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Daily Current Affairs Headlines 23rd April 2020

World Book and Copyright Day

  • World Book and Copyright Day are observed globally on 23 April. This day is celebrated to pay tribute to all writers and authors for contributing to the social and cultural progress of humanity. The slogan for 2020- “KL Baca – caring through reading”. World Book Capital for 2020 is Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Director-General of UNESCO: Audrey Azoulay.
  • UNESCO formation: 4 November 1946.
  • UNESCO Headquarters: Paris, France.

National Current Affairs Headlines

Ordinance to Amend Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 receives Cabinet’s approval

  • After the recent instance Cabinet has approved the strick law and active against those who are attacking on essential works like doctors, police and other members who are working to make our security more powerful in this pandemic situation.
  • The promulgation of an Ordinance to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 has received the Union Cabinet’s approval.

International Current Affairs Headlines

TCS BaNCS to power Israel’s 1st fully Digital Bank

  • After TCS has been selected by Israel’s Ministry of Finance to transform its banking sector now Israel’s first fully digital bank would be launched by the Tata Consultancy Services in 2021. The digital banking operations platform will be powered by the TCS BaNCS Global Banking Platform.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Israel Capital: Jerusalem, Currency: Israeli new shekel.
  • Prime Minister of Israel: Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • Natarajan Chandrasekaran is Chairman of the Board of Tata Sons.

Pakistan to host SAARC virtual conference on COVID-19

  • Pakistan will host a virtual conference of Ministers and senior officials from 8-member South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to discuss a common strategy against the COVID-19 pandemic in the region.

States Current Affairs Headlines

BRO builds bridge to connect Kasowal enclave with rest of India

A new permanent bridge has been build by the Border Roads Organisation to connect the Kasowal enclave in Punjab with rest of India. After construction got completed then the bridge will be very helpful for passing the essential item to the Indian Army as well as the local residents.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Punjab: Capt. Amarinder Singh.
  • Governor of Punjab: V.P. Singh Badnore.
  • Director General Border Roads (DGBR): Lt Gen Harpal Singh.

Science and Technology Headlines

MHRD rolls out National program “VidyaDaan 2.0” 

Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal launched a national program “VidyaDaan 2.0”. VidyaDaan is a common national program for individuals & organizations across the nation to contribute e-learning resources for school as well as higher education in order to ensure the continuity of quality learning. This donated/shared content will be utilized on the DIKSHA app.

“Apthamitra” app  launched by Karnataka government

“Apthamitra” app and exclusive toll-free helpline number 14410 has been launched by the Karnataka government to empower the people of the state in the fight against COVID-19. The application aims at providing medical guidance and advice on COVID-19 while the helpline has been dedicated to deal with only COVID-19-related queries including telemedicine, counselling and facilitating testing and treatment for those in need.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Governor of Karnataka: Vajubhai Vala.
  • Chief Minister of Karnataka: B. S. Yediyurappa.

Appoitnment Headlines

Rakesh Sharma selected as a president of International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA) for a tenure of 2 years. He had been holding office as vice-president of IMMA since May 2019. He will replace Johannes Loman, Director of PT Astra International Tbk and Executive Vice President Director PT Astra Honda Motor (AHM) Indonesia.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • IMMA Founded: 1947.
  • IMMA Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.

Sports Headlines

BWF names PV Sindhu as ambassador for ‘i am badminton’ campaign

World Badminton Champion, P V Sindhu has been named as one of the ambassadors for Badminton World Federation (BWF)’s “I am badminton” awareness campaign. 

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters of Badminton World Federation: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Badminton World Federation Founded: 5 July 1934.
  • President of Badminton World Federation: Poul-Erik Hoyer Larsen.

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