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Current Affairs : 03-04-2020

Important Day

  • International Children’s Book Day – 2 April.
  • Theme of World Autism Awareness Day (2 April) for the year 2020 - "The transition of adulthood".

International

  • The global economy could shrink by up to this much percentage in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the UN - 1%.
  • New Initiative of the International Publishers Association (IPA), the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF – “Read the World”.

National

  • To fight against COVID-19, the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology has come up with an app called the - AarogyaSetu App.
  • First India-headquartered company to Join Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative (PSCI) - Sai Life Sciences.
  • The government notified PLI, SPECS, and EMC 2.0 schemes involving total incentives of around Rs 48,000 crore to boost local electronics manufacturing and create 20 lakh direct and indirect jobs by - 2025.
  • The COVID 19 National Preparedness Survey 2020 was conducted in - 410 Districts.
  • This government organisation has set up a portal “COVID 19 Fact Check Unit” - Press Information Bureau (PIB).

State Current Affairs

  • This state government announced a new scheme  named 'COVID Relief and Development Scheme' for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) - Tamil Nadu.

Science

  • This Indian defence entity has designed and developed its own handheld IR based temperature sensor - Naval Dockyard, Mumbai.
  • This Indian institution developed a one-step curable anti-microbial coating for different surfaces such as textiles, plastic which can kill virus of any type including COVID 19 - Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR).

General Knowledge

  • Indian Medical Association (IMA) - Founded: 1928; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • International Publishers Association (IPA) - Founded: 1896; Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) - Founded: 07 April 1948; Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) - Founded: 11 December 1946; Headquarters: New York, USA.
  • Press Information Bureau (PIB) – Formed: 1919; Headquarters: New Delhi.

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