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Current Affairs 2020 - Today Latest Current Affairs News 1INTERNATIONAL TEA DAY – The United Nations observes International Tea Day. The resolution to celebrate International Tea Day was adopted in 2019 by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

NATIONAL AMERICAN RED CROSS FOUNDER’S DAY – On May 21st, National American Red Cross Founder’s Day marks the anniversary of the American Red Cross. Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in 1881 and became the first president of the organization. She led the organization for the next twenty-three years.

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India

  • Super cyclonic storm Amphan causes havoc in parts of WB, Odisha; NCMC reviews rescue and relief operations.
  •   Govt directs central agencies to remain in touch with Odisha and West Bengal to provide all necessary assistance expeditiously
  •  COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 40.31 pct
  •  Railways to start 200 trains from June 1; Online booking begins
  •  Civil Aviation Ministry issues guidelines for domestic flight resumption; passengers with confirmed web check-in can enter an airport.
  • Centre launches scheme for 100% solarization of Konark Sun Temple & Konark town in Odisha

ECONOMIC

  • Cabinet approves Rs 3 lakh crore Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) for the MSME sector; loans at 9.25% rate.
  • Govt. approves methodology for auction of coal blocks for commercial mining on revenue sharing basis
  • Finance Ministry exempts B2B firms from using only BHIM, RuPay for accepting payments
  • UP CM launches ‘Uttar Pradesh Startup Fund’; hands over 1st installment of Rs 15 crore to SIDBI.

WORLD

  • Nepal reports 17 new COVID-19 cases; national tally at 444.
  • Bangladesh ports lower-danger signals as Amphan weakens into land depression.
  • Cyclone Amphan crosses Bangladesh Coastline, 4 dead, widespread damage caused.
  • General Elections cannot be held on the 20th of June: Sri Lanka EC informs SC.
  • Nepal: 25 more persons tested COVID-19 positive today; total rises to 427.
  • UN Secretary-General suggests world leaders send video statements for 75th annual meeting

 

 

Current Affairs: INDIA

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Super cyclonic storm Amphan causes havoc in parts of WB, Odisha; NCMC reviews rescue and relief operations

The severe cyclonic storm Ampan has caused extensive damage to the four coastal districts of Odisha- Bhadrak, Balasore, Kendrapada, and Jagatsingpur. The state government has asked the Collectors of the four districts to submit a report within 48 hours regarding the damages caused by Amphan.

The cyclonic storm Amphan caused widespread damage to the four districts Bhadrak, Balasore, Kendrapada, and Jagatsingpur of coastal Odisha. While one minor allegedly died in Bhadrak district but the government is yet to confirm whether it happened due to Amphan. Some parts of coastal Odisha experienced heavy to heavy rainfall with the speedy wind. Several trees were uprooted, roofs of kutcha houses blown away, and power infrastructure suffered damaged in these four districts as maximum wind speed crossed 100 km per hour in some places. Standing paddy crops also suffered extensively
damage in these areas.

The state government has asked to submit a report on the damages caused by the cyclone to the district collectors. According to preliminary assessments around 65 power feeder units were damaged. Soon after the cyclone passed the official teams were on the ground to restore damaged pieces of equipment. A total of 36 teams of NDRF and ODRAF have been engaged along with 100 teams of OFDC. Rescue and relief operations and repair works have been undertaken on a war footing basis.

In West Bengal, the Task Force set up by the State Government on Amphan management will meet this afternoon to ascertain the extent of damages caused by the cyclonic storm. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will preside over the meeting at the State Secretariat in Kolkata. The super cyclonic storm has caused havoc in North and South 24 Paraganas, Howrah, Hooghly, Nadia, East, and West Midnapur districts including Kolkata. According to sources, 17 people have died in rain-related incidents at various parts of the State so far. West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar termed the devastation as furious in recent past centuries.

The devastation caused by the super cyclonic Storm AMPHEN is unprecedented in the history of the State. Most of the river embankments in different districts including vast areas of Sundarbans have been breached. A huge number of houses, standing crops were damaged. Innumerable trees were uprooted. Telephone, internet, and electricity connections have also been snapped in vast areas. As trees, electrical pillers were uprooted on the roads vehicular traffic movements were also disrupted in Kolkata. Water supply has also been affected in different areas. Different agencies including NDRF, SDRF, Civic bodies, Fire Brigade have started relief and restoration work on work footing.

Speaking exclusively to AIR News Director General of Meteorology, India Meteorological Department, Dr. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, shared notifications on the AMPHAN cyclone.

Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba today reviewed the situation in the ‘AMPHAN’ cyclone-affected areas of Odisha and West Bengal in the meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee. Chief Secretaries of Odisha and West Bengal informed that timely and accurate forecast by the Indian Meteorological Department and advance the deployment of National Disaster Response Force facilitated in the evacuation of about 5 lakh people in West Bengal and about 2 lakh in Odisha.

 

Prakash Javadekar to talk to all community radios of the country simultaneously tomorrow

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar will talk to all community radios of the country simultaneously tomorrow. The program will take place at 7 PM. It is aimed at connecting with people in remote corners of the country.

India performs one lakh tests per day; attains landmark in the fight against COVID-19

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India has reached a landmark in its fight against COVID-19 by performing one lakh tests per day. Starting from less than 100 tests per day, a multiple fold increase in just two months was made possible by dedicated teams of various stakeholders including research institutions, medical colleges, testing laboratories, Ministries, airlines, and postal services. It is a remarkable journey of India becoming self-reliant in its testing capabilities.

The Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR has said that a total of one lakh three thousand 532 samples of coronavirus were tested in the last 24 hours. The figure for the total number of tests has reached 26 lakh 15 thousand 920 in the country.

AIR correspondent reports, in January 2020, India had only one testing laboratory for COVID-19 at the Indian Council of Medical Research’s National Institute of Virology, Pune. Today there are 569 laboratories including government and private laboratory chains across India for testing samples of coronavirus. India faced an unprecedented challenge both in terms of technicalities and scale in the initial period of the coronavirus outbreak in the country. To overcome this challenge, the government associated with the domestic industry to achieve self-sufficiency in testing capabilities.

ICMR has approved 14 validation centers to review the request for approving any new laboratories for COVID testing and to expedite RT-PCR kits produced by the industry. A total of 71 RT-PCR kits of the various companies have been evaluated so far.

In order to ensure that the supplies reached every laboratory in a timely manner amid the nationwide lockdown, the services of the Ministry of Civil Aviation under ‘Mission Lifeline Udan’ were availed. In the last 2 months, 40 tonnes of testing material has been transported in more than 150 flight operations.

 

Two special flights to bring Indians back from Germany on May 28, 29

The government is undertaking the largest-ever evacuation of stranded Indian nationals from countries across the world to India under the Vande Bharat Mission. The second phase of Vande Bharat Mission began from the 16th of this month and is coming to an end today.
18 additional countries were covered under the second phase including Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, Italy, France, Germany, Ireland, Canada, Japan, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Georgia, Tajikistan, and Armenia. AIR correspondent reports that the ambit is being broadened every week in a phased manner and government is now looking to bring back more stranded nationals from Europe.

As part of the Vande Bharat Mission, two special Air India flights have been scheduled from Germany to India on the 28th and 29th of this month to Delhi and Bengaluru. The Embassy of India, Berlin has received a large number of registrations from Indian nationals stranded in Germany to return to India. Passengers will have to bear the cost of travel by these flights as well as for the mandatory quarantine facilities on arrival to India.

 

 

Current Affairs: Tamil Nadu

 

Tamil Nadu: Karuvai season to begin after June 12; Mettur Dam to open up for irrigation

Current Affairs 2020 - Today Latest Current Affairs News 4Paddy farmers in Tamil  Nadu’s “Cradle of Paddy Cultivation” the Cauvery Delta region, are busy preparing the ground for next season’s sowing. The sowing for the Karuvai season is expected to begin after June 12th when the Mettur Dam will be opened up for irrigation purposes.

In anticipation of this, agriculture preparatory works for sowing are going on in full swing in the region. These include de-silting and cleaning of irrigation canals, wells, and water tanks necessary groundwork for ensuring maximum yield from the sowing pattern, etc.

The Tamil Nadu Agricultural and Horticultural departments as well as Krishi Vigyan Kendras of the ICAR set up in rural areas are fully geared up to assist the farmers in their preparatory works. The Soil Health Card system of the Union Government is also proving to be helpful for the farmer in helping to decide on the correct manure mix for the soil conditions.

The decision to include agricultural works also in the job schemes permissible under MGNREGA has also come as a relief to the agricultural sector in general during the Covid-19 lockdown.

In the meantime, quality Karuvai paddy seedlings have been prepared for use in the Cauvery Delta region. These seedlings are being distributed at subsidized rates through the numerous extension centers of the Agriculture department.

The Joint Director of Agriculture Services of the Trichy Division has requested farmers in the delta region to make use of these standard quality seedlings and to assure maximum yield in the next season.

 

Film shooting permitted with certain restrictions in Tamil Nadu

Current Affairs 2020 - Today Latest Current Affairs News 5In a major relief to the silver screen and small screen industry in Tamil Nadu, film shooting has been permitted with certain restrictions. The move comes after the representatives of the industries giving representations to the Government to reopen their shooting activities.

AIR correspondent reports, initially the Tamil Nadu Government permitted the pending post-production works of several films and television serials from May 11. After the government partially opened up the economic and industrial activities since last Monday, demands were made by the cinema and teleserial industry to permit shooting as well. Paying heed to the demands, indoor shooting has been allowed outside the containment areas.

Shooting in open space is allowed only in rural areas that are free from the pandemic and visitors are barred from the shooting spot. Shooting is permitted in houses only if they have compound walls. Disinfection, hand sanitation, and other safety protocols have been mandated during the activities.

 

Current Affairs: Sports

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Haryana govt allows opening all sports complexes and stadiums

Current Affairs 2020 - Today Latest Current Affairs News 6Haryana Government said, under the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs for containment of COVID-19, all Sports Complexes and Stadiums in the state have been permitted to open.

Giving this information at Chandigarh, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Sandeep Singh said, all the District Sports & Youth Affairs Officers have been directed to ensure maintaining of social distance to ensure availability of sanitizers at every point where needed. He said all officials, coaches and trainees will wear face masks. However spectators will not be allowed, he added.

The minister said that all sports staff and players shall use ‘Arogya Setu’ application. The instruction issued by PWD (B&R) in respect of the use of Air Conditioners in office buildings shall be strictly followed, he added.
Mr. Singh said that the Sports Department will ensure the provision of health screening via non-contact thermal temperature checks also. The record of such screening will be maintained and awareness briefing of all the persons entering sports stadiums/complexes will be conducted by the health department.

The Minister said that athletes with age less than 18 years have to take written confirmation from their parents. The swimming pool will not be opened under any circumstances.

Current Affairs: International

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General Elections cannot be held on 20th of June: Sri Lanka EC informs SC

In Sri Lanka, the Election Commission has informed the Supreme Court that General Elections cannot be held on the 20th of June, as scheduled because of the current COVID situation in the country.

This was stated by a lawyer representing the Commission Chairman during hearing of multiple Fundamental Rights (FR) petitions challenging the date set for the elections.

The commission said, it would require nine to eleven weeks after the health authorities green signal in order to make preparations, explaining that curfew and restrictions on movement were resulting in a serious reduction of manpower and workable hours.

The hearing before the five-judge bench commenced on Monday and will continue tomorrow. Sri Lanka’s Parliament was dissolved on the 2nd of March with polling declared for the 25th of April. However, the poll date had to be postponed due to the COVID crisis.

Election laws require that new Parliament would meet within three months of the dissolution which is not possible to meet. Opposition parties and civil society groups had demanded the reinstatement of old Parliament but the government under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has refused to do so.

The FR petitions were filed by these groups challenging the date of elections not meeting the stipulated criteria.

Bangladesh ports lower danger signal as Amphan weakens into land depression

Current Affairs 2020 - Today Latest Current Affairs News 8With Cyclone Amphan moving further inland, the maritime ports of Mongla, Payara, Chattogram, and Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh have been advised to lower the danger signal from great danger 10 and 9 to local cautionary signal 3. The latest special weather bulletin issued by the Met Department of Bangladesh said that the cyclone now lies over the Rajshahi Pabna region.

It is likely to move further in the North-northeasterly direction and weaken gradually. The bulletin warned that Coastal areas of Satkhira, Khulna, Bagherhat, Borguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, and Barisal among others will experience wind speed of 40-50 kilometer per hour (Kmph).

The Amphan cyclone crossed the coastal areas of Bangladesh by midnight on Wednesday bringing in its wake heavy rains, storm surges, and flooding. As high-speed wind and rain lashed these areas, a low-lying place was inundated, embankments collapsed, trees uprooted and kutcha houses were damaged. Seven people are reported to be killed by the cyclone in Barguna, Satkhira, Pirojpur, Bhola and Patuakhali districts of Bangladesh.

Many rivers in the country were flowing above the danger mark due to water surge caused by the Cyclone.

The Meghna, Bhola, Baleshwar, Bishkhali, and Paira rivers were flowing above the danger mark at several points in Patuakhali, Barguna, and Bagerhat. Electricity supply was disrupted in most of the South-Western region of Bangladesh. Most of the areas of Barishal and Khulna division have no electricity supply since Wednesday noon.
The relief and rescue operations continued in the cyclone-affected areas. In certain areas where river embankments have been breached local administration and people have started working to repair the breach.
Earlier, the government had undertaken a massive exercise of evacuating 24 lakh people from the cyclone-affected districts. 5 lakh domestic animals were also rescued. The government had increased the number of cyclone shelters to more than 14,000 to accommodate the people affected by the cyclone. Air Force, Navy, and other government agencies have started working to rescue people and provide relief to the affected persons.

 

Nepal reports 17 new COVID-19 cases; national tally at 444

In Nepal, 17 new cases of COVID-19 were reported today taking the national tally to 444. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 15 people from Jhapa district and one each from Dhankuta and Sunsari districts was diagnosed with COVID-19 today.

New patients are from 18 to 51 years of age and their condition is normal. There are 397 active cases in Nepal, while 45 patients have recovered. Two persons have lost their lives due to coronavirus so far. Currently 23,202 people are under quarantine and 380 persons kept in isolation across the country.