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Current Affairs : 24-04-2020 in English

Important Day

  • International Girls in information and communication technologies (ICT) Day (23 April 2020) - Fourth Thursday of the month of April.
  • World Day For Animals In Laboratories (also known as World Lab Animal Day) -  24 April.
  • National Panchayati Raj Day (National Local Self-Government day) - 24 April.

Defence

  • This country will test-fire M-22 Tsirkon or Zircon anti-ship Mach 9 hypersonic missile 10 times in next few months – Russia.

Economy

  • With  ______ from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), SIDBI has launched a liquidity support scheme for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak - Rs 15,000 crore.

International

  • This country hosted the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) video conference on April 23, 2020 to deliberate on the coronavirus pandemic - Pakistan.
  • This country will launch the world’s first digital currency (Digital Yuan) - China.

National

  • To protect poor from the impact of the lockdown due to COVID 19, the government has provided Rs 31,235 crore financial assistance to more than 33 crore beneficiaries under the - Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP).
  • The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has constructed and opened a new permanent bridge on this river that connects the Kasowal enclave in Punjab with the rest of the country - Ravi river.
  • A Mobile Virology Research and Diagnostics Laboratory (MVRDL) that will speed up COVID-19 screening, was developed by – DRDO’s Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad.

Persons in News

  • According to a Bloomberg report, Asia’s richest person after the investment of $5.7 billion (Rs 43,574 crore) in company by Facebook Inc.’s Mark Zuckerberg - Mukesh Ambani with $3.2 billion (chairman of Reliance Industries).

General Knowledge

  • People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals(PETA) – Founded: 22 March 1980; Founder: Ingrid Newkirk and Alex Pacheco; Location: Norfolk, Virginia, United States.
  • Panchayati Raj system was introduced by a constitutional amendment in -  1992.
  • On 2 October 1959, the Panchayat Raj system was first adopted by the state of Rajasthan in - Nagaur district (but first started by Andhra Pradesh).
  • Russia - Capital: Moscow; Currency: Russian ruble or rouble.
  • Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) - Founded: 02 April 1990; Headquarters: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
  • South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) - Founded: 08 December 1985; Headquarters: Kathmandu.
  • Members of SAARC - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
  • Border Roads Organisation (BRO) - Founded: 07 May 1960; Headquarters: New Delhi; Founder: Jawaharlal Nehru.

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