Current Affairs : 17-04-2020 in English

Important Day

  • World Haemophilia Day – 17 April.


  • India's most valued firm with a valuation of Rs 7,29,050.55 crore – Reliance Industries Limited (followed by TCS, HUL).
  • This institution launched the 49th round of quarterly order books, inventories and capacity utilisation survey (OBICUS) for the reference period January-March 2020 of manufacturing sector - Reserve Bank of India.


  • According to the Gartner 2019 Digital Workplace Survey, the most digitally dexterous country in the world - India (followed by the UK and the US).


  • IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited is a joint venture between this company, Star Global Resources and Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative (IFFCO) - Bharti Airtel.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare started a systematic engagement of WHO’s ________ on 15 April 2020 to combat the COVID19 pandemic - National polio surveillance network.
  • A government-appointed committee of experts has proposed an institutional framework for valuers by way of setting up the National Institute of Valuers and it is headed by - M S Sahoo (IBBI Chairperson).
  • To collect COVID-19 specific geospatial datasets through community engagement, the mobile application ‘SAHYOG’ prepared & managed by - Survey of India (SoI).
  • ‘Pusa Decontamination and Sanitizing Tunnel’ is developed by - ICAR- Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi.
  • The Central government has targeted foodgrain production for the year 2020-21 at - 298 million tonnes.
  • The National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) Communication Resource Unit (CRU) and this international organisation are working closely with the governments of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka in preparedness and responses to contain the COVID-19 pandemic – UNICEF.

Persons in News

  • Person who has taken over additional charge of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited - P K Purwar (BSNL chairman and MD).
  • Five-time world chess champion who has joined WWF (World Wide Fund) India as its ambassador for environment education programme - Viswanathan Anand.


  • The All India Football Federation (AIFF) in collaboration with this institution has launched an online coach education programme starting on 20 April - Sports Authority of India (SAI).
  • Mascot for the 4th Asian Para Games which scheduled to be held in Hangzhou, China from October 9 in 2022 - 'Feifei'.
  • International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) president who resigned in the wake of allegations of corruption - Tamas Ajan.

General Knowledge

  • Survey of India (SoI) - Founded: 1767; Headquarters: Dehradun.
  • Indian Farmers Fertilisers Cooperative (IFFCO) - Founded: 03 November 1967, Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • MTNL (Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited) - Founded: 01 April 1986; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) - Founded: 15 September 2000; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • WWF (World Wide Fund) – Founded: 29 April 1961; Headquarters: Gland, Switzerland.
  • All India Football Federation (AIFF) – Founded: 23 June 1937; Headquarters: Delhi.
  • Sports Authority of India (SAI) - Founded: 1984; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) - Founded: 1905; Headquarters: Budapest, Hungary.
  • National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) - Founded: 01 September 1961; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) - Founded: 1945; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • National Commission for Women (NCW) was established in - 31 January 1992.
  • Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) - Founded: 28 June 2008; Headquarters: New Delhi.
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