Current Affairs Daily Digest – May 28 2020
1. Russia constructs its first Stealth Bomber
Under its Perspective Aviation Complex for Long Range Aviation (PAKDA) programme, Russia has constructed its first Stealth Bomber. Russia is currently modernizing its military at a very fast pace. The Stealth Bomber is one such advancement. The bomber is the second-generation combat aircraft after Sukhoi Su-57 supersonic fighter jet
2. India attends New Development Bank Governors meet
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman attended the Special Board of Governors meet of New Development bank through video conference. The leaders that attended the meet elected the president, vice president of new development bank. The bank has so far approved 16.6 billion USD to over 55 projects in its member countries.
3. J.K. Rowling announces “The Ickabog”
British author J.K. Rowling released first two chapters of her new Children’s book “The lckabog”. The story is to be published in installments on The Ickabog website for free before its official publication in November 2020. The Ickabog is her first children’s book since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was published in 2007.
4. SAI announced Rs.30,000 each for 2,749 Khelo India athletes
Sports Authority of India (SAI) has deposited Rs.30,000 each to 2,749 Khelo India athletes as out of pocket allowance (OPA) amid the COVID-19 lockdown. The total sum of the amount is Rs.8.25 crore in all. The announcement regarding disbursement of the Khelo India allowances was made by Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju.
5. EU proposes 750 billion-euro coronavirus recovery fund
The European Union (EU) Commission has proposed a 750 billion-euro ($825 billion) recovery fund “European breakthrough” to help the bloc’s economy through the deep recession induced by the COVID-19 pandemic. It was announced by the commissioner Paolo Gentiloni. The aim is to tackle an unprecedented crisis.
6. Karnataka to launch ‘State Health Register’ of all citizens
Karnataka government on May 27, 2020 announced that it will be launching a new project to maintain a ‘State Health Register’ comprising the database of all its citizens.
The health register, first-of-its-kind, will be a robust and standardized health repository of all the citizens of the state. Elaborating on the same, Karnataka’s Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar stated that the COVID-19 experience has demonstrated the need to maintain a robust, real-time repository of health data of each and every citizen.
7. Brazil’s Marcos Troyjo is NDB’s new President, India’s Anil Kishora is VP
Marcos Prado Troyjo, former deputy economy minister of Brazil will replace KV Kamath as the president of the New Development Bank’s (NDB), a multilateral financial institution set up to mobilise resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging economies, according to an official statement.
8. Leo Puriset to join JP Morgan
Veteran banker Kalpana Morparia, Chairman, South and South-East Asia at JP Morgan, plans to retire after nearly 12 years with the investment banking firm. She will be succeeded by Leo Puri.
9. Senior IAS officer Vishwas Mehta is new chief secretary of Kerala
Senior IAS officer Vishwas Mehta has been appointed as the new chief secretary of Kerala. Dr Mehta, who’s now Additional Chief Secretary (Home), will assume office on June 1. The incumbent chief secretary Tom Jose is set to retire on May 31.
10. GE Power India Designates Mahesh Palashikar as Chairman
GE Power India Ltd (GEPIL), formerly known as Alstom India, has designated Mahesh Shrikrishna Palashikar as its Additional Director and Non-Executive Chairman effective May 27, 2020.
Mahesh PalashikarPalashikar succeeded Vishal Keerti Wanchoo due to his retirement on attaining the age of superannuation.
11. Sreelekha to Become Kerala’s First Woman DGP
Kerala Police will get its first woman Director General when R.Sreelekha assumes office as the new head of the Kerala Fire and Rescue Services on June 1. Presently an Additional Director General of Police, she currently heads the Jail Department. An 1988 batch IPS officer, she became the first woman Superintendent of Police in 1991 and since then, has had a glittering career.
12. Taiwan election: Tsai Ing-wen wins second presidential term
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen secured a landslide victory in presidential elections with voters resoundingly handing its first female leader a second term. Her main rival, Han Kuo-yu of the China-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) party, has conceded defeat.
13. Mango Board, Flipkart join hands for home delivery
The Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation (KSMDMC) officially partnered with Flipkart to supply mangoes to consumers’ doorsteps at no extra cost. They signed an MoU for a 45-day pilot, starting the services with immediate effect. Horticulture Minister Kaigonahalli Chikkegowda Narayana Gowda said the MoU was signed to ensure that farmers benefit the most.
14. International Day of Action for Women’s Health is observed on May 28
May 28 is the International Day of Action for Women’s Health, which for over 30 years, women’s* rights advocates and allies in the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) movement worldwide have commemorated in diverse ways. Year after year, women, girls, advocates and allies have continued to take action and stand up for sexual and reproductive rights for what they are: an indivisible and inalienable part of our human rights.
15. Menstrual Hygiene Day is observed on May 28
Menstrual Hygiene Day (MHD, MH Day in short) is an annual awareness day on May 28 to highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene management (MHM). It was initiated by the German-based NGO WASH United in 2014 and aims to benefit women and girls worldwide.
Theme – Periods in Pandemic
16. World Hunger Day is observed on May 28
As we observe the World Hunger Day on May 28 amidst the pandemic’s onslaught, it is time to revisit the structural challenges behind this human crisis. According to the United Nations website, till 2015 the number of people suffering from hunger was falling consistently and has only risen after the passage of that period.