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Current Affairs : 18-04-2020 in English

Important Day

  • Theme of International Day for Monuments and Sites also known as World Heritage Day (18 April) - ‘Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility’.

Economy

  • The Reserve Bank of India reduced the reverse repo rate by 25 basis points to - 3.75 percent.
  • Liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) of scheduled commercial banks that announced by RBI - 80 percent (from the existing 100 percent).
  • The RBI will conduct a second targeted long-term repo operation (TLTRO) for an initial aggregate amount of - Rs 50,000 crore.

International

  • The ICOMOS 20th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium (GA2020) will take place from 1 to 10 October 2020 in - Sydney, Australia.
  • Indian-American Democratic Congressman who has been appointed to the White House coronavirus advisory council in the US - Ro Khanna.
  • Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman attended through video-conference the Plenary Meeting of the IMF’s International Monetary and Financial Committee based on Global Policy Agenda titled, - “Exceptional Times – Exceptional Action”.

National

  • Mobile App to facilitate transportation of foodgrains and perishables during lockdown - “Kisan Rath” App.

Persons in News

  • Author of book titled, "Shuttling to the Top: The Story of P V Sindhu" – V. Krishnaswamy.

Science

  • Alternative to high-end N95 face masks that developed by the IIT-Kanpur and Lucknow's Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences - Positive pressure respirator system (PPRS).
  • Scientists at this institute have developed a stable material for pseudocapacitors or supercapacitors which store electrical energy by electron charge transfer to develop alternative to batteries - Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST), Mohali.

General Knowledge

  • Indian Railways - Founded: 16 April 1853; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Coal India Limited (CIL) - Founded: 1975; Headquarters: Kolkata.
  • Staff Selection Commission (SSC) - Founded: 04 November 1975; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) – Founded: 1965; Location: Paris, France.

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