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Top Current Affairs Today’s News Headlines-24 March 2020

Here are Top Current Affairs Today’s News Headlines for 24 March, 2020

INDIA

  • National Task Force for COVID-19 constituted by ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) recommends hydroxychloroquine use for prevention of the coronavirus infection for high-risk cases
  • Parliament adjourned sine die, 11 days before its Budget Session was scheduled to conclude
  • MP: BJP’s Shivraj Singh Chouhan sworn in as CM by Governor Lalji Tandon in Bhopal
  • Construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya starts, idols of the deity shifted to a temporary structure
  • Coronavirus: Govt suspends domestic air travel from March 25
  • Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) sets up India’s first COVID-19 dedicated hospital in Mumbai
  • 8th India International Film Tourism Conclave in Mumbai: Filmmaker Zoya Akhter wins IIFTC Tourism Impact Award 2020

CAPITAL MARKETS

  • BSE Sensex closed lower by 3,935 points or 13.15% to 25,981
  • NSE Nifty went down by 1,135 points or 12.88 per cent to close at 7,610
  • Both Sensex and Nifty witnessed their biggest daily fall in absolute terms

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

  • Exempt stock market entities, their workforce from lockdown: Centre tells states
  • Lok Sabha passes the Finance Bill without a discussion
  • Centre allows States and UTs to lift foodgrains for 3 months in advance from Food Corporation of India (FCI) for Public Distribution System (PDS) scheme
  • S&P Global Ratings cuts estimate for India’s GDP growth in the fiscal starting April 1 to 5.2% from its earlier estimate of 6.5%
  • SBI to provide 0.25% of its annual profit for 2020-21 to fight the coronavirus outbreak in India
  • Sumant Kathpalia succeeds Romesh Sobti as CEO & MD of IndusInd Bank

WORLD

  • Singapore tops World Index of Economic Freedom created by Heritage Foundation & The Wall Street Journal; India 120th
  • Indian-origin American author Ruchika Tomar wins 2020 PEN/Hemingway Award in US for her debut novel ‘A Prayer for Travelers’
  • World Meteorological Day celebrated on March 23 with its theme as ‘Climate & Water’; foundation day of Geneva-headquartered World Meteorological Organisation in 1950

SPORTS

  • Canada becomes first country to withdraw from 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
  • Football: Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz dies at 76 in Spain after contracting coronavirus
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