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Important Current Affairs 26th April 2020

National

UP becomes 1st state with in-house facility of virtual courts

• Uttar Pradesh has become the 1st state with a software-based in-house facility of virtual courts, where requisite infrastructure in Allahabad High Court and all its courts for hearing cases through video conferencing.

• Based on an Apex Court directive to develop video conferencing system for hearing cases while maintaining the social distance, Allahabad High Court has launched a new software, through which multiple court proceedings at High Court and district courts across the state can be conducted virtually within the court premises without the need of internet service.

International

NASA Develops high-pressure ventilator 

• The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has developed an easy-to-build high-pressure ventilator named VITAL.

• VITAL stands for Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally.

• VITAL will help to treat patients with milder symptoms, so that the limited number of traditional ventilators available in the country can be used for treatment of patients with more severe symptoms.

Banking and Economy

Singapore’s Caladium increases its stake in Bandhan Bank to 4.49%

• Caladium Investment PTE Ltd, an affiliate of GIC, Singapore, has increased its stake in Kolkata-based private sector lender Bandhan Bank by 1.1% to 4.49% as on March 31, 2020.

• Caladium Investments held 7.22 crore shares in Bandhan Bank at the end of the fourth quarter of FY20.

• It had a stake of 3.39 percent in the bank at the end of the third quarter as on December 31, 2019.

Obituary

Former Australian all-rounder Graeme Watson passes away

• Former Australian cricketer Graeme Watson passed away. He was a middle-order batsman and a medium-pace bowler. He featured in five Tests from 1966-67 to 1972 and two ODIs in 1972.

• The all-rounder earned a national call up during the 1966-67 tour of South Africa.

Appointments and Resignations

Sanjay Kothari Sworn in as Central Vigilance Commissioner

• Sanjay Kothari has been appointed as the new Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC), the anti-corruption watchdog of India, on 25 April 2020.

• Mr Kothari, a 1978 batch (retired) IAS officer of Haryana cadre, was the Secretary to the President of India, before being nominated to the new role.

• The post of the chief of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) was lying vacant since June 2019 after completion of K V Chowdary’s tenure.

Days

World Intellectual Property Day

• The World Intellectual Property Day is observed annually on 26 April to raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life and to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe

• The event was established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000.

• The World Intellectual Property Day 2020 is ‘Innovate for a Green Future.’

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