Top GKToday’s News Headlines-7 April 2020

Here are Top GKToday’s News Headlines for 7 April, 2020

India

Google Maps to show locations of COVID-19 food, night shelters in India

Google on April 6, 2020 said it will now show the locations of food and night shelters on Google Maps in cities across India to help people find these essential services during the ongoing lockdown.

Salary, allowances and pension of MPs cut by 30% for one year

Members of Parliament including Union Ministers will get 30% less salary, allowances and pension for a year from April 1. The government will promulgate an ordinance to amend the salary, allowances and pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954 for enabling this reduction.

President, Vice President and State Governors agree to a pay cut of 30% for one year

The President, the Vice President, the Governors of the States have voluntarily decided to take a pay cut of 30% for one year from April 1.

 MPLAD Fund of MPs suspended during 2020-21 and 2021-22

Union Cabinet on April 6, 2020 approved the temporary suspension of MPLAD Fund of MPs during 2020-21 and 2021-22 for managing health and the adverse impact of the outbreak of COVID-19 in India. The consolidated amount of MPLAD Funds for two years — Rs 7,900 crore — will go to the Consolidated Fund of India.

 Economy & Corporate

NHAI constructs 3979 km of highways in 2019-20

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) on April 6, 2020 announced it has completed constructing 3979 km of highways in the financial year 2019-20. This is the highest ever highway construction achieved in a financial year by NHAI.

COVID-19: China donates 1.70 lakh PPE coveralls to India

Government on April 6, 2020 opened up supply lines from abroad with the receipt of 1.70 lakh Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) coveralls from China which have been donated to India for distribution to hospitals.

 Pravin Rao appointed NASSCOM Chairman for 2020-21

IT industry body NASSCOM on April 6, 2020 said it has appointed Infosys Chief Operating Officer UB Pravin Rao as its chairman for 2020-21. Also, Rekha M Menon, chairman and senior managing director of Accenture in India, has been named as the vice chairperson for 2020-21.

 World

Anurag Srivastava is new spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs

Anurag Srivastava on April 6, 2020 took charge as the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) from Raveesh Kumar.

Sports

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace observed by UN on April 6

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace was observed on April 6, 2020 by the UN. This year’s day will focus on the health benefits of participating in sporting and physical activity in view of COVID-19 pandemic.

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