Top GKToday’s News Headlines-10 April 2020
Centre approves Rs 15,000 crore COVID-19 Emergency package for States/UTs
The Centre on April 9, 2020 approved the Rs 15,000 crore COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness package aimed at boosting national and state health systems to support procurement of essential medical equipment and drugs, and strengthening of surveillance activities. The 100% centrally funded package will be implemented in three phases from January 2020 to March 2024.
COVID-19: CSIR & NCL develop Digital IR Thermometer & oxygen enrichment unit
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune on April 9, 2020 announced two innovations — Digital IR Thermometer and oxygen enrichment unit — that can help in the mitigation of the coronavirus outbreak.
COVID 19: Arogya Setu Interactive Voice Response System service launched
As part of efforts to combat coronavirus, the Central and Tamil Nadu governments on April 9, 2020 launched the Arogya Setu Interactive Voice Response System service which is aimed at guiding people, speed up preventing virus spread, detection, tracking and treatment measures.
COVID-19: Delhi CM announces ‘Operation SHIELD’ in 21 containment zones
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on April 9, 2020 announced ‘Operation SHIELD’ in 21 containment zones to curb the spread of COVID-19
Economy & Corporate
Both Sensex, Nifty gain more than 4%
BSE Sensex ended 1,265.66 points or 4.23% higher at 31,159.62 on April 9, 2020. NSE Nifty ended 363.15 points, or 4.15% higher at 9,111.90.
Industrial output grew 4.5% in February 2020
The country’s industrial output grew by 4.5% in February, mainly on account of higher output in mining, manufacturing and electricity sector, government data showed on April 9, 2020. The Index of Industrial Production (IIP) had grown by 0.2% in February 2019.
COVID-19: RBI launches Twitter campaign to promote digital modes of payment
Reserve Bank of India on April 9, 2020 launched a Twitter campaign urging bank customers to adopt digital modes of payment amid COVID-19 crisis. The face of the campaign is actor Amitabh Bachchan.
Govt. to allow APY (Atal Pension Yojana) subscribers partial withdrawal
The government is planning to allow subscribers of the Atal Pension Yojana (APY) for a partial withdrawal from employees’ contribution. This was stated by Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority of India (PFRDA) Chairman Supratim Bandyopadhyay.
India’s GDP growth in 2020-21 to decline to 4.8% due to COVID-19: UNESCAP
India’s GDP growth in 2020-21 is expected to slow down to 4.8% because of COVID-19 pandemic, the UN said in its ‘Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) 2020 report. India’s GDP growth for 2019-2020 was estimated at 5% and the forecast for 2021-22 is 5.1%.
A three-man crew docks at International Space Station
A three-man crew comprising Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner of Roscosmos and NASA’s Chris Cassidy docked successfully at the International Space Station on April 9, 2020. The Soyuz MS-16 capsule carrying them had blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome six hours ago.
World Anti-Doping Agency celebrates Play True Day on April 9
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) celebrated the Play True Day on April 9, 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year WADA celebrated the day around the theme ‘Play Safe on Play True Day 2020’.
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