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Top One Line Current Affairs Headlines
- The Govt implements Lt. General D. B. Shekatkar Committee’s recommendations related to creating border infrastructure.
- Ministry of Home Affairs drops order that required all employers to pay wages to workers for the period the units were shut during a lockdown.
- Cyclone Amphan intensifies into Super Cyclonic Storm; West Bengal and Odisha coasts likely to be affected
- The Sensex at Bombay Stock Exchange fell 1,069 points or 3.44 percent to 30,029.
- Nifty at National Stock Exchange settled 314 points, 3.43 percent down, at 8823.
- India backed a European Union resolution seeking a probe into the response of WHO during the worldwide coronavirus crisis
- World Health Assembly (WHA) being held virtually in Geneva on May 18-19 China’s President Xi Jinping announces USD 2 billion funds to help countries fight COVID-19.
- COVID-19: Anil Kumble-led ICC Cricket Committee recommends banning the use of saliva to shine the ball
Current Affairs: INDIA
Amphan: Develops into a super cyclonic storm
Amphan turned into a super cyclonic storm. This is the second super cyclonic storm faced by India since Fani in 1999. The Super Cyclonic storm will hit the coast of Odisha and West Bengal according to the Indian Meteorological Department.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is preparing evacuation plans and response preparedness. The storm will cause extensive damage to landfall. The waves are expected to reach a height of 4 to 6 meters. The warnings about a cyclone are given
Arabian Sea Cyclones are Weak as compared to Bay of Bengal Cyclones – The absence of landmass between the Pacific Ocean and Bay of Bengal allows the cyclonic winds to move easily into the Bay of Bengal. This makes them stronger than those formed in the Arabian Sea.
India-World Bank: Social Protection Response Programme
The World Bank and Government of India have signed an agreement of 750 million USD recently. The World Bank has assured 1 billion. USD assistance to accelerate India’s COVID-19 Social Protection Response Programme. It aims to protect vulnerable households that are impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Highlights – The Social Protection Response Programme is to be implemented by the Ministry of Finance. The program has increased the total commitment of the World Bank towards India from 1 billion USD to 2 billion USD. The World Bank announced financial support of 1 billion USD in April 2020.
Covid-19 lockdown: Home Ministry asks states to operate more trains for migrant workers
New Delhi: The Centre has asked the states and the union territories to operate more special trains in close coordination with the railways for transportation of migrant workers and said special attention should be given to women, children, and the elderly.
The Home Ministry on Tuesday also issued a Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) for the movement of migrant workers by trains who are stranded at different places due to the lockdown.
In his communication to all state governments and UT administrations, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said fear of Covid-19 infection and apprehension of loss of livelihood are the main driving factors for the movement of stranded workers towards their homes.
“In order to mitigate the distress of migrant workers, I would be grateful if the following measures could be implemented,” he said in the letter issued on Monday.
The home secretary suggested that more special trains should be arranged by pro-active coordination between the states and the Ministry of Railways.
He also said arrangements for resting places, taking into account the requirement of sanitation, food, and health should be made.
There should be more clarity about the departure of trains and buses, as lack of clarity coupled with rumors caused unrest amongst the workers. Special attention may be given to the specific requirements of women, children, and elderly amongst the migrant workers, Bhalla said.
District authorities may guide workers moving on foot to designated rest places, nearby bus terminals or railway stations by arranging transportation, enlisting the migrants with their addresses and contact numbers, which may be helpful in contact tracing in due course and involvement of NGO representatives at rest places, etc, he said.
ESDS launched AA-plus COVID-19 testing solution to detect coronavirus
AA+ COVID-19 Testing Solution has been designed in a way that it can indicate whether the patient is suffering from COVID-19 in less than 5 minutes.
IT solutions provider ESDS Software Solution has developed AA+ COVID-19 Testing Solution, a rapid COVID-19 detection solution powered by Deepiotics. A solution is an AI-enabled tool that detects COVID-19 from Chest X-rays (CXRs).
AA+ COVID-19 Testing Solution:
- AA+ COVID-19 Testing Solution has been designed in a way that it can indicate whether the patient is suffering from COVID-19 in less than 5 minutes.
- The solution is a complete contactless testing procedure.
- In this method, the health officials can collect the Chest X-ray reports, upload them on a web browser, and click on the submit button. Upon submission, the device will quickly indicate whether the patient is suffering from COVID-19 or not.
- The rapid COVID-19 testing solution has scanned over 1000s’ of CXRs obtained from countries, including the US, UK and Italy, and India.
Current Affairs: Tamil Nadu
10th STD Public Exam Date Changed – Minister Senkottaiyan!
In Tamil Nadu, usually in April, the tenth class elections are held. But the school department said that the 10th-grade general elections will be held from June 1 to 12 due to the coronavirus threat. Also announced are the deferred Plus 1 and Plus2 classes. Corona prevalence is increasing day by day in Tamil Nadu. Various political party leaders have accused the general election of being dangerous in this context.
The case is being heard in court regarding the tenth class examination. So many people insisted that selections could be made after the virus was completely controlled.
Chief Minister Palanisamy met Education Minister Sengottaiyan in this regard. The Minister met with reporters today. Speaking at the time, he announced the postponement of the 10th class general elections.
Accordingly, the translation will take place on June 15. Afterward, English Exam – June 17, Maths Exam – June 19, Optional Language – June 20, Science Exam – June 22, Social Science – June 24, Career Exam – June 25 will be held.
Current Affairs: International
Despite FDA warning, Trump says he is taking hydroxychloroquine
WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump, in a surprise announcement, said on Monday he is taking hydroxychloroquine as preventive medicine against the coronavirus despite medical warnings about the use of the malaria drug.
Trump told reporters. “I’ve been taking it for the last week and a half. A pill every day.”