23rd March 2020 – Current Affairs
Stuff Reporter | 20-03-24

? India celebrates “Shaheed Diwas” annually on 23 March to pay tribute to martyrs Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar, and Shivaram Rajguru. On 23 March 1931, three Indian freedom fighters namely Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar, and Shivaram Rajguru were hanged by the British rulers in Lahore jail. The three brave freedom fighters were sentenced to death in the Lahore conspiracy case.

? The Shaheed Diwas or Martyr’s Day was observed across the nation on March 23, 2020. The day is commemorated to remember the sacrifice made by the three great freedom fighters of India- Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru. The three revolutionary leaders were hanged on this day.

? A book entitled ‘Messiah Modi: A Great Tale of Expectations’ penned by senior journalist & author Tavleen Singh has been released. The book has been published by HarperCollins India.

? Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) has announced the formation of $100 million fund to help workers on film and television productions that have been impacted due to the global coronavirus outbreak. Out of $100 million fund, company will contribute $15 million to third parties and non-profit organizations that were providing emergency relief suspended crew and cast members in countries where Netflix has a large production base.

? The State Bank of India has launched an additional liquidity facility “Covid-19 Emergency Credit Line (CECL)” to meet any liquidity mismatch for its borrowers in order to tide over the current crisis situation. With CECL, SBI will facilitate funds up to Rs 200 crore which will be available till June 30, 2020. The facility would be available for all standard accounts which have not been classified as Special Mention Accounts (SMA) 1 or 2 as on March 16, 2020.

? The Delhi Finance Minister Manish Sisodia presented a budget worth Rs 65,000 for fiscal year 2020-21.

? The state government of Punjab has imposed a curfew across the state with no relaxations. The Punjab government has took this decision to stop the spread of coronavirus.

? The United Nations released the World Happiness Index on 20 March 2020 on the occasion of International Happiness Day. According to this index, India has been ranked 144, while Finland has secured the first place.

? The World Meteorological Organization was observed across the world on 23rd March 2020. The day’s theme this year was ‘Climate and Water’. The day commemorates the foundation day of the World Meteorological Organization, which was set up on March 23, 1950.

? Uttarakhand government has abolished reservation in promotion in the state government jobs. The government employees from the General-OBC category in the state had been staging a protest, demanding the implementation of the Supreme Court’s decision on the issue.

? The World Sparrow Day is celebrated worldwide every year on March 20. The main purpose of organizing this day is to raise awareness about Sparrows and work towards its protection. The first World Sparrow Day was observed in 2010.

? ICMR’s National Task Force, which was constituted to tackle COVID-19 pandemic, has recommended the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat high-risk coronavirus cases.

? The World Water Day is celebrated every year on March 22. Its purpose is to highlight the importance of water and its usefulness. The theme of World Water Day this year is “Leaving No One Behind”.

? Actor Priyanka Chopra works jointly with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to spread awareness over COVID-19. Priyanka urged followers to rely on authentic sources of information about coronavirus and arranged an Instagram live with top personnel of the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness about the pandemic.

? Indian mountaineer Satyarup Siddhanta entered ‘Limca Book of Records’ (LBR) for his extraordinary achievements, as the first Indian to climb the highest volcanoes of each of the 7 continents. He also holds the record as the youngest mountaineer in the world to climb both 7 peaks and 7 volcanic summits.

? The Reserve Bank of India has decided to conduct the variable rate Repo auctions as a preventive measure to bridge over any frictional liquidity requirements caused by COVID-19. The RBI will conduct fine-tuning variable rate Repo auctions for Rs 1,00,000 crores in two tranches.

? Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to the people of the country to stay in the house with self observance of Janata Curfew. It was not a ban imposed by the government or the administration, but a decision taken by the people, for the people. The impact of this appeal was seen across the country on March 22, 2020.

? ICICI Lombard has launched a 1 year-long “COVID-19 Protection Cover” which will pay 100% of the sum insured to the COVID-19 positive individual, irrespective of hospitalization expenses. The insurance policy will provide value-added benefits such as Health Assistance and CHAT/Virtual assistance, teleconsultation and ambulance assistance, as part of the offering.

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