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One Liners of the Day, 01 April 2020

Important Day

  • Fossil Fools Day - 1 April.
  • Edible Book Day - 1 April.

Economy

  • ICICI Bank launched a service that will enable customers to access banking services through instant messaging application - WhatsApp.
  • The Reserve Bank extended timings for daily reverse repo and marginal standing facility (MSF) window for a period of - one month.
  • ICICI Lombard in partnership with this merchant payment has rolled out 'COVID-19 Protection Insurance Cover' for shopkeepers - BharatPe.

Environment

  • World's coldest continent where scientists recorded the first-ever heatwave event over the 2019-20 summer period and recorded minimum temperatures above zero degrees Celsius and a maximum temperature of 9.2 degrees Celsius - Antarctica.

International

  • This country announced the launch of a new naval mission ‘Operation Irini’ in the Mediterranean Sea aimed at enforcing the U.N. arms embargo on Libya - European Union.
  • Winner of the Global Treasure Award 2020 of the Skoll Foundation - The Elders.
  • This institution and World Bank called for governments to put a hold on debt payments from the world's poorest nations so they can battle the coronavirus pandemic - International Monetary Fund.

National

  • "Aham!", a AI virtual assistant, released in 7 Indian languages by - DheeYantra.
  • Average hike in the wages of rural workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural employment guarantee scheme with effective from 1 April - Rs. 20.
  • Government of India has extended the benefit of ___ Interest Subvention (IS) to Banks and 3% Prompt Repayment Incentive (PRI) to all farmers up to 31 May 2020 - 2%.
  • An initiative launched by the Retailers Association of India (RAI) to ease supply of essential products in the wake of the ongoing nation-wide lockdown - 'Food Soldier Project'.

Persons in News

  • A senior official from India who resigned from his position of Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the investment of the assets of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF) - Sudhir Rajkumar.

State Current Affairs

  • This state government announced an average of 8% electricity tariff cut for the next five years to help businesses and people tide over the COVID-19 crisis - Maharashtra.

Science

  • This US-based company began working on the vaccine under investigation - Ad26 SARS-CoV-2 - in January using the same technology it used to develop a candidate vaccine for Ebola - Johnson & Johnson.

General Knowledge

  • NSE India (National Stock Exchange of India Ltd) - Founded: 27 November 1992; Headquarters: Mumbai.
  • BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange) - Founded: 09 July 1875; Founder: Premchand Roychand.
  • National Gallery of Modern Art – Established: 29 March 1954; Location: New Delhi.
  • Odisha state – Formation:  1 April 1936 (separate state out of Bihar); Capital: Bhubaneswar.
  • Retailers Association of India (RAI) was founded in - 2004.

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