1-12 May 2020 Current Affairs

Vande Bharat Mission | Operation Samudra Setu | Chuni Goswami | Gas Leakage | CKP Co-operative Bank | RIL | TCS | Jio |

Posted on May 12, 2020 08:50 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) What is the name given to the mission to the massive air repatriation operation undertaken by Indian government to bring back stranded Indians in different parts of the world in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis?Vande Bharat Mission (Vande Bharat Mission is the name given to the massive scale repatriation operation undertaken by Indian government under which more the 60 non-scheduled commercial flights were pressed into service from 7 May 2020 to bring back around 15,000 Indian citizens stranded in about 12 countries due to ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The first phase of the mission focuses on Gulf countries, south-east Asian countries and neighbouring countries. The second phase will focus on bringing Indian citizens from Europe and the United States)

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2) What is the name given to the mission started by the Indian Navy from 8 May 2020 to repatriate Indian citizens stranded overseas by naval ships?“Operation Samudra Setu” (“Operation Samudra Setu” is the name given to the ambitious operation announced by Indian Navy on 5 May 2020 with the objective of repatriating Indian citizens stranded overseas. This mission was pressed into service from 8 May 2020 and included two naval ships - INS Jalashwa and INS Magar. Under first phase of the mission INS Jalashwa was used to bring back 698 Indians from Maldives. This ship arrived at Kochi with the passengers on 10 May 2020)

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3) Who took over as India's new Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) on 1 May 2020? - T S Tirumurti (T S Tirumurti, who is currently serving as Secretary, Economic Relations in the Ministry of External Affairs, was appointed as India's new Permanent Representative to the UN. On 1 May 2020 he succeeded Syed Akbaruddin who retired on 30 April 2020. Akbaruddin has been serving as India's Permanent Representative to UN since January 2016. Tirumurti is a 1985-batch Indian Foreign Service officer)

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4) The first-ever special train to transport migrant labourers was run from which state to which state on 1 May 2020?From Telangana to Jharkhand (The Government of India on 1 May 2020 ran its first special train with 24 coaches to transport 1,200 migrant labourers to Hatia in Jharkhand from Lingampally, Hyderabad in Telangana. The decision to run special train was taken by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) after considering a request of the Telangana government. By 10 May 2020 over 300 such trains were operated by Indian Railway and these trains transported over 3 lakh migrant workers. It is worth mentioning that all passenger train services of Indian Railways have been suspended since 22 March 2020 due to Covid-19. These special trains were called “Shramik Specials”)

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5) Indian football legend Chuni Goswami passed away on 30 April 2020 after prolonged illness. He was captain of Asian Games gold medal winning Indian team in which year?1962 (Under his captaincy, the Indian football team won gold at the 1962 Asian Games, finished runner-up at the Asian Cup in 1964 and narrowly lost to Burma in Mardeka Cup six months later. It was the golden era of Indian football with PK Banerjee and Goswami at the top of their form. In club football, Goswami always played for Mohun Bagan. Goswami was successful in cricket as well. In 1966, he and Subroto Guha plotted the historic innings defeat of Gary Sobers’ West Indies by the combined Central and East Zone team under Hanumant Singh in Indore)

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6) The RBI cancelled the banking license of which Maharashtra-based cooperative bank on 2 May 2020? - CKP Co-operative Bank Ltd (The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 2 May 2020 cancelled the licence of CKP Co-operative Bank Ltd, with operations in Maharashtra. The cancellation came into effect from 30 April 2020. The RBI maintained that the CKP Co-operative Bank Ltd was not in a position to pay its present and future depositors due to its financial instability. The bank is now prohibited from conducting the business of ‘banking’ which includes acceptance of deposits and repayment of deposits)

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7) Which entity recently snatched most-profitable tag from Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) after 6 years?TCS (Reliance Industries (RIL) has lost the tag of India's highest profit-making company to Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). At Rs 8,049 crore, TCS’ reported profit after tax (PAT) during the January-March 2020 quarter was ahead of RIL’s reported PAT of Rs. 6,348 crore during the same quarter. RIL reported a sharp 39% year-on-year decline in net profit during the quarter, thanks to inventory losses due to a sharp fall in crude oil prices)

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8) 11 persons were killed and over 500 were hospitalised after a chemical gas leakage at a polymer plant near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. This plant belongs to which South Korean company?LG Polymers India Pvt. Ltd (A tank used to store chemicals for making a wide variety of plastic products leaked into the air at the plant of LG Polymers India Pvt. Ltd at village RR Venkatapuram near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on 7 May 2020. It resulted in a huge health hazard with thousands reporting suffocation and breathlessness. 11 persons died due to this leakage. The company said vapour leaked from a tank containing the chemical styrene, a raw material for polystyrene, which is used in products such as food packaging. Later on 8 May 2020 the National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposed an interim fine of Rs. 50 crore on the company) investing Rs.

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9) What are the names of 2 US based private equity firms that during May 2020 announced investing in Mukesh Ambani led Jio Platforms to purchase combined equity of 3.47%?Vista Equity Partners and Silver Lake (US-based private equity firm Vista Equity Partners will invest Rs. 11,367 crore to buy 2.32% stake in Mukesh Ambani led Jio Platforms. This announcement was made on 8 May 2020. A few days earlier another US-based private equity firm Silver Lake announced investing Rs. 5,655.75 crore into Jio Platforms for 1.15% stake. These two deals skyrocketed Jio’s market cap to up to Rs. 4.91 lakh crore)

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10) What was the name of the top Hizbul Mujahideen commander who was killed by Indian security forces on 6 May 2020? - Riyaz Naikoo (Riyaz Naikoo was a leading terrorist and top Hizbul Mujahideen commander was killed on 6 May 2020 in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Awantipora. He carried a cash reward of Rs. 12 lakh on his head and was a close associate of deceased top terrorist Burhan Wani)

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11) What is the name of the Pakistani youth who during May 2020 became the first Hindu to join the Pakistan Air Force (PAF)?Rahul Dev (A Pakistani youth Rahul Dev, came to news during May 2020 as he became the first-ever Hindu to join the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). He was recruited as a General Duty Pilot Officer)

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12) Which Indian state is battling the menace of African Swine Fever (ASF) which killed over 13,000 pigs in the state by 11 May 2020?Assam (As the whole of India is battling the Covid-19 pandemic, the north-eastern state of Assam is battling on an additional front as the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) wreaking havoc in the state. Over 13,000 pigs have been killed in 9 districts of the state. Animal resource experts in northeast India suspect that the highly contagious ASF came to the region from Tibet through Arunachal Pradesh. 9 districts of Arunachal were also affected with death of a few hundred pigs in the state)

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