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18:16 IST May 23,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: UN lists khudol of Manipur as one of top 10 global initiatives to fight COVID-19 pandemic

The United Nations (UN) has listed Manipur’s "khudol" (gift) among the top 10 global initiatives for an inclusive fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. It was listed by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth.  Khudol: ♦ Khudol is a crowdfunded initiative of Ya_All, . ♦ The initiative aims to ensure food supplies and health services for the people living with HIV, daily-wage earners, LGBTQI+ community, children, and adolescents. ♦ Under the initiative network of 100 volunteers has been mobilized.  ♦ The volunteers have, so far, provided around 2,000 families and individuals with over ...

18:13 IST May 23,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: Abhas Jha appointed by World Bank to Key position on Climate Change, Disaster Management in South Asia

Indian economist Abhas Jha has been appointed by the World Bank to a key position on climate change and disaster management in South Asia. Jha's appointment comes during the time when Cyclone Amphan has badly hit West Bengal, Orissa in India, and Bangladesh. Roles and Duties: ♦ Jha will help the South Asia region (SAR) Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change team to connect and collaborate across Global Practice boundaries. ♦ He will also guide the World Bank to conceive and deliver innovative and high-quality development solutions to respond to client demands and strengthen disaster risk management and climate action in the region. ♦ He will work with other Global Leads,...

18:11 IST May 23,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: ICMR to use Kangra Tea to lower coronavirus activity better than HCQ

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has announced that it is to replace hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) with Kangra tea to improve immunity and possibly reduce viral replication, in the revised protocol.  Highlights: ♦ The chemicals in Kangra tea will be effective in boosting immunity as they can block coronavirus activity better than anti-HIV drugs. ♦ Using computer-based models, the scientists have screened 65 bioactive chemicals or polyphenols that could bind to a specific viral protein more efficiently than commercially available anti-HIV drugs approved for treating COVID-19 patients. ♦ These chemicals might block the activity of the viral protein that helps the virus...

17:10 IST May 23,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: CeNS develops cup-shaped design mask to tackle COVID-19 spread

Researchers at Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CeNS), Bangalore developed a cup-shaped design mask that helps to create enough space in front of the mouth while speaking to tackle COVID-19. It has been transferred to a Bangalore based company for mass production. Highlights: ♦ The newly developed snug fit mask causes no speech distortion, no fogging on glasses, and indeed, packs well all around. It is designed in a way that the mask leaves practically no room for leakage while breathing.  ♦ The high breathability feature of the mask allows one to wear it without any discomfort.  ♦ The researchers have chosen the fabric layers such that there is a possibility o...

17:09 IST May 23,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: IIT-M developed Parabolic Trough Collector to help manufacturers in solar energy devices

Indian Institute of Madras (IIT-M) developed 'Parabolic Trough Collector', a new trough collector equipped with enhanced energy to serve industries. The discovery is expected to pave the way for sustainable energy solutions in agriculture and industrial process heat sectors. It has been designed in a way to help manufacturers in solar energy devices. Parabolic Trough Collector: ♦ The Collector is a lightweight and low-cost system with high energy efficiency and can operate under the country's varied climatic conditions. ♦ Trough Collector will focus on sunlight on a small area where it is absorbed. It is then utilized for heating and subsequently into energy gener...

17:08 IST May 23,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: GoI launched five key initiatives to conserve biodiversity

Government of India launched five key initiatives towards conservation of biodiversity during the occasion of International Day for Biological Diversity 2020. The initiatives were launched by the Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar.  The five initiatives are: ♦ One of the initiatives is the Biodiversity Samrakshan Internship Programme. It was launched by the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The programme proposes to engage 20 students with postgraduate degrees for a period of one year through an open, transparent, online competitive process. ♦ The World Wildlife Fund Model Conference of Parties (...

10:14 IST May 23,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: IASST develops electrochemical sensing platform for detecting carcinogenic and mutagenic compounds in food

Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (IASST), Guwahati, developed an electrochemical sensing platform. It will detect carcinogenic or mutagenic compound N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) and N-nitrosodiethanolamine (NDEA) that are found in food items like cured meat, bacon, some cheese, and low-fat milk. It was achieved by developing a modified electrode by immobilizing carbon nanomaterials (carbon dots) in Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). Highlights: ♦ People are exposed to harmful chemicals belonging to Nitrosamine family in cured meats, bacon, some cheese, low-fat dry milk, and fish.  ♦ Such chemicals include carcinogenic ones like NDMA and NDEA, which may also alter the chem...

09:55 IST May 23,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: International Day to End Obstetric Fistula is observed on 23 May

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula (IDEOF) is observed on 23 May. The day is celebrated by the United Nations. In 2003, the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF), formerly known as the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) and its partners had launched a global campaign to End Obstetric Fistula.  Theme: The theme for 2020 IDEOF is "End gender inequality! End health inequities! End Fistula now!". The theme urges universal access to quality maternal health care, preventive measures. It also aims to increase the attention to affected women and prioritize girls and their health. Obstetric fistula: An obstetric fist...

14:03 IST May 22,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: RBI cuts repo rate to a record low by 40 bps

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cuts repo rate by 40 basis points (bps) to 4% from 4.4% on 22 May. The Central Bank also adjusted the reverse repo rate to 3.35% from 3.75%. The announcement was made by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das. Highlights: ♦ The repo reduction marked the lowest repo rate or the key interest rate at which the RBI lends short-term funds to commercial banks. This is the reduction that has been recorded since 2000.  ♦ The reduction in the key interest rate will allow banks to reduce the Equated monthly installments (EMI) burden for their borrowers. ♦ RBI also extended the loan moratorium, which allows banks to defer EMI paym...

14:02 IST May 22,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: Madhya Pradesh to launch Everybody will get employment scheme

Madhya Pradesh State Government is to launch Everybody will get employment scheme. The scheme will be inaugurated by Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan through video conferencing. Under this scheme, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) job cards will be distributed to the labourers. Everybody will get employment scheme: ♦ The scheme aims to provide employment to migrant labourers and those labourers who have gone out of the state in search of employment, in their village and gram Panchayat area itself. ♦ For the implementation of the scheme, a large number of employment-oriented activities have been started under the MNREGA scheme. Under this, new labourers wil...

13:41 IST May 22,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: RBI announced Rs.15,000 crore LoC to EXIM Bank to raise its resources

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced Rs.15,000 crore line of credit (LoC) to the Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM) on 22 May. The move by RBI is to help the sagging foreign trade. EXIM Bank depends on foreign currency borrowings for its operations. The Bank has failed to raise the resources due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights: ♦ The EXIM Bank will be given LoC of Rs.15,000 crore for a period of 90 days from the date of availing with rollover up to a maximum period of one year. ♦ It will the Bank to avail of a US dollar swap facility to meet its foreign exchange requirements. ♦ RBI has decided to increase the maximum permissible period of pre-shipment and post-shipment ...

13:30 IST May 22,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: NTPC Ltd signs MoU with ONGC for Renewable Energy business

NTPC Ltd., the PSU under Ministry of Power, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), the PSU under Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas on 22 May. The MoU aimed to set up a Joint Venture (JV) Company for the Renewable Energy business.  MoU Provisions: ♦ The MoU will enable NTPC and ONGC to accelerate their footprint in Renewable Energy. ♦ As per the MoU, NTPC and ONGC will explore the setting up of offshore wind and other Renewable Energy (RE) Projects in India and overseas.  ♦ The companies will explore opportunities in the fields of sustainability, storage, E-mobility and Envir...

13:13 IST May 22,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: International Day for Biological Diversityis observed on 22 May

International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) is observed on 22 May. The day to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. It calls people to re-examine human relationship to the natural world. Theme: The theme for 2020 International Day for Biological Diversity is "Our solutions are in nature". The theme emphasizes hope, solidarity, and the importance of working together at all levels to build a future of life in harmony with nature. The theme aims to increase the resilience of nations and communities as the world countries are recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.  History: IDB was first initiated by the Second Committee of the...

13:13 IST May 22,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: International Tea Day is observed on 21 May

International Tea Day is observed on 21 May every year. The day provides an opportunity to celebrate the cultural heritage, health benefits, and economic importance of tea. The day is celebrated by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Tea: The origins of tea go back to more than 5,000 years. Tea contributes to health, culture, and socioeconomic development. Currently, Tea is grown in more than 35 countries. It supports over 13 million people, including smallholder farmers and their households, who depend on the tea sector for their livelihoods. Tea has many health benefits due to its anti-inflammatory & antioxidant properties. History: In 2019, the United ...

12:35 IST May 22,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is observed on 21 May

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is observed on 21 May. The day celebrates the richness of the world's cultures and the essential role of intercultural dialogue for achieving peace and sustainable development. The day aims to promote culture and highlight the significance of its diversity as an agent of inclusion and positive change.  Aim: The day aims to provide an opportunity to celebrate culture's manifold forms, creative industries, diversity of cultural expressions, and to reflect on how these contribute to the dialogue, mutual understanding, and the social, environmental, and economic vectors of sustainable development. History:

12:08 IST May 22,2020
Current Affairs Live Updates 2020: IIT-Guwahati scientists discover new ways to prevent memory loss due to Alzheimer

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati have discovered a new method to help prevent or reduce short-term memory losses associated with Alzheimer's disease. In this method, the researchers used 'Trojan peptides' to arrest the aggregation of the neurotoxic molecules. Highlights: ♦ The idea of using 'Trojan peptide' was initiated from the mythological "Trojan Horse" used as subterfuge by the Greeks in the battle of Troy. ♦ The researchers have designed Trojan peptides by adopting a similar approach of deceit to impede the aggregation of the amyloid peptide. It will arrest the formation of toxic fibrillar assemblies and redu...