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Latest Current Affairs: 3 April 2020


Current Affairs
3rd APRIL 2020
2nd April: World Autism Awareness Day
  • Every year, the World Autism Awareness Day is observed on April 2 by the members of United Nations. The day is observed to take measures to increase awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • In all there are 7 health specific UN days. World Autism Awareness Day is one among the seven. This is being observed since 2008.

Theme: The Transition to Adulthood

India’s first coronavirus hospitalization insurance by PhonePe for Covid-19 treatment
  • The accelerated pace of coronavirus is affecting mankind adversely despite government efforts for curbing the situation. It is posing additional financial burden on individuals or families to get hospitalization treatment for COVID-19. To provide support for such cases, Digital payments company PhonePe has launched India’s first COVID-19 hospitalization insurance policy called Corona Care in collaboration with Bajaj Allianz General Insurance for people who have been infected and hospitalized for covid-19 treatment.
  • he policy will provide an insurance cover of 50,000 on a one-time payment of Rs. 156 for people who are under 55 years of age.
  • The insured person will be eligible for the claim only if he/she is diagnosed with COVID-19 after 15 days from the date of purchase of this insurance.
  • The policy will be valid at any hospital that is offering treatment for covid-19. It will also cover 30 days expenses on pre-hospitalization and post-care medical treatment

All Medical devices treated as drugs under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act: Central Government
  • The Central government announced that all medical devices that are sold in India will be treated as drugs under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. The move came into effect from 1 April 2020. The instructions were issued by the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.
  • At present, Government of India is regulating 24 classes of medical devices under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. These 24 classes of devices will be regulated as drugs under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act (DCA) 1940 and Drugs and Cosmetics Rules 1945.
  • All medical devices that are used to treat a patient including syringes, needles, a knee implant, digital thermometers, cardiac stents, CT scan, MRIs, dialysis machines will be treated under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.

Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers:
Cabinet Minister
: D.V.Sadanand Gowda
Minister of State: Mansukh L. Mandaviya

Government launches its 1st comprehensive COVID-19 tracking app called Aarogya Setu
  • The Government of India (GoI) has officially launched its 1st comprehensive coronavirus (COVID-19) tracking app called ‘Aarogya Setu (which translates from Sanskrit to ‘A bridge of health’)’ for Android and iOS (iPhone Operating System) users to connect health services with the people to fight the novel coronavirus outbreak.
  • The app has been developed by the National Informatics Center (NIC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in just 4 days.

Chittaranjan locomotive works of Indian Railways creates world record of making 431 locomotives for Financial Year 20
  • Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW), the manufacturing unit of Indian Railways based in Asansol, West Bengal (WB), has set the Limca Book of Records for producing record 431 locomotives in the financial year 2019-2020 (FY20) in 292 working days. It is 2.15 times its installed capacity of 200 locomotives per year.
  • This was achieved despite novel coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions that creating disruptions during the current financial year (FY20).
  • The unit has surpassed its own previous year (2018-2019) record, when it produced 402 locomotives in 297 working days.
  • CLW’s Locomotive production has increased 75% over the last 6 years period from 250 in 2014-15 to 431 in 2019-20 in line to support 100% Electrification and ‘Make in India’ initiative of central government.

Indian Railway:
Founded: 8 May 1845; 174 years ago
Headquarters: New Delhi
Minister of Railway: Piyush Goyal
Minister of State Railway: Suresh Angadi
Chairman: Vinod Kumar Yadav
Owner: Government of India
Division: 18 zones

WhatsApp Chatbot of Government of India launched to control fake news crossed 1.7 crore users
  • The Government of India had earlier created Whats App Chatbot to control fake news being spread about COVID-19 virus in the country.
  • The Chatbot was launched to answer all the queries related to the virus. It is designed to provide all the information related to COVID-19. At first, GoI launched MyGov Corona Helpdesk when India was in Phase I, in the spread of the disease.
  • The Chatbot was at first launched in the platform of WhatsApp as the reach here is quicker. Later it was expanded to Telegram through a MyGov Corona News desk Channel. Also, a dedicated helpdesk was launched on Facebook.


Wimbledon championship cancelled for the first time since World War II due to COVID-19
  • Wimbledon organizers cancelled the Wimbledon Championships 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The first match was scheduled to begin on 29 June 2020. This cancelation has happened for the first time since 1945 since World War II. The decision by the organizers to cancel the tournament was widely expected, with the world struggling to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Wimbledon Championships 2020:
Founded
on: 1877
Editions: 134 (2020)
Location: Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom
Venue of the game: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Surface Grass outdoors
Prize money: £34,000,000 (2018)

Short Notes
  • Assam State Disaster Management Authority launched COVID-19 Control Room in Guwahati.
  • National Book Trust (NBT) launched ‘Corona studies’ book series.
  • United Nations Security council to meet on COVID-19 first time.
  • United Nations announced that the Conference of Parties (COP 26) that was to be held in Glasgow in November 2020 has been pushed to 2021due to corona virus.
  • Government has extended the validity of vehicle permits, fitness permit, and driving license vehicle registration till 30 June.
  • Paytm Money Founder MD Pravin Jadhav resigns
  • IIT Kanpur is working to developed portable ventilators to support medical infrastructure.
  • The government hikes Ways and Means Advance (WMA) limit with RBI by 60%.
  • Donations for PM-CARES Fund granted 100% tax exemption under IT Act, 1961.






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