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Today GK Updates – 27th April 2020 Daily Current Affairs
1. Government declares banking industry as public utility service till October 21
– The Union Government has declared the banking industry as a public utility service for six months till October 21 under the provisions of the Industrial Disputes Act.
– The move means that the banking sector would not see any strikes by employees or officers during the operation of the act starting from April 21. The Department of Financial Services announced that Labour and Employment Ministry has declared the banking industry as a public utility service for six months till October 21.
– The labour ministry issued the notification on April 17, 2020 amid the lockdown imposed due to coronavirus pandemic. The lockdown has significantly impacted economic activities.
2. MP CM Shivraj launches Jeevan Shakti Yojana
– Madhya Pradesh, CM 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. They will get orders to make at least 200 masks at a time. The mask should be made of cotton cloth. After making the mask, they will submit their masks to the nodal officer.
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MP Capital: Bhopal; Governor: Lalji Tandon
3. NASA develops ‘VITAL’ ventilator specifically to treat COVID-19 patients
– NASA engineers have developed a new, easy-to-build high-pressure ventilator tailored specifically to treat COVID-19 patients. The device called VITAL (Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally) passed a critical test this week in New York.
– NASA added that VITAL is designed to treat patients with milder symptoms, thereby keeping the country’s limited supply of traditional ventilators available for patients with more severe COVID-19 symptoms.
– VITAL can be built faster and maintained more easily than a traditional ventilator, and is composed of far fewer parts, many of which are currently available to potential manufacturers.
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.
4. Andhra govt revives ‘zero interest’ loan scheme for women self-help groups
– The Andhra Pradesh government revived the ”zero interest” loan scheme for women self-help groups (SHGs) in the state.
– Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy re-launched the scheme by releasing a sum of Rs 1,400 crore for the SHGs. The decision is expected to benefit over 8.78 lakh SHGs in the state involving over 93.80 lakh women.
– Under the scheme, each SHG will receive sums ranging from Rs 20,000 to Rs 40,000 towards the interest component on their loans.
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The zero interest scheme was first launched by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy in united Andhra Pradesh in 2011.
AP Governor: Biswabhusan Harichandan
5. World Intellectual Property Day: 26 April
– World Intellectual Property Day is observed annually on 26 April.
– The event was established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000 to “raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life” and “to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe”.
– The theme for World Intellectual Property Day 2020 is ‘Innovation for Green Future.’
6. Sanjay Kothari takes oath as Chief Vigilance Commissioner
– President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC)-designate IAS Sanjay Kothari at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
– Sanjay Kothari was secretary to the president before being nominated to the new role.
– Mr Kothari was reportedly shortlisted as the Central Vigilance Commissioner in February this year by a high-powered panel headed by the prime minister.