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Current Affairs : 26-04-2020 in English

Important Day

  • First, International Delegate’s Day - 25 April 2020.
  • Theme of World Intellectual Property Day (26 April) for the year 2020 – “Innovate for a Green Future”.

International

  • The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has cancelled over _______ debt owed by developing countries amid the COVID-19 pandemic - $1 trillion.
  • This organisation, together with a group of global partners, launched the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (or ACT Accelerator), a groundbreaking collaboration to accelerate both the development and equitable access to new essential technologies for COVID-19 - World Health Organization (WHO).

National

  • Government has declared this sector as a public utility service for six months till October 21 under the provisions of the Industrial Disputes Act means that the sector would not see any strikes by employees - Banking industry.
  • Only university from Punjab that feature in the top list of the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2020 - Chitkara University (rank: 59th).

Persons in News

  • Present Director-General of World Health Organisation (WHO) - Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
  • New Central Vigilance Commissioner - Sanjay Kothari.
  • Indian-American university chancellor who elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences for her contributions in the fields of education and academic leadership - Renu Khator.

State Current Affairs

  • This government has launched 'Dhanwantari' initiative, a new scheme under which locally unavailable medicines below Rs 200 shall be delivered to patients at home – Assam.
  • Telangana ministers K T Rama Rao inaugurated the Ranganayaka Sagar project in Siddipet district, which is part of the flagship Kaleswaram irrigation project on - Godavari river.
  • This state government commemorated Khongjom Day on 23 April 2020 in remembrance of the Anglo-Manipuri War in 1891 - Manipur.

Science

  • Scientists at this institute have developed a Herbal decongestant spray for mask that can protect from suffocation - CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Lucknow.
  • “Chitra Magna”, an innovative RNA extraction kit, has been developed by - Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST).

General Knowledge

  • World's largest multi-stage multi-purpose Irrigation Project - Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project.
  • Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) was set up on - 25 January 1941.
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) – Founded: 14 July 1967; Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) - Founded: 1964; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) - Founded: 1964; Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.

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