8th April 2020 – Current Affairs
Staff Reporter | 20-04-09

? The UP government has decided to completely seal off 15 districts to prevent community spread of COVID-19. The districts include Lucknow, Agra, Ghaziabad, Kanpur, Varanasi, Firozabad, Saharanpur, Bareilly, Meerut, Bulandshahr, Shamli, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Basti, Maharajganj and Sitapur.

? SIDBI has offered an emergency working capital up to Rs 1 crore to the MSMEs that are involved in making essential items such as sanitizer and masks.

? Punjab National Bank Housing Finance has partnered with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to raise 75 million dollars.

? Manipur CM N Biren Singh announced recently that the state will provide Rs 2000 to all Manipuris stranded outside the state due to lockdown. The amount will be transferred into the bank account of the select people.

? FIFA has decided to postpone the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup tournament due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was scheduled to be played in India.

? Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has pledged $1 billion to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, which is the highest single donation to the global COVID relief fund. The amount that represents 28 percent of Dorsey’s wealth. It will go to his charity fund, Start Small LLC.

? An online delivery platform, Dunzo has partnered with packaged foods company Britannia Industries to deliver range of products to its consumers.

? The tenure of Justice Shiva Kirti Singh, as the incumbent Chairman of the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has been extended by the Supreme Court of India by 3-months.

? The International Labour Organisation released its report titled “COVID-19 and world of work” on April 8, 2020. The report reveals that about 400 million people will be entering poverty in India.

? A final year engineering student from Chhatisgarh has built an internet-controlled robot to attend patients in the place of doctors. The student, Yogesh Sahu, developed the robot with the help of two of his friends to assist the doctors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

? Karnataka’s education department has decided to launch a YouTube channel for children during the lockdown. The channel will aim to invoke passion for learning and creativity among children.

? Indian-American Pharma firm, Amneal Pharmaceuticals will be providing tablets of Hydroxychloroquine Sulphate to the states that are COVID-19 hotspots in the United States including New York.

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