Current affairs April 09 2020

1. How many years Indian cabinet approved the temporary suspension of the MPLAD fund?

Ans: Two years ( Kolkata: Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Monday termed as “gross injustice” towards public representatives the Centre’s decision to temporarily suspend the MPLAD fund scheme, and said the move was testimony of the fact that the country is heading towards financial emergency. Chowdhury, the leader of the Congress party in Lok Sabha, said the government can cut down more on salaries of MPs, but it should “rethink” its decision over MPLAD fund.The Cabinet also approved temporary suspension of the MPLAD (Member of Parliament local Area Development) fund scheme during 2020-21 and 2021-22.)

2. NGOs and International Organisationns related to COVID-19, who chiars the empowered committee to Governament has constitued to coordiante with private secotor?

Ans: Amitabh Kant ( “Empowered group has been constituted to address the issues pertaining to identification of problems, effective solutions and formulation of plans,””Empowered group has been constituted to address the issues pertaining to identification of problems, effective solutions and formulation of plans,”

3. NHAI was achieved in which financial year, who construct the highest ever highway?

Ans: 2019-20 ( The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has envisaged an ambitious highway development programme Bharatmala Pariyojana which includes development of about 65,000 km national highways. Under Phase-I of Bharatmala Pariyojana, the Ministry has approved implementation of 34,800 km of national highways in 5 years with an outlay of  Rs 5,35,000 crore.  NHAI has been mandated development of about 27,500 km of national highways under Bharatmal Pariyojna.)

4. Which country has donated 1.70 lakh PPE coveralls, after opening up supply lines from aborad to India?

Ans: China ( “Supply lines from abroad opened up today with the receipt of 1.70 lakh Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) coveralls from China which have been donated to the Government of India,” the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said in press release. A total of 2.94 lakh PPE coveralls have been arranged and supplied by the Centre till now to states, the ministry said. In addition to this, 2 lakh domestically produced N-95 masks are also being sent to various hospitals. Including these, over 20 lakh N-95 masks have been supplied by the government of India.)

5. Who has been appointed as the new Chairman of which industry body of India?

Ans: Pravin Rao Chairman of NASSCOM ( Infosys’ chief operating officer, UB Pravin Rao, has been appointed as the new chairman of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom), for 2020-21. Rekha M Menon, Chairman and Senior Managing Director, Accenture in India, will be the Vice-Chairperson for the industry body. Nasscom has been doing in transforming the industry and making it relevant in this digital era. I believe that our industry, more than ever, needs a focused approach towards building resilience, upskilling its workforce and contributing to our country’s growth, and I’m excited to be a part of this journey with Nasscom”, )

6. Which Port-trust become the first state-owned port trust to invoke the clause of force majeure at the backdrop of coronavirus outbreak?

Ans: Kolkata Port Trust ( Kolkata Port Trust has declared force majeure at its Haldia Dock Complex, becoming the first state-owned major port trust to invoke the clause in the wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus that has roiled trade. “Kolkata Port Trust (KOPT) has considered the COVID-19 pandemic as a natural calamity and invokes force majeure from 06:00 Hrs on 22 March to 06:00 Hrs on 15 April 2020,” A K Mahapatra, General Manager (Traffic) wrote in an April 5 trade circular, a copy of which has been reviewed by Business Line.)

7. Which day in this year celebrated on April 6, participating in sporting and physical activity?

Ans: International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (On 6 April 2020, the IDSDP will be a moment when the IOC and the whole Olympic Movement join the global effort to encourage everyone to be active and stay healthy at a time when the world is fighting an unprecedented health crisis, and when populations are being asked to stay at home to contain the spread of COVID-19. Sport and physical activity are essential to stay fit and healthy, especially in this time of uncertainty and social distancing. Physical activity improves mental health, helps beat negative thoughts, lowers stress and depression, and strengthens the immune system.)

8. What is the theme of World Health Day 2020?

Ans: Support nurse and midwives (The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, In 1948, the WHO hold the First World Health Assembly. The Assembly decided to celebrate 7 April of each year, with effect from 1950, as the World Health Day. The World Health Day is held to mark WHO’s founding, and is seen as an opportunity by the organization to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year.)

9. Which Asian country has declared a state of emergency over coronavirus?

Ans: Japan (The state of emergency will remain in force until 6 May. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had previously declared a month-long state of emergency in seven regions. Speaking at a special meeting of medical experts, Mr Abe said: “Areas where a state of emergency should be carried out will be expanded from the seven prefectures to all prefectures.”As the number of infections in Japan has increased, criticism of Mr Abe’s response has grown louder. One poll shows 75% of people think the prime minister took too long to declare a state of emergency in Tokyo.

10. The Indian Army to set up a unified network management system with which firm has bagged the order?

Ans: Larsen & Toubro ( L&T has pegged the deal to be in the range of ₹2,500-5,000 crore. This network is a part of the armed forces’ modernisation push. The project involves the creation of a Cloud based IT infrastructure on Infrastructure as a service (IAAS) model. The scope also includes Next Generation Operations System and Software (NGOSS) based Unified Network Management System, Eight Network Operations Centers (NOCs) consisting of National NOCs, Disaster Recovery NOCs, Regional NOCs, Security Operation Centers, Tier III Data Centers and Training Infrastructure. The project is to be implemented in 18 months followed by three years of warranty and seven years of annual maintenance during which L&T will provide Managed Maintenance Services including SLA monitoring, service impact analysis and root cause analysis for the countrywide Armed Force Next Generation Network.)

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