Top GKToday’s News Headlines-25 March 2020

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

INDIA

  • PM announces nationwide total lockdown for 21 days from March 25 to prevent spread of coronavirus
  • MP: CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan wins confidence motion in the state Assembly
  • Odisha CM launches Mo Jeeban (My Life) programme; urges people to take a pledge to stay indoors
  • TN CM announces creation of state’s 38th district named Mayiladuthurai, carved out from Nagapattinam
  • TN CM hikes pension of village temple priests to Rs 3,000 from Rs 1,000, to launch a new TV channel dedicated to shrines
  • TN CM announces Rs 1,000 cash assistance for ration card holders to compensate for livelihood loss due to coronavirus outbreak

WORLD

  • UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) launches ‘The Global Network Resiliency Platform’ to ensure availability of telecommunication services during the current coronavirus crisis
  • Albert Uderzo, who drew the Asterix comic books, died at the age of 92 on March 24, 2020.
  • Cameroon-born African saxophone legend Manu Dibango dies in Paris at the age of 86 after catching coronavirus
  • World Tuberculosis Day observed on March 24 with its theme as ‘It’s time to End TB!’
  • International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims observed by the UN on March 24

MEASURES TO SUPPORT ECONOMY

  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announces range of measures to support the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic
  • Charges on cash withdrawals from ATM of other banks waived
  • Charges on keeping saving account minimum balance waived for 3 months
  • Last date for filing of income tax return for 2018-19 extended from March 31 to June 30
  • Interest rate on delayed payments reduced to 9 per cent from 12 per cent for FY19
  • Last date for linking Aadhaar and PAN cards extended to June 30 from March 31
  • Threshold triggering insolvency proceedings raised to Rs 1 crore from Rs 1 lakh.
  • Last date for GST returns for March, April and May extended to June 30
  • Deadline for tax amnesty plan ‘Vivad se Vishwas’ extended to June 30

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

  • BSE Sensex ends 692.79 points or 2.67 per cent higher at 26,674.03
  • NSE Nifty settles 190.80 points, or 2.51 per cent, higher at 7,801.05
  • Coronavirus outbreak: Govt. bans export of all sanitisers and ventilators with immediate effect

SPORTS

  • 2020 Tokyo Olympics (scheduled for July 24-August 9) postponed to no later than the summer of 2021: International Olympic Committee

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