Daily GK Update 07th April 2020: Read Daily GK-Current Affairs Update

Read the daily GK update of 07th April 2020. In today's GK Update we are covering the following news headlines: Artemis, Lifeline UDAN, NASSCOM, Britannia and many more. Read the daily GK update for upcoming competitive exams in 2020.

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National News

1. “Lifeline UDAN” initiative launched by Ministry of Civil Aviation

“Lifeline UDAN” is an initiative which has been launched by the Ministry of Civil Aviation to help India fight against COVID-19. Under this initiative, 132 cargo flights have been operated so far across the country to transport medical cargo including remote and hilly areas. Medical supplies of more than 184 tons have been delivered till date during lockdown period with the support of Air India, Alliance Air, IAF and private airlines.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation: Hardeep Singh Puri.

Agreements News

2. Britannia Industries partners with Dunzo to deliver essential items

An online delivery platform, Dunzo has tied up with packaged foods company Britannia Industries to deliver range of products to its customers. Britannia Essentials store have been launched by Britannia Industries, that will be available to Dunzo app users. The batch of essential products produced by Britannia Industries will be available at Britannia’s distribution centers and will be sourced by Dunzo from distribution centers to ensure proper handling of goods as well as the availability of these products to the people.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of Britannia Industries: Nusli N Wadia.
  • Managing Director of Britannia Industries: Varun Berry.

Business News

3. PNB Housing Finance signs agreement with JICA to raise $75 million

Punjab National Bank Housing Finance has signed a pact with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to raise 75 million dollars. The Citibank will be co-financing 25 million dollars in order to finance the mortgage loans in the affordable housing segment. The tie-up also states first debt funding ever done by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in the housing finance sector in India.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Managing Director of PNB Housing Finance: Sanjaya Gupta.

Appointments

4. TDSAT Chairman’s tenure extended by three months

The Supreme Court of India has extended the tenure of Justice Shiva Kirti Singh, as the incumbent Chairman of the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT). The bench which took the decision to extend the tenure comprised of Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde along with Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjay Kishan Kaul. The supreme court bench has also directed the union government to expedite the process of appointment for TDSAT members.

5. UB Pravin Rao appointed as new chairman of NASSCOM

The Chief Operating Officer of Infosys, UB Pravin Rao has been appointed as the new chairman of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) for 2020-21. Rao will be succeeding Keshav Murugesh, the Group CEO, WNS Global Services.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • NASSCOM Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • NASSCOM Founded: 1 March 1988.

Sports

6. FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup postponed due to Covid-19

The world’s governing body for football, FIFA has decided to postpone the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup tournament due to the coronavirus outbreak. COVID-19 has virtually stopped all sporting activities in the world such as Euro 2020 and Copa America including the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup was scheduled to be played in India across five host cities: Navi Mumbai, Guwahati, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Bhubaneswar.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • President of FIFA: Gianni Infantino; Founded: 21 May 1904.
  • Headquarters: Zurich, Switzerland.

7. Malaysia & Thailand weightlifters banned from Tokyo Olympics 2020

The Independent Member Federation Sanctions Panel of the International Weightlifting Federation has suspended the Malaysia & Thailand weightlifters from competing in Tokyo Olympics 2020. The disciplinary sanctions have been imposed by IMSP on both the countries from participating in weightlifting events at the Tokyo Olympics for doping violations.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Capital of Thailand: Bangkok; Currency: Thai baht.
  • Prime Minister of Thailand: Prayut Chan-o-cha.
  • Capital of Malaysia: ‎Kuala Lumpur; Currency: Malaysian Ringgit.
  • Prime Minister of Malaysia: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Science & Technology

8. NASA unveils plan for “Artemis” base camp on the moon by 2024

NASA has unveiled its plans to setup the first human base camp “Artemis” on Moon’s south pole by year 2024. The space agency is working on the Artemis program that aims to land humans on the moon by 2024. It has also submitted a 13-page report to the National Space Council. As per the report, the base camp will demonstrate the US’s continued leadership in space as well as help them prepare to undertake humanity’s first mission to Mars.

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.

Important Days

9. International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda observed globally

International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda is being observed globally on 7 April every year. The day was announced by the United General Assembly in 2003. Through the day, UNESCO aims to educate the world population regarding genocides and the consequences of the crime.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • UNESCO formation: 4 November 1946.
  • UNESCO Headquarters: Paris, France.
  • UNESCO Director-General: Audrey Azoulay.

10. World Health Day celebrated globally on 7 April

The World Health Day is a global health awareness day which is being celebrated on 7th of April every year. On this day, governmental as well as non-governmental health organizations organize events that aims to promote healthier habits of living. The theme of World Health Day 2020 is “Support Nurses And Midwives”. The WHO has named the year 2020 as the ‘International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife’.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • President of the World Health Organisation: Tedros Adhanom Trending.
  • Headquarters of WHO: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • WHO founded: 7 April 1948.

Obituaries

11. American actor Forrest Compton passes away due to COVID-19

Veteran American actor Forrest Compton, who was popular for playing the role of district attorney Mike Karr in the long-running soap opera “The Edge of Night”, passed away due to COVID-19 complications. He has served in France with the 103rd Infantry Division during the World War II and then started learning acting at the Yale Drama School alongside cinema legend Paul Newman.

12. Veteran Malayalam Music composer M.K. Arjunan passes away

Veteran Malayalam Music composer, MK Arjunan who was popularly known as Arjunan master in the industry for his evergreen melodies in Malayalam cinema, passed away. He had a long career, spanning over five decades, composing more than 600 songs. Some of his hit songs are a staple of music reality shows even today.

13. Former Libya Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril passes away

Former Libya Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril who was the former head of the Libyan rebel government that ousted the long term ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, passed away due to COVID-19. Before joining the revolution in 2011, Jibril served the Gaddafi government as an economic advisor in its final years and later led the rebel National Transitional Council, the interim government that toppled and killed Muammar Gaddafi.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Capital of Libya: Tripoli; Currency: Libyan dinar.
  • Prime Minister of Libya: Fayez al-Sarraj.

14. Former New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Jock Edwards passes away

Former New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Jock Edwards passed away. He started his Test career with the home Test series against Australia in 1976-77 as a specialist batsman and played the last of his eight Tests against India in 1981.

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