Current Affairs – Daily Current Affairs 2020
May 12 – International Nurses Day:
- International Nurse Day is observed globally on 12 May every year. This day is observed to commemorate the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.
- She was also known as Lady with the Lamp. She was the founder of modern nursing and was a British social reformer and statistician.
- International Council of Nurses has published its theme for the year 2020 around the COVID-19 pandemic on its official website icn.ch “Nursing the World to Health”.
Prime Minister announces Economic Package of Rs 20 Lakh Crore:
- As the whole world is fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi addressed his countrymen and announced an Economic Package of Rs 20 Lakh crore, giving stress on land, labour, liquidity and law.
- Details of the Economic Package will be revealed very shortly by the Ministry of Finance.
- This package will intend to support farmers, labourers, fishermen, migrants and the industry of the country.
- Through this package, PM announced to ensure the rural India from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Economic Relief Package announced for “Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan:
- Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced the details of the Economic Relief Package for “Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” amid COVID-19 pandemic.
- This economic package of Rs 20 lakh crore has been announced with the prime objective of making India self-reliant.
FY21 Fiscal Deficit Likely At 5.8%, Growth To Slip To 0.5% Says Report:
- Bank of America estimated the fiscal deficit to come at 8% of the GDP in FY21 as against the budget target of 3.5%.
- It has also revised down their GDP growth estimate to 0.5% for the current fiscal year, as against the earlier estimate of 1.5%.
NDB Provides USD 1 Billion Loan To India To Fight COVID-19 Pandemic:
- The Shanghai-based New Development Bank of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) countries have fully disbursed $1 billion emergency assistance loan to India.
- To help it contain the spread of COVID-19 and reduce human, social and economic losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The ‘Emergency Assistance Program Loan’ to India was approved by the NDB Board of Directors on 30 April.
Video conference held on “Tribal livelihoods and safety”:
- A video conference was held by the Minister of Tribal Affairs, Shri Arjun Munda on “Tribal livelihoods and safety”. The conference was held with States/UTs in New Delhi.
- The conference featured the participation of Chief Ministers, Deputy Chief Ministers, State Ministers for Tribal Affairs and state ministers for Forests from more than 20 states/UTs.
TDB & CII organises Digital Conference “RE-START”:
- Technology Development Board (TDB) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) have jointly organised a Digital Conference “RE-START”.
- The digital conference “RE-START (Reboot the Economy through Science, Technology and Research Translations)” was addressed by Union Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Health & Family Welfare, Harsh Vardhan.
- The conference was organised on the occasion of National Technology Day.
ASSOCHAM organises Indo-Bangladesh “Virtual Conference”:
- Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) has organised the Indo-Bangladesh “Virtual Conference”.
- Union DoNER Minister of State (I/C) Dr Jitendra Singh addressed the virtual conference.
- The conference featured the participation of Minister of Commerce Bangladesh Tipu Munshi, Chief Minister of Meghalaya Conrad Sangma and Riva Ganguli Das High commissioner to Bangladesh.
Mahindra & Mahindra rolls out ‘Own-Online’ platform:
- A car manufacturing corporation, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M) has rolled out an end to end, online vehicle ownership solution titled ‘Own-Online’.
- This platform has been launched by (M&M) to offer its customers a transparent, seamless and contactless experience from selection to the delivery of the vehicle.
CSIR-NAL develops BiPAP Non Invasive Ventilator “SwasthVayu”:
- A Non Invasive BiPAP Ventilator “SwasthVayu” has been developed by CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore to treat COVID-19 patients.
- The unique features of the Non Invasive BiPAP Ventilator “SwasthVayu” helps to alleviate the fear of the virus spread.
- The ventilator is very simple to use without any specialized nursing and is cost effective, compact and configured with majority of indigenous components.
NIV-Pune develops India’s 1st antibody testing kit “ELISA”:
- India’s first indigenous antibody testing kit “ELISA” has been successfully developed by the National Institute of Virology, Pune.
- This antibody testing kit will help in surveillance of proportion of the population exposed to SARSCoV2 infection and hence, it will help in combating COVID-19.
- For mass scale production of the ELISA test kits, ICMR has tied-up with ZYDUS CADILA.
DRDO develops “UV systems” to sanitise electronic gadgets:
- DRDO’s Research Centre Imarat (RCI) lab, Hyderabad has developed an automated contactless UVC sanitisation cabinet named defence Research Ultraviolet Sanitiser (DRUVS).
- It has been designed to sanitise mobile phones, iPods, laptops, currency notes, cheque leafs, challans, passbooks, paper, envelopes, etc.
China Launches 2 Satellites To Test Space-Based Communications Technology:
- China successfully launched two satellites to test the space-based Internet of Things (IoT) communications technology.
- The satellites, Xingyun-2 01 and 02, were launched by a Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China.
- The Rocket is developed by an affiliated company of Sanjiang Group under the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) used to launch low-orbit small satellites.
Manoj Ahuja becomes new chairman of CBSE:
- Odisha cadre IAS, Manoj Ahuja has been appointed the new chairman of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
- He is currently served as Special Director, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Department of Personnel and Training. He will replace Anita Karwal as the chairman of the CBSE.
Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi takes charge as Secretary of MNRE:
- Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi has taken the charge as Secretary of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
- He has succeeded Anand Kumar, who has been appointed as the Secretary of Ministry of Culture.
Current Affairs – Daily Current Affairs 2020
Singapore Changi Airport Crowned The “World’s Best Airport”:
- For the eighth consecutive year, Singapore’s Changi Airport has been named the world’s best at the awards run by research firm Skytrax.
- Asian airports dominated the top 10, with Japan’s 4 of the country’s airports nominated for the top award.
Sania Mirza becomes 1st Indian to win Fed Cup Heart Award:
- Indian tennis player Sania Mirza becomes 1st Indian to win Fed Cup Heart Award 2020 for Asia/Oceania zone.
- She beats Indonesia’s 16-year-old Priska Madelyn Nugroho for this category & received the award for her successful return to the court after becoming a mother.
DW Freedom of Speech Award 2020:
- 17 journalists from 14 countries have been named for Deutsche Welle Freedom of Speech Award 2020 for showing “outstanding commitment to human rights and freedom of expression in the media”.
- Indian journalist Siddharth Varadarajan is among the 17 recipients.
Jharkhand’s Sohrai Khovar painting & Telangana’s Telia Rumal gets GI-Tag:
- The Sohrai Khovar painting of Jharkhand and Telia Rumal of Telangana have received the Geographical Indication (GI) tag from the Geographical Indications Registry.
- For the Sohrai Khovar painting of Jharkhand, application of GI-tag was made by Sohrai Kala Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti Limited.
- For the Telia Rumal of Telangana, application of GI-tag was made by Consortium of Puttapaka Handloom Cluster-IHDS.
Bengaluru Airport – Voted as best regional airport in India & Central Asia:
- The Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru has won this year’s SKYTRAX Award for Best Regional Airport in India and Central Asia.
- The airport was voted by customers because of the Best Regional Airport in India & Central Asia for the third time in four years at the 2020 World Airport Awards.
Israel names street after Rabindranath Tagore on his 159th anniversary:
- Israel has named a street in Tel Aviv after celebrated Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore as a tribute on his 159th birthday on 08 May.
- Israel named it ‘Tagore Street’ to commemorate the poet’s birth anniversary.
Atal Pension Yojana Marks 5 Years Of Implementation:
- Atal Pension Yojana (APY) was launched in 2015 by PM Modi with an objective of delivering old age income security particularly to the workers in the unorganised sector and Government providing a guarantee of minimum pension after 60 years of age.
Education Dept With Doordarshan Starts Online Classes For School Children – Jharkhand:
- The State Education Department & Doordarshan started online classes & educational programs to provide education to students of the state through video & thematic lectures. The lectures are designed for students from class 1 to 12.
Gujarat mandates digital payment for home delivery in Ahmedabad:
- The Gujarat government has mandated the digital payment for all home delivery services in Ahmedabad.
- This step has been taken by the state government in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through currency notes.
- Therefore, the payment of all the home delivery services in the city would be cashless i.e. via digital mode of payment. Hence the Cash On delivery (COD) option will not be available to the customers.
HRD Minister launches Central Univ. of Odisha Helpline “Bharosa”:
- Union HRD Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has launched Central University of Odisha Helpline “Bharosa”.
- This helpline has been launched with an objective of relieving the student community from the distress caused during the troubled time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- All University Students of Odisha will be offered Cognitive Emotional Rehabilitation Services via this helpline.
Ministry of MSME launches CHAMPIONS Portal:
- “CHAMPIONS” portal has been launched by the Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).
- It is a technology driven Control Room-Cum-Management Information System.
- CHAMPION stands for Creation and Harmonious Application of Modern Processes for Increasing the Output and National Strength.
- This portal is a one-stop-shop solution of the MSME Ministry.
Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike launches “Pranavayu” programme:
- A programme named “Pranavayu” has been launched by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, Karnataka.
- The programme has been launched by city corporation to create awareness on the need to self examine the respiratory health for Bengaloreans, as the district has 175 confirmed COVID 19 positive cases.
- Due to large number of cases in the district, it has been ordered to execute quarantine as well as surveillance activities including identifying persons prone to the deadly corona virus infection.
MP govt launches ‘FIR Aapke Dwar’ Yojana:
- Madhya Pradesh government has launched country’s 1st ever ‘FIR Aapke Dwar Yojana’ in Bhopal.
- ‘FIR Aapke Dwar’ Yojana has been started as a pilot project in 23 Police Stations including one urban and one rural Police Station at 11 Divisional Headquarters.
- For this Yojana “Dial 100” vehicle would have trained Head Constables to lodge FIR.
INR-USD Futures & Options contracts launched on International Exchanges:
- INR-USD Futures and Options contracts have been launched on International Exchanges by the Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitaraman.
- The INR-USD Futures and Options contracts have been launched on BSE’s India INX and National Stock Exchange, NSE’s NSE-IFSC, at GIFT International Financial Services Centre, Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
WHO Released First “State Of The World’s Nursing Report – 2020” Stating A Global Shortfall Of 5.9 Million Nurses:
- Countries facing greatest shortfall of nurses are in Africa, South East Asia and the WHO Eastern Mediterranean region as well as some parts of Latin America.
- One in every eight nurses practices in a country other than the one where they were born or trained.
- The report estimates that countries experiencing shortages need to increase the total number of nurse graduates by on average 8% per year.
FIFA postpones U-17 Women’s World Cup India to 2021:
- FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 has been postponed to 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic.
- FIFA-Confederations Covid-19 Working Group has taken the decision to hold the U-17 Women’s World Cup in India from February 17-March 7, 2021.
- Japan and North Korea have qualified from the two available slots for Asian teams, with India qualifying for the main tournament as hosts.
China team wins FIDE chess.com Online Nations Cup:
- China has won the 1st edition of FIDE Chess.com Online Nations Cup against the USA.
- In the finals, China faced the USA which ended in a draw with 2-2.
- China was adjudged the winner on the basis of its topping the points table in the round-robin stage.
French cyclist Remy Di Gregorio banned by UCI for 4 years:
- French cyclist Remy Di Gregorio has been banned for 4 years by the International Cycling Union (UCI) for using a form of banned blood-boosting hormone EPO (Erythropoietin).
Para-athlete Deepa Malik announces retirement:
- Para-athlete Deepa Malik has announced her retirement from Paralympics games in order to serve as the office-bearer in the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI).
- As per the National Sports Code, an active athlete cannot hold an official post in any federation.
- She is the first Indian woman to earn a medal at the Paralympic Games and has bagged a total of 58 national and 23 international medals during her illustrious career.
Prince Harry-Meghan Markle’s biography to be published in August:
- The first biopic on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s life, titled ‘Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of A Modern Royal Family’ would be published on August 11, 2020.
- The book is a biopic, written by royal reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand.
Founding father of Rock ‘n’ roll Little Richard passes away:
- Founding father of Rock ‘n’ roll, Little Richard passed away.
- His full name Richard Wayne Pennima, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of its first group of inductees in 1986 and he picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993 from the Recording Academy.
Former Lok Sabha MP Raja Rangappa Naik passes away:
- Former Lok Sabha MP and senior Janta Dal(S) leader Raja Rangappa Naik passed away.
- He was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1996. He had represented the Raichur Lok Sabha constituency in the Indian state of Karnataka.
US comedian Jerry Stiller passes away:
- US comedian Jerry Stiller passed away recently.
- He was renowned for his recurring role as George Costanza’s father on TV’s Seinfeld for which he was also nominated for Emmy Awards in 1997.
- His other popular roles includes that of Arthur Spooner in TV sitcom “The King of Queens”. He received joint star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame along with his wife Meara in year 2007.
TV actor Shafique Ansari passes away:
- TV actor Shafique Ansari passed away. He was best-known for his appearance in TV series ‘Crime Patrol’. He was a member of the Cine & TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA) since 2008.
- Apart from being an actor, he was a screenwriter and an assistant director too. He is one of the screenwriters of Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini’s 2003 film ‘Baghban’.
Former TT national champion Manmeet Singh passes away:
- Former India national table tennis champion Manmeet Singh Walia passed away. He became the national champion in 1989 when he beat S. Sriram in the men singles final at Hyderabad.
- He had represented the nation at multiple international events after making his debut at the Asian Championships in