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Latest Current Affairs 12th April 2020

North East India’s first Covid-19 patient cured, returns home:There is good news from Manipur, where a 23-year-old woman, who had returned from the UK last month and become the first positive coronavirus case in the entire northeastern region, was now declared completely free of the dreaded virus and returned home from the hospital on Sunday.

Over 40 Covid-19 vaccines under development: ICMR:The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said, on Sunday, more than 40 vaccines were under development but none had reached the next stage.

MHA writes to all States/ UTs to ensure compliance of SC directions on welfare of migrant labourers housed at Relief Shelters/Camps:In view of the Supreme Court of India directions regarding welfare of migrant labourers housed at relief shelters/camps in different parts of country, Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has written to all States/UTs to take necessary action in compliance of the directions of the Court, while implementing lockdown measures to fight COVID-19 effectively.

Indian Navy supports fight against Covid-19 in Port Blair :Reaching out to those in need during the Covid-19 crisis, Naval Air Station (NAS) Utkrosh and Material Organisation (Port Blair) carried out food distribution in Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Easter celebrations across world amid COVID-19; Prez, PM greet people on Easter:Easter is being celebrated across the globe today. It signifies the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion and death at Calvary on Good Friday. President, Vice President and Prime Minister have greeted people on Easter.

Union HRD Minister launches a web-portal YUKTI in New Delhi:Union Minister for HRD Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” has launched a web-portal YUKTI (Young India Combating COVID with Knowledge, Technology and Innovation) today in New Delhi.

Death toll due to COVID-19 rises to 273; cases climb to 8,356:The number of COVID-19 cases in the country has climbed to 8 thousand 3 hundred 56 while the death toll rose to 273

CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad engaged in fight against COVID-19 on multiple fronts:Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, CSIR’s constituent leading biology lab, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, CCMB based in Hyderabad is employing several tools and approaches in the country’s fight against COVID-19.

Maharashtra, Telangana & West Bengal announce extension of lockdown till April 30:Telangana government has extended the lockdown till 30th of April.

Nepal reports 3 new cases of Coronavirus; total number of cases gone up to 12:Nepal has reported three new cases of Coronavirus, with this the total number of cases has gone up to 12 in the Himalyan nation.

UK PM Boris Johnson discharged from hospital:British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been discharged from a London hospital and will continue his recovery from COVID-19 at his country residence of Chequers, his office said on Sunday.

Covid Crisis: Opening of schools and Universities postponed till early May in Sri Lanka:In Sri Lanka, the opening of schools and universities have been postponed till early May as five cases of COVID19 tested positive on Sunday bringing the active number of cases to 141.

Bangladesh: PM Hasina announces Tk 5000 Cr subsidised loan package for agriculture:Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday announced a Tk 5000 crore special subsidized loan package for boosting agricultural production in the country in the aftermath of the Corona crisis hitting the world.

Consignment of hydroxychloroquine from India arrived in US:A consignment of hydroxychloroquine from India has arrived in the US, days after New Delhi lifted a ban on export of the anti-malarial drug to some countries on humanitarian grounds.

Over 22,000 healthcare workers infected by Covid-19 globally: WHO:The COVID-19 pandemic has hit over 22,000 healthcare workers across 52 countries and regions, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

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Bangladesh former President Sheikh Mujib’s killer Abdul Majed hanged in Dhaka:The convicted killer of Bangladesh’s first President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was hanged immediately after midnight today in Dhaka.

US overtakes Italy with highest coronavirus deaths:The United States has overtaken Italy as the country with the highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 pandemic with the fatalities crossing 20,000.

Sri Lanka thanks PM Modi for sending medicines to fight COVID-19:Sri Lankan government has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for sending essential medicines to fight COVID 19.

Nepal govt rules out lifting of lockdown in Himalayan nation till situation normalises in India:Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has ruled out lifting lockdown in the Himalayan nation till situation normalises in India.

Robust Digital Payment infrastructure enables prompt transfer of cash payment under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package:A digital pipeline has been laid through linking of Jan-Dhan accounts as well as other accounts with the account holders’ mobile numbers and Aadhaar [Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile (JAM)]. This infrastructure pipeline is providing the necessary backbone for DBT flows, adoption of social security/pension schemes, etc.

Pharma companies increase ‘Hydroxychloroquine’ production to meet demand:Assuring that the country has adequate supply of the anti-malaria tablets ‘Hydroxychloroquine’ for both domestic and export demand along with other key medicines, the Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance (IPA) on Sunday said that pharma companies are ramping up production of the key medicines to meet demand.

Finance Ministry extends deadline for mandatory minimum deposit in PPF, Sukanya Samriddhi Account till June 30:Finance Ministry has extended the deadline for mandatory minimum deposit in Public Provident Fund (PPF) and Sukanya Samriddhi Account (SSA) for 2019-20 by three months up to June 30 in view of the lockdown due to coronavirus outbreak.

Commerce Ministry takes several measures to address hardships faced by exporters due to COVID-19:Commerce Ministry has taken several measures to address hardships faced by exporters due to COVID-19 pandemic. The ministry said that it has provided several relaxation and extensions of various compliance deadlines to address Corona pandemic related hardships of exporters.

Mohun Bagan won’t hold ‘Bar Puja’ amid COVID-19 outbreak:Breaking tradition, city football giants Mohun Bagan on Sunday said they were forced to not celebrate the customary “Bar Puja” this year due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Nothing is in favour of any kind of sport, forget IPL: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly:The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly admitted that the chances of the 2020 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) starting any time soon is bleak

Tom Hanks hosts show at home after COVID-19 diagnosis in March:Hollywood actor Tom Hanks returned to the small screen for the first time after he tested positive for the Coronavirus in March. He said he and his wife are doing great.

WHO to probe if recovered COVID patients can test positive again:After reports of some COVID-19 patients testing positive for the disease after initially testing negative emerged, the World Health Organization (WHO) has decided to investigate the issue.

DST funded startup develops kits for testing asymptomatic COVID-19 infections:Department of Science and Technology, DST funded startup has developed kits for testing asymptomatic COVID-19 infections and geared up its efforts for production of vaccine.

Novelty toilet roll cakes keep Finnish baker in business:A quick-thinking Helsinki bakery has saved itself from financial ruin due to the new coronavirus pandemic by creating a cake that looks like a toilet roll.

Step-up UPSC preparations in troubled period of global pandemic with UPSCGuide e-learning portal:We all know that a very large part of the world is passing through a very critical period with most of the nations including India is under the capture of global pandemic covid-19,

Updated: April 14, 2020 — 9:22 am
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