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Current Affairs 21 May 2020

Current Affairs May 21 2020

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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Indian Railways operationalised its 1st 12,000 hp electric made in India Locomotive- WAG12 manufactured by MELPLIndian Railways operationalises 12000 HP made in India locomotive

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 IR:
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)
About Alstom:
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer– Henri Poupart-Lafarge
Managing Director(MD), India & South Asia– Alain Spohr
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Defence ministry & eGov Foundation signs MoU through video conference for Online Management of Cantonment Boards

Ministry of Defence inks MoU with eGov Foundation newDirectorate General Defence Estates(DGDE), Ministry of Defence &  eGov Foundation has signed Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) 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
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Coir Geo textiles to be used in rural road construction under PMGSY-III: GovtCoir geo-textiles to be used in rural road construction

According to the National Rural Infrastructure Development Agency under Union Ministry of Rural Development, Coir Geo textiles has been finally gets nod as a good material for rural road construction under the third phase of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, (PMGSY-III).
i.About 1674 km road will be constructed using Coir Geo textiles in 7 states namely- Andhra Pradesh ,Gujarat, Kerala , Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu (TN) and Telengana with a cost of around Rs.70 Crore.
About Rural Development Ministry:
Headquarters
– New Delhi
Union minister– Narendra Singh Tomar
Minister of State– Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti
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Labour ministry notifies EPF contribution to 10% from 12% for three monthsEPF contribution to 10% for May, June, July

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(i.e May, June, July ).
i.However, this reduction in contribution will not be applicable to Central and State PSUs (public sector undertakings) or to establishments controlled by Government or State Governments.
About Ministry of Labour and Employment:
Headquarters
– New Delhi
Minister of State (Independent Charge)- Santosh Gangwar
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Nirmala Sitharaman announces several initiatives to boost education sectorCentre introduces 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.
iii.Government expands e-learning in higher education by liberalizing open, distance and online education regulatory framework.
Constituency of Nirmala Sitharaman– Rajya Sabha (Karnataka)
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BANKING & FINANCE

Kotak Mahindra becomes 1st bank in India to introduce video-KYC facility for SA customersKotak Mahindra Bank becomes first Indian lender to allow video KYC

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

Flipkart partnered with Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company(BAGIC) to offer digital motor insurance policy to customers of e-commerce major. 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
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APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

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

On May 20,2020, 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.
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Indian Steel Association appoints Dilip Oommen as new presidentIndian Steel Association Dilip Oommen as President

On 19th May 2020, Indian Steel Association (ISA) unanimously appointed Dilip Oommen, CEO of ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India as the new President for the next two years with immediate effect after T V Narendran ,CEO of TATA Steel stepped down on May 1, before the end of his term in August. This was decided in the Extra Ordinary Boards Meeting of ISA held on May 19,2020
About ISA:
Assistant Secretary General- Arnab Kumar Hazra
Director- Ravinder Kumar Bhan
Deputy Director- Priya Relan
Full Members- JSW Steel, Steel Authority of India Ltd, Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd, Jindal Steel and Power ltd, Bhushan Power and Steel Ltd, ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel Ltd and TATA steel BSL Ltd.
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Moeketsi Majoro sworn in as Lesotho’s new prime minister

Moeketsi Majoro sworn in as Lesotho’s new prime ministerOn May 20, 2020, Moeketsi Majoro (58) has been sworn in as Lesotho’s new prime minister (PM) after Thomas Motsoahae Thabane, who has stepped down as prime minister following months of pressure after he was named as a suspect in the 2017 murder of his ex-wife Lipolelo.
i.Majoro, who was previously served as the finance minister of the country, took the oath at the king’s palace in front of dignitaries.
About Lesotho:
Capital– Maseru
Currency– Lesotho loti
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  SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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

Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank launched an Artificial Intelligence(AI)-powered mobile app called the ‘National Test Abhyas’. 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
Constituency of Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank– Hardwar/Haridwar, Uttarakhand
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SPORTS

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

On May 18, 2020, The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) provisionally suspended powerlifters Savita Kumari and Ankit Shisodia for violating anti-doping rules.  Athletes were given an opportunity to present themselves before the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (ADDP) and explain their cases on the date and time fixed by the panel for a hearing.
About NADA:
Headquarters– New Delhi.
Director-General– Navin Agarwal.
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IMPORTANT DAYS

World Bee Day 2020, May 20World Bee Day 2020

The May 20th of every year is celebrated as the World Bee Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of Anton Jansa, the pioneer of beekeeping born in 1734 in Slovenia and to acknowledge the role of bees in the ecosystem. The United Nations (UN) approved the proposal of World Bee Day in December 2017 and the first World Bee Day celebrated on Sunday, May 20, 2018. The theme of World Bee Day 2020 is “Bee Engaged”-  highlighting the importance of traditional knowledge related to beekeeping and the use of bee-derived products and services and their importance in achieving the SDGs.
About CBD:
Acting Executive Secretary- Elizabeth Maruma Mrema
Deputy Executive Secretary- David Cooper
Secretariat- Montreal, Canada
Entered into force- 29th December 1993
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World Metrology Day 2020: May 2020World Metrology Day 2020

World Metrology Day (WMD) is celebrated every year on May 20, celebrating the International Systems of Units. The term Metrology is a study of measurements. On this day, many nations internationally collaborate to create awareness about metrology and its advancement in the respective field.
Theme for the year 2020: Measurements for global trade.
About International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM):
Director- Dr Martin J.T. Milton.
Headquarters– Saint-Cloud, France.
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STATE NEWS

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

On May 20, 2020, In Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), the Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) has started an initiative ‘SUKOON’- COVID-19 Beat the Stress, in order to spread awareness about psychological impact of lockdown and measures to be adopted to overcome them.
About Jammu & Kashmir:
Capital– Srinagar (summer), Jammu (winter).
Governor– Girish Chandra Murmu.
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Jammu and Kashmir notifies new rules for issuing domicile certificatesJ&K defines rules for domicile certificates

On 17th May 2020, The administration in the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir issued a new set of rules named “Jammu and Kashmir Grant of Domicile Certificate Rules 2020” which defines the rules for issuing domicile certificates in the UT.
About Jammu and Kashmir:
Lieutenant Governor- Girish Chandra Murmu
Capital- Jammu (winter), Srinagar (summer)
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Ranchi district launches “Tatpar” programme to transport migrantsTatpar scheme in Ranchi

On 18th May 2020, the Ranchi district launched the “Tatpar” program to help the migrant workers to get back to their native places on bus instead of tiresome travel by foot. The administration launched a helpline “1950” to support the migrant workers in arranging buses.
About Jharkhand:
Chief Minister- Hemant Soren
Governor- Draupadi Murmu
Capital- Ranchi
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‘Mee Annapurna’ initiative launched for farmers welfare across MaharashtraMee Annapurna An inclusive program

After the Department of Agriculture, Govt of Maharashtra announced a 3 year empanelment of insurance companies and intermediaries for implementation of crop insurance scheme, the Integrated Risk Insurance Brokers Limited(IRIBL), announced ‘Mee Annapurna’ for farmers welfare across Maharashtra
About IRIBL:
It is an Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India(IRDA) licensed insurance intermediary since 2004
About Maharashtra:
Capital– Mumbai
Chief Minister– Uddhav Thackeray
Governor– Bhagat Singh Koshyari
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S.no                       Current Affairs 21 May 2020
1 Indian Railways operationalised its 1st 12,000 hp electric made in India Locomotive- WAG12 manufactured by MELPL
2 Defence ministry & eGov Foundation signs MoU through video conference for Online Management of Cantonment Boards
3 Coir Geo textiles to be used in rural road construction under PMGSY-III: Govt
4 Labour ministry notifies EPF contribution to 10% for three months
5 Nirmala Sitharaman announces several initiatives to boost education sector
6 Kotak Mahindra becomes 1st bank in India to introduce video-KYC facility for SA customers
7 Flipkart ties up with Bajaj Allianz General Insurance for digital motor insurance policy
8 Govinda Rajulu Chintala appointed as NABARD chairman, Shaji KV and PVS Suryakumar appointed as DMD of NABARD
9 Indian Steel Association appoints Dilip Oommen as new president
10 Moeketsi Majoro sworn in as Lesotho’s new prime minister
11 Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank launches ‘National Test Abhyas’ an AI-powered mobile app for mock tests for JEE Main, NEET 2020
12 NADA provisionally suspends Savita Kumari, Ankit Shishodia for violating anti-doping rules
13 World Bee Day 2020, May 20
14 World Metrology Day 2020: May 2020
15 J&K starts an initiative ‘SUKOON’ – COVID-19 Beat the Stress
16 Jammu and Kashmir notifies new rules for issuing domicile certificates
17 Ranchi district launches “Tatpar” programme to transport migrants
18 ‘Mee Annapurna’ initiative launched for farmers welfare across Maharashtra

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