Latest Current Affairs 31st March 2020

Office of Principal Scientific Adviser issues manual on homemade masks: Masks for Curbing the Spread of SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus:Quoting the World Health Organization , the manual states that “Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly.

Government hikes MG-NREGS wages in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, average increase of Rs.20:With respect to COVID 19 pandemic, Department of Rural Development, GoI in close collaboration with State Governments has taken various initiatives.

Validity of expired driving licences and vehicle registration extended till June 30:The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has extended the validity of documents like driving licenses, permits and registration that expired since February 1.

More than 280 units in SEZs, manufacturing essential items like pharmaceuticals and hospital devices, perational:Special Economic Zones (SEZs) have been a significant contributor to the exports from India over the past years, contributing approximately 18% of India’s total exports.

Union Minister Sadanand Gowda urges PSUs under his Ministry to release their CSR funds for fighting COVID-19 Pandemic:In view of the urgent need to fight COVID-19 pandemic, Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers D. V Sadananda Gowda has urged all the profit making PSUs under his Ministry to donate part of their CSR funds to Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency  Situations Fund (PM CARES).

Government says there are no signs of community transmission yet in country:The total number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus has gone upto 1,251 in the country which includes 49 foreign nationals.

Centre extends validity of health organisations already empaneled under CGHS till June 30:Center has extended the validity of health organisations already empaneled under Central Government Health Scheme, CGHS.

24 people, who took part in religious congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin tests positive for COVID19: Satyendar Jain:Twenty-four people, who took part in a religious congregation in Nizamuddin West earlier this month, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Cargo flights supplying medical essential to eastern & southern parts of country:Cargo flights are carrying medical supplies to eastern, north eastern and southern parts of the country.

24 people, who took part in religious congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin tests positive for COVID19: Satyendar Jain:Twenty-four people, who took part in a religious congregation in Nizamuddin West earlier this month, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Trade & Investment Ministers of G20 countries decide to keep their markets open, ensure continued flow of vital medical supplies:he Trade and Investment Ministers of the G20 and guest countries have decided to keep their markets open, and ensure smooth and continued operation of vital medical supplies and logistics networks.

Kerala reported second death due to Covid 19:Kerala has reported second death due to Covid 19 today. 68-year-old man from Pothenkode in Thiruvananthapuram had succumbed to illness at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College today morning, taking the Covid 19 death toll in Kerala to 2.

Health Ministry: Total number of confirmed cases rises to 1251 in India:Health Ministry has confirmed that 1251 positive cases of corona virus in the country.

Govt extends validity of vehicle permits till June 30:Centre has extended till June 30 the validity of documents like driving licenses, permits and registration that expired since February 1, in a move to ensure hassle-free transportation of cargo amid the lockdown over the novel coronavirus pandemic.

NTA extends dates for submission of Online Application forms for various examinations:In view of the hardships faced by the parents and the students due to COVID-19 epidemic, the National Testing Agency has extended the dates of submission of Online Application Forms for various Examinations.

6 persons that attended religious congregation in Delhi die in Telangana:Telangana Government has announced that six persons who travelled to Delhi to attend a religious congregation, have died after suffering from the Covid-19. In an announcement, the Government has asked those who attended the Markaz to come forward and assured them free treatment.

Govt says Covid-19 still in local transmission in India, there are no signs of community transmission yet:The total number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus has gone upto 1,251 in the country which includes 49 foreign nationals. Out of the total cases, 101 patients have been cured and discharged from the hospitals while 32 died.

Govt ensures availability of PPE kits, N95 masks & ventilators in country to fight COVID-19:The prevention, containment and management of COVID 19 in the country are being monitored at the highest level and various actions have been initiated in collaboration with the States. In order to meet the requirement of PPEs, masks and ventilators, factories producing essential items are working round the clock and ordinance factories are trying to produce personal protection equipment for medical personnel.

Sri Lanka COVID-19: Ten persons tested positive today:In Sri Lanka, ten persons were tested positive of COVID19 today bringing the total number of active cases to 114 in the country.

Coronavirus: Italy extends lockdown until ‘at least’ April 12:Italy has extended lockdown until April 12 to stem coronavirus infections that have claimed a world-leading 11,591 lives so far.

Japanese comedian Ken Shimura dies from coronavirus at 70:Veteran Japanese comic Ken Shimura, who tested positive for the novel coronavirus last week, has died at the age of 70.

Trade and Investment Ministers of G20 countries decide to keep their markets open, ensure continued flow of vital medical supplies:The Trade and Investment Ministers of the G20 and guest countries have decided to keep their markets open, and ensure smooth and continued operation of vital medical supplies and logistics networks.

COVID19: Oil prices rebound strongly from 18-year lows:A day after falling to an 18-year low, oil prices rebounded strongly in Asian trade today. The growth was attributed to the investors’ confidence returning following moves by policymakers to support the coronavirus-hit global economy.

UN: Recession for world economy due to COVID-19; India, China likely exceptions:The world economy will go into recession this year with a predicted loss of trillions of dollars of global income due to the coronavirus pandemic, spelling serious trouble for developing countries with the likely exception of India and China, according to a latest UN trade report.

Kirana stores beat e-commerce giants during coronavirus crisis: Study:Despite significant growth in e-commerce’s reach and sales during the Covid-19 crisis, the local kirana stores have emerged winners.

Center says there is no plan to extend financial year:Centre has said that there is no extension of the financial year. Finance Ministry said that a notification was issued by Department of Revenue yesterday which relates to certain amendments to the Indian Stamp Act.

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