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Current Affairs 8 May 2020

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Current Affairs 8 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.

Current Affairs 8 May 2020
1. World Red Cross Day 8 May 2020
  • World Red Cross Red Crescent Day is celebrated on 8 May each year. 
  • This date is the anniversary of the birth of Henry Dunant, who was born on 8 May 1828.
  • He was the founder of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize.
Current Affairs 8 May 2020
2. Danseuse Leela Samson to head JCB Prize for Literature 2020 jury
  • Noted Bharatanatyam dancer, former chairperson of Sangeet Natak Akademi and author Leela Samson will head the five-member jury for the ₹25 lakh JCB Prize for Literature 2020.
  • The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on November 7.
  • Mita Kapur, Literary Director, The JCB Prize.
Current Affairs 8 May 2020
3. PNB Housing Finance signs MoU with IIT Delhi
  • The initiative will support critical R&D of a unique prototype material to be used in manufacturing sustainable (washable and reusable) PPE surgical gowns and masks.
  • R&D = Research and Development.
  • PPE  = Personal Protective Equipment).
Current Affairs 8 May 2020
4. Ajinkya Rahane appointed ELSA Corp India brand ambassador
  • ELSA Corp India is a global Edu-tech company.
  • He was appointed as ELSA Corp’s brand ambassador for India, Middle East, ANZ and SAARC.
  • Manit Parikh, Country Head : India, ELSA.
Current Affairs 8 May 2020
5. CSIR-IGIB and TATA Sons sign MoU for licensing ‘KNOWHOW’ for rapid diagnosis of Covid-19
  • An MoU was signed between CSIR’s constituent lab, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB) and TATA Sons.
  • The MoU was signed for licensing of ‘KNOWHOW’ for FNCAS9 Editor Linked Uniform Detection Assay (FELUDA) for rapid diagnosis of Covid19.
  • CSIR = Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
Current Affairs 8 May 2020
6. Wipro signs MoU with Maharashtra govt to change Pune campus in 450-bed COVID-19 hospital
  • To help Maharashtra citizens tackle Covid-19 cases, IT-giant Wipro has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the state’s government.
  • Wipro has decided to change its IT campuses in Hinjewadi, Pune, to a 450-bed intermediary care COVID-19 hospital.
  • Wipro is set to complete this task within four weeks time.
Current Affairs 8 May 2020
7. DEA Secretary Tarun Bajaj nominated to RBI Central Board
  • Government has nominated Tarun Bajaj, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, as a Director on the Central Board of Reserve Bank of India.
  • He replaces Atanu Chakraborty to the position in the RBI.
  • Bajaj took over as the DEA secretary on May 1.
Current Affairs 8 May 2020
8. Govt starts Aarogya Setu IVRS services to cater to people having feature phone or landline
  • Union Government has started Aarogya Setu IVRS services to cater to people having feature phone or landline.
  • This service is available across the country.
  • Based on the responses given, citizens will also get an SMS indicating their health status.
  • The service is implemented in 11 regional languages.
  • IVRS = Interactive Voice Response System
9. Govt extends time limit for annual GST returns for financial year 2018-19 till 30 September
  • CBIC = Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs.
  • CBIC Chairperson : M. Ajit Kumar.
10. Karnataka announces Rs 1,610 cr package for farmers, construction workers, weavers, auto & taxi drivers
  • He also announced a new Naikar Samaan Yojana that will provide 2000 rupees financial assistance to the weavers.
  • Karnataka Chief Minister : B S Yediyurappa.
11. HSBC executive Stuart Levey to run Facebook-backed Libra cryptocurrency
  • Libra Cryptocurrency has appointed him as its first chief executive as it seeks to win the favour of global regulators.
  • Stuart Levey is currently chief legal officer at HSBC.
  • Fcaebook Headquarters : Menlo Park, California, United States.
12. Mustafa al-Kadhimi sworn in as prime minister of Iraq
  • Al-Kadhimi, 53, has headed the Iraqi Intelligence Service since June 2016.
  • Iraq, officially the Republic of Iraq.
  • Capital : Baghdad.
13. UP government launches migrant portal and app jansunwai.up.nic.in
  • The purpose is to coordinate smoothly the movement of migrant workers who wish to return to their native places, and are stranded due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister : Yogi Adityanath.
14. Bharat Dynamics signs an MoU with IIT Kanpur to manufacture ventilators for COVID-19 patient Car
  • It will be widely available as a ‘Make in India’ product.
  • Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur.
15. Putin awards commemorative World War II medal to Kim Jong Un
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded Kim Jong Un a commemorative war medal.
  • The award is marking the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany, the Russian embassy in Pyongyang.
  • Country’s Foreign Minister Ri Son-gwon received it.
  • Russia’s ambassador in North Korea, Alexander Matsegora.
16. Uttar Pradesh government launches ‘Ayush Kavach’ app
  • The app is designed to tell users how commonly available kitchen ingredients such as tulsi & cinnamon.
  • The ingredients can be used to enhance the body’s immunity to fight against COVID-19.
  • Uttar Pradesh Governoor : Anandiben Patel.
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17. UNICEF released ‘Lost at Home’ report
  • At the end of 2019, an estimated 46 million people were internally displaced by conflict and violence as per the UNICEF’s ‘Lost at Home’ report.
  • It presents the scale & scope of the internal displacement of children & their families around the world.
  • More than 4 in 10, or 19 million, were to be children.
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18. ‘Nigah’ Scheme to be launched by Himachal Pradesh Government
  • The scheme has been launched, in order to educate the family members of the people coming to the state from various parts of India.
  • Under this a team of ASHA, health & Anganwadi workers will sensitize the family members.
  • Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister : Jairam Thakur.
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19. Jharkhand govt launches 3 schemes to spike man-days for MGNREGA to help returnee migrant workers
  • The Jharkhand government has launched 3 schemes to generate 25 Cr man-days for MGNREGA.
  • To enable the workers earn wages & to provide steady income to the poor households.
  • Jharkhand Chief Minister : Hemant Soren.
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20. This is the last news of current affairs 8 May 2020 : NITI Aayog starts campaign to ‘protect’ senior citizens during COVID-19
  • The name of the campaign is ‘Surakshit Dada-Dadi & Nana-Nani Abhiyan’.
  • The campaign is focussed on ensuring well-being of senior citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The campaign targets to reach in 25 Aspirational Districts.

Current Affairs 8 May 2020.

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