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Daily Current Affairs Headlines 16th May 2020

Armed Forces Day 2020: 16th May

Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. In 2020, it comes on the 16th of May. This day is celebrated to pay recognition to the men and women who served the United States Armed Forces.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Capital of USA: Washington, D.C.
  • President of USA: Donald Trump.
  • The currency of USA: United States dollar.

International Day of Light celebrated on 16 May

The International Day of Light is observed every year on 16th May to mark the role that light plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and also in the fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy. The day also marks the anniversary of the first successful operation of the laser in 1960 by physicist and engineer, Theodore Maiman.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Director-General of UNESCO: Audrey Azoulay

National Current Affairs Headlines

‘GOAL’ programme launched for Digital Skilling of Tribal Youth

GOAL (Going Online As Leaders)” the business has been driven by the Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Shri Arjun Munda for Digital Skilling of Tribal Youth. The Going Online As Leaders (GOAL) is a joint initiative of Facebook India with Ministry of Tribal affairs.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Executive Officer of Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg.
  • Facebook Headquarters: California, US.

“Atmanirbhar Gujarat Sahay Yojana” launched in Gujarat

The Gujarat Government has started “Atmanirbhar Gujarat Sahay Yojana”. The project aims to give an interest subsidy, a moratorium as well as a collateral-free loan of up to Rs 1 lakh.

All the above facilities have been launched for over a million small traders, street vendors and small professionals in the state. Gujarat government has a target of lending around Rs 5000 crore via the loan that carries a tenure of 3 years.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Gujarat: Vijaybhai R. Rupani; Governor: Acharya Dev Vrat.

GoI & AIIB signs agreement to improve irrigation services in West Bengal

The Government of India, the Government of West Bengal and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has signed a loan agreement for a US$145 million project.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee; Governor: Jagdeep Dhankhar.
  • President of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: Jin Liqun.

Rajasthan-based company develops robots to screen people amid Covid-19

Jaipur-based company has developed robots to help health workers in conducting a thermal screening of the people amid Covid-19 crisis. These robots can also identify if a person is wearing a mask or not.

Internation Current Affairs Headlines

Facebook acquires GIF-making website GIPHY

Facebook has acquired the popular GIF website GIPHY and is planning to integrate its GIF library to its photo-sharing app, Instagram.

Facebook acquired the GIF-making and sharing website for reportedly $400 million, according to a report by Axios.


Veteran Bengali author Debesh Roy, who had five decades of a career as a writer, passed away. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi award for his novel ‘Teesta Parer Brittanto’.

Bangladesh’s Noted literary personality, educationist and national Professor Anisuzzaman passed away. He was the President of Bangla Academy since 2012.

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