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Important Current Affairs 11th April 2020

National

HRD Minister launches Bharat Padhe Online campaign

• The Ministry of Human Resources Development on April 10, 2020 launched a week-long Bharat Padhe Online campaign to crowdsource ideas for improving the online education ecosystem of India. The HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank launched the campaign.

• The campaign aims to invite the best suggestions and solutions to overcome the constraints of online education while promoting the available digital education platforms.

• The HRD Minister requested the educators across the country to come forward and contribute with their expertise in the field of education.

International

Google to launch new virtual Braille Keyboard

• Google has announced the launch of a virtual Braille keyboard for Android users with low vision or blindness. This new keyboard will enable these people to type on their phones without additional hardware.

• A standard 6-key layout has been used in this keyboard with each key representing one of 6 braille dots which, when tapped, can make any letter or symbol.

Banking and Economy

Goldman Sachs cuts real GDP growth forecast for India in FY21 to 1.6%

• Goldman Sachs has predicted India’s Real GDP growth projection for FY21 at 1.6%.

• Goldman Sachs has predicted the Global GDP growth at -1.8% in 2020.

RBI launches twitter campaign for Digital Payment

• The Reserve Bank of India on April 09, 2020 launched a twitter campaign urging bank customers to adopt digital modes of payment that are convenient and safe.

• The face of the campaign is Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan.

• The RBI, through the campaign, reiterated the multiple digital payment options such as NEFT, IMPS, UPI and BBPS that are available 24*7.

Obituary

Padma Shri classical singer Shanti Hiranand passes away at 87

• Renowned Hindustani classical singer Shanti Hiranand Chawla passed away at the age of 87 years.

• She was a Padma Shri awardee and trained in thumri, dadra and ghazal singing.

• She had also penned a book titled “Begum Akhtar: The Story of My Ammi.” which depicts her journey with her music guru, Begum Akhtar.

Ranking

FIFA’s ranking: India at 108th

• India football team retained its 108th spot in the latest FIFA rankings. While Belgium ranked first and world champion France is in 2nd place and Brazil is at 3rd spot.

Days

National Safe Motherhood Day

• The day aims to raise awareness about the proper healthcare of women and maternity facilities to pregnant and lactating women.

• The day also aims to spread awareness about healthcare facilities for women. India became the first country to officially declare a National Safe Motherhood Day in the world.

National Pet Day

• National Pet Day is celebrated on 11 April every year.The day encourages people to help reduce the number of animals in shelters.On this day, the pet owners celebrate their animal companion.

• A survey by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) determined that the animals contribute to the physical and mental benefits to overall cardiovascular health by lowering cortisol, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels.

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