Latest Current Affairs 27th May 2020

Locust Attack: Control operations stepped up in Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat & MP:Amidst a wave of locust swarms sweeping across western and northwestern India, the Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare (DAC&FW) has stepped up locust control operations in the affected States of Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

Indian Railways operationalizes 3543 ‘Shramik Special’ trains till 27th May:Subsequent to the Ministry of Home Affairs order regarding movement of migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons stranded at different places by special trains, Indian Railways is operating “Shramik Special” trains form 1st May 2020.As on 27th May 2020, a total of 3543 “Shramik Special” trains have been operationalized from various states across the country.

PM Modi holds Telephonic conversation with Sri Lanka PM Mahinda Rajapaksa:Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, to congratulate him on having completed 50 years since his first entering the Parliament of Sri Lanka.

Karnataka to soon have Health Register of all citizens:Karnataka government will soon launch a project to maintain the health database of all its citizens. A first of its kind initiative “State Health Register” will be a robust and standardized health repository of all the citizens. Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar said that this project will be implemented first in Chikkaballapur district on experimental basis.

COVID-19 : Recovery rate improves to 42.4% ; 1,16,041 samples tested on Tuesday:Through a graded, pre-emptive and pro-active approach, Government of India is taking several steps along with the States/UTs for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19. These are being regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level.

Vande Bharat Mission: 170 Indians evacuated from Dhaka to Kolkata:Continuing with the evacuation of the stranded Indian nationals from Bangladesh, 170 people left Hazrat Shahjalal Airport, Dhaka for Kolkata on Wednesday. Among the persons evacuated, 112 persons were working at the Rampal Power plant in Bangladesh.

Aarogya Setu becomes open source on Android:Android version of Coronavirus tracking app, Aarogya Setu becomes the first government product in the world to be made open source, bumping up its transparency credentials. Government informs 11.5 crore people have downloaded the app so far and 8 lakh people have done their self-assessment.

Shramik special trains continue to bring back migrants:Process of sending migrant workers home through shramik special trains continues under ‘Mission Back Home.’ 44 lakh passengers transported to their native places via 3,274 shramik trains.

MHA orders hotels to ensure refunds after changes in quarantine rules:Indians stranded abroad continues to be brought back through the Vande Bharat Mission. Government expands phase 2 of the mission targeting 1 lakh people from 60 countries. MHA orders hotels to refund 7 days advance payments received from quarantined repatriates as government cuts institutional quarantine period from 14 days to 7 days.

PM Modi speaks to heads of nations:Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds telephonic conversation with Qatar Amir and Egyptian president conveys Eid greetings and thanks both leaders for their efforts for the welfare of Indian citizens in their countries. Prime Minister also speaks to President of Austria. The two leaders agree on potential to expand co-operation in many areas as the countries prepare for post COVID world.

Sri Lanka: 134 persons tested positive for COVID-19; total infections rises to 1,453:In Sri Lanka, 134 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, all Navy personnel and foreign returnees thus increasing total infections tally to 1,453.

Nepal: 114 more person tested positive for COVID-19; Total cases rises to 886:In Nepal, 114 more person tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday; This is the first time that Himalayan nation reported 100 plus Corona virus cases in a single day.

Strong wind, heavy rain lash Dhaka, other parts of Bangladesh:Gusty winds accompanied by rain lashed Dhaka early in the morning of Wednesday as some other parts of the country also witnessed rain and high velocity wind in the since last night.

According to the Met DeMisery in America as coronavirus death toll approaches 1,00,000:The United States is approaching a grim milestone as the coronovirus death toll approaches 1, 00,000 people, amid the ongoing global scramble to contain the virus and find a vaccine.

Iranian fuel tanker reaches gasoline-starved Venezuela:First Iranian fuel tanker reaches Venezuelan waters, tanker flotilla carries a total of 1.53 million barrels of gasoline & alkylate, Venezuela desperately needed shipments cause diplomatic standoff between the United States, Iran & Venezuela.

Afghan government frees 900 Taliban prisoners as part of peace process:The Afghan government said it was in the process of freeing 900 Taliban members from prison on Tuesday; the biggest such release yet, and has urged the insurgent group to extend a three-day ceasefire set to end at midnight.

World fights COVID-19, mulls reopening:55.84 lakh people infected with coronavirus worldwide so far; global death toll nears 3.5 lakhs. Various countries begin to relax restrictions on activities. Several European nations deliberate on opening up borders.

FM Sitharaman attends Special Board of Governors meeting of New Development Bank:Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman attended the Special Board of Governors meeting of the New Development Bank (NDB) through video-conference on Wednesday.

Asian shares slip as new Hong Kong tensions rise:Asian shares slipped on Wednesday as investor concerns about rising tensions between the United States and China tempered optimism about a re-opening of the world economy.

Google to start reopening offices, targets 30% capacity in September:Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Tuesday it would reopen buildings in more cities at roughly 10% of their capacity beginning July 6 and scale it up to 30% in September, if conditions permit.

Elite athletes resume sporting activities in SAI’s Patiala, Bengaluru centres:Elite athletes housed in the National Center of Excellence in Patiala and Bengaluru have resumed sporting activities from Wednesday,in strict compliance of the health guidelines of the Government and the Standard Operating Procedure released by the Sports Authority of India to be followed at all its sports complexes and stadia, across the country.

Musk’s SpaceX set for debut astronaut mission:Entrepreneur Elon Musk’s SpaceX is set to launch two American astronauts to the International Space Station on Wednesday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, ending the U.S. space agency’s nine-year hiatus in human spaceflight.

Collision of galaxies may have spurred our solar system’s formation:A violent event on a colossal scale – the crash of two galaxies – may have paved the way for our solar system’s birth.

J.K. Rowling publishes fairy tale so children can dream in lockdown:J.K. Rowling published the first chapters of a fairy tale about a monster known as the Ickabog on Tuesday, an allegory about truth and abuse of power that is free online so that children can read it during coronavirus lockdown.

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