Weekly Current Affairs 22nd To 31st March 2020

Published on Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Weekly Current Affairs 22nd To 31st March 2020

International news

IMF: World Entered Recession

  • International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Kristalina Georgieva has announced on 27th March 2020, that the world has clearly entered a recession due to the devastating impact due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has 189 member countries and was founded on 27th December 1945.

Nagaland CM Launched an App – SELF DECLARATION COVID-19 App

  • The aim behind launching this app is to trace the person who enters the state as a measure to tackle the spread of Coronavirus.
  • The app is made mandatory for any person who entered the Nagaland after 6th March 2020.

National News

Cabinet Approved AYUSH HWC Inclusion in NAM

  • The proposed expenditure for the operationalization of AYUSH HWCs is Rs. 3399.35 Crore (Rs.2209.58 Crore as Central Share and Rs. 1189.77 crores as State share).
  • The expenditure is allotted for a period of five years, from financial years 2019-20 to 2023-24.

Govt Constituted High Level Committee of Medical Experts

  • The High-level technical committee (HLTC) will guide the prevention and control activities for COVID 19 in the country.
  • It is a 21 member committee and is headed by NITI Aayog member Dr V K Paul.

Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020

  • Lok Sabha has passed the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 on 20th March 2020.
  • The Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 will amend the principal acts of the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Act of 2014 and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Act, 2017.

“Tech For Tribals” Program

  • “Tech for Tribals” is supported by the Ministry of MSME and aims at capacity building and imparting entrepreneurship skills to tribal forest produce gatherers enrolled under the Pradhan Mantri VanDhan Yojana (PMVDY).
  • The project is launched jointly with IIT-Kanpur along with IIT-Roorkee, IIM Indore, Kalinga Institute of Social Science, Bhubaneshwar and SRIJAN, Jaipurin.

India's First Dedicated COVID-19 Facility

  • Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) on 23rd March 2020, has announced that it has set up India's first dedicated COVID-19 hospital.
  • The Hospital has been set up by Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital in collaboration with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), at Seven Hills Hospital in Mumbai.

Funds to Tackle COVID 19 Counted under CSR

  • The government has made it compulsory for the companies to spend 2% of their average net profit of the last 3 years on CSR activity in a particular financial year, under the amended Companies Act.
  • In India, Corporate Social Responsibility was introduced through Section 135 of the Companies Act of 2013.

Invest India Business Immunity Platform

  • The platform is designed as a comprehensive resource to help businesses and investors get real-time updates on India’s active response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
  • The Business Immunity Platform (BIP) is the 24/7active platform for business issue redressal, with a team of dedicated sector experts and responding to queries at the earliest.

Largest COVID-19 Hospital to be Set up in Odisha

  • The Odisha state government on 26th March 2020 has announced to set up two 500-bed hospitals to exclusively treat COVID-19 patients.
  • The state government has signed two tripartite agreements to establish the hospital in partnership with the Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital.

PM CARES Fund – To Deal with COVID 19

  • The government of India sets up PM CARES Fund to fight the biggest epidemic COVID-19.
  • PM CARES stands for Prime Minister Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situation.

“Corona Studies Series”- to be Launched by National Book Trust

  • National book trust, India of MHRD will be launching “Corona Studies Series” books to provide relevant reading materials for all age groups for the post corona readership needs.

National Teleconsultation Center- Launched by Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry

  • To deal with COVID-19 queries, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan, launched 24x7National Teleconsultation Center.

GOI sets up 11 Empowered Groups under Disaster Management Act to Deal COVID-19

  • The Government of India has set up 11 empowered groups to ensure a comprehensive and integrated response to COVID-19.
  • The 11 empowered groups have been set up by the GOI under the Disaster Management Act.

CFSS-2020- Launched by Ministry of Corporate Affairs

  • Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has launched a scheme called “Companies fresh start Scheme 2020” with an aim to provide relief to law-abiding companies and the Limited Liability Partnerships (LLP) because of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
  • The CFSS-2020 will remain enforced from 1st April 2020 to 30th Sep 2020.

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