Current Affairs in English Medium - 18.05.2020 || UPSC, TNPSC, SSC, RRB & IBPS

Lata Mangeskar sings JAYTU BHARATAM song saluting spirit of Atma Nirbhar Bharat
Legendary singer Lata Mangeskar has sang a song titled as JAYTU BHARATAM saluting the spirit of Atma Nirbhar Bharat. She has dedicated the song to people of India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

COVID-19 recovery rate reaches to 38.29 percent in India
Health and Family Welfare Ministry said that a total 36 thousand 823 patients have been cured of corona virus and the recovery rate has reached 38.29 percent in the country. During the last twenty four hours, 2 thousand 715 patients have recovered and 5 thousand 242 fresh cases of Covid-19 have been reported taking the total number of cases to 96 thousand 169. A total of 157 deaths have been registered in last 24 hours taking the nationwide toll to 3 thousand 29.

Centre allocates additional 40 thousand crore rupees under MGNREGA for employment generation in rural India
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman unveiled the fifth and final tranche of financial stimulus and policy measures to help build a self-reliant India under the Atma Nirbhar Bharat Campaign. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Tuesday in his address to the nation announced a special economic package equivalent to 10 per cent of India’s GDP, amounting to 20 lakh crore rupees. Under the MNREGA scheme, an additional 40 thousand crore rupees will be allocated for employment generation in the rural parts of the country. She said, this will help to generate nearly 300 crore person days to provide relief to the migrant workers.

Economy should be allowed to revive in fourth phase of lockdown, says NITI Aayog CEO
NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant has said that the economy should be allowed to revive in the fourth phase of lockdown. He however maintained that all measures to prevent further spread of COVID-19 should be ensured. NITI Aayog member and a renowned public health expert Dr. VK Paul said that more responsibility now lies with the people of this country to contain the spread of novel corona virus with the further easing in lockdown provisions. He added that people should strictly follow the national directives to ensure prevention.

Noted Marathi writer Ratnakar Matkari passes away
Noted Marathi dramatist, litterateur, theatre personality and National Award-winning director, Ratnakar Matkari passed away in Mumbai, Sunday late night. He was 81. A versatile writer, Mr. Ratnakar Matkari has the honour of being decorated by both Sangeet Natak Akademi and Sahitya Akademi for his wide range of works. His film ‘Investment’ bagged the National Award in Regional Category section. His first play ‘Vedi Manasa’, written at the age of 17 years was broadcast for the first time on Mumbai Akashwani. His works are equally popular among the old and the young. Some of his noted Marathi dramas include ‘Arannyak’ based on Mahabharata, ‘Lok Katha 78’, ‘Dubhang’, ‘Ashwamedh’, Chaar Diwas Premache’ and ‘Indira’

Madhya Pradesh launches Charan Paduka initiative for migrant labourers
In Madhya Pradesh, in a first of its kind of initiative, Charan Paduka (चरण पादुका) campaign has been started for the migrant labourers passing through the state. Under this campaign, the migrant labourers going barefoot are being providing shoes and slippers to reduce their pain. The most notable thing is that this campaign is being conducted by the police at most places.

International Museum Day (IMD) - May 18
The objective of International Museum Day (IMD) is to raise awareness about the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.” Organised on 18 May each year or around this date, the events and activities planned to celebrate International Museum Day can last a day, a weekend or an entire week.  International Museum Day (IMD) is an international day held annually on or around 18 May, coordinated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). The event highlights a specific theme which changes every year to reflect the basis of the international museum community's preoccupations.

World AIDS Vaccine Day - May 18
World AIDS Vaccine Day, also known as HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, is observed annually on May 18. HIV vaccine advocates mark the day by promoting the continued urgent need for a vaccine to prevent HIV infection and AIDS. They acknowledge and thank the thousands of volunteers, community members, health professionals, supporters and scientists who are working together to find a safe and effective AIDS vaccine and urge the international community to recognize the importance of investing in new technologies as a critical element of a comprehensive response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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