Latest Current Affairs 12th May 2020

Testing capacity for COVID-19 rises to 1 lakh tests per day in the country: Dr Harsh Vardhan:Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan today interacted with Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh to review preparedness and containment measures taken for COVID-19 management.

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People show gratitude towards nurses on International Nurses Day:Today is International Nurses Day. The country is battling the Corona epidemic and in such a situation the role of nurses is very special.

Dr S Jaishankar holds virtual joint commission with Denmark counterpart, reviews bilateral ties:External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar held his first virtual joint commission today with Denmark Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod and reviewed bilateral ties.

Nitin Gadkari addresses a meeting on impact of COVID-19 on MSMEs:Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has emphasized exploring Agro MSMEs, Fishing MSMEs, and Forest MSMEs for manufacturing products using local raw material. He said this while addressing a meeting on impact of COVID-19 on MSMEs via video conferencing today.

Self reliant India based on 5 pillars of Economy, Infrastructure, System, Demography and Demand, says Prime Minister:Addressing the nation today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that building a Self Reliant India was essential in a post COVID-19 world. He highlighted that India’s self reliance would be based on 5 pillars – Economy, Infrastructure, System, Demography and Demand.

PM Narendra Modi announces Rs 20 lakh cr special economic package to deal with COVID-19:Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a special economic package worth over 20 lakh crore rupees and 10% of India’s GDP in view of the coronavirus pandemic. He said the package would provide relief to almost every segment of the population.

Special passenger trains start ferrying passengers to 14 destinations in various parts of country:Indian Railways has restarted special passenger train services today. Initially, 15 pairs of trains are being run with passengers onboard.

#IndiaFightsCorona: Union Health Minister holds virtual meet with Uttarakhand CM, DMs:Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday chaired a review meeting through video conferencing with the Uttrakhand Chief Minister and District Magistrates of various districts.

Indian Railways makes downloading Aarogya Setu app mandatory as some trains resume services:The Indian Railways, which had on Monday advised passengers availing the special trains that started operating on Tuesday to install the government’s Aarogya Setu mobile application, has now made it “mandatory” to do so.

#IndiaFightsCorona: Death toll in India stands at 2,293 currently:Here are the latest figures in India as on 12 May, 8 AM:

Railways resumes services of 15 passenger trains from today:Indian Railways gradually restarted passenger train services from Tuesday with 15 pairs of trains initially.

Factory workers return to assembly lines in Michigan, US:In the US, factory workers began returning to assembly lines in Michigan, paving the way to reopen the auto sector but stoking fears of a second wave of coronavirus infections as strict lockdowns are eased across the country

WHO warns countries for reopening of their economies without setting up strong contact tracing:A top world health official has warned that countries are essentially driving blind in reopening their economies without setting up strong contact tracing to beat back flare-ups of the coronavirus.

WHO joins hundreds of partners worldwide to highlight importance of nurses:On the occasion of the International Nurses Day and the 200th Birth Anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the World Health Organization (WHO) joins hundreds of partners worldwide to highlight the importance of nurses in the health care continuum and thank nurses for what they do

Number of COVID-19 cases jumps to 191 as 57 more persons tested positive today:In Nepal, the number of COVID-19 cases has jumped to 191 as 57 more persons tested positive today.

#VandeBharatMission: Fourth flight evacuating Indians from Bangladesh leaves for Srinagar:The fourth evacuation flight from Bangladesh left Dhaka for Srinagar at 11 a.m on Tuesday.

#VandeBharatMission: INS Jalashwa to bring back Indians from Male on May 15:As part of Samudra Setu Mission, Indian navy ship INS Jalashwa will sail again from Maldives capital of Male this Friday bringing back residents of Kerala and Lakshadweep.

Europe, New York start emerging from lockdown as fresh cases hit China, South Korea:Swathes of Europe as well as New York began the long process of reopening from coronavirus lockdowns on Monday, but a resurgence of infections in China and South Korea offered a sobering reminder of the dangers of a second wave of cases.

Slight earthquake rattles Rome awake, no damage known yet:A slight earthquake rattled Romans awake early on Monday.

Gold prices rise on fears about second wave of coronavirus infection:Spot gold was up 0.4% at $1,702.69 per ounce. U.S. gold futures climbed 0.5% to $1,705.90 per ounce.

Sensex slumps over 400 points; Nifty drops below 9,200:Equity benchmark Sensex dropped over 400 points in opening session on Tuesday dragged by losses in index-heavyweights HDFC twins, Reliance Industries and ICICI Bank amid weak cues from global markets.

SAI forms committee to prepare SOP to resume training post lockdown:Sports Authority of India (SAI) has formed a committee to prepare a Standard Operating Procedure to resume training in all SAI Centres in all sporting disciplines after the lockdown is lifted

Vettel to leave Ferrari by end of 2020 F1 season:Four times world champion Sebastian Vettel will leave Ferrari at the end of the 2020 Formula One season, the Italian team said on Tuesday.

Grammy winning-singer Betty Wright dies at 66:Iconic soul and R&B singer Betty Wright died after a battle with cancer. She was 66

With new cases, South Korean investigators comb digital data to trace club cluster:South Korean authorities were combing through mobile phone data, credit card statements and CCTV footage on Tuesday to identify people who visited nightclubs at the centre of one of the capital’s biggest novel coronavirus clusters.

Coronavirus lockdowns could spark rise in HIV infections, warn experts:If lockdowns and stay-at-home orders are succeeding in slowing the spread of the coronavirus, health experts warn that the measures could unintentionally undermine efforts to contain another potentially deadly disease: HIV.

International tourism could decline by 60-80% in 2020: UN:International tourism could decline by 60-80 per cent in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in the revenue loss of USD 910 billion to USD 1.2 trillion and placing millions of livelihoods at risk, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has said.

International Nurses Day being celebrated today:International Day of the Nurse is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale and highlight the importance of nurses in healthcare.

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