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Daily Current Affairs Headlines 19th and 20th April 2020

Important Days

On April 20 every year UN Chinese Language Day is observed. The day has been chosen to pay tribute to Cangjie, who is a mythical figure who is presumed to have invented Chinese characters about 5,000 years ago.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Secretary-General of the United Nations: Antonio Guterres.
  • The United Nations (UN) is an organization between countries established on 24 October 1945 to promote international cooperation.

National Current Affairs Headlines

National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage launched by Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel

  • Union Minister for Culture (I/C) Shri Prahlad Singh Patel launched the National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of India in New Delhi.
  • The National ICH List is an attempt to recognize the diversity of Indian culture embedded in its intangible heritage.
  • The idea behind this is to raise awareness about the various intangible cultural heritage elements from different states of India at the national and international level and ensure their protection.

Government of India launches an online data portal for combating and containing Covid-19

Government of India has launched an online data portal containing information of human resources for combating and containing Covid-19. This portal has been created as an online website at “”.

It contains state wise and district wise availability of the large pool of human resources from various groups along with contact details of the nodal officers.

Govt constitutes 6 Inter-Ministerial Central Teams to make an on-spot assessment of COVID-19 situation

  • Union Government has constituted six Inter-Ministerial Central Teams to make an on-spot assessment of COVID-19 situation, issue necessary directions to State Authorities for its redressal and submit their report to the Centre.

State Current Affairs Headlines

UP govt collabrate with Google to geotag community kitchen

Uttar Pradesh Government collaborates with Google to open geotag community kitchens in the state. The kitchens have the capability to produce 12 lakh food packets on a daily basis. Now, Uttar Pradesh became the 1st state to geotag community kitchens. Around 7,368 community kitchens located in 75 districts were geotagged.

Useful Notes for competitive exams-

  • Anandiben Patel is the current Governor of Uttar Pradesh.
  • Uttar Pradesh is India’s most populous state.

Rajasthan Government taking help from Healthcare App ‘Aayu’ to stop Coronavirus Pandemic

Rajasthan government now working with healthcare startup MedCords to provide 24×7 online consultation and medicine delivery to the people of Rajasthan as the State battles to control cases of Coronavirus. Through its integrated solution –Aayu & Sehat Sathi appMedCords will help over 68 Million of people in Rajasthan through this collaboration.

International Current Affairs Headlines

Facebook launches third party fact checking in Bangladesh

Tech giant Facebook announced the launch of its third-party fact-checking system in Bangladesh to discourage the spread of fake news in the country. Facebook in partnership with Boom Fact check will review and rate the stories, including photos and videos.

Banking and Business Current Affairs Headlines

HDFC Bank starts a new campaign for social distancing #HDFCBankSafetyGrid

HDFC Bank has started #HDFCBankSafetyGrid campaign to encourage social distancing in Public places. The bank has changed its logo as well. This campaign helps people waiting in the queue at a shop or an establishment.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters of HDFC Bank: Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • Managing Director of HDFC Bank: Aditya Puri.

Fitch slashes India’s GDP growth forecast to 1.8%

According to the report, Fitch Solutions has rip India’s economic growth forecast to 1.8% for the financial year 2020-21. Fitch Solutions has lowered India’s economic growth forecast from 4.6% stating large-scale loss of income across the economy due to the current pandemic situation, causing contracted private consumption. It has also predicted the contraction in fixed investments as capital expenditure has been reduced by businesses to conserve cash amid elevated economic uncertainty.

Science and Technology Headlines

Chitra GeneLAMP-N New Diagnostic Test Kit That Can Confirm Covid-19

Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, (SCTI) Trivandrum has developed a diagnostic test kit which can confirm COVID-19 cases in just two hours at a cost as low as Rs 1,000.

IIT Ropar develops ‘WardBot’ for COVID-19 patients

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar (Punjab) has developed & designed a ‘WardBot’ to deliver medicines and food to COVID-19 patients in isolation wards without human intervention. WardBot also has a feature of self-sanitising.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar, Director: Sarit Kumar Das.
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar Founded: 2008.

Sports Headlines

BCCI creates ‘Team Mask Force’ to spread awareness against COVID-19

BCCI has created a video to promote wearing masks in public places and help the country to fight against Coronavirus. The ‘Team Mask Force’ has been formed to spread awareness about wearing masks in public places.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • BCCI President: Sourav Ganguly
  • Headquarter of BCCI: Mumbai.

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