Latest Current Affairs 16th March 2020

COVID-19: PM Modi hails contribution of health workers:Prime Minister Narendra Modi says recognition of India’s effective combating of COVID-19 is a moral boost for all those at the forefront of fighting the coronavirus; Tweeting on this, PM says the nation will cherish the contribution of healthcare workers

India to fund NPR 107 million for construction of three school buildings in Nepal:The Government of India will provide 107.01 million Nepali Rupees (NPR) for three new school buildings in Nepal. The schools will be constructed in Darchula, Dhanusha and Kapilvastu districts.

Coronavirus: Confirmed cases rises to 114 in India:Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India rises to 114; Maharashtra reports the highest number of cases  followed by Kerala; 13 people have recovered and discharged so far; gatherings of more than 50 people except weddings barred in Delhi; facility to sanitize Taxis and autos available at all DTC bus depots free of cost.

No floor test in MP Assembly; House adjourned till Mar 26:No floor test was held in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly on Monday with the House being adjourned till 26 March in view of coronavirus.

COVID-19 cases rise to 22 in Sri Lanka:Sri Lankan government has stepped up its efforts to combat COVID 19 as the number of cases have risen to 22. Four more cases were detected on Monday while seven were tested positive on Sunday evening.

Bangladesh: 3 more Corona positive cases detected; all Educational Institutions closed till March 31:Bangladesh government has closed all the educational institutions in the country from 18 March till 31 March in view of the ongoing Corona virus pandemic. The announcement was made on Monday in Dhaka by the Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury. Dhaka University has also announced that all its academic activities will remain suspended from 18 to 28 March. Rajshahi University and Jagannath University have also been closed till 31st of March. All the coaching centres have also been closed till the end of March.

15 dead in explosion at gas plant in Nigeria:In Nigeria’s Lagos, at least 15 people died while many others were injured in an explosion at a gas processing plant which destroyed approximately 50 buildings.

Reserve Bank of India: Acted swiftly on Yes bank issue:RBI Governor says that the Central Bank and the Government has acted swiftly on the YES bank issue; moratorium on the troubled bank to be lifted on Wednesday, says it will provide necessary support if required.

Coronavirus impact on economy likely to decrease: China:China has said that it expects the impact from the coronavirus outbreak on the economy to decrease in the second quarter.

US Fed slashes interest rates to near zero amid coronavirus scare:The US Federal Reserve slashed interest rates by a full percentage point to near zero, and has announced drastic emergency measures to shore up confidence and keep the financial sector running from the coronavirus pandemic.

Chess legend Viswanathan Anand set to don commentator’s hat:India’s five-time world champion chess icon Viswanathan Anand will complete his first commentary assignment while being in self-isolation in Germany. His return to India on hold due to travel restrictions forced by the coronavirus pandemic.

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