Top GKToday’s News Headlines-8 April 2020
A COVID-19 patient can infect 406 people in 30 days in absence of preventive measures: ICMR
An ICMR study has found that a COVID-19 patient can infect 406 people in 30 days if preventive measures such as lockdown and social distancing are not implemented, the Union health ministry said on April 7, 2020.
HRD Ministry launches online challenge ‘SAMADHAN’ for solutions against coronavirus
The Innovation Cell of the Ministry of Human Resources Development and All India Council for Technical Education in collaboration with Forge and InnovatioCuris launched a mega online challenge – SAMADHAN – for students, researchers and innovators to develop quick solutions to the Coronavirus epidemic and other such calamities.
HLL Lifecare launches diagnostic kit ‘MakeSure’ for COVID-19
HLL Lifecare Limited, a Central government enterprise under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, has developed a rapid antibody diagnostic kit named ‘MakeSure’ for COVID-19.
DRDO, Wipro 3D develop full face shield for medical staff treating COVID-19 patients
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and private firm Wipro 3D have together developed a full-face shield for doctors and medical staff treating COVID-19 patients.
Delhi: CM announces “5 Ts Plan” to control the spread of COVID-19
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on April 7, 2020 said that the state government has formed a five-step plan –”5 Ts Plan” to control the spread of COVID-19 in the national capital in the future. 5Ts refer to Testing, Tracing, Treatment, Teamwork and Tracking & monitoring.
PM Modi, Sweden’s PM Stefan Lofven discuss COVID-19 pandemic issues
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 7, 2020 had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Lofven. The two leaders discussed the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the steps being taken in their countries for controlling its health and economic impacts.
ECONOMY & CORPORATE
BSE Sensex, NSE Nifty gain over 8%
BSE Sensex ended 2,476.26 points or 8.97 per cent higher at 30,067.21. NSE Nifty soared 708.40 points, or 8.76 per cent, to close at 8,792.20.
India to allow export of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine
India has decided to allow export of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine and paracetamol on a case-by-case basis to the countries which have already placed orders for them after meeting domestic requirements.
SBI cuts savings rate by 0.25 per cent to 2.75 per cent on all deposits
The country’s largest lender SBI on April 7, 2020 said it has cut savings rate by 0.25 per cent to 2.75 per cent on all deposits. The new rate will come into effect from April 15, 2020.
Harley-Davidson launches Low Rider S motorcycle priced at Rs 14.69 lakh
Harley-Davidson on April 7, 2020 launched Low Rider S motorcycle priced at Rs 14.69 lakh.
World Health Day observed
World Health Day was observed on April 7, 2020 with focus on the critical role played by nurses and midwives in keeping the world healthy.
International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda observed
The International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda was observed by the UN on April 7, 2020
WhatsApp to limit sharing of frequently forwarded messages to only one chat at a time
WhatsApp is rolling out a new feature that will allow users to share frequently forwarded messages to only one chat at a time, in a bid to curb the spread of misinformation and fake news through its platform amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
China was the top country in international patent filings in 2019: WIPO
China was the world leader in international patent filings in 2019, unseating the United States which had held the top spot for more than four decades, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) said on April 7, 2020. A record 265,800 international patent applications were filed in 2019, a hike of 5.2% from 2018.
Tropical Cyclone Harold hits Vanuatu
Tropical Cyclone Harold hit the town of Luganville in South Pacific island nation Vanuatu on April 6, 2020. Residents took shelter in caves to stay safe.
Japan: PM Shinzo Abe declares month-long state of emergency
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on April 7, 2020 declared a month-long state of emergency in Tokyo and six other parts of the country over a spike in coronavirus cases. The measure falls short of the strict lockdowns but empowers local governors to urge people to stay inside and to call for businesses to close.
Britain’s Prince Harry & Meghan Markle announce new charitable organisation
Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who gave up their royal titles and shifted to US recently, unveiled the name of their new non-profit charitable organisation as Archewell based on the name of their 11-month-old son Archie.