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NATIONAL HIV VACCINE AWARENESS DAY – On May 18th, National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day annually recognizes thousands of volunteers, community members, health professionals, and scientists who work together to find a safe and effective HIV vaccine.
NATIONAL VISIT YOUR RELATIVES DAY – National Visit Your Relatives Day on May 18th encourages family members to stay connected. Our hectic lives make it easy to get so caught up in the busyness of today’s fast-paced lifestyle. We often lose touch with our relatives. The observance reminds us to stop for a moment, take some much-needed time and visit those
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- Till May 31, Prohibition on all public gatherings, closure of schools, malls and restaurants, and suspension of flights and Metro services will remain in force.
- National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) extends the ongoing countrywide lockdown to combat the COVID-19 spread till May 31.
- PM eVIDYA, a program for multi-mode access to digital/online education to be launched.
- Public Expenditure on Health will be increased by investing in grass-root health institutions and ramping up Health and Wellness Centres
- FM Nirmala Sitharaman announces the 5th and final tranche of an economic package to combat the impact of COVID-19 on the economy.
- Rs 40,000 crore increase in allocation for MGNREGS to provide an employment boost.
- Mettur Dam opens on June 12 for cross cultivation
- Amban Storm Intensifies as Super Storm in Bengal Sea; Fishermen don’t go fishing in the Bay of Bengal.
- Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy has given a loan of Rs 10 lakh each to 22 tillers.
- All government offices in Tamil Nadu with 50% of employees will be operating from today.
- Israel: New unity government led by PM Netanyahu and his former rival Benny Gantz approved by Knesset (Parliament) in 73-49 votes.
- Afghanistan: President Ashraf Ghani and political rival Abdullah Abdullah strike a power-sharing deal; Ghani to remain President and Abdullah to lead National Reconciliation High Council World Telecommunication and Information Society Day celebrated on May 17.
- World Telecommunication and Information Society Day celebrated on May 17; theme: ‘Connect 2030: ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’
Current Affairs: INDIA
ISRO directs startups to build local tech for Gaganyaan mission
India’s space agency Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has directed the startups to develop tools and machines for its maiden human space flight Gaganyaan-1 mission. ISRO focuses to potentially help them build products and solutions that they can exploit commercially. The move is expected to open up opportunities for new types of companies to come up in India
- Amid lockdown, ISRO has identified a set of 17 technologies that to develop locally at lower costs for use in its Gaganyaan missions.I
- ISRO has opened up its facilities to companies like Larson & Toubro and HAL to build its polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV).
- The startups will develop food and medicines for astronauts, better tools to access machines in a spacecraft, green engines, life support systems including a spacesuit, anti-radiation and thermal protection technologies for spacecraft which will bring the astronauts back to earth safely, and inflatable habitats that are required for the mission.
- ISRO will share its intellectual property for the technologies, except for those that are very strategic, to any private entity that develops them.
MHA issues guidelines to specify National Directives for COVID-19 management
The guidelines will apply to public places and workplaces. The guidelines should be followed by all persons in public places and in transport.
- Under the guidelines issued by MHA, all the people should wear face covers is compulsory, spitting will be punishable with fine, and social distancing should be followed in public places and in transport.
- In Marriage related gatherings, people shall not have more than 50 guests.
- For the last rites and funerals, the maximum number of persons allowed should be 20.
- The guidelines prohibit, the consumption of liquor, paan, gutkha, and tobacco in public places.
- The work from home practice should be followed to the extent possible, and staggering of work hours should be adopted.
- At all entry, exit points, and common areas, provisions for thermal scanning, hand wash, and sanitizers should be provided.
Current Affairs: Tamil Nadu
Corona: This is the state of Tamil Nadu in the fourth phase of the curfew!
The 4th phase of the nationwide curfew has come into effect from today. With the prevalence of Tamil Nadu already increasing day by day, the prevalence has been substantially reduced in the past week by foreigners and foreigners. Thousands of people have come to Tamil Nadu in the past week alone. This is said to increase further vulnerability.
Current Affairs: International
PM of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu sworn-in for the 5th time
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally swore in his new government on 17 May for the fifth time. The ceremony of the swearing-in of Israel’s new government, the Knesset, was held in accordance with coronavirus social distancing directives. Netanyahu will be in power until 13 November 2021. This ended the 18-month political crisis in the country. Benny Gantz will serve in the specially created role of alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister.
Alarm as another German slaughterhouse hit by coronavirus outbreak
Germany has uncovered another cluster of coronavirus infections at a slaughterhouse, fuelling alarm about working conditions in the country’s meatpacking plants. A total of 92 employees at the Westfleisch slaughterhouse in Lower Saxony state have tested positive, local authorities in Osnabrueck district announced late Sunday.
The plants have been closed until further notice and staff have been placed in quarantine, joining a string of German slaughterhouses that have suffered similar outbreaks. Many of the cases have been among abattoir workers from eastern Europe who live in shared accommodation.
Germany has grown increasingly concerned about the meat industry as a hotbed of new coronavirus infections, just as the nation emerges from lockdown and attempts to restart its battered economy.
Two similar outbreaks have occurred in France as well.
A large outbreak at a slaughterhouse in the district of Coesfeld in western Germany earlier this month prompted authorities to embark on mass testing at meat processing sites across the country. More than 260 cases have now been confirmed at the Coesfeld plant.
Another abattoir in the state of Schleswig-Holstein has reported over 100 cases, while one in Bavaria has had around 60. Government ministers are set to discuss the slaughterhouse clusters on Monday, with Labour Minister Hubertus Heil expected to call for stricter oversight of working conditions.