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  • West Bengal supplies the majority of jute bags used in packaging across the country.
  • World Thalassemia Day is celebrated in the month of May, to observe and create awareness on a blood- related disorder.
  • The name of the campaign launched by NITI Aayog to ensure well-being of senior citizens during COVID-19 pandemic is Surakshit Dada-Dadi and Nana-Nani Abhiyan.
  • Tata Steel has withdrawn its membership from the apex steel industry body, Indian Steel Association.
  • The title of the report recently released by International Labour Organization is ‘COVID -19 and the world of work.’
  • Tarun Bajaj has been appointed as a Director on the Central Board of RBI, who also took over as the Economic Affairs Secretary recently.
  • Moody’s Investor Service has projected zero economic growth for India in the year 2020-2021.
  • ‘Toman’, which was in news recently, is the newly proposed currency of Iran.
  • Sundarbans Mangrove forest is the only mangrove in the world inhabited by tigers.
  • Russia is set to launch a remote-sensing satellite named Arktika-M, to monitor Arctic climate and environment.
  • ‘India SMEServices Platform’ is a digital initiative of Small Industries Development Bank of India.
  • Henri Dunant was awarded the first Nobel Prize, for founding International Red Cross Movement.
  • Fishermen families are the beneficiaries of YSR Matsyakara Bharosa Scheme of Andhra Pradesh Government.
  • Eight core sectors are considered while measuring the output of industries for ICI, in India.
  • Jharkhand is the first state to bring its migrant labourers, after lock-down, through the special Shramik Trains run by Ministry of Railways.
  • The Versetile Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, who recently passed away, had won National Award for movie Paan Singh Tomar.
  • The Task Force on NIP recently submitted their report to the Union Finance Minister. In NIP, ‘I’ stands for Infrastructure.
  • Nagaland has introduced a scheme to levy Covid-19 cess for diesel, petrol and motor spirit.
  • The name of the programme on health and risk communication focusing on Covid-19, launched by National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC) is YASH.
  • The theme of the World Migratory Bird Day 2020 observed on May 9 is Birds Connect Our World.
  • Jharkhand banned the manufacture, sale and storage of 11 brands of pan masala for a year, to curb magnesium carbonate present in them.
  • As of 2020, Chattisgarh has provided employment to highest number of labourers, under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).
  • The name of the famous author and historian known for chronicling Delhi, who passed away recently, is Ronald Vivian Smith.
  • Saurabh Lodha has received the Dept. of Science & Technology’s (DST) Young Career Award in Nano Science & Technology for the year 2020.
  • Longleng and Chiulan are the names of migratory bird, Amur Falcón, which has been recently mentioned by the Union Environment Ministry.
  • ‘Project Monitoring Unit’, which was recently launched by the Govt. , is associated with coal industry.
  • Magnus Carlsen won the recently held $ 250,000online chess tournament, considered to be the richest so far.
  • As per the recent statement of World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the ozone hole over Arctic region has depleted significantly.
  • After failing to pay the host fee, India lost the hosting rights of 2021 men’s World Boxing Championship.( Serbia is now going to host it).
  • WHO and the UN’s postal agency have released a commemorative postage stamp on the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox.
  • ‘Nigah’ is new initiative of Himachal Pradesh that aims to impart awareness among the family members of people coming from other states.
  • Gujarat was formed along with Maharashtra , as a result of the Bombay Reorganization Act, which came into effect on May,1960.
  • Axis Bank will hold 30percent of stake in Max Life Insurance, in its joint venture with Max Financial Services.
  • The India International Exchange Limited (India INX) that was seen in news recently, is a subsidiary of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).
  • Tarun Bajaj has recently assumed charge as the next Economic Affairs Secretary, after superannuation of Atanu Chakraborty.
  • Jean – Georges Noverre is associated with World Dance Day, celebrated in the month of April, every year.
  • Rajiv Kumar has been appointed as the next chairperson of the Public Enterprises Selection Board.
  • Among the road and infrastructures cess and the special additional excise duty that were recently hiked by the centre, special additional excise duty is passed to the states through devolution.
  • Thangjam Dhabali Singh of Manipur has been conferred the ‘Order of Rising Sun.’ Japan constituted the award.
  • Veteran Indian personality Chuni Goswami, who recently passed away, was associated with football.
  • The Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) was constituted to address dispute over water sharing among four states /UT. (Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry)
  • India is the largest borrower of Asian Development Bank as of 2020.
  • The phenomenon ‘Arribada’, that was seen in news recently, is associated with turtle.
  • European Union hosted the Corona virus Global Response International Planning Conference, to raise funds for Covid-19 response.
  • ‘NGMA KE SANGRAH SE’, a programme that was seen in news recently, is associated with Art & Culture.
  • GARUD (Government Authorisation for Relief Using Drones) portal, which was seen in news recently, was launched by Ministry of Civil Aviation.
  • Food & Agricultural Organization has recognized the advisories released by two institutes of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been awarded a commemorative World War II medal by Russia.
  • Coir Board sined a Mou with IIT, Madras to establish a Centre of Excellence for Coir Applications.
  • According to the recent survey conducted by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) , Tamilnadu recorded the high unemployment rate in April,2020.
  • Russia is the chair of the 5 membered BRICS bloc, for the year 2020.
  • ‘Bank of Schemes, Ideas, Innovation and Research portal’, which was seen in news, has been launched by Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME).
  • The strategically important Ghatiabagar- Lipulekh motor road, that was inaugurated recently, is located in Uttarakhand.
  • An ultra-violet (UV) Disinfection Tower names ‘ UV blaster ‘has been developed in India by DRDO in Delhi.
  • According to a recent report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) , the world’s highest number of people were displaced in India in 2020.
  • The objective of the ‘ Jagananna Vidya Deevena’ scheme launched by the Andhra Pradesh Government is college fee reimbursement.
  • According to the Open Budget Survey conducted by the International Budget Partnership (IBP), India’s rank is 53, in terms of budget transparency and accountability.
  • United States announced to provide $3 billion assistance to India, through its ‘ Partnership for Affordable Healthcare Access and Longevity (PAHAL) Project’.
  • Dar YAsin, Mukhtar Khan and Channi Anand, the photographer of Associated Press (AP) were recently in news for receiving.
  • The veteran Freedom fighter and the National Communal Harmony Awardee, who recently passed away, is Hema Bharali.
  • An International Commission named USCIRF, which was seen in news recently, is headquartered in Washington DC.
  • The Reserve Bank of India extended the benefits under its SLFMF Scheme. In this scheme MF stands for Mutual Fund.
  • Israel has successfully isolated the ‘monoclonal neutralising antibody’ which is considered as an important step in treatment of Covid-19.
  • Moody’s Investors Service estimated that India would grow at 0.2 percent in 2020-2021, which is the lowest ever estimate done for the country after Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Kovilpatti Kadalai Mittai has s been granted the Geographical Indication Tag. Kavilpatti is located in Tamilnadu.
  • Chak-Hao, a variety of black rice, that recently bagged the Geographical Indication Tag , is found in Manipur.
  • T S Tirumurti , who was seen in news recently, has been appointed as the nest Permanent Representative of India to United Nations.
  • Petersberg dialogue, which was seen in news recently, is associated with Climate Action.
  • The name of the programme on health and risk communication focusing on Covid-19, launched by National Council for Science and Technology Communication is YASH.
  • The Union Defence Ministry has signed a contract with Tata Power firm of India for infrastructure modernization of artfields.
  • As per the recent judgement of the Supreme Court, Cooperative Banks may also be included under SARFAESI Act.
  • Samudra Setu is the name of the operation launched by the Indian Navy, to repatriate the Indian citizens stranded in other countries.
  • ‘Amar Sonar Bangla’, the national anthem of Bangladesh was written by Indian Poet, Rabindranath Tagore’s birth anniversary is celebrated on 5th May.
  • Uttar Pradesh has launched ‘Pravasi Rahut Mitra’ application, developed in collaboration with UNDP, to aid incoming migrant citizens.
  • Madhya Pradesh launched the new initiative ‘FIR Aapke Dwar Yojona.’
  • Robert Baptiste, who was seen in news recently, is associated with Cyber-Security Research.
  • Deepa Malik is set to take charge as the President of the Paraolympic Committee of India.
  • Assam witnessed the death of as many as 13000 oigs due to the outbreak of African Swine Fever (AFS).
  • Tamilnadu Govt. has raised the retirement age of govt. employees to 59 from 58.
  • Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has been appointed as the chairperson of Parliament’s Public Account Committee.
  • 1000 mandis (markets) are to be integrated with eNAM platform before May 15, as per the target of  Agricultural Ministry.
  • ‘Read along’, that was seen in news recently, is an application of Google.
  • As per the recent report of the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) , rural areas of the country comprised of the highest internet users.
  • World Athletic Day is celebrated by Monaco-headquartered IAAF, in the month of May every year.
  • Based on recommendations of Lt Gen Shekatkar Committee, the Defence Ninistry approved the abolition of 9304 posts in the Military Engineering Service.
  • The headquarter of the International Organazation for Migration is located in Grand- Saconnex.
  • NADA, a national organization under the Ministry of Sports is set conduct its disciplinary low hearings online. In NADA, ‘D’ stands for.
  • Black hole is ‘ HR 6819’ that has been discovered by the European Southern Observatory (ESO).
  • Defence Research Ultraviolet Sanitiser (DRUVS) , that was seen in news recently, is  developed by DRDO.
  • The new borrowing target of the govt. for the current financial year, after the gross market borrowing target has been raised from the budget estimate is 12 lakh crore.
  • China won the inaugural $180,000 FIDE Chess.com Online Nations Cup.
  • 120 days is the permitted stay period of an individual in India, to be included as a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) , in context of tax calculation.
  • National Technology Day is celebrated in India on May 11, to mark the achievement of its nuclear tests made at Pokhran in 1998.
  • The provision of Factories Act is replaced by the states to increase the working hours of laboures.
  • The theme of the International Nurses Day 2020 is Nursing the World to Heath.
  • As per the new guidelines issue regarding the Aarogya Setu App, 180 days is the maximum no. of days the data can be stored.
  • The name of the application launched by the Ayush Ministry is ‘AYUSH Sanjivani’ as a part of the launch of clinical research on Ayurveda intervention.
  • Hari Shankar Vasudevan, who passed away recently, was associated with historian.
  • The headquqrter of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is located in Madrid.
  •  Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) is an organization under Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • The name of the helpline launched by the Union HRD Minister is Bharosa for the students of Central University of Odisha.
  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research , CSIR has appointed the project for developing ‘ Human monoclonal antibodies’ that can neutralize the SARS-COV-2 Virus.
  • ‘Mukhyamantri  Yuba Yogajog Yojana’ , that was seen in news recently , is an initiative of Tripura.
  • The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) approved a $ 500 million loans to support India’s covid -19 operations. The headquarter of AIIB is Beijing.
  • United Nations has launched a USD 6.7 billion global appeal to fight the COVID -19 pandemic, as part of its updated response plan to help fragile nations.
  • According to the ‘Lost at Home’ report published by the UNICEF, India constituted the highest number of new internal displacements in the world in 2019.
  • Birsa Harit Gram Yojna, Neelambar Pitambar, Jal Sammriddhi Yojna and Poto HO Khel Vikas Yojna, which were in news recently, were the schemes launched by Jharkhand.
  • The theme of the Online Contact Group Summit of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) held in May 2020 is United against COVID-19.
  • United Nations Environment Programme, extended the term of Dia Mirza as its goodwill ambassador.
  • An affordable model of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) designed and produced by Indian Army, has been certified for clinical usage.
  • THE India International Exchange Ltd. (India INX) , that was seen in news recently, is a subsidiary of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).
  • Humanitarian aid and disaster relief (HARD) outreach, that was seen in news recently , is a diplomatic initiative of Indian Navy.
  • The first high- level foreign dignitary to travel to India after Covid-19 restrictions, Zalmay Khalilzad, was the special envoy of United States.

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