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Current Affairs in English Medium - 21.05.2020 || UPSC, TNPSC, SSC, RRB & IBPS

Indian Railways operationalised its 1st 12,000 hp electric made in India Locomotive- WAG12 manufactured by MELPL
  • The Indian Railways operationalised its most powerful 'Made in India locomotive - a 12000 HP engine - on Monday, becoming only the sixth country in the world to join the elite club of producing high horsepower locomotive indigenously, the Ministry of Railways said. The first 12000 HP made in India Locomotive, manufactured by Madhepura Electric Loco Factory situated in Bihar, was put into operation by Indian Railways from Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Jn Station, it said. 
  • The loco is named WAG12 with Number 60027. The train departed from Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Station in long haul formation for Dhanbad Division of East Central Railway, consisting of 118 wagons which travelled to Barwadih via Dehri-on-Sone, Garhwa Road, it added.  It is the first time, high horsepower locomotive has been operationalised on broad gauge track in the world, the Railways claimed. 
Coir geo-textiles to be used in rural road construction under PMGSY-III
The government on Wednesday said coir geo-textiles will be used in the construction of rural roads under the third phase of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY-III). Coir geo-textiles are permeable fabric, which are natural, strong, highly durable, resistant to rots, moulds and moisture, and free from any microbial attack. They will be used for construction of rural roads under the PMGSY-III, according to a communication from the National Rural Infrastructure Development Agency under Union Ministry of Rural Development. "This is a very significant development as we have now been successful in deploying coir geo-textiles in road construction. The decision will give a big boost to the coir industry especially in these difficult times of COVID-19 pandemic," Nitin Gadkari, Minister of MSME and Road Transport and Highways said in a statement.

Flipkart ties up with Bajaj Allianz General Insurance for digital motor insurance policy
Flipkart and Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company have partnered to offer a digital motor insurance policy to customers of the e-commerce major. “Consumers can buy this motor-insurance policy using their Flipkart app,” it said in a statement on Wednesday

Govinda Rajulu Chintala appointed as NABARD chairman, Shaji KV and PVS Suryakumar appointed as DMD of NABARD
The appointments committee of the union cabinet also cleared the appointment of Shaji KV as deputy managing director at NABARD for five years. The committee also cleared the appointment of NABARD chief general manager P.V.S. Suryakumar as deputy managing director

Indian Steel Association appoints Dilip Oommen as new president
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, held on 20.05.2020. 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.

Moeketsi Majoro sworn in as Lesotho’s new prime minister
Moeketsi Majoro has been sworn in as Lesotho's prime minister following the resignation of his embattled predecessor, Thomas Thabane. Thabane's decision to step down on Tuesday came amid mounting pressure over a case in which he and his current wife are suspected of involvement in the 2017 murder of his estranged wife. They both deny this.

Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank launches ‘National Test Abhyas’ an AI-powered mobile app for mock tests for JEE Main, NEET 2020
In order to facilitate candidates' access to high-quality mock tests for upcoming exams such as JEE Mains and NEET 2020 from the comfort of their homes, Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has launched a new mobile app called the ‘National Test Abhyas' (NTA). The app has been developed by the National Testing Agency (NTA) after a demand emerged for making up the loss to students due to closure of educational institutions and NTA’s Test-Practice Centers (TPCs) due to the continuing lockdown

'Mee Annapurna' - An Inclusive Program for Welfare of Farmers, Bhoomiputras Launched Across Maharashtra
Inspired by the Hon. CM. of Maharashtra Shri. Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray's Announcement on Revival of Industries in Maharashtra on May 18, 2020, Integrated Risk Insurance Launched Their Initiative 'Mee Annapurna' 

Govt releases Rs 170 crore as MGNREGA wages ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr
Ahead of Eid ul Fitr, the Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj has disbursed Rs 170 crore into the accounts of beneficiaries under MGNREGA. The department has disbursed around Rs 183 crore to benefit the poor which have been otherwise rendered jobless due to the prevailing lockdown.

One crore treatments provided under Ayushman Bharat, PMJAY so far
Ayushman Bharat, Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, the flagship health assurance scheme of the Government of India today marked one crore treatments. To mark the milestone, Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, inaugurated the first edition of Arogya Dhara, a series of webinars created as an open platform for discussion on topical issues of public health in New Delhi today. The webinar was titled “Ayushman Bharat: 1 crore treatments and beyond”.

Indian troops fully familiar with alignment of LAC in India-China border areas, says MEA Spokesperson
External Affairs Ministry today said that any suggestion that Indian troops had undertaken activity across the LAC in the Western Sector or the Sikkim sector is not accurate. In a virtual briefing, Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said Indian troops are fully familiar with the alignment of the Line of Actual Control in the India-China border areas and abide by it scrupulously.

UP govt launches ‘Startup Fund’ to encourage youth for entrepreneurship
Uttar Pradesh government has launched the ‘Uttar Pradesh Startup Fund’ to encourage the youth of the state for entrepreneurship. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath handed over the first installment of 15 crore rupees to Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) at a function in Lucknow. While launching the fund, Chief Minister said that a new start-up policy is need of the hour for agriculture, health, education, and other important sectors so that youth of state could connect with it. He termed the MoU between the state government and SIDBI as a step in this direction, which will further strengthen the possibilities of job creation in state.

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