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21 May 2020 Current Affairs Headlines in English

Important Days

World Bee Day observed globally on 20th May

World Bee Day is commemorated worldwide on 20th May to support the role of bees for the ecosystem. Its started in 2018 and according to the report, around 33% of the world’s food production depends on bees. To mark the day, a virtual event was held under the theme “Bee Engaged”.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General: QU Dongyu.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization Headquarters: Rome, Italy.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization Founded: 16 October 1945.

National Current Affairs

“National Test Abhyas” application launched by Union HRD Ministry 

National Test Abhyas” named application has been launched by the Ministry of Human Resources Development. The application will help the applicants to take mock tests for exams such as JEE Mains, NEET, etc. 

USeful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Human Resources Development: Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.

India gives $2 million aid to UN agency for Palestinian refugees’ welfare

India has given USD 2 million aid for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency working for the welfare of Palestinian refugees. This service is given for UNRWA core programmes and services, including education and health, amidst the coronavirus crisis. 

In the year 2019, India has increased the annual contribution to the UNRWA from USD 1.25 million to USD 5 million.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • United Nations Relief and Works Agency Headquarters location: Amman, JordanUnited
  • Nations Relief and Works Agency  Commissioner-General: Christian Saunders

International Current Affairs

Prime Minister of Lesotho,  Thomas Thabane resigns

Thomas Thabane has formally resigned as the Prime Minister of Lesotho. Thabane and his current wife are speculated of planning to murder his late wife approximately three years ago. Lesotho’s Finance Minister Moeketsi Majoro has been named by parliament as the interim Prime Minister of the country.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Lesotho is the southern African mountain kingdom.
  • Lesotho Capital: Maseru.
  • Lesotho Currency: Lesotho loti.

Awards & Rewards

Vice Admiral Vinay Badhwar wins Alexander Dalrymple Award 2019

Alexander Dalrymple Award for helping to Indian hydrography and across the broader Indian Ocean region Vice Admiral Vinay Badhwar has been honoured. The award was presented by the UK Ministry of Defence.

USeful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chief of the Naval Staff (CNC): Admiral Karambir Singh.
  • Director of International Hydrographic Organisations: Abri Kampfer (South Africa) & Mustafa Iptes (Turkey).
  • International Hydrographic OrganisationsEstablished: 1921.
  • International Hydrographic Organisations Headquarters: Monaco.

Miscellaneous 

Ladakh becomes COVID-19 free after recovery of all cases

The Union Territory, Ladakh has become corona virus-free as the region has not recorded any new case after 3rd May 2020.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh: Radha Krishna Mathur

Cyclone Amphan intensifies into Super Cyclone

Cyclone Amphan strengthened into a super cyclone with speed above 200 kmph and went further towards Odisha and Bengal. It is the first super cyclone to hit the region in the last two decades since a super cyclone-hit Odisha in 1999 causing widespread damage and loss of life.

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