Current Affairs Compendium for April 2020 (Part 2)

Current​​ Affairs Compendium for April​​ 2020 (Part 2)

 

Important Days

Date

Day

Theme

April 16

World Voice Day

Focus on Your Voice in 2020

April 17

World Haemophilia Day

Get+involved

April 18​​ 

World Heritage Day

Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility

April 19​​ 

World Liver Day

NA

April 22

World Earth Day

Climate Action

April 24​​ 

National Panchayati Raj Day

 

April 29​​ 

International Dance Day

NA

April 24 – 30

World Immunization Week

Vaccines Work for All

 

Appointments

Name of the Person

Post

Takayuki Inaba

Executive Chairman of NEC Technologies

D. Lakshminarayanan

Managng Director, Sundaram Finance

Prakash Kumar

Acting President of NCLT

Shiva Kirti Singh

Chairperson, Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal

Vineet Arora

MD & CEO, Paytm General Insurance Ltd

Suresh N Patel

Central Vigilance Commissioner

Rajiv Kumar

Chairperson, Public Enterprises Selection Board

Deepak Mittal

India’s Ambassador to Qatar, Bahrain

 

Important Books and Authors

Books

Authors

The Art of Her Deal

Mary Jordan

Shuttling to the Top: The Story of P.V. Sindhu

Krishnaswamy V

​​ How the Sea Became Salty

Sudha Murty

How Contagion Works

Paolo Giordano

Sayajirao Gaekwad III: The Maharaja of Baroda

Uma Balasubramaniam

 

Awards

Winner

Awards

Naveen Patnaik

Hero to Animals Award

Tata Power

Edison Award for Social innovation

Abdelouahab Aissaoui (Algeria) (Book - The Spartan Court)

13th International Prize for Arabic Fiction

ARMMAN (NPO)

Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship 2020

UST Global

Most Innovative AI Application Award for Societal Impact

 

Ranking & Reports

  • Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) had reclaimed its status as the country's most valued firm by market valuation.

  • Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) had reclaimed its status as the country's most valued firm by market valuation.

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

  • China and the United States were followed by Japan, Germany and South Korea as the world's top patent application filers, the WIPO found.

  • China-based telecoms giant Huawei Technologies topped the global ranking in 2019, with 4,411 PCT applications.

 

Sports

  • India has submitted its bid documents for hosting the AFC Asian Cup in 2027, a top official of the national federation confirmed.

  • The 2021 world athletics championships in Eugene, Oregon will be shifted to 2022 to accommodate the re-arranged Tokyo Olympics, World Athletics stated.

  • World Athletics stated they were also "in discussions" with the Commonwealth Games Federation, the​​ organizers​​ of the Commonwealth Games that are currently scheduled to be held In the English city of Birmingham on July 27- August 7, 2022.

  • The official mascots of the 19th Asian Games were unveiled at a digital launch ceremony in Hangzhou, China. The three robots, which are going to be the mascots for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games are collectively known as the smart triplets.

Miscellaneous

  • Mega-merger of PSU banks to be effective from April; 6 banks cease to exist

  • A Joint Venture between Tata Power, Norway's Clean Energy Invest (CEI),and International Financial Corporation (IFC) has announced the start of commercial operation of the 178 MW Shuakhevi Hydro Power Project (Shuakhevi HPP) located in southwest Georgia.

  • About 11 million people could be driven into poverty in East Asia and the Pacific: World Bank

  • United Nation's COP 26 climate change summit postponed till next year

  • South Korea’s ruling party wins an absolute majority in parliamentary elections

  • Mumbai first city in India to make face masks a must in public.

  • Government increases loss coverage for micro loan defaults under CGFMU scheme to 75% from 50% earlier

  • Union Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launched a farmer-friendly mobile application Kisan Rath to facilitate farmers and traders in searching vehicles for primary and secondary transportation of agriculture and horticulture produce.

  • Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has created a dashboard link on its website for providing list and details of Dhabas and Truck repair shops available across the country by various organisations like NHAI, States, Oil Marketing companies.

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced that it has selected a new mission to study giant solar particle storms.

  • Personal safety app DROR has introduced an innovative feature to support the ongoing social distancing measures amid the COVID-19 outbreak in India. Registering with​​ DROR’s online community will allow users to track their social distancing score in real-time.

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