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Current Affairs 9th April 2020

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1. Digilocker designated as sole National Academic Depository by HRD Ministry
  • The Ministry of HRD designated DigiLocker as the sole National Academic Depository (NAD).
  • It directed the UGC to implement NAD as a permanent scheme within DigiLocker without levying user charges through MeitY.
  • DigiLocker is safe to store electronic versions of documents.
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2. Govt relaxes export curbs on 24 pharma ingredients, medicines
  • Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) had imposed export restrictions on 26 active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and formulations.
  • Now, has relaxed export curbs on 24 pharma ingredients and medicines including vitamin B1 and B12.
  • Director-General of DGFT: Ajay Kumar Bhalla.
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3. Swasth ke Sipahi deliverying medicines at doorstep of patients under PMBJP
  • Under Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana.
  • It is run by Department of Pharmaceuticals under MoCF.
  • More than 6300 PMJAKs are functioning across 726 districts.
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4. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announces 5T plan to tackle novel coronavirus crisis
  • The 5T plan includes testing, tracing, treatment, teamwork and tracking.
  • Lieutenant Governor of Delhi : Anil Baijal.
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5. Telangana deploys Covid-19 monitoring app developed by start-up
  • To identify & undertake live surveillance, track, monitor & provide real-time analytics to the CM & the health department.
  • It has been developed by the start-up Vera Smart Healthcare.
  • Telangana Governor : Tamilisai Soundararajan.
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6. SIDBI to provide emergency working capital of up to Rs 1 crore to MSMEs
  • SIFBI = Small Industries Development Bank of India
  • The limit of SAFE loans has been enhanced from 50 lakh rupees to two crore rupees.
  • SAFE–SIDBI Assistance to Facilitate Emergency.
  • Interest Rate-5%.
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7. RBI eases norms for state govts, extends overdraft facility
  • RBI relaxed norms for state govt facing short-term mismatches by extending the duration of overdraft facility until 30 September.
  • The number of days for which a state or UT can avail this is extended to 21 working days from the current 14 days.
  • No. of days for a quarter increased to 50 working days from 36.
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8. CCI approves acquisition of GMR Kamalanga Energy Limited by JSW Energy Limited
  • Competition Commission of India (CCI)
  • Under Section 31(1) of the Competition Act.
  • GMR is engaged in generation of power through its coal-based thermal power plant at Odisha.
  • JSW Head Office : Maharashtra.
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9. CCI approves Hitachi’s proposed acquisition of 80.1% in power grid business of ABB Limited
  • ABB Management will hold the entire power grid business of ABB.
  • Hitachi HQ : Japan.
  • ABB HQ : Switzerland.
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10. Airtel Payments Bank partners with Bharti AXA General Insurance
  • Under the partnership, the insurer has rolled out 2 insurance plans:
  • Bharti Axa Group health Assure
  • Group Hospital Cash
  • Both are offering lumpsum of ₹25,000 and daily benefit of ₹500/day respectively.
  • MD & CEO of Bharti AXA : Sanjeev Srinivasan.
  • Head Office : Mumbai.
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11. PNB Housing Finance inks agreement with JICA to raise $ 100 million
  • It will be used for affordable housing to low-income households.
  • It is JICA’s 1st debt funding in housing finance sector in India
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12. Jobless rate amid lockdown period hits 23.4% : CMIE
  • CMIE = the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy
  • 23.4% as on April 5, 2020.
  • It estimated the jobless rate for March 2020 as 8.7%.
  • MD & CEO of CMIE : Mahesh Vyas.
  • UN estimated loss of 195 mn jobs.
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13. 1960s Bond Girl Honor Blackman dead at 94
  • Honor Blackman, one of the most memorable co-stars of the early James Bond films, has passed away.
  • The actress shot to fame in her late 30s after playing Bond girl in Goldfinger.
  • She was also well known for TV series : The Avengers.

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