13-19 May 2020 Current Affairs

Atmanirbhar Bharat | Covid-19 Test Kit | Slovenia | Cyclone Amphan | Jio | Tik Tok |

Posted on May 19, 2020 11:24 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 12 May 2020 announced Rs 20 lakh crore financial package to revive the Indian economy. What is the name given to this package initiative? – “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” (The mammoth Rs. 20 lakh crore package announced by PM Modi to revive the Indian economy amidst Covid-19 challenge is the biggest financial stimulus announced in India till date. The value of this package is around 10% of Indian GDP. The package was announced under “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” (Self-reliant India Mission. The package focuses on land, labour, liquidity and laws and is expected to revive every branch of the economy - from demand, supply chain to manufacturing)

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2) Union Health Minister Dr. Harshvardhan on 10 May 2020 announced that Pune-based National Institute of Virology (NIV) has successfully developed the first indigenous anti-SARS-CoV-2A (Covid-19) human IgG ELISA test kit for antibody detection of the deadly virus. Which private entity has been given the task of mass-scale production of this testing kit? – Cadila Healthcare (Cadila Healthcare (Zydus Cadila) is set to make India's first indigenously developed anti-SARS-Cov-2 human IgG ELISA test kit for antibody detection of Covid-19 (novel coronavirus). The Indian Council of Medical Research transferred the technology developed by NIV to Cadila for mass production)

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3) On 14 May 2020 which country became the first European country to officially end its coronavirus epidemic? – Slovenia (The government of Slovenia, a tiny country in eastern Europe, on 14 May 2020 became the first country in Europe to officially declare an end to the coronavirus epidemic. This came after authorities confirmed less than seven new coronavirus cases each day for the past two weeks. The government said foreign citizens who show signs of coronavirus infection will still not be allowed to enter the country. Slovenia, a country with around 2 million population, had declared an epidemic on 12 March 2020. It reported 1,464 coronavirus cases and 103 deaths)

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4) What is the name given to the powerful cyclonic storm that is the first tropical cyclone of the 2020 North Indian Ocean cyclone season and is threatening the Indian states of Odisha and West Bengal? – Cyclone Amphan (Cyclone Amphan is a very powerful tropical cyclonic storm over the Bay of Bengal that is the first super cyclonic storm in the Bay of Bengal since the 1999 Odisha cyclone. It initially developed as a low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal. It was later classified as a super cyclone and is threatening Odisha, West Bengal and Bangladesh as on 19 May 2020)

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5) Which sporting event the first major sporting event to restart after Covid-19 lockdown? – Bundesliga (Bundesliga, the German football league, resumed from 16 May 2020 and thus became the first major global sporting event to restart after Covid-19 lockdown. It is worth mentioning that the 2019-20 season of Bundesliga was going on till Covid-19 lockdown brought curtain to the event. The last match was held on 11 March 2020)

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6) Japan’s central bank - Bank of Japan (BoJ) on 11 May 2020 appointed whom as the first female Executive Director in its 138 years of existence? - Tokiko Shimizu (55-year old Tokiko Shimizu, who started working for BoJ in 1987, is the first-ever female Executive Director in Bank of Japan. BoJ is the central bank of Japan and is often called Nichigin in short. It came into existence in 1882)

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7) Which entity is investing Rs. 6,598.38 crore for a 1.34% stake in Jio Platforms, as was announced on 17 May 2020? - General Atlantic (US-based General Atlantic is investing Rs. 6,598.38 crore for a 1.34% stake in Jio Platforms. This investment values Jio Platforms at an equity value of Rs. 4.91 lakh crore and an enterprise value of Rs. 5.16 lakh crore. This is the fourth big investment by a leading technology investor in Jio in under four weeks)

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8) The US Space Force successfully launched its sixth unmanned 'secretive' space plane on 17 May 2020. What is the name of this plane that has been dedicated to Covid-19 victims? - "X-37B" ("X-37B" is the name of the sixth unmanned 'secretive' space plane of the US Space Force was launched aboard the “Atlas V” rocket built by a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed on 17 May 2020. The plane carried a written dedication to those affected by COVID-19 and frontline workers)

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9) Kevin Mayer, the Chairman of Disney's direct-to-consumer and international business, stepped down to become the first CEO of which video-sharing app? – Tik Tok (Kevin Mayer became the first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of video-sharing app TikTok. He has also been named as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of TikTok's Chinese parent firm ByteDance. Alex Zhu, the current TikTok President is transitioning as Vice President of ByteDance. Mayer had worked on Disney Plus, which rolled out in November 2019 and has about 55 million subscribers)

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10) In which state “Charan Paduka” campaign, a unique campaign to provide shoes and slippers to migrant labourers passing  through the state, was started during May 2020? – Madhya Pradesh (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 providing shoes and slippers to reduce their pain. The most notable thing is that this campaign is being conducted by the police at most places. Thousands of migrant labourers are passing through the state every-day to reach their home state due to lock down)

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