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Current Affairs 7th April 2020

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1. MHA approves release of ₹11,092 cr to states to deal with COVID-19
  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah approved the release of ₹11,092 crores to all states
  • Under the State Disaster Risk Management Fund (SDRMF)
  • To set up quarantine facilities and arranging other facilities for checking the spread of coronavirus.
  • Ajay Kumar Bhalla – Home Secretary.
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2. Uber partners NHA to provide dedicated transport service to COVID-19 healthcare workers
  • NHA = National Health Authority
  • To provide transport service to frontline healthcare workers who are engaged in the treatment.
  • Uber will initially facilitate the provision of 150 cars free of cost through its UberMedic service.
  • Uber HQ: San Francisco, CA, USA.
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3. IAF airlifts 6.2 tonne essential medicines and hospital consumables to Maldives
  • Under Operation Sanjeevani.
  • It is the first country in India’s neighbourhood to have received essential medicines since the lockdown.
  • Air Chief Marshal : Birender Singh Dhanoa.
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4. FCI sets new record in single day transportation of food grains
  • A new record in single-day movement by moving 70 rakes carrying 1,93,000 MT of food grains continuously for 2 days.
  • During the 12 days of lockdown, it has done average movement of 1,40,000 tonnes of food grain/day.
  • Among the consuming states, maximum induction was done in UP.
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5. Maharashtra govt, BMC to launch a 24 X 7 helpline to address mental health during COVID-19
  • To alleviate these mental health concerns during a lockdown,
  • Mpower has partnered with the Maharashtra govt & the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation
  • To launch a toll-free helpline number called ‘BMC-Mpower 1on1’.
  • Mpower, an Indian mental healthcare institute
  • Mpower HQ : Mumbai.
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6. ADB to invest $ 100 million in Infra sector via NIIF
  • Infra sector = Indian Infrastructure sector
  • ADB is investing in NIIF’s ‘fund of funds’,
  • ‘Fund of funds’ means that the actual money invested is a few times more than the committed sum.
  • NIIF = National Investment and Infrastructure Fund
  • NIIF MD and Chief : Sujoy Bose.
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7. Indian NGO ARMMAN wins prestigious USD 1.5 million Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship
  • ARMMAN, an India-based non-profit organization was
  • Organisation was awarded the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship 2020
  • For its work in the maternal and child health space in India.
  • ARMMAN works towards empowering mothers and enabling healthy children in India.
  • Dr Aparna Hegde – Founder, Chairperson of ARMMAN.
  • HO: Mumbai.
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8. SEBI Whole time member Madhabi Puri Buch gets six-month extension
  • Buch is SEBI’s 1st woman WTM and the 1st from the private sector to be appointed a board member.
  • SEBI Chairman : Ajay Tyagi.
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9. Bione launches India’s first COVID-19 home screening test kit
  • First healthcare company in India to introduce this.
  • It is priced between ₹2000-3000/-. Bione, based in Banglaore is the first company to bring NSG Sequencing to India.
  • Bione was founded by Surendra K Chikara, a renowned genomicist.
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10. International Day of Sport for Development and Peace: April 6
  • For International Day of Sport 2020, let’s #BeActive.
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11. Telangana govt launches website to fact-check false social media posts
  • Telangana government in partnership with Factly Media & Research launched the website and dissecting misleading posts.
  • The portal is first of its kind by a state government.

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