Current affairs April 12 2020
1. What is the name of the campaign launched by the Ministry of HRD?
Ans: Bharat Padhe Online campaign (The Ministry of Human Resources Development has launched a week long campaign called “Bharat Padhe Online Campaign”. The campaign aims to improve online education in India. The main aim of the campaign is to invite experts in the country to share their knowledge and solutions in order to overcome the constraints in promoting digital education. Students and teachers are the main targets of the campaign. Though there are several other initiatives to promote online education in India, this campaign is launched to bring in all the experts of different fields to share their knowledge during lock down.
2. The technology to sanitise groceries and currency notes from COVID-19, which state and institution has developed?
Ans: IIT-Ropar of Punjab (“The device, when commercialized, can be available at less than Rs 500. It will take 30 minutes to sanitise the items and a 10-minute cooling-off period before one takes the items out,” claimed the institute. “The fight against the corona pandemic will not end just with social distancing and not stepping out. In the coming days and weeks, it will be extremely important to be cautious with everything possible. We have developed a device which looks like any trunk in our home, and we recommend it be placed at doorsteps or may be somewhere closer to the entry,” said Naresh Rakha, senior scientific officer at IIT-Ropar.)
3. “Go Digit General Insurance” associate with ICICI Lombard has launched by which e-commerce Firm?
Ans: Filpkart (NEW DELHI : E-commerce marketplace Flipkart, in partnership with ICICI Lombard and Go Digit General Insurance, has launched health insurance policies on its platform that distinctly cover COVID-19. Enabling health cover for consumers combating the global pandemic, the two health insurance policies come with instant claim benefits and do not require any medical tests at the time of purchase. According to industry estimates, about 56 per cent of the Indian population is not covered under any health insurance policy. The COVID-19 Protection Cover by ICICI Lombard provides an instant ₹25,000 benefit plan paid to the customer on positive diagnosis of COVID-19. It is priced at an annual premium of ₹159.)
4. The customs duty and health cess on the import of medical equipment related to COVID-19, which moonth of 2020 the centre has removed?
Ans: September (The customs duty exemption on ventilators, surgical masks, PPE, and test kits will be available up to September 30, The government on Thursday removed customs duty and health cess on ventilators, face and surgical masks, personal protection equipment and COVID-19 test kits with a view to boost availability of these products in the country to fight coronavirus pandemic. “In the context of COVID-19 situation, considering the immediate requirement of ventilators and other items, the Central Government has granted exemption from basic customs duty and health cess, on the import of these goods, with immediate effect,” the Department of Revenue.)
5. “Emergency Response and Health system Preparedness “to the states/UTs, How much amount has allocated by the centre for India COVID-19?
Ans: Rs 15000 cr (The “COVID-19 Emergency Response And Health System Preparedness Package” Will Be Implemented In Three Phases – From January 2020 To June 2020, From July 2020 To March 2021 And From April 2021 To March 2024. This Fund Will Be Divided among All States and Union Territories. The Modi government on Thursday sanctioned Rs 15,000 crore package to states to strengthen India’s fight against the novel coronavirus. The funds allocated will be utilized for immediate COVID-19 Emergency Response (amount of Rs 7774 crores) and rest for medium-term support (1-4 years) to be provided under mission.)
6. Which state Government has been launched by “Arogya Setu Interactive Voice Response System”?
Ans: Tamil Nadu (An Interactive Voice Response System initiative called “Aarogya Setu IVRS” has been launched by the Centre in association with Tamil Nadu government and IIT Madras. The service has been launched for people who do not use smart phones and to assist them in tackling Covid-19. It will be activated by a missed call and the location of the user is identified. Assistance on healthcare and guidance will be available through the voice service. This service will be launched in other states soon.)
7. Which state/UT has announce “Operation SHIELD” in Containment zones to contain the spread of COVID-19?
Ans: New Delhi (The Operation SHIELD launchd by the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi in the Covid-19 hotspots are now showing better results.”The government is declaring more hotspots and there is a situation of improvement and numbers for the spread of coronaivurs positive cases in sealed areas.”Operation SHIELD was successful in two more hotspots in Delhi- Vasundhara Enclave and Khichripur. Both the areas were sealed on March 31 and no new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the areas for the last 15 days.)
8. What is the revised fiscal deficit target for FY20, as a Percentage of GDP?
Ans: 3.8 (The government raised fiscal deficit target to 3.8 per cent of the GDP from 3.3 per cent pegged earlier for 2019-20 due to revenue shortage.We estimate a fiscal deficit of 3.8 per cent in RE (revised estimate) 2019-20 and 3.5 per cent for BE (budget estimate) 2020-21. This estimation is consistent with Government’s abiding commitment to macroeconomic stability,” Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said while presenting Budget 2020-21.The ‘escape clause’ allows the government to breach its fiscal deficit target by 0.5 percentage points at times of severe stress in the economy, including periods of structural change and those when growth falls sharply.)
9. Which Indian celebrity has been doing Twitter campaign launched by the Reserve Bank of India?
Ans: Amitabh Bachchan (The Reserve Bank of India launched a twitter campaign urging bank customers to adopt digital modes of payment that are convenient and safe. RBI emphasised on transacting digitally as it gives the convenience of making payments anytime and anywhere. Through the campaign, RBI reiterated the multiple digital payment options such as NEFT, IMPS, UPI and BBPS that are available 24*7. The face of the campaign is Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan.)
10. Which organisation manages NPS, Subscribes are to be allowed partial withdrawal for covering expenses for COVID-19 treatment?
Ans: Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority of India (PFRDA) (National Pension Scheme (NPS), a government-sponsored pension scheme, was launched in January 2004 for government employees. It was opened to all sections in 2009. A subscriber can contribute regularly in a pension account during her/him working life, withdraw a part of the corpus in a lump sum and use the remaining corpus to buy an annuity to secure a regular income after retirement. PFRDA clarified that the facility of partial withdrawal will not be applicable for Atal Pension Yojana (the scheme benefiting unorganised sector workers allows enrolments for those aged between 18 and 40) subscribers. There is no provision for subscribers to make partial withdrawals under APY,” PFRDA added.