Daily Current Affairs - 26th Apr 2020

31% apparel units to shut down, 2.5 million jobs at risk due to lockdown: CMAI

  • Around 31 per cent of domestic apparel factories might close and about 2.5 million workers could lose jobs as a result of the extended lockdown, imposed to fight coronavirus disease (Covid-19), impacting their business, says a survey conducted by the Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI).
  • Around two-thirds of those who participated in the survey said they would not be able to pay wages for April, though 92 per cent paid wages and salaries for March.

CISF launches 'e-office' app for movement of files

  • An e-office application, that enables movement of files and documents without physical touch, has been launched for usage in the 1.62 lakh personnel-strong Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to prevent coronavirus infection.
  • The application called 'e-karyalay' (electronic office) has been designed by the in-house technical team of the force.

Clinical trials of Convalescent Plasma Therapy inaugurated at Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru

  • Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar and Health and Family Welfare Minister B Sriramulu inaugurated the clinical trials of Convalescent Plasma Therapy at Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru.
  • The method used for the therapy involves transfusion of plasma cells from a COVID-19 recovered patient to a critical Corona patient.

CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan launches Jeevan Shakti Yojana in Madhya Pradesh

  • Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan launched the Jeevan Shakti Yojana. Under this scheme, women in urban areas can earn by making masks at home. The government will pay them Rs 11 per mask.
  • The Chief Minister said that women wishing to make masks will have to register themselves by calling on the Call Centre number through their telephone or mobile. After registration, they will get an order to make masks on their mobiles. After making the mask, they will submit their masks to the nodal officer appointed by the government. Its payment will be credited to their account on the same day or the next day.

Crisil revises ratings outlook on Hindalco to stable from positive

  • Crisil has revised the rating outlook on Hindalco Industries' long-term debt instruments to ‘stable’ from 'positive', on the back of likely increase in the company's financial leverage following the debt-funded $2.8 billion acquisition of Aleris Corporation by its subsidiary Novelis Inc.
  • The acquisition of Aleris may further increase the share of downstream operations and consolidate Hindalco's global position in aluminium flat-rolled products.

CSIR-IICT initiatives to reduce dependency for APIs and drug intermediates

  • Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad, is collaborating with another Hyderabad-based integrated pharmaceutical company, LAXAI Life Sciences, to develop and manufacture APIs and drug intermediates. The initiative may help in reducing the dependency of the Indian pharmaceutical sector on Chinese imports of these ingredients.
  • IICT, a laboratory under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is working with LAXAI for synthesis of drugs being used in the fight against the Corona Virus. The collaboration will primarily focus on Umifenovir, Remdesivir and a key intermediate of Hydroxy Chloroquine (HCQ).

Former Pakistan skipper Sana Mir announces retirement from International Cricket

  • Former Pakistan women's skipper Sana Mir announced her retirement from international cricket, ending a 15 year long illustrious career. Mir featured in 226 international matches for Pakistan, including 137 as captain from 2009 to 2017.
  • With 151 ODI wickets in 120 ODIs, she shares the fourth position on the all-time list with Anisa Mohammed of the West Indies.

Govt had Rs 1.35-trn outstanding loans from RBI in week to April 17

  • The central government had Rs 1.35 trillion in outstanding loans with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) under ways and means advances in the week ended April 17, the central bank said in a statement.
  • The central government had Rs 1.11 trillion in outstanding loans in the previous week, according to the RBI’s weekly statistical supplement. State governments had loans worth Rs 828 crore from the RBI in the week ended April 17, compared with Rs 362 crore in the previous week.

Kerala govt hospital deploys robot to serve food, medicines to Covid-19 patients

  • A government hospital in Ernakulam has deployed a robot to serve food and medicines to coronavirus patients with an aim to reduce risk of infections for doctors and health workers.
  • The robot named 'KARMI-Bot' will be used to assist patients at the medical college's COVID-19 isolation ward. The robot is developed by ASIMOV robotics, a company working under Maker village of Kerala start-up mission.

Sanjay Kothari was sworn in as the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC)

  • Sanjay Kothari was sworn in as the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) at Rashtrapati Bhavan. He was sworn in by President Ram Nath Kovind.
  • The CVC is appointed by President based on the recommendations of the committee. The committee consists of Leader of Opposition, Minister of Home Affairs.

Transcorp gets RBI nod to issue co-branded prepaid cards, wallets

  • Transcorp International Ltd has received RBI nod for entering into co-branding arrangements for Prepaid Instruments that can be used in over 35 lakh stores and online gateways. With this, Transcorp has become one of the first non-bank companies to obtain this authorization from the RBI.
  • Transcorp will be launching API based co-branded partnerships for Digital, Physical and Contactless cards with select marquee clients.

UP becomes first state with in-house facility of virtual courts

  • Uttar Pradesh has become the first state to have the requisite infrastructure in all its courts for hearing cases through video conferencing.
  • The Allahabad High Court took a number of initiatives to facilitate court proceedings through video conferencing and recently a software has been installed in the high court and district courts of the state

WHO warns against coronavirus immunity passports

  • The World Health Organization has warned against issuing “immunity passports” to people who have recovered from Covid-19, as there is no evidence that they will be protected from a second infection.
  • Immunity passports are provided to persons that have recovered from COVId-19 and has tested positive to hold antibodies against the disease. The presence of antibodies according to immunity passports say that the person will not get infected by COVID-19 again.

World Intellectual Property Day – April 26

  • Every year, the World Intellectual Property Day is marked on April 26 to encourage creativity and innovation.
  • The day was established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000. This year, the World Intellectual Property Day is being marked under the theme: Innovate for Green Future.

World Malaria Day 2020: April 25

  • 25th April 2020 is observed as World Malaria Day to recognise the global efforts made to control malaria and to commemorate the Africa Malaria Day.
  • The theme of World Malaria Day 2020 is “Zero Malaria Starts with Me”.