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Daily Current Affairs Headlines 17th April 2020

Important Days

World Hemophilia Day observed globally on 17 April every year. This day is observed to raise awareness for haemophilia and other bleeding disorders. The date was chosen in honour of the World Federation of Hemophilia founder Frank Schnabel birthday. This year is the 30th edition of World Haemophilia Day.

National Current Affairs Headlines

MHA issues new activities exempted from lockdown restrictions

The Ministry of Home Affairs has released a list of new activities that have been exempted from lockdown restrictions to fight COVID-19. The motive behind to provide new guidelines is restarting the country’s economic engine and lessen the pain of millions suffering from the continued lockdown to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Home Affairs: Amit Shah

International Current Affairs Headlines

IMF approves over USD 1.3 billion emergency financing to Pakistan

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved USD 1.3 billion in emergency financing to Pakistan to address the economic impact of the COVID-19 shock.

Banking and Business Headlines

RBI cancels the licence of Mapusa Urban Co-operative Bank of Goa Ltd

The licence of the Mapusa Urban Co-operative Bank of Goa Ltd. has been cancelled by the Reserve Bank of India. The central bank has issued an order, barring the bank to carry on banking business, with effect from the close of business on April 16, 2020.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • RBI 25th Governor: Shaktikanta Das; Headquarters: Mumbai; Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata.

SBI report: Economic growth may fall to 1.1 per cent this fiscal due to coronavirus

  • India’s GDP growth may slide to 1 per cent in the current financial year, on account of the impact of coronavirus outbreak on the economy, a research report by SBI
  • The economic growth rate during 2019-20 is estimated to come down to 1 per cent from 5 per cent projected by several agencies before the outbreak of the COVID-19, which affected more than 20 lakh persons around the world and took lives of over 1.3 lakh people.


BSNL CMD P K Purwar takes additional charge of MTNL

The chairman and managing director of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), P. K. Purwar have been given the additional charge as CMD of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL).

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) established: 15 September 2000.
  • Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) established: 1 April 1986.
  • Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) Headquarters: New Delhi.

Viswanathan Anand joins WWF India as ambassador

Viswanathan Anand appointed as a new ambassador of (World Wide Fund) environmental education programme.

Sports Current Affairs Headlines

BCCI suspends IPL 2020 indefinitely due to Covid-19

There is a piece of bad news for the cricket lover as the Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided that the IPL 2020 Season will be suspended till “further notice” due to current coronavirus pandemic.

“Feifei” to be the mascot for Hangzhou 2022 Asian Para Games

“Feifei” to be the mascot for Hangzhou 2022 Asian Para Games, China. The 4th Asian Para Games are going to be held from October 9-15, 2022, featuring 22 sports with Taekwondo and Para-Canoe to form their Games debuts. The mascot helps to bring the Games to life for everybody, from the athletes to the spectators.

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