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22 May 2020 Current Affairs Headlines in English

Important Days

International Tea Day

International Tea Day is commemorated on May 21 every year. The goal of International Tea Day is to try to improve the condition of tea farmers and tea workers. Tea manufacturing nations make a lot of profit but the position of the labourers working in the tea plantations is very bad. Therefore, the purpose of International Tea Day is to encourage the status of tea workers, workers’ rights, daily wages, social security, employment security, and health.

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.

Anti Terrorism Day 2020: 21st May

Anti Terrorism Day 2020 is commemorated on 21st May in India. The day signifies the death ceremony of India’s seventh Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on 21 May 1991. He was killed in Tamil Nadu in an attack by the Tamil Tigers Eelam (LTTE) a terrorist group. After this assassination, V.P. Singh government has decided to observe 21st May as Anti Terrorism Day.


National Headlines

 Indian Railways started its 1st 12,000 hp electric Locomotive- WAG12

Indian Railways has launched its 1st 12,000 hp electric Locomotive- WAG12. The loco is named WAG12 with Number 60027. This Locomotive has built by Madhepura Electric Loco Factory in Bihar. This locomotive has been put into action by Indian Railways from Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Railways: Piyush Goyal.
  • Minister of State of Railways: Angadi Suresh Channabasappa.

“Mee Annapurna” initiative launched in Maharashtra

Mee Annapurna” initiative has been launched in Maharashtra by an IRDA licensed insurance intermediary “Integrated Risk Insurance”. This action has been driven by Integrated Risk Insurance as a part of its commitment as a Corporate Social Responsibility towards the welfare of the farmers and agriculture community in Maharashtra.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Maharashtra: Uddhav Thackeray; Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

“Didi Vehicle Service” launched in Madhya Pradesh

“Didi Vehicle Service” has been launched by the women of Rural Livelihood Mission in the tribal-dominated Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh. This initiative has been launched for rural women for safe delivery, hence proving to be a lifeline for pregnant rural women in tribal areas. This will also be open for other emergency services.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan; Governor: Lal Ji Tandon.

Appointments Headlines

Dilip Oommen becomes new President of Indian Steel Association

Dilip Oommen is appointed as a new president of Indian Steel Associations. He is working as CEO of Arcelor Mittal Nippon Steel India. He was concurrently appointed as President for the next two years.

Previously the CEO of Indian Steel Association was TV Narendran, who stepped down as President on May 1.

USeful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Indian Steel Association Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Indian Steel Association Established: 2014.

Govinda Rajulu Chintala appointed as chairman of NABARD

The Appointments Committee of the Union Cabinet has appointed Govinda Rajulu Chintala as the Chairman of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). He was serving as the Chief General Manager at NABARD and will remain on the post till his superannuation in July 2022.

Carmen Reinhart appointed as Chief Economist of World Bank Group

Carmen Reinhart is appointed as a new vice president of chief economist of World Bank Group effective from June 15, 2020. She was a Senior Policy Advisor and Deputy Director at the IMF and Vice President and Chief Economist of the investment bank Bear Stearns.


Sports Headlines

NADA provisionally suspends powerlifters Savita Kumari & Ankit Shishodia

Savita Kumari & Ankit Shishodia an Indian powerlifter have been temporarily suspended by the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) for violating the anti-doping rules.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Director General of National Anti Doping Agency: Navin Agarwal.
  • The National Anti Doping Agency was established by the Government of India, with the objective of acting as the independent Anti-Doping Organization for India having a vision of dope free sports.

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