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Current Affairs 5th April 2020

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1. MoS HRD and IT, Sanjay Dhotre launches ‘Hack the Crisis-India’ hackathon
  • Hack the Crisis – India is an Online Hackathon to find working solutions .
  • It is a part of a global initiative.
  • It has been organised by ‘Hack A Cause – India’ and ‘FICCI Ladies Organization Pune’ & supported by MeitY.
  • FICCI President : Sanjay Khajuria
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2. AICTE comes out with unique helpline portal to support students during lockdown
  • AICTE = All India Council for Technical Education
  • The website https://helpline.aicte-india.org was launched by HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.
  • Chairman AICTE : Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe.
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3. IIT Roorkee develops low-cost face shields for protection of first line healthcare professionals fighting COVID-19
  • At AIIMS Rishikesh.
  • The manufacturing cost per shield is approximately Rs 45.
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4. Jitendra Singh releases National Corona Survey conducted in 410 Districts of Country
  • Minster of MPPG Dr Jitendra Singh
  • He has released the National Preparedness Survey on COVID19-Responses of District Collectors and IAS Officers.
  • It was conducted in 410 Districts in the Country.
  • It highlights priorities & constraints of COVID 19 preparedness.
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4. Jitendra Singh releases National Corona Survey conducted in 410 Districts of Country
  • Minster of MPPG Dr Jitendra Singh
  • He has released the National Preparedness Survey on COVID19-Responses of District Collectors and IAS Officers.
  • It was conducted in 410 Districts in the Country.
  • It highlights priorities & constraints of COVID 19 preparedness.
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6. Centre releases ₹17,287 crore to states
  • The Union government released ₹17,287 Crore to the states to enhance their financial services.
  • This includes ₹6,195.08 cr on account of ‘revenue deficit grant’ under the 15th Finance Commission recommendations.
  • India’s COVID-19 stimulus package is 0.8 per cent of GDP.
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7. UNGA adopts resolution calling for global solidarity in fight against COVID-19
  • UNGA = United Nations General Assembly
  • Co-sponsored by 188 nations including India,
  • The resolution titled Global solidarity to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  • It is first such document on the global pandemic to be adopted by the world organization.
  • General Assembly President: Tijjani Muhammad
  • Member States: 193.
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8. Bangladesh to use AI for Corona management, scales up Testing
  • The government of Bangladesh under its Access to Information (a2i) programme and the Ministry of Health will utilize Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • For the management of Coronavirus spread.
  • Bangladesh PM : Sheikh Hasina
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9. RBI reduces trading timings of currency and debt markets
  • In view of the COVID-19 outbreak, beginning April 7th,
  • Markets dealing with government securities, call/notice/term money, corporate bonds, foreign currency, Rupee Trades, commercial paper and Certificates of Deposit will be working from 10 AM to 2 PM.
  • Other banking services (NEFT, RTGS) will continue like before.
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10. RBI announces 3rd targeted LTRO for Rs 25,000 crore
  • To ensure adequate liquidity in the system, RBI announced the third targeted long-term repo operation (TLTRO) for ₹25,000 crore
  • It will conduct TLTROs of up to 3-year tenor of appropriate sizes for a total amount of up to ₹1,00,000 crore.
  • Shorter duration govt bond yields plunged after RBI’s LTROs.
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11. FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup, scheduled in November postponed
  • Which was scheduled to be played in India between November 2nd and 21st.
  • FIFA Confederations also postponed Under-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in Panama and Costa Rica.
  • U-17 Women’s Cup was scheduled to be played across 5 cities.
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12. Official mascots of 19th Asian Games unveiled in Hangzhou, China
  • The Mascots – Congcong, Lianlian and Chenchen which reflect the internet prowess of Hangzhou city and Zhejiang province, were unveiled.
  • The Olympic Council of Asia’s 19th Asian Games will be held in Hangzhou from September 10 to 25, 2022.
  • The three robot mascots – collectively called Smart triplets.
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13. Former Minister Pasang Wangchuk Sona passes away after prolonged illness
  • He served as Deputy Speaker in Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
  • Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister: Pema Khandu
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14. ‘Lean on Me’ singer Bill Withers passes away at 81
  • He was an American Singer & Songwriter.

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