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Latest Current Affairs 19 and 20 April 2020

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April 17, 2020
April 20, 2020

19 APRIL 2020



1) Pulses and Oil seed acquisition tasks straightforwardly from ranchers:

India’s union government has made Central Nodal Agencies, for example, NAFED and FCI aim to ensure better returns for ranchers and farmers where the Minimum Support Price has begun in the Rabi 2020-21 season from ranchers in many states. Right now in progress in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan, Rabi 2020-21 season procurement of Pulses and Oilseeds at MSP from ranchers and farmers under the Price Support Scheme (PSS).

2) Power Ministry proposes draft legislation on electricity Bill 2020:

Providing quality power at moderate rates is vital to the nation’s economy’s sustained development as the Ministry of Power released a draft proposition to amend the Electricity Act, 2003 as the draft Electricity Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 for Stakeholder remarks/recommendations on 17 April 2020.

3) Protein-enriched biscuits provided by CSIR and CFTRI for COVID-19 patients:

Mysuru-based CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CRTRI) made high-protein biscuits accessible to patients influenced by corona at the All India Institute of Medical Science, New Delhi, where CFTRI delivered 500 kg of high-protein biscuits and 500 kg of high-protein rusks to the AIIMS Department of Dietetics for patient’s distribution.

4) Nodal officers are appointed by Shri Santosh Gangwar to solve Employee Grievances:

Union Minister of State (I/C) for Labor and Employment Shri Santosh Gangwar has mentioned that diverse State/UT Governments appoint a Labor Department nodal official with the intention of coordinating with the Union Government’s Control Rooms to resolve laborers issues in the nation.

5) In Maharashtra around 43 lakh quintals of food grains were dispersed to the penniless:

Central government and Maharashtra government have satisfactory nourishment assurance for the poor in the state as around 52,000 reasonable value shops are spread over the nation and around 43,51 lakh quintals of nourishment grains are appropriated in the first quarter of April in the middle of the lockdown period.

6) CSIR and NAL create personal coverall safety suit for health staff:

CSIR National Aerospace Laboratories (CSIR-NAL) with MAF Clothing, Bengaluru built up the defensive coverall suit that can be utilized by specialists to shield from COVID 19 which is a polypropylene spun laminated multi-layered non-woven fabric based coverall suit and can be utilized to guarantee the protection of specialists, medical caretakers, paramedical staff, and healthcare laborers.

7) Ten lakhs rupees allowance for all Postal workers:

Department of Postal Services proposed to expand the installment of 10 lakh rupees to every postal worker including Gramin Dak Sevaks Corona Disease employees as the Department of Postal Services provides essential services and representatives perform different routine obligations alongside the delivery of COVID-19 test units, rations, and basic medications throughout the nation.

8) The Central Drug Research Institute signs MoU for sequencing strains of viruses:

On 18 April 2020, the Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) signed with King George Medical University a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to succession the strains of COVID-19 infection tests collected from various patients.



1) President Muhammadu Buhari’s Nigerian Chief Assistant dies from COVID-19:

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief Aide Abba Kyari died on April 17, 2020 from COVID-19 because he had screened the disease positively and sought treatment for the disease.

2) NASA’s Demo-2 mission to carry astronauts into space for the first time in 11 years:

NASA revealed on April 18, 2020 that it would dispatch its space traveler trip on May 27, 2020 which is NASA’s first trip in 9 years where space explorers are to be sent for a lengthy visit at the international space station and the project is to be operated by SpaceX which is Elon Musk’s first crew space organization launch.


20 APRIL 2020



1) New Draft Electricity Amendment Bill presented by the Ministry of Power:
The amendment aims to create a ‘Electricity Contract Compliance Authority’ with civil court jurisdiction to resolve disputes between power’ generation companies’ and power’ distribution companies’ that would have jurisdiction over matters relating to the purchasing or selling of electricity, the execution of contracts between gencos and discoms.

2) IIT-Mandi creates magnetic RAM to allow quicker calculation and higher information storage:
Scholars at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mandi, have created a quicker, more vitality effective magnetic Random-Access Memory (RAM) that can store more data in a littler volume than current information storage innovations.

3) Scientists at ARI designs bug sniffers to easily detect bacteria:
Scholars at the Agharkar Research Institute (ARI), Pune created a’ bug sniffer,’ a delicate and minimal effort sensor to quickly identify microorganisms that can recognize as low as ten bacterial cells in only 30 minutes from a sample size of 1 mm.

4) Study says India’ s renewable energy source appropriations fell by 35 percent in the period 2016-19:
Another investigation by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the council of Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) report expressed that renewable energy source appropriations for India fell 35 percent between 2016-17 and 2018-19.

5) UP turned into India’ s first state to have its 7,368 network kitchens geotagged:
Uttar Pradesh turned into India’ s first state to geotag its 7,368 network kitchens and asylums across 75 regions that generate 12 lakh food packets a day that has collaborated with Google to ‘ Geo-map’ the positions of these foundations on the Google Maps application for recipient convenience.

6) IIA specialists interface Li Abundance to new Li-rich red giants in interstellar space:
Specialists at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) have found several giants lithium (Li)- rich stars which demonstrate that Li is created in stars and records for its abundance in the interstellar medium.

7) States, UTs ensuring smooth flow the supply chain of vital products across the nation:Center released a request to exclude all Ministries/Departments of the nation where the declaration was made by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) from specific exercises under the consolidated revised Guidelines.

8) The Center introduced a vital human capital data pool online to counter the COVID-19 pandemic: 

Administration of India has manufactured an online information pool on covidwarriors.gov.in comprising of doctors including Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH), surgeons, medical attendants and other medicinal services experts, National Cadet Corps volunteers, National Service Program, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, ex-servicemen, and so on as the information pool is intended for use at deferral, district, or metropolitan level by the ground level organization.

9) G20 Health Ministers Meeting addressed measures to combat pandemic COVID-19:
Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan participated in the G20 Health Ministers video meeting where he worked with Forge and commonly beneficial and valuable partnerships to discuss COVID-19.

10) Indian researchers Discover model for anticipating Ionospheric Density of Electrons:
Scientists from the Indian Institute of Geomagnetism have built up a model that can anticipate ionosphere electronic thickness, which is vital for interacting and exploring the earth.

1) Leather back Sea Turtles are building greatest nests in deserted seashores in 20 years:
In Thailand, the biggest number of homes of remarkable Leather back sea turtles were identified, primarily because the beaches in Thailand had been abandoned due to COVID-19 lock-down.

2) The Chinese Language Day is celebrated on April 20:
Chinese Language Day is seen on April 20, which features the significance of Chinese writing, verse, and language in world culture with the point of educating individuals about Chinese language history.

1) Rajasthan became First Indian State to conduct Covid-19 Rapid Testing:
Rajasthan turned into the first state in the nation to perform quick testing for Covid 19 where TopkhanaDesh’ s urban essential wellbeing center, also called the Jaju Dispensary in Jaipur, began fast testing at 5 p.m., where 52 people were screened and all COVID-19 were discovered negative.

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