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May 17, 2020

17th May 2020 Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (17th May 2020) Important Current Affairs updates. Check complete Daily Current Affairs of the year 2020 from HERE. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 17th May 2020

International Current Affairs
  • Today (17th May) is World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2020).
    • This day was proclaimed to be on 17 May by United Nations General Assembly resolution, following the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis. 
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Theme of WTISD 2020 :  "Connect 2030: ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals
  • India has provided 30,000 Pathodetect COVID-19 Qualitative RT PCR Test Kits to Nepal
    • Ambassador of India to Nepal, Vinay Mohan Kwatra handed over test kits to Nepal’s Health and Population Minister, Bhanubhakta Dhakal in Kathmandu today. 
    • The consignment, as a gift from the people of India to people of Nepal, will enable Nepali Health Professionals to conduct PCR test on 30,000 people.
National Current Affairs
  • The ongoing countrywide Lockdown has been extended till May 31, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) announced today. 
    • The NDMA said lockdown measures need to be implemented for a further period of 14 days in the country to contain the spread of COVID-19.
    • As many as 4,987 coronavirus cases were confirmed in India in the last 24 hours, marking the biggest one-day jump so far and taking the total number of cases to 90,927
    • Meanwhile, 120 deaths have been recorded in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 2,872. 
    • Out of the total cases, 53,946 cases are active.
  • The central government has directed states and Union Territories to ensure distribution of free food grains to eight crore migrant labourers and their families amid coronavirus lockdown, within a period of 15 days.
    • Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan asked state governments to give food grains and pulses to migrant labourers who don't have ration cards.
  • The Govt today announced that PM eVIDYA programme for multi-mode access to digital/online education will be launched immediately. 
    • As part of the programme, there will be one earmarked TV channel per class from 1 to 12. 
    • There will also be special content for visually and hearing impaired.
  • The government is taking proactive steps to help children who don't have internet access.  
    • Swayam Prabha DTH channels have been launched to support and reach those who don't have internet access and 12 school education-related channels will be added to it.
  • The Cyclonic storm "AMPHAN" over Southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood moved slowly northwestwards with a speed of 03 kmph during past 06 hours, intensified into a Severe Cyclonic Storm and lay centred over the same region at 0830 hrs IST of today, the 17th May, 2020.
    • As per IMD, Amaravati, AP, AMPHAN is situated about 990 km south of Paradip (Odisha), 1,140 km south­-southwest of Digha (West Bengal) and 1,260 km south­-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh).
    •  It is very likely to intensify further into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 06 hours.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The value of debit and credit card transactions fell by 71% in March to ₹1.15 lakh crore from the year-ago period, according to a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) report. 
    • The number of card swipes fell by over 20% to 53.5 crore from 66.5 crore registered in January.
    • Meanwhile, UPI transactions fell by 6% to 125 crore in March from 133 crore in February.
  • While unveiling fifth tranche of measures to make India self-reliant, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the following :
    • The Centre has decided to increase borrowing limits of states from 3% to 5% of Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) for 2020-21 only. 
      • States have so far borrowed only 14% of the limit authorised to them, while the 86% remains unutilised.
      • This will give states extra resources of ₹4.28 lakh crore.
      • The budget estimate for MGNREGA was ₹61,000 crore. The government will now allocate an additional ₹40,000 crore.
      • 85% cost of Shramik Special trains was borne by the Centre. 
      • One-time transfer of ₹2,000 has reached 8.19 crore farmers.
      • Government will decriminalise Companies Act violations involving minor technical and procedural defaults. 
Science & Technology
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced that streets and sidewalks are not considered as routes of infection for coronavirus. 
    • "Spraying or fumigation of outdoor spaces (such as streets, sidewalks, walkways or marketplaces), is not recommended to remove or inactivate SARS-CoV-2 or other pathogens," it added. 
    • Even in indoor spaces, routine application of disinfectants to environmental surfaces is not recommended, said WHO.
  • American filmmaker Lynn Shelton (54), who helmed a few episodes of 'New Girl', 'Fresh Off the Boat', 'Little Fires Everywhere' and 'Mad Men', passed away due to an unidentified blood disorder. 
    • She is best known for directing 2009 film 'Humpday'. 
People in News
  • Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga (84), who had a $5 million US bounty on his head, was arrested today near Paris after 25 years on the run.
    • He is accused of funding militias that massacred about 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in 1994.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Competitive cricket is set to resume in Australia next month with the Darwin and District Cricket Competition season scheduled to begin on June 6. 
    • The tournament is part of senior inter-club competitions held in each of the Australian states and territories.
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