Top GKToday’s News Headlines-21 March 2020

Here are Top GKToday’s News Headlines for 21 March, 2020

INDIA

  • Govt. launches chatbot on WhatsApp named MyGov Corona Helpdesk to curb spread of misinformation on coronavirus
  • Lok Sabha passes bill that seeks to declare five Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) in PPP mode at Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agartala and Raichur as institutions of national importance along with existing 15 IIITs
  • Parliament passes bill to upgrade three deemed to be Sanskrit universities into central universities: Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Bhopal, Sri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, New Delhi and Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth Tirupati
  • MP: CM Kamal Nath’s resigns hours before the Supreme Court-ordered floor test deadline
  • MP Assembly Speaker NP Prajapati accepts resignations of 16 rebel Congress MLAs

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

  • 30-share BSE Sensex ended 1,627.73 points or 5.75 per cent higher at 29,915.96
  • 50-share NSE Nifty rose 482 points, or 5.83 per cent, to close at 8,745.45.
  • Foreign exchange reserves down by USD 5.35 billion to USD 481.89 billion in the week ended March 13
  • Draft Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2020: ‘Leasing’ introduced as another category to procure defence equipment at affordable rates
  • Coronavirus outbreak: Fitch Ratings cuts growth forecast for Indian economy to 5.1 per cent for FY 2020-21 in its Global Economic Outlook 2020

WORLD

  • Finland is world’s happiest nation in UN’s World Happiness Report of 156 countries
  • UN celebrates the International Day of Happiness on March 20
  • UN celebrates French Language Day on March 20

SPORTS

  • Former Indian football team captain Pradip Kumar Banerjee passes away at 83 in Kolkata; won 1962 Asian Games gold medal, Arjuna Award (1961) & Padma Shri (1990)

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