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  • Assam State Disaster Management Authority launched COVID-19 Control Room in Guwahati

    448 days ago
    The Assam State Disaster Management Authority launched an Upgraded State COVID-19 Control Room in Guwahati, Assam on 31 March. The aim is to render uninterrupted service to the people during the lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Highlights: Personnel from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and... Read More

    Haryana designated 3 private labs in Gurugram for COVID-19 testing

    448 days ago
    Haryana State Government has designated three private laboratories in Gurugram district of the state for COVID-19 testing in the State. The three labs are SRL Limited in Sector-18, Strand Life Sciences in Sector-34, and Core Diagnostics Pvt. Ltd. in Udyog Vihar of Phase-3. The private labs shall carry out COVID-19 testing as per guidelines of Indian... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    BP Kaunungo was reappointed as the deputy governor of RBI

    448 days ago
    BP Kaunungo was reappointed as the deputy governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) approved the extension of Kanungo's term as RBI deputy Governor by one year. It will be effective from 3 April, when his 3-year tenure comes to an end. BP Kaunungo: Kanungo served as an executive director of the RBI.... Read More

    Centre launched Stranded in India to help foreign tourists

    448 days ago
    The Ministry of Tourism has launched a portal 'Stranded in India'. The portal aims to help foreign tourists who are stuck in various parts of the country. Stranded in India: The aim of the portal is to extend support to the foreign tourists who are stranded in India. The Ministry of Tourism launched the portal to disseminate information... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    AP appointed Dr.Srinath Reddy as an advisor to the state Government

    448 days ago
    The Andhra Pradesh Government has appointed Dr.Srinath Reddy as an advisor to the Government on 31 March. Dr.Reddy is the former Head of the Department of Cardiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. Srinath Reddy: Dr.Reddy will act as the advisor to the Andhra Pradesh Government. The state government has requested that... Read More

    DheeYantra launched Virtual assistance to curb fake messages on Coronavirus

    448 days ago
    DheeYantra, the pioneers in Indian languages NLP and conversational AI, has launched "Aham!", a virtual assistant. The chatbot was developed to provide answers to the concerns on the COVID-19 crisis. Aham!: ♦ Aham! is released in 7 Indian languages namely Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Hindi, and Tamil, in addition to English.... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Himachal Pradesh launched mobile app to monitor quarantined people

    448 days ago
    Himachal Pradesh State government has unveiled 'Corona Mukt Himachal', a mobile application on 31 March as a measure to protect the State's people. The app will track and monitor the people who are quarantined for COVID-19. Corona Mukt Himachal: Corona Mukt Himachal app was developed by the Department of Information Technology. Using... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Centre increased wages under rural employment guarantee scheme

    448 days ago
    Ministry of Rural Development has revised wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural employment guarantee scheme on 31 March. It will be effective from 1 April. The average hike of Rs.20 in the wages of rural workers is part of the Rs 1.7 lakh crore fiscal package announced recently to mitigate the economic crisis arising out of the outbreak of COVID-19.... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Sudhir Rajkumar resigns from UN Joint Staff Pension Fund

    448 days ago
    Sudhir Rajkumar, a senior official from India, has resigned from his position of Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the investment of the assets of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF). He was appointed to the role of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in October 2017. Rajkumar did not mention any reason for his resignation.... Read More

    China recommended bear bile to treat COVID-19 patients

    448 days ago
    The National Health Commission of China published a list of recommended treatments to treat COVID-19. Apart from western medicine and Chinese medicine, the list included Tan Re Qing, injections that contain bear bile powder. Bear's Bile: Tan Re Qing is secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder of the bear. The bile from various species... Read More

    UN report states India, China will stay away from world recession

    448 days ago
    The United Nations Trade report titled "The COVID-19 Shock to Developing Countries: Towards a whatever it takes program" stated that the world economy will go into recession in 2020 with a predicted loss of trillions of dollars of global income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also predicted serious problems for developing countries with the... Read More
    Category: International

    India expands its capacity for PPE kits, 12 domestic firms meet the norms

    448 days ago
    The central government has approved the qualification of 12 Indian companies to meet the demands of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits and the challenge posed by COVID-19. The 12 companies have set parameters to manufacture personal protective gear for use by healthcare workers. Approval: ♦ PPE consists of a special gown, mask, eye shield,... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Govt extends crop loan repayments due to COVID-19 lockdown

    448 days ago
    GoI has extended the benefit of 2% Interest Subvention (IS) to Banks and 3% Prompt Repayment Incentive (PRI) to all farmers up to 31 May 2020. The extension is applicable to the crop loans up to Rs.3 lakh given by banks which have become due or are becoming due between 1 March and 31 May 2020. The move comes in the wake of lockdown due to the ongoing... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    GoI extends validity of expired Driving Licences and Vehicle Registration till 30 June

    448 days ago
    The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has announced an extension on the validity of documents like driving licenses, permits and registration that are expired since 1 February. The Ministry has directed all states and Union Territories (UT) to treat the documents as valid till 30 June. Highlights: ♦ The move by the Government aims to... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    NGMA launched Virtual Tour of its permanent collection

    448 days ago
    National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) celebrated the 66th Foundation Day on 29 March 2020. On the occasion, NGMA launched "Virtual Tour of its permanent collection" for the visitors. Virtual Tour by NGMA: ♦ People are not allowed to visit NGMA due to the lockdown for 21 days in India as a measure to curb COVID-19 spread. ♦... Read More

    NBT launched Corona Studies Series books

    448 days ago
    National Book Trust (NBT) is to launch Corona Studies Series books to provide relevant reading materials for all age-groups for the post-Corona readership needs. The information was passed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Corona Studies Series books: ♦ NBT's initiative aims to launch the series in order for the people to... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    ICAR directs farmers to handle safety measures during Rabi harvesting

    448 days ago
    The government's agri-research body Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) directed the farmers to follow social distancing and safety precaution while handling farm machines and labour in the field during the Rabi harvesting. Guidelines for Farmers: ♦ The farmers should consult with agri-scientists in Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs),... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Tata Power commissioned Shuakhevi HPP in Georgia

    448 days ago
    Tata Power Company's joint venture (JV) with Norway's Clean Energy Invest (CEI), and International Financial Corporation (IFC) began its commercial operation of a 178 megawatt (MW) hydropower project (HPP) in Georgia. The information was given by the Tata group utility on 30 March. About Joint Venture: ♦ Adjaristsqali Georgia LLC,... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    Indian Army prepares amid the lockdown

    448 days ago
    The Indian Army has prioritized essential activities that are necessary for its functioning in view of the coronavirus outbreak. Centre's nationwide lockdown has led to the formations and military stations reducing contact with civilians. Some of the units have isolated themselves from the outside environment and other units. Army's lockdown: ♦... Read More
    Category: Defence

    ADB to invest $100 mn in NIIF FOF

    448 days ago
    Asian Development Bank (ADB) has joined the Government of India (GOI) and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as an investor under the instruments of the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) of India. Under the move, ADB will invest $100 million equivalent in the NIIF Fund of Funds (FOF). ADB's investment: ♦ With... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

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