Current affairs April 11 2020

1. Which Union Ministry of India launched a “Integrated Government Online training” for COVID-19 Pandemic?

Ans: Ministry of Human Resource Development ( online training modules mounted on a especial digital platform-Integrated Government Online Training(iGOT) portal(https://igot.gov.in) for training and capacity building of dictors, nurses, paramedics, hygeine workers, technicians, AYUSH doctors and staff, other frontline workers and volunteers. This platform provides anytime onsite delivery of training material/modules through any device(mobile/laptop/desktop). Already 44 modules which are part of 12 courses have been on-boarded with105 videos and 29 documents, the communication says, adding that some of these courses include Basics of Covid, Infection Prevention and Control, use of PPE, Quarantine and Isolation, Management of COVID 19 cases(SARI, ADRS, Septic Shock), Laboratory Sample Collection and Testing, ICU Care and Ventilation Management. It further says that more such modules are being uplaoded everyday. The communication urge the State/District and Local bodies to train the identified resource through t

e portal on urgent basis.

2. What does OMSS stand for; Government has directed FCI to provide food grains to NGOS at OMSS rates?

Ans: Out Market Sale Scheme ( To ensure  uninterrupted supply of foodgrain to these organization Government has directed FCI to provide Wheat and Rice to such organizations at the Open Market Sale Scheme (OMSS) rates without going through the e-auction process. Hitherto only state governments and registered bulk users like Roller Flour Mills were allowed to buy stock from FCI under OMSS rates. These organizations can purchase 1 to 10 MT at a time from FCI at the predetermined reserve prices. FCI has network of more than 2000 go downs in the country and such large network of go downs will ensure smooth supply of food grains to these organizations in this hour of crisis. It will help relief camps in their philanthropic work of feeding poor and migrant workers in the country.)

3. How many years the Indian Government has extended the term of Bank Board Bureau (BBB) members?

Ans: Two years

(The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved extension of term of existing part-time chairman and members of the BBB for a period of two years beyond April 11 or until further orders whichever is earlier, the Department of Financial Services.As per the circular, former Secretary in the Department of Personal and Training B P Sharma will continue as its part-time chairman. Other part-time members are Vedika Bhandarkar, former MD of Credit Suisse; P Pradeep Kumar, former MD of SBI; and Pradip P Shah, founder MD of rating agency CRISIL. Before Sharma, the board was headed by former CAG Vinod Rai till April 2018. He was the first chairman of the board.

4. What does PPE stand for, The Supreme Court has directed the central Governmnet to provide PPEs to docotors & medical staff?

Ans: Personal Protective Equipment (The top court directed the ministry of health and family welfare to ensure the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE), including sterile medical gloves, starch apparel, medical masks, goggles, face shields, respirators, shoe covers, head covers and coveralls to all health workers, including doctors, nurses, ward boys, other medical and paramedical professionals attending to patients suffering from covid-19 in India.)

5. How many member countries are present in SAARC bloc had a discussion of Covid-19?

Ans: Eight Countries (SAARC [the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation] nations will discuss via conferencing, a roadmap to fight the challenge of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus,” The leaders from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sir Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives and Afghanistan are expected to participate in the meeting via video conference.)

6. Who was named the leading men’s cricketer of the year by 2002 wisden Cricketers Almanack?

Ans: Ben Stokes (The Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World is an annual cricket award selected by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. It was established in 2004, to select the best cricketer based upon their performances anywhere in the world in the previous calendar year.Since 1889, Wisden has published a list of Cricketers of the Year, typically selecting five cricketers that had the greatest impact during the previous English cricket season.in the 2000 edition,

Year Player Country
2003 Ricky Ponting  Australia
2004 Shane Warne  Australia
2005 Andrew Flintoff  England
2006 Muttiah Muralitharan  Sri Lanka
2007 Jacques Kallis  South Africa
2008 Virender Sehwag  India
2009 Virender Sehwag  India
2010 Sachin Tendulkar  India
2011 Kumar Sangakkara  Sri Lanka
2012 Michael Clarke  Australia
2013 Dale Steyn  South Africa
2014 Kumar Sangakkara  Sri Lanka
2015 Kane Williamson  New Zealand
2016 Virat Kohli  India
2017 Virat Kohli  India
2018 Virat Kohli  India
2019 Ben Stokes  England

7. Who was the richest person in the world according to the Forbes 34th annual world’s billionaires list?

Ans: Jeff Bezos (The richest people on Earth are not immune to the coronavirus. As the pandemic tightened its grip on Europe and America, global equity markets imploded, tanking many fortunes. As of March 18, when we finalized this list, Forbes counted 2,095 billionaires, 58 fewer than a year ago and 226 fewer than just 12 days earlier, when we initially calculated these net worths. Of the billionaires who remain, 51% are poorer than they were last year. In raw terms, the world’s billionaires are worth $8 trillion, down $700 billion from 2019.Jeff Bezos is the world’s wealthiest person for the third year in a row, despite giving $36 billion worth of his Amazon stock to his ex-wife MacKenzie Bezos as part of their divorce settlement last summer. He’s worth $113 billion, buoyed by a 15% rise in Amazon’s shares since our 2019 list. The e-commerce giant he runs has been in the spotlight amid the pandemic; it’s hiring 100,000 full- and part-time workers to help meet increased demand from consumers staying home and shopping online.)

8. Sustainable economies has been released by which global organisagion 2020?

Ans: United Nations the report titled ‘Economic and Social Survey of asia and the pacific (ESCAP) ( Decades of high economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region have transformed its socioeconomic landscape – lifting a billion people out of extreme poverty in the past two decades and raising living standards of even greater numbers. However, such growth has been accompanied by growing inequality of income and opportunity and is beginning to breach planetary limits, thus endangering the well-being of future generations. Yet, the Asia-Pacific region is not on track to achieve any of the 17 Goals by 2030 if we continue on our business-as-usual pathway. The largest regression is in Goal 12: Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns. This situation calls for a rethink of the economic growth-centric development model.)

9. Which was the most Popular digital transaction in the Financial year 2019-20?

Ans: BHiM UPI (BHIM’s greatest contribution has been less in enabling digital payments and more in creating an ecosystem that has helped India advance digital payments by about half a decade. BHIM as a percentage of total UPI transactions declined from 40% in January 2017 to 6.27% in December, though value transacted grew marginally from 21% to 23% in the same period. Fewer people were using BHIM, but value increased as digital payment transactions have overall grown during the period. Newbies such as Google Tez and the more venerable MobiKwik, Paytm or PhonePe seem to have stolen some of BHIM’s thunder. Paytm, for instance, went live on UPI in the middle of last year and claims 15-20% share of UPI transactions.)

10. Which Union Ministry has launched the revised version of Swachhta App to handle queries specific to COVID-19?

Ans: Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs yesterday announced the launch of a revised version of the existing Swachhata-MoHUA App, at a video conference (VC) held with all States, Union Territories (UTs) and cities, under the Chairmanship of Shri Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary – MoHUA, on the COVID 19 crisis. The Swachhata-MoHUA App, a highly popular grievance redressal tool for citizens under the ambit of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) already has over 1.7 Crore+ urban users across the country. This app has now been modified and strengthened further in order to enable citizens to get their COVID-related complaints also redressed by their respective ULBs.)

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