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Current Affairs in English Medium: 23-25 May, 2020 || UPSC, TNPSC, SSC, RRB & IBPS

The Indian Railways' most powerful 12000 HP Made in India locomotive made its maiden commercial run between Deen Dayal Upadhaya and Shivpur stations in Uttar Pradesh.
st powerful 12000 HP Made in India locomotive made its maiden commercial run between Deen Dayal Upadhaya and Shivpur stations in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, the national transporter said. Built by French company Alstom under the government's Make in India programme at the Railways' Madhepura factory in Bihar, these engines are the highest-powered locomotives that will run on Indian rails. All 800 of these locos are being manufactured indigenously while they have been designed at the company's engineering centre in Bengaluru.

Dilip Oommen, CEO, Arcelor Mittal Nippon Steel India (AM/NS India) has taken over as President of the Indian Steel Association (ISA).
Dilip Oommen, CEO, Arcelor Mittal Nippon Steel India (AM/NS India) has taken over as President of the Indian Steel Association (ISA). He was unanimously appointed to the position for the next two years. This was decided in an extra ordinary board meeting of ISA. Oommen's appointment comes in the wake of the recent resignation of T V Narendran managing director of Tata Steel from the position of President, ISA.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has decided to cover landless agro-labourers under the second phase of the ''Rajiv Gandhi Kisaan Nyay Yojana''.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has decided to cover landless agro-labourers under the second phase of the 'Rajiv Gandhi Kisaan Nyay Yojana' which is set to be launched on May 21, coinciding with the death anniversary of the former prime minister.

Swiss firm Zurich Airport International AG has got security clearance from the Centre for developing Jewar airport in western Uttar Pradesh.
"Glad to share that Zurich Airport International AG has got the security clearance for the development of the Noida International Greenfield Airport at Jewar," Principal Secretary, UP government, SP Goyal tweeted. On November 29, the developer emerged as the highest bidder for the Greenfield Airport in Jewar.

Nepal’s Cabinet has endorsed a new political map showing Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura under its territory, amidst a border dispute with India.
The move announced by Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali came weeks after he said that efforts were on to resolve the border issue with India through diplomatic initiatives. Nepal’s ruling Nepal Communist Party lawmakers have also tabled a special resolution in Parliament demanding return of Nepal’s territory in Kalapani, Limpiyadhura and Lipulekh.

The Dublin Marathon, which was due to take place on October 25, has been called off due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The Dublin Marathon, which was due to take place on October 25, has been called off due to COVID-19 pandemic. "It is with great regret that the organisers of the Dublin Marathon have today announced the cancellation of the 2020 KBC Dublin Marathon and Race Series," organisers said in a statement

India has contributed $2 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine Refugees to support the agency's core programmes amid the coronavirus crisis.
India has given USD 2 million in aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency working for the welfare of Palestinian refugees in support of its core programmes and services, including education and health, amidst the coronavirus crisis. India had increased its annual contribution to the UNRWA from USD 1.25 million in 2016 to USD 5 million in 2019. It pledged another USD 5 million for 2020 which opens its way to become a member of the agency’s advisory commission, according to official sources. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) applauded India’s financial support to keep its basic services operating, especially under the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a major development, Kotak Mahindra Bank (Kotak) announced the introduction of Video KYC to open a full-fledged Kotak 811 savings account – a first in Indian banking.
otak Mahindra Bank on Monday announced the introduction of a video Know Your Customer (KYC) to open a full-fledged Kotak 811 savings account. “This initiative, presently being launched on a pilot basis for savings accounts, is in line with Kotak’s digital-first strategy and is a start-to-end fully integrated, zero-contact, completely digital and paperless account opening plus full KYC journey,” the lender said in a statement. “Video KYC process to onboard new customers will be extended to other products in a phased manner,” it added. In January 2020, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) amended KYC norms and introduced a video-based KYC option to onboard customers.

Gen Naravane’s insensitive remark undermined 40 battalions of Nepalis in Indian Army
Army chief M.M. Naravane’s insinuation that Kathmandu was protesting over the boundary issue on the behest of another country is insensitive, uncalled for, and deeply damaging for the two armies in which he holds the rank of General, India and Nepal. As honorary General of the Nepal Army, Naravane has undermined his own position, waded into a domain that is clearly non-military, and brought unnecessary stress on a relationship unique to the two armies. Especially because the seven Gorkha regiments in the Indian Army make up almost 40 battalions, and most of the soldiers are recruited from Nepal

World Turtle Day 2020, May 23
World Turtle Day is celebrated every year on May 23, with the purpose of increasing attention and knowledge about turtles and tortoises, and draw enough awareness from humans about the measures that should be taken to help them survive and thrive in their natural environment, without any human interruptions. People usually celebrate this day by dressing up as turtles to raise awareness about the destruction of their natural habitat. People also rescue turtles from roads and highways and return them to their natural habitats on this day. Many lessons and activities are also done in schools to raise awareness about this day among school children.

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula 2020: May 23
International Day to End Obstetric Fistula 23 May. The fight to end obstetric fistula, one of the most serious and tragic injuries that can occur during childbirth, to call on the international community to use the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula to significantly raise. Theme 2020: "End gender inequality! 

Prakash Javadekar launched five key initiatives to conserve biodiversity during IDB virtual celebration on May 22, 2020
In a virtual celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity, Union Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday launched five key initiatives towards conservation of biodiversity. The minister said that India, which is a mega biodiverse country, welcomes those countries who are interested in improving their biodiversity scenarios, and are ready to share the experiences and best practices with them.

Forbes: Tennis star Naomi Osaka becomes world’s highest paid female athlete
Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has become the world's highest-paid female athlete, displacing US rival Serena Williams at the top of the list. According to Forbes magazine, Osaka, 22, a two-time Grand Slam champion, made £30.7m in prize money and endorsements over the past 12 months.

11 member high-level committee under the chairmanship of Rajesh Bhushan formed to reform drug regulatory system in India
A high-level committee of experts has been formed by the government to recommend reforms in India's drug regulatory system so that approval processes can be fast-tracked. Faced with the ominous threat of the coronavirus infection, a number of steps such as fast-tracking the approval process for drugs, research and vaccine development were taken. A health ministry official said the aim of the panel is to identify and institutionalise these measures.

World Bank names Carmen Reinhart as chief economist and vice president
World Bank names Carmen Reinhart as chief economist and vice president. WASHINGTON : The World Bank on Wednesday named former Bear Stearns executive Carmen Reinhart as its new vice president and chief economist, tapping an expert on financial crises who also serves on the advisory board of the New York Federal Reserve.

Abhas Jha appointed as Key position in South Asia by World Bank
Abhas Jha, an Indian economist, has been appointed by the World Bank to a key position on climate change and disaster management in South Asia, the global lender said. Jha's appointment comes at a time when Cyclone Amphan has badly hit West Bengal, Orissa in India and Bangladesh.

IAF to launch its squadron Number-18 - Flying Bullets with a fleet of LCA Tejas at its Sulur base near Coimbatore
The Indian Air Force is set to operationalize its squadron called the Number-18 - Flying Bullets with a fleet of the Light Combat Aircraft, LCA Tejas at its Sulur base near Coimbatore. It will be launched by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria. It will be the second Indian Air Force squadron to operate with the modern multi-role light fighter aircraft.

Recovery rate of patients from COVID-19 infection improve to 41.57 per cent
The recovery rate of patients from COVID-19 infection has improved further and it has now reached 41.57 per cent. Union Health Ministry, in a statement, said that a total of  57,720 people have cured so far from the infection and in the last 24 hours, 3,280 patients have recovered. The total number of confirmed cases has now gone up to 1,38,845. The number of cases under active medical supervision is 77,103.

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