Daily GK Update 18 April 2020: Read Daily GK for Bank Exam

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 18th April 2020 to help you prepare the Current affairs part. After reading this section, you can successfully attempt Current Affairs Quiz.

National News

1. National Conference on Kharif crops 2020 held

The National Conference on Kharif crops 2020 was held through video conference to discuss various issues and to list out measures in consultation with the States about their preparedness for Kharif cultivation amid the lockdown situation. The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar addressed the conference and emphasized on achieving the aim of kharif target and take up doubling of farmers’ income in the mission mode.

2. Indian High Commission (UK) hosts virtual COVID-19 meet for businesses

The Indian High Commission in United Kingdom has organised a virtual roundtable COVID-19 meet for businesses “Covid-19: Issues, Challenges and Way Forward” to address concerns around the economic impact of the coronavirus lockdown in the United Kingdom. The “Covid-19: Issues, Challenges and Way Forward” meet also deliberated on the issues faced by Indian businesses across various sectors such as financial services, hospitality, healthcare, information technology and IT services.

Business News

3. Sporting Motorcycle brand ‘Norton’ acquired by TVS Motor Company 

The United Kingdom’s most iconic sporting motorcycle brand ‘Norton’ has been acquired by TVS Motor Company’s overseas subsidiary TVS Motor Singapore Pte. Ltd. in an all-cash transaction of £16 million. Norton, a 122 year-old motorcycle company was founded by James Lansdowne Norton in Birmingham and went on to become the most popular British motorcycle brands of all time. 

Science & Technology

4. CSIR-NAL develops Personal Protective Coverall Suit

CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories has developed Personal Protective Coverall Suit in association with MAF Clothing Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru. The polyproplylene spun laminated multi-layered non-woven fabric based suit has been developed for the front line health workers i.e. Doctors, Nurses, Paramedical staff and Health Care workers working round the clock on COVID-19 mitigation.

5. DRDO rolls out new products to enable COVID-19 disinfection process

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has rolls out new products namely “Automatic Mist Based Sanitiser Dispensing Unit” and “UV Sanitisation Box and Hand-held UV device” to enable COVID-19 disinfection process. Automatic Mist Based Sanitiser Dispensing Unit is based on water mist aerator technology. UV Sanitisation Box will be used for the purpse of disinfecting personal belongings such as mobile phone, tablets, purse, currency, cover of office files, etc. While the hand held device will be used for disinfecting office and house hold objects such as chairs, files, postal delivered items and food packets.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

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

Important Days

6. World Heritage Day 2020 observed globally on 18 April

World Heritage Day 2020 observed globally on 18 April every year to preserve the human heritage and to recognise all the efforts of relevant organizations. The theme of World Heritage Day 2020 is Shared Culture, Shared heritage and Shared responsibility.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • UNESCO formation: 4 November 1946.
  • UNESCO Headquarters: Paris, France.
  • UNESCO Director-General: Audrey Azoulay.
  • Headquarters of International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS): Paris, France.
  • International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Founded: 1965.
  • President of International Council on Monuments and Sites: Toshiyuki Kono.

Obituaries News

7. Tribal leader and former Odisha minister Saharai Oram passes away

Veteran tribal leader and former Odisha Minister Saharai Oram passed away. He was first elected to the Odisha Assembly from Champua constituency in 1971 and was elected from the same constituency as a Janata Party candidate.

Miscellaneous News

8. Agriculture Minister launches “Kisan Rath” Mobile App

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has launched a mobile application “Kisan Rath” to facilitate transportation of foodgrains and perishables during lockdown. The mobile application “Kisan Rath” has been developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to provide farmers & traders in finding transport vehicles for Primary and Secondary transportation for movement of Agriculture & Horticulture produce.

9. Rs.10 lakhs Compensation for all Postal employees

Amid the nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Postal employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks are performing various departmental duties as well as serving the social cause in the crisis times. Therefore, it has been decided to grant payment of compensation of Rs. 10 lakhs to all the Postal employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) succumbing to the disease while brought on duty. The above guidelines have been implemented immediately and continues for the entire period till the crises of COVID-19 is over.

10. ‘Assess Koro Na’ app launched by Delhi government 

The Delhi Government has launched ‘Assess Koro Na’ mobile application and advised the officials to use the new ‘Assess Koro Na’ app to do door-to-door survey in COVID-19 containment zones. This mobile application will speed up decision-making by analysing the real-time data and hence removing a major obstacle in the efforts to contain the virus.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

    • Chief Minister of Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal.
    • Lieutenant Governor of Delhi: Anil Baijal.

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