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Top Current Affairs 17 April 2020

Top Current Affairs 17 April  2020

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Top Current Affairs 17 April  2020

• ICMR said in a journal that it has detected corona viruses in the country where two species of bats (Teropus and Roussetus) - India

• French President Emmanuel Macron announced to extend the lockdown on Kovid-19 to May-11.

• US President Donald Trump has announced to stop the funding of US $ 500 million annually to the organization - World Health Organization

• World Chagas Disease Day is observed on -14 April


• Former Governor of Reserve Bank of India appointed as external advisor to head of IMF - Raghuram Rajan

• Dr. BR Ambedkar's birth anniversary on 14 April

• Recently India and the country whose Science and Technology Forum has proposed to work on virtual network to deal with COVID-19 - America

• The International Monetary Fund has approved a proposal to cancel the 6-month loan payment of the 25 poorest countries in the world to help them deal with the coronavirus epidemic - US $ 500 million.

• The software jointly launched by Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog and National Informatics Center on 13 April 2020 - CollabCAD

• The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has recently projected the percentage of India's GDP growth to be -1.9 percent in the financial year 2020-21.

Top Current Affairs 17 April  2020

• The World Bank recently said in a report focused on the economy of South Asia, that the growth rate of the Indian economy in 2020-21 will be as low as between-1.5 percent to 2.8 percent.

• According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the visa of foreign nationals stranded in India has been extended till the date of - 30 April

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced to extend the lockdown to 21 days ending on April 14 - May 3

• Indian Army celebrated Siachen Day - April 13

• The country that has approved the sale of $ 155 million missile torpedo to India- America

Top Current Affairs 17 April  2020


• Indian Railways has also announced the cancellation of all passenger trains till May 3, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended the lockdown.

• According to the World Bank's 'South Asia Economic Focus' economic update, the country whose economic growth rate is likely to be the worst since the liberalization of 1991 in FY 2021 due to COVID-19 epidemic- India


• In view of the recent effects of COVID-19 in the economic sector, the Government of India is trying to agree on a currency exchange agreement between India and the country to deal with any uncertainty in the coming days- US

• The country which is at the top in the production and export of Hydroxychloroquine in the world - India

• Recently, in view of the economic challenges posed by COVID-19 in the country, all the banks and non-banking financial companies of the country have instructed to give extra amount of months for the payment of loans given to their customers. - three months

National Safe Motherhood Day is celebrated on 11 April

• Recently the famous Indian classical singer and the award with which Shanti Hiranand Chawla died at the age of 87 - Padma Shri Award

• The country known as 'The Cat', the former Goalkeeper Peter Bonetti died in the age of 78 - England

• International Human Flight Day is observed on - April 12

• Recently the British driver of motorsport who died at the age of 90 after prolonged illness - Sterling Moss

According to the World Intellectual Property Organization, in 2019, the country was the first to apply for an international patent - China

• According to the latest report by the Center for Monitoring Indian Economy, the employment rate came to the lowest level in March 2020 with a percentage of -38.2 percent

• In the recently held virtual meeting of the G-20 countries in which major petroleum producing countries have decided to cut their daily oil production by mutual consent to control the falling prices of mineral oil - Saudi Arabia


• Recently the President of the Asian Development Bank has assured of $ billion in financial assistance to India for the response to COVID-19 epidemic - $ 2.2 billion

• The industry body of real estate developers Naredco and the industry association Assocham have urged the Government of India to provide a billion dollar relief package for Indian industries - $ 200 billion

Top Current Affairs 17 April  2020

🔶Nationwide lockdown extended till May 3, 2020 to contain COVID-19 spread

🔶Fit India and CBSE organizing first-ever live fitness sessions for school students amid lockdown

🔶Uttar Pradesh became first state to initiate Pool Testing of Covid-19

🔶External affairs ministry announced COVID-19 training program for healthcare professionals from SAARC countries

🔶Jim Corbett National Park of U’khand becomes India’s 1st quarantine centre for animals

🔶BSNL in partnership with SBI launches Bharat InstaPay a UPI-based payment platform

🔶IMF cuts India GDP growth to 1.9%, projects while Barclays forecasted it to 0%

🔶 Telangana CM recommended the implementation of “Helicopter Money”

🔶 Algerian Novelist Abdelouahab Aissaoui wins 13th International Arab fiction prize 2020


🔶Tata Power wins Edison Award 2020 for social innovation

🔶Andhra Bank, Syndicate Bank chiefs appointed as OSDs in Union Bank of India and Canara Bank

🔶MS Dhoni appointed as the brand ambassador of PokerStars India

🔶Novelis Inc. of Hindalco acquired US’s Aleris for $2.8 billion deal

🔶GP Global acquires lubricants assets of Nigeria’s Grand Petroleum

🔶DRDO develops COVSACK for COVID-19 sample collection

🔶Pharma majors Sanofi & GlaxoSmithKline joined hands to prepare vaccine for coronavirus

🔶Researchers at NIT-Karnataka develops cost-effective disinfectant chamber called ‘ZERO-COV’

🔶Government launches ‘CovidGyan’ a science communication initiative

🔶Former Pakistani first-class Cricketer Zafar Sarfraz passed away at 50 due to Coronavirus

Top Current Affairs 17 April  2020

🔶International Day of Action for Rivers 2020: March 14

🔶Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy launches ‘YSR Nirman’ online platform

🔶UP govt launches Annapurna, Supply Mitra portals for citizens’ food needs

🔶Webinar series “DekhoApnaDesh” launched: Tourism ministry

🔶Multiple short-range anti-ship missiles test fires: North Korea

🔶Over 6300 PM Jan Aushadhi centers: Mansukh Mandaviya

🔶World Chagas Disease Day 2020 for the first time: April 14

🔶Indian Army observes 36th Siachen day on April 13, 2020

🔶International Children’s Book Day 2020: April 2


🔶Agricultural trading portal e-NAM to complete 4 years

🔶CSIR forms core strategy group to find early measures to prevent COVID-19

🔶India tightens curb on import of refined palm oil; import license validity reduced to 6 months

🔶Agri Ministry launches a call centre for agri logistics

🔶Goa becomes the first state to integrate allopathy and Ayurveda to treat COVID-19 patients

🔶CII report “Exit From The Lockdown” recommended phase-wise lifting of lockdown

🔶UN releases $ 2.5 million to help cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu

🔶RBI to put 200 bps penalty on banks if failed to invest TLTRO funds in 30 days

🔶RBI to launch Sovereign Gold Bonds Scheme 2020-21 in H1 FY21 on behalf of GoI

🔶Retail inflation lowers to 5.91% in March 2020 against 6.58% in February 2020

Top Current Affairs 17 April  2020

🔶India’s GDP to contract by 6.1% in April-June: Japan’s Nomura

🔶Bank credit growth decelerated to 5-decade low of 6.14% in FY20

🔶Four Indian-Americans is awarded Guggenheim fellowships 2020

🔶CCI approves Emerald Sage Investment Ltd’s acquisition of 9.93% stake in Apollo Tyres Ltd

🔶US clears sale of Harpoon missile and torpedoes priced a total of $155 million to India

🔶C-DOT and Telecom Service Providers develop COVID Quarantine Alert System

🔶M V Rajasekharan former Union Minister and Veteran Congress Leader passed away at 91

🔶Former Gujarat first class cricketer Walter D’Souza passes away at 93

🔶Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced to extend the lockdown to 21 days ending on April 14 - May 3

🔶Kannada actor ‘Bullet’ Prakash passes away at 44

🔶International Day of Human Space Flight 2020: April 12

🔶National Pet Day 2020: April 11

🔶ICMR nods: Kerala becomes the first state to commence clinical trial plasma therapy treatment

🔶IFFCO organizes continual awareness campaigns ‘Break the CORONA Chain’ on ground zero

🔶OPEC and Russia agreed to cut crude oil production amid Coronavirus crisis

🔶Global Trade to fall by 13%-32% in 2020 due to COVID-19: WTO

Top Current Affairs 17 April  2020

🔶MaxLifeIns, YES Bank extended bancassurance tie-up for 5 years; Dedicated FY21 as “Year of the Customer”

🔶WB South Asia Economic Focus report: Indian economy grows at 1.5-2.8% in FY21 while South Asian at 1.8 – 2.8%

🔶India becomes top Hydroxychloroquine producer & exporter with 70% annual global share8UGC constitutes 2 expert committees for examination & online education: COVID-19

🔶Sara Ali khan appointed as the ambassador of JBL

🔶DPIIT constitutes 25-member development council for pulp, paper and allied industries headed by A S Mehta

🔶China’s central bank increases its stake to 1% in HDFC; SAMA also bought 0.7% stake

🔶HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” launched web-portal YUKTI in New Delhi


🔶Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog & National Informatics Centre (NIC) jointly launches CollabCAD in ATL schools

🔶DST funds SBPL to develop Immunodiagnostic kits & Active Virosome Vaccine: COVID-19

🔶NIF developed herbal dewormer “wormivet” for livestock owners

🔶India to host Asian Boxing Championships 2020 in Nov-Dec: BFI

🔶Japanese filmmaker Obayashi, who portrayed war’s horrors, passed away at 82

🔶Formula one great Sir Stirling Moss passed away at 90

🔶Padma bhushan awardee and  Former Attorney General Ashok Desai passed away at 77

🔶Manipur Govt introduces ‘Food Bank’ initiative for poor and needy people



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