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Current Affairs 14 May 2020

Current Affairs May 14 2020

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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

68.2% of under-5 deaths in India due to child, maternal malnutrition; UP topped: Global Burden of Disease Study 2000–1768% of under-5 deaths in India due to child

i.Child and maternal malnutrition was the predominant risk factorin India as it attributed to 68·2% of under-5 deaths while low birth weight and short gestation led to 83·0% of neonatal deaths in 2017.
ii.Highest number of under-five and neonatal deaths in 2017 were reported in Uttar Pradesh (UP) followed by Bihar.
iii.If the U5MR trends estimated up to 2017 were to continue, the projected U5MR for India would be 29·8 per 1000 livebirths in 2025.
About PHFI:
President– Prof. K. Srinath Reddy
Headquarter– New Delhi
About IHME:
Director– Dr. Christopher J.L. Murray
Headquarter– Seattle, Washington, United States (US)
About ICMR
Director General– Prof. Balram Bhargava
Headquarter– New Delhi
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PM Modi announces Rs 20 lakh cr special economic package and Lockdown 4.0PM Modi announces Rs 20 lakh cr special economic package

i.This packageis the sum of earlier announcements by the government during covid-19 crisis and decisions taken by RBI viz. liquidity measures and rate cuts.
ii.The details of the plan are dubbed as “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan” (self-reliant India) which is to be provided by Nirmala Sitharaman on the eve of May 13, 2020.
iii.There will be a special economic package for labourers, farmers, honest taxpayers, Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), middle class, and cottage industry.It will focus on the well-being of migrant workers too.
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Registration Committee recommends banning use of TB drug on cropsBan use of TB drug on crops Central panel

The Registration Committee (RC) under the Central Insecticides Board and Registration Committee(CIBRC) has recommended the use of Tuberculosis(TB) drugs(antibiotics) like streptomycin and tetracycline to be banned completely with immediate effect on crops where other options were available for bacterial disease control.

About CIBRC:

The Central Insecticides Board & Registration Committee (CIBRC) was set up by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in the year 1970 to regulate the import, manufacture, sale, transport, distribution and use of insecticides. The insecticides are regulated under Insecticides Act, 1968 and Insecticides Rules, 1971.

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4 new products from three states receive Geographical Indication (GI) tagGI tag for Jharkhand’s Sohrai Khovar painting, Telangana’s Telia Rumal

Geographical Indications Registry headquartered in Chennai (Tamil Nadu) has granted Geographical Indication (GI) tag for 4 new products from three states.
Jharkhand’s Sohrai Khovar painting (a traditional and ritualistic mural art), Telangana’s Telia Rumal cloth (an intricate handmade work with cotton loom) and Thanjavur Netti Works (pith works) and Arambavur Wood Carvings from the state of  Tamil Nadu (TN) are the latest addition in the GI list.
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ICMR, NCDC to initiate a population-based serosurvey in selected districts to monitor coronavirus prevalenceICMR, NCDC to start serosurvey to monitor coronavirus

Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) and National Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) are set to initiate a population-based sero-survey in selected districts in collaboration with key stakeholders and State Health Departments
About NCDC:
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
Director– Sujeet Kumar Singh
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New initiative by the Railways and postal department for delivery and pick upNew initiative by Rlys,Postal dept

On 12th May 2020, TheThiruvananthapuram division of Southern Railways and Kerala Circle of Postal department has initiated a first of its kind to establish tie up with the door delivery and pick up of parcels to help the public during the lockdown. The service will help the consigner to transit upto 3.5 tonne packages as a single shipment.
About Southern Railway:
Established on– 14th April 1951
Headquarters– Chennai
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In a 1st, PoK’s Gilgit-Baltistan & Muzaffarabad included in the meteorological forecast list of IMDIMD forecast lists PoK, Gilgit-Baltistan

The Regional Meteorological Centre of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), has included the areas of Gilgit-Baltistan and Muzaffarabad, which are parts of PoK (Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir) in its weather forecasting for the 1st time.
The department taken this decision as it says that it is a part of India and the country always maintains its position that PoK belongs to India.
About Indian Meteorological Department (IMD):
Headquarters
– New Delhi
Parent organization– Ministry of Earth Sciences
Director General– Dr. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India ranks 74th, Sweden tops: WEF’s global Energy Transition index 2020India up at 74th place on WEF's global energy transition index

According to the World Economic Forum(WEF)’s global Energy Transition index(ETI) 2020, India has ranked 74th with a score of  51.5%, Sweden(74.2%) tops followed by Switzerland(73.4%) and Finland(72.4%).

  • The scores of ETI  are on a scale from 0% to 100%.

About WEF:
Headquarters– Cologny/Geneva, Switzerland
Founder and Executive Chairman– Klaus Schwab
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BRICS’ New Development Bank provides USD 1 billion loan to India to fight COVID-19BRICS' New Development Bank provides USD 1 billion loan

i.The‘Emergency Assistance Program Loan’ to India was approved by the NDB Board of Directors on April 30, and it is aimed at supporting the Indian government to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to provide financial aid.
About NDB
The purpose of the bank is to mobilise resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS countries and other emerging economies and developing nations.
Establishment– 2014
Headquarter– Shanghai, China
Chairman -K V Kamath
About BRICS:
Establishment– 2009
Members– 5
Theme for 2020– “BRICS Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth”.
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CDC of the United States promises 3.6 million USD to India to combat COVID-19US' CDC commits USD New

On 12th May 2020,The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) of the United States of America has promised 3.6 million USD (around 27 crores) to the government of India, the first tranche of funding to help in strengthening the India to combat against the COVID-19 pandemic and to increase the laboratory capacity of SARS-COV-2 testing and to help molecular diagnostics and serology.
About CDC:
Director- Robert R.Redfield
Principal Deputy Director- Anne Schuchat
Founder- Dr.Joseph Mountin
Founded- July 1, 1946
Headquarters- Atlanta
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AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

World Airport Awards 2020: Bengaluru’s Kempegowda honoured as best regional airport in India & Central Asia; Singapore Changi crowned as World’s BestSKYTRAX 's World Airport Awards 2020

The Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru (Karnataka) has won the SKYTRAX Award 2020 for Best Regional Airport in India and Central Asia. It ranks 68th in World’s Top 100 Airports 2020 list, which was topped by Singapore Changi Airport.
About Karnataka:
Capital
– Bengaluru
Chief Minister– B. S. Yediyurappa
Governor– Vajubhai Vala
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APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

Manoj Ahuja appointed as new CBSE chief and ASI gets V Vidyavati as Director GeneralManoj Ahuja appointed new CBSE chief

As a part of bureaucratic reshuffle, Manoj Ahuja, senior IAS officer is appointed as the new Chief of Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE)Anurag Jain as the Vice-Chairman of Delhi Development Authority(DDA) and V Vidyavati as the Director General of Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) effective from 12th May 2020.
About UPSC:
Chairman- Arvind Saxena
Secretary- Vasudha Mishra
Headquarters- New Delhi
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Akhil Kumar re-inducted into NADA disciplinary panelAkhil Kumar re-inducted into NADA disciplinary panel

On May 12, 2020, Former Commonwealth Games gold-winning Indian boxer Akhil Kumar, 39 years old, was re-inducted into the National Anti-Doping Agency’s (NADA) Disciplinary Panel. He was formerly in the panel from 2017 to 2019.
About NADA:
Motto– Play fair.
Headquarters– New Delhi.
Director-General– Navin Agarwal.
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  SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

MSME Ministry launches CHAMPIONS PortalMinistry of MSME Launches CHAMPIONS Portal

Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises(MSME) has launched CHAMPIONS(Creation and Harmonious Application of Modern Processes for Increasing the Output and National Strength) portal(www.Champions.gov.in), a Technology-driven control room-cum-Management Information System. The system utilises modern Information and Communications Technology(ICT) tools.
About CPGRAMS
It is an online web-enabled system over NIC Network(NICNET) developed by NIC in association with the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG)
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TVS Group, IIT-M develop automated respiratory assist device “Sundaram Ventago”TVS Group, IIT-M develop respiratory device Sundaram Ventago

On May 12, 2020, The TVS (Thirukkurungudi Vengaram Sundram) group, the Sundaram Medical Foundation, IIT (Indian Institute of Technology)- Madras, have jointly developed a low-cost, automated respiratory assistance device called “Sundaram Ventago” that will be useful in remote and rural areas where ventilator facilities are not available and would have a great impact of post COVID-19.
About TVS Groups:
Headquarters– Chennai, Tamil Nadu (TN).
Chairman & Managing Director (MD)– Venu Srinivasan.
Director & CEO (Chief Executive Officer)– K N Radhakrishnan.
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Astronomers of the University of Canterbury discovered new one in a million Super-EarthAstronomers discover 'one in a million' Super-Earth

Team of Astronomers at the University of Canterbury(UC),New Zealand, led by Dr. Antonio Herrera Martin and Associate Professor Michael Albrow discovered a new rare new Super-Earth planet towards the centre of the galaxy which is one of the planets similar to the size and orbit compared to the Earth.
About UC:
Chairman- Professor Ian Wright(Deputy Vice-Chancellor)
Secretary- Eleri Nugent
Located in- Christchurch, New Zealand
Established in- 1873
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South African & US scientists use MeerKAT telescope to solve the mystery of ‘X galaxies’South Africa's MeerKAT solves mystery of 'X-galaxies'

According to the study published in the journal ‘Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society’, a team of astronomers from the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), the (US) National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), the University of Pretoria, and Rhodes University(Both in South Africa), have used the MeerKAT telescope to solve a longstanding puzzle in ‘X’-shaped radio galaxies.
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OBITUARY

Former Indian TT champion Manmeet Singh Walia passed away at 58Former national TT champion Manmeet Singh Walia dies

On May 12, 2020, Former National Table Tennis (TT) champion Manmeet Singh Walia, passed away at the age of 58 in Montreal,Canada. He became the national champion in 1989 when he beat S Sriram in the men’s singles final in Hyderabad. He was also one of the finest and consistent performers in the 1980’s.
About Canada:
Capital– Ottawa.
Prime Minister (PM)– Justin Pierre James Trudeau.
Currency– Canadian dollar.
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Grammy winning-singer Betty Wright passes away at 66Grammy winning-singer Betty Wright

On May 11, 2020, Bessie Regina Norris, better known by her stage name Betty Wright, was an American Soul and R&B (Rhythm & blues) singer, songwriter and background vocalist passed away at the age of 66 in Miami, Florida, US (United States) due to cancer. Betty Wright received her first Grammy Award for the Best Song, “Where is the Love?”, at the age of 23.
About US:
Capital– Washington, D.C.
President– Donald John Trump.
Currency– United States Dollar.
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STATE NEWS

Uttarakhand CM launches ‘HOPE’ a portal to help unemployed youths

Uttarkhand CM launches portal newOn 13th May 2020, The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat launched ‘HOPE’- Helping Out People Everywhere a portal to create employment opportunities for the youths in their expertise and to provide skill development opportunities.

About Uttarakhand:
State was formed on- 9th November 2000
Capital- Dehradun(Winter), Gairsain (Summer)
Chief Minister- Trivendra Singh Rawat
Governor- Baby Rani Maurya
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Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan re-launched Sambal Yojana for Dalits tribals and poorMP govt relaunches Sambal scheme

Madhya Pradesh(MP) Chief Minister(CM) Shivraj Singh Chouhan re-launched  Sambal Yojana to strengthen the lives of the poor and Scheduled Caste(SC) and Scheduled Tribe(ST) communities by providing them social security cover, right from birth to death. He transferred Rs 41.33 crores to 1903 beneficiaries account.
About MP:
Capital– Bhopal.
Governor– Lal Ji Tandon
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AC GAZE

‘United We Fight’ musical creation released by ICCR to Fight COVID-19

Indian Council for Cultural Relations(ICCR) has unveiled a musical creation “United we Fight”, which was written and composed by Joe Alvares to fight against  COVID-19. The Indian Embassy stated that the song is dedicated to the world by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) of India.

177 new mandis from 10 States & UTs integrated with the e-NAM platform for marketing of Agricultural produce

In order to strengthen agriculture marketing and facilitate farmers to sell their harvested produce through the online portal, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar has launched integration of 177 new mandis with the National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) from 10 States & UTs.Now the total number of eNAM mandis across country is 962(including 177 mandis).

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S.no                  Current Affairs 14 May 2020
1 68.2% of under-5 deaths in India due to child, maternal malnutrition; UP topped: Global Burden of Disease Study 2000–17
2 PM Modi announces Rs 20 lakh cr special economic package and Lockdown 4.0
3 Registration Committee recommends banning use of TB drug on crops
4 4 new products from three states receive Geographical Indication (GI) tag
5 ICMR, NCDC to initiate a population-based serosurvey in selected districts to monitor coronavirus prevalence
6 New initiative by the Railways and postal department for delivery and pick up
7 In a 1st, PoK’s Gilgit-Baltistan & Muzaffarabad included in the meteorological forecast list of IMD
8 India ranks 74th, Sweden tops: WEF’s global Energy Transition index 2020
9 BRICS’ New Development Bank provides USD 1 billion loan to India to fight COVID-19
10 CDC of the United States promises 3.6 million USD to India to combat COVID-19
11 World Airport Awards 2020: Bengaluru’s Kempegowda honoured as best regional airport in India & Central Asia; Singapore Changi crowned as World’s Best
12 Manoj Ahuja appointed as new CBSE chief and ASI gets V Vidyavati as Director General
13 Akhil Kumar re-inducted into NADA disciplinary panel
14 MSME Ministry launches CHAMPIONS Portal
15 TVS Group, IIT-M develop automated respiratory assist device “Sundaram Ventago”
16 Astronomers of the University of Canterbury discovered new one in a million Super-Earth
17 South African & US scientists use MeerKAT telescope to solve the mystery of ‘X galaxies’
18 Former National TT champion Manmeet Singh Walia passed away at 58
19 Grammy winning-singer Betty Wright passes away at 66
20 Uttarakhand CM launches ‘HOPE’ a portal to help unemployed youths
21 Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan re-launched  Sambal Yojana for dalits tribals and poor
22 ‘United We Fight’ musical creation released by ICCR to Fight COVID-19
23 177 new mandis from 10 States & UTs integrated with the e-NAM platform for marketing of Agricultural produce

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