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Current Affairs: 24 March 2020

Current Affairs 
24th March 2020

21st March:  World Tuberculosis Day
·         World Tuberculosis Day, observed on 24 March each year, is designed to build public awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis (TB) and efforts to eliminate the disease.
·         In 2012, 8.6 million people fell ill with TB, and 1.3 million died from the disease, mostly in low and middle-income countries
·         World TB Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Malaria Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Hepatitis Day and World AIDS Day
WHO: World Health Organization
Formation: 7 April 1948; 71 years ago
Type: United Nations specialized agency Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
Director General: Tedros Adhanom

21st March: World Forest Day
·     The International Day of Forests was established on the 21st day of March, by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on November 28, 2012.

·     Each year, various events celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests, and trees outside forests, for the benefit of current and future generations.
Theme: Forests and Biodiversity
Crisil has lowered india’s growth rate for FY 21 to 5.2% from its previous prediction of 5.7%.
  •  The COVID-19 pandemic will leave he economy crippled next fiscal putting down the growth to a low of 5.2% from previous prediction of 5.7%
  • However this forecast from Crisil is much higher than those from some other analysts.

CRISIL: Credit Rating Information Services of India Limited
Founded: 1987
Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD & CEO: Ashu Suyash

Gujarat Police becomes first in India to introduce taser guns
·        The Gujarat Police is equipped with taser guns in order to ensure safety and security of the public. By introducing the taser guns as part of police weapons, Gujarat becomes the first state in India.
Image result for taser gun·        The taser guns were used in agencies such as the UK Metropolitan Police, the Los Angeles Police Department and the New York Police Department.
·        The taser guns have been introduced to find an alternative between “ineffective lathes” and “deadly guns”.
·        The taser guns (electrical weapon) use compressed nitrogen to fire, by sending electricity through attached wires, which disrupt voluntary control of muscles
IOC becomes 1st company to begin supply of BS-VI fuel across country
  • Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), the nation’s biggest oil firm, began the supply of the world’s cleanest petrol and diesel across the country. All 28,000 petrol stations of IOC’s across the country are dispensing BS-VI (Bharat Stage- VI) ultra-low Sulphur grade fuel in order to reduce the pollution from vehicles in the air.
  • India has switched to the cleanest fuel as other fuel retailers such as Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) are also supplying BS-VI grade fuel.
  • The Government of India had set April 1, 2020 as the deadline for starting supply of Euro- VI (equivalent to BS-VI grade) fuels in all petrol stations.
  • The BS-VI has a low Sulphur content of 10 ppm (parts per million) & emission standards are as good as CNG (Compressed Natural Gas).
  • India adopted Euro-III equivalent (or Bharat Stage-III) fuel with a Sulphur content of 350 ppm in 2010 and then took 7 years to move to BS-IV that had a Sulphur content of 50 ppm & from BS-IV to BS-VI it took 3 years.

Gujarat Government signs an MoU with Dutch company of Flying car-maker PAL-V
  • Flying car-maker PAL-V (Personal Air Land Vehicle) of the Netherlands will set up a manufacturing plant in Gujarat.
  • A Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) was signed in the presence of Gujarat Chief Minister (CM) Vijay Ramniklal Rupani between state industries Principal Secretary MK Das and Carl Maasbommel, Vice President of PAL-V’s international business development.
  • The PAL-V flying car is designed with 2 engines. The car runs at a speed of 160 kilometers (Km) on road and can fly at a speed of 180 kilometers. The car can turn into a flying vehicle in just 3 minutes & covers a distance of 500 km.

Short Notes
  • The oldest fossil of a modern bird, dating from the age of dinosaurs has been discovered whose nicknamed: WONDERCHICKEN
  • The government has fixed the maximum cost for testing sample of COVID-19 at Rs. 4500.
  •  India’s largest lender State Bank of India became the first bank to open an emergency credit facility for borrowers affected by the Coronavirus Outbreak.
  • Coronavirus outbreak: India’s 1st AI summit ‘RAISE 2020’ postponed to October
  • Supreme Court has removed Shyamkumar from Cabinet berth. He was serving as the forest minister of Manipur.
  • Recently, the government has approved Production Incentive Scheme (PLI) to boost domestic manufacturing in Electronic Manufacturing.
  • Bridge constructed by BRO over Teesta River in North Sikkim opened for traffic
  • Rajiv Bajaj has been appointed as Managing Director and CEO of Bajaj Auto.
  • Ajay Kumar appointed as India’s High Commissioner to Uganda.

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