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23:20 IST May 21,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: GoI launches scheme to solarise entire Konark Temple

GoI has launched a scheme for the solarisation of Konark Sun Temple and Konark town in Odisha。 The announcement was made by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy。 The main objective of the scheme is to develop the historical Sun temple town of Konark in Odisha as 'Surya Nagri'。 Highlights: ♦ Under the scheme, the Centre aims to set up the 10-MW grid-connected solar project and various solar off-grid applications such as solar drinking water kiosks, solar trees, and off-grid solar power plants with battery storage。 ♦ It will be set up with a 100% central financial assistance (CFA) support of around Rs。25 crore from the Government of India through the MNRE。 ♦ The implementation of the project will be don。。。

23:10 IST May 21,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: MoD approves 26 Defence items from local suppliers to boost Make in India

Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the procurement of 26 defence items only from local suppliers to boost the "Make in India" initiative. GoI has issued Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India) Order 2017 to promote the manufacturing and production of goods and services in India. Highlights: ♦ MoD has notified 127 items where purchase preference is given to local suppliers as per PPP-MII 2017.  ♦ It also aims to encourage procurement from local suppliers. The procuring entities shall procure these items only from local suppliers, irrespective of the purchase value, provided that the local suppliers meet the Minimum Local Content (MLC) as prescribed ...

22:47 IST May 21,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: SCTIMST launched Agappe Chitra Magna

爱乐透彩票Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) launched the "Agappe Chitra Magna", a magnetic nanoparticle-based RNA extraction kit for use during testing for detection of COVID-19. The RNA extraction kit was developed by SCTIMST along with Agappe Diagnostics Ltd, an in vitro diagnostics manufacturing company based in Cochin. Agappe Chitra Magna: ♦ Agappe Chitra Magna has been independently validated at the National Institute of Virology for COVID-19 RNA isolation. It is approved by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO). ♦ The kit can be used for RNA extraction for RT-LAMP, RT-qPCR, RT-PCR, and other isothermal and PCR based protocols for the detection ...

10:05 IST May 21,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: National Anti-Terrorism Day is observed on 21 May

National Anti-Terrorism Day is observed on 21 May every year in India. The day aims to raise awareness about the anti-social act of terrorism and its impact on human suffering and lives. The day marks the death anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi, the Former Prime Minister of India. The day also aims to spread the message of peace and humanity and to promote unity among people.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the day has been decided to be observed with precautions. Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has advised that 'Anti-Terrorism Pledge' may be taken solemnly by the Officials in their rooms/offices itself. History: The seventh Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi was ...

09:49 IST May 21,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: Cabinet approves Special Liquidity Scheme for NBFCs, HFCs to address their Liquidity Stress

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the proposal of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) to launch a new Special Liquidity Scheme for Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) and Housing Finance Companies (HFCs). The scheme aims to improve the liquidity position of the NBFCs/HFCs. Proposed Scheme: ♦ The Government has proposed a framework for addressing the liquidity constraints of NBFCs/HFCs through a Special Liquidity Scheme.  ♦ As per the scheme, a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) would be set up to manage a Stressed Asset Fund (SAF) whose special securities would be guaranteed by the Government of India (GoI) and purchased by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) only.

22:15 IST May 20,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: World Bee day is observed on 20 May

爱乐透彩票World Bee day is observed on 20 May every year. The day aims to strengthen measures to protect bees and other pollinators. The day aims to spread awareness about the significance of pollinators like bees, butterflies, bats, and sparrows. Theme: The theme for 2020 World Bee Day is "Save the Bees". The theme aims to stress the protection of bees and other pollinators. It also aims at protecting the natural habitat of pollinators.  History: The United Nations initiated the observation of World Bee day. The days also commemorate the birth anniversary of the pioneer of beekeeping Anton Jansa who was born in 1734 in Slovenia. The UN Member ...

21:47 IST May 20,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: Cabinet approves extension for the welfare of Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana

The Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the extension for the welfare of Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY). It aims to enable old age income security for Senior Citizens: Highlights: ♦ As per the approval, the scheme is extended up to 31 March 2023 for a further period of three years beyond 31 March 2020. ♦ It also allowed initially an assured rate of return of 7.40% per annum for the year 2020-21 per annum and thereafter to be reset every year. ♦ Annual reset of the assured rate of interest with effect from 1 April of the financial year in line with the revised rate of returns of Senior Citizens Saving Scheme (SCS...

21:16 IST May 20,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: ICMR Clinical Trials begins on BCG Vaccine to treat Coronavirus infected patients

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is to conduct a 10-month trial on the Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine. The trial is to find a vaccine to prevent COVID-19.  BCG vaccine: BCG vaccine is derived from an isolate of Mycobacterium Bovis. It uses a live attenuated strain where the potency of the pathogen is artificially disabled, but identifying characters are retained. This method is used across the world, including in India for decades, against tuberculosis (TB). ICMR's Trial: The trial conducted by the ICMR will focus on the vaccine's potential in reducing the chance of COVID-19 death,

20:59 IST May 20,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: Cabinet approves Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) on 20 May 2020. The scheme aims to boost investments in the fisheries sector and increase of competitiveness of fish and fisheries products. Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana: ♦ The Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana scheme aims to bring about Blue Revolution through sustainable and responsible development of the fisheries sector in India under two components namely, Central Sector Scheme (CS) and Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS).  ♦ The total estimated investment for the scheme is Rs.20,050 crore comprising of the Central government share of Rs.9,407 crore, State...

20:48 IST May 20,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: Ayushman Bharat beneficiaries touch 1 crore

Ayushman Bharat beneficiaries set a milestone by touching 1 crore count across the country. The scheme is meant only for poor and economically-deprived people in India. The eligible families to avail the benefits of the scheme are fixed based on the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC). Ayushman Bharat: Ayushman Bharat or the National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2018 in Ranchi, Jharkhand. The mission is popularly known as Modicare. The flagship health insurance programme of GoI aims to provide Rs.5 lakh hospitalization cover to up to 107.4 million poor and vulnerable families.

20:34 IST May 20,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan named as chairman of WHO Executive Board

The Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has been elected as the chairman of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Executive Board. He will assume the charge on 22 May 2020. He will succeed Dr. Hiroki Nakatani of Japan, who is the current Chairman of the WHO Executive Board. The proposal to appoint India's nominee to the executive board was signed by the 194-nation World Health Assembly (WHA). WHO Executive Board: ♦ The Executive Board is composed of 34 individuals who are technically qualified in the field of health, each one designated by a member state elected to do so by the WHA. The Member States are elected for a tenure of three-year. ♦ The Executive Board meets at least twice a ...

19:45 IST May 19,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: NABARD released Rs.20,500 crore to co-operative banks, RRBs

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) released Rs.20,500 crore to co-operative banks and regional rural banks (RRBs) for on-lending. The disbursement to RRBs and Co-operative banks is the part of Rs.25,000 crore of special refinance plan which was approved by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to RRBs, Co-operative banks and Microfinance Institutions (MFIs). Highlights: ♦ Of the total, Rs.15,200 crore has been released to cooperative banks and Rs.5,300 crore to RRBs as special liquidity facilities in various states. ♦ The funds to the co-operative banks and RRBs aims to ensure the availability of liquidity with the Banks to finance farmers for taking up pre-monsoon and Kha...

19:44 IST May 19,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: FIEO states India shows 20 percent fall in export during FY21 due to COVID-19 pandemic

The Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) reported thatt the export from India is expected to fall by 20%, around $50-$60 billion, in the current fiscal year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also suggested a decline in imports. Highlights: ♦ FIEO directed the exporters to improve their competitiveness in the global markets. ♦ It also requested the GoI to provide 2% additional Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS) support to all exports and 4% to labor-intensive sectors like apparel, leather, handicraft, carpets, marine, tea, and processed food. ♦ Merchandise exports constitute around 12% of India's GDP, and foreign exchange earning is around $320 billion.

19:04 IST May 19,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: MoHUA announced results of Star rating of garbage-free cities

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) announced results of the Star rating of garbage-free cities for the assessment year 2019-2020. A total of six cities have been certified as 5-Star, 65 cities as 3-Star, and 70 cities as 1-Star. The results were announced by Hardeep S, Puri, Minister of State (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs. The revised protocol for the Star Rating Framework was also launched. Highlights: ♦ The Star Rating Protocol was launched by MoHUA in January 2018. The aim is to institutionalize a mechanism for cities to achieve Garbage Free status and motivate cities to achieve higher degrees of cleanliness.  ♦ The 6 5-star rated cities are Ambikapur, Rajkot, Surat...

18:39 IST May 19,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: Cyclone AMPHAN has developed into a super cyclone in the Bay of Bengal

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) alerted Cyclone "AMPHAN" which has developed into a super cyclone in the Bay of Bengal on 19 May. The intensification of the storm from category I cyclone to category V in less than 18 hours. Highlights: ♦ Cyclone AMPHAN is linked with climate change.  ♦ The reasons including high Sea Surface Temperature, low Vertical Shear Winds, and enough Moisture in the middle layers of the atmosphere led to the intensification of the cyclone. ♦ Amphan is the first super cyclone to hit the North-eastern region of Bangladesh and the Khulna-Chattogram region in the past 20 years since a super cyclone-hit Odisha in 1999 causing widesp...

18:37 IST May 19,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: Madhya Pradesh launched Charan Paduka initiative for migrant labourers

Madhya Pradesh state government launched the Charan Paduka initiative。 The first of its kind of initiative is for the migrant labourers passing through the Madhya Pradesh。 Charan Paduka Initiative: ♦ Under the Charan Paduka campaign, the migrant labourers who are heading back to their native land will be provided shoes and slippers to reduce their pain。  ♦ The campaign is being conducted by the police in most places。 It aims to send the labourers to their homes respectfully amid COVID-19。 ♦ The Charan Paduka campaign started from the Rau Police Station of Indore。 ♦ The new initiative to support migrant labourers has spread in many cities of Madh。。。

18:05 IST May 19,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: Development of Museums and Cultural Spaces hosted a webinar on Revitalising Museums and Cultural Spaces

Development of Museums and Cultural Spaces, Ministry of Culture, Government of India hosted a webinar on "Revitalising Museums and Cultural Spaces" on 18 May. The webinar aimed to celebrate the International Museum Day and kick start conversations around creating sustainable cultural organizations in post-pandemic India. Highlights: ♦ The webinar featured some of the best experts in the museum and cultural spaces domain including Founder Trustee of Museum of Art and Photography (MAP), Bengaluru Shri Abhishek Poddar, President of Kochi Biennale Foundation Shri Bose Krishnamachari, Founder and CEO of Cuseum Shri Brendan Ciecko, Managing Director of  Teamwork Arts Shi Sanjoy K Roy and CEO of M...

17:43 IST May 19,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: India participated in 73rd WHA

India participated in the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) on 18 May. India was represented by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare through video conference. WHA addressed Global Vaccine Plan, polio eradication, and neglected tropical diseases other than COVID-19. Highlights: ♦ On this platform, the health leaders committed to fighting COVID-19 pandemic together, in unity, in solidarity.  ♦ Australia initiated the COVID-19 investigation during the conference. China showed its opposition to investigate. ♦ The committee decided to work on the transmission routes of the virus to find out the possible host and look for solutions to prevent such outbre...

17:41 IST May 19,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: GoI to implements Shekatkar Committee recommendations related to creating border infrastructure

Government has decided to implement three important recommendations of the Shekatkar Committee of Experts (CoE). The CoE is headed by the Chairmanship of Lt General D B Shekatkar (Retd). The recommendations are related to border Infrastructure like speeding up road construction, leading to socio-economic development in the border areas. Highlights: ♦ GoI has implemented the recommendation of CoE to outsource road construction work beyond the optimal capacity of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO). As per the recommendation, Centre has made it mandatory to adopt Engineering Procurement Contract (EPC) mode for execution of all works costing more than

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