Current Affairs – Daily Current Affairs 2020
May 03 – World Press Freedom Day:
- World Press Freedom Day is observed globally on 3 May every year to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives. It is also known as World Press Day.
- The journalists risk their lives at times or may even have to face tough situations in order to bring the news from different corners of the world in front of the public.
- Theme – “Journalism without Fear or Favour”.
May 04 – International Firefighters’ Day:
- International Firefighters’ Day is observed globally on 4 May every year to recognise and honour the sacrifices that firefighters make to ensure that their communities and environment are as safe as possible.
May 05 – International Day of the Midwife:
- International Day of the Midwife is observed globally on 5 May every year since 1992. This day is celebrated to recognise the work of midwives and raise awareness about the status of midwives for the essential care they provide to mothers and their newborns.
- The theme for 2020 International Day of the Midwife is Midwives with women: celebrate, demonstrate, mobilise, unite – our time is NOW!.
May 05 – World Hand Hygiene Day:
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has marked 5 May as World Hand Hygiene Day.
- This day is recognising the role clean and safe hands play in warding off many serious infections. It is also known as Hand Hygiene Day.
May 05 – World Asthma Day:
- World Asthma Day is observed every year on the 1st Tuesday of May. This year, World Asthma Day is observed on May 5, 2020.
- The day spread awareness about asthma disease and care around the world. Whilst the primary focus is supporting the person with asthma, support may also extend to family, friends and caregivers.
- Theme – ‘Enough Asthma Deaths’.
RBI cancels licence of The CKP Co-operative Bank Ltd, Mumbai:
- The licence of The CKP Co-operative Bank Ltd., Mumbai to carry on banking business has been cancelled by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) with effect from the close of business on April 30, 2020.
- RBI has also approached the Registrar of Co-operative Societies, Pune, to issue an order for winding up the affairs of the bank and to appoint a liquidator for the bank.
Ameyo rolls out video KYC engagement platform for Banking sector:
- A customer engagement technology provider, Ameyo has launched video KYC engagement platform for the banking and finance sector.
- The newly launched platform will eliminate the businesses’ requirement of physical KYC in accordance with latest RBI guidelines issued in January 2020.
- It is expected to decrease the customer onboarding process from the present 5-7 days to less than 3 minutes.
“#HumHaarNahiMaanenge” song released by HDFC Bank:
- HDFC Bank has released a song titled #HumHaarNahiMaanenge to keep hopes up amidst the ongoing national lockdown and Covid-19 pandemic.
- The lyrics of the song has been penned by Prasoon Joshi and music has been composed by AR Rahman.
- The bank has also announced the contribution of Rs 500 each time the song is shared via social media towards the PM-CARES Fund.
Prime Minister takes part in online Summit of NAM Contact Group:
- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took part in the online Summit of Non Aligned Movement (NAM) Contact Group.
- The summit was held with an objective to discuss response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic crisis as well as to promote international solidarity in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The summit was hosted by the current Chairman of NAM, President of Republic of Azerbaijan HE Ilham Aliyev, with the theme “United against COVID-19”.
FB partners with Bollywood to ‘I FOR INDIA’ concert:
- Facebook has launched a home-to-home fundraiser concert, ‘I For India’.
- Facebook has collaborated with some of the biggest stars in India and Bollywood for this.
- The concert featured starts like A R Rahman, Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Alia Bhatt, Javed Akhtar, Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kaif, Nick Jonas, Priyanka Chopra, Lilly Singh, Virat Kohli, Ustad Zakhir Hussain.
Current Affairs – Daily Current Affairs 2020
Vaneeza Rupani names NASA’s 1st Mars Helicopter “Ingenuity”:
- Indian-origin girl, Vaneeza Rupani has been honoured by NASA for naming its 1st Mars helicopter ‘Ingenuity’.
- She submitted her essay in “Name the Rover” contest held by NASA. She suggested the name ‘INGENUITY’ for the helicopter, which was liked as well as accepted by NASA.
- NASA has earlier announced that its next rover to Mars would be named Perseverance. Perseverance and Ingenuity are scheduled to launch in July 2020 and land in February 2021 at the Mars.
Russia plan to launch 1st satellite to monitor Arctic climate in 2020:
- Russia has planned to launch the 1st satellite named Arktika-M to monitor the Arctic climate and environment later this year.
- Arktika-M 1 spacecraft has been developed and is undergoing radio-electronic testing.
- This satellite is planned to launch at the end of 2020. The launch will take place on Soyuz -2,1b carrier rocket with frigate booster.
ANZ Cricket Awards announced by New Zealand Cricket:
- The Annual New Zealand Cricket Awards has been announced by New Zealand Cricket. The awards were presented online for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Suzie Bates won the ANZ International Women’s ODI Player of the Year award, Kane Williamson won the ANZ International Men’s ODI Player of the Year award, Sophie Devine won the ANZ International Women’s T20 Player of the Year award, and Ross Taylor won the ANZ International Men’s T20 Player of the Year award.
Kashmir saffron receives GI tag from Geographical Indications Registry:
- Kashmir saffron has received the Geographical Indication (GI) tag from the Geographical Indications Registry.
- It is grown in some regions of Kashmir, including Srinagar, Pulwama, Budgam and Kishtwar.
- The application for the tag was filed by the Directorate of Agriculture, Government of Jammu and Kashmir, and facilitated by the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture Sciences and Technology, Kashmir, and Saffron Research Station, Dussu (Pampore).
Indian journalists wins Pulitzer Prize 2020 in feature photography:
- Indian journalists namely Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan and Channi Anand have been honoured with the 2020 Pulitzer Prize.
- These journalists have won the award in the field of feature photography. All the three journalists belongs to Associated Press. They have been awarded for the lockdown coverage.
HP govt to starts “Mukhya Mantri Shahari Rojgar Guarantee Yojna”:
- The cabinet of Himachal Pradesh decided to starts the “Mukhya Mantri Shahari Rojgar Guarantee Yojna”.
- In this Yojna, 120 days” assured employment will be provided to people living in urban areas. It is being launched to revive the coronavirus-hit economy of the state.
- Adequate training will be given to the people for their skill upgrade if required.
- The cabinet also decided to provide an assistance of Rs 2,000 to each of the 1 lakh workers registered under the Building and Other Construction Workers Board.
IDEAthon on ‘The Future of River Management’ organised jointly by NIUA & NMCG:
- The National Mission for Clean Ganga under the Ministry of Jal Shakti has jointly organised an IDEAthon on “The future of River Management’ with the National Institute of Urban Affairs to explore how the COVID-19 crisis can shape the River Management strategies for the future and featured the participation of global experts.
- It also emphasized about river management and also highlighted the interconnectivity of Cities with the River.
National e-commerce marketplace ‘bharatmarket’ to be launched by CAIT:
- Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) is going to launch a National e-commerce marketplace ‘bharatmarket’.
- It would be launched for all retail traders nationwide and aims to integrate 95% of retail traders onboard the national platform.
- It will integrate capabilities of various technology companies in order to provide end-to-end services in the logistics as well as supply chains from manufacturers to end consumers.
- CAIT is expecting to enrol around one crore retailers on the national platform in year 2020, hence making it the world’s largest and most-unique e-marketplace ever
“The Saras Collection” launched on Government e-Marketplace portal:
- “The Saras Collection” has been launched on the Government e-Marketplace portal by the Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj and Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar.
- The new initiative has been launched with an objective to provide Self Help Groups in rural areas with market access to Central as well as State Government buyers.
Maharashtra to offer free insurance cover premium to its people:
- The Government of Maharashtra has announced the inclusion of state’s whole population under the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Aarogya Yojana.
- The state will provide free health treatment to cent per cent population of the state. At present, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana is covering 85% of the state’s population.
- With the latest announcement, the benefits of the scheme have been extended towards the remaining 15% people of state. The latest changes will enable the state government, semi-government employees as well as the white ration card holders to apply for this scheme. Under the scheme, people in the state can avail the benefits of free and cashless health insurance.
Australia abolishes the use of saliva to shine ball under COVID-19 guidelines:
- Australia has abolished the use of saliva & sweat to shine ball under COVID-19 guidelines.
- Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in consultation with doctors has come up with guidelines, banning the utilization of saliva and sweat to shine the ball.
FINA postpones 2021 world championships to May 2022:
- Swimming world governing body, Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) rescheduled the 2021 Fukuoka aquatics world championships to May 2022 to avoid a clash with the postponed Tokyo Olympics.
- The new dates for the aquatics world championship in the Japanese city are May 13-29, 2022.
Sandeep Kumari banned for 4 years for failing dope test:
- World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has banned Indian discus thrower Sandeep Kumari for 4 years after failing a drug test.
- National Dope Test Laboratory (NDTL) had failed to detect the banned substance “steroid” which was present in her blood sample.
- This blood sample is collected by NDTL officials during the Inter-State Championships in June 2018, in Guwahati, Assam where Kumari had won the gold with a throw of 58.41 meters in the competition.
Egypt’s tennis player Youssef Hossam gets life time ban from TIU:
- The Tennis Integrity Unit has banned the Egypt’s tennis player Youssef Hossam from professional tennis for life.
- He has been banned from the game following his conviction on multiple match fixing and associated corruption charges.
Peter Ebdon announces his retirement from professional snooker:
- Former World Snooker Champion Peter Ebdon has announced his retirement from professional snooker due to various neck and back injuries.
- He was the winner of 2002 World Snooker championship when he defeated Stephen Hendry in an 18-17 final thriller.
- He also ended as a runner up in the championship for the record two times in his professional career of 29 years.
Dr Harsh Vardhan launches multimedia guide ‘COVID Katha’:
- Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has launched a multimedia guide on the Covid-19 disease named ‘COVID Katha’.
- The guide is launched on the occasion of the 50th DST (Department of Science and Technology) Foundation Day.
Padma Shri awardee & Renowned poet K S Nisar Ahmed passes away:
- Padma Shri awardee & Renowned Kannada poet KS Nisar Ahmed passed away. He was also known as “Nityotsava Kavi”.
- He was awarded the Pampa Award (the highest literary award in Karnataka) in 2017. He also a recipient of the Rajyotsava award in 1981 and Padma Shri in 2008.
Eminent historian & author RV Smith passes Away:
- Eminent historian, author and columnist Ronald Vivian Smith passed away. He has authored a dozen books, mostly on the National Capital such as ‘Delhi: Unknown Tales of a City’ and ‘The Delhi that No-one Knows’.
- The ‘True Chronicler of Delhi’ was the recipient of the Canon Holland Prize and the Rotary Award for general knowledge and journalism award (1997-98) from the Michael Madhusudan Academy.
Judicial Member, Lokpal of India, Justice A.K. Tripathi passes away:
- Judicial Member, Lokpal of India, Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi passed away after getting infected from novel Coronavirus.
- He took oath as a Judicial Member of Lokpal of India in March 2019 and played an instrumental role in establishing the Institution of Lokpal of India.
- He was a graduate in Economics (Hons) and studied law at Campus law Centre, Delhi University.