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Today GK Updates – 30th March Current Affairs

1. Merger of 10 state-run banks into 4 to come into force from April 1: RBI

  • RBI has said that the merger of 10 state-run banks into four will come into force from April 1. The branches of merging banks will operate as of the banks in which these have been amalgamated.

 

  • The government on March 4 had notified the amalgamation schemes for 10 state owned banks into four as part of its consolidation plan to create bigger size stronger banks in the public sector.

 

  • As per the scheme, Oriental Bank of Commerce and United Bank of India will be merged into Punjab National Bank; Syndicate Bank into Canara Bank; Allahabad Bank into Indian Bank; and Andhra and Corporation banks into Union Bank of India.

 

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The Reserve Bank of India is India’s central bank, which controls the issue and supply of the Indian rupee. RBI is the regulator of entire Banking in India.
Governor: Shaktikanta Das; Headquarters: Mumbai

 

2. PM Narendra Modi announces PM-CARES fund to fight coronavirus outbreak

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the creation of an assistance and emergency situation relief fund where people can contribute and help in the government’s fight against coronavirus.

 

  • The Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (CARES) Fund will help in creating a healthier India. This Fund will also cater to similar distressing situations, if they occur in the times ahead. This fund enables micro-donations as a result of which a large number of people will be able to contribute with the smallest of denominations.

 

  • People can visit www.pmindia.gov.in to make contributions using credit and debit cards, UPI, net banking and RTGS or NEFT.

 

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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the name given to the 2019 novel coronavirus. COVID-19 is the name given to the disease associated with the virus. SARS-CoV-2 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.

 

 

3. Army Chief starts ‘Operation Namaste’ to combat COVID-19

  • Army Chief Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane launched an initiative called as ‘Operation Namaste’ to extend all possible assistance to the government in containing the spread of coronavirus.

 

  • Isolation wards are being set up at hospitals in formations along the border areas besides launching communication campaigns for the soldiers and officials.

 

  • Social distancing among the Army personnel may not be possible to implement in key formations due to tactical and operational reasons.

 

  • Under ‘Operation Namaste’, the Army has issued a series of directives to all its bases to insulate the force from the coronavirus

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The Indian Army is the land-based branch and the largest component of the Indian Armed Forces. The President of India is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Army, and it is commanded by the Chief of Army Staff, who is a four-star general.

Founded: 1st April 1895; Headquarters: New Delhi
Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind

 

4. Abbott gets approval to launch 5-minute COVID-19 test for use almost anywhere

  • Abbott announced it has received the United States Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) for its rapid, portable, point-of-care molecular test for the detection of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

  • The test, called ID NOW COVID-19, delivers positive results in as little as five minutes and negative results in 13 minutes. Abbott said it makes the tests available next week to healthcare providers in urgent care settings in the US.

 

  • At the moment Abbott’s testing will be confined to the US, but given the urgency of the situation, it could be a matter of weeks before it is available in other countries including India.

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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the name given to the 2019 novel coronavirus. COVID-19 is the name given to the disease associated with the virus. SARS-CoV-2 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.

 

5. NTPC concludes acquisition of govt’s stake in THDC, NEEPCO at Rs 11,500 cr

– Power generating firm NTPC concluded the acquisition of Centre’s entire stake in two hydropower generating firms, THDC India and North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO), at Rs 11,500 crore.

– The company informed the exchanges that it signed a share purchase agreement to buy the government’s entire 74.49 per cent stake of THDC for an aggregate consideration of Rs 7,500 crore. Similarly, NTPC has also acquired an entire 100 per cent government stake in NEEPCO for Rs 4,000 crore.

– NTPC Limited formerly is an Indian PSU, engaged in the business of generation of electricity and allied activities.

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NTPC Headquarters: New Delhi; Founded: 1975

 

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