Top GKToday’s News Headlines-24 April 2020

Here are Top GKToday’s News Headlines for 24 April, 2020

INDIA

  • The Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 comes into effect; makes acts of violence against healthcare personnel during an epidemic non-bailable offence
  • SC adds teeth to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, says entire weight of banned drug mixture to determine quantity
  • Defence Minister unveils DRDO-developed MVRDL (Mobile Virology Research and Diagnostics Laboratory) to test COVID19 samples
  • MoFPI’s IIFPT manufacturing and supplying nutrient-rich foods to COVID-19 patients
  • IIFPTL: Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology, MoFPI: Ministry of Food Processing Industries
  • UP becomes the first state to have video conferencing infrastructure in all its courts
  • Manipur govt commemorates ‘Khongjom Day’ at Khongjom War Memorial Complex on April 23
  • Mizoram: Mobile app ‘mCOVID19’ to act as online pass for drivers and handymen
  • CSIR’s IMMT (Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology), Bhubaneswar develops foot-operated wash basins, to be installed in Mumbai’s Dharavi
  • Jharkhand court sentences former state minister Ainosh Ekka to seven years of rigorous imprisonment in money laundering case
  • Kerala: Elected representatives to take 30% cut in their monthly salary and honorarium for one year; those earning up to Rs 20,000 per month exempted
  • Eminent Hindi theatre personality and Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee Usha Ganguly dies in Kolkata aged 75

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

  • Govt decides to suspend up to one-year IBC (Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code) provisions that trigger fresh insolvency proceedings
  • Remittances to India are likely to drop by 23% from USD 83 in 2019 to USD 64 billion in 2020 due to COVID-19: World Bank
  • COVID-19 pandemic: Centre freezes dearness allowance (DA) payable to its employees and dearness relief (DR) to its pensioners for one year from January 1, 2020
  • Govt reconstitutes National Shipping Board; to be headed by ex DG Shipping Malini Shankar
WORLD
  • COVID-19: China announces additional USD 30 million grant for WHO
  • Pakistan receives USD 1.39 billion emergency loan from IMF to deal with Corona virus crisis
  • World Book and Copyright Day celebrated by UNSECO on April 23; Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) named World Book Capital for 2020
  • International Girls in ICT (Information & Communications Technology) Day celebrated on April 23 (fourth Thursday of April)
  • English Language Day, Spanish Language Day celebrated by the UN on April 23

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