Daily GK Update: 10th April 2020

Current Affairs

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1. Rs. 15000 crores package sanctioned by GoI to boost health infrastructure

Government of India (GoI) has allocated Rs. 15000 crores for ‘India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package’. The funds will help in enhancing the production of Personal Protection Equipment, ventilators, ICU and other essential equipment. These interventions and initiatives would be implemented under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.


Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare: Harsh Vardhan.


2. ADB assures $2.2 bn support package to India to fight Covid-19 pandemic


Asian Development Bank has assured support package of $2.2 billion (about Rs 16,500 crore) to India to fight against COVID-19 pandemic. India’s requirements such as including emergency assistance, policy-based loans and budget support to facilitate swift disbursement of ADB funds.


Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • President of ADB: Masatsugu Asakawa.
  • Formation of ADB: 19 December 1966.
  • Headquarters of ADB: Manila, Philippines.
  • Membership of ADB: 68 countries.


3. IIL partners with Griffith University to develop Covid-19 vaccine

Indian Immunologicals Limited has partnered with Australia’s Griffith University to develop the COVID-19 vaccine using the latest codon de-optimization technology. The vaccine is expected to provide long-lasting protection with a single dose administration with an anticipated safety profile similar to other licensed vaccines for active immunization. It will work with the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), to conduct clinical trials.


Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters of Indian Immunologicals Limited (IIL): Hyderabad, Telangana.
  • Indian Immunologicals Limited (IIL) founded: 1982.
  • Chairman of Indian Immunologicals Limited (IIL): Dilip Rath.


4. HUL partners with UNICEF to support India to combat COVID-19

Hindustan Unilever has teamed up with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to support India to combat COVID-19. This partnership aims to initiate a mass communication campaign with an objective of informing and empowering the general public against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Executive Director of UNICEF: Henrietta H. Fore.


5. UN ESCAP projects India’s GDP for FY21 at 4.8%

The UN ‘Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) 2020 has projected India’s GDP for FY21 at 4.8% and warned that the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to result in significant adverse economic impact globally. The title of the UN report ‘Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) 2020: Towards sustainable economies’.


Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • 24th October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948.
  • United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA.
  • Mr Antonio Guterres of Portugal is the Secretary-General of the United Nations.


6. IFFCO Tokio appoints Anamika Roy Rashtrawar as MD & CEO 


Anamika Roy Rashtrawar has been appointed by IFFCO Tokio General Insurance as its new Managng Director & Chief Executive Officer of the company. She will suceed Warendra Sinha who was leading the company from past three years. IFFCO Tokio General Insurance is a joint venture between Indian Farmers Fertilizer Co-operative (IFFCO) and Tokio Marine Group.


7. SCTIMST designs “Chitra Acrylosorb Secretion Solidification System”

The scientists of Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) have designed and developed a superabsorbent material titled “Chitra Acrylosorb Secretion Solidification System”. It is an highly efficient superabsorbent material for liquid respiratory and other body fluid solidification and disinfection for the safe management of infected respiratory secretions. The superabsorbent material has the ability to absorb liquids at least 20 times more than its dry weight.


8. Google to launch new virtual Braille Keyboard


Google has announced the launch of a virtual Braille keyboard for Android users with low vision or blindness and enable these people to type on their phones without additional hardware. For the virtual Braille keyboard, Google has collaborated with braille developers and users to create it and also ensured that the keyboard can be used anywhere, where a user would normally type such as social media, text messaging, and email apps.


Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Google CEO: Sundar Pichai; Headquarters: California, United States.


9. Pulitzer prize winner Mary Jordan writes book on Melania Trump

The Pulitzer Prize-winning American reporter for The Washington Post, Mary Jordan has written a book titled ‘The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump’ and published by Simon & Schuster. The book is based on 100  interviews, which depicts Melania Trump, the first woman to be more influential in the White House than most people realize.


10. World Homoeopathy Day observed globally on 10 April


World Homoeopathy Day is observed globally on 10 April every year to mark the birth anniversary of the founder of Homoeopathy, Dr Samuel Hahnemann. The theme of World Homoeopathy Day 2020 is “Linking research with education and clinical practice: Advancing scientific collaborations”.


Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Minister of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH): Shripad Yesso Naik.


11. Former Madhya Pradesh minister Hazarilal Raghuwanshi passes away

Former Madhya Pradesh minister and a six-time MLA from Seoni-Malwa Assembly constituency, Hoshangabad, Hazarilal Raghuwanshi passed away. He has also served as a minister in various Congress-led governments in the state.


12. American folk singer John Prine passes away

American folk singer John Prine has passed away due to the COVID-19 complications. In a career spanning over half a century, he won two Grammy awards for best contemporary folk albums “The Missing Years (1991)” and “Fair & Square (2005)”. During his career, John Prine came out with various heartfelt and unforgettable songs such as Sweet Revenge, Angel From Montgomery, and In Spite of Ourselves.


13. MHRD launches ‘Bharat Padhe Online’ campaign

The Ministry of Human Resource Development has launched a campaign titled ‘Bharat Padhe Online’ for Crowd Sourcing of Ideas in order to improve the online education ecosystem of India. To overcome constraints of online education while promoting the available digital education platforms, the campaign seeks to invite all the best brains of the country to share suggestions/solutions directly with HRD Ministry.


Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Minister for Human Resource Development: Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.


14. ‘Operation SHIELD’ launched in Delhi

Delhi Government has launched the ‘Operation SHIELD’ to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the national capital. The Operation SHIELD will be implemented in 21 containment zones as a necessary action to protect the people of Delhi from COVID-19. In the Operation SHIELD: S stands for: Sealing of area; H stands for: Home quarantine; I stands for: Isolation of infected patients; E stands for: Essential services ensured; L stands for: Local sanitisation; D stands for: Door to door survey.


Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal.
  • Lieutenant Governor of Delhi: Anil Baijal.



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