27th March 2020 – Current Affairs
Stuff Reporter | 20-03-28

? US Marines and UAE Emirati forces conducted the biennial exercise, named Native Fury at Abu Dhabi. The biennial exercise, called Native Fury, shows the close ties between American forces and the United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula home to Abu Dhabi.

? The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 on March 27, 2020. The announcement was made by the Prime Minister himself through a video on his twitter account.

? Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has designated 285 beds for isolation wards in handling Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. Headquarters of Ordnance Factory Board located in Kolkata, West Bengal.

? The Health Ministry has restricted the sale and distribution of “Hydroxychloroquine” declaring it as an essential drug to combat COVID-19 pandemic.

? The G20 leaders have pledged to inject USD 5 trillion into global economy to reduce COVID-19 impact. This was decided during the ‘Extraordinary Virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit’ held on March 26, 2020.

? Saudi Arabia‘s King and Prime Minister, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud will chair the Extraordinary Virtual G20 leaders’ Summit. The extraordinary Virtual Summit of G20 leaders will feature the participation of leaders across the globe including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

? The World Health Organization (WHO) has initiated a global mega trial of four most promising drugs that may help cure Coronavirus. The mega trial is called Solidarity, under which the testing and development of the antidote will be done.

? The Reserve Bank of India has allowed 3 month moratorium on EMI payments on all outstanding loans.

? Former India footballer Abdul Latif passed away. He was a key member of the trophy-winning team at the 1970 Bangkok Asian Games.

? The Reserve Bank of India has reduced the repo rate by 75 basis points from 5.15 percent to 4.4 percent.

? According to Finance Minister’s announcement on March 26, 2020, the women Jan Dhan account holders will get Rs 500 every month.

? The National Book Trust, India has launched an initiative #StayHomeIndiaWithBooks to encourage people to read books during their stay at home. This initiative has been launched as a preventive measure to contain the spread of Covid-19.

? The Finance Ministry has increased the MNREGA wage to Rs 202 from Rs 182.

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