Top GKToday’s News Headlines-25 April 2020

Here are Top GKToday’s News Headlines for 25 April, 2020

RURAL DEVELOPMENT PORTALS

  • PM launches two web portals — e-Gram Swaraj & Swamitva Yojana — for faster development of villages
  • The e-Gram Swaraj app will provide panchayats a single interface to complete development projects
  • Swamitva Yojana will use drones in mapping of properties in villages and will make it easier for villagers to avail loans from banks

INDIA

  • Panchayati Raj Day celebrated on April 24; marks the passing of Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992
  • An e-office application called ‘e-karyalay’ launched in CISF to enable movement of files and documents without physical touch
  • Kerala: Salary of govt. employees to be deducted for six days every month for the next five months for raising funds to fight COVID-19
  • RNA extraction kit named ‘Chitra Magna’ developed by Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Thiruvananthapuram for isolating RNA from swabs for COVID 19 tests
  • COVID-19: IIT Delhi becomes first academic institute to get ICMR approval for a real-time diagnostic test
  • Odisha govt launches portal ‘covid19.odisha.gov.in’ for registration of migrant workers who are expected to return to the state after lifting of the lockdown on May 3

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

  • Foreign exchange reserves surged by USD 3.09 billion to USD 479.57 billion in the week to April 17
  • Government to set up Rs 1 trillion fund to repay outstanding payments to MSMEs owed by govt. and private industries: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari
  • Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund shuts down six debt schemes that had assets under management of over Rs 25,000 crore
  • AP Govt. revives ‘zero interest’ loan scheme for women self-help groups (SHGs) in the state

WORLD

  • 2nd International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace celebrated on April 24
  • With around 45 million likes on his personal page, PM Modi continues to be the most popular world leader on Facebook: BCW (Burson Cohn & Wolfe)
  • At 309 million, US President Donald Trump dominates the rankings for world leaders with most interactions on Facebook in the past 12 months: BCW (Burson Cohn & Wolfe)
  • China names its first Mars exploration mission to be launched later in 2020 as Tianwen-1

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