Current Affairs in English Medium: 27th May, 2020 || UPSC, TNPSC, SSC, RRB & IBPS

Army Commanders' Conference to be organised in two phases
The Army Commanders' Conference, an apex level biannual event which was scheduled for April 2020 and postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic,  will now be organised in two phases. The first phase of the conference will commence from tomorrow which will continue till 29th of this month. The second phase will be held  in last week of June 2020.The apex level leadership of Indian Army will brainstorm on current emerging security and administrative challenges and chart the future course for Indian Army. To ensure due diligence, decisions are taken through collegiate system comprising Army commanders and senior officer

PM Modi and Amir of Qatar discuss warmth of bilateral relations in backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic
Prime Minister  Narendra Modi and Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani today discussed the warmth of bilateral relations in the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic. Mr.Modi who  spoke on phone with the Amir of  Qatar to convey Eid-ul-Fitr greetings to the friendly people of Qatar warmly appreciated the personal care taken by  the Amir for ensuring the welfare of the Indian citizens in Qatar during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

India set to locally produce RT-PCR testing kits for Covid-19
A public-private partnership in India has yielded an important breakthrough, that will help produce RT PCR test kits for testing COVID 19 patients. Dr.Kiran Mazumdar Shah, the chairperson of Governing Council of National Biomedical Resource Indigenisation Consortium, NBRIC has said that two enzymes namely Taq Polymerase and Reverse Tranase needed for RT PCR test kits are developed in partnership with Bengaluru based Indian Institute of Science and private partner Richcore life sciences company. The Chairman and Managing Director of Richcore company R Subramani has said that once these enzymes are approved and certified by cGMP, India can produce millions of test kits in a few weeks. Meanwhile in a facebook post the Primary Education minister Suresh Kumar has informed that over two lakh 19 thousand samples are tested in the state and out of which around 2100 are confirmed positive. 

PM Modi expresses his appreciation for support extended by Egyptian authorities during COVID-19 crisis
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed his appreciation for the support extended by Egyptian authorities for the safety and welfare of Indian nationals in Egypt during the COVID-19 crisis. In a telephonic conversation today, Prime Minister   Modi conveyed greetings for Eid-ul-Fitr to  President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and to the people of Egypt. Mr. Modi referred  to his earlier planned visit to Egypt this year, which had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and conveyed his desire to meet President Sisi as soon as circumstances permit.

Sri Lanka assures fullest commitment for stronger & deeper cooperation with India
Sri Lanka has assured fullest commitment for stronger and deeper cooperation with India, while appreciating the continued exchanges of goodwill that are evident in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic. This was conveyed by Sri Lankan foreign minister Dinesh Gunawardena to the newly accredited Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay when the latter met him on 27.05.2020. The High Commissioner conveyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurances of closer cooperation with Sri Lanka through his neighbourhood first policy. It was agreed to kick start tourism exchanges based on the ancient foundations of Hindu-Buddhist cultural affinities between the two countries.

India performs much better than the world in terms of infections, mortality rate due to COVID-19
India performs much better as compared to global average in terms of number of infections and mortality per lakh population due to COVID-19. Briefing media in New Delhi, Union Health Ministry official said, due to the lockdown and containment measures taken by the government, 10.7 cases per lakh population have been reported in India as compared to 69.9 COVID19 cases per lakh population for the world as a whole.

Key Notes:
  • 4.5 deaths per lakh population have been reported for the world, while India has reported about 0.3 deaths per lakh population, which is amongst the lowest in the world.
  • The COVID-19 mortality rate in India is among the lowest in the world at 2.87 per cent and attributed the timely lockdown and management of coronavirus infection cases as the main reasons for this.
  • The recovery rate of patients from COVID-19 infection has now gone up to 41.61 per cent which was 7.1 per cent in March this year
  • India has now 612 labs out of which 430 are government labs and 182 are private labs.

Myanmar to seek 700 million dollar IMF loan for COVID-19 spending
The parliament of Myanmar approved the proposal to seek 700 million dollar loan from IMF to finance its spending on fighting COVID-19 in the country. Myanmar has sought the loan from IMF under its Rapid Credit Facility (RCF) and Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI) which offers quick loan facility at concessional rates for Low Income Countries.

WHO suspends clinical trial of Hydroxychloroquine on COVID-19 patients
The World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adnom Ghebreyesus yesterday said that it has temporarily suspended the clinical trial of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) on COVID-19 patients. Earlier, in the last week, the Lancet Medical Journal published an observational study on HCQ and chloroquine and its effect on COVID-19 patients, who were hospitalized. The authors of the study reported that among patients receiving the drug, when used alone or with a macrolide, they estimated a higher mortality rate.

Arunachal Pradesh: Education dept to telecast TV based online classes for classes 6 to 8 daily
arpedu.inArunachal Pradesh education department is trying its best to deliver education to the students during this lockdown period. Speaking to All India Radio, State Education Secretary, Niharika Rai said that the department will telecast TV based online classes for classes 6 to 8 daily on DD Arunprabha Channel from this week. She said materials for the same is being prepared in association with the teachers of Kendra Vidyalaya. 

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh holds telephonic conversation with his Australian counterpart
India and Australia are committed to take forward the initiatives of bilateral defence and security cooperation under the Strategic Partnership framework. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, both the countries provides a good base to work together in dealing with the post COVID challenges. Mr Singh today said, he had an excellent telephonic conversation with the Defence Minister of Australia, Ms Linda Reynolds

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