Top GKToday’s News Headlines-17 April 2020

Here are Top GKToday’s News Headlines for 17 April, 2020


  • SCTIMST, Thiruvananthapuram develops diagnostic test kit Chitra Gene LAMP-N for COVID-19
    • SCTIMST: Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology
  • PUSA decontamination and sanitizing tunnel, developed by ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, inaugurated
  • NIRDPR, Hyderabad and UNICEF training community leaders online to combat COVID-19
    • NIRDPR: National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj
  • Actor Ranjit Chowdhry, best known for his roles in ‘Khatta Meetha’, ‘Baton-Baton Mein’ and ‘Bollywood/Hollywood’, dies aged 65 in Mumbai
  • Freedom fighter R V Bhuskute dies aged 94 in Maharashtra’s Raigadh district
  • International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) asks Centre to take effective measures to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on migrant workers


  • Govt sets foodgrain production target at record 298.3 million tonnes for 2020-21 crop year (July-June); production was 291.95 million tonnes in 2019-20
  • RBI launches latest round of quarterly order books, inventories and capacity utilisation survey (OBICUS) of manufacturing sector
  • Mobile phones, televisions, refrigerators, laptops and stationary items will be allowed to be sold through e-commerce platforms like Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal from April 20
  • India is the most digitally dexterous country in the world: Gartner 2019 Digital Workplace Survey
  • Four-month rental of small IT units operating out of Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) waived off by the govt.


  • South Korea: President Moon Jae-in’s Democratic Party and its ally Together Citizens’ Party win 180/300 seats in parliamentary elections


  • ‘Feifei’, the mascot for the 4th Asian Para Games at Hangzhou, China in October 2022, unveiled
  • Chess player Viswanathan Anand joins World Wide Fund India as its ambassador for environment education programme



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