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Current Affairs 16 May 2020

Current Affairs May 16 2020

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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

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

i.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.
ii.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
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Arjun Munda launches ‘GOAL’ Programme for digital skilling of tribal youthsShri Arjun Munda launches Goal programme

On 15th May 2020, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Shri Arjun Munda launched the ‘GOAL’ – Going Online As Leaders Programme 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
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Dr Harsh Vardhan dedicates COBAS 6800 testing machine to the nationHarsh Vardhan dedicates COBAS 6800 testing machine

i.The COBAS 6800 is a fully automated, high-end machine for performing Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests for COVID-19.
ii.The machine has been placed at the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) because it requires a minimum BSL2+ (Biosafety Level Two Plus) containment level for testing, and cannot be placed at just any facility.
About NCDC:
Works under– Ministry of Family & Health Welfare (MoHFW)
Director– Dr Sujeet Kumar Singh
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Harsh Vardhan participates in the 32nd Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Virtual MeetingDr 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’.
About Commonwealth:
Secretariat’s office(Headquarters)– London, United Kingdom
Secretary General- The Right Honourable(Rt) Patricia Scotland Queens Council(QC), the 1st woman to hold the post & 2nd from Caribbean.
Constituency of Harsh Vardhan– Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi
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Piyush Goyal participated in 2nd G20 Trade & Investment Ministers Virtual Meeting
2nd G20 Virtual Trade & Investment Ministers Meeting

On 14th May 2020, Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal participated in a video conference of 2nd edition of trade and investment ministers of G20 countries following the G20 trade ministers meet on March 30, 2020 to discuss on COVID-19 situation.Saudi Arabia chaired the meeting
About WTO:
Director General- Roberto Azevedo
Location- Geneva, Switzerland
Established- 1st January 1995
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4 Ayush formulations against COVID-19 by AYUSH ministry & CSIR India to Begin Clinical Trial for 4 Ayurvedic Drugs

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 4 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
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Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan Part-2: Package for Poor, including migrants and farmers detailed by Nirmala SitharamanFM Nirmala Sitharaman announces second tranche of economic stimulus

The Part 2 of “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan” (self-reliant India Movement) is focused on providing relief to poor including migrant labours, street vendors, migrant urban poor, small traders, self-employed people, small farmers, housing and members of tribal community.

  • Free food grains supply to migrants for 2 months; Rs 3500 cr allocated
  • One Ration Card fully rolled out by March 2021
  • Scheme for Affordable Rental Housing Complexes under PMAY for Migrant Workers and Urban Poor to be launched
  • 2% Interest Subvention for 12 months for Shishu MUDRA loanees- Relief of Rs. 1,500 crore
  • Rs 5,000 crore Credit facility for Street Vendors; Rs 10,000 working capital support
  • Rs 70,000 crore boost to housing sector and middle income group through
  • Rs 6000 crore employment push using CAMPA funds
  • Rs 30,000 crore Additional Emergency Working Capital for farmers through NABARD
  • Rs 2 lakh crore credit boost to 2.5 crore farmers under Kisan Credit Card Scheme

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

On May 13, 2020, 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.
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India’s CO2 emissions falls for the 1st time in four decades: Carbon BriefIndia’s carbon emissions seen falling first time in four decades

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
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

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

On 7th May 2020, 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
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BANKING & FINANCE

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

On 15th May 2020, World Bank approves Rs 7500 crore (1 billion USD) to ‘Accelerating India’s COVID-19 Social Protection Response Program’ 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
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ECONOMY & BUSINESS

COVID-19 may cost global economy loss of up to $ 8.8 trillion: ADB reportGlobal economy could witness losses worth up to USD 8

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
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APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS         

WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo to step down on August 31 before term expiresWTO chief Roberto Azevedo to step down

At the World Trade Organisation(WTO) members virtual meeting, the 6th Director-General Roberto Azevedo(62-year-old), a former Brazilian diplomat & 1st Latin American director announced that he will step down from the 7-year tenure(since 2013) on 31st August on personal grounds, cutting his second term in office short by exactly one year.
About WTO:
It was established on January 1st 1995 by Uruguay Round negotiations (1986-94) & has 164 members which represents 98% of world trade.
Headquarters– Geneva, Switzerland
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Indian coast guard ship sachet, interceptor boats C-450 and C-451 commissioned: Rajnath Singh Coast Guard patrol vessel Sachet 2 interceptor boats commissioned

Union Defence minister Rajnath Singh has commissioned the indigenously-built Indian Coast Guard 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
Constituencies
Rajnath Singh- Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Shripad Yesso Naik- North Goa
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MHRD develops SAMARTH an e-Governance platform to provide quality education to studentsMHRD Develop SAMARTH Enterprises Resource Planning

i.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) 
ii.To provide quality education to students across all Universities & Higher Education Institutes(HEIs), which is the mission of the Department of Higher Education.
About NIT, Kurukshetra:
Kurukshetra is in Haryana
Chairperson– Satish Kumar
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IITGN develops interactive dashboard “MIR AHD Covid-19 Dashboard” to help contain COVID-19 community infection post lockdownIIT Gandhinagar develops MIR AHD Covid-19 Dashboard

On May 15, 2020, 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.
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SPORTS

China wins 1st edition of FIDE Chess.com online Nations cup 2020; India finishes fifthChina wins Online Nations Cup,India holds 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.
China’s team, which won the prize money of $48,000, became the champion on the basis of scoring the most points in the league stage despite playing a 2–2 draw against the US (United States) in the final.
i.India finished poor 5th in the six-team event consists of Russia, US, Europe, China, India and a team representing the Rest of the World (RoW).
About FIDE (International Chess Federation):
Headquarters
– Lausanne, Switzerland
President– Arkady Dvorkovich
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OBITUARY

Bengali author Sahitya Akademi winner Debesh Roy passes away at 84Veteran Bengali author, Sahitya Akademi winner Debesh Roy

On 14th May 2020, Veteran Bengali author Debesh Roy passed away at 84 due to massive cardiac attack in a private hospital in Baguihati. He was born on December 17, 1936 in Pabna(present day Bangladesh).He won the Sahitya Akademi award for his novel ‘Tista Parer Brittanto’ in 1990.
About Sahitya Akademi Award:
President- Dr. Chandrashekhar Kambar
Vice-President- Madhav Kaushik
Inaugurated on- 12 March 1954
Head Office- New Delhi
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Padma Bhushan awardee Professor Anisuzzaman passes away at 83Professor Anisuzzaman passes away

On May 14, 2020, Padma Bhushan recipient and Bangladesh’s National Professor Anisuzzaman passed away at the age of 83 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was born on February 18, 1937, in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India and shifted to Bangladesh soon after the partition in 1947.
About Bangladesh:
Capital– Dhaka.
Currency– Bangladeshi Taka.
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IMPORTANT DAYS

International Day of Families 2020: May 15International Day of Families 2020

International Day of Families is observed every year on May 15 globally. The day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase the knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.
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.
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National Endangered Species Day observed on May 15, 2020National Endangered Species Day 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 & we are celebrating the 15th edition.
i.As per the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), at least 40 % species of animals, plants, and insects are at the risk of extinction around the globe.
About International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN):
Headquarters
– Gland, Switzerland
President– Xinsheng Zhang
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STATE NEWS

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

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
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Government of West Bengal announces two new schemes- ‘Sneher Porosh’ & ‘Prochesta’
West Bengal govt announced two new schemes

On 5th May 2020, The Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee launched two schemes ‘Sneher Porosh’  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
Established- 1 November, 1956
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Jharkhand: Education dept with Doordarshan starts online classes for School childrenJharkhand Education dept with Doordarshan starts online classes

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.
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AC GAZE

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.

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S.no                    Current Affairs 16 May 2020
1 Govt introduces new scheme of 2% interest subvention on working capital loans for dairy sector
2 Arjun Munda launches ‘GOAL’ Programme for digital skilling of tribal youths
3 Dr Harsh Vardhan dedicates COBAS 6800 testing machine to the nation
4 Harsh Vardhan participates in the 32nd Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Virtual Meeting
5 Piyush Goyal participated in 2nd G20 Trade & Investment Ministers Virtual Meeting
6 4 Ayush formulations against COVID-19 by AYUSH ministry & CSIR
7 Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan Part-2: Package for Poor, including migrants and farmers detailed by Nirmala Sitharaman
8 Delhi Police gets India’s first ‘Thermal Corona Combat Headgear’ to enhance social distancing
9 India’s CO2 emissions falls for the 1st time in four decades: Carbon Brief
10 Israel names street in Tel Aviv after Rabindranath Tagore on his 159th birth anniversary
11 World Bank approves 1 billion USD to support India’s combat against COVID-19
12 COVID-19 may cost global economy loss of up to $ 8.8 trillion: ADB report
13 WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo to step down on August 31 before term expires
14 Indian coast guard ship sachet, interceptor boats C-450 and C-451 commissioned: Rajnath Singh
15 MHRD develops SAMARTH an e-Governance platform to provide quality education to students
16 IITGN develops interactive dashboard “MIR AHD Covid-19 Dashboard” to help contain COVID-19 community infection post lockdown
17 China wins 1st edition of FIDE Chess.com online Nations cup 2020; India finishes fifth
18 Bengali author Sahitya Akademi winner Debesh Roy passes away at 84
19 Padma Bhushan awardee Professor Anisuzzaman passes away at 83
20 International Day of Families 2020: May 15
21 National Endangered Species Day observed on May 15, 2020
22 Gujarat Govt launches ‘Atmanirbhar Gujarat Sahay Yojna’ to provide loans to small businessmen
23 Government of West Bengal announces two new schemes- ‘Sneher Porosh’ & ‘Prochesta’
24 Jharkhand: Education dept with Doordarshan starts online classes for School children
25 Little Richard, rock’n’roll pioneer, passed away at 87

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