Current Affairs 20 May 2020
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Top 10 Current Affairs of 20 May 2020
Government implements Shekatkar Committee recommendations related to creating border infrastructure
- Government has accepted and implemented three important recommendations of Committee of Experts (CoE) under the Chairmanship of Lt General D B Shekatkar (Retd) relating to border Infrastructure
- These were related to speeding up road construction, leading to socio economic development in the border areas.
- On the matter related to creating border infrastructure, the Government has implemented recommendation of CoE to outsource road construction work beyond optimal capacity of Border Roads….Click Here to Read More
India provides USD 2 mn aid to UN agency working for Palestinian refugees
- India has given USD 2 million in aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency working for the welfare of Palestinian refugees in support of its core programmes and services, including education and health, amidst the coronavirus crisis.
- India had increased its annual contribution to the UNRWA from USD 1.25 million in 2016 to USD 5 million in 2019.
- It pledged another USD 5 million for 2020 which opens its way to become a member of the agency’s advisory commission, according to official sources.
- The United Nations Relief and Works Agency….Click Here to Read More
Star Rating of Garbage Free Cities- Know India’s 3-star and 5-star cities
- Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs announced the results of the star rating of garbage-free cities for the year 2019-2020.
- The star rating of garbage-free cities evaluates cities on the basis of cleanliness indicators and accordingly rate on the scale of 1 to 7.
- As many as six cities namely – Ambikapur, Rajkot, Surat, Mysuru, Indore and Navi Mumbai – have been certified as 5-star. While 65 cities have been certified as 3-star, 70 cities have got the 1-star rating.
- According to the information shared….Click Here to Read More
Army’s “Game-Changing” Proposal To Allow 3-Year Tenure For Civilians
- The Army is considering a proposal to allow civilians, including young working professionals, to join the force for 3 years as officers and in other ranks in areas like logistics and front-line formations.
- The Army is also considering to take personnel from the paramilitary and central armed police forces for up to 7 years, after which they would be allowed to return to their parent organisations, military sources have said.
- The “game-changing” proposal to allow civilians to work for three years in the Army is being examined by top commanders. “If approved, it will be a voluntary engagement and there will be no dilution in selection criteria. Initially, 100 officers and 1,000 men are being considered for recruitment,”.
- Age and fitness will be among the key criteria….Click Here to Read More
Nepal approves new political map including India’s Kalapani, Lipulekh as its territory
- Nepal’s cabinet has endorsed a new political map showing Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura under its territory, amid a border dispute with India.
- The move announced by foreign minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali came weeks after he said that efforts were on to resolve the border issue with India through diplomatic.
- Nepal’s ruling Nepal Communist Party lawmakers have also tabled a special resolution in Parliament demanding return of Nepal’s territory in Kalapani, Limpiyadhura and Lipulekh.
- The official map of Nepal will soon be made….Click Here to Read More
Banking & Finance
NABARD releases Rs 20,500 crore to RRBs & Co-op banks
- The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard), on Monday, said it has extended ₹20,500-crore special liquidity facility to co-operative banks (₹15,200 crore) and Regional Rural Banks (₹5,300 crore) in various States.
- This is against the ₹5,000 crore lent during the first quarter of the last year, Nabard said in a statement.
- The special liquidity facility is with a view to augment the resources of the Cooperative banks and RRBs to enable them to extend….Click Here to Read More
Indian economy to contract 5% in FY21 – Goldman Sachs
- American brokerage Goldman Sachs expects the Indian economy to contract by 5 per cent in FY21, making it the worst performance by the country ever.
- The brokerage said the GDP will contract by a mind-boggling 45 per cent in the June quarter as compared to the January-March period on an annualised basis, because of the continuing lockdown which is chilling economic activity, before recovering later.
- A slew of watchers are expecting a contraction in the Indian economy in FY21, some even after the ₹20 lakh crore stimulus announced by the government. Goldman was earlier expecting a 0.4 per cent contraction….Click Here to Read More
India”s Chief Hydrographer Vice Admiral Vinay Badhwar wins UK award
- Vice Admiral Vinay Badhwar, the National Hydrographer to the government of India, has been honoured with the 2019 Alexander Dalrymple Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Indian hydrography and across the wider Indian Ocean region, the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) said in a statement.
- The award, first presented by the UK Ministry of Defence-sponsored UKHO in 2006, is named after the first Hydrographer of….Click Here to Read More
Accenture acquires Byte Prophecy to deliver advanced analytics and AI solutions to enterprises
- Multinational corporation Accenture, announced that it has acquired Ahmedabad-based data analytics company Byte Prophecy to meet the growing demand for enterprise-scale artificial intelligence (AI) and digital analytics solutions across India.
- Piyush N Singh, Accenture India’s market unit lead and sales lead for growth markets, said that as decision making has become more complex for businesses they are relying on advanced analytics and AI solutions to ensure driven, rapid decision making.
- With this acquisition, Accenture will strengthen its existing consulting and technology capabilities. Besides this, it will also add….Click Here to Read More
South Central Railway develops ‘Rail-Bot’ to provide better health care to COVID patients
- In the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, the South Central Railway zone has developed a robotic device, “RAIL-BOT” (R-BOT) to assist in the functions of hospital management so that they can provide better health care to the COVID patients.
- The innovation is developed by Hem Singh Banoth, Additional Divisional Railway Manager, Hyderabad Division, SCR and his team. The robot has received appreciation from the Zone’s head, Gajanan Mallya, General manager, SCR.
- According to a press release from the….Click Here to Read More
Anil Kumble-led ICC Committee calls for ban on saliva to shine ball – COVID-19 Impact
- Anil Kumble-led panel ICC Cricket Committee recommended banning the use of saliva to shine the ball among several other changes to ICC regulations to mitigate the risks posed by the COVID-19 virus.
- During a meeting over a conference call, the committee also pushed for bringing back two non-neutral umpires for all international matches.
- The recommendations of the Cricket Committee will now be presented to the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee in early June for approval.
- The ICC Cricket Committee heard from….Click Here to Read More
Marathi Writer, Director, Ratnakar Matkari Dies of COVID-19 at 81
- Veteran Marathi writer and playwright Ratnakar Matkari has died.
- Matkari, 81, considered a pioneer of the children”s drama movement in Marathi, died at a hospital in suburban Marol here late Sunday night.
- The national-award-winning writer, who was considered a pioneer of the children’s drama movement in Marathi was reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 last week
- From story books for kids to plays, his work in Marathi literature was phenomenal, a writer said.
- According to latest reports, Ratnakar Matkari was….Click Here to Read More
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