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Weekly Current Affairs. pdf 11 to 16 May 2020

Top One Line Current Affairs Headlines

  • Pakistan Army on Sunday opened fire and shelled forward areas along the LoC in Poonch district of J&K.
  • Pakistan’s coronavirus cases crossed 40,000 on Sunday after 1,352 new infections detected.
  • COVID-19: 25 fresh cases, one death in AP; Toll rises to 5.
  • Delhi COVID toll nears 150; total cases 9755.
  • Maharashtra extends Covid-19 lockdown till May 31
  • 70 more Covid-19 cases in Rajasthan, state tally reaches 5,030
  • China reports five new coronavirus cases, adviser says the risk of the second wave remains
  • Italy taking a calculated risk in rolling back COVID lockdown, says PM Conte

 

Current Affairs: INDIA

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Reforms To Be The Focus Of Eco Stimulus Package, FM| 5th Tranche Highlights 

Current Affairs 2020 - Today Latest Current Affairs News 2NEW DELHI: Reforms would be the focus of the 5th and final tranche of eco stimulus ‘’Aatmanirbhar Bharat Package’’, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, to deal with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. She said the package would focus on MGNREGA, healthcare and education, businesses, de-criminalization of the Companies Act, ease of doing business, public sector undertakings, and resources related to state government.

Highlights

  • Govt allocates additional Rs 40,000 cr over and above Rs 61,000 cr budgeted for MGNREGAs to generate more jobs.
  • Public expenditure on health to be increased, investments in grassroots health institutions to be ramped up.
  • No fresh insolvency to be initiated for 1 yr; COVID-19 related debt to be excluded from the definition of default
  • Minimum threshold to initiate insolvency proceedings raised to Rs 1 crore from Rs 1 lakh to benefit MSMEs.
  • Pvt companies that list non-convertible debentures on stock exchanges not to be regarded as listed firms.
  • New PSU policy to be announced; to define strategic sectors where PSUs will be present, others will be privatized/merged
  • Companies allowed to directly list securities in permissible foreign jurisdictions
  • Borrowing limit of states raised from 3 pc of Gross State Domestic Product to 5 pc in 2020-21; to make available Rs 4.28 lakh cr extra.
  • Rs 20 lakh cr economic stimulus includes Rs 8.01 lakh crore of liquidity measures by RBI and Rs 1.92 lakh cr package in March
  • During the coronavirus-induced lockdown, Rs 16,394 crore has been paid to 8.19 crore farmers under the Rs 2,000 free cash dole scheme of PM Kisan, she said.
  • Old-age beneficiaries and others have been paid the first installment of Rs 1,405 crore and the second one of Rs 1,402 crore.
  • She also said that as much as Rs 10,025 crore has been transferred to 20 crore women Jan Dhan account holders.
  • Rs 1.92 lakh crore package of free foodgrains and cooking gas to poor and cash to some sections. Also, 6.81 free LPG cylinders have been given to poor, she said.

The five-part stimulus package announced beginning May 13 comprised Rs 5.94 lakh crore in the first tranche that provided credit line to small businesses and support to shadow banks and electricity distribution companies. The second tranche included free foodgrains to stranded migrant workers for two months and credit to farmers, totaling Rs 3.10 lakh Cr.

Spending on Agri infrastructure and other measures for agriculture and allied sectors in the third tranche totaled to Rs 1.5 lakh Cr.

The 4th & 5th tranches that dealt mostly with structural reforms totaled to Rs 48,100 crore, she said.

 

Sikkim celebrates 45th State Day

Current Affairs 2020 - Today Latest Current Affairs News 3On May 16, 2020, the Sikkim Government celebrates its 45th Statehood Day. Every year Sikkim celebrates its State Day on May 16 as the state came into existence on this day in 1975.

History – After India became independent in 1947, Sikkim continued to enjoy the protectorate status with the Republic of India. However, in 1973, anti-royalist riots occurred in the state. The monarch was eventually deposed in 1975. A referendum led to the state joining India. Sikkim was the 22nd state to join the Union of India. Sikkim borders three countries namely China, Bhutan, and Nepal.

 

Current Affairs: Tamil Nadu

Wine sales at Tasmac Do you know how much the first day collections are?

Curfews are being implemented across the country in a number of ways to prevent coronavirus infection. This has banned various shops and commercial operations. The restrictions on the first two curfews were intensified, with some relaxation in the third curfew. Accordingly, the task force has opened in Tamil Nadu. But curfews were violated in various places. In this regard, the welfare proceedings in the Madras High Court were ordered to close the shops.

At the same time, it was planned to go home online and sell liquor. Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government appealed to the Supreme Court. An interim injunction was ordered by the Madras High Court in this case. Accordingly, the task force opened yesterday in Tamil Nadu. Whereas it was ordered that the Aadhaar card was not required. And tokens were issued every day in every color.
Accordingly, the token was issued in blue yesterday. In keeping with physical deviation, 70 tokens per hour and 500 tokens per day were sold accordingly.
According to reports, the first day of the sale yesterday, the sale of liquor for Rs 163 crore. At most,

1. Madurai region of Rs .44.7 million

2. Salem region of Rs .41.07 Cr

3. Trichy region of Rs .40.5 million

4. Coimbatore region of Rs .33.05 Cr

 

Storm In Tamil Nadu

Current Affairs 2020 - Today Latest Current Affairs News 4The stormy area in the southeastern Bengal Sea has become a hurricane, the Chennai Meteorological Department said.

Balachandran, South Zone Director of the Indian Meteorological Department, met the reporters. He said: The low-lying area in the southeastern Bengal Sea has today grown into a windmill. It is currently located at a distance of about 100 km from Bharati in Orissa. This evening it will be a storm.

As of now, tomorrow is moving northwest. After that, it is expected to move north and northeast on the 18th and 19th and head towards the West Bengal coast.

Due to this, fishermen should not go to the South Bengal Sea on 16th and 17th. It is also advised not to visit the Central Bank of India on the 17th and 18th of September and on the 19th and 20th of the North Bengal Sea.
Thus he said.

 

Current Affairs: International

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Spraying Disinfectants Ineffective Can Cause Health Risks: WHO

GENEVA: As per a release by the World Health Organization (WHO), spraying disinfectants on the streets, is not only ineffective, does not eliminate coronavirus and in fact could even pose as a health risk for humans, it warned on Saturday. If disinfectants are to be used, this should be done with a cloth or wipe that has been soaked in disinfectant, it said.

In a guideline released about cleaning and disinfecting surfaces as part of the response to the virus the WHO said that “Spraying or fumigation of outdoor spaces, such as roads and public places is not recommended to kill the COVID-19 virus or other pathogens because disinfectant is inactivated by dirt and debris,” it explained.

 

London: Cigarette Maker Is Dabbling With COVID-19 Vaccine Trials 

NEW DELHI: London-based British American Tobacco company said on Friday that its experimental COVID-19 vaccine has shown promising results in laboratory testing and is now ready to enter human trials. It is the British American Tobacco company is the world’s number two manufacturer of cigarettes.

The company said it is in touch with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other government agencies across the world regarding the novel coronavirus vaccine.

The company said that “it is pleased to report the potential vaccine has been shown to produce a positive immune response” in pre-clinical testing and “is now poised to progress to the next stage which will be Phase one human clinical trials pending [United States] FDA authorization”.

 

COVID-19: Donald Trump Says US Will Donate Ventilators To India 

Current Affairs 2020 - Today Latest Current Affairs News 6WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump addressing the media expressed hope that the COVID-19 vaccine would be available by the end of 2020 and also announced that he was appointing a former pharmaceutical executive to speed up the effort under a project called, “Operation Warp Speed”.

On Saturday, Donald Trump tweeted that the US would help India by donating ventilators. He further tweeted that his country would stand with India and Narendra Modi during this coronavirus pandemic. He praised the Indian-Americans as great scientists and researchers and asserted that they are working hard to develop a vaccine.

His tweet reads, “I am proud to announce that the United States will donate ventilators to our friends in India. We stand with India and Narendra Modi during this pandemic. We’re also cooperating on vaccine development. Together we will beat the invisible enemy! Here is the tweet made by the President of the US.”