Daily GK Update 26th March 2020: Read Daily GK-Current Affairs Update

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 26th March 2020 to help you prepare the Current affairs part. After reading this section, you can successfully attempt Current Affairs Quiz.

National News

1. FM Nirmala Sitharaman announced Economic relief package during Lockdown

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2. “Invest India Business Immunity Platform” launched by Invest India

India’s national Investment Promotion & Facilitation Agency, the Invest India has launched “The Invest India Business Immunity Platform” to assist businesses and investors in getting real-time updates on India’s active response to COVID-19. This platform tracks the regular developments with respect to the Coronavirus and aims to help businesses and investors by providing latest information on various initiatives launched by central and state government, facilitates access to special provisions, and answers and also resolves queries via emails as well as on WhatsApp.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • MD & CEO of Invest India: Deepak Bagla.
  • Union Minister for Commerce and Industry: Piyush Goyal.
  • Chairman & Managing Director of SIDBI: Mohammad Mustafa.

3. GoI bans export of anti-malarial drug Hydroxychloroquine

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Director-General of ICMR: Balram Bhargava.
  • Headquarters of ICMR: New Delhi.

4. OFB designates 285 beds to handle COVID-19 patients

Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has designated 285 beds for isolation wards in handling Coronavirus cases. The OFB is also trying to produce personal protection equipment and face masks as per the order placed by HLL Lifecare Limited (HLL).

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

    • Director-General & & Chairman of Ordnance Factories: Hari Mohan.
    • Headquarters of Ordnance Factory Board: Kolkata, West Bengal.

5. Health Ministry takes indelible ink from EC to stamp people for home quarantine

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Election Commissioner of India: Sunil Arora.

International News

6. IMF launches Tracker of Govt. Policies in Response to COVID-19

The International Monetary Fund has launched a “Tracker of Policies Governments are Taking in Response to COVID-19” which outlines the key economic responses taken by the government of various countries in order to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy tracker brings into focus the discretionary measures that supplement existing social safety nets and insurance mechanisms. The policy tracker covers the responses on the basis of three pillars, namely: Fiscal; Monetary And Macro-Financial and Exchange Rate And Balance Of Payments.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Managing Director of IMF: Kristalina Georgieva.

State News

7. Odisha government launches “Mo Jeeban” programme

Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched Mo Jeeban programme in Odisha for the containment of COVID-19 pandemic. Through Mo Jeeban programme, the chief minister of Odisha urged the people of the state to take a pledge to stay indoors. He also stated that if people will go outside their home, they may bring the coronavirus at home which will affect their family.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Odisha: Naveen Patnaik; Governor: Ganeshi Lal.

Obituaries News

8. “Asterix and Obelix” co-creator Albert Uderzo passes away

The co-creator of the “Asterix and Obelix” comics, Albert Uderzo passed away. He produced Asterix in 1959 along with the fellow Frenchman and writer Rene Goscinny. “Asterix and Obelix” entertained its audience over the past 60 years. “Asterix the Gaul” was the first Asterix book that was launched in 1961 and became an overnight sensation.

9. Veteran bollywood actress Nimmi passes away

Veteran star of 1950s and ’60s Hindi movies Nimmi passed away. She was born as Nawab Banoo and was later known by by her screen name ‘Nimmi’. She acted in the era of 1950s and ’60s in various popular movies including ‘Aan’, ‘Barsaat’ and ‘Deedar’. Her last movie was ‘Love and God’.

10. Former Indian footballer Abdul Latif passes away

Books and Authors

11. A book titled “Missing in Action: The Prisoners Who Never Came Back” launched

Chander Suta Dogra has launched a book titled “Missing in Action: The Prisoners Who Never Came Back”. The book is published by Harpercollins and addresses the missing Indian soldiers during the mission of 1965 & 1971 Indo- Pak wars. The book also attempts to find out what happened to them, hoping to open up a debate on how soldiers are often used as pawns by governments.

Miscellaneous News

12. Microsoft & US CDC tie-up to create AI bot ‘Clara’

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has introduced an AI bot called ‘Clara’ to help people in assessing the potential symptoms of COVID-19. The CDC has partnered up with CDC Foundation and Microsoft Azure’s Healthcare Bot service to create Clara. According to Microsoft, the bot that can quickly assess the symptoms and risk factors for people worried about infection, provide information and suggest the next course of action.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft: Satya Nadella.
  • Microsoft Founded: April 4, 1975; Headquarters of Microsoft: Washington, United States.

13. AIIMS to launch Tele-Consultation facility

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi will start Tele-Consultation facility for the non-Covid19 patients. The decision to start Tele-Consultation facility has been taken by AIIMS for its follow-up patients. Those patients whose appointments are now cancelled due to lockdown as well as the chronic patients can consult doctors via this facility.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Director of All India Institute Of Medical Sciences, New Delhi: Dr Randeep Guleria.

14. NBT launches initiative #StayHomeIndiaWithBooks

The National Book Trust, India has launched an initiative #StayHomeIndiaWithBooks to encourage people to read books during their stay at home. This initiative has been launched as a preventive measure to contain the spread of Covid-19. Through this initiative, NBT is providing people its select and best selling titles for FREE Download. These books are available in various languages including Hindi, English, Odia, Marathi, Bodo, Nepali etc covering various genres such as fiction, biography, popular science and many more.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of National Book Trust: Govind Prasad Sharma; Established: 1957.

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