Daily Current Affairs 9th April, 2020

Daily Current Affairs 9 April 2020 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.

NATIONAL NEWS

Over 40% environment-related crimes in Rajasthan during 2014-16: CAG
A total of 40.59 per cent of the crimes related to environment in the country were committed in Rajasthan during 2014-16, according to a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) .

     

  • The report pointed out that despite the fact, state-level interagency coordination committee and wildlife crime control units to combat wildlife crimes were not established in the state.
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  • Referring to the data by the National Crime Records Bureau (October 2017), the report mentions that 15,723 cases of crimes related to environment were registered in the country during 2014-16 and the number of cases in the state during this period was 6,382, which is 40.59 per cent.

TRIFED to launch a digital campaign in collaboration with UNICEF for self help groups
To ensure tribal gatherers carry on their work safely, TRIFED has collaborated with UNICEF for developing a digital communication strategy for promoting a digital campaign for Self Help Groups (SHGs) involved in this work, highlighting the importance of Social Distancing.

     

  • #iStandWithHumanity Initiative with a Stand With Tribal Families component in providing much needed food and ration for survival of the tribal community.
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  • The webinar, for the promotion of the campaign held on 9th April, 2020. It is aimed to reach more than 18,000 participants and would cover tribal regions across all the 27 States.


INTERNATIONAL NEWS

SAARC Development Fund allocates $5 million for Covid-19 projects
The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Development Fund (SDF) has allocated $5 million for Covid-19 related projects in its member states.

     

  • The objective of the US$ 5 million allocation is to provide fund support to the Member States in their efforts and to protect the people of the SAARC Member States by mitigating the financial losses and severe socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.


BUSINESS & ECONOMY

HUL partners with UNICEF to support India’s fight against COVID-19
Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) major Hindustan Unilever said it has collaborated with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for a mass communication campaign to inform and empower the general public against the COVID-19 pandemic.

     

  • The campaign brings together the marketing expertise and scale of HUL and the technical knowledge of UNICEF to create engaging communication tools that can help people change behaviours and stay safe during the pandemic


APPOINTMENTS

Bharti AXA Life Insurance appoints Parag Raja as MD&CEO
BXA Life Insurance announced the appointment of Parag Raja as managing director and chief executive officer of the company.

     

  • Raja will succeed Vikas Seth, who led Bharti AXA Life Insurance for the past two-and-a-half years, after April 30, 2020, subject to the regulatory approvals.

Govt extends term of Banks Board Bureau members by two years
The government extended term of board members of the Banks Board Bureau (BBB), the headhunter for top management of state-run banks and financial institutions.

     

  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved extension of term of existing part-time chairman and members of the BBB for a period of two years beyond April 11 or until further orders whichever is earlier, the Department of Financial Services said in notification.
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  • As per the circular, former Secretary in the Department of Personal and Training B P Sharma will continue as its part-time chairman.


AWARDS

Ben Stokes named leading cricketer of the year by Wisden
Swashbuckling England all-rounder, Ben Stokes has ended India skipper Virat Kohli’s three-year run as Wisden’s leading cricketer of the year after being named for the honour on the back of his stellar show in 2019.

     

  • The 2020 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack also coronated Ellyse Perry as leading women’s cricketer of the year as the Australian reclaimed the title from India’s Smriti Mandhana.
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  • Stokes is the first Englishman to receive the honour since former captain Andrew Flintoff in 2005.


SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

DRDO, Wipro 3D develop full face shield for healthcare personnel treating COVID-19 patients
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and private firm Wipro 3D have together developed a full face shield for doctors and medical staff treating COVID-19 patients.

     

  • The shield will protect healthcare personnel from direct infection. DRDO has already supplied masks, full-body suits and personal protection equipment (PPE) for the medical staff.

Jharkhand launches  ‘Sukarsha COVID-19’ app to track movement of home quarantined persons
The East Singhbhum district administration in Jharkhand has launched a mobile application to track the movement of home quarantined persons.

     

  • The ‘Sukarsha COVID-19’ application, developed by students of RIT-Jamshedpur, necessitates home quarantined persons to upload their selfies on the application every two hours.

DoPT to empower Front Line COVID-19 Warriors with first of its kind iGOT e-learning Platform
The Department of Personnel and Training has announced the launch of a learning platform (https://igot.gov.in) to combat COVID 19 for all front-line workers to equip them with the training and updates in coping with Pandemic.

     

  • Appropriate training will also prepare them for the subsequent stages of the pandemic.
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  • The target group is Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics, Hygiene Workers, Technicians, Auxiliary Nursing Midwives (ANMs), Central & State Govt. Officers, Civil Defence Officials, various Police Organisations, National Cadet Corps (NCC), Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), National Service Scheme (NSS), Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), Bharat Scouts & Guides (BSG) and other volunteers.


OBITUARIES

Former Mizoram Assembly speaker Hiphei dies at 82
Former Mizoram Assembly speaker and veteran politician Hiphei died at hospital due to prolonged illness. He was 82

     

  • Hiphei, who is also called ‘father of the Mara tribe’ started his political career with Mara Freedom Party (MFP) in September 1963.
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  • Hiphei was elected to the state assembly from Tuipang constituency (Now Palak) as Independent in 1972.
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  • He won the state assembly elections seven times between 1972 and 2013 from Palak.
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  • He joined the Janata Party in 1978 and later switched over to Congress camp in 1984. The veteran politician was elected to Rajya Sabha for two cons
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  • He was the Mizoram Assembly speaker for two terms from 1989 to 1990 and 2013 to 2018.

James Bond actress Honor Blackman passes away
Honor Blackman, one of the most memorable co-stars of the early James Bond films, has died at the age of 94.

     

  • Honor Blackman acted as Pussy Galore opposite Sean Connery in the James Bond film ‘Goldfinger’ and as Cathy Gale in ‘The Avengers’ series that was broadcast during the 60s.

Indian-American journalist Brahm Kanchibotla passes away 
Indian-American journalist Brahm Kanchibotla has died of COVID-19 that is ravaging New York, the epicentre of the pandemic in the US.

     

  • Brahm Kanchibotla, 66, was a correspondent for United News of India.
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  • During his 28-year career in the US, he had worked for 11 years as a content editor for Merger Markets, a financial publication, and also did a stint with News India-Times weekly newspaper.


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