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Latest Current Affairs 14th May 2020

Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan participates in the 32nd Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Meeting through VC:Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan participated in the 32nd Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Meeting through Video Conference on Thursday.

Patenting of Innovative Low Cost PPE developed by Indian Navy Paves way for Rapid Mass Production:In a major step towards rapid mass production of the Medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) developed by the Indian Navy, a patent has been successfully filed by the Intellectual Property Facilitation Cell (IPFC) of Min of Defence, in association with National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), an enterprise under Min of Science & Technology.

OP Samudrasetu- INS Jalashwa Returns to Maldives for Phase 2:Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa has returned to Male, Maldives to begin Phase 2 of Operation SamudraSetu – repatriation of Indian Nationals from foreign shores by sea

NIPERs playing proactive role in Fight against COVID-19:A large number of multi-faceted research proposals have been submitted by various National Institutes of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPERs), towards the containment, identification and treatment of COVID-19 to relevant agencies for approval.

Regular Train Passenger Services remain cancelled until further notice; Full refund for tickets booked up to 30th June:Railway Ministry has said that regular passenger service including Mail, Express, Passenger and Suburban Services have been cancelled until further advice.

Union Health Minister dedicates COBAS 6800 testing machine to the nation:Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan,visited the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and dedicated the COBAS 6800 testing machine to the nation on Thursday.

ICMR to participate in Global Solidarity Trial by WHO for COVID-19 treatment:Indian Council for Medical Research, ICMR has fast tracked the roll out of Global Solidarity Trial launched by the World Health Organization, WHO to help in finding an effective treatment for Covid-19.

Recovery rate from COVID-19 improves to 33.63 percent:Recovery rate from COVID-19 has reached 33.63 percent. Health and Family Welfare Ministry said that 26 thousand 235 patients have been cured so far.

More than 18500 crore rupees released under PM-KISAN during lockdown; 9 crore 25 lakh families benefited:Agriculture Ministry has said that an amount of 18 thousand 517 crore rupees has been released under PM-KISAN during the lockdown period and nearly 9.25 crore families have benefited.

Ministry of Ayush, CSIR working together on validating four Ayush formulations against COVID-19:Union Minister of State for Ayush, Shripad Naik said that the Ministry of Ayush and CSIR are working together on validating four Ayush formulations against COVID-19 and the trials will start within one week.

Indian Railway cancels regular passenger service till June 30:Railway Ministry has said that regular passenger service including Mail, Express, Passenger and Suburban Services have been cancelled until further advice.

Vande Bharat Mission: 550 stranded Indians to be evacuated from Gulf countries today:Three Special flights to bring back about 550 stranded Indians from Gulf countries under Vande Bharat Mission on Thursday.

FM shares details of Rs 20 lakh crore Atma-Nirbhar package:Government on Wednesday announced the first tranche of stimulus packages, under the Atma-Nirbhar Bharat Yojana. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the nation on Tuesday, made a clarion call of making India self-reliant and had announced the Atma-Nirbhar Bharat Yojana. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman gave details regarding these financial packages equaling to 10 per cent of the national GDP and amounting to 20 lakh crore rupees.

Rs. 3,100 crore allocated from PM CARES Fund for fight against COVID-19:PM CARES (Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations) Fund Trust on Wednesday decided to allocate Rs. 3100 Crore for fight against COVID-19. Out of Rs 3100 crore, a sum of approximately Rs.2000 crore will be earmarked for the purchase of ventilators, Rs. 1000 crores will be used for care of migrant labourers and Rs.100 crores will be given to support vaccine development.

Flight suspension and public transport ban extended till May 30 in Bangladesh:In the midst of the continued rise in Corona infection and deaths in Bangladesh, the government on Thursday announced the extension of suspension of domestic and international flight services and public transport till May 30.

South African President cautions people to be prepared to live with deadly coronavirus:South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has cautioned the people to be prepared to live with the deadly coronavirus for a year or more and asked them to adapt to social distancing measures and wear face masks even after the lockdown is eased, minimising opportunities for the spread of the virus in the country.

UN urges govts, civil society and health authorities to urgently address mental health needs amid COVID-19 pandemic:United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging governments, civil society and health authorities to urgently address mental health needs arising from the coronavirus pandemic, warning that psychological suffering is increasing.

Two flights leave from Bangladesh for Delhi, Chennai evacuating stranded Indians:Two more flights left Dhaka for Delhi and Chennai on Thursday carrying stranded Indians from Bangladesh. On the sixth day of the Vande Bharat Mission, the Air India flight to Chennai carried 158 passengers while the Biman Bangladesh flight carried 70 stranded Indians to Delhi.

Maldives: 26 Indian nationals among 51 people tested positive for COVID-19:In Maldives, 26 Indian nationals were among the 51 people tested positive for COVID on Wednesday as the country registered its fourth death due to the pandemic.

U.S. envoy threatens to trigger return of U.N. sanctions on Iran:The United States publicly threatened on Wednesday to trigger a return of all United Nations sanctions on Iran if the U.N. Security Council does not extend an arms embargo on Tehran that is due to expire in October under the Iran nuclear deal.

U.N. warns of global mental health crisis due to COVID-19 pandemic:A mental illness crisis is looming as millions of people worldwide are surrounded by death and disease and forced into isolation, poverty and anxiety by the pandemic of COVID-19, United Nations health experts said on Thursday.

Brazil passes France in coronavirus cases, becomes 6th worst-hit country:Brazil registered a record number of new cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, surpassing France’s tally to become the sixth-worst hit country, as the disease sends the economy toward its worst year since at least 1900.

Interest subvention on Working Capital Loans for Dairy sector due to lockdown:To offset the economic impact of Covid-19 on Dairy Sector, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying has introduced a new scheme “Interest subvention on Working Capital Loans for Dairy sector” for Supporting Dairy Cooperatives and Farmer Producer Organizations engaged in dairy activities (SDC&FPO) for implementation during 2020-21.

FM shares details about 2nd tranche of relief measures under Aatma-Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan:Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday gave details about the second tranche of relief measures under the Aatma-Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.

ASSOCHAM, FICCI welcome announcement of first tranche of measures by FM:Industry Body ASSOCHAM and FICCI have welcomed the announcement of first tranche of measures by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as part of the 20 lakh crore rupees economic package.

Rs. 2500 crore EPF support for workers for 3 months: Government:To ease financial stress as businesses get back to work, government has decided to continue EPF support for business and workers for 3 more months providing a liquidity relief of Rs 2,500 crore. This will be for the month of June, July and August.

Govt announces collateral free loan worth Rs. 3 lakh crore for MSMEs:Government has announced the first tranche of stimulus packages, under the Atma-Nirbhar Bharat Yojana. In a major boost to the MSME sector, collateral free loan of 3 lakh crore rupees has been announced with a moratorium of 12 months.

TDS and TCS rates reduced by 25 %:Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday announced a 25% cut in the existing rates of various taxes collected or deducted at source (TCS or TDS) by individuals and businesses on behalf of the government at the time of transactions.

Twin antibodies may help fight coronavirus; normal speech may spread virus:The following is a brief roundup of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

Only 4.4% of French population infected by coronavirus: Study:A study led by the Pasteur Institute says a mere 4.4% of the French population – or 2.8 million people – have been infected by the novel coronavirus, much higher than the official count of cases but way too low to achieve so-called “herd immunity”.

Coronavirus brings curtain down on Cambodia shadow puppet theatre:Cambodia’s shadow puppet tradition goes back to the 7th century and has survived the collapse of empires, wars and Khmer Rouge reign of terror that left some 1.7 million people dead.

Southern Californians return to beaches ahead of long pandemic summer:Los Angeles beaches reopened on Wednesday after weeks of coronavirus closure, drawing Californians out for a glimpse of the sun one day after learning that sweeping stay-at-home orders could remain in place all summer.

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