Current Affairs Compendium for April  2020 (Part 1)

Current Affairs Compendium for April ​​ 2020 (Part 1)

Important days

Date

Day​​ 

Theme​​ 

April 2

World Austim Awareness Day​​ 

The Transition to Adulthood

April 4

International Day for Mine Awareness

Together for mine action

April 5

National Maritime Day

NA

April 5

International Day of Conscience​​ 

Change the World with Conscience

April 7

World Health Day

Support Nurses and Midwives

April 9

Play True Day

Play Safe on Play True Day 2020

April 10

World Homeopathy Day

Enhancing the scope of Homoeopathy in Public Health

April 11

National Pet Day

NA

April 14

Ambedhkar Jayanti

NA

April 15​​ 

World Art Day

Leonardo Da Vinci’s birthday

 

Appointments

National

Name of the Person

Post

Aalok Kumar

President and Chief Executive Officer of NEC Technologies

Rajnesh Oswal

Permanent Judge of the common High Court of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh

Madhabi Puri Buch

Whole Time Member, SEBI

Anurag Srivastava

Spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs

Rohit Sharma

Brand Ambassador of ‘CricKingdom’

Justice Dipankar Datta

Chief justice of Bombay high court

Justice Biswanath Somadder

Chief justice of Meghalaya high court

Justice Mohammad Rafiq

Chief Justice of Odisha High Court

Kapil Dev Tripathi

Secretary to President Ram Nath Kovind

Tarun Bajaj

Secretary, Department​​ of Economic Affairs

T.S. Tirumurti

India’s next Ambassador to UN

 

International

Name of the person

Post

Dedar Singh Gill

Judge of the High Court of Singapore

Maha Prasad Adhikar

Governor, Nepal Rastra Bank

Ro Khanna

Member, White House​​ corona virus​​ advisory council

Sudarsanam Babu

USA’s top science board

Lisa Nandy

UK shadow foreign secretary

Joe Biden

Elected Ohio’s Presidential Primary

Guillaume Cartier

Senior vice president &Chairman, Nissan Motors, Africa- Middle East and India

 

Important Ranking and Index

Index

India’s Rank

Top

Released By

Global Press Freedom Index

142

Norway (1st)

Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) or Reporters Without Borders

Open Budget Survey

53

New Zealand (1st)

International Budget Partnership

 

  • India has dropped two places on a global press freedom index to be ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in the annual Paris-based Reporters Without Borders analysis.

  • Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) surpassed TCS to become the most valued domestic firm by market​​ capitalization.

  • TN State finished on top at the all-India level for micro-irrigation coverage.

  • Bengaluru voted best city for IT professionals: Survey

  • Hyderabad and Pune secured the second and third spots, respectively, with 13 per cent and 11 per cent votes, it stated.

  • China becomes world's top patent filer, surpassing US for 1st time in 4 decades

  • Amazon Inc's CEO Jeff Bezos maintains the top spot globally for another year despite a plunge of$18 billion in his wealth. With a net worth of $113 billion, he is the richest person in the world on Forbes Billionaires List 2020, followed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates with a fortune of $98 billion and LVMH's Bernard Arnault at $76 billion.

  • Among the 2,095 billionaires on the list, Indian tycoon Mukesh Ambani ranks 21st globally with a net worth of $44.3 billion. The Chairman of Reliance Industries Limited topped the annual ranking from India's perspective in the previous year as well.

Sports

  • The FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup, which was scheduled to be played in India between November 2nd and​​ 21st, has been postponed due to the​​ Corona virus​​ pandemic. In a statement, FIFA stated, the new dates for the tournament will be identified later.

  • All India Football Federation (AIFF) in collaboration with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has arranged for an Online Coach Education Programme, that gets underway on April 20, 2020.

  • Wimbledon, the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament, has been cancelled for the first time since World War-II because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

  • Wimbledon, the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament, has been cancelled for the first time since World War-II because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

  • The Olympic Council of Asia's 19th Asian Games will be held in Hangzhou from September 10 to 25, 2022. It will be the third Asian Games to be hosted by China following Beijing in 1990 and Guangzhou in 2010, with the participation of 45 NOCs of Asia in 42 sports.

  • The World Games is a showcase for athletes who compete in eclectic array of sports that have one thing in common:​​ They are not part of the regular Olympic program.

  • Viswanathan Anand named ambassador for WWF India.

 

Miscellaneous​​ 

  • IIT Kanpur to develop prototype of portable ventilator to support medical infrastructure

  • DRDO develops bio suit to keep personnel engaged in combating COVID-19 safe from virus

  • IIT Hyderabad-incubated start-up’s low-cost ventilator can be controlled via a phone app

  • Indian Robotics Solution launches Corona Combat Drone to fight COVID-19

  • US approves sale of missile; torpedoes worth $155 million to India

  • The Government extended the existing foreign trade policy (2015-20) for one year till Mar 21 in light of COVID-19. Exports during April-February this fiscal dipped by 1.5% to $292.91 billion. Imports during the period declined by 7.30% to $436 billion.

  • MS Dhoni replaces Nawazuddin Siddiqui as PokerStars India's Brand Ambassador

  • NASA and SpaceX have picked May 27 for resuming astronaut launches from the United States after nine years of complete dependence on Russia.

  • All India Council for Technical Education, AICTE has come out with a unique MHRD AICTE COVID-19​​ ​​ Student Helpline Portal to address the issues.

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