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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

“My Life My Yoga” Video Blogging contest launched; announced by PM Modi in Mann Ki Baat

The contest being organized by the Ministry of AYUSH and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) is open for participants from all countries.

About Ministry of AYUSH:
Founded– 2014
Minister of State (MoS)– Shripad Yesso Naik
About ICCR:
President– Vinay Sahasrabuddhe
Headquarters– New Delhi



Ravi Shankar Prasad launched India’s national Artificial Intelligence Portal & launched “Responsible AI for Youth”


Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology(IT), Law and Justice and Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad launched India’s National Artificial Intelligence(AI) Portal called www.ai.gov.in

Also launched a National Program for the youth, “Responsible AI for Youth” during the occasion of the first anniversary of the second tenure of the government. 



India’s access to USD 50-60 billion worth of carbon credits can be achieved if it propagates agroecology: NITI Aayog


The National Institution for Transforming India(NITI) Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar stated that India’s access to USD 50-60 billion worth of carbon credits can be achieved if it propagates natural farming and agroecology, while suggesting adoption of innovative farming methods based on ecological principles during a virtual high-level round-table on ‘Agroecology and Regenerative Agriculture’.




BANKING & FINANCE

SEBI Extends Deadline for Power Of Attorney Norms till August 1, 2020

The decision regarding extension has been taken due to the difficulty face by the stock brokers and broker associations in implementing the provisions amid the situation arising due to COVID-19.

About SEBI:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman– Ajay Tyagi





ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Board of BEML approved signing of MoU with MELCO as a part of Expression of Interest (EoI)

The Board of BEML (formerly Bharat Earth Movers Limited) in its 362nd meeting has given its approval for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MELCO to study and planning for initiating a joint venture (JV) company between BEML and MELCO. This approval is on the lines of invitation of BEML regarding Expression of Interest (EoI) for Manufacturing, Partnerships under “Make in India” policy.

About BEML:
Headquarters– Bengaluru, Karnataka
Chairman and Managing Director (CMD)– Deepak Kumar Hota
About MELCO:
President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Takeshi Sugiyama
Headquarter– Tokyo, Japan




ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS        

YES Bank picks 24.19% stake in Dish TV by invoking pledged shares

Private sector lender Yes Bank Limited has acquired a 24.19% stake in Dish TV India Ltd, a company providing Direct to Home (DTH) television service in India, following invocation of 44.53 crore pledged shares due to default in payment of debt by Dish TV and some other companies.
It is to be noted that as of March 31, 2019, Dish TV’s debt stood at Rs 2,758 crore.

About Yes Bank Limited:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD & CEO– Prashant Kumar
Tagline– Experience our Expertise.
About Dish TV India Ltd:
Headquarters– Noida, Uttar Pradesh 
CEO– Anil Dua





SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Swiz launches world’s first app “SwissCovid” with Exposure Notification API of Apple and Google

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne(Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne – EPFL) and ETH Zurich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich) developed the “SwissCovid” based on a decentralized approach to track the spread of coronavirus.





NASA astronauts dock SpaceX spacecraft with ISS 


NASA astronauts Robrt Behnken and Douglas Hurley docked the SpaceX with the International Space Station(ISS) on 31st May 2020 at 10.16 am EDT (7.59 p.m India), over the border of China and Mongolia before the ISS started travelling above the Earth’s night side.
Spacex was launched on 30th May at 3.22 pm (1.50 am Sunday India).

About SpaceX:

Founder & CEO- Elon Musk
President & COO- Gwynne Shotwell
Founded- 2002
Headquarters- Hawthorne, California, United States of America





Karnataka launches COVID-19 tracking platform built by NASSCOM


The National Association of Software and Services Companies(NASSCOM) announced that it has delivered an end-to-end coronavirus tracking platform for Karnataka, called the Karnataka Listening Dashboard for COVID-19. 

About Karnataka:
Capital city– Bengaluru
Chief Minister– B.S Yeddyurappa
Governor– Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala
About NASSCOM:
Headquarters- Noida, Uttar Pradesh
Chairman– UB Pravin Rao
President– Debjani Ghosh 




ENVIRONMENT

Researchers of CMFRI have found a rare bandtail scorpionfish in Gulf of Mannar

Researchers at the Central Marine Fisheries Institute (CMFRI) found a rare bandtail scorpionfish from Sethukarai coast in the Gulf of Mannar. 
This was the first time that the particular species was found alive in Indian waters during the exploratory survey of the seagrass ecosystem.



Millipede-like creature, Kampecaris obanensis is the world’s oldest-known land animal: Research

According to the research published in the journal Historical Biology, fossilized millipede-like Silurian Period creature called as Kampecaris obanensis(approximately 450 million years old) is unearthed on the island of Kerrera in the Scottish Inner Hebrides(Scotland), which is likely to be  the world’s oldest-known land animal. 


About Scotland:
Capital– Edinburgh
Currency– Pound Sterling



SPORTS

SAI in collaboration with NSF launches India’s 1st online coaching programme ‘Khelo India e-Pathshala

Sports Authority of India (SAI), the apex national sports body of India, in association with National Sports Federations (NSF) has launched India’s 1st -ever national-level open online coaching and education programme called “Khelo India e-Pathshala” to grassroots players.

About Sports Authority of India (SAI):
Headquarters– New Delhi
Director General- Sandip Pradhan




OBITUARY

Bollywood Music Director Wajid Khan passes away at 42




American Sprinter Bobby Morrow passed away at 84



IMPORTANT DAYS

20th Anniversary of World Milk Day: June 1, 2020

Theme for the year 2020: 20th Anniversary of World Milk Day.

About Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO):

Headquarters– Rome, Italy.
Director-General– Qu-Dongyu.



World No Tobacco Day 2020, May 31

The theme of World No Tobacco Day 2020 is “Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use”


International Everest Day May 29


About Mt. Everest:
Named after George Everest, former British Surveyor General of India.
Height- 8,850 meters (29,035 feet)



International Day of Action for Women’s Health observed on May 28, 2020