24 April 2020 Daily GK Update: Read Daily GK, Current Affairs for Bank Exam

Read the daily GK update of 24th April 2020. In today's GK Update we are covering the following news headlines: Lockdown Learners, Serve-the-Seniors Initiative, Feluda. Read the daily GK update for upcoming competitive exams in 2020.

Here is the daily GK update of 24th April 2020 covering the following news headlines: Lockdown Learners, Serve-the-Seniors Initiative, Feluda.

Daily GK updates are incorporated with the important news that made the current affairs headlines for banking or other competitive exams. Daily GK Update is the complete bag of the important news that held all day long. One should have complete knowledge about the banking terms, current affairs news, etc. So, here is the GK Jupdate of 24rd April 2020 to help you prepare the Current affairs part. After reading this section, you can successfully attempt Current Affairs Quiz.

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National News

1. UNODC launches “Lockdown Learners” series in India

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) has rolled out a ‘Lockdown Learners’ series in India under its flagship “Education for Justice” initiative. It has launched ‘Lockdown Learners’ series of online dialogues with educators and students in India. The ‘Lockdown Learners’ series emphasizes on COVID-19 and its impact on Sustainable Development Goals, peace and rule of law.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Director-General of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes: Ghada Fathi Waly.

2. ‘Serve-the-Seniors Initiative’ helpline launches by JKSLSA

Jammu and Kashmir State Legal Services Authority (JKSLSA) has launched a helpline under ‘Serve-the-Seniors Initiative’. The objective of starting this helpline, comprising is to help and facilitate the senior citizens who live alone and are unable to step out to get medicines, groceries and other essentials in this hour of crisis.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Lt. Governors of Jammu and Kashmir: Girish Chandra Murmu.
  • Lt. Governors of Ladakh: Radha Krishna Mathur.

3. CSIR-IGIB develops ”Feluda” low-cost COVID-19 test strip

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) has developed ”Feluda” a low-cost COVID-19 test strip. It was developed by two scientists Dr Souvik Maiti and Dr Debojyoti Chakraborty. The test is expected to cost around Rs 500 against the usual RT-PCR test that costs Rs 4,500 in private labs.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Director-General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research: Shekhar C. Mande.
  • Director of Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology: Anurag Agrawal.

Agreements

4. NIIT’s US arm sign agreement with US based EdTech company

NIIT (National Institute of Information Technology) Limited announced that its US (United States) subsidiary has signed a managed service agreement with a US-based education technology (EdTech) company. Through this agreement, the company will provide virtual services to education providers. The term of the agreement is 5 years. The demand for online courses has seen a quantum jump globally after the outbreak of COVID-19 and consequent of lockdowns.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters of NIIT: Gurugram, Haryana.
  • CEO of NIIT: Sapnesh Lalla.

Summits and Conferences

5. Indian High Commission in Bangladesh holds webinar on trade promotion

Indian High Commission in Bangladesh, and India Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (IBCCI) has jointly organized a webinar on trade promotion. Riva Ganguly Das, High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh called upon the business leaders of India and Bangladesh to share innovative ideas in response to the emerging economic scenario amid Corona pandemic in the world.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Prime Minister of Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina; Capital: Dhaka; Currency: Taka.

Science and Technology

6. India’s 1st COVID-19 sample collection mobile Lab launched

Raksha Mantri, Rajnath Singh has launched India’s 1st COVID-19 sample collection mobile Lab through video conference. India’s 1st COVID-19 sample collection mobile Lab launched has been named as “Mobile BSL-3 VRDL Lab”.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of Defence Research and Development Organisation: G Satheesh Reddy.
  • Headquarters of DRDO: New Delhi.

Sports

7. World Games unveil new logo for 2022 edition

The 11th edition of World Games which is to be held in Birmingham, Alabama, US (United States) has unveiled an updated logo and title after being delayed a year because of the Coronavirus pandemic. The World Games was initially scheduled for July 2021, but it will now be held from July 7 to 17, 2022.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • International World Games Association Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • International World Games Association President: Jose PerurenaLopez.
  • International World Games Association Chief Executive Officer (CEO): Joachim Gossow.

8. Iran’s Alireza Firouzja beats Magnus Carlsen in Banter Blitz Cup final

16-year-old Iranian refugee, Alireza Firouzja beats World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen in the final of the Banter Blitz Cup 2020 and to claim the $14,000 prize. Firouzja, an Iranian now living in Paris, is is the second-youngest player to reach a rating of 2700 from Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE), the body that governs international chess competition. He is ranked 21st in the world.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • FIDE Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • FIDE President: Arkady Dvorkovich.
  • FIDE Founded: 20 July 1924.

Important Days

9. National Panchayati Raj Day: 24 April

Nation celebrates National Panchayati Raj Day on 24 April every year. The Ministry of Panchayati Raj organizes the National Panchayati Raj day or the National Local Self Government Day. India celebrates the first National Panchayati Raj Day or the National Local Government Day on April 2010.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Panchayati Raj: Narendra Singh Tomar.

10. International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace

The International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace observed globally on 24 April. ‘International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace’ was first observed by the United Nations (UN) on April 24, 2019.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Secretary-General of the United Nations: Antonio Guterres.
  • The United Nations (UN) is an organization between countries established on 24 October 1945 to promote international cooperation.

Obituaries

11. Renowned thespian Usha Ganguly passes away

Eminent theatre director, actor and activist, Usha Ganguly passed away. She was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for direction in 1998. She has also been honoured by the West Bengal Government as the best actress for the play Gudia Ghar. She was credited for introducing an alternative Hindi theatre in West Bengal, in the 1970s and 1980s.

12. Former Rajya Sabha MP Basanta Das passes away

Former Rajya Sabha member from Odisha Basanta Das passed away. He was Rajya Sabha member from 1990 to 1996 as Janata Dal nominee. He was also chairman of Bhawanipatna Municipality from 1985 to 1990.

Miscellaneous News

13. NBT & FICCI organizes WEBINAR on Post-COVID Publishing Scenario

National Book Trust, India and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) has organized a WEBINAR on Post-COVID Publishing Scenario in New Delhi. This webinar was organized on the occasion of WORLD BOOK & COPYRIGHT DAY and featured the participation of Union Minister of HRD Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of National Book Trust (NBT): Prof. Govind Prasad Sharma
  • Union Minister for Human Resource Development: Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.

14. #MyBookMyFriend campaign launched on World Book Day

Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has launched a campaign “#MyBookMyFriend”. The campaign “#MyBookMyFriend” has been launched on social media on the occasion of World Book Day. Citing the importance of books, the minister urged all the students to read some books of interest in addition to course books during the period of lockdown. He also appealed to the students to share the book which they are reading at the moment using #MyBookMyFriend on social media.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister for Human Resource Development: Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.

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