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

Read the daily GK update of 28th April 2020. In today's GK Update we are covering the following news headlines: UIDAI, NTPC, India Ratings, IOB, Airtel, SIPRI, Ruhdaar and many more. Read the daily GK update for upcoming competitive exams in 2020.

Here is the daily GK update of 28th April 2020 covering the following news headlines: UIDAI, NTPC, India Ratings, IOB, Airtel, SIPRI, Ruhdaar.

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 update of 28th 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. UIDAI permits CSCs to offer Aadhaar updation facility

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has allowed the Common Service Centres that operate as banking correspondents (BCs), to offer Aadhaar updation facility to make Aadhaar updation easier for citizens. Around 20,000 CSCs will now be able to offer the Aadhaar updation service to citizens. According to the permission, the Common Service Centre are allowed to only update demographic details such as name, address and date of birth.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • CEO of the Common Service Centre (CSC): Dinesh Tyagi.
  • Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology: Ravi Shankar Prasad.

2. KGMU becomes India’s 1st govt hospital to start plasma therapy for COVID-19

Lucknow based King George’s Medical University (KGMU) has become India’s 1st government hospital to successfully launch the plasma therapy treatment for COVID-19. Convalescent Plasma Therapy is an experimental procedure for COVID-19 patients. It aims at using antibodies from the blood of a recovered Covid-19 patient to treat those who are critically affected by the virus. The therapy can also be used to immunise those who are at a high risk of contracting the virus.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh: Yogi Adityanath.
  • Governor of Uttar Pradesh: Anandiben Patel.

3. Hydrogen fuel car & bus project launched by NTPC in Leh & New Delhi

A Global Expression of Interest (EoI) has been launched by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) to provide 10 Hydrogen Fuel Cell (FC) based electric buses and an equal number of Hydrogen Fuel Cell-based electric cars in Leh and Delhi. The initiative is undertaken with support from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and aims to launch hydrogen-powered vehicles at the decarbonizing quality phase.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • NTPC Ltd Founded: 7 November 1975.
  • NTPC Ltd Headquarters: New Delhi, India.
  • Chairman & MD NTPC Ltd: Gurdeep Singh.

Banking & Economy News

4. India Ratings cuts India’s FY21 GDP growth to 1.9%

A credit rating agency India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has reduced India’s Fiscal Year 2021 gross domestic product (GDP) growth to 1.9% from 3.6%, announced in March 2020. The GDP growth has been slashed by the credit rating agency citing the assumption of the partial lockdown to continue in India till mid-May 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

5. IOB rolls out Special borrowing scheme for SHGs

A special borrowing scheme has been rolled out by the Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) for self help groups (SHGs) to help the SHGs in order to overcome the difficulties posed by COVID-19. The Special borrowing scheme can be availed by interested borrowers till June 30, 2020 and can apply via branches directly or through business correspondents. Each member of a self help group can avail a maximum loan amount of Rs 5,000 while there is a cap of Rs 1 lakh for the group.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Indian Overseas Bank: Karnam Sekar.

Business News

6. Airtel ties up with Nokia to improve network capacity

Nokia and Bharti Airtel has signed a multi-year agreement of around $1 billion in order to improve the network capacity of Bharti Airtel. This $1 billion deal will improve customer experience of Bharti Airtel’s customers by providing them best-in-class connectivity. According to the deal between two companies, Nokia will deploy approximately 3,00,000 radio units across several spectrum bands, including 900 Mhz, 1800 Mhz, 2100 Mhz and 2300 Mhz across India by 2022.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • MD & CEO (India and South Asia) of Bharti Airtel: Gopal Vittal.
  • President and Chief Executive Officer of Nokia: Rajeev Suri.

Ranks & Reports

7. A report titled “Trends in World Military Expenditure, 2019” released by SIPRI

A report titled “Trends in World Military Expenditure, 2019” has been released by swedish think tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The report analysed the global military spending in 2019 stating that the global military spending in 2019 was 2.2% of the global gross domestic product (GDP) i.e 7.2% higher in 2019 than it was in 2010. As per the report, the top 5 largest spenders in 2019 were: United States ($732 billion), China ($261 billion), India ( $71.1 billion), Russia ($65.1 billion) and Saudi Arabia ($61.9 billion).

Sports

8. AIU bans Jhuma Khatun for 4 years for failing dope test

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has banned the Indian middle-distance runner, Jhuma Khatun for 4 years for using banned substances (Steroids) for the doping case from 2018. The sample from Jhuma Khatun was collected during the National Inter-State Championships in June 2018 in Guwahati meet.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • President of World Anti-Doping Agency: Witold Banka.
  • World Anti-Doping Agency Headquarters: Montreal, Canada.

9. Umar Akmal banned by PCB over corruption charges

Pakistani batsman Umar Akmal has received a ban from the Pakistan Cricket Board for all forms of cricket for a period of three years. He has been charged with two breaches of anti-corruption codes of Pakistan Cricket Board after he failed to report details of corrupt approaches made to him ahead of 2020 PSL. He was charged under Article 2.4.4, which deals with a failure of participant to disclose to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations received by the Participant to engage in Corrupt Conduct under this Anti-Corruption Code”.

Science and Technology

10. IIT Bombay student team makes low-cost ventilator “Ruhdaar”

A low-cost mechanical ventilator “Ruhdaar” has been created by a team of engineering students from IIT Bombay, NIT Srinagar and Islamic University of Science & Technology (IUST), Jammu and Kashmir, with the help of locally available materials. “Ruhdaar” costed the team around Rs. 10,000, which can be lowered during its mass production.

Defence News

11. “Pitch Black 2020” exercise cancelled by Australia due to COVID-19

“Pitch Black 2020”, a premier multilateral air combat training exercise between India and Australia has been cancelled by Australia due to the current and anticipated impacts of the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19. Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Meg Hupfeld informed Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria of Indian Air Force (IAF) about the cancellation through a letter.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Capital of Australia: Canberra.
  • Prime Minister (PM) Australia: Scott John Morrison.
  • The currency of Australia: Australian Dollar.

Important Days

12. World Day for Safety and Health at Work observed globally on 28 April

Every year 28 April is globally observed as World Day for Safety and Health at Work to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally and raise awareness to ensure health and safety at the workplace. The World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2020 will primarily focus on addressing the outbreak of infectious diseases at work, focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters of International Labour Organization: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • President of International Labour Organization: Guy Ryder.
  • International Labour Organization Founded: 1919.

Obituaries

13. Noted Odia Dramatist Bijay Mishra passes away

Noted Odia Dramatist & playwriter Bijay Mishra, who received Kendra Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2013 for his book ”Banaprastha”, passed away. He was also a recipient of Odisha Sahitya Akademi award.

14. 6th NASA Administrator James M. Beggs passes away

James M. Beggs, who served as the 6th administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) passed away. He served within the agency’s top position from July 1981 to December 1985. NASA had quite 20 successful spacecraft missions during Beggs’ tenure.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • The administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): Jim Bridenstine.
  • Headquarters of NASA: Washington D.C., United States.

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