Current affairs on April 15 2020
1. Who has been making news recently, is associated with which profession?
Ans: Chris Cassidy, Astronaut (He was Born in January 4, 1970 (age 50) Salem, Massachusetts, U.S.Chris Cassidy, an astronaut of NASA, along with two cosmonauts of Russia- Roscosmos, Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner docked at the International Space Station.
The three-man crew docked successfully aboard the Soyuz MS-16 capsule, which was launched from the Russia’s space hub, Baikonur, in its neighbouring country Kazakhstan. The crew reached the ISS at 1413 GMT, over six hours after blasting off. The next crew to return to Earth from the ISS will fly to their home countries on April 17.
2. As which day the World Anti-Doping Agency has been celebrating on April 9?
Ans: Play True Day (9 April marks the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Play True Day, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of clean sport among athletes, the broader public and sports stakeholders. This year, the day is entitled Play Safe on Play True Day 2020, and there is an additional focus alongside the usual clean sport theme. WADA aim to engage the global anti-doping community in the fight to protect clean sport, while also maintaining solidarity as stakeholders, athletes and the public do their part to curb the spread of COVID-19. )
3. Whos is the President of which international financial institution, which has also assured $2.2 billion assistance to India?
Ans: Masatsugu Asakawa is the president of Asian Development Bank (MANILA, PHILIPPINES (10 April 2020) — Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Masatsugu Asakawa has assured Indian Finance Minister and ADB Governor Nirmala Sitharaman of ADB’s support to India in its fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.ADB is committed to supporting India’s emergency needs. We are now preparing $2.2 billion in immediate assistance to the health sector and to help alleviate the economic impact of the pandemic on the poor; informal workers; micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises; and the financial sector,” Mr. Asakawa said. “ADB assistance for India will be further increased if needed. We will consider all financing options available with us to meet India’s needs, including emergency assistance, policy-based loans, and budget support to facilitate swift disbursement of ADB funds.”)
4. Which international organisation relesed the report 400 million workers of India will fall into poverty?
Ans: International Labour Organisation (The COVID-19 crisis has the potential to push around 40 crore informal sector workers in India deeper into poverty, with the lockdown and other containment measures affecting jobs and earnings, an International Labour Organisation (ILO) report.India has imposed a three-week lockdown till April 14 to contain the pandemic. As per ILO, India is among the countries less equipped to handle the situation. “COVID-19 is already affecting tens of millions of informal workers. In India, Nigeria and Brazil, the number of workers in the informal economy affected by the lockdown and other containment measures is substantial,” the ILO report released in Geneva said. “In India, with a share of almost 90 per cent of people working in the informal economy, about 400 million workers in the informal economy are at risk of falling deeper into poverty during the crisis.”)
5. “UNICEF” for a campaign against COVID-19, which manufacturing company has been collaborated with United Nations Children’s Fund?
Ans: Hindustan Unilever Limited (Mumbai: Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) major Hindustan Unilever on Wednesday said it has collaborated with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for a mass communication campaign to inform and empower the general public against the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign brings together the marketing expertise and scale of HUL and the technical knowledge of UNICEF to create engaging communication tools that can help people change behaviors and stay safe during the pandemic, the company said.HUL had recently committed Rs 100 crore in donations to help India fight the coronavirus crisis.
6. Who recently passed away after affected by COVID-19 in th United States was associated with Journalist?
Ans: Brahm Kanchibotla (Indian-American journalist)(The journalist died on Monday morning after nine days in a hospital, his son Sudama Kanchibotla said. Brahm Kanchibotla, 66, was a correspondent for news agency United News of India (UNI). During his 28-year career in the US, he had worked for 11 years as a content editor for Merger Markets, a financial publication, and also did a stint with News India-Times weekly newspaper. He had emigrated to the US in 1992 after having worked for several publications in India.)
7. Which state/UT recently approved the establishment of two centres for Invention, Innovation, Incubation and Training (CIIIT)?
Ans: Jammu and kashmir (The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir recently approved the establishment of two Centres for Invention, Innovation, Incubation and Training (CIIIT) in the Union Territory. This project will be a joint venture between Government of Jammu & Kashmir and Tata Technologies. This centre will provide skill training to students of Engineering Colleges, Polytechnic Colleges and it is and entrepreneurship training to industry professionals.)