Latest Current Affairs 09th April 2020

COVID-19: Govt sanctions Rs 15000 crore for Emergency response:The Centre has sanctioned 15 thousand crore rupees for India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package. Out of it, seven thousand 774 crore rupees will be utilized for immediate COVID-19 Emergency Response and rest for medium-term support of one to four years to be provided under mission mode approach.

PPEs not required by all, no need to panic: Government:The government has roped in 30 indigenous manufacturers to meet the growing demand of personal protectection equipment (PPE). “Orders for 1.7 crore PPEs and 49,000 ventilators have been placed and their supply has begun,” said Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary at the Health Ministry, on Thursday.

India assures support to Uganda to fight COVID-19:India on Thursday assured Uganda that it would extend all possible support to Kampala in its efforts to control the spread of the novel coronavirus.

India, Russia to provide Covid-19 medical help to each other:India and Russia on Thursday agreed to facilitate each other’s emergent needs of medicine and equipment to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

School education through DTH, extends to Tata sky and Airtel:On the request on the HRD Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriya ‘Nishank’ and I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar Tata Sky and Airtel DTH operators have agreed to air three Swayam Prabha DTH channels.

Railways prepares 5.8 lakh face masks, 41k litres of sanitiser:Amid the 21-day nationwide lockdown to combat the transmission of novel coronavirus (Covid-19), the Indian Railways has manufactured over 5.8 lakh reusable face masks and more than 40,000 liters of hand sanitier at its different production units across the country.

Indian Navy provides rations for stranded migrant labourers in Mumbai:In order to provide assistance to those in need during the COVID-19 lockdown in Mumbai, the Indian Navy has provided ration packets consisting basic food items to the State Govt. authorities for distribution amongst stranded migrant labourers on 4th and 8th April.

COVID-19 crisis: PM Modi speaks to South Korean President Moon Jae-in:Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on telephone with H.E. Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea on Thursday.

Centre asks states to sensitize field agencies on exemptions given to farming activities:Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar chaired a meeting with state agriculture ministers to review relief measures taken for the farmers in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.

President, PM remember CRPF martyrs on its Valour Day:President Ram Nath Kovind led the nation in saluting Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on its Valour Day on Thursday (April 9)

Odisha extends lockdown till April 30; schools shut till June 17:Odisha has extended the lockdown till April 30, state Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced on Thursday after a meeting with the state cabinet.

COVID-19: Toll rises to 166 in India as on 9 April, 8 AM:The death toll in India due to the novel coronavirus rose to 166 as on 9th April at 8 AM.

“India shall do everything possible to help humanity’s fight against COVID-19,” PM Modi tweets:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday tweeted that India will do everything possible to help in the fight against COVID-19.

SC directs COVID-19 tests to be conducted free:The Supreme Court has directed that COVID-19 tests in approved government labs or private laboratories should be conducted free of cost and the Centre should immediately issue directions in this regard.

Delhi: 20 COVID-19 hotspots sealed; wearing of masks made mandatory:20 COVID-19 hotspots in the national capital have been sealed to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Bangladesh President rejects Mujib killer Majed’s mercy plea :President of Bangladesh M. Abdul Hamid on Thursday rejected the mercy plea of Abdul Majed, the  fugitive convicted killer of the founder President of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujib in 1975.

United States records 2nd highest COVID-19 deaths globally:The US has recorded nearly 2,000 coronavirus deaths for a second consecutive day, taking the total toll to 14,817, the second highest in the world after Italy which has 17,669 fatalities, according to the latest update by the Washington-based Johns Hopkins University.

UK PM Boris Johnson ‘responding to treatment’ in intensive care:UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was “responding to treatment” for coronavirus at intensive care in a London hospital and remained clinically stable, his official spokesman said.

Dhaka court issues death warrant against captured Mujib killer:A Dhaka court on Wednesday issued death warrant against Abdul Majed, the convicted fugitive killer of Bangladesh’s founder President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975.

It’s Biden vs Trump after the former Vice President becomes democratic nominee:Former Vice President Joe Biden is now the Democratic nominee for the American presidential race.

Saudi-led coalition declares 2-week coronavirus ceasefire in Yemen:The Riyadh-led military coalition fighting Yemen’s Huthi rebels has declared a two-week ceasefire in the country starting Thursday in a bid to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

“Will not be forgotten”: POTUS thanks PM Modi for hydroxychloroquine export:President Donald Trump on Wednesday thanked India for its decision to increase exports of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine.

Indian Oil ties up LPG imports, fully geared to meet additional demand for cooking gas:Indian Oil Corporation  is fully geared to meet additional demand for LPG cooking gas in the country that may arise in the course of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Sensex rallies over 1,265 points; Nifty reclaims 9,100 level: Equity benchmark Sensex rallied over 1,265 points on Thursday, led by robust buying in auto, financial and IT stocks amid hopes of a second stimulus package from the government to mitigate the blow of the Covid-19 lockdown.

India’s industrial output grows 4.5 per cent in February:The country’s industrial output grew by 4.5 per cent in February, mainly on account of higher output in mining, manufacturing and electricity sector, government data showed on Thursday.

Govt to deposit Rs 1,000 in women PMJDY accounts in two instalments:Urging people not to believe rumours, the finance ministry on Thursday said Rs 500 has been deposited in each PMJDY account held by women for April and Rs 1,000 more will be given over the next two months in equal instalments.

Jeff Bezos tops Forbes billionaires list, ex-wife MacKenzie makes debut:In COVID-19 times, Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has maintained his top slot as worlds richest man with a net worth of $113 billion, followed by Bill Gates at $98 billion, according to the latest Forbes 34th annual worlds billionaires list.

Sensex rallies over 900 points; Nifty reclaims 9,000-mark:Equity benchmark Sensex soared over 900 points in opening trade on Thursday led by gains in financial, IT and FMCG stocks following rise global equities on hopes of the COVID-19 pandemic approaching its peak.

Global trade will plunge by up to a third in 2020: WTO:Global trade could plummet by a third this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the World Trade Organization (WTO) said Wednesday, warning the deepest recession “of our lifetimes” could be on the horizon.

Cheer for frontline workers: Federer urges fans in Wimbledon video:Wimbledon on Thursday tweeted a video montage featuring clips from previous editions of the grass court Grand Slam with Roger Federer providing narration.

Premier League stars launch fund to ‘help’ health service virus fight:Premier League players announced they had launched an initiative to generate funds for Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) to help against the coronavirus pandemic.

Sports stars urge people to follow lockdown guidelines:Chess Grandmaster and multiple-times world Champion Vishwanathan Anand appealed to people to follow social distancing norms and lockdown guidelines.

Digital Easter celebration with musicians organised in Kerala:With the coronavirus pandemic forcing banning of all gatherings, including for religious events, an NGO has decided to go organise a digital Easter celebration on Friday with top musicians.

Covid-19 Crisis: Amitabh Bachchan starts distribution of 2,000 food packets in Mumbai:Megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Thursday said he has undertaken the distribution of 2,000 food packets for lunch and dinner at various locations across the city for those hit by the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

George, Amal Clooney donate over USD 1 mn towards coronavirus relief:Power couple George and Amal Clooney are the latest Hollywood personalities to make significant contributions to help navigate the devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

WhatsApp places new limits on message forwarding:WhatsApp has placed new limits on message forwarding as part of an effort to curb the spread of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic.

Researchers use AI to predict battery health and safety:Researchers have designed an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based system that can predict battery health with 10 times higher accuracy than current industry standard.

Govt issues guidelines on blood donation amid Coronavirus:The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday issued guidelines for blood transfusion services in the country amid novel coronavirus pandemic.

“Now is not the time to relax measures,” advises WHO Europe:Despite ‘positive signs’ from some countries,: it is too early to scale back measures aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus, the World Health Organization’s European office said on Wednesday.

Indian-origin Miss England returns to NHS as junior doctor:Indian-origin Bhasha Mukherjee, the reigning Miss England, has returned to the National Health Service (NHS) as a junior doctor, saying it was “natural” that she continued her job during the coronavirus pandemic, it was reported on Thursday.

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