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Important Current Affairs 23rd April 2020

National

Violence against healthcare workers will lead to 7 years of jail term

• An ordinance proposing new amendments to the Epidemic Disease Act, 1987 has been approved by the Union Cabinet on April 22, 2020. The amendment ensures the safety of healthcare workers and to end violence against them.

•  It includes the imprisonment of guilty from 6 months to 7 years. The Union Minister Prakash Javadekar shared the news while briefing the media after a cabinet meeting.

International

TCS to power Israel’s first fully digital bank

• Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will launch Israel’s first fully digital bank. TCS is India’s largest software services firm. The digital bank has not been named yet and will be launched in 2021.

• TCS has been selected by Israel’s Ministry of Finance to transform its banking sector. The digital banking operations platform will be powered by the TCS BaNCS Global Banking Platform.

Banking and Economy

RBI increases deployment time limit under TLTRO 2.0 to 45 days from 30 days

• RBI has extended the time available for banks for deployment of funds under the TLTRO 2.0 scheme from 30 working days to 45 working days from the date of the operation.

• Under TLTRO 2.0 the banks which have borrowed the funds are required to deploy this fund in specific sectors as advised by RBI. The time limit for this deployment of the fund is now 45 days from the date of borrowing.

Appointments and Resignations

Bajaj Auto’s Rakesh Sharma becomes new President of IMMA

• Rakesh Sharma, the Executive Director (ED) at Bajaj Auto, has been appointed as the new President of International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA) on 22 April 2020.

• Sharma succeeds Johannes Loman and will hold the office of IMMA President for two years

• He had been holding office as vice-president in IMMA, since May 2019.

Ranking

India ranks 142 in World Press Freedom Index 2020

• World Press Freedom Index has ranked India 142 out of 180. Reporters without borders released the report on April 21. The analysis by the nonprofit organisation acknowledged no reported murders of journalists in India in 2019 which shows the improvement in the security system in India.

•  Reporters without borders is a non-profit organisation that works to promote independent, free, and pluralistic journalism.

Days

World Book and Copyright Day

• World Book and Copyright Day is observed globally on 23 April every year. The purpose of this day to pay tribute to all those writers and authors who have respectable contributed to the social and cultural progress of humanity.

• World Book Capital for 2020: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The slogan for 2020- “KL Baca – caring through reading”.

UN English Language Day

• The UN English Language Day is observed annually on 23 April. It is one of the six official languages used by the United Nations throughout the Organization.

• Each language has been assigned a day of celebration by UN’s Department of Public Information in 2010 to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages throughout the Organization.

• For English, 23 April has been chosen to mark both the birthday and date of death of William Shakespeare.

UN Spanish Language Day

UN Spanish Language Day is observed annually on 23 April. For Spanish Language, the Day was chosen because the day is also observed as Hispanic Day in Spain, meaning the Spanish speaking world.

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