Latest Current Affairs 21st May 2020

MHRD has ensured safe shifting of stranded students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas – Union HRD Minister:Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ informed that Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti has, on 15th May, 2020, successfully completed the exercise of shifting of over 3000 students who were staying in 173 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas in various parts of the country during the lockdown period.

6.8 Crore free LPG cylinders distributed among the PMUY beneficiaries so far:As part of the economic response to COVID-19, the Government of India has launched a pro-poor scheme “Pradhan Mnatri Garib Kalyan Package” (PMGKP).

82 UG and 42 PG Non-Engineering MOOCs to be offered in the July 2020, Semester on SWAYAM, says Ramesh Pokhriyal’Nishank’:Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ informed that the Students enrolled in Universities and affiliated colleges may undertake SWAYAM courses and avail credits by completing these courses as per University Grants Commission (UGC)’s present regulations on credit framework for online learning courses.

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh discusses steps to expedite the Corona sample testing procedure in Jammu & Kashmir:Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh today discussed steps to expedite the Corona sample testing procedure in Jammu & Kashmir.

Local to Global: Khadi Masks to Hit Foreign Markets:The widely popular Khadi face mask is set to go “global”.

Economic viability is crucial for higher educational institutions: Nitin Gadkari:Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said that economic viability is crucial for higher education institutions.

Defence manufacturing adversely affected due to COVID-19, says Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh:Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh has appreciated the role played by Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) and other Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Nation’s fight against global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Envoys of Seven Nations Present Credentials to President Ram Nath Kovind:President Ram Nath Kovind accepted credentials from Ambassadors and High Commissioners of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Senegal, Trinidad and Tobago, Mauritius, Australia, Cote d’Ivoire and Rwanda through video conference today (May 21, 2020).

Nation stands with West Bengal & Odisha, says PM Modi:Seeing the visuals on devastation caused by Cyclone Amphan, PM wished that situation normalises in West Bengal & Odisha at the earliest.

Super cyclonic storm Amphan causes havoc in parts of West Bengal, Odisha:The severe cyclonic storm Ampan has caused extensive damage to the four coastal districts of Odisha- Bhadrak, Balasore, Kendrapada and Jagatsingpur.

Govt directs central agencies to remain in touch with Odisha and West Bengal to provide all necessary assistance expeditiously:Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba today reviewed the situation in the ‘AMPHAN’ cyclone affected areas of Odisha and West Bengal in the meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee.

COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 40.31 per cent:Health and Family Welfare Ministry said that a total 45 thousand 300 people affected with corona virus have cured and the recovery rate reached to 40.31 per cent in the country.

Railways to start ticket booking at 1.7 lakh common service centres from tomorrow, says Piyush Goyal:Railway Minister Piyush Goyal today said booking of train tickets will resume at around 1.7 lakh common service centres across the country by tomorrow.

Domestic Civil Aviation operations to restart from Monday in a calibrated manner, says Civil Aviation Minister:

‘Amphan’ causes havoc in parts of WB, Odisha; NCMC reviews rescue and relief operations:The severe cyclonic storm Ampan has caused extensive damage to the four coastal districts of Odisha- Bhadrak, Balasore, Kendrapada and Jagatsingpur.

Cyclone Amphan: PM Modi assures all help to WB, Odisha:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday extended his government’s support to Cyclone Amphan-affected states.

Textiles Ministry releases list of labs equipped to conduct PPE test, certification:The Textiles Ministry has released a list of laboratories equipped to conduct test and certification of Synthetic Blood Penetration Resistance Test required for Body coveralls for COVID 19.

HRD Minister launches IGNOU’s online MA (Hindi) programme:Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has launched IGNOU’s Online Programme, MA (Hindi) through Facebook Live session.

#IndiaFightsCorona: Toll stands at 3,435 currently:Take a look at the current figures in India as on 21 May, 8 AM:

Government exempts pregnant women, divyang employees from attending office:Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has exempted pregnant women officials and staff members from attending office.

Nepal government expresses grief on loss of lives and destruction in West Bengal and Odisha:Nepal government has expressed grief on loss of lives and destruction in West Bengal and Odisha caused by the cyclone.

Sri Lanka: Govt. decides to suspend proposal for new international cricket ground near Colombo:Sri Lankan government has decided to suspend proposal for a new international cricket ground near Colombo following controversy surrounding it in wake of present COVID crisis.

Sri Lanka: Three dead, several injured at a stampede in Colombo:In Sri Lanka, three women  died while nine others sustained injuries in a stampede today when a private businessman was distributing cash assistance in Colombo.

Nepal reports third death due to COVID-19:Nepal has reported third death due to COVID-19.

Bangladesh ports lower danger signal as Amphan weakens into land depression:With Cyclone Amphan moving further inland, the maritime ports of Mongla, Payara, Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh have been advised to lower the danger signal from great danger 10 and 9 to local cautionary signal 3.

Peru exceeds 100,000 coronavirus cases; deaths stand at 3,000 so far:Peru, the second most affected country in Latin America after Brazil by the Covid-19 epidemic, crossed the barrier of 100,000 contaminations and 3,000 deaths on Wednesday.

Cyclone Amphan crosses Bangladesh coastline, 4 dead:The extremely severe cyclonic storm Amphan crossed the shoreline of Bangladesh by midnight on Wednesday bringing in its wake heavy rains, storm surges and flooding.

World Bank names financial crisis expert Carmen Reinhart as chief economist:The World Bank on Wednesday named former Bear Stearns executive Carmen Reinhart as its chief economist, tapping a financial crisis expert who also currently serves on advisory boards of the IMF and the New York Federal Reserve.

CCEA approves methodology for auction of coal and lignite mines/ blocks:The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, CCEA on Wednesday approved the methodology for auction of coal and lignite mines or blocks for sale of coal or lignite on revenue sharing basis and increasing the tenure of coking coal linkage.

Chelsea’s Giroud, Caballero pen one-year contract extensions:Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud and goalkeeper Willy Caballero have signed one-year contract extensions until the end of the 2020-21 season, the Premier League club have said.

New work by Chinese dissident artist shows support for Hong Kong protests:A new work by Chinese dissident artist Badiucao in support of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters shows the image of a lone man standing in the path of a tank taken on Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Italian woman wins Picasso painting in French charity raffle:An Italian woman on Wednesday won a Pablo Picasso painting worth 1 million euros ($1.1 million) in a French charity raffle that raised money for African water projects.

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