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Saturday, May 30, 2020

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 29 MAY 2020

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 29 MAY 2020

1. UNICEF REPORT ON COVID-19 IMPACT

·        According to the report “Children in monetary poor households and COVID-19: Technical Note” released jointly by the UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) & Save the Children, a United Kingdom (UK) based non-profit organisation which works for child rights, the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus  (COVID-19) epidemic may increase the number of children living in poor households in low- and middle-income countries by 86 million (or an increase of 15%) to reach 672 million by the end of 2020.

2. TECH FIRM VAKRANGEE JOINS HANDS WITH LIC

·        Vakrangee Limited (VL), a technology company based in Mumbai (Maharashtra), has entered into the Corporate Agency (Registration Code CA0249) partnership with Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) to distribute latter’s micro insurance products in unserved and underserved areas through its Nextgen Vakrangee Kendra network spread across India.

 

3. 25 TONNES OF PESTICIDES TO IRAN

·        HIL, (India) Limited (Formerly- Hindustan Insecticides Limited) a Public sector undertakings(PSU) under Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers is in process to produce & supply 25 tonnes of MT  Malathion Technical  to Iran  for the Locust Control Program under government arrangements.

·        It has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare for the supply of Malathion Technical to Rajasthan and Gujarat for the Locust Control Programme

 

4. NEW PRESIDENT OF NDB

·        The New Development Bank of the BRICS countries has designated Brazil’s Marcos Prado Troyjo as its President.

·        He will succeed eminent Indian banker K.V. Kamath who took over as the first president of the bank in 2015.

·        The decision regarding appointment was taken during the special virtual meeting of the Board of Governors.

·        The Board also appointed Anil Kishora of the State Bank of India (SBI), as the vice president of the NDB.

·        Recently, the bank has granted USD one billion loan to India under emergency assistance programme to fight COVID-19 in the country.

 

5. NARINDER BATRA AS MEMBER OF OLYMPIC CHANNEL COMMISSION

·        Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra, 63 years old, was appointed as a member of the Olympic Channel Commission.

·        Batra also heads the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

·        The Olympic Channel Commission advises the IOC (International Olympic Committee) session, the IOC Executive Board, the IOC President & provides guidance throughout the launch and operation of the Olympic Channel.

 

6. IAF OPERATIONALISED ITS 2ND SQUADRON OF LCA TEJAS MK-1

·        The Indian Air Force(IAF) operationalised its 2nd squadron(Sqn) No. 18 ‘Flying Bullet’ equipped with Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas (Mk-1)Final Operational Clearance(FOC) at its Sulur Air Force Station in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. It was operationalised by Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Rakesh Kumar Singh(R.K.S.) Bhadauria.

·        Tejas is an indigenous fourth generation tailless compound delta-wing aircraft.

·        It is equipped with a fly-by-wire flight control system, integrated digital avionics and multimode radar and its structure is made out of composite material.

·        It is the lightest and smallest in its group of fourth-generation supersonic combat aircraft.

 

7. ISRO RECEIVES PATENT FOR HIGHLAND SOIL SIMULANT

·        Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has received a patent for its method of manufacturing highland lunar soil simulant or moon soil which was prepared to create an artificial moon surface as a part of 2019’s Moon landing mission Chandrayaan-2 so that the Vikram lander and Pragyaan rover could be tested.

·        This soil simulant represents the regolith (loose unconsolidated rock and dust that sits atop a layer of bedrock) of lunar highland region.

·        It is made in bulk from anorthosite rocks, a sample similar to regolith identified and picked out from Sittampundi Anorthosite Complex, almost 67 km from Salem, in Tamil Nadu.

 

8. LADAKH SOLAR LIFT IRRIGATION PLANT

·        Ladakh’s Director of Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Mohammad Raza inaugurated the 1st Solar Lift Irrigation Plant of Kargil with five kilowatt(KW) Solar Plant and 3 Horsepower(HP) Submersible Pump(installed by Kargil Renewable Energy Agency- KREDA)  at Yak Breeding Farm, Bodh Kharboo.

·        The pump discharges 45,000 liters of water per day, a major achievement in the industry.

 


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