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Today GK Updates - 20th April  2020 Daily Current Affairs

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Today GK Updates – 20th April  2020 Daily Current Affairs

1. Fifteenth Finance Commission to assess implications of COVID-19 pandemic on GDP growth

– The Economic Advisory Council of the Fifteenth Finance Commission will meet this month to discuss implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on GDP growth.

– The council members will meet on 23rd and 24th of this month through online medium which will be presided over by Chairman of the Commission, N. K. Singh.

– The members would also be discussing on the possible assumptions for tax buoyancy and revenue in the current and next financial year. Discussion on public expenditure fillip to shore up the economy would also be on the agenda.


2. Telangana CM KC Rao extends Coronavirus lockdown until 7th May

– Telangana government has decided to extend lock down till 7th of May. The state cabinet also decided not to give any exemption to any sector as suggested by the Central Government.

– Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said night curfew and all other restrictions under implementation in the state will continue till 7th of May. CM also asked air travellers not to come to Telangana till 7th May as lock down will continue. He further said all essential services will be available as they are available at present.

– Meanwhile, 18 more people were tested positive yesterday taking the total COVID -19 cases to 858 in the state. Three more deaths registered taking COVID -19 deaths to 21.

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Telangana Capital: Hyderabad; Governor: Tamilisai Soundararajan


3. Home Ministry issues guidelines for movement of stranded migrant labourers

– The Home Ministry issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the movement of stranded migrant labourers for their engagement in industrial, manufacturing, construction, farming and MNREGA works within States and Union Territories where they are currently located.

– Under it, they have been allowed to go to places of work within a state with certain conditions.

– The SOP said, in the event that a group of migrants wish to return to their places of work within the state where they are presently located, they will be screened and those who are asymptomatic will be transported to their respective places of work.

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Union Home Minister: Amit Shah
Home Secretary: Ajay Kumar Bhalla



4. Uttar Pradesh becomes first state to geotag community kitchens

– Uttar Pradesh has become the first state in the country to geotag its 7,368 community kitchens and community shelters across 75 districts which produce 12 lakh food packets a day.

– The state government has also tied up with Google to ‘Geo-map’ the locations of all these establishments on the Google Maps app for ease of beneficiaries.

– Out of these 7,368 community kitchens, 668 are being run by NGOs and religious institutions.

– More than two crore food packets have been distributed in Uttar Pradesh since March 25.

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UP Chief Minister: Yogi Adityanath; Capital: Lucknow; Governor: Anandiben Patel


5. World liver day: 19 April

– World liver day is observed on every 19 April, to spread awareness about liver related disease.

– The liver is the second largest and the most complex organ in the body, with the exception of the brain.

– It is a key player in your body’s digestive system.

– It is also responsible for detoxification of drugs, alcohol and control of infections.


6. Facebook launches third party fact checking in Bangladesh

– Facebook announced the launch of its third party fact checking system in Bangladesh to discourage the spread of fake news in the country.

– Facebook in partnership with Boom Fact check will review and rate the stories. It will debunk misinformation on topics from health and medicine to current affairs so that Facebook users in Bangladesh are able to identify factual information and news online.

– When third party fact-Checkers rate a post as false or fake, it will appear less or at the bottom of the news feed. This will reduce the spread of the post.