Current affairs is one of the inevitable and compulsive topic in almost every competitive examinations. It is inevitable for an aspirant to get updated on daily current affairs happening around the world. Daily newspaper reading and follow-ups are necessary for mastering these current affairs section. In this article, we have provided the top weekly current affairs from March 30 to April 05, 2020 which will help all aspirants to improve scores in their competitive examination like PSC, SSC, RRB and Banking.
Top Weekly Current Affairs for all Competitive Exams 2020 March 30 to April 05
Here are the list of top current affairs of the week March 30 to April 05, 2020 which will be helpful for all competitive examinations like PSC, SSC, RRB, Banking etc.
Saudi Arabia to provide uninterrupted LPG supply to India
- The Union Minister of Oil Dharmendra Pradhan said that Saudi Arabia has announced plans to provide uninterrupted liquid petroleum gas (LPG) supplies to India.
- On 29 March, he discussed global oil market developments with Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman and Aramco’s Chief Executive Amin Nasser.
- Saudi Arabia the LPG supplies to support the domestic requirement in India. On 27 March, two Indian refiners were declared force majeure on crude purchases from the Middle East as the fuel demand divided due to the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus.
BP Kaunungo was reappointed as the deputy governor of RBI
- BP Kaunungo was reappointed as the deputy governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
- The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) approved the extension of Kanungo’s term as RBI deputy Governor by one year. It will be effective from 3 April, when his 3-year tenure comes to an end.
- Kanungo served as an executive director of the RBI. In April 2017, he was elevated to the post of the deputy governor.
- He is in charge of departments like currency management, payments, and settlement, foreign exchange, internal debt management, among others.
Centre launched ‘Stranded in India’ to help foreign tourists
- The Ministry of Tourism has launched a portal ‘Stranded in India’. The portal aims to help foreign tourists who are stuck in various parts of the country.
- The aim of the portal is to extend support to the foreign tourists who are stranded in India. The Ministry of Tourism launched the portal to disseminate information regarding the services that can be availed by foreign tourists who are stuck far away from their homeland.
- People can visit the strandedinindia.com. The portal consists of information around COVID-19 helpline numbers and call centres that foreign tourists can reach out for help from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) control centres.
World Athletics Championships rescheduled to 2022 due to Tokyo Olympics
- The 2021 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon has been shifted to 2022.
- The move is to accommodate the rearranged Tokyo Olympics which was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The move was made by the World Athletics to support the Japanese organizers and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). New dates were not announced yet.
- The world athletics championships were scheduled to be held in Eugene on 6-15 August 2021. It is expected that the rescheduling will give the athletes enough time they need to get back into training and competition.
- World Athletics also discussed with the Commonwealth Games Federation to move the dates from 2021 to 2022 as the Commonwealth Games were scheduled to be held In the English city of Birmingham on 27 July to 7 August 2022.
G20 Finance Ministers Meet: Nirmala Sitaraman represents India
- On March 31, 2020, Nirmala Sitaraman represented India to attend the second G20 Finance Minister Meet. The virtual meet was chaired by Saudi Arabia.
- During the first Extraordinary Virtual meet, the finance ministers of the member countries decided to meet on a regular basis. The ministers are currently in the process of framing a “G20 Action Plan” in response to COVID-19.
- India made prompt interventions to review using IMF toolkits. Rather, India suggested the development of indigenous tool kits. India also suggested making bilateral swap arrangements.
- The Ministers discussed the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy and coordinated efforts in response to this global challenge.
Pravin Jadhav resigns as MD and CEO of Paytm Money
- Pravin Jadhav, the Managing Director and CEO of Paytm Money resigned from the company.
- He will be relieved by the end of April. The reason cited for his resignation was differences over ESOPs, annual salary, and remuneration.
- Jadhav was elevated as MD and CEO in September 2019. Previously, he was associated with the wealth management platform since the inception of the firm. From 2017, he served with Paytm Money in various roles like a consultant, director, and MD.
- Paytm Money was founded in 2019 by Jadhav. So far, the payment has around Rs.5000 crore assets under its management. Paytm money is one of the big bets played by the payments unicorn. It is a product of Paytm.
COVID-19: Wimbledon cancelled for the First Time Since World Wars
- On April 1, 2020, Wimbledon was cancelled due to the threats of CoronaVirus.This is the first time the tournament has been cancelled since World War II.
- Wimbledon was scheduled between June 29, 2020 and July 12, 2020 in the outskirts of London.
- However, it was cancelled considering the lockdown situation and also due to the threats posed by COVID-19. The next edition of the tournament is to be held between June 28, 2021 and July 11, 2021.
- The Wimbledon is also known as The Championships. It is the oldest Tennis Tournament in the world. It is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments.
World Autism Awareness Day is observed on 2 April
- World Autism Awareness Day is observed on 2 April. The day aims to recognize and celebrate the rights of persons with autism.
- The day makes people understand, recognize, and accept people with autism. This year the day is commemorated by the Department of Community Development, Abu Dhabi, the UAE.
- The theme of the 2020 World Autism Awareness Day is “The transition of adulthood.”
- The United Nations held the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2006. It came into effect in 2008. It aimed to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal rights of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities.
China to host the 3rd edition of the Asian Youth Games
- China is to host the third edition of the Asian Youth Games (AYG) in Shantou in November 2021.
- The announcement was made by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) on 1 April 2020. The third edition was supposed to be held in 2017. But was postponed to 2021 by OCA.
- AYG is held every 4 years among athletes from across Asia. The games are organized by the OCA. The first edition of the games was held in 2009 in Singapore. The second edition was held in 2013 in Nanjing, China.
Centre develops AarogyaSetu to help people to track the spread of coronavirus
- The Government of India launched “AarogyaSetu”, a mobile app developed in public-private partnership (PPP) on 2 April. The app is a part of the efforts taken by GoI to contain the spread of coronavirus.
- AarogyaSetu will enable people to assess themselves the risk of catching the coronavirus infection.
- The app will calculate the risk based on their interaction with others, using cutting edge Bluetooth technology, algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI).
- The app can be installed in a smartphone through an easy and user-friendly process and ensures privacy. The app can detect other devices with AarogyaSetu installed that come in the proximity of that phone. It can then calculate the risk of infection based on sophisticated parameters.
DRDO develops bio-suit for medical practitioners who treat COVID-19 patients
- Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) developed a bio-suit for the safety of the paramedical, medical, and other personnel engaged in combating COVID-19 safe from the deadly virus.
- DRDO Scientists have used textile, coating, and nanotechnology to develop the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) having a specific type of fabric with coating.
- The suit was prepared with the help of the industry and subjected to rigorous testing for textile parameters and protection against synthetic blood.
- The protection against synthetic blood exceeded the criteria defined for body suits by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
Exercise NCC Yogdan launched to fight COVID-19
- On April 2, 2020, the National Cadet Corps (NCC) launched “Exercise NCC Yogdan” to offer a helping hand to the authorities fighting against COVID-19.
- Under the exercise, the NCC cadets are envisaged to work in call centres and helpline centres formed exclusively for COVID-19, community assistance, distribution of relief materials, medicines and other essential food commodities, data management and traffic management.
- Under the exercise, the senior NCC volunteers above 18 years of age are to be employed. The plan is to use the NCC force to assist state governments.
- Therefore, the state governments have to place requests to the state NCC directorates upon using NCC volunteers to assist in their relief measures.
An Online Hackathon, “Hack the Crisis” launched to work solutions for COVID-19
- The Minister of electronics and IT & HRD Shri Sanjay Dhotre launched “Hack the Crisis- India”. It is an online hackathon that aims to work on solutions for COVID-19.
- It is organized by Hack A Cause – India and Ficci Ladies Organization Pune and supported by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India (MEITY).
- To fight against COVID19. The winning ideas from a few top participating teams, as implementable solutions on the corona crisis, is expected to help India and global citizens.
- The Minister of State Electronics & Information Technology stated that we should, and we will overcome this challenge and come out stronger as a country and thereby also support humanity at large to prevail.
International Mine Awareness Day observed on 4 April
- International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance is observed on April 4 each year. To raise awareness about landmines and progress toward their eradication.
- The United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared that April 4 of each year would be officially proclaimed and observed as International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.
- It was first observed on April 4, 2006. According to the Landmine Monitor Report 2005, 84 countries were affected by landmines and unexploded ordnance, which together kill or maim between 15,000 and 20,000 adults and children annually.
- The UN works together with countries to find and destroy these devices. It also helps to provide various mine-action services in many countries.
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