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Latest Current Affairs 18th May 2020

NCMC reviews preparedness as Super Cyclonic Storm ‘AMPHAN’ set to make landfall on 20th May:The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba met for the second time on Monday to review the preparedness of States and Central Ministries/Agencies to deal with the Super Cyclonic Storm ‘AMPHAN’.

India fares better than other countries in containment of COVID-19:Government of India is pursuing its pre-emptive and pro-active approach for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19. COVID-19 management efforts are being regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level.

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan participates in 73rd World Health Assembly through VC:Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, participated in the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) through Video Conference, on Monday.

Cyclone ‘Amphan’: PM Modi reviews preparations:Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting on Monday to review the response measures against cyclone ‘Amphan’ developing in the Bay of Bengal.

Prime Minister invites ideas and inputs for ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme on May 31:Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in the country and abroad in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme on All India Radio on 31st of this month.

COVID-19 recovery rate reaches to 38.29 percent in India:Health and Family Welfare Ministry said that a total 36 thousand 823 patients have been cured of corona virus and the recovery rate has reached 38.29 percent in the country.

Two flights will be operated to bring back 300 stranded Indian nationals from Male, Maldives:As part of Vande bharat mission, two flights to Delhi and Bengaluru will be operated this week from Maldives capital of Male bringing back another three hundred Indian nationals.

Leh, Manali National Highway to open for traffic on Monday:The 490 km long Leh-Manali National Highway connecting Ladakh with rest of the country will be opened for traffic on Monday after winter closure.

Cyclonic Amphan intensifies into a very severe cyclonic storm:Severe Cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’ over southeast bay and adjoining southwest bay has intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm as it moved northwards.

Centre extends nationwide lockdown till May 31; new guidelines issued:Fourth phase of nationwide lockdown begins today. Union Home Ministry on Sunday had extended the nationwide lockdown for fourteen more days, till 31st of this month.

COVID-19: Curfew in Himachal Pradesh to continue till May 31:In Himachal Pradesh, curfew will continue till May 31. Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said curfew has been extended in the state in wake of growing coronavirus cases.

Govt. to bring back 169 Indians to Kolkata from Dhaka on Monday under ‘Vande Bharat Mission’:Under the Vande Bharat Mission, a total of 169 Indians are returning by Air India flight from Dhaka to Kolkata on May 18.

NDMA extends nationwide lockdown till May 31st:National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has extended the nationwide lockdown till 31st of this month.

NEC releases detailed guideline to be followed in 4th phase of nationwide lockdown:After National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) extended the lockdown till 31st of this month, National Executive Committee has released a detailed guideline to be followed in the fourth phase of nationwide lockdown starting today.

62 new COVID-19 positive cases reported in J&K:In the  Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir 62 new positive cases have been reported  on Sunday.

Bangladesh raises danger signals to level 7 at Mongla and Payra ports as Amphan moves closer:The Met department of Bangladesh has raised the danger signal to 7 at the maritime ports of Mongla and Payra as the cyclone Amphan intensified into Category 5 cyclone in the Bay of Bengal. Category 5 cyclone suggests highest windspeed crossing 157 kilometers per hour.

Nepal: 80 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Monday; Total cases rises to 375:In Nepal, 80 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Monday taking total number to 375. According to the Ministry of Health and Population,18 persons diagnosed with COVID-19 tonight.

169 passengers evacuated from Dhaka to Kolkata:The first flight for the evacuation of stranded Indian citizens in Bangladesh in the second phase of the Vande Bharat Mission left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport Dhaka on Monday. Flight has landed in Kolkata.

Nepal’s COVID-19 national tally reaches 304:In Nepal, the total number of COVID-19 cases reached to 304 after nine more persons tested positive on Monday.

‘Amphan’ intensifies into very severe cyclonic storm:Severe Cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’ over southeast bay and adjoining southwest bay has intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm as it moved northwards.

Lockdown 4.0: Uber, Ola resume services in more cities:Ride-hailing platforms Ola and Uber on Monday announced resuming operations in more cities, including Delhi and Bengaluru, following new guidelines for the fourth phase of the lockdown.

Govt 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.

Leading industry bodies welcome 5th tranche of Economic package:Industry body FICCI, ASSOCHAM and CII have welcomed the fifth tranche of the Atmanirbhar Bharat economic package.

The Indian stock market tumbled on Monday with the BSE Sensex settling over 1,000 points lower, as the economic package announced by the government failed to cheer the investors.

Sports activities will be conducted, but no use of gyms & pools: Kiren Rijiju:Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday reiterated that sports activities will be conducted in sports complexes and stadia as per Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and respective state guidelines while gyms and swimming pools will remain closed.

NBA legend Michael Jordan’s trainers break online auction record:NBA legend Michael Jordan’s trainers were sold for a record bid for a pair of shoe in an online auction recently.

Aarogya Setu usage compulsory in SAI’s SOP for training resumption:Compulsory usage of the Aarogya Setu app, nomination of a hygiene officer by National Sports Federations (NSF) to ensure compliance and implementation of all protective measures for athlete and staff safety, elimination of the usage of locker rooms and maintaining a distance of “1.5 to 2 metres” are among the measures suggested by the committee put together by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in their Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for resumption of training across the country.

Moderna vaccine shows early promise in human trial, stock soars:In a ray of hope against Covid-19, an mRNA vaccine under human clinical trial by Massachusetts-bases biotechnology giant Moderna has shown promising results by generating an immune-system response in the body to fight coronavirus.

Ashwagandha takes the lead to be the mother nature’s COVID-19 warrior: Study:A novel strain of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that emerged in Wuhan city, China in December 2019 has caused pneumonia outbreak in more than 150 countries called COVID-19. As of May 17, 2020, it has infected around 45,25,497 individuals globally with 3,07,395 deaths, as reported by WHO in its COVID-19 Situation Report – 118.

Renowned Marathi writer Ratnakar Matkari passes away at 81:Noted Marathi dramatist, litterateur, theatre personality and National Award-winning director, Ratnakar Matkari passed away in Mumbai on Sunday . He was 81.

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