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Daily Current Affairs Headlines 29 April 2020

Important Days

International Dance Day observed globally on 29 April

International Dance Day is observed globally on 29 April every year. This day was created by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), the main partner for the performing arts of UNESCO. This event takes place every year on 29th April, to celebrates the birth anniversary of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727–1810), the creator of modern ballet.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • International Theatre Institute Founded: 1948.
  • Headquarters of International Theatre Institute: Paris, France.

National Headlines

ADB to provide 1.5 Billion to India’s COVID-19 to fight against COVID-19

Asian Development Bank will give 1.5 Billion Dollar to India to fight against the COVID 19. The loan amount will be used in fulfilling India’s immediate priorities.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • President of Asian Development Bank: Masatsugu Asakawa.
  • ADB was established in 1966.

Maruti Suzuki an automobile company develops low cost ventilators

Maruti Suzuki an automobile giant has developed low-cost ventilators for helping the government in the fight against COVID-19. The production is going on in Gautam Buddha Nagar of Uttar Pradesh, where the company is supporting a start-up Agva Healthcare to scale-up ventilator production.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of Maruti Suzuki: R. C. Bhargava.
  • Managing Director & CEO of Maruti Suzuki: Kenichi Ayukawa.
  • Headquarters of Maruti Suzuki: New Delhi.

Internationl Current Affairs Headlines

India extends USD 150 million foreign currency swap support to Maldives

India extended a USD 150 million foreign currency swap support to the Maldives to help the strategically important Indian Ocean island nation mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator launched by G-20

G-20 has launched “Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator” under the presidency of Saudi Arabia. This will act as global platform for action to improve connections as well as to leverage interdependencies for collective partnership, mobilizing, problem-solving, and guiding investments for new COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics as well as vaccines.

State Current Affairs Headlines

Andhra Pradesh govt starts “Jagananna Vidya Deevena Scheme”

Jagananna Vidya Deevena’ scheme started by the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh Mr Y. S.Jaganmohan Reddy. According to the new scheme, fee reimbursement will be credited directly to mothers’ accounts instead of college accounts in the coming academic year 2020-21.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Governor of Andhra Pradesh: Biswa Bhusan Harichandan.

WCD Ministry takes unique initiative ‘doorstep Aanganwadi’ to reach out to children during lockdown in Gujarat

In Gujarat, the Women and Child Development Ministry(WCD) has taken a unique initiative called Umbare Aanganwadi, i.e doorstep Aanganwadi to reach out to children during the lockdown.

Under the ICDS programme, the government has not only ensured the nutritious food to the children but also ensure their overall development.

Banking and Business Headlines

Axis Bank set to acquire stake in Max Life Insurance

Axis Bank would acquire a 29% additional stake in Max Life Insurance for an estimated price of Rs 1,592 crore. The deal will increase the Axis Bank‘s stake in Max Life to 30%. Max Financial Services will hold the remaining 70% in the joint venture.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters of Axis Bank: Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • MD and CEO of Axis Bank: Amitabh Chaudhry.
  • The tagline of Axis Bank: Badhti Ka Naam Zindagi.
  • Max Life Insurance Company Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • MD & CEO of Max Life Insurance Company: Prashant Tripathy.

Appointments Headlines

Shiv Das Meena becomes new CMD of HUDCO

Mr Shiv Das Meena appointed as chairman and managing director of Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) for a period of six months with immediate effect.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters of HUDCO: New Delhi.
  • HUDCO Established: 1970.

Science and Technology Headlines

North Pole’s largest-ever ozone hole finally closes

The largest hole in the Ozone layer spreading over 1 million square kilometres above the Arctic is closed now. Scientists who have been observing the ozone hole at Copernicus’ Atmospheric Monitoring Service (CAMS) has announced that the Ozone layer hole is now closed in the North Pole.

Sports Headlines

India loses hosting rights of men’s World Boxing Championships 2021

India lost the hosting rights of the men’s World boxing championship 2021 to Serbia. International Boxing Association (AIBA) has terminated the agreement signed in 2017 by India. India will also have to pay the cancellation fee penalty of USD 500.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • AIBA Founded: 1946.
  • AIBA Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • AIBA President: Dr Mohamed Moustahsane.

Obituaries

Padma Shri award winning Actor Irrfan Khan passes away

Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan who won Padma Shri award and National award for his best acting and dedication in Indian Film industry passed away. His health had been on the decline ever since he was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer in 2018.


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