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MHA approves release of ₹11,092 cr to states to deal with COVID-19

Union Home Minister Amit Shah approved the release of ₹11,092 crores to all states under the State Disaster Risk Management Fund (SDRMF) for setting up quarantine facilities and arranging other facilities for checking the spread of coronavirus.

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Ajay Kumar Bhalla – Home Secretary.

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Uber partners NHA to provide dedicated transport service to COVID-19 healthcare workers

Uber partnered with the National Health Authority (NHA) to provide transport service to frontline healthcare workers who are engaged in the treatment. Uber will initially facilitate the provision of 150 cars free of cost through its UberMedic service.

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Uber HQ: San Francisco, CA, USA.

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IAF airlifts 6.2 tonne essential drugs to Maldives

An IAF C-130J transport aircraft delivered 6.2 tonnes of essential medicines and hospital consumables to the Maldives under Operation Sanjeevani. It is the first country in India’s neighbourhood to have received essential medicines since the lockdown.

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Air Chief Marshal: Birender Singh Dhanoa.

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FCI sets new record in single day transportation of food grains

Food Corporation of India (FCI) has set a new record in single-day movement by moving 70 rakes carrying 1,93,000 MT of food grains continuously for 2 days. During the 12 days of lockdown, it has done average movement of 1,40,000 tonnes of food grain/day.

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Among the consuming states, maximum induction was done in UP.

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Maharashtra govt, BMC to launch a 24 X 7 helpline to address mental health during COVID-19

To alleviate these mental health concerns during a lockdown, Mpower, an Indian mental healthcare institute has partnered with the Maharashtra govt & the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to launch a toll-free helpline number called ‘BMC-Mpower 1on1’.

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Mpower HQ: Mumbai.

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ADB to invest $ 100 million in Infra sector via NIIF

ADB announced $100 million funding for the Indian Infrastructure sector through the government promoter NIIF. ADB is investing in NIIF’s ‘fund of funds’, which means that the actual money invested is a few times more than the committed sum.

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NIIF MD and Chief: Sujoy Bose.

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Indian NGO ARMMAN wins prestigious USD 1.5 million Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

ARMMAN, an India-based non-profit organization was awarded the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship 2020 for its work in the maternal and child health space in India. ARMMAN works towards empowering mothers and enabling healthy children in India.

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Dr Aparna Hegde - Founder, Chairperson of ARMMAN.
HO: Mumbai.

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SEBI Whole time member Madhabi Puri Buch gets six-month extension

Madhabi Puri Buch, Whole Time Member at SEBI is given a six-month extension by the govt. Buch was appointed in April ‘17 & her 3-year tenure ends in March. Buch is SEBI’s 1st woman WTM and the 1st from the private sector to be appointed a board member.

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SEBI Chairman – Ajay Tyagi.

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Bione launches India’s first COVID-19 home screening test kit

Bione launched a rapid COVID-19 at-home Screening test kit & is the first healthcare company in India to introduce this. It is priced between ₹2000-3000/-. Bione, based in Banglaore is the first company to bring NSG Sequencing to India.

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Bione was founded by Surendra K Chikara, a renowned genomicist.

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International Day of Sport for Development and Peace: April 6

Sport has the power to change the world & is a fundamental right. In response to global developments of the pandemic, International Day of Sport for Development and Peace will focus on the health benefits of participating in sporting and physical activity.

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For International Day of Sport 2020, let’s #BeActive.

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Telangana govt launches website to fact-check false social media posts

To keep a strict vigil on the spreading of fake news and misinformation through social media platforms by individuals, the Telangana government in partnership with Factly Media & Research launched a fact-checking website and dissecting misleading posts.

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The portal is first of its kind by a state government.

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IndusInd  Bank  taps  CPPIB, GIC to raise $500 million

IndusInd Bank and its promoter the Hinduja Group have initiated talks with sovereign wealth funds and pension funds, including Canada’s CPPIB and Singapore’s GIC Ltd, to raise $500 million. It has been one of the most impacted banks due to COVID-19.

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Canada Pension Plan Investment Board-CPPIB
Singapore Company-GIC

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Dr Dang Lab launches India's 1st drive-through coronavirus test centre

In a first of its kind in the country, Dr Dang Lab, Delhi launched a testing drive through a COVID-19 testing Centre on the western side of the national capital's Punjabi Bagh area.The testing Centre can conduct about 35-40 tests in a day.

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SARS-CoV-2 is the seventh coronavirus known to infect humans.