Current Affairs in English Medium - 20.05.2020 || UPSC, TNPSC, SSC, RRB & IBPS

Govt launches National Test Abhyas mobile app for candidates to take mock tests for JEE Main and NEET
Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank launched a new mobile app named  - the ‘National Test Abhyas'. The App has been developed by National Testing Agency-NTA to enable candidates to take mock tests for upcoming exams such as JEE Main and  NEET under the NTA’s purview.

Confederation of Indian Industry Director General welcomes Aatma Nirbhar Bharat package
Chandrajit Banerjee has welcomed the Aatma Nirbhar Bharat package announced by the Finance Minister. He said the reforms will boost progress in health and education sectors and boost the economy.

Information and Broadcasting Minister congratulates PM Modi for visionary Ayushman Bharat Scheme
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the visionary Ayushman Bharat Scheme. In a tweet, Mr Javadekar said providing free treatment to one crore people in 19 months under Ayushman Bharat is a record in itself. He said it has turned out to be the most successful and biggest healthcare scheme for the needy.

Prime Minister appreciates Ayushman Bharat healthcare workers' efforts in making it largest healthcare programme in the world
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appreciated doctors, nurses, healthcare workers and all others associated with Ayushman Bharat. In a series of tweets today, he said, their efforts have made it the largest healthcare programme in the world. Mr. Modi said, this initiative has won the trust of several Indians, especially the poor and downtrodden. Prime Minister said, one of the biggest benefits of Ayushman Bharat is portability. He said, beneficiaries can get top quality and affordable medical care not only where they registered but also in other parts of India. He said, this helps those who work away from home or registered at a place where they don’t belong.

COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 39.62 percent in India
Health and Family Welfare Ministry said that a total 42 thousand 298 patients have cured from the corona virus and the recovery rate reached to 39.62 per cent in the country. During the last twenty four hours, three thousand 124 patients have recovered and five thousand 611 fresh cases of Covid-19 have been reported taking the total number of cases to one lakh six thousand 750. A total 140 deaths have been registered in last 24 hours taking the nationwide toll to three thousand 303.

Cabinet approves J&K (Adaptation of State Laws) 2nd Order, 2020
Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval for the Jammu and Kashmir (Adaptation of State Laws) Second Order, 2020 issued under Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019.  This order has further modified the applicability of Domicile conditions to all level of jobs in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. This Order will apply the specified domicile criterion for employment to all posts in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

1972 citizens returned to Mumbai under Vande Bharat Mission so far: Maharashtra CM
Maharashtra Chief Minister informed that so far 1972 citizens have returned to Mumbai under the Vande Bharat Mission and government has taken stringent measures to quarantine them. Of these 822 people are from Mumbai, 1025 belong to rest of Maharashtra and 125 are from other states. Citizens from 10 countries belonging to Maharashtra and other states have landed in Mumbai via 13 international flights. He added that another 27 flights are to land in Mumbai in the coming days, carrying Indians from across several countries.

J&K starts an initiative SUKOON’ - COVID-19 Beat the Stress
In order to spread awareness about psychological impact of lockdown and measures to be adopted to overcome them, Department of Information and Public Relations, J&K has started an initiative ‘SUKOON’ - COVID-19 Beat the Stress". This initiative is in line with the growing concern that COVID-19 pandemic and the prolonged lockdown has resulted in tremendous stress among various sections of the society. Parents, care givers and children are the greatest victims of lockdown as they grapple with restricted movement and not being allowed to meet with friends and socialize. DIPR, J&K is also looking at telecasting such programmes on a daily basis to reach out to the people of the UT.

Cabinet approvesl proposal to launch Special Liquidity Scheme for NBFCs & HFCs
Union Cabinet given approval to the proposal of the Ministry of Finance to launch a new Special Liquidity Scheme for Non-Banking Financial Companies, NBFCs and Housing Finance Companies, HFCs to improve liquidity position of the NBFCs or HFCs. The direct financial implication for the Government is five crore rupees, which may be the equity contribution to the Special Purpose Vehicle, SPV. Beyond that, there is no financial implication for the Government until the Guarantee involved is invoked

Cabinet approves Scheme for Formalization of Micro Food Processing Enterprises
Union Cabinet  gave its approval to a new Centrally Sponsored Scheme named Scheme for Formalization of Micro Food Processing Enterprises for the Unorganized Sector on All India basis with an outlay of Rs. 10 thousand crore. The expenditure will be shared by Centre and the States in ratio of 60:40. The objectives of the scheme is to increase in access to finance by micro food processing units, increase in revenues of target enterprises, enhanced compliance with food quality and safety standards, strengthening capacities of support systems and transition from the unorganized sector to the formal sector, special focus on women entrepreneurs and aspirational districts, encourage Waste to Wealth activities and focus on minor forest produce in tribal districts. Scheme will be implemented over a five-year period from 2020-21 to 2024-25 and two lakh micro-enterprises are to be assisted with credit linked subsidy. Micro enterprises will get credit linked subsidy at 35 per cent of the eligible project cost with ceiling of Rs. 10 lakh. Beneficiary contribution will be minimum 10 per cent and balance from loan.

Government implements Shekatkar Committee’s recommendations to create 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

Nepal approves new political map including India’s Kalapani, Lipulekh as its territory
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.

Indian economy to contract 5% in FY21: Goldman Sachs
American brokerage Goldman Sachs expects the Indian economy to contract by 5 per cent in FY21, making it the worst performance by the country ever. The brokerage said the GDP will contract by a mind-boggling 45 per cent in the June quarter as compared to the January-March period on an annualised basis, because of the continuing lockdown which is chilling economic activity, before recovering later.

Jaipur based company ‘Club First’ develops India’s first service robots “Sona 1.5 and Sona .5”
Jaipur-based company  ‘Club First’ has developed India’s first service robots named as  “Sona 1.5 and Sona .5”to help health workers in conducting a thermal screening of the people amid COVID-19 crisis.The robot which is 95 per cent made in India is the first in the world to be based on spine technology

Vice Admiral Vinay Badhwar wins 2019 Alexander Dalrymple Award from UK
Vice Admiral Vinay Badhwar, the National Hydrographer to the government of India, has been honoured with the 2019 Alexander Dalrymple Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Indian hydrography and across the wider Indian Ocean region, the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) said in a statement on 18th May 2020. The award, first presented by the UK Ministry of Defence-sponsored UKHO in 2006, is named after the first Hydrographer of the Admiralty, Alexander Dalrymple.

Jammu and Kashmirpromotes e-learning under Samagra Shiksha programme
In Jammu and Kashmir, the Union Territory Administration has initiated a slew of measures under Samagra Shiksha programme to facilitate students with complete access to education through technological interventions and other viable means in wake of COVID-19 lockdown.

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