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Daily Current Affairs Headlines 14th and 15th May 2020

National Current Affairs Headlines

FM announces 2nd tranche of measures for “Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan”

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced the details of the 2nd tranche of Economic Relief Package for “Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” amid COVID-19 pandemic.

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NDB approves USD 1 bn Emergency Assistance Program Loan to India

New Development Bank (NDB) approve a 1 Billon USD load under the Emergency Assistance Program Loan to India. This is NDB’s second emergency assistance program in order to help its member countries to fight COVID-19.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • President of New Development Bank: K V Kamath.
  • New Development Bank was established by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa to mobilize resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS.

CAPF canteens to sell only indigenous products from June 1

Home Minister Mr Amit Shah recently announced that Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) will sell only made in India products. This will be applicable to all or any CAPF canteens across the country from 01 June 2020.

Indian Railways makes Aarogya Setu app mandatory for passengers

The Indian Railways has made the Aarogya Setu app mandatory for the passengers to travel by train.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

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

Dr Harsh Vardhan dedicates “COBAS 6800” testing machine to the nation

Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan assigned the “COBAS 6800”, COVID-19 testing machine to the nation. The COBAS 6800 is the first such testing machine procured by the Government for testing COVID-19 cases and has been installed at the National Centre for Disease Control in Delhi.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • National Centre for Disease Control Founded: 1909.
  • National Centre for Disease Control Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • National Centre for Disease Control Director: Sujeet Kumar.

World Bank approves $1 billion social protection package for India

World Bank has stated $1 billion social protection package for India amid coronavirus outbreak. This package also comes under the Economic Relief package which was recently announced by Mr Modi.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • President of World Bank: David Malpass.
  • Headquarter of World Bank: Washington DC.


Internationl Current Affairs Headlines

Slovenia becomes 1st coronavirus-free country in Europe

Slovenia becomes the 1st nation in Europe to declare an official end to the coronavirus pandemic. The country covering over 2 million people adjoined with Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Croatia has recorded 1,464 cases of COVID-19 disease and 103 deaths after announcing a pandemic.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Capital of Slovenia: Ljubljana.
  • The currency of Slovenia: Euro.
  • Prime Minister of Slovenia: Janez Janza.

Italy develops ‘iFeel-You’ bracelet for social distancing

The Genoa-based Italian Institute of Technology has developed ‘iFeel-You’ bracelet for social distancing.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • President of Italy: Sergio Mattarella Trending.
  • Capital of Italy: Rome.
  • The currency of Italy: Italian lira.


State Current Affairs Headlines

J&K & Haryana to provide tap connections till 2022

The Jammu and Kashmir government and Haryana Government have drafted a plan to complete the Jal Jeevan mission to provide tap connections to every rural household by 2022. The motive behind this scheme to provide drinking water to all household.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Minister of Jal Shakti: Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
  • Minister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti: Rattan Lal Kataria.

West Bengal govt launches ‘Matir Smristi’ scheme

Government of West Bengal has begun ‘Matir Smristi’ scheme to utilise 50,000 acres of barren land in 6 districts.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee; Governor: Jagdeep Dhankhar.

Uttarakhand CM launches ‘HOPE’ portal to help unemployed youth

Trivendra Singh Rawat Uttarakhand Chief Minister has started “HOPE” (Helping Out People Everywhere) portal to help unemployed youth to get jobs opportunities.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Uttarakhand state was formed: 9th November 2000
  • Capital of Uttarakhand: Dehradun.
  • Chief Minister of Uttarakhand: Trivendra Singh Rawat.
  • Governor of Uttarakhand: Baby Rani Maurya.


Appointments Headlines

Akhil Kumar re-inducted into NADA disciplinary panel

Former Commonwealth gold medalist Indian boxer Akhil Kumar was re-inducted into the Disciplinary Panel of National Anti-Doping Agency’s (NADA). He was formerly served in the panel from 2017 to 2019.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) Motto: Play fair.
  • National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) Director-General: Navin Agarwal.

V. Vidyavathi becomes new DG of Archaeological Survey of India

IAS officer V. Vidyavathi is appointed as the new Director-General of Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) effective from 12th May 2020. She is a 1991 batch Karnataka cadre officer.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Archaeological Survey of India(ASI)Founder: Alexander Cunningham.
  • Archaeological Survey of India(ASI)Founded: 1861.
  • Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) Headquarters: New Delhi.


Agreements Headlines

Federal Bank tie-up with MoneyGram for direct-to-bank deposits service

Federal Bank Limited tie-up with MoneyGram Payment System to offer a cost-effective direct-to-bank account credit option for customers in India.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Federal Bank Limited Chairperson: Grace Elizabeth Koshie.
  • Federal Bank Limited MD & CEO: Shyam Srinivasan.
  • Federal Bank Limited Headquarters: Aluva, Kerala.
  • MoneyGram Chairman & CEO: Alex Holmes.
  • MoneyGram founded: 1988.

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