PMO sets up high-level panels to deal with situation post lockdown

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1.North Macedonia becomes NATO’s 30th member

North Macedonia officially became the 30th member of the NATO military alliance.North Macedonia’s flag will be raised alongside those of the other 29 member countries at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

North Macedonia previously was known as Macedonia, a name it shared with a Greek province.

This membership comes after North Macedonia’s 2017 deal with Athens, the country changed its name and Greece agreed to drop objections to its NATO and eventual EU membership.

2.ADB to invest $100 million in NIIF fund of funds

Asian Development Bank (ADB) will invest $100 million into the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) of India Fund of Funds.With ADB’s investment into the NIIF platform, the FoF has now secured $700 million in commitments.

ADB will now join the Government of India (GOI) and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as an investor in the Fund.

NIIF is India’s first sovereign wealth fund that was set up by the Government of India in February 2015.

3.Rajasthan statehood day: 30 March

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted Rajasthan on the state day and wished the progress of the people will continue.Rajasthan, the largest Indian state by area, was established on this day in 1949.

The state was formed on 30 March, when Rajputana, the name adopted by the British Raj for its dependencies in the region, was merged into the Dominion of India.

  • Capital: Jaipur
  • Number of District : 33
  • Governor: Kalraj Mishra
  • Chief Minister: Ashok Gehlot
  • High court: Rajasthan High Court (Jaipur)
  • Chief Justice:  Indrajit Mahanty
  • Members of the Legislative Assembly: 200
  • Lok Sabha Seats : 25
  • Rajya Sabha Seats : 10

4.PMO sets up high-level panels to deal with situation post lockdown

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) constituted 10 different high-level committees to suggest measures to ramp up healthcare, put the economy back on track, reduce pain and misery of people as quickly as possible post 21-day lockdown imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic.These committees looking after various aspects will work under the overall guidance of P K Mishra, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister.

The initiative is being viewed as a proactive step by the government to deal with multiple challenges, which the outbreak of pandemic COVID-19 has posed and made the country to deal with emergency situations.

Each group will have about 6 members with one officer from the PMO and Cabinet Secretariat, so that there is full coordination and suggestions accepted are implemented without any delay.

Each group has been given an upper time limit of a week to come out with measures on the specified sector.

5.Nagaland CM launches Self Declaration COVID-19 App

Nagalad Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio launched the Self Declaration COVID-19 Nagaland App at Kohima.The app will be mandatory for any person who entered Nagaland after March 6.

He added that the app is crucial for tracking and surveillance of high-risk cases.

6.GDP likely to grow just 2% in 2020-21: ICRA

According to ICRA, Despite the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) massive actions to spur the economy, India’s gross domestic product (GDP) is likely to contract by 4.5 per cent in the April-June 2020 quarter.It will rise by only 2 per cent in 2020-21 on the coronavirus impact.

The Indian economy was already supposed to clock a decadal low growth of 5 per cent in 2019-20, according to official estimates.

7.Chennai Port Trust Acquires 67% Stake in Kamarajar Port

Chennai Port Trust has acquired from the Centre 67% stake in Kamarajar Port Ltd for INR 2,383 crore making the latter its wholly-owned subsidiary.This agreement comes into force with immediate effect.

Both ports would operate as different entities for the betterment of exim trade KPL as corporate firm and ChPT as trust.

ChPT will continue to handle clean cargo such as containers, cars, liquid cargo, cruise and passenger traffic, while KPL will create additional capacity for all other types of bulk, dry and liquid cargo.

Kamarajar Port Limited, formerly Ennore Port, is located on the Coromandel Coast in Tamil Nadu, it is the 12th major port of India, and the first port in India which is a public company.

8.BP Kanungo reappointed as RBI’s deputy governor

BP Kanungo was reappointed as the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India.His reappointment came after the Appointments Committee of Cabinet approved Kanungo’s term extension for a period of one year with effect from March 27.

Kanungo’s tenure was to end on April 3.

Kanungo was the executive director of RBI before he took charge as the deputy governor back in April 2017.

He oversees departments like currency management, payments and settlement, foreign exchange, internal debt management.

NS Vishwanathan, MK Jain and Michael Patra also hold the position of deputy governor of RBI apart from Kanungo.

The RBI, headed by Governor Shaktikanta Das, can have a maximum of four deputy governors.

9.IAAF suspends Indian shot putter Navin Chikara for four years for failing dope test

Indian shot putter Navin Chikara was suspended for four years by global athletics body’s (IAAF) Athletics Integrity Unit for failing an out-of-competition dope test in 2018.Chikara was banned for the presence and use of a prohibited substance and his four-year suspension starts from July 27, 2018.

On 27 July 2018, the Athlete was subject to out-of-competition Testing pursuant to the Testing Authority of the National Anti-Doping Agency of India in Patiala.

10.IAF veteran Air Vice Marshal (retd) Chandan Singh Rathore passed away

Prime Minister Narendra Modi consoled the demise of former Air Vice Marshal Chandan Singh Rathore.Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) Recipient, Rathore had distinguished himself as a young air warrior during the Sino-India 1962 war and the 1971 Indo-Pak war.

During the war with Pakistan, Rathore was at the forefront of air operations conducted for the liberation of Bangladesh.

Rathore was also responsible for the planning and execution of the special helicopter operations to airlift two companies of troops of the Sylhet area in Bangladesh.

11.German state finance minister commits suicide after ‘virus crisis worries’

Thomas Schaefer, the Finance Minister of Germany’s Hesse state, had committed suicide.He was reportedly concerned over the coronavirus pandemic, and how to deal with the economic fallout from the crisis.

Hesse is the German state which is home to Frankfurt, considered to be the financial capital of Germany.

Schafer belonged to Angela Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU).

12.Veteran Japanese comedian Ken Shimura dies of COVID-19

Veteran Japanese comedian Ken Shimura died of pneumonia caused by the coronavirus.The 70-year-old comic was declared coronavirus positive on March 23.

He was the first Japanese celebrity to contract the highly contagious virus.

The icon joined a Japanese comic series group ‘Drifters’ in 1974.

The group later became one of the biggest successes in the history of Japanese Comedy.

Shimura rose to prominence after he starred in the prime-time television comedy show of the group ‘Hachijidayo Zeninshugo.’