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Daily Current Affairs 20th April, 2024: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 20th April, 2024. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 20th April, 2024. A brief explanation of every current affair is provided to further enhance your general knowledge. Once you have gone through these current affairs we would recommend to you to try 20th April, 2024 Current affairs test.


National News

Introduction of Permanent Education Number (PEN) for Students

Starting in the 2024-25 academic year, the School Education Department has declared the implementation of a Permanent Education Number (PEN) as compulsory. This unique identifier, given to every student via the Union Ministry of Education’s UDISE+ platform, is intended to ease the process of changing schools. The UDISE+ system encompasses over 14.89 lakh schools and impacts approximately 95 lakh educators and 26.5 crore students.

Appointments News

Key Appointments in Indian Security Agencies

The government’s appointments committee has endorsed the appointment of Nalin Prabhat as the new Director-General of the National Security Guard (NSG) and Sapna Tewari as the Special Director in the Intelligence Bureau (IB). Both are seasoned Indian Police Service officers from the 1992 batch.

Leadership Updates at Intel in India

Intel Corporation is strengthening its team in India with new leadership roles in its Sales, Marketing, and Communications Group as part of its ongoing strategic realignment to better tap into the Asia-Pacific market.

Banking News

New Managing Director & CEO at Dhanlaxmi Bank

The Reserve Bank of India has sanctioned the appointment of Ajith Kumar KK as the Managing Director and CEO of Dhanlaxmi Bank, amidst a capital infusion plan involving a ₹300 crore rights issue.

RuPay’s New Campaign at IPL 2024

During the IPL 2024, RuPay will launch its ‘Link it, Forget it’ campaign to promote the integration of its credit cards with the UPI system, highlighting the ease of digital transactions.

Rebranding of Bandhan Life Insurance

Previously Aegon Life Insurance, Bandhan Life Insurance is adopting a new identity and has announced a significant expansion plan under its new slogan ‘Bharat Ki Udaan, Bandhan Se’.

CRED’s Expansion into Payment Aggregation

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CRED has received preliminary approval for a payment aggregator license, broadening its services within the digital payment space as reported by the Economic Times.

Airtel Payments Bank’s Innovative Card Solutions

Airtel Payments Bank has released new NCMC-compliant debit and prepaid cards that align with the One Nation, One Card scheme and offer a range of payment functionalities.

Defence News

BrahMos Missiles Export to the Philippines

India has delivered the first set of BrahMos missiles to the Philippines as part of a $375 million agreement, marking a significant milestone in India-Philippines military relations.

Ranks and Reports News

Performance of Indian Banks in the Asia-Pacific

A recent S&P Global report highlights that the State Bank of India, HDFC Bank, and ICICI Bank are among the top 50 banks in the Asia-Pacific region based on assets.

Awards News

Recognition for India’s Women’s Hockey Player

Deepika Soreng has been awarded the Hockey India Asunta Lakra Award for Upcoming Player of the Year for her exceptional performance.

International Recognition for Engineering Professor

Professor Kaushik Rajashekara has been named an International Fellow by the Engineering Academy of Japan, acknowledging his contributions to power conversion and transportation electrification.

Science and Technology News

Discovery of the Largest Stellar Black Hole

European astronomers have discovered the largest stellar black hole in our galaxy, which has been named ‘BH-3’ and is significantly larger than the sun.

Launch of Meta’s Advanced AI Assistant

Meta has introduced a new AI assistant powered by the Llama 3 language model, intended to improve functionalities across its various platforms.

India’s Space Sustainability Goals

ISRO has committed to executing debris-free space missions by 2030, aiming to maintain the long-term sustainability of space activities.

Schemes and Committees News

Government Initiative on LGBTQ+ Community Rights

Following a Supreme Court verdict, the government has set up a committee to focus on the welfare of the LGBTQ+ community, though it stops short of recognizing same-sex marriages legally.

Sports News

Rohit Sharma’s Milestone in IPL

Rohit Sharma has become the second cricketer to play in 250 IPL matches, joining MS Dhoni in this exclusive club.

Important Days

National Civil Service Day Observance

India celebrates National Civil Service Day every April 21st to honor its civil servants, with thematic focus areas announced annually. This observance began on April 21, 2006, to commemorate the contributions of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

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