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DAILY GK: 22 MAY 2021

 DAILY GK: 22 MAY 2021

1.ELDERLINE – HELPLINE FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

        The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has started state-wise call centres under the Elderline project to address the difficulties faced by the elders due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

        The elderly can reach the call centres through the toll-free number – 14567.

        The project Elderline was started with the support of TATA trust and the NSE foundation.

 

2.CSE REPORT 2021

        According to ‘State of Working India 2021: One Year of COVID-19’ released by Azim Premji University’s Centre for Sustainable Employment (CSE) in Bengaluru, Karnataka, the monthly earnings of workers fell on an average by 17% due to COVID-19, self-employed and informal salaried workers faced the highest loss of earnings.

        Around 100 million jobs were lost nationwide during the April-May 2020 Lockdown.

        Around 230 million fell below the national minimum wage threshold of INR 375 per day during the pandemic.

        Poverty increased by 15% in rural & 20% in urban areas during the pandemic.

        Due to employment and income losses, the labour share of GDP fell by 5% from 32.5% in Q2 2019-20 to 27% in Q2 2020-21.

 

3.WORLD’S FIRST COUNTRY TO BAN SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

        China issued a total ban on synthetic cannabinoids,thus becoming the world’s first country to ban all synthetic cannabinoid substances.

        The ban is likely to come into effect on July 1,2021.

        Cannabinoids are compounds found in cannabis.

        The most notable cannabinoid is the phytocannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol, the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis.

        Synthetic Cannabinoids are human made chemicals.

        They are designer drugs.

        A designer drug is a functional and structural analog of a controlled substance that is designed to mimic the pharmacological effects of the original drug.

 

4.THE TEMPLETON PRIZE 2021

        The prestigious Templeton Prize for the year 2021 was given to conservationist Jane Goodall.

        She was renowned for her expertise on chimpanzees and her globe-spanning advocacy of environmental causes.

        Jane Goodall is an English primatologist,anthropologist and the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees.

 

5.FORBES’ WORLD’S 10 HIGHEST-PAID ATHLETES 2021

        Forbes’ annual ranking of the World highest-paid athletes for 2021 was released. Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Fighter Conor McGregor from Ireland topped the list with a total earning of 180 million USD(around 1313 crores).

Top 3 Highest paid athletes:

Rank                                      Name                                     Sport                                      Total earning (USD)

1                                              Conor McGregor                  MMA                                     180 million

2                                              Lionel Messi                         Football                                 130 million

3                                              Cristiano Ronaldo               Football                                 120 million

 

6. CYCLONE TAUKTAE MAKES LANDFALL IN GUJARAT

        Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) stated that the ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’ – ‘Tauktae’ made landfall in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat.

        The cyclone originated from the Arabian Sea.

        The name ‘Tauktae’ for the cyclone has been given by Myanmar, It means ‘gecko’, a highly vocal lizard in Burmese dialect.

 

7.FIFA U-17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

        On the 71st Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Congress, the FIFA Council approved key dates for the international match calendars.

        In which it also announced the dates of the 2022 U-17 Women’s world Cup in India to be held from October 11 to 30 in 2022.

        This will be the 2nd FIFA tournament hosted by India, after the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017(which broke the record for being the most attended youth World Cup in FIFA’s history).

 

8. INTERNATIONAL TEA DAY 2021 – MAY 21

        The United Nations (UN)’s International Tea Day is annually observed across the globe on 21st May to celebrate the cultural heritage, health benefits and economic importance of tea.

        The observance of the international tea day is led by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)of the UN.

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