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Current Affairs
March 29, 2020

PM-CARES FUND
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the constitution of the PM's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM-CARES) fund.
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About:

  • Mandate: This will be a dedicated national fund with the primary objective of dealing with any kind of emergency or distress situation, like posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Administration: Prime Minister is the Chairman of this trust and its Members include Defence Minister, Home Minister and Finance Minister.

  • Features: Citizens and organisations can go to the website pmindia.gov.in and donate to PM CARES Fund. This fund will enable micro-donations allowing a large number of people will be able to contribute with smallest of denominations.

  • Donations to this fund will be exempted from income tax under section 80(G).

Source : All India Radio
Disaster Management

Current Affairs
March 29, 2020

CoNTeC
The Union Minister of Health launched the COVID-19 National Teleconsultation Centre (CoNTeC).
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About:

  • Name: The project CoNTeC, an acronym for COVID-19 National Teleconsultation Centre.

  • Bodies involved: It has been conceptualised by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and has been implemented by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

  • Objective: CoNTeC has been made operational at AIIMS with a view to connect the Doctors across the country to AIIMS in real time for treatment of the COVID-19 patients.

Important Info :

Features:

  • The CoNTeC is a Telemedicine Hub established by AIIMS, New Delhi, wherein expert doctors from various clinical domains will be available 24x7 to answer the multifaceted questions from specialists from all over the country.
  • It is a multi-modal telecommunications hub through which 2 way audio-video and text communications can be undertaken from any part of the country as well as the world at large.
  • The CoNTeC is also fully integrated with the National Medical College Network (NMCN) to conduct a full fledged Video Conference (VC) between the 50 Medical Colleges connected through the NMCN with its National Resource Centre located at SGPGI, Lucknow. 
Source : All India Radio
Health

Current Affairs
March 29, 2020

RECESSION
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that the world is in the face of a devastating impact due to the coronavirus pandemic and has clearly entered a recession, but projected a recovery next year.
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About:

  • According to IMF, this It is clear that we have entered a recession that will be worse than the one in 2009, following the global financial crisis.

  • Stressing that while containment is the main reason for the economy to stand still and get into a recession, IMF said containment is very necessary to come out of this period and step in to recovery.

  • There is risk of a wave of bankruptcies and layoffs that can undermine the recovery. 

Important Info :
  • There is no official definition of recession, but there is general recognition that a recession is a period of declining economic performance across an entire economy that lasts for several months.
  • This decline is visible in real GDP, real income, employment, industrial production, and wholesale-retail sales. A recession begins when the economy reaches a peak of activity and ends when the economy reaches its trough.
  • A depression is a deep and long-lasting recession that lasts for many years. In a depression the decline in GDP exceeds 10 percent. 
Source : The Hindu
Economy

Current Affairs
March 29, 2020

SEROLOGICAL TESTS
The Indian Council of Medical Research invited bids for an estimated 10 lakh antibody kits (for serological tests) for the diagnosis of COVID-19.
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About:

  • Viral infections are mainly identified by two kinds of tests– genetic and serological.

  • Genetic tests can identify infections that are active, but cannot be used to detect past infections. This is what serological tests seek to determine.

  • Unlike genetic tests, which look for RNA in swab samples, serological tests work on antibodies in blood samples. Hence, they are also called ‘antibody tests’.

  • To disable a pathogen, the antibody latches to a unique protein molecule on pathogen’s surface, called an antigen. Serological tests use antigen molecules to detect the presence of antibodies relevant to the infection.

  • Such tests are relatively inexpensive, and can display results within a few minutes.

Source : Indian Express
Science & Tech

Current Affairs
March 29, 2020

TRUSTED NEWS INITIATIVE
The BBC’s global Trusted News Initiative will be extending its efforts to identifying false and potentially harmful information on the coronavirus pandemic.
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About:

  • The initiative will have in place a system in which partners will be able to alert each other to disinformation about COVID-19.

  • This will enable partner platforms such as Facebook and Google to review promptly and the publishers in the network can ensure that the information is not republished.

  • The Trusted News Initiative, in which the BBC partners with other leading global news and technology organisations, was announced in June 2019.

  • The partners within the initiative are: the BBC, Facebook, Google/YouTube, Twitter, Microsoft, AFP, Reuters, European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Hindu, CBC/Radio-Canada, First Draft and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. 

Source : The Hindu
Polity & Governance

Current Affairs
March 29, 2020

INDIAN SCIENTISTs’ RESPONSE TO CoVID-19 (ISRC)
Several Indian scientists have come together to form a Google group to address some of the concerns that the COVID-19 outbreak has thrown up.
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About:

  • Indian Scientists’ Response to CoViD-19 (ISRC) is a voluntary group of scientists who regularly discuss the rapidly evolving situation with its dire need for science communication.

  • With nearly 200 members, the group has scientists from institutions such as the NCBS, the IISc, the TIFR, the IITs, the IISERs and many others.

  • The group aims to study existing and available data to bring out analyses that will support the Central, State and local governments in carrying out their tasks. 

Source : The Hindu
Science & Tech

Current Affairs
March 29, 2020

INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS OF INDIA (ICAI)
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has issued an accounting and auditing advisory, with guidance on incorporating the impact of disruptions caused by COVID-19 on financial reporting and auditing.
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About:

  • Type: A statutory body established by an Act of Parliament, viz. The Chartered Accountants Act, 1949.

  • Established in: 1949. 

  • Mandate: Regulating the profession of Chartered Accountancy in the country; Formulation of Accounting Standards; and Prescription of Standard Auditing Procedures.

  • Parent Body: It functions under the administrative control of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India.

  • Council: The affairs of the ICAI are managed by a Council which constitutes of 40 members of whom 32 are elected by the Chartered Accountants and remaining 8 are nominated by the Central Government. 

Important Info :
  • The ICAI is the second largest professional body of Chartered Accountants in the world, with a strong tradition of service to the Indian economy in public interest. 
Source : Indian Express
Economy

Current Affairs
March 29, 2020

NON-DELIVERABLE FORWARD (NDF) MARKET
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to permit banks in India, which operate International Financial Services Centre Banking Units (IBUs), to participate in the non-deliverable forward (NDF) market with effect from June 1, 2020.
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About:

  • NDFs are foreign exchange derivative instruments on non-convertible or restricted currencies traded over the counter (OTC) mainly at offshore centres outside the direct jurisdiction of the respective national authorities.

  • The RBI took the decision despite the recommendation by a task force set up by it against allowing banks in the NDF market. The task force submitted its report in July 2019.

  • The Task Force on Offshore Rupee Markets, set up by the RBI, had proposed that Indian banks should not be permitted to deal in the offshore rupee derivative market — or the NDF market — for the present as the downside of permitting them to deal in this market outweighs the advantages.

Source : Indian Express
Economy

Current Affairs
March 29, 2020

ISIL-KHORASAN
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – Khorasan Province has claimed responsibility for the recent Kabul gurdwara attack.
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Kabul gurdwara attack

  • On 25 March 2020, suicide bombers and assailants armed with guns attacked the Gurdwara Har Rai Sahib (Sikh shrine) in Kabul (Afghanistan), in which 25 Sikh worshippers were killed.

  • Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – Khorasan Province has claimed responsibility for the attack. It said the attack was carried out in response to the Indian government's actions in Kashmir.

  • One of the gunman was identified as Abu Khalid al-Hindi, an Indian citizen from Kerala. 

Important Info :

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province

  • The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province (ISIL-KP) is a branch of the militant Islamist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), active in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • Some media sources also use the terms ISK, ISISK, IS-KP, or ISIS-K in referring to the group.
  • Its main activity is in the border region of eastern Afghanistan and northern Pakistan. However, its area of operations also includes other parts of South Asia, such as India where individuals have pledged allegiance to it.
  • Khorasan (also transcribed as Khurasan and Khorassan) was a province in north eastern Iran, but historically referred to a much larger area comprising the east and north-east of the Persian Empire. 
Source : Indian Express
Defence & Security
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