4 kg of gold.
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4. Hindalco closes $2.8bn acquisition of Aleris Group
  • K M Birla’s Hindalco Industries completed the acquisition of Aluminium rolled products maker Aleris Group through its subsidiary Novelis Inc.
  • The enterprise value of the deal is $2.8billion.
  • Hindalco is now one of the world’s largest aluminium makers.
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5. Four Indian – Americans awarded 2020 Guggenheim fellowships
  • For their accomplishments & exceptional promise.
  • The four Indian are Pradeep Sharma; Kavita Ramanan; Dilip Da Cunha & Mukul Sharma.
  • Approximately 175 such fellowships are awarded every year.
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6. US approves sale of missile; torpedoes worth $155 million to India
  • The Trump administration notified its determination to sell Harpoon air-launched missiles and lightweight torpedoes worth USD 155 million to India.
  • Harpoon Missile – UDS 92 million manufactured by Boeing.
  • Torpedoes – USD 63 million by Raytheon.
  • India to use the torpedoes on its P-8I aircraft.
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7. CCI approves proposed acquisition of 9.93% stake by Emerald Sage Investment Limited in Apollo Tyres Limited
  • CCI = Competition Commission of India
  • Apollo Tyres HO : Gurugram.
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8. DRDO develops COVID-19 sample collection kiosk ‘COVSACK’
  • COVSACK – COVID Sample Collection Kiosk
  • It helps health workers to collect samples from patients without PPE kits.
  • It is developed by DRDO & doctors of ESIC.
  • DRDO also developed Personal Sanitation Enclosure (PSE) & Full Face Mask (FFM).
  • Chairman of  DRDO : G Satheesh Reddy.
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9. Monaz Noble joins Godrej Industries as Independent Director
  • He joins as Non-Executive Director for 5 years.
  • Noble is the Chief Financial Officer at Novartis Global Service Centre in Hyderabad.
  • Prior to Novartis, she was with Cadbury India Ltd.
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10. AICTE launches e-learning portal ‘ELIS’
  • AICTE = All India Council for Technical Education
  • In order to foster digital learning, AICTE launched Enhancement in Learning with Improvement in Skills (ELIS) portal.
  • The e-learning content consists of 26 different courses with the help of 18 leading Ed-tech companies.
  • AICTE Chairman : Anil Sahasrabudhe.
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11. World Art day celebrated on 15 April
  • World Art Day is celebrated globally on 15 April every year.
  • To promote the development, diffusion and enjoyment of art.
  • This day is being celebrated all over the world to emphasize the importance of art.

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