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Current Affairs 8th April 2020

1. Nasscom appoints Infosys’ Pravin Rao as chairman
  • Nasscom President : Debjani Ghosh.
2. NHAI achieves highest ever construction of National Highways in FY 2019-20
  • This is the highest ever highway construction achieved in a FY by NHAI since its inception in 1995.
  • MoRTH launched Bharatmala Pariyojana program to develop about 65,000 km NH.
  • NHAI Chairman : Sukhbir Singh Sandhu.
3. Govt opens up supply lines from abroad with receipt of 1.70 lakh PPE coveralls from China
  • Which have been donated to India.
  • About 16 lakh N95 masks are presently available in the country.
  • Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare : Dr Harsh Vardhan.
4. Railways develops low-cost ventilator in Kapurthala, awaits ICMR approval
  • ICMR = Indian Council of Medical Research
  • The Indian Railways has developed a low-cost ventilator, Jeevan, at its Kapurthala Rail Coach Factory in Punjab.
5. ICMR approves TB machines for COVID-19 testing
  • ICMR = Indian Council of Medical Research
  • ICMR has recommended the use of Truenat beta CoV test on Truelab workstation validated as a screening test.
  • Truenat is smaller, battery-operated, requires minimal training
  • It is usable even in smaller settings such as the Primary Health Centre.
  • It uses a chip-based technology & takes up to 60 mins to test.
6. Anurag Srivastava takes charge as MEA Spokesman
  • Mr Srivastava, an Indian Foreign Service Officer, was serving as India’s Ambassador to Ethiopia before this appointment.
  • Minister of State for External Affairs : V Muraleedharan
7. Kerala installs Walk in Sample Kiosks for Covid-19 testing in Ernakulam district
  • The Walk-in Sample Kiosks are being developed by Doctors of Kalamsessry Medical College.
  • The model in Kochi is one of the first of its kind in India.
7. Kerala installs Walk in Sample Kiosks for Covid-19 testing in Ernakulam district
  • The Walk-in Sample Kiosks are being developed by Doctors of Kalamsessry Medical College.
  • The model in Kochi is one of the first of its kind in India.
9. Govt nominates Indian Overseas Bank for collecting donations for PM Cares Fund
  • The contributions can be made by RTGS, NEFT etc.,
  • IOB HQ : Chennai
  • IOB Tagline : Good People to Grow With.
10. VRDE designs full-body disinfection chamber
  • VRDE =Vehicle Research and Development Establishment ,Ahmednagar, a DRDO laboratory.
  • The laboratory has designed a full-body disinfection chamber called Personnel Sanitization Enclosure.
  • VRDE Director : Sangam Sinha.
11. IIT Hyderabad-incubated startup’s low-cost ventilator can be controlled via a phone app
  • Name of the start-ups is Aerobiosys Innovations.
  • Aerobiosys Innovations developed a low-cost, portable, emergency-use ventilator called Jeevan Lite.
  • Jeevan Lite can perform both invasive and non-invasive ventilation.
  • Aerobiosis Co-founders : Rajesh Thangavel and Cyril Antony.
12. How Contagion Works – Book
  • How Contagion Works: Science, Awareness and Community in Times of Global Crises – The essay that helped change the COVID-19 debate is written by Paolo Giordano.
  • “How Contagion Works” reflects on the crises in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic.
  • The book has been released by Borj Publications.
13. World Health Day: April 7
  • The celebration has aimed to create awareness of a specific health theme
  • To highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization.
  • Theme : Support Nurses and Midwives.
14. Test spinner Stephen O’Keefe retires from 1st class cricket
  • He is Former Australia Test spinner
  • He took 16 wickets in Sheffield Shield 4-day title last season.
15. IWF: Thailand, Malaysia banned from weightlifting at Tokyo Olympics
  • The Independent Member Federation Sanctions Panel (IMFSP) of IWF imposed disciplinary sanctions.
  • Sanction on Thailand and Malaysia
  • IMFSP banned both the countries to from participating in weightlifting events at the Tokyo Olympics.
  • International Weightlifting Federation(IWF)HQ : Budapest, Hungary.
16. Former Libya Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril dies from coronavirus
  • Libya PM : Fayez al-Sarraj.
  • Currency : Libyan Dinar.



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