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19 MAY CURRENT AFFAIRS 2020







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19 MAY CURRENT AFFAIRS 2020:

1.China announces USD 2 billion in coronavirus help at WHO assembly


  • China will provide USD 2 billion over two years to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The USD 2 billion over the next two years will support COVID-19 response efforts, particularly in developing countries.
  • The announcement came as China faced growing global pressure over the lockdowns, death toll and a huge increase in coronavirus cases that has brought the world to a standstill.


2.Rajiv Gauba chairs National Crisis Management Committee meeting, discusses preparedness and requirements for Super Cyclone


  • Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba chaired a National Crisis Management Committee meeting and discussed the preparedness and requirements for the upcoming Super Cyclone.
  • As per state's request, 13 teams of NDRF have already been pre-positioned in West Bengal.
  • Four teams are enroute and four teams are on standby.
  • Further, a sufficient number of Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard teams have been put on to meet any contingency and provide support to the State Government.
  • These include timely evacuation of people from the areas likely to be affected, having a 24x7 Control Room, provision of adequate food items and preparations for timely restoration of essential services.


3.Harsh Vardhan to represent India at 73rd World Health Assembly


  • Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan will represent India at the 2-day World Health Assembly of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the WHO has announced that the 73rd World Health Assembly will be held virtually
  • The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Coronavirus will be the agenda of the meeting, which will be attended by all 194 WHO member states plus observers.


4.India provides US$ 2 million to UNRWA for welfare of Palestine refugees


  • India has given USD 2 million in aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency working for the welfare of Palestinian refugees in support of its core programmes and services, including education and health, amidst the coronavirus crisis.
  • India had increased its annual contribution to the UNRWA from USD 1.25 million in 2016 to USD 5 million in 2019.
  • It pledged another USD 5 million for 2020 which opens its way to become a member of the agency's advisory commission.
  • About 3.1 million Palestine refugees depend on health services provided by the UNRWA.
  • At the same time, the agency's schools educate 526,000 students every year, of which half are female.



5.Madhya Pradesh launches Charan Paduka initiative for migrant labourers


  • In Madhya Pradesh, in a first of its kind of initiative, Charan Paduka campaign has been started for the migrant labourers passing through the state.
  • Under this campaign, the migrant labourers going barefoot are being provided shoes and slippers to reduce their pain.
  • The most notable thing is that this campaign is being conducted by the police at most places.
  • Now this human initiative has spread in many cities of MP including Damoh, Umaria and Sagar.
  • Migrant labourers are also very happy with this initiative of the police.


6.Kotak 811 Launches India’s First Zero-Contact, Video KYC Savings Account


  • Kotak Mahindra Bank (Kotak) announced the introduction of Video KYC to open a full-fledged Kotak 811 savings account, a first in Indian banking.
  • This initiative, presently being launched on a pilot basis for savings accounts, is in line with Kotak’s digital-first strategy and is a start-to-end fully integrated, zero-contact, completely digital and paperless account opening + Full KYC journey.
  • The Video KYC process to onboard new customers will be extended to other products in a phased manner.
  • With Video KYC, verification of KYC documents and recording of the customer’s signature are completed via a video call with the bank, eliminating the need for a visit to the branch or in-person interaction, biometric verification or sharing of physical documents.


7. Anil Kumble-led ICC committee recommends ban on saliva due to COVID-19 pandemic


  • Cricket is set to do away with one of its oldest practices, the use of saliva to shine the ball, as an Anil Kumble-led ICC committee recommended banning it owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • However, the ICC Cricket Committee saw no health hazard in continuing with the use of sweat.
  • The committee also pushed for bringing back two non-neutral umpires (both from the host nation) for all international matches, as DRS ensures more accurate decision making.
  • In line with its proposal, the committee has recommended an increase in the use of DRS review per innings, from two to three.


8. Noted Marathi writer Ratnakar Matkari passes away


  • Noted Marathi dramatist, litterateur, theatre personality and National Award-winning director, Ratnakar Matkari passed away in Mumbai.
  • He had tested COVID-19 positive four days ago and was undergoing treatment.
  • A versatile writer, Mr. Ratnakar Matkari has the honour of being decorated by both Sangeet Natak Akademi and Sahitya Akademi for his wide ran
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