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Daily Current Affairs Update: 20th April

Daily Current Affairs Update

Staying updated with the daily current affair is crucial for the aspirants preparing for the government job examinations. Latest news of national and international importance is what many people seek on a daily basis. With so much happening around you, it must be difficult to get all the news of the day at one place. To help the aspirants get an insight into the news of the day, we are providing you with the daily current affairs update. In this post, we will cover all the important news useful for government job aspirants.

World Liver Day observed globally on 19 April

World Liver day is observed on 19 April to spread awareness about liver-related diseases.

Digital directory titled “Covid FYI” launched

 A one-stop digital directory containing all the information related to COVID-19 services and helplines has been made by an international team of 16 members led by Simran Soni, a student of Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode.

ARI Pune develops “bug sniffer” for detection of pathogens

 A device named “bug sniffer” has been developed by the researchers at the Agharkar Research Institute (ARI), Pune for the rapid detection of pathogens. It is a sensitive and low-cost sensor and has the capability to detect as low as ten bacterial cells from a sample size of one millilitre in the duration of just 30 minutes.

IIT Ropar develops ‘WardBot’ for COVID-19 patients

In order to deliver medicines and food to COVID-19 patients in isolation wards without human intervention, a ‘WardBot’ has been developed by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar (Punjab).
It can carry food items and medicines at different beds to patients in the ward.

BCCI creates ‘Team Mask Force’ to spread awareness against COVID-19

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) created a video in order to encourage wearing masks in public places. The ‘Team Mask Force’ is formed to spread awareness about wearing masks in public places. BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly along with other cricketers feature in the video.

Oscar-winning animator and filmmaker Gene Deitch passes away

Gene Deitch, the Oscar-winning animator, film director and producer, passed away on 20th April. His movie “Munro” won the academy award in the animated short film category in 1960.

HDFC Bank starts #HDFCBankSafetyGrid campaign

HDFC Bank has launched the #HDFCBankSafetyGrid campaign in order to encourage social distancing in Public places. The bank created physical markers of HDFC Bank logo to help people maintain social distancing.

UN Chinese Language Day observed globally on 20 April

April 20 is observed as the UN Chinese Language Day every year. The day pays tribute to Cangjie, a mythical figure presumed to have invented Chinese characters about 5,000 years ago.

“National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of India” launched

The Union Minister for Culture (I/C) Prahlad Singh Patel launched the “National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of India”. The initiative is a part of the Vision 2024 of the Ministry of Culture and has been taken to raise awareness about the cultural heritage of India and recognize the diversity of Indian culture.

Fitch slashes India’s GDP growth forecast to 1.8%

Fitch Solutions slashed India’s economic growth forecast for the financial year 2020-21  to 1.8%. The forecast has been lowered from 4.6% to 1.8% stating the large-scale loss of income across the economy due to the pandemic.

A book titled “Shuttling to the Top: The Story of P.V. Sindhu”, released

A book titled “Shuttling to the Top: The Story of P.V. Sindhu”, authored by the Sports journalist, V. Krishnaswamy has released. The book is based on the journey of PV Sindhu from her early life to becoming the world champion.

The remaining current affairs of the day will be updated in this post by the end of the day.

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