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Current Affairs for UPSC IAS Exam – 13 April 2020

Contents: Bracing for a rapid surge in cases, says government India talking to U.S. over visa sanctions Government slow to absorb lockdown impact on the poor Resume industrial activity in 15 sectors: DPIIT Stimulus must precede lifting of lockdown People with disabilities have special issues during virus outbreak BRACING FOR A RAPID SURGE IN CASES, […]


Why in news? National Gallery of Modern Art has celebrated 66 years by launching virtual tour of its permanent collection amid lock down. It is for the first time that National Gallery of Modern Art has provided the facility of virtual tour of its permanent collection to art lovers. Background: NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART: […]


Why in news? The Ministry of HRD through its Online/Digital Education Initiatives is trying to ensure that students can continue their learning sitting at their home, during this lockdown period. The Education portals of NCERT like Diksha, e-pathasala, NROER and NIOS and the other ICT initiatives like Robotics education (e-Yantra), Open Source Software for Education […]

Extraordinary Virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit

Why in News Recently, an extraordinary Virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit has been convened to discuss the challenges posed by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and to forge a global coordinated response. The video-conference of leaders of the world’s top twenty economies was hosted by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Key points: The G20 countries have voluntarily committed to inject more than $5 […]

Recapitalization of Regional Rural Banks to improve CRAR

Why in news: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval for continuation of the process of recapitalization of Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) by providing minimum regulatory capital to RRBs for another year beyond 2019-20, that is, up to 2020-21. This is for those RRBs which are unable to maintain minimum Capital to Risk weighted Assets Ratio (CRAR) […]

Cabinet approves construction of Aligarh-Harduaganj flyover

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the construction of Aligarh-Harduaganj flyover. The construction of the flyover will be taken up by the Ministry of Railways.  Aligarh-Harduaganj flyover: The total length of the Aligarh-Harduaganj railway flyover will be 22 Km.  The construction of teh flyover is expected to be completed by 2024-25. The total cost estimated for […]