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Latest Current Affairs: 30 March 2020

Current Affairs 30th March 2020
Indian Army launches OPRATION NAMASTE for COVID-19
  • Army Chief of Indian Army General Manoj Mukund Naravane launched ‘Operation Namaste’ initiative to protect 1.3 million strong forces from coronavirus and provide all possible assistance to the government to control the pandemic.
  • Under ‘Operation Namaste’, the army has issued a series of directives to all its bases to protect the force from the coronavirus & the army headquarters issued a number of suggestions to deal with the situation over the past few weeks.

Indian Army:
Founded: 1 April 1895; 124 years ago
Role: Land Warfare
Headquarters: New Delhi
Motto: Service before Self
Army Day: 15 January
Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind
Chief of the Army Staff: General Manoj Mukund Naravane

Govt. approves Rs. 5,751.27 crore as additional assistance to 8 states under NDRF
  • The High Level Committee (HLC) under the Chairmanship of Union Home Minister  Amit Shah approved Rs 5,751.27 crores as additional Central assistance under National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) to 8 States affected by floods, landslides, cyclones ‘Bulbul’ & drought during 2019.

The states which got additional assistance are:
  1. Bihar - 953.17 Cr
  2. Kerala – 460.77 Cr
  3. Nagaland – 177.37 Cr
  4. Odisha – 179.64 Cr
  5. Maharashtra – 1758.18 Cr
  6. Rajasthan – 177.37 Cr
  7. West Bengal – 1090.68 Cr
  8. Karnataka

  • Rs. 10937.62 crores has already been released by the center to 29 States as Central share from State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) & additional assistance of Rs. 14108.58 crores to 8 States under NDRF from 2019-2020 till now.

JICA sign agreement of Rs. 15,295 Cr tp provide an ODA for 3 rail infrastructure projects
  • Japanese government funding agency (JICA) signs an agreement worth Rs. 15,295 crore with India to provide an Official Development Assistance (ODA) for 3 rail infrastructure projects.
  • JICA granted Rs 8,553 crore for Dedicated Freight Corridor (phase-1); Rs. 4,262 crore for Mumbai Trans Harbour Link Project (II) and Rs. 2,480 crore for the Mumbai Metro Line 3 Project (III).

3 Rail Infrastructure Projects:
  1. Mumbai Trans Harbour Link Project: The Construction of the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) project will connect Mumbai with Navi Mumbai. It aims to mitigate traffic congestion & promote economic development.
  2. Mumbai Metro Line Project: The objective of the project is to cope with the increase in traffic demand in the city by expanding the mass rapid transportation system, so as to promote regional economic growth & improve urban environment by reducing traffic jams & motor pollution. The line-3 connects the area Colaba-Bandra- Santacruz Electronic Export Processing Zone (SEEPZ) covers a total of 33.7 km & entails 26 stations.
  3. Dedicated Freight Corridor: The project aims to cope up the increasing demand for freight transport in India by setting up a new dedicated freight railway line between Delhi and Mumbai so that to promote comprehensive regional economic growth on the freight corridor as the backbone of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) Development plan. A new 950-km freight line (Rewari to Vadodara) connecting the major cities in Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Haryana states has been constructed.

Formation: 1Octomber 2003
Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan
President: Shinichi Kitaoka

Rs. 4,431 Cr released by Centre to clear pending wages of MGNREGA
  • The Centre released Rs 4,431 crores to clear pending wages under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005(MGNREGA) & will also pay all dues (Rs 11,499 crores) by April 10, 2020.
  • With this increase in wages, the national average wage under MGNREGA will rise from Rs 182 to Rs 202 per day.
  • The release is made at a time of country’s lockdown to combat COVID-19 which has made wage labourers with no work & financial resources.

MGNREGA: Mahatma Gandhi Employment Guarantee Act
Mission Statement
: It aims to enhance livelihood security in rural areas by providing at least 100 days of wage employment in a financial year to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work
Act: Mahatma Gandhi Employment Guarantee Act, 2005
Launched: 2 Feb 2006
Introduced by: Raghuvansh Prasad Singh

North Macedonia officially joints NATO
  • The Republic of North Macedonia has inducted officially as the 30th and newest member of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). This membership comes after North Macedonia’s 2017 deal with Greece under which the former changed its name from Macedonia (a name same as Greek province). 
  • After the name change, Greece agreed to drop objections to its NATO and European Union (EU) membership. North Macedonia was granted a protocol on accession to NATO membership in February 2019..

NATO: North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Formation: 2 April 1949;
Type: Military Alliance
Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium
Membership: 30 states
Secretary General: Jens Stoltenberg
North Macedonia:
Capital: Skopie
Official Language: Macedonian, Albanian
President: Stevo Pendarovski
Prime Minister: Oliver Spasovski
Independence Declare: 8 September 1991, from Yugoslavia

Deputy Governor of RBI B.P.Kanungo reappoint for a period of one year
  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi, has approved the extension of the tenure of RBI (Reserve Bank of India) Deputy Governor, Bibhu Prasad Kanungo for a period of one year up to April 3, 2021. His tenure is going to end on April 2, 2020.

RBI: Reserve Bank of India
Established: 1st April, 1935
Act: Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934
Currency: Indian rupee
Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
Governor: Shaktikanta Das

Short Notes
  • Indian Cricketer Mayank Agarwal appointed as a Brand Ambassador of Aeronutrix’s Fast & Up.
  • Ministry of the Development of North Eastern Region grants Rs. 25 Cr to the North Eastern State for combat COID-19.
  • UP CM Yogi Adityanath sets up ‘Team-11’ to beat Coronavirus.
  • Brahmakumaris chief Dadi Janki passed away at 104.
  • IAAF suspends Indian shot putter Navin chikara for 4 years for doping violation.
  • IIT Gandhinagar has launched Project ISAAC to engage students in creative projects during Corona lockdown.

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