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Current Affairs 17th March 2020

1. India’s Sharath Kamal beats Marcos Freitas in ITTF Oman Open final
  • Paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal ended his 10-year title drought
  • He defeated top seed former world-ranked 7 Marcos Freitas 4- 2
  • To be crowned champion of the ITTF Challenge Plus 2020 Oman Open
  • Oman Capital: Muscat; Currency: Omani rial
2. Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying clinches her 3rd women’s singles title of All England Championships
  • At Birmingham in United Kingdom beating China’s Chen Yufei in 2 straight games 21-19, 21-15
  • Denmark’s Victor Axelsen claimed Men’s Singles title
3. US Fed Reserve Slashes Key Interest Rate to Near Zero amid Economic Shutdown Over Coronavirus
  • It is 2nd emergency rate cut in less than 2 weeks,
  • Cutting the benchmark borrowing rate to a range of 0-0.25% & pledged to keep it there “until it is confident that the economy has weathered recent events”
  • Rate was previously at this level during 2008 global fin. Crisis
4. Yes Bank to exit all Nifty indices: NSE
  • Index Maintenance Sub-Committee (IMSC) under National Stock Exchange has decided to accelerate the removal of Yes Bank from Nifty50, Nifty Bank & all Nifty equity indices.
  • In Nifty50, Yes Bank will be replaced by Shree Cements with effect from March 19
  • Nifty100 index: Yes Bank replaced with Adani Transmission
5. Mastercard and Samsung partner to enable Digital Inclusion
  • Digital access to consumers & small businesses in emerging markets
  • Through its extensible Pay on Demand platform, designed to accelerate digital inclusion
  • Mastercard HQ : New York, USA
6. Manipur govt announces schemes for sportspersons, artistes
  • Under CMAST Scheme, a suitable employment in govt services to be provided to sports persons,
  • Who have won medals in notified disciplines in selected Inte’l Sports events.
  • CMAT scheme is designed with a view to encourage the artists in different fields
  • CMAT = Chief Ministers Akhannaba Sanaroisingi Tengbang
  • Manipur Governor : Najma Heptulla;
  • CM : N. Biren Singh
7. IAS officer Baseer Ahmed Khan appointed 4th advisor to J-K Lt Gov
  • Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan
  • He was appointed as the 4th Advisor to Lieutenant Governor Jammu & Kashmir, by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • Other advisors include Rajiv Bhatnagar, Farooq Khan & K K Sharma
  • Ladakh UT Lt. Governor: R. K. Mathur
8. PM Modi proposes emergency covid-19 fund for SAARC nations
  • South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
  • India pledged $10 million towards a Covid-19 emergency fund
  • Said it was putting together a rapid response team of doctors for SAARC nations as part of an initiative led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi
  • India has set up an Integrated Disease Surveillance Portal
9. Microsoft Bing team launches covid-19 portal for global tracking of cases
  • Accessible at bing.com/covid,
  • Which provides up-to-date infection statistics for each country.
  • WHO had recently declared coronavirus outbreak as a Pandemic.
  • WHO Head : Tedros Adhanom
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