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Current Affairs 20 May 2020

Current Affairs 20 May 2020

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Current Affairs 20 May 2020 includes all newspapers such as The Hindu, The Economic Times, Business Standard, Times of India, PTI, Indian Express, and all Government official websites.

1. Tribal Affairs Minister launches ‘GOAL’ programme to provide online mentorship to tribal youth
  • Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda has launched the “GOAL.
  • GOAL – Going Online As Leaders.
  • It a programme of his Ministry in partnership with Facebook in New Delhi.
  • The GOAL programme is designed to provide mentorship to tribal youth through digital mode.
  • It intends to upskill 5000 tribal youths in the current phase.
2. Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan participates in 73rd WHA online session
  • Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan participated in the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) via video conferencing.
  • A session of the WHA, the decision-making body of the WHO.
  • It is first-ever teleconference due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
  • Ms. Keva Bain : President of the World Health Assembly (WHA).
3. World Bank approves $1 billion to support India’s fight against Covid-19
  • The World Bank approved USD 1 billion ‘Accelerating India’s COVID-19 Social Protection Response Program’.
  • To support the country’s efforts for providing social assistance to the poor and vulnerable households, severely impacted by the pandemic.
  • This takes the total commitment from the Bank in India to $2 bn.
4. Benjamin Netanyahu Israel’s Prime Minister for the fifth time
  • This will be the largest government Israel has ever seen.
  • Benny Gantz was sworn in as Alternate Prime Minister.
5. Israel Names Street After Rabindranath Tagore On the Poet’s 159th Birthday
  • The said street in Tel Aviv.
  • Tagore, who wrote his poetry, novels, stories and plays in Bengali won the prestigious Nobel prize in literature.
  • The only poet from India to have done so.
  • The poet also composed the national anthem of India.
6. Italy develops ‘iFeel – you’ bracelet for Social Distancing
  • iFeel – You, an intelligent bracelet to help with social distancing.
  • It uses a radio signal when another bracelet is approaching and does not use GPS & cannot track the user’s location.
  • Italy Prime Minister : Giuseppe Conte.
7. ARCI jointly develop biodegradable metal implants for use in humans
  • Scientists at International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy & New Materials, ARCI & Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences developed new generation Iron-Manganese based alloys for biodegradable metal implants for use in humans.
  • Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute is located in Trivandrum.
8. CSIR CMERI develops mobile indoor disinfection sprayer to combat COVID-19
  • CSIR = Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
  • CMERI = Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute.
  • They can be used to clean & disinfect pathogenic micro-organism effectively, especially in hospitals.
  • These units can be used to clean frequently touched surfaces.
9. NABARD disburses Rs 20,500 crore to coop banks, RRBs
  • The amount is a part of the Rs 25,000 crore of special refinance facility provided by RBI to NABARD for refinancing RRBs, cooperative banks and MFIs.
  • NABARD is a development bank focussing on rural sector of India.
10. Canara Bank launches special gold loan business vertical
  • Canara Bank, the fourth-largest public sector lender.
  • The bank launched a special business vertical dedicated for gold loans.
  • The Bank’s gold loan products are aimed at providing a quick, hassle-free experience for customers with low-interest cost till June 30, ’20.
  • Canara Bank Headquarters : Bengaluru.
11. Facebook acquires Giphy
  • Facebook acquired Giphy.
  • Giphy is a popular website for making and sharing animated images or GIFs.
  • Giphy will now work as part of the Instagram team.
  • Its GIF library will be integrated with the photo-sharing application as well as with Facebook’s other apps.
  • Giphy was founder : Alex Chung and Jace Coke.
  • Founded in Feb ‘13.
12. IRCON, RZD International sign MoU
  • Ircon International (IRCON) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with RZD International LLC.
  • To explore opportunities for joint development of railways and infrastructure projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
  • IRCON is a Miniratna Schedule A PSE.
  • Chairman & Managing Director of IRCON : S. K. Chaudhary.
13. Government of West Bengal announces new schemes- ‘Sneher Porosh’ & ‘Prochesta’
  • ‘Sneher Porosh’ to provide support for the migrant workers and ‘Prochesta’ to help the workers of the unorganised sector of Bengal.
  • Prochesta Scheme is to provide wages to all daily wage workers.
14. Acer India launches ‘Back to School’ campaign
  • Acer India announced its Back to School primarily aimed at helping students and parents to easily procure a new Acer laptop.
  • It has partnered with EduThrill that uses gamification to deliver tests and assessment tools to unleash more fun in learning.
  • Headquarters of Acer : New Taipei City, Taiwan.
15. Pearson India launches MyPedia Alexa skill to help enhance English vocabulary
  • Digital learning firm Pearson India introduced an interactive skill on Amazon Alexa for learners of all age groups to learn English.
  • The Pearson MyPedia skill offers a collection of engaging stories coupled with fun facts, trivia, quizzes and rewards.
  • MyPedia skill enhances the interest of students in the language.

So, these are all the latest important Current Affairs 20 May 2020.

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