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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Indian Railways operationalised its 1st 12,000 hp electric made in India Locomotive- WAG12 manufactured by MELPL

Indian Railways(IR) operationalised its 1st 12,000 horsepower(hp) electric made in India Locomotive(loco), WAG12(with Number 60027). It is manufactured by Madhepura Electric Locomotive Pvt. Ltd.(MELPL) Factory, Bihar. India became the 6th country to produce high hp loco indigenously.

About Indian Railways:
In total there are 16 zones, each as a headquarters.
Chairman Railway Board– V. K. Yadav
Union Railway Minister– Piyush Goyal, Constituency- Rajya Sabha (Maharashtra)

Defence ministry & eGov Foundation signs MoU through video conference for Online Management of Cantonment Boards

Directorate General Defence Estates(DGDE), Ministry of Defence &  eGov Foundation has signed Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) on May 8 through video conference to implement a cloud-based platform to deliver various citizen services under the program e-Chhawani & to drive e-governance and improved citizen services across all 62 cantonment boards in the country.
About eGov Foundation:
Headquarters– Bangalore, Karnataka
CEO- Viraj Tyagi
About DGDE:
Director General– Deepa Bajwa

Labour ministry notifies EPF contribution to 10% for three months


In order to retain more money in the hands of the employer and the salary class, Ministry of Labour & Employment had decided to reduce the Employees’ provident fund (EPF) contributions to 10% from the existing 12% for three months till July 2020.

About Ministry of Labour and Employment:Headquarters– New Delhi
Minister of State (Independent Charge)- Santosh Gangwar

Nirmala Sitharaman announces several initiatives to boost education sector

Immediate set of initiatives in this direction includes:
i.PM e-VIDYA will be launched, to enable multi-mode access to education.
ii.Manodarpan initiative is launched to provide  psychosocial support to students, teachers and families for mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Government implements Shekatkar Committee’s recommendations to create border infrastructure

Government has accepted and implemented 3 important recommendations of the Committee of Experts(CoE) under the Chairmanship of Lieutenant General D B Shekatkar (Retd) relating to border Infrastructure so as to speed up road construction, which leads to socio-economic development in the border areas.

6 Cities rated 5 Star, 65 Cities rated 3 Star and 70 Cities rated 1 Star for garbage free cities: MOHUA



India Provides 2 million USD to support UN agency working for Palestinian refugees




Army proposes 3-year stint for civilians under “Three-Year Short Service” Scheme

If this proposal gets approved, it will be a voluntary engagement and will not affect the current selection criteria.
ii.Initially, 100 officers and 1,000 men are being considered for recruitment.
iii.The proposal suggests several measures to incentivize this scheme like a tax-free income for 3 years.
About Indian Army:
Chief of Army Staff (COAS)– Manoj Mukund Naravane
Headquarters– New Delhi

Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan Part-4: New Horizons of Growth detailed by Nirmala Sitharaman



The Part 4 of “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan” (self-reliant India Movement) is consisted of structural reforms in the eight sectors of Coal, Minerals, Defence production, Civil Aviation, Power Sector, Social Infrastructure, Space and Atomic energy. The aim is to boost economic growth, and create jobs.
  • Coal Sector: Rs 50,000 cr infused for building evacuation infrastructure
  • Mineral sector: Mineral Index for different minerals to be developed
  • Defence sector: FDI to be raised from 49% to 74%
  • Civil Aviation sector
  • Power sector; Privatization of PDCs in UTs
  • Boosting Private Sector investment with Rs. 8,100 crore
  • Boosting private participation in space sectors
  • Atomic Energy Sector

Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan Part-5: Government reforms detailed by Nirmala Sitharaman

The Part 5 of “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan” (self-reliant India Movement) is focused on seven areas viz. MNREGA, Health and Education, Business during Covid, Decriminalisation of Company Act, Ease of doing business, Policy related to Public Sector Units, State government and resources related to it.
  • Rs 40,000 crores increase in allocation for MGNREGS to provide employment boost
  • Health Reforms & Initiatives
  • Technology Driven Education with Equity post-COVID by launching PM eVIDYA
  • Enhancement of Ease of Doing business through IBC related measures
  • Decriminalisation of Companies Act defaults
  • Ease of Doing Business for Corporates
  • Public Sector Enterprise Policy for a New, Self-reliant India

Govt introduces new scheme of 2% interest subvention on working capital loans for dairy sector

Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying has introduced a new scheme “Interest subvention on Working Capital Loans for Dairy sector” for supporting Dairy Cooperatives and Farmer Producer Organizations (SDC&FPO) engaged in dairy activities.

A budgetary provision of Rs 100 Crore earmarked for this and will be implemented during 2020-21.
About Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying
Union Minister– Giriraj Singh
Ministers of State (MoS)– Sanjeev Kumar Balyan,  Pratap Chandra Sarangi

Arjun Munda launches ‘GOAL’ for digital skilling of tribal youths


Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Shri Arjun Munda launched the ‘GOAL’ – Going Online As Leaders of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs(MoTA) in partnership with Facebook at a Webinar in New Delhi. GOAL is designed to provide mentorship to tribal youth with digital mode.
About MoTA:
Minister- Arjun Munda
Minister of State- Renuka Singh Saruta
Headquarters- New Delhi
Founded- 1999

Dr Harsh Vardhan dedicates COBAS 6800 testing machine to the nation

The COBAS 6800 is a fully automated, high-end machine for performing Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests for COVID-19.

Harsh Vardhan participates in the 32nd Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Meeting

Union Health & Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan participated in the 32nd Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Meeting through Video Conference. The theme of the meeting is- ‘Delivering a co-ordinated Commonwealth COVID-19 response’.

Piyush Goyal participates in virtual session of G20 meet

About WTO:
Director General- Roberto Azevedo
Location- Geneva, Switzerland
Established- 1st January 1995

4 Ayush formulations against COVID-19 by AYUSH ministry & CSIR


Minister of State(Independent/Charge) for ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy(AYUSH), Shripad Yesso(Y) Naik has announced that AYUSH ministry & Council of Scientific & Industrial Research(CSIR) are working together to validate Ayush formulations Ashwagandha, Yashtimadhu (Mulethi), Guduchi Pippali(Giloy) and AYUSH-64(poly herbal formulation) against COVID-19.
About CSIR:
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
Director General– Shekhar Mande

Delhi Police gets India’s first ‘Thermal Corona Combat Headgear’ to enhance social distancing


Delhi Police launched India’s first ‘Thermal Corona Combat Headgear’ to ensure the safety of frontline warriors and enforce social distancing. The initiative has been launched by the Delhi police in collaboration with Indian Robotics Solution. This equipment helps police personnel to detect the temperature of a large number of people from a distance of 10-15 metres.

About Delhi:
Chief Minister (CM)- Arvind Kejriwal.
Governor- Anil Baijal.

India’s CO2 emissions falls for the 1st time in four decades: Carbon Brief

According to an analysis by the environmental website, Carbon Brief, India’s Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions fell by 30metric tonnes(1.4%) in the fiscal year ending March, which is the first annual decline in four decades. Furthermore, emission fell by 15% during the month of March and is likely to fall by 30% in April.
About Carbon Brief:
Headquarters– London, UK
Director & editor– Leo Hickman

EAM Jaishankar participated in SCO Foreign Ministers video conference on COVID-19

External Affairs Minister(EAM) S.Jaishankar participated in a virtual conference of foreign ministers hosted by Russia from Shanghai Cooperation Organisation(SCO) member states to discuss on the ongoing COVID-19 situation and insisted on the collective action against the terrorism and the security challenges.

About SCO:
Secretary General- Vladimir Norov
Headquarters- Beijing,China
Founded in- 15th June 2001


PM CARES Fund trust allocates Rs 3,100 crore: COVID-19


PM CARES(Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations) Fund Trust has allocated  Rs 3100 crores(Rs 2000 crores- purchase of ventilators, Rs 1000 crores- care migrant labourers and Rs 100 crores-  support vaccine development) to fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
About PM CARES:
It was established on 27th March 2020 & is headed by Prime Minister (ex-Officio) and other ex-officio Members of the trust are Defence Minister, Home Minister and Finance Minister.



ICMR fast-tracks roll out of ‘Solidarity’ trial to find treatment: COVID-19


The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has fast-tracked the roll out of the global ‘Solidarity’ trial launched by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to help find an effective treatment for COVID-19. The ICMR-National AIDS Research Institute(NARI) is the national coordination site for the trial in India.
About NARI:
Headquarters– Pune, Maharashtra
Director– Samiran Panda


Centre sets up “Rice Export Promotion Forum” to promote rice export

Centre set up a new body Rice Export Promotion Forum to give impetus to rice exports under the aegis of Agricultural and Processed Foods Export Promotion Development Authority(Apeda).
About Apeda:
Chairman- Paban K.Borthakur
Director- Tarun Bajaj
Established- December 1985
Head Office- New Delhi


Jal Jeevan Mission: Haryana and J&K to provide tap water to every household by Dec 2022

The Union Territory (UT) Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) and the state Government of Haryana have planned to provide tap connection to supply water to all rural families by December 2022 under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM).While the national target has been set for the year 2024-25.

About Ministry of Jal Shakti:Union Minister– Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
Minister of State (MoS)- Rattan Lal Kataria.


Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan Part-1: MSME focused package detailed by Nirmala Sitharaman; EPF contribution reduced

Measures taken in the package are focused on “Getting back to work” which enables employees, employers, and businesses to get back to production and workers back to gainful employment.



INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Nepal approves new political map including India’s Kalapani, Lipulekh as its territory

Amidst the border dispute with India, Nepal’s cabinet has accepted a new political map showing Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura under its territory.


About Nepal:Capital– Kathmandu
Currency– Nepalese rupee
President– Bidhya Devi Bhandari

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sworn-in for the 5th time

Benjamin Netanyahu has been sworn as the Israel Prime Minister (PM) for the 5th time after signing of power-sharing deal with rival-turned-partner Benny Gantz of Blue and White Party. He will now chair the post until 13 November 2021.
i.The new government, which according to the three-year coalition agreement, where Gantz was sworn in as defense minister and alternate prime minister & Netanyahu will step down after 18 months.
About Israel:Capital– Jerusalem
Currency– New shekel
President– Reuven Rivlin

Italy develops ‘iFeel-You’ bracelet for social distancing


The Genoa-based Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) has developed “i-Feel you”, an intelligent bracelet which will help users respect social distancing rules. The technology was launched at a video conference which involved the participation of Liguria governor Giovanni Toti and IIT President Giorgia Metta.
About Italy:
Capital– Rome.
President– Sergio Mattarella.
Prime Minister (PM)– Giuseppe Conte.

Israel names street in Tel Aviv after Rabindranath Tagore on his 159th birth anniversary


Israel named a street in Tel Aviv after Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore on his 159th birth anniversary to honor his valuable contributions in the field and to mankind.He was born on May 7, 1861, in Calcutta. In Bengal Rabindra Jayanti is celebrated on the 25th day of the Bengali month of Boishakh.
About Israel:
Israel is the only jewish nation in the modern period
Prime Minister- Benjamin Netanyahu
Capital- Jerusalem
Declaration of statehood- May 14,1948

International tourism to decline 60-80% in 2020: UNWTO report

According to the latest data of the United Nations World Tourism Organization(UNWTO) the international tourism could decline by 60-80% in 2020 when compared with 2019 figures, due to COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
About UNWTO:
Headquarters– Madrid, Spain
Secretary General– Zurab Pololikashvili



Forest loss rate globally declined from 2015 to 2020: FRA 2020

According to the Global Forest Resources Assessment(FRA) 2020 released by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO), the forest loss rate in 2015-2020 has declined to an estimated 10 million hectares(mha), down from 12 mha in 2010-2015.
About FAO:
Headquarters– Rome, Italy
Director General– QU Dongyu


BANKING & FINANCE

Kotak Mahindra becomes 1st bank in India to introduce video-KYC facility for SA customers

In view of the ongoing lockdown in the country due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), Kotak Mahindra Bank has become the 1st bank in India to allow video Know your customer (KYC) facility for its customers opening savings account (SA) on Kotak 811 platform.
About Kotak Mahindra Bank:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD & CEO- Uday Kotak
Tagline– Lets make money simple

Flipkart ties up with Bajaj Allianz General Insurance for digital motor insurance policy


This enables consumers to purchase the motor-insurance policy using the Flipkart mobile application.

About BAGIC:
MD & CEO- Tapan Singhel
Chief Financial Officer(CFO)- Milind Choudhari
Headquarters- Pune
About Flipkart:
SVP and group CEO- Emily McNeal
Chief Operating Officer(COO)- Sriram Venkataraman

NABARD extends Rs 20,500 crores special liquidity facility to co-op banks & RRBs

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development(NABARD) has informed that it has extended Rs 20,500 crores special liquidity facility to  co-operative banks(co-op– Rs 15,200 crores) and Regional Rural Banks(RRB’s– Rs 5,300 crores) in various States.



About NABARD:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman– Harsh Kumar Bhanwala

Canara Bank launches special gold loan business vertical

Canara Bank has launched a special business vertical dedicated for gold loans to meet the financial needs of its customers as they are in need of immediate credit support to meet their emergency needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic


The bank has launched a gold loan campaign till 30th June, 2020 with an interest rate as low as 7.85% per annum 
About Canara Bank:
Chairman– T.N. Manoharan
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– L.V. Prabhakar

World Bank approves 1 billion USD to support India’s combat against COVID-19

World Bank approves Rs 7500 crore (1 billion USD) to increase India’s COVID-19 Social Protection response Program to help the nation’s efforts in providing assistance for the poor and needy who are affected by the pandemic.
About World Bank:
President- David Malpass
Managing Director- Axel van Trotsenburg
Headquarters- Washington DC, United States of America

Reserve Bank extends interest subsidy scheme for exporters till 31 March 2021

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has extended the interest subsidy period by one year to 31 March 2021 on export credit received before and after shipment of goods to exporters. Exporters get the subsidy under the ‘Interest Equalisation Scheme for pre and post shipment Rupee Export Credit’, which was ended on March 31, 2020.

About Reserve Bank of India (RBI):Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Formation– 1 April 1935
Governor– Shaktikanta Das
Deputy Governors– 4 (Bibhu Prasad Kanungo, Mahesh Kumar Jain, Michael Debabrata Patra, one is yet to be appointed).

Federal bank, MoneyGram tie up for direct-to-bank deposits in India

MoneyGram Payment System, a subsidiary of MoneyGram International, global leader in P2P payments tied up with Federal Bank Limited, a private bank in India to provide the customers a cost-effective way to receive deposits directly in their bank accounts in India.

About Federal Bank:

Chairperson- Grace Elizabeth Koshie
MD & CEO- Shyam Srinivasan
Headquarters- Aluva, Kerala


ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Indian economy to contract 5% in FY21: Goldman Sachs


About Goldman Sachs:
Headquarters– New York, United States
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– David M. Solomon

COVID-19 may cost global economy loss of up to $ 8.8 trillion: ADB report



According to a report “Updated Assessment of the Potential Economic Impact of COVID-19” released by Asian Development Bank (ADB), global economy is expected to lose between $ 5.8 trillion to $ 8.8 trillion (equal to 6.4 % to 9.7 % of global gross domestic product (GDP)) due to the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
i.In the People’s Republic of China (PRC), this loss can range from 1.1 trillion to 1.6 trillion dollars.
About Asian Development Bank (ADB):Headquarters– Manila, Philippines
Membership– 68 countries
President– Masatsugu Asakawa

UN forecasts India to grow at 1.2% in CY20 and global economy to shrink by 3.2%

About UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA):
Under Secretary General(USG)- Liu Zhenmin
Assistant Secretary General (ASG)- Elliott Harris and Maria-Francesca Spatolisano
Headquarters- New York

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank launches ‘National Test Abhyas’ an AI-powered mobile app for mock tests for JEE Main, NEET 2020

The app is developed by National Testing Agency(NTA) to enable candidates to take mock tests for upcoming exams such as Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) main, National Eligibility cum Entrance Test exam(NEET) under the NTA’s purview.



About NTA:
Headquarters- Noida, Uttar Pradesh
Chairperson– Prof. M.S. Ananth, Former Director, IIT Madras

SCR develops robot “Rail-BOT (R-BOT)” to assist railway doctors

South Central Railway (SCR) zone developed a robotic device, “RAIL-BOT” (R-BOT) to assist in hospital management functions towards patient care in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak.The robot provide medicines, medical accessories & to serve food to the patients, without any need for physical contact. 



About South Central Railway (SCR):
Headquarters– Rail Nilayam, Secunderabad.
General-Manager (GM)– Gajanan Mallya.

NDMA developed an online Dashboard National Migrant Information System to track migrants movements

The National Disaster Management Authority(NDMA) developed an online dashboard National Migrant Information System(NMIS) on the existing NDMA-Geographical Information System(GIS) portal to capture the information regarding movement of migrants and facilitate the smooth movement of stranded persons across states.
About NDMA:
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
Chairman– Prime Minister Narendra Modi
About MHA:
Union Minister– Amit Shah(Constituency- Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat)
Minister of State– Nityanand Rai(Constituency- Ujiarpur, Bihar), Kishan Reddy(Constituency- Secunderabad, Telangana)


CSIR-CMERI develops two mobile indoor disinfection sprayers: BPDS and POMID to combat COVID-19


Council of Scientific & Industrial Research – Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-CMERI) , Durgapur has developed two mobile indoor disinfection sprayer units Battery Powered Disinfectant Sprayer (BPDS) and Pneumatically Operated Mobile Indoor Disinfection (POMID) for cleaning and disinfecting pathogenic micro organism.
About CSIR-CMERI:
The CMERI is an apex R&D institute for mechanical engineering under the CSIR.
Director General CSIR- Shekhar C.Mande
Director CSIR-CMERI- Harish Hirani
Location- Durgapur

ARCI & SCTIMST jointly develops next-generation biodegradable metal implants for use in humans

The Autonomous institutes under the Department of Science & Technology(DST) namely The International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials(ARCI) and Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and technology(SCTIMST) have jointly developed new generation Iron-Manganese(Fe-Mn) based alloys for biodegradable metal implants for use in humans.
About ARCI:
Headquarters– Hyderabad, Telangana
Chairperson– Dr. Anil Kakodkar
Director- Dr G. Padmanabham
About SCTIMST:
Headquarters– Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
President– Dr Vijay Kumar Saraswat
Director– Dr Asha Kishore

Indian coast guard ship sachet, interceptor boats C-450 and C-451 commissioned: Rajnath Singh

Union Defence minister Rajnath Singh has commissioned the indigenously-built Indian Coast Guard(ICG) Ship(ICGS) Sachet, the 1st in the series of five offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), and Interceptor Boats(IB’s) C-450 and C-451 in Goa by video conference from New Delhi.
About ICG:
Headquarters- New Delhi, India
Director General– Krishnaswamy Natarajan
About GSL:
Headquarters– Vasco da Gama, Goa
Chairman & Managing Director– Cmde Bharat Bhushan Nagpal



MHRD develops SAMARTH an e-Governance platform to provide quality education to students

The Ministry of Human Resource Development has developed an e-Governance platform, SAMARTH Enterprises Resource Planning (ERP) under  National Mission of Education in Information and Communication Technology Scheme(NMEICT) 


IITGN develops interactive dashboard “MIR AHD Covid-19 Dashboard” to help contain COVID-19 community infection post lockdown

Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)- Gandhinagar (IITGN), Gujarat, have developed an interactive COVID-19 dashboard named “MIR AHD Covid-19 Dashboard”, that can help administrators, hospitals as well as public in planning optimised testing for the novel coronavirus and containing community infection in various post-lockdown scenarios.
About IITGN:
Director– Professor Sudhir Jain.

ENVIRONMENT

Zoological Survey of India lists 20 species of amphibians as critically endangered and 35 as endangered

About ZSI:
Director- Dr. Kailash Chandra
Established in- 1916
Headquarters- New Alipore, Kolkata



Denmark researcher discovers new species of fungus ‘Troglomyces Twitteri’ on Twitter


According to the study published in the journal MycoKeys, Ana Sofia Reboleira, a biologist from the University of Copenhagen’s Natural History Museum of Denmark, has discovered a new species of a parasitic fungus ‘Troglomyces Twitteri’ by using a image of millipede circulating on social media platform Twitter.

ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS   

   

Accenture acquires startup Byte Prophecy to deliver AI solutions to enterprises

Accenture plc (stylised as Accenture), an Irish-domiciled multinational professional services company, has acquired Ahmedabad (Gujarat)-based AI (Artificial Intelligence) startup Byte Prophecy for an undisclosed sum.

About Accenture:Headquarters– Dublin, Ireland
CEO– Julie Sweet 

General Atlantic buys 1.34% stake in Jio platforms for Rs 6,598.38 crores


Reliance Industries Limited(RIL) announced  the sale of 1.34% stake in its digital services subsidiary, Jio Platforms to global Private Equity (PE) firm General Atlantic for Rs 6,598.38 crores, to accelerate consumer business and cut debt.

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

Govinda Rajulu Chintala appointed as NABARD chairman, Shaji KV and PVS Suryakumar appointed as DMD of NABARD

The appointments committee of the union cabinet appointed Govinda Rajulu Chintala as Chairman of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). He was the successor of Harsh Kumar Bhanwala. Shaji K V and P.V.S Suryakumar have been appointed as Deputy Managing Directors (DMD) of NABARD.
About NABARD:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Chairman– Govinda Rajulu Chintala.

Indian Steel Association appoints Dilip Oommen as new president

About Indian Steel Association:
Assistant Secretary General- Arnab Kumar Hazra
Director- Ravinder Kumar Bhan


Moeketsi Majoro sworn in as Lesotho’s new prime minister

About Lesotho:Capital– Maseru
Currency– Lesotho loti


AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS   
  

Vice Admiral Vinay Badhwar wins 2019 Alexander Dalrymple Award from UK

The National Hydrographer to the Government of India, Vice Admiral Vinay Badhwar is honored with the 2019 Alexander Dalrymple Award.   

Lieutenant Commander Akshay Kumar was awarded Vice Admiral G.M. Hiranandani Memorial Rolling Trophy 2020

The award ceremony was held at the Maritime Warfare Centre, Kochi, Kerala.

About Indian Navy:
Commander-in-Chief– President Ram Nath Kovind.
Chief of the Naval Staff (CNC)– Admiral Karambir Singh.

SPORTS

NADA provisionally suspends Savita Kumari, Ankit Shishodia for violating anti-doping rules

The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) provisionally suspended powerlifters Savita Kumari and Ankit Shisodia for violating anti-doping rules.


About NADA:
Headquarters– New Delhi.
Director-General– Navin Agarwal.

COVID-19 impact: ICC cricket committee led by Anil kumble recommends ban on use of saliva to shine ball


About International Cricket Council (ICC):Headquarters– Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Chairman– Shashank Manohar.
CEO (Chief Executive Officer)- Manu Sawhney.

China wins 1st edition of FIDE Chess.com online Nations cup 2020; India finishes fifth

China has won the 1st edition of FIDE Chess.com online Nations Cup 2020 chess tournament took place from 5-10 May 2020, through a chess.com platform.


About FIDE (International Chess Federation):Headquarters– Lausanne, Switzerland
President– Arkady Dvorkovich

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Bee Day 2020, May 20



World Metrology Day 2020: May 2020


Theme for the year 2020: Measurements for global trade.

International Museum Day 2020: May 18

Theme for the year 2020: “Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion”.
About ICOM:
Headquarters– Paris, France.
President– Suay Aksoy.

World AIDS Vaccine Day celebrated on May 18, 2020




World Hypertension Day 2020, May 17

The theme of World Hypertension Day 2020 is “Measure Your Blood Pressure, Control It, Live Longer”.


World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2020: May 17

Theme for the year 2020: “Connect 2030: ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.
About ITU:
Headquarters– Geneva, Switzerland.
Secretary-General– Houlin Zhao.

International Day of Living Together in Peace 2020: May 16

International Day of Families 2020: May 15

Theme for the year 2020: “Families in Development: Copenhagen & Beijing + 25”.

About United Nations (UN):
Headquarters– New York City, United States (US).
Secretary-General– António Guterres.





National Endangered Species Day observed on May 15, 2020

In order to raise awareness about endangered species and wildlife in India, National Endangered Species Day is celebrated every year on the 3rd Friday of May. This year the day falls on May 15, 2020.
About International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN):Headquarters– Gland, Switzerland
President– Xinsheng Zhang



OBITUARY

Veteran Marathi writer, playwright Ratnakar Matkari passed away at 81


Actor Sai Gundewar passed away at 42



J&K promotes e-learning under Samagra Shiksha programme


About Jammu and Kashmir:
Capital- Srinagar (summer), Jammu (Winter).
Governor- Girish Chandra Murmu.

Punjab govt promulgates ‘Punjab Good Conduct Prisoners Amendment Ordinance, 2020’

Punjab government (govt) promulgated ‘The Punjab Good Conduct Prisoners (Temporary Release) Amendment Ordinance, 2020’. As per new provisions, the temporary release of the prisoners has been allowed beyond the maximum period of 16 weeks in a calendar year.
About Punjab:
Capital– Chandigarh.
Chief Minister (CM)– Captain Amarinder Singh.
Governor– Vijayender Pal Singh Badnore.

UP presents largest ever Rs 5.12 lakh crores budget in state assembly

Finance Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna presented the Uttar Pradesh(UP) government’s largest ever budget of Rs 5,12,860.72 crores for FY 2020-21


Jaipur based company ‘Club First’ develops India’s first service robots “Sona 1.5 and Sona .5”


Bengali author Sahitya Akademi winner Debesh Roy passes away at 84





Padma Bhushan awardee Professor Anisuzzaman passes away at 83



Former JDS MP Raja Rangappa Nayak passes away at 61

Former JDS (Janata Dal [Secular]) MP (Member of Parliament), Raja Rangappa Nayak, passed away at the age of 61 in Bengaluru, Karnataka. He had represented the Raichur constituency, Karnataka, & was elected in the Lok Sabha elections held in 1996.


STATE NEWS

J&K starts an initiative ‘SUKOON’ – COVID-19 Beat the Stress

About Jammu & Kashmir:
Capital– Srinagar (summer), Jammu (winter).
Governor– Girish Chandra Murmu.

Ranchi district launches “Tatpar” programme to transport migrants





About Jharkhand:
Chief Minister- Hemant Soren
Governor- Draupadi Murmu
Capital- Ranchi

‘Mee Annapurna’ initiative launched for farmers welfare across Maharashtra


About Maharashtra:
Capital– Mumbai
Chief Minister– Uddhav Thackeray
Governor– Bhagat Singh Koshyari

Madhya Pradesh launched an initiative for migrant labourers: Charan Paduka

Madhya Pradesh launched Charan Paduka campaign, first of its kind initiative for migrant labourers passing through the states in which barefoot migrants are provided with shoes and slippers. This campaign is conducted by the Police in most of the places.
About Madhya Pradesh:
Chief Minister- Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Governor- Lal Ji Tandon
DGP- Vivek Johri
Capital- Bhopal

Karnataka launches first accelerator for cyber security start-up


Karnataka’s Centre of Excellence on Cyber Security (CS-CoE) launched the first cyber security accelerator for startups in India, Hack is an Accelerator for Cyber Security in Karnataka (H.A.C.K) inaugurated on 16th May 2020 by Additional Chief Secretary in Charge of Department of IT, BT and S&T, EV Ramana Reddy.


Gujarat mandates digital payment for home delivery in Ahmedabad


Preventing the spread of Covid-19 through currency notes, Gujarat govt  has mandated digital payment for all home delivery services in the worst-hit city of Ahmedabad and also issued protocol to be followed by the delivery persons.

Gujarat Govt launches ‘Atmanirbhar Gujarat Sahay Yojna’ to provide loans to small businessmen

In a bid to help people start a normal life which has been affected due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown , the Gujarat state government has launched a ‘Atmanirbhar Gujarat Sahay Yojna (AGSY)’ under which small businessmen and a cross- section of people falling under the lower middle-income group can take a guarantee-free loan of Rs 1 lakh from banks at a 2 % annual interest rate for a period of 3 years.
About Gujarat:
Capital– Gandhinagar
Chief minister– Vijay Rupani
Governor– Acharya Devvrat




The government of West Bengal announces two new schemes

The Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee launched two schemes ‘Sneher Porosh’ and to provide support for the migrant workers and ‘Prochesta’ to help the workers of the unorganised sector of Bengal to enable them to earn their living in the lockdown situation.
About West Bengal:
Governor- Jagdeep Dhankhar
Chief Minister- Mamata Banerjee
Capital- Kolkata


Jharkhand: Education dept with Doordarshan starts online classes for School children


In Jharkhand, the State Education Department (dept) in collaboration with Doordarshan (DD) started online classes and educational programmes to provide school education to students of the state through video and thematic lectures. The special educational lectures are designed for students from class 1 to 12 with special slots allotted for each class.
About Jharkhand:
Capital– Ranchi.
Chief Minister (CM)– Hemant Soren.
Governor– Draupadi Murmu.


Little Richard, rock’n’roll pioneer, passed away at 87

Little Richard, architect of rock ‘n’ roll , has passed away at the age of 87 years in Tullahoma, Tennessee due to bone cancer, who was a Grammy Award winner and an inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

West Bengal govt launches ‘Matir Smristi’ scheme to utilise 50,000-acre barren land in 6 districts

The West Bengal (WB) Government (govt) launched ‘Matir Smristi’ scheme to utilise 50,000 acres of barren land in 6 districts for income-generating activities like horticulture and pisciculture involving the locals. Chief Minister (CM) Mamata Banerjee also added that the scheme will benefit around 2.5 lakh people in rural Bengal.
About West Bengal:
Capital– Kolkata.
Governor– Jagdeep Dhankhar.