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  • Indian football skipper Sunil Chhetri has been named for FIFAs campaign to combat COVID-19 crisis

    455 days ago
    Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri has been picked among 28 players for the world governing body FIFA's campaign to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. He has been selected along with Lionel Messi, Philip Lahm, Iker Casillas, and Carles Puyol. Highlights: ♦ FIFA and the World Health Organization (WHO) have partnered to combat the coronavirus... Read More

    Odisha to set up Covid-19 testing lab at VIMSAR

    455 days ago
    The Odisha State government is planning to set up a COVID-19 testing laboratory at a hospital in order to ease the burden as the state has only one facility at Bhubaneswar. The state government planning to set up a Biosafety Levels 2 (BSL-2) laboratory at Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR). Highlights: ♦... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Govt to supply 7Kg per person on subsidized food grains for 3 months

    455 days ago
    Government of India is to supply an additional 2kg subsidized foodgrains under the Public Distribution System (PDS) over the next three months. A total quota of 7 kg per person will be given. The announcement was made by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution on 26 March. Highlights: ♦ The proposal regarding this was... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Aviation sector might face losses up to USD 3.6bn in June quarter

    455 days ago
    Aviation consultancy Capa India reported that India's aviation industry is expected to post losses of $3-3.6 billion in the June quarter in its report titled 'Projecting the potential financial impact of COVID-19 on Indian aviation'. The loss is because the airlines have shared the bulk of the hit after the series of travel restrictions... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    UP bans sale of pan masala

    455 days ago
    The Uttar Pradesh state government has imposed a ban on the production and sale of pan masala during the 21-day lockdown imposed across the country. The move comes in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The information was passed by Food Security Commissioner Ministhy S. Ban on Pan masala: ♦ As per the ban, manufacturing, sale, and storage... Read More

    Sameer Aggarwal is appointed as CEO of Walmart India

    455 days ago
    Sameer Aggarwal is appointed as CEO of Walmart India. Aggarwal appointment will come into effect from 1 April. He will report to Dirk Van Den Berghe, Executive Vice-President and Regional CEO of Asia and Global Sourcing, Walmart. Aggarwal will replace Krish Iyer, who is set to retire. He has assumed the role of advisor to Best Price, Walmart India. Sameer... Read More

    DPIIT sets up control room to monitor the supply of EC goods

    455 days ago
    The Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), that functions under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has set up a control room to monitor the supply of essential commodity goods on 26 March. The decision was made after the department had detailed discussions with states and e-commerce companies on the disruption of the supply... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    ARI develops wheat variety with high protein

    455 days ago
    Agharkar Research Institute (ARI) Scientists have developed a biofortified durum wheat variety MACS 4028. The new wheat variety shows high protein content. New wheat variety MACS 4028: ♦ The wheat variety developed by the ARI scientists show high protein content of about 14.7% ♦ The wheat has a better nutritional quality of zinc 40.3... Read More

    IIT-Madras to organize Global Hyperloop Pod Competition

    455 days ago
    Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-Madras) has announced that it is to organize India's first Global Hyperloop Pod Competition. The competition is open to all students globally. The final round will take place on the IIT-Madras campus in the month of July 2020. Aim: The main objective of the Global Hyperloop Pod Competition is to raise... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    National Book Trust launched StayHomeIndiaWithBooks

    455 days ago
    The National Book Trust of HRD Ministry has launched #StayIn and #StayHome to encourage people to read books while at home. It provides select and best-selling titles for FREE Download as part of its initiative of #StayHomeIndiaWithBooks! The move comes in the wake of Preventive Measures of the Government of India to contain the spread of Covid-19. #StayHomeIndiaWithBooks!: ♦... Read More

    Indian Railways extend cancellation of passenger train services till 14 April

    455 days ago
    The Ministry of Railways has extended the cancellation of passenger train services on Indian Railways. The move is to continue the measure taken in the wake of COVID-19. All Mail/Express trains including premium trains, passenger trains, suburban trains and trains of Metro Railway, Kolkata has been extended till 14 April 2020. Central government has... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    GoI to launch CoWin-20 to curb the community spread of coronavirus

    455 days ago
    The Government of India is to launch CoWin-20 to curb the community spread of coronavirus. CoWin-20 is a new smartphone app that aims to track individuals by their smartphone locations. The app will be made soon and will be available widely across India. CoWin-20: ♦ The Indian government aims to trace the personal travel histories of individuals... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    First phase of Census 2021 and updation of NPR has been postponed

    455 days ago
    The Census 2021 which was scheduled to be conducted in two phases has bee postponed by the Government of India due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. The updation of National Population Register (NPR) will be done along with the Phase I of Census 2021 in all the States/Union Territories, except Assam. Census India 2021: ♦ The Census 2021... Read More
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    Cabinet approved the continuation of recapitalization of RRB scheme

    455 days ago
    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved to continue the process of recapitalization of Regional Rural Banks (RRBs). Highlights: The Cabinet approved to provide minimum regulatory capital to RRBs for another year, that is, up to 2020-21 for those RRBs which are unable to maintain minimum Capital... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Man dies of Hantavirus in China

    455 days ago
    A report from China stated that a man died from Hantavirus. He was from China's Yunnan province. He died on a bus to the Shandong province. The people who travelled along with him have been tested. Hantavirus: Hantaviruses are a family of viruses that are transmitted mainly by rodents. It can show varied disease syndrome in people. The name... Read More

    FAO reports peatlands can help attain climate goals

    456 days ago
    Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations reported that Peatlands can play a crucial role in regulating the global climate by acting as carbon sinks. The report was authored by 35 experts. Report Highlights: ♦ The report recommended countries to restore and manage the Peatland ecosystems as these land are facing degradation. ♦... Read More
    Category: Environment

    Cabinet approved construction of Aligarh-Harduaganj flyover

    456 days ago
    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the construction of Aligarh-Harduaganj flyover. The construction of the flyover will be taken up by the Ministry of Railways. Aligarh-Harduaganj flyover: ♦ The total length of the Aligarh-Harduaganj railway flyover will be 22 Km. ♦ The... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

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