Latest Current Affairs 31st March 2020

Doordarshan set to bring back its Golden Era shows back on television:After ‘Ramayan’, Doordarshan is all set to bring back more of its iconic shows such as ‘Chanakya’ and ‘Shaktimaan’ during the ongoing 21-day lockdown to combat coronavirus.

PM Modi holds video conference with Indian Ambassdors, HCs to discuss COVID-19:Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a video conference with Heads of all Indian Embassies and High Commissions on Monday to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic. He noted that extraordinary times require extraordinary solutions which was why most of the world had quarantined itself.

All prepartions nearing completion for massive quarantine centre in Guwahati:All preparations are nearing completion for a massive quarantine centre at Sarusajai Athletics Centre in Guwahati.

COVID-19: Oil firms to give Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia to delivery boys, others in LPG supply chain:Oil marketing companies IOCL, BPCL and HPCL on Monday announced an ex gratia amount of Rs. 5 lakh each , as a one-time special measure, in the unfortunate case of demise of personnel like Show room Staff, Godown keepers, Mechanics and Delivery boys, attending duty in the LPG distributorship chain, due to the infection and impact of Covid-19.

PM Modi interacts with leaders of social & spiritual organisations over COVID-19:Prime Minister Narendra Modi  on Monday said, social organisations have a big role to play in countering superstitions, wrong beliefs and misinformation. The Prime Minister was interacting with representatives of organizations working for social welfare, via video conference.

COVID-19 death toll rises to 29 in India, total no. of cases 1,071: Health Ministry:The number of COVID-19 cases climbed to 1,071 in India on Monday, while the death toll rose to 29, according to the Union Health Ministry.

Centre: Reports of lockdown extension baseless:Government clarifies that the lockdown imposed in the wake of Coronavirus outbreak in India will not be extended beyond 21 days.

PM at the helm of India’s fight against COVID-19:Prime Minister interacts with over 200 people on a daily basis which includes phone calls to various State Governors, Chief Ministers, and Health Ministers to get a first-hand feedback on India’s fight against the COVID-19 menace.

States to enforce strict implementation of lockdown: COVID-19:The Centre has directed states to enforce strict implementation of the lockdown.

COVID-19: Centre forms task force:Centre forms ten empowered groups and a strategic task force including senior civil servants to deal with COVID-19 outbreak and its aftermath.

COVID-19: Four officials in Delhi suspended for not enforcing lock-down:Ministry of Home Affairs on Sunday night suspended two top officials and issued a show cause notice to others on charges of failing to ensure COVID-19 lockdown in the national capital effectively.

Bangladesh to bring back its citizens from India under lockdown due to COVID-19:Government of Bangladesh is planning to bring back its citizens from India who are willing to return back to the country following the lockdown in India and closing of the borders for travel.

Singapore: 42 new Coronavirus cases reported:In Singapore, 42 new Coronavirus cases has been reported, taking the total number of infections in the country to 844.

Canadian PM decides to remain in self-imposed isolation: Coronavirus:Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has informed that he would remain in self-imposed isolation for another 14 days even though his wife, who had contracted the coronavirus, has recovered. Although Sophie Gregoire Trudeau received the all-clear from her physicians on Saturday.

Nepal extends ban on all international flights until April 15: COVID-19:Nepal government has extended ban on all international flights until April 15 as a measure to prevent possible spread of novel Coronavirus.

Global fight against Coronavirus intensifies:The worldwide death toll has risen to 31,412 due to Novel Coronavirus. More than two-thirds of the deaths from Coronavirus have now been recorded in Europe

Mexico: Restaurants lean on delivery apps to avoid corona spread:The impact of the coronavirus on many small businesses has been hard to overstate as people flee public spaces and governments shut down those deemed non-essential.

UP government to transfer financial aid to MNREGA labourers:Uttar Pradesh govt to transfer Rs 611 crore in accounts of 27.15 lakh MNREGA labourers on Monday.

Bank of India reduces lending rate by 75bps:Bank of India, on Sunday, said it has reduced the lending rate linked to external benchmark by 75 basis points, to 7.25 percent, effective April 1.

NSTIs to be used as quarantine centres for COVID-19:Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has readied all National Skill Training Institutes (NSTIs) to be used as quarantine centres for COVID-19. MSDE employees has also decided to contribute at least one day salary to PM cares Fund.

India’s Olympic-bound boxers to get online coaching amid corona lockdown:India’s Olympic-bound boxers will be provided online classes from Monday by their coaches after training halted by the coronavirus-forced national lockdown. Nine Indian boxers M C Mary Kom, Simranjit Kaur, Lovlina Borgohani, Pooja Rani, Amit Panghal, Manish Kaushik, Vikas Krishan, Ashish Kumar and Satish Kumar have qualified for the Tokyo Games, postponed to 2021 due to the global pandemic.

Music stars hold coronavirus concert fundraiser:Billie Eilish sang on her sofa, Elton John played a keyboard belonging to his children, and the Backstreet Boys sang in harmony from five locations as dozens of musicians put on a fundraiser for the warriors against a coronavirus.

Government approves Insurance Scheme for health workers fighting COVID-19:Government has approved Insurance Scheme announced under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package for health workers who are fighting to contain COVID-19. The scheme will provide an insurance cover of 50 lakh rupees for ninety days to around 22.12 lakh public healthcare providers.

Government to send medical equipment and essential items to NE states:The Cargo Air Flights will be used exclusively for transporting medical equipment and emergency goods besides other essential items to the North Eastern States in the wake of lockdown. This was disclosed by Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region, Dr Jitendra Singh.

Migrant people to be quarantined for minimum 14 days: HM:In its fresh directive, the Home Ministry said, the migrant people, who have moved out to reach their home states, must be quarantined after proper screening for a minimum period of 14 days.

No ice makes it a tough winter for seal pups in Baltic Sea: Study:Hundreds of grey seal pups are dying on the shores of the Baltic Sea in Estonia and Latvia as the Nordic coastline faced the first winter without ice in decades, researchers said.

Coronavirus lockdowns give Europe’s cities cleaner air:Air pollution has decreased in urban areas across Europe during lockdowns to combat the coronavirus, new satellite images showed on Monday, but campaigners warned city-dwellers were still more vulnerable to the epidemic.

 

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