Weekly Current Affairs 1st To 7th April 2020

Published on Thursday, April 09, 2020
Weekly Current Affairs 1st To 7th April 2020

International News

NATO’s Chief Appoints Experts to Strengthen NATO’s Political Role

  • The NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg appointed a group of experts for the reflection process.
  • The panel will offer a recommendation to increase political consultation, coordination between the allies, reinforce alliance unity and strengthen NATO’s political role.

National News

Government Extends Crop Loan Benefits to Farmers Till 31st May 2020

  • Since the whole nation is under lockdown due to COVID-19, the Government of India has taken a major role to provide relief to the farmers in terms of crop loan interest.
  • GOI has extended the benefit of 2% interest subvention to banks and 3% prompt replacement incentives to all the farmers up to 31st May 2020.

Stranded in India Portal- Launched by Ministry of Tourism

  • Ministry of Tourism has launched the “Stranded in India” portal with a view to helping foreign tourists who are stuck in various parts of the country.
  • The web address of the portal is strandedinindia.com.

Karnataka Government Launched- “Corona Watch App”

  • The app is comprised with the list of government-designated first response hospitals for COVID-19 where citizens with the symptoms can go.
  • Also, the Karnataka government has formulated a ten-member task force for COVID-19.

Corona Care- An Insurance Policy Launched by PhonePe and Bajaj Allianz General Insurance

  • PhonePe has partnered with Bajaj Allianz General Insurance to launch a coronavirus hospitalization insurance policy called “Corona Care”.
  • PhonePe users can purchase their Coronavirus insurance policy under the “My Money” section on the PhonePe app.

Infrared Based Temperature Sensor- Developed by Naval Dockyard, Mumbai”

  • Indian Navy’s Naval Dockyard, Mumbai developed portable Infrared based temperature sensor gun with a view for the screening of personnel at yard’s entry gates to limit the spread of COVID-19.
  • The sensor is manufactured at less than Rs 1000. The accuracy is 0.2 degree Celsius. It runs on a 9V battery.

DARPG’s National Monitoring Dashboard Launched for COVID-19 Grievances

  • The main objective of the dashboard is quick and timely implementations of COVID-19 response and containment activities.
  • A technical team has been formed to handle the public grievances on a priority basis. The team will receive grievances from all the states, union territories and ministries as well.

‘Arogya Setu App’- Launched by Government of India

  • The government of India has launched the ‘Arogya Setu App’ for the people to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The app is developed by the National E-governance Division of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Portable Multifeed Oxygen Manifold – Designed by Naval Dockyard Vishakhapatnam

  • Naval Dockyard Vishakhapatnam has designed portable ‘Multifeed Oxygen Manifold (MOM)’ to fulfill the requirements of oxygen supply for the number of patients due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

‘MHRD AICTE COVID-19 Student Helpline Portal- Launched by AICTE

  • AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) launched ‘MHRD AICTE COVID-19 Student Helpline Portal’ to address the issues faced by students due to national lockdown because of COVID-19 which has led to the closure of colleges and hostels.

Agreement-SCTIMST and Wipro 3D to Manufacture Automated Ventilators

  • Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), which is an institute of National Importance of the Department of Science and Technology, has signed an agreement with Wipro 3D to design and manufacture automated ventilators.

‘Hack the Crisis India---- An Online Hackathon

  • Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India (MEITY), ‘Hack A Cause – India’ and ‘Ficci Ladies Organization Pune has launched an Online Hackathon called ‘Hack the Crisis India’.

‘Mo Pravita’- Odisha’s Online Cultural Competition

  • With an aim to engage young minds at home during the lockdown situation arised due to COVID-19, Odisha government has launched an online cultural competition called ‘Mo Pravita’.
  • For this competition, the Odisha government has partnered with UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund).

National Health Authority and Uber to Provide Transport Service to Public Health Workers

  • National Health Authority of India has signed an agreement with Uber to grant public transport facilities to the health workers who are involved in delivering their useful service to the patients of COVID-19.

‘CARUNA’- An Initiative of IAS and IPS Officers to Combat COVID-19

  • Civil Servants including IAS and IPS officers have created a platform called CARUNA (Civil Services Association Reach to Support National Disasters) to guide the government in tackling major health issues of COVID-19.

Amitabh Kant Chairs an Empowered Committee Formed to Coordinate Between Stakeholders

  • There are over 92000 NGOs/CSOs who have registered themselves on the Darpan portal of NITI Aayog. So the committee headed by Amitabh Kant has made an appeal to these NGOs to provide guidance and assistance to the GOI in identifying hotspots in order to enhance social distancing, isolation and combating COVID-19.

MSME Technology Centers- To Contribute Helping Hand to Combat COVID-19

  • MSME technology centers across all over India has come forward to grant help to combat health pandemic COVID-19.
  • For this, a total of 18 MSME technology centers has moved forward.

‘V Safe Tunnel’- Installed at Telangana

  • Telangana state has installed a ‘V Safe Tunnel’ which is a unique disinfectant at the state Director General of Police’s office to sanitize people within 20 seconds from any possible bacteria and other microbes.

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