Daily GK Update 04th April 2020: Read Daily GK-Current Affairs Update

Read the daily GK update of 04th April 2020. In today's GK Update we are covering the following news headlines: Mo Prativa, Uber, The Smart Triplets, CAWACH and many more. Read the daily GK update for upcoming competitive exams in 2020.

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National News

1. Rapid response centre “CAWACH” set up by DST

The Department of Science & Technology, Government of India has approved to set up a rapid response centre “CAWACH stands for Centre for Augmenting WAR with COVID-19 Health Crisis (CAWACH)” at a total cost of Rs 56 Crore at Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE), IIT Bombay. The Centre is a rapid response centre which has been set up to scout, evaluate and support the innovations and start-ups that address COVID-19 challenges.

State News

2. Online cultural competition “Mo Prativa” launched in Odisha

An online cultural competition “Mo Prativa” has been launched by the Odisha government in collaboration with the UNICEF in order to keep children engaged at home during the lockdown period. The competition will enable childern to participate in various activies such as painting, writing of slogans, short stories, poems etc on the themes: Being at home during lockdown & My responsibility as a young citizen during COVID-19.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Odisha: Naveen Patnaik; Governor: Ganeshi Lal.
  • Executive Director of UNICEF: Henrietta H. Fore.

Agreements

3. Uber will provide transportation service to public healthcare workers

The National Health Authority (NHA) has inked pact with “Uber” to provide transportation service to public healthcare workers who are involved in treatment of COVID-19 patients. The transportation service will be provided by Uber via UberMedic cars. As per the signed pact, Uber will provide 150 cars free of cost to support medical facilities in certain cities.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Executive Officer of UBER: Dara Khosrowshahi.

4. IIM-B & ICICI Securities teams up to launch program for fintech startups

As a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, ICICI Securities (I-Sec) has partnered with IIM Bangalore’s startup hub N S Raghavan Centre of Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL) to launch program for fintech startups having the duration of 15 months. The startups working in the fields of insurance, personal finance, banking, trading, wealth advisory, payments, lending and taxation can avail the benefits of the program.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • MD & CEO of ICICI Securities: Vijay Chandok.

Ranks & Reports

5. “Asian Development Outlook 2020” released by Asian Development Bank

The Asian Development Bank has released its annual economic publication “Asian Development Outlook 2020” in which it has projected India’s growth to slow down to 4% in the current fiscal year i.e. 2020-2021 citinh weak global demand and the government’s novel coronavirus containment efforts for the slow down in Indian economy. But for fiscal year 2021-2022, ADB has projected India’s growth to strengthen to 6.2%, boosted by government reforms.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • President of ADB: Masatsugu Asakawa; Headquarters: Manila, Philippines.

Sports

6. Olympic Council of Asia unveils the mascot of 19th Asian Games

The Olympic Council of Asia has unveiled the official mascots of the 19th Asian Games scheduled to be held in Hangzhou in 2022. The three robots namely Congcong, Lianlian and Chenchen which are collectively known as “The Smart Triplets” are the official mascots of the 19th Asian Games, unveiled by Olympic Council of Asia at a digital launch ceremony held in Hangzhou, China. The Smart Triplets symbolizes the internet prowess of Hangzhou city and Zhejiang province.

Important Days

7. 04th April observed globally as International Mine Awareness Day 

International Mine Awareness Day is observed globally on 4 April every year to raise awareness about landmines and progress toward their eradication. “Mine action” refers to a range of efforts to clear landmines and explosive remnants of war and to mark and fence off dangerous areas.

Obituaries

8. Gita Ramjee “World renowned virologist” passed away

World renowned virologist of South Africa, Gita Ramjee passed away after contracting the novel coronavirus. She was a “Vaccine” scientist and an HIV prevention research leader currently working as the chief scientific officer at the Aurum Institute. In 2018, she was awarded with the Outstanding Female Scientist Award in Lisbon for her lifetime commitment towards finding new HIV prevention methods.

Miscellaneous News

9. AICTE launches “MHRD AICTE COVID-19 Student Helpline Portal”

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has launched “MHRD AICTE COVID-19 Student Helpline Portal” to address the issues faced by students due to closure of colleges and hostels amid national lockdown due to COVID-19 outbreak. The portal will provide help and support by connecting those who are willing to provide help with those who need help.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of AICTE: Anil Sahasrabudhe.
  • Union Minister of Human Resource Development: Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.

10. Online Hackathon “Hack the Crisis-India” launched

Online Hackathon “Hack the Crisis-India”, a part of a global initiative has been launched to find the working solutions to overcome the COVID 19 pandemic. The hackathon was launched by Minister of State Electronics & Information Technology, Communications and Human Resource Development, Sanjay Dhotre. The “Hack the Crisis-India” hackathon will be organised by ‘Hack A Cause-India’ and ‘Ficci Ladies Organization Pune’ along with the support of Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India (MEITY).

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Electronics & Information Technology: Ravi Shankar Prasad.

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