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One Liners of the Day, 02 April 2020

Important Day

  • International Transgender Day of Visibility - 31 March.

Economy

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) increased ways and means advances (WMA) limit by ____ from existing limit for all states and union territories - 30%.
  • The government slashed interest rates for the first quarter of 2020-21 on small savings schemes, including NSC and PPF, by up to - 1.4 percentage.
  • India’s first pre-paid card ‘Enkasu’ with ‘tap & go’ payment feature has been launched in Karur, Tamil Nadu by - Karur Vysya Bank.

International

  • The government announced setting up of a "cargo air-bridge" between India and this country, for transporting critical medical supplies under 'Lifeline Udan flights' initiative - China.
  • Presidency of the “G20 Extraordinary Trade and Investment Ministerial Virtual Meet” that was held on 31 March 2020 – Saudi Arabia.
  • The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted Resolution 2518 to ensure the safety and security of - peacekeepers.
  • On 1 April 2020, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has returned to the US dollar bond market with the pricing of a two-year global bond with a principal amount of - 4.5 billion dollars.

National

  • ‘Spoken Tutorial Project’ has been launched by this institution which is a new toll-free helpline for mothers stuck at home due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic - Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay.
  • New ‘Maa Aur Shishu Poshan’ (mother and child nutrition) helpline number under ‘Spoken Tutorial Project’ -1800-267-7782 (available in Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati and English).
  • This organisation has announced $1 billion to the Government of India for a proposed India COVID-19 emergency response and health systems preparedness project - World Bank.

Persons in News

  • New executive director of Canara Bank with effect from April 1, 2020 - Krishnan S.
  • New executive director of Indian Bank with effect from April 1, 2020 - K Ramachandran.
  • World-renowned virologist who has become the first Indian-origin South African to have died after contracting the novel coronavirus on 31 March - Gita Ramjee.
  • New Director (HR) of NTPC - Dillip Kumar Patel (from April 1).
  • A Nobel Prize-winning physicist who expanded the world's understanding of magnetism and superconductivity, has died in Princeton (US) on April 1 - Philip Anderson.
  • Author of the novel ‘The Death of Jesus’ – J.M. Coetzee.

State Current Affairs

  • 12th State where the Price Monitoring & Resource Unit (PMRU) has been established by the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) - Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • This state government has issued changed guidelines of Navaratnalu - Pedalandariki Illu (House for all the Poor) programmed - Andhra Pradesh.
  • To issue e-passes for transporting vehicles, the Pragyaam app launched by the State Government of – Jharkhand.

Science

  • This organisation has launched the Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment (SunRISE) Mission to study Giant Solar Particles - NASA.

General Knowledge

  • Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) - Founded: August 2011; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • United Nations Security Council (UNSC) - Founded: 1945; Headquarters: New York, USA.
  • Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) - Founded: 1948; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Odisha Day also referred as - Utkal Diwas (1 April).
  • National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) - Founded: 29 August 1997; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • NTPC Limited - Founded: 07 November 1975; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • G20 (or Group of Twenty) was founded on - 26 September 1999.

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