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Daily Current Affairs Headlines 24th April 2020

National Panchayati Raj Day: 24 April

National Panchayati Raj Day celebrated on 24 April every year. The Ministry of Panchayati Raj organizes the National Panchayati Raj day or the National Local Self Government Day. India celebrates the first National Panchayati Raj Day or the National Local Government Day on April 2010.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Panchayati Raj: Narendra Singh Tomar.

National Current Affairs Headlines

UNODC launches “Lockdown Learners” series in India

  • The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) has rolled out a ‘Lockdown Learners’ series in India under its flagship “Education for Justice” initiative.

‘Serve-the-Seniors Initiative’ helpline launches by JKSLSA

  • Jammu and Kashmir State Legal Services Authority (JKSLSA) has launched a helpline under ‘Serve-the-Seniors Initiative’. The motive of starting this helpline to provide help related to groceries and other essential items to the residents.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Lt. Governors of Jammu and Kashmir: Girish Chandra Murmu.
  • Lt. Governors of Ladakh: Radha Krishna Mathur.

CSIR-IGIB develops ”Feluda” COVID-19 srip for COVID-19

  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) has developed ”Feluda” a low-cost COVID-19 test strip. This is developed by scientists Dr Souvik Maiti and Dr Debojyoti Chakraborty. The test is will save approx Rs 4000 as it is expected to cost around Rs 500 against the usual RT-PCR test that costs Rs 4,500 in private labs.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Director-General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research: Shekhar C. Mande.
  • Director of Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology: Anurag Agrawal.

India’s 1st COVID-19 sample collection mobile Lab launched

Rajnath Singh (Raksha Mantri)has launched India’s 1st COVID-19 sample collection mobile Lab through video conference named as “Mobile BSL-3 VRDL Lab”.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of Defence Research and Development Organisation: G Satheesh Reddy.
  • Headquarters of DRDO: New Delhi.

State Current Affairs Headlines

World Bank approves Rs 585 cr for Himachal Pradesh State Roads Transformation Project

  • The World Bank has approved 82 million US dollars (585 crore rupees) for the Himachal Pradesh State Roads Transformation Project (HPSRTP) for up-gradation of major roads and modernization of the Public Works Department in the state.

Agreements Headlines

NIIT’s US arm sign agreement with US based EdTech company

NIIT (National Institute of Information Technology) Limited announced that its US (United States) subsidiary has signed a managed service agreement with a US-based education technology (EdTech) company. Through this agreement, the company will provide virtual services to education providers.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters of NIIT: Gurugram, Haryana.
  • CEO of NIIT: Sapnesh Lalla.

Sports Headlines

World Games unveil new logo for 2022 edition

The 11th edition of World Games which is to be held in Birmingham, Alabama, US (United States) has unveiled an updated logo and title after being delayed a year because of the Coronavirus pandemic. The World Games was initially scheduled for July 2021, but it will now be held from July 7 to 17, 2022.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • International World Games Association Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • International World Games Association President: Jose PerurenaLopez.
  • International World Games Association Chief Executive Officer (CEO): Joachim Gossow.

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