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Important Current Affairs 20th April 2020


“National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of India” launched

• The “National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of India” has been launched by the Union Minister for Culture (I/C) Prahlad Singh Patel.

• The National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of India has been classified in the following 5 broad domains:

a. Oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage

b. Performing arts

c. Social practices, rituals and festive events

d. Knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe

e. Traditional craftsmanship

Uttar Pradesh Becomes First Indian State to Geotag Community Kitchens & Shelters

• Uttar Pradesh has been reported to become the first state in the country to geotag all its community kitchens and community shelters across 75 districts of the state, so as to provide adequate information to the general public regarding the location of shelter homes and community kitchens amid lockdown.

• There are 7,368 community kitchens and community shelters across 75 districts in the state which produce 12 lakh food packets a day.

• The state government has tied up with Google to ‘Geo-map’ the locations of all these establishments on the Google Maps app for ease of beneficiaries.

Banking and Economy

HDFC Bank launches Safety Grid campaign 

• The bank has created physical markers of HDFC Bank logo on the ground using the outer grid logo. This campaign helps people waiting in the queue at a shop or an establishment.

• The Safety Grid will be painted in front of the space leading to various retail outlets such as pharmacies, grocery stores, and ATMs. The safety grid distance of 1 metre is prescribed by the World Health Organization.


Oscar-winning Animator and Film director Gene Deitch passes away at 95

• Oscar-winning animator, film director and producer, Gene Deitch passed away. His movie “Munro” won the Oscar award in the animated short film category in 1960.

•  He directed some episodes of “Tom and Jerry” and also some episodes of “Popeye the Sailor” series. He received the Winsor McCay Award for his lifelong contribution to animation in 2004.


UN Chinese Language Day

• UN Chinese Language Day is observed on April 20 annually.The UN Department of Public Information established the day in 2010 to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as promote equal use of all six of its official working languages throughout the organization.

• The day has been chosen to pay tribute to Cangjie, who is a mythical figure who is presumed to have invented Chinese characters about 5,000 years ago.

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