Latest Current Affairs 24th March 2020

PM Modi announces complete lockdown across country for next 21 days:Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that the entire country will go in complete lockdown from Tuesday midnight; In his address to the nation on Tuesday evening, Prime Minister said that this lockdown is in a way of curfew and would be more stringent than Janta curfew.

EC: Rajya Sabha elections deferred in view of coronavirus:The Election Commission has deferred the Rajya Sabha polls scheduled for March 26 in view of the coronavirus outbreak.

COVID-19: JK students can tune into radio for lectures:Amid novel Coronavirus pandemic, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday said it would broadcast educational lectures of all major subjects for 9th to 11th standard students.

Police clears protesters from Shaheen Bagh:Police clears protesters from Shaheen Bagh, terming the assembly of people there as unlawful; protesters present there detained by police.

Parliament adjourned sine die due to coronavirus:Parliament adjourns sine die ahead of schedule in wake of COVID-19, after passing the Finance Bill 2020; 13 bills passed during the budget session in Lok Sabha; Rajya Sabha’s productivity was around 74 per cent during the session; both the houses pass total 12 bills.

424 active cases of coronavirus in India:India and the world are taking on the challenge of Coronavirus. The total number of active Covid-19 cases in India as on 23 March stands at 424.

30 states, UTs in complete lockdown: COVID-19:30 States and Union Territories have announced complete lockdown in the entire state or UT covering 548 districts of the country.

India makes elaborate arrangements to tackle COVID-19:In order to contain the outbreak of novel coronavirus, elaborate arrangements have been made across the country. The work of making kits for testing coronavirus by ICMR-NIV Pune is going on war footing. The test kits approved by ICMR-NIV will enable fast-tracking of tests. DG of ICMR Balram Bhargava said that there are adequate labs in the country, which have started their work.

Parliament adjourns sine die ahead of schedule after passing finance bil:The day also saw members of Parliament lauding the efforts of doctors, healthcare workers and all those providing essential services across the country through clapping in the same way as it happened across the country during janta curfew on Sunday. 

Shivraj Singh Chauhan becomes CM of Madhya Prades for 4th time:In Madhya Pradesh, senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chauhan has become Chief Minister of the state for the fourth time.

Centre stops all incoming passengers on 107 immigration check points:The Centre has decided to stop all incoming passengers on 107 immigration check points that include all airports, seaports, land ports, rail ports and river ports.

COVID-19: States/UTs take all precautions:Efforts on at war footing in the country to halt the advance of coronavirus. 30 States/UTs announce complete lockdown in the entire state/UT covering 548 districts; Curfew imposed in Maharashtra and Punjab. All commercial passenger flight operations suspended starting midnight on Tuesday till the 31st of March.

Efforts on at war footing across country to halt advance of coronavirus :The government has said that the use of Hydroxy-chloroquine has been advised only for preventive purposes for healthcare workers and those in immediate contact with coronavirus confirmed patients. The focus is now on producing COVID-19 testing kits so that testing of suspected cases can be fast-tracked..apart from social distancing and ensuring that the ‘stay home’ remedy is followed strictly..

PM interacts with key electronic media stakeholders on COVID-19 outbreak:Prime Minister Narendra Modi is constantly tracking the efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic in the country..He’s also engaging with key stakeholders in different sectors to ensure the outbreak is battled on all possible fronts at the same time..He held a video conference today with key stakeholders in the electronic media where he not only praised their work in spreading awarness and countering misinformation about COVID-19 in the country..but also exchanged views and suggestions on the way forward to beat the COVID 19 pandemic

Sri Lanka: Number of Covid-19 infections touches 100:In Sri Lanka, the number of covid-19 infections have touched 100 as government has identified three districts including Colombo as high risk districts. Four more patients were tested positive today as the curfew continues throughout the country to prevent COVID spread

Travel ban in Cuba over covid-19:Cuba with around 40 confirmed cases issues travel ban in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19: Burj Khalifa lights up giving a message of ‘Stay Home’:World’s tallest building in Dubai, Burj Khalifa lights up with a message to combat coronavirus and makes an appeal to ‘stay at home and be safe’

Leaders across world pitch for social distancing: COVID-19:Amid the growing threat of Covid-19, leaders across the world have emphatically urged their citizens to maintain social distancing and stressed on staying at home.

Number of coronavirus cases go past 3.25 lakh mark worldwide:The coronavirus pandemic is “accelerating”, with more than 300,000 cases now recorded worldwide and from nearly every country, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

Nepal imposes nationwide lockdown to control possible spread of COVID-19:Nepal has imposed nationwide lockdown to control the possible spread of COVID-19. The decision was taken by the cabinet in Kathmandu on Monday after confirmation of second case of COVID-19 in the Himalayan nation.

Bangladesh govt to release Former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia for Six months:Government of Bangladesh has decided to suspend the sentence of former Prime Minister and Chairperson of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) with certain conditions on humanitarian grounds. This was announced on Tuesday by the Law Minister Anisul Haq in Dhaka. The Law Ministry has sent the recommendation to the Home Ministry for further action.

Sensex surges 693 points; Nifty climbs to 7,801:Bombay Stock Exchange Sensex surged 693 points, or 2.7 percent, to end at 26,674, on Tuesday.

All domestic commercial airlines to cease operations from today: COVID:All domestic commercial airlines will cease their operations from Tuesday mid-night. Giving this information on Monday, Ministry of Civil Aviation informed that the restrictions shall not apply to cargo carrying flights.

PM interacts with stakeholders from industry on coronavirus:Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with industry representatives via video conference from ASSOCHAM, FICCI, CII and several local chambers from eighteen cities across the country, talks about corona and its impact on industries.

Sensex plunges 3935 pts 3,600 points; Nifty50 index falls 1,032 points:Indian equity markets plunged even lower on Monday after reopening post a 45-minute halt caused after the S&P BSE Sensex hit its 10 per cent lower circuit level.

ICMR speeds up production of COVID-19 testing kits:In order to contain the outbreak of Novel Corona Virus, elaborate arrangements have been made across the country. The work of making kits for testing Corona Virus by ICMR-NIV Pune is going on war footing.

MoHFW issues guidelines for home quarantine: COVID-19:In an effort to combat COVID-19Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has shared guidelines for home quarantine and family members explaining how to go about environmental sanitation and what all public health measures to be followed

First case of community spread in Argentina:With total 301 confirmed cases in Argentina, President orders national quarantine; first case of community spread also identified.

World battles Covid-19:The number of coronavirus confirmed cases go past three lakh twenty five thousand worldwide with over 14,000 deaths reported; death toll in Italy crosses 5,500; several countries go into lockdown mode to stop further spread of the disease.


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