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Current Affairs Monthly Capsule I May 2020
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Current Affairs Monthly Capsule I May 2020
Table of Contents Awards Honours
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39 Personalities in News .........................
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Current Affairs Monthly Capsule I May 2020
Awards Honours
  • Quarraisha Abdool Karim won a French prize
  • Acclaimed HIV researcher Professor Quarraisha
    Abdool Karim, has been awarded one of France's
    top science prizes.
  • She won the 500 000 Christophe Merieux Prize for
    her work for the Durban-based Centre for the AIDS
    Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa),
    which she heads.
  • She is best known for a study that found that a
    topical gel could stop many women catching HIV.
  • Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award
  • Women peacekeepers from India and Brazil have
    jointly won the United Nations Military Gender
    Advocate of the Year 2019 Award.
  • Major Suman Gawani of the Indian Army and
    Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo, a
    Brazilian Naval officer, have been chosen for
    the award.
  • They received the award during an online ceremony
    presided over by UN Secretary-General António
    Guterres on 29 May 2020.
  • Mirabai Chanu nominated for Arjuna award
  • Lifter Mirabai Chanu has been nominated for the
    Arjuna award by the national federation.
  • She is already a recipient of Khel Ratna,
    countrys highest sporting honour.
  • The Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) has
    nominated Chanu along with Ragala Venkat Rahul
    and Punam Yadav.
  • She was also awarded the Padma Shri, the
    countrys fourth-highest civilian award.
  • Major Suman Gawani to be awarded
  • Major Suman Gawani has been selected for the
    prestigious United Nations Military Gender
    Advocate of the Year Award (2019).
  • She is an Indian Army officer and woman
    peacekeeper who has served with the United
    Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
  • She has been awarded for her outstanding
    contribution to peacekeeping efforts in the
    UNMISS.
  • IBM scientist bags inventor of the year award
  • Indian-American inventor Rajiv Joshi has bagged
    the prestigious Inventor of the Year award.

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  • Pakistan's first Sikh female journalist, Manmeet
    Kaur, has been nominated for a prestigious award
    in the UK.
  • Manmeet Kaur has been selected as one of the 100
    most influential Sikh personalities under 30
    years of age around the world by the UK based
    'The Sikh Group'.
  • The Sikh Group is a global organisation which
    awards people belonging to the community who
    serve the people in different ways.
  • Naval awards presented
  • Lieutenant Commander Akshay Kumar of the
    Anti-Submarine Warfare School of the Southern
    Naval Command in Kochi was awarded the Vice
    Admiral G.M. Hiranandani Memorial Rolling Trophy
    for the year 2020.
  • He was awarded at the Maritime Warfare Centre,
    Kochi on 13 May'20.
  • The trophy was instituted in 2013 for the officer
    performing best in tactics during the year-long
    warfare specialisation course.
  • Anjum Moudgil nominated for Khel Ratna
  • The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI)
    has nominated Anjum Moudgil for the Khel Ratna --
    the country's highest sporting honour.
  • Jaspal Rana was recommended for the Dronacharya
    Award for the second year in a row.
  • The NRAI has sent the names of champion pistol
    shooters Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma for
    the prestigious Arjuna Award.
  • Bengaluru airport voted best regional airport
  • The Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru
    has won SKYTRAX Award 2020 for Best Regional
    Airport in India and Central Asia.
  • The airport was voted by customers as the Best
    Regional Airport in India Central Asia for the
    third time in four years at the 2020 World
    Airport Awards.
  • The Awards are based on the World Airport Survey
    questionnaires.
  • Deutsche Welle Freedom of Speech Award

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  • The award recognised his pioneering contributions
    in the development of logic transistor
    technologies beyond silicon and nano-electronic
    devices.
  • World War II medal to Kim Jong-un
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has honoured
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with a
    commemorative World War II medal to mark the
    75th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany.
  • The medal was awarded to Kim for the role he
    played in safeguarding the memories of Soviet
    soldiers who died in the territory of North
    Korea.
  • 3 Indian Photojournalists won Pulitzer
  • Three photojournalists from Jammu and Kashmir are
    among the 2020 Pulitzer Prize winners.
  • The awards were announced virtually on 4 May 2020
    owing to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Mukhtar Khan, Yasin Dar and Channi Anand -
    working with the Associated Press (AP) - won the
    top honours for their work.
  • Pulitzer Prizes, the most prestigious awards in
    American journalism, are being given since 1917.
  • Thomas Cook India won an award
  • Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. has won the silver award
    for Asia's Best Integrated Report at the 5th Asia
    Sustainability Reporting Awards (ASRA).
  • The ceremony hosted virtually on April 29, 2020
    due to the Covid-19 pandemic, was broadcast live
    from Singapore.
  • The winners were selected from 461 entries
    received from 16 countries in Asia.
  • Sania Mirza nominated for Fed Cup Heart Award
  • Sania Mirza has become the first Indian to be
    nominated for the Fed Cup Heart Award from the
    Asia/Oceania zone along with Indonesia's Priska
    Madelyn Nugroho.
  • Sania had recently made a comeback to Fed Cup
    after four years.

Mergers Events
Yes Bank acquired 24.19 stake in Dish TV ? Yes
Bank Ltd has acquired a 24.19 stake in
direct-to-home service provider, Dish TV India
Ltd.
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  • This is the fifth instance in the past one year
    that Yes Bank has acquired majority stake in a
    non-banking businesses.
  • On 26 July 2019, Yes Bank had acquired 32.75
    million shares, or 18.55, of Cox Kings Ltd,
    and 34,080 shares amounting to 30 of Ezeego One
    Travel Tours Ltd.
  • Ola Electric acquired Etergo
  • Ola Electric Mobility has acquired
    Amsterdam-based electric scooter-maker Etergo.
  • The company would leverage Etergos design and
    engineering capabilities to build its smart
    electric two- wheeler for international and
    Indian markets.
  • Etergo was founded in 2014 and has developed an
    all-electric state-of-the-art AppScooter that has
    won multiple awards for its innovative design
    and engineering.
  • RITES to acquire 24 stake in IRSDC
  • RITES Ltd has signed an agreement to buy 24
    stake in Indian Railway Station Development Corp.
    Ltd, (IRSDC), the company tasked with
    redeveloping railway stations across India.
  • RITES has also resumed operations at most of its
    offices and project sites after the government
    eased lockdown rules.
  • It has achieved more than half of its capacity
    and will scale up its activities going forward.
  • TPIPL acquired 10 equity in ABV
  • Tata Power's arm Tata Power International Pte Ltd
    (TPIPL) has acquired 10 stake in Adjaristsqali
    Netherlands BV (ABV) from the International
    Finance Corporation (IFC) for USD 150,000 (about
    Rs 1.13 crore).
  • The 10 per cent stake acquisition has increased
    TPIPL's shareholding in ABV to 50 per cent.
  • This acquisition has been done as per the
    provisions of the shareholder agreement.
  • Emami Cement acquisition by Nirma arm approved
  • The acquisition of Emami Cement Ltd by Nuvoco
    Vistas Corp Ltd (part of the Nirma group) has
    been approved.

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  • Facebook acquired Giphy
  • Facebook has acquired Giphy a popular website
    for making and sharing animated images or GIFs.
  • Giphy will now work as part of the Instagram
    team.
  • Its GIF library will be integrated with the
    photo-sharing application as well as with
    Facebooks other apps.
  • Giphy was founded by Alex Chung and Jace Coke in
    February 2013 as a website meant to serve as a
    search engine for GIFs.
  • Apple bought NextVR for 100 million
  • Apple has acquired virtual reality startup NextVR
    for 100 million.
  • This will be the third acquisition by Apple in
    2020.
  • It had bought voice technology startup Voysis and
    weather app Dark Sky earlier in 2020.
  • NextVR's acquisition will help Apple's own
    development of VR and AR headsets.
  • NextVR already supplies content to several
    existing VR headsets from Facebook, Sony, Oculus
    and Lenovo.
  • 74 stake of SeQuent bought by Carlyle
  • The Carlyle Group has agreed to acquire 74 stake
    in SeQuent Scientific Limited, the largest
    pure-play animal healthcare company in India,
    for 210 million (Rs.1587 crore).
  • Carlyle will buy shares at a price of Rs.86
    apiece.
  • It will buy 56.15 (94 million shares) stake held
    by promoters including founders Arun Kumar and KR
    Ravishankar.
  • Zoom acquired security startup Keybase

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  • In July 2019, KPTL had entered into binding
    agreements with CLP India to sell its stake in
    three power transmission assets.
  • Manulife picked 49 stake in Mahindra AMC
  • Manulife has acquired 49 per cent stake in
    Mahindra Finance's wholly-owned subsidiary
    Mahindra Asset Management Company.
  • Under the agreement, Manulife has invested 35
    million or Rs 265 crore to pick up 49 per cent
    stake in Mahindra AMC.
  • Manulife Investment Management (Singapore) Pte.
    Ltd, has bought 49 stake in the joint venture
    where Mahindra Finance will now own the balance
    51 per cent.
  • CCI approved an acquisition
  • Competition Commission of India (CCI) has
    approved the acquisition of less than 5
    shareholding in Intas Pharmaceuticals Limited by
    Canary Investments Limited and Link Investment
    Trust II.
  • It has been approved under Section 31(1) of the
    Competition Act, 2002.
  • Canary is an investment company registered in
    Mauritius.
  • Link II is a private trust created and registered
    under the laws of India.
  • Tiger Midco LLC to acquire shares of Tech Data
  • Competition Commission of India (CCI) has
    approved the proposed acquisition of 100 shares
    and control of Tech Data Corporation by Tiger
    Midco LLC.
  • Tiger Midco is a special purpose vehicle set up
    and managed by investment funds managed by
    affiliates of Apollo Management, L.P.
  • Tech Data is active globally in the wholesale
    distribution of technology products and solutions
    to resellers.

Days Events
  • World No-Tobacco Day 31 May
  • World No Tobacco Day is is observed every year on
    May 31st.
  • It aims to spread awareness about the harmful
    effects of tobacco on health.
  • The campaign also tries to reduce the prevalence
    of the diseases and deaths due to the consumption
    of tobacco.
  • The theme of the World No Tobacco Day 2020 is
    Protecting youth from industry manipulation and
  • preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use".
  • World Vape Day 30 May
  • World Vape Day is observed every year on the 30
    of May.
  • The aim of World Vape Day is raising awareness
    about the relative safety of e-cigarettes and
    their potential as harm reduction and smoking
    cessation tools.
  • According to Euromonitor International, the
    number of vapers globally has increased rapidly
    from around 7 million in 2011 to 41 million in
    2018.
  • International Everest Day 29th May
  • International Everest Day is celebrated every
    year on 29 May.
  • The Day was declared in the memory of the first
    summit of Mt Everest on May 29, 1953.
  • Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary
    belonging to Nepal and New Zealand respectively
    had climbed the Mount Everest on May 29, 1953.

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  • On May 29, 1965, (now retd) Major Hari Pal Singh
    Ahluwalia, became the first Indian to summit Mt
    Everest. World Digestive Health Day 29 May
  • World Digestive Health Day is celebrated every
    year on 29th May.
  • It was launched in 2004 to mark the 45th
    anniversary of the creation of the World
    Gastroenterology Organisation.
  • The organisation has over 100 member societies
    and 50,000 individual members all over the world.
  • The theme for the year 2020 is "Gut Microbiome A
    Global Perspective."
  • International Day of Action for Womens Health
  • May 28 is observed every year as the
    International Day of Action for Womens Health.
  • It is being observed for more than 30 years and
    its main purpose is to promote the sexual and
    reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of all
    women all over the world.
  • 28 May was declared as International Day of
    Action for Womens Health in 1987, during a
    reunion of members of WGNRR in Costa Rica.
  • World Hunger Day 28 May
  • World Hunger Day is observed on May 28 every
    year.
  • The day was started by The Hunger Project in
    2011.
  • It aims to raise awareness about the people
    living in chronic hunger worldwide and celebrate
    sustainable solutions to hunger and poverty and
    to inspire everyone to be a part of the solution.
  • The Hunger Project is a US based organization
    committed to the sustainable end of world hunger.
  • International Day Of UN Peacekeepers 29 May
  • International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
    is celebrated every year on 29 May.

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  • Missing Childrens Day began as an observance in
    the USA in 1983.
  • The date was chosen following the disappearance
    of 6-year-old Etan Patz on 25th May 1979 from New
    York City.
  • Commonwealth Day 24 May
  • The Commonwealth Day is celebrated on May 24 of
    every year.
  • This day is celebrated by all the countries that
    were once under the reign of the British Empire.
  • Commonwealth Day is celebrated on the birth date
    of Queen Victoria, who was born on May 24, 1819.
  • The day was previously named as Empire Day, as a
    celebration of the birth of Queen Victoria after
    1916.
  • International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
  • May 23 is the United Nations (UN) International
    Day to End Obstetric Fistula.
  • The day promotes action towards treating and
    preventing obstetric fistula, a condition that
    affects many girls and women in developing
    countries.
  • The theme for International Day to End Obstetric
    Fistula 2020 is "End gender inequality! End
    health inequities! End Fistula now!".
  • World Turtle Day 23 May
  • The World Turtle Day is celebrated annually on
    May 23, since 2000.
  • The main aim behind the celebration of this day
    is to spread awareness about the protection of
    the natural habitat of turtles and tortoises.
  • Every year since 2000, American Tortoise Rescue
    (ATR), a nonprofit organization established in
    1990, sponsors the celebrations for World Turtle
    Day.
  • Day for Cultural Diversity 21 May

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  • The National Tea Day is celebrated on April 21
    every year, while International Tea Day is being
    celebrated this year on May 21, 2020.
  • The day was adopted by the United Nations in
    December 2019.
  • Tea is believed to have originated during the
    Yunnan region during the Shang dynasty (1,600
    BC-1,046 BC) as a medicinal drink.
  • An early record of tea drinking is noted in the
    third century AD.
  • World Metrology Day 20 May
  • The World Metrology Day is observed every year on
    20 May.
  • The day commemorates the anniversary of the
    signing of the international treaty called Metre
    Convention in Paris on 20 May 1875, by which the
    International Bureau of Weights and Measures
    (BIPM) was created.
  • The theme for World Metrology Day 2020 is
    Measurements for global trade.
  • World Bee Day 20 May
  • World Bee Day is celebrated every year on 20 May.
  • It is celebrated to raise awareness about the
    importance of pollinators, the threats they face
    and their contribution to sustainable
    development.
  • World Bee Day 2020 theme is Bee Engaged
    according to the UN.
  • On May 20, the pioneer of beekeeping Anton Jansa
    was born in 1734 in Slovenia hence this day is
    celebrated as World Bee Day.
  • International Museum Day 18 May
  • International Museum Day is celebrated on May 18
    to create awareness about the cultural importance
    of museums.
  • For 2020 International Museum Day, the theme is
    Museums for Equality Diversity and Inclusion.

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  • The Day aims to uphold the desire to live and act
    together, united in differences and diversity, in
    order to build a sustainable world of peace,
    solidarity and harmony.
  • World Telecommunication Day 17 May
  • World Telecommunication and Information Society
    Day is celebrated every year on May 17.
  • Its the day to celebrate the power of
    telecommunication and its importance in building
    relationships across
  • cultures around the world.
  • The day was coined by the United Nations General
    Assembly.
  • The theme for 2020 is Connect 2030 ICTs for the
    Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • National Endangered Species Day 15 May 2020
  • National Endangered Species Day is observed on
    the third Friday of May every year.
  • This year it was observed on 15 May 2020.
  • The day is devoted to protecting the wildlife on
    our planet.
  • It was celebrated for the first time in the year
    2006.
  • Endangered species are those that are at risk of
    extinction due to sudden rapid decline in their
    population or loss of their critical habitat.
  • Armed Forces Day 16 May
  • Armed Forces Day 2020 was observed on May 16.
  • The day is celebrated on the third Saturday in
    May.

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  • International Nurses Day is organised every year
    to celebrate birth anniversary of Florence
    Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
  • The theme for International Nurses Day 2020 is
    "Nursing the World to Health".
  • The WHO has also designated 2020 as The Year of
    the Nurse and Midwife.
  • National Technology Day 11 May
  • May 11 is observed as the National Technology
    Day.
  • This day marks the anniversary of Pokhran nuclear
    tests of 1998 and India's technological
    advancements in this space.
  • On May 11, 1998, India successfully fired
    Operation Shakti missile at the Indian Armys
    Pokhran Test Range
  • in Rajasthan, the first among the five nuclear
    tests in Pokhran.
  • Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation
  • The United Nations (UN) has a two-day global
    observance that occurs on May 8 and 9 each year.
  • It is known as the Time of Remembrance and
    Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives
    during the Second World War.
  • This two-day observance gives people,
    non-government organizations, and governments the
    chance to remember people who died during World
    War II.
  • 480th birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap
  • Maharana Pratap was a Rajput king who was known
    for his valour.
  • Born on 9 May 1540, Maharana Pratap was the 13th
    Rajput ruler of the kingdom of Mewar.
  • To honour of the brave king, Maharana Pratap
    Jayanti is celebrated every year on 9 May.

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  • World Athletics Day is celebrated on 7 May
  • World Athletics Day 2020 is being celebrated on
    May 7.
  • The date is subjected to change as IAAF decides
    the date every year, but the month remains the
    same which is May.
  • International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF)
    introduced World Athletics Day in order to boost
    participation in athletics among youngsters.
  • It was celebrated in 1996 for the first time.
  • World Hand Hygiene Day 5 May
  • World Hand Hygiene Day is observed on 5 May
    annually.
  • It raises importance about hand hygiene in health
    care facilities, protecting health care workers
    and patients from infections.
  • The theme for the year 2020 is "SAVE LIVES Clean
    Your Hands".
  • The main idea of observing the day is to
    recognize hand washing as one of the most
    effective actions to avoid infections including
    the COVID-19.
  • World Asthma Day is celebrated on 5 May
  • World Asthma Day is an event annually organised
    by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA).
  • The program is held to improve asthma awareness
    and care across the globe.
  • The day is celebrated on the first Tuesday of May
    and this year it will be celebrated on May 5,
    2020.
  • Asthma is a chronic lung disease that causes
    breathing difficulties.
  • International Firefighters Day May 4

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  • World Tuna Day 2 May
  • World Tuna Day is observed on 2 May every year.
  • It was established by the United Nations (UN) to
    raise awareness about the importance of tuna
    fish.
  • The day was observed for the first time in 2017.
  • The World Tuna Day was officially proclaimed by
    the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) by
    adopting resolution 71/124 in December 2016.
  • International Jazz Day 30 April
  • International Jazz Day is celebrated on 30 April
    every year.
  • It aims at creating awareness around the world of
    the virtues of jazz as a force of peace, unity,
    dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people,
    as well as an educational tool.
  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and
    Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in November 2011
    had proclaimed 30 April as International Jazz
    Day.
  • Maharashtra and Gujarat day 1 May
  • 1st of May is also celebrated as 'Maharashtra
    Day' and Gujarat Day'.
  • In the year 1960, an act was passed by the
    Parliament of India.
  • The act was called the Bombay Reorganization Act
    and it was passed with aims to divide the state
    of Bombay, into two states Gujarat and
    Maharashtra.
  • The act was passed and legislation became
    effective on the first of May, 1960.
  • International Workers Day 1 May
  • International Workers Day is celebrated on May 1
    every year.

MOU Agreements
  • Vakrangee announced tie up with LIC of India
  • Vakrangee has announced a tie-up with Life
    Insurance Corporation of India (LIC).
  • It will distribute Micro Insurance products
    through Nextgen Vakrangee Kendra network.
  • Vakrangee shall provide the Solicitation and sale
    of the LIC's micro insurance products.
  • Tie-up with LIC will support especially in
    unserved and underserved areas.
  • UP govt to sign MoU with industry associations
  • The UP govt is set to sign a MoU with many
    industries associations to ensure employment of
    9.5 lakh skilled and semi-skilled manpower.

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  • It is going to be a major breakthrough when it
    comes to generating employment opportunities for
    migrant workers.
  • MSME dept of the state will sign the MoUs with
    the Indian Industries Association (IIA) and the
    National Real Estate Development Council
    (NAREDCO).
  • FIFA, WHO launched SafeHome campaign
  • FIFA, WHO and the European Commission have joined
    forces to launch the SafeHome campaign to
    support women and children at risk of domestic
    violence.
  • The campaign is a joint response from the three
    institutions to the recent spikes in reports of
    domestic violence.
  • Almost one in three women worldwide experience
    physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate
    partner.
  • AIIMS Rishikesh partnered with Stasis
  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS),
    Rishikesh has teamed up with Stasis, a
    Bangalore-based start- up.
  • It will implement a remote patient monitoring
    solution to manage COVID-19 suspects/patients in
    isolation wards.
  • The solution aims to significantly reduce the
    risk of exposure to healthcare workers while
    increasing patient safety and reduce the need
    for PPE.
  • Pinsent Masons partnered with World Athletics
  • Pinsent Masons has announced its appointment by
    World Athletics as their first official supplier
    of legal services.
  • The appointment was made after a detailed tender
    process and is for the next four years.
  • Masons will provide legal support, advice and
    strategic guidance to World Athletics on a global
    basis.
  • The scope of areas covered will include
    commercial rights, insurance, etc.
  • Maruti Suzuki India partnered with HDFC Bank

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  • LEGO Group tied up with NITI Aayog
  • Danish toy production company The LEGO Group has
    announced its collaboration with NITI Aayog and
    the
  • NGO Save The Children to support kids impacted
    by COVID-19 in India.
  • The company has introduced targeted initiatives
    in the country to promote Learning Through Play
    and
  • support home-based learning during the crisis.
  • This effort will help in strengthening
    communities to combat COVID-19.
  • Fiinovation partnered with Dhampur Sugar
  • Innovative Financial Advisors Pvt. Ltd.
    (Fiinovation) has partnered with Dhampur Sugar,
    one of the leading integrated sugarcane
    processing companies in India.
  • It will facilitate the distribution of essential
    nutritional supplies for the vulnerable
    communities and create awareness on measures to
    contain the spread of COVID-19.
  • The project will be implemented in the slum areas
    of Delhi.
  • CSIR-IIIM, RIL to develop new diagnostic kit
  • The Institute of Integrative Medicine in Jammu
    has tied up with Reliance Industries Ltd to
    develop and scale-up a new Reverse
    Transcriptase-Loop Mediated Isothermal
    Amplification (RT-LAMP)-based COVID-19
    diagnostic kit.
  • A MoU has also been signed between IIIM-Jammu and
    RIL.
  • COVID-19 RT-LAMP test is a nucleic acid-based
    test carried out from nasal or throat swab sample
    from patients.
  • PFC signed MoU with NBPCL
  • PFC has signed MoU with NBPCL to fund projects
    worth Rs 22,000 crore for 225 MW hydro-electric
    projects Multipurpose projects in MP.

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  • Infosys has partnered with Avaloq, a wealth
    management software and digital technology
    provider headquartered in Switzerland.
  • It will provide end-to-end wealth management
    capabilities through digital platforms.
  • Infosys will be a strategic implementation
    partner for Avaloqs wealth management suite of
    solutions to
  • help clients modernize and transform their legacy
    systems.
  • Dept of Posts and Horticulture joined hands
  • The Department of Posts and Department of
    Horticulture, Bihar have joined hands to supply
    Shahi Litchi and Zardalu Mango to the people at
    the doorstep.
  • Bihar Postal Circle has made an agreement with
    the Department of Horticulture for logistics of
    Shahi Litchi from Muzaffarpur and Zardalu Mango
    from Bhagalpur.
  • People can place the order on website
    www.horticulture.bihar.gov.in online.
  • Fintech startup Zaggle tied up with Visa
  • Zaggle has partnered with Visa to launch
    innovative payment solutions for SMEs and
    startups.
  • Both the companies will jointly create solutions
    for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and
    startups to improve productivity, efficiency and
    automate processes and reduce costs along with
    focusing on easy and faster credit through a
    unique card which will have forex, prepaid along
    with credit.
  • Maruti Suzuki tied-up with Cholamandalam
  • Maruti Suzuki India has announced a partnership
    with Cholamandalam Investment Finance Company
    Ltd.
  • It will provide customised auto retail financing
    solutions to retail buyers.
  • The new solution 'Buy-Now-Pay-Later Offer' is
    aimed to provide customers with easy financing
    options, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said in a
    statement.
  • Samsung India partnered With Facebook

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  • NTPC, ONGC to set up joint venture
  • ONGC and NTPC have signed a preliminary agreement
    to set up a joint venture company for renewable
    energy projects.
  • They entered into a MoU on 21 May 2020 in New
    Delhi to formalize the arrangement.
  • The MoU will enable both companies to achieve
    their respective targets in renewable energy
    business.
  • ONGC has a renewable portfolio of 176 MW
    comprising of 153 MW wind power.
  • Defence Ministry signed MoU with eGov
  • The Directorate General Defence Estates (DGDE)
    under the Ministry of Defence has inked a pact
    with eGov Foundation.
  • It will drive government e-initiatives while
    bringing better citizen centric services across
    all 62 cantonment boards in the country.
  • A MoU in this regard was signed between DGDE and
    eGov Foundation earlier in May 2020.
  • Flipkart partnered with Bajaj Allianz
  • Flipkart and Bajaj Allianz General Insurance
    Company have partnered to offer a digital motor
    insurance policy to customers of Flipkart.
  • Consumers can buy this motor-insurance policy
    using their Flipkart app.
  • With the introduction of motor-insurance,
    consumers can now get access to a much more
    seamless, accessible and flexible insurance
    solution to safeguard their vehicles.
  • SoftBank and Mapbox formed a joint venture
  • SoftBank Corp. and Mapbox have announced that
    they have established a joint venture called
    Mapbox Japan.
  • The JV will provide Mapboxs mapping platform,
    including APIs and data services, to developers
    in Japan.

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  • According to the MoU, both the parties have
    agreed to form a joint Indian - Russian working
    group. Flipkart joined hands with Vishal Mega
    Mart
  • Flipkart has announced a partnership with retail
    store chain Vishal Mega Mart for the home
    delivery of essential items through a safe
    supply chain in 26 cities.
  • A Vishal Mega Mart Essentials store has been
    created on the Flipkart platform.
  • Consumers can order essential products from more
    than 365 Vishal Mega Mart stores and get them
    delivered at their doorstep by Flipkart.
  • NRAI tied up with DotPe to build tech platform
  • National Restaurants Association of India (NRAI)
    has partnered with fintech start-up DotPe to
    build its own tech platform.
  • It would enable them with online payments for
    digital ordering, bill settlements, and
    contactless dining.
  • DotPe is a Gurgaon-based O2O commerce platform
    which helps in increasing omnichannel sales,
    providing seamless B2B digital ordering
    solutions.
  • Eriscsson and UNESCO partnered
  • Ericsson has joined the UNESCO-led Global
    Education Coalition and launched Ericsson
    Educate.
  • It is a digital program delivering online
    learning content focused on improving digital
    skills for students in secondary schools and
    universities.
  • UNESCO and Ericsson launched a new portal for
    teaching AI to kids on May 13, 2020.
  • University of Hyderabad, CCMB partnered
  • University of Hyderabad (UoH) and CSIR-Centre for
    Cellular and Molecular Biology have tied up with
    Vins Bioproducts Ltd to develop antibody
    fragment-based immunotherapy for treatment for
    Covid-19 pandemic.
  • This collaborative effort plans to use the
    F(ab)2 platform technology which has been
    providing neutralising
  • antibodies from horses for a variety of
    life-threatening pathologies in humans.

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  • The partnership will enable retailers to create a
    unified omnichannel experience, allowing them to
    capture demand across all consumer channels
    including stores, brand websites, social channels
    and online marketplaces.
  • They will fulfill the same via their warehouses,
    and more importantly from their retail stores.
  • MoneyGram partnered with Federal Bank
  • MoneyGram Payment Systems has entered into a
    partnership with the Federal Bank for a strategic
    partnership to offer cost-effective
    direct-to-bank-account credit option for
    customers in India.
  • Through this partnership, millions will be able
    to receive deposits directly in their bank
    accounts.
  • According to the World Bank, India remains the
    world's top recipient of remittances.
  • Indian firms to supply Remdesivir
  • 4 Indian companies, including Cipla, Jubilant,
    Hetero and the domestic arm of Mylan, have signed
    non- exclusive voluntary licencing agreements
    with Gilead Sciences.
  • They will manufacture and supply generic versions
    of COVID-19 drug Remdesivir.
  • Ferozsons Laboratories of Pakistan is also part
    of the five-country global partnership Gilead has
    announced to sell Remdesivir in 127 countries.
  • Consumer Affairs dept partners with 2 startups
  • The Dept of Consumer Affairs has partnered with
    tech startups Safejob and Seekify to use
    technology to prevent the spread of Covid-19 at
    the local Kirana store level.
  • The Suraksha Store initiative is designed for the
    health and safety of the citizens.
  • The primary objective of this project is to
    educate Kirana store owners across the country
    about Covid-19 safety guidelines.
  • TCPL tied up with Domino's, Zomato
  • Tata Consumer Products (TCPL) has partnered with
    food delivery platforms like Domino's Pizza and
    Zomato.

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  • India and the Asian Infrastructure Investment
    Bank, AIIB signed a 500 million dollar COVID-19
    Emergency
  • Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project
    in New Delhi on 8 May 2020.
  • It has been signed to strengthen its public
    health preparedness.
  • This is the first-ever health sector support from
    the Bank to India.
  • MoD inked contract with TPSED
  • Ministry of Defence signed a contract for
    Modernisation of Air Field Infrastructure, MAFI
    of 37 airfields for Indian Air Force, Indian
    Navy and Indian Coast Guard with M/s Tata Power
    SED (TPSED).
  • The contract was signed at a cost of nearly Rs.
    1,200 crore in New Delhi on 8 May 2020.
  • The MAFI Phase-II is a follow-on programme based
    on MAFI Phase-I.
  • Coir Board signed MoU with IIT Madras
  • Coir Board has signed an MoU with IIT Madras, to
    establish a Centre of Excellence for Coir
    Applications.
  • The Centre of Excellence aims at furthering the
    research work done so far in the coir sector with
    the support of IIT, Madras.
  • It will support the development of relevant
    technology and evolve standards for production
    and processing through specific projects and
    monitor research projects.
  • Wipro signed MoU with Govt. of Maharashtra
  • Wipro has signed an MoU with the Govt of
    Maharashtra.
  • Under this, it will repurpose one of its
    information technology campuses in Hinjewadi,
    Pune to a 450-bed intermediary care COVID-19
    hospital in four weeks and hand it over to the
    state government by May 30, 2020
  • The hospital will be converted back to an IT
    facility after a year.

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  • Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB),
    Hyderabad has tied up with Eyestem Research
    Private Limited, to take up research activities
    on COVID-19.
  • Through this research collaboration, an attempt
    will be made to grow novel coronavirus in human
    cell lines.
  • It will enable in vitro testing of potential
    drugs and vaccines against the COVID-19.
  • IIT Hyderabad to partner with Hong Kong firm
  • IIT Hyderabad is going to collaborate with New
    Frontier Capital Management.
  • It will establish a global network for ventures
    as well as create a venture ecosystem.
  • The core objective of this partnership will be to
    promote innovation, research and incubation.
  • A MoU in this regard was signed which will also
    enable the firm to establish an office at the IIT
    Hyderabad campus.
  • Facebook partnered with Bollywood
  • Facebook has collaborated with some of the
    biggest names in Indian entertainment to put
    together a home-to-home fundraiser concert, I
    For India.
  • 100 per cent proceeds from the fundraiser concert
    will go to the India COVID Response Fund managed
    by GiveIndia, to support on-ground relief
    efforts.
  • GiveIndia (www.giveindia.org) is Indias largest
    giving platform with reach across 23 states.
  • Flipkart partnered with Meru
  • Flipkart has partnered with Meru for delivering
    grocery and essential items during the lockdown.
  • Meru is India's app-based ride-hailing cab
    operator in which Mahindra Mahindra holds a
    majority stake.
  • This partnership will help deliver grocery
    essential items to Flipkart customers at their
    doorstep across Bengaluru, Delhi-NCR and
    Hyderabad through a safe and sanitised supply
    chain.

Appointments
  • PFC appointed RS Dhillon as CMD
  • Power Finance Corporation (PFC) has announced the
    appointment of Ravinder Singh Dhillon as Chairman
    and Managing Director from June 1, 2020.
  • He would hold the post till the date of his
    superannuation (May 31, 2023) or until further
    orders.
  • Incumbent CMD Rajeev Sharma is attaining
    superannuation on May 31, 2020, after a glorious
    career spanning close to four decades.
  • Venkataramani Sumantran Indigo Director
  • Venkataramani Sumantran, the chairman and
    managing director of Celeris Technologies, has
    been appointed the independent director of
    IndiGo.
  • Sumantran will hold the post for the next five
    years.
  • He serves as an adjunct professor at the
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is on
    several statutory and advisory boards in India,
    Europe and the US.

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  • Leo Puri to take over as Chairman of JP Morgan
  • Kalpana Morparia, chairman of JP Morgan South
    Asia and South East Asia, plans to resign by
    early 2021.
  • Leo Puri, former chief executive officer (CEO) of
    UTI Mutual Fund, will replace her.
  • Murali Maiya will become the new CEO for South
    and South East Asia.
  • Madhav Kalyan, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, India, will
    become senior country officer for India from Q1
    2021.
  • Wipro to get first non-Indian CEO
  • Wipro has named former Capgemini executive
    Thierry Delaporte as its new CEO, the first
    non-Indian to head a homegrown IT services
    company.
  • Delaporte will take over as CEO and MD on July 6,
    2020, replacing incumbent Abidali Neemuchwala.
  • Delaporte was till recently chief operating
    officer at Capgemini.
  • Aiman Ezzat took over as CEO of Capgemini
    recently.
  • Narinder Batra appointed member of OCC
  • Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President
    Narinder Batra has been appointed as a member of
    the Olympic Channel Commission.
  • Batra had earlier served as the president of
    Hockey India (2014-2016) and Asian Hockey
    Federation (2003- 2013).
  • He was also the treasurer of Delhi District
    Cricket Association between 2003 to 2013.
  • Brazils Marcos Troyjo New President of NDB
  • New Development Bank (NDB) has elected Marcos
    Troyjo from Brazil as its new president, as the
    term of KV Kamath comes to an end.

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  • Periasamy Kumaran has been appointed as the next
    High Commissioner of India to The Republic Of
    Singapore on May 26, 2020.
  • He will replace the current High Commissioner of
    India to Singapore, Jawed Ashraf, who took over
    more than three years ago in November 2016.
  • Ashraf is to take over as the High Commissioner
    of India to France.
  • Sandip Mukund Pradhan got two-year extension
  • Sandip Mukund Pradhan, the Director-General of
    Sports Authority of India (SAI) has been given an
    extension for his central deputation tenure.
  • The extension has been given for a period of two
    years and it will come into effect from June 6,
    2020.
  • Pradhan was appointed as the Director-General of
    SAI in August 2017.
  • Satish Tripathi named member of a commission
  • Indian-American physician Siddhartha Mukherjee
    and compatriot higher education leader Satish
    Tripathi have been named by New York Governor
    Andrew Cuomo among members of a commission.
  • The commission will focus on plans to jumpstart
    the state's economy badly hit by the COVID-19
    pandemic.
  • The state's Blue-Ribbon Commission will be
    chaired by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
  • Anant Ambani joined Jio Platforms board
  • Anant Ambani, the youngest son of Reliance
    Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, has joined
    the board of
  • Jio Platforms as an additional director.
  • He was appointed on the board of Jio Platforms on
    March 16, 2020.
  • Jio Platforms, the unit of RIL, comprises mostly
    its telecom business under Reliance Jio Infocomm,
    which is the largest in the country with more
    than 388 million subscribers.

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  • Vodafone has recruited Jean-Francois Van Boxmeer
    to succeed Gerard Kleisterlee as chairman from
    November 2020.
  • He is the current CEO of brewer Heineken.
  • He will join as a non-executive director on July
    28, 2020.
  • He has been Heinekens CEO since 2005.
  • He will hand over the role to Asia-Pacific chief,
    Dolf van den Brink, in June 2020.
  • Kotak Mahindra to work with Franklin Templeton
  • Franklin Templeton Trustee Services has appointed
    Kotak Mahindra Bank to work together with
    Franklin Templeton Asset Management (India).
  • It will assist the trustees in monetising
    portfolios of the six schemes that are being
    wound up.
  • The appointment will provide the trustees with
    the added experience and ability to monetise
    assets at the earliest possible time.
  • T S Tirumurti New UN Permanent Representative
  • T S Tirumurti, India's new Permanent
    Representative to the UN has assumed charge as
    the Ambassador amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • A 1985-batch IFS officer, Tirumurti succeeds
    Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, who retired on April
    30, 2020 and returned to Hyderabad.
  • Tirumurti previously served as Secretary,
    Economic Relations at the Ministry of External
    Affairs headquarters in New Delhi.
  • Jahnabi Phookan National President of FICCI
  • Jahnabi Phookan has been appointed as National
    President of FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO).
  • FICCI FLO is the oldest women-led and -focused
    business chamber of Southeast Asia and the
    womens wing

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  • She has been listed among Bloomberg Markets Most
    Influential 50 in Finance, Foreign Policys Top
    100
  • Global Thinkers, and Thomson Reuters' The World's
    Most Influential Scientific Minds.
  • BR Sharma appointed as chairman PSC
  • Lt Governor Girish Chander Murmu has appointed
    retired IAS officer BR Sharma as chairman JK
    Public Service Commission (PSC).
  • Sharma will hold the position till he attains the
    age of 62 years and his appointment will take
    effect from the date he assumes the office.
  • During his 35 years of career, Sharma has served
    JK and the Central Government on various
    positions.
  • Dilip Oommen New President of ISA
  • Dilip Oommen, CEO, Arcelor Mittal Nippon Steel
    India (AM/NS India) has taken over as president
    of the Indian Steel Association (ISA).
  • He was unanimously appointed as president for the
    next two years.
  • Earlier in May 2020, TV Narendran, MD and CEO,
    Tata Steel, stepped down from the post of
    president of ISA, three months before the
    scheduled end of his term.
  • Govinda Rajulu Chintala Nabard chairman
  • The govt has appointed Govinda Rajulu Chintala as
    chairman of National Bank for Agriculture and
    Rural Development.
  • He is currently chief general manager at Nabard.
  • The appointments committee of the union cabinet
    cleared Chintalas appointment for 2 years.
  • It also cleared the appointment of Shaji KV,
    currently general manager at Canara Bank, as
    deputy MD at Nabard for five years.
  • TikTok hired new CEO from Walt Disney

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  • Centre, Central Board of Secondary Education,
    CBSE has appointed IAS Officer Manoj Ahuja as the
    new Chairman on 12 May 2020.
  • Manoj Ahuja is currently working as Special
    Director, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of
    Administration.
  • He will be replacing Anita Karwal, who has been
    appointed as Secretary in the Department of
    Education and Literacy, Ministry of HRD in April
    2020.
  • Archaeological Survey of India got new chief
  • The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) got a
    new Director General with the appointment of IAS
    officer V. Vidyavathi on 12 May 2020.
  • Ms. Vidyavathi is a 1991 batch Karnataka cadre
    officer, according to the order of the
    Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.
  • She will be serving in the rank of Additional
    Secretary to the Government of India.
  • Akhil Kumar re-inducted into NADA panel
  • Former Commonwealth Games gold-winning boxer
    Akhil Kumar has been re-inducted into the
    National Anti-Doping Agency's Disciplinary
    Panel.
  • Akhil, who is also serving in Haryana Police as
    ACP Gurugram, was formerly in the panel from 2017
    to 2019.
  • He is among the most accomplished names in Indian
    boxing and has also been the government observer
    for the sport between 2017 and 2019.
  • Daren Tang Next WIPO Director General
  • Daren Tang, Chief Executive of the Intellectual
    Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) was
    officially appointed as the next Director
    General of the World Intellectual Property
    Organization (WIPO).
  • Tang will take over the helm of WIPO on 1 October
    2020 for a term of six years.
  • This marks the first time a Singaporean will lead
    a UN agency, and WIPOs first Director General
    from Asia.
  • WB govt transferred health secretary

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  • Kumar Sangakkara 2nd term as MCC President
  • Kumar Sangakkara is set to serve his second term
    as the president of Marylebone Cricket Club
    (MCC).
  • Sangakkara who is the first overseas President of
    MCC, took charge of the club on October 1, 2019.
  • Presidents of MCC traditionally serve only a
    12-month term, but during the first and second
    World War, Lord Hawke (1914-18) and Stanley
    Christopherson (1939-45) both served for longer
    periods.
  • Iqbal Chahal Mumbais new civic chief
  • The chief of the Municipal Corporation of Greater
    Mumbai has been replaced.
  • Principal Secretary in the states Urban
    Development Department Iqbal Chahal has been
    appointed as Mumbais new civic chief, replacing
    Praveen Pardeshi.
  • Mumbai has turned into the coronavirus epicentre
    in the country, reporting over 11,000 cases and
    437 deaths till now.
  • Ajinkya Rahane ELSA Corp brand ambassador
  • Global edtech company ELSA Corp, India has
    announced the appointment of Ajinkya Rahane as
    its brand ambassador for India, Middle East,
    ANZ, and SAARC.
  • The company's product ELSA Speak is a mobile app
    which uses speech recognition technology and AI
    to help language learners improve their English
    pronunciation.
  • Ajinkya Rahane is the Vice-Captain of the Indian
    Cricket Test Team.
  • Facebook's Libra appointed Stuart Levey as CEO
  • Libra Association, the entity managing the
    Facebook Inc-led effort to build global digital
    currency Libra, has named Stuart Levey as its
    first chief executive officer.
  • Levey is currently serving as Chief Legal Officer
    of HSBC.
  • In April 2020, Libra's governing body said it
    will be linked to individual national currencies
    and overseen by global watchdogs.

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  • NFL appointed non-official independent Dir.
  • National Fertilizers Ltd (NFL) has appointed
    Pandya Ashwinkumar Balvantray as non-official
    independent director to its board.
  • His appointment will be for three years with
    effect from May 4, 2020.
  • At present, Balvantry is working as Secretary
    General of the International Commission on
    Irrigation and Drainage.
  • StanC Kusal Roy as head of Retail Banking
  • Standard Chartered Bank has appointed Kusal Roy
    as the new head of Retail Banking, effective May
    5, 2020.
  • Prior to joining Standard Chartered, he was
    Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at
    Tata Capital Financial Services Ltd.
  • He has also held various senior roles in ICICI
    Bank, Barclays Bank and Citibank India.
  • Tarun Bajaj Director on RBI Central Board
  • The government has appointed Economic Affairs
    Secretary Tarun Bajaj as a Director on the
    central board of RBI.
  • Bajaj replaces Atanu Chakraborty, who retired on
    April 30, 2020.
  • Prior to taking over as Economic Affairs
    Secretary, Bajaj, a 1988 batch IAS officer, was
    the Additional Secretary in Prime Minister's
    Office.
  • Krishnan Ramachandran MD CEO of Max Bupa
  • Max Bupa Health Insurance has announced the
    appointment of Krishnan Ramachandran as its
    Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.
  • Ramachandran last served as the CEO of Apollo
    Munich Health Insurance.
  • Prior to Apollo Munich, he served in various
    capacities at Practice Head Healthcare and
    Experience Manager at Deloitte Consulting,
    across India and New York.

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  • Emily McNeal, who held the role of Flipkart Group
    CFO since September 2018, has decided to return
    to the US.
  • Sanjay Kumar Jha Midhani CMD
  • Ministry of Defence, through a Presidential
    Order, has appointed Dr Sanjay Kumar Jha,
    Director (Production and Marketing) of Mishra
    Dhatu Nigam Ltd (Midhani) as its CMD.
  • Jha has served in the Department of Atomic Energy
    (DAE) for more than 27 years.
  • He has invented a process to develop unique
    properties in pressure tube a lifetime component
    for nuclear power reactors.
  • Sudan appoints first ambassador to U.S.
  • Sudan has announced that the US has approved
    Khartoum's pick of a veteran diplomat as
    ambassador to Washington, the first such envoy
    in over 2 decades.
  • The US govt approved the nomination of Noureldin
    Sati as an ambassador and plenipotentiary of the
    Republic of Sudan.
  • Sati served as Sudan's ambassador to France in
    the 1990s and later worked with UN peacekeeping
    missions in Congo and Rwanda.
  • Lt Gen Shukla assumed charge of ARTRAC
  • Lt Gen Raj Shukla has assumed the command of the
    Army Training Command (ARTRAC).
  • General Shukla was commissioned into the Regiment
    of Artillery in December 1982.
  • He commanded a Medium Regiment in the
    Eastern/Desert Theatres, an Infantry Brigade in
    counter insurgency operations, an Infantry
    Division along the LoC in Kashmir and a Corps
    along the Western Borders.
  • Ashok Michael Pinto US representative to IBRD
  • US President Donald Trump has nominated
    Indian-American Ashok Michael Pinto as a
    representative to the International Bank for
    Reconstruction and Development.
  • He has been nominated for a term of two years.

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  • Nilaya Mitash posted at ADB
  • Nilaya Mitash, a Karnataka cadre IAS officer of
    the 1991 batch, has been posted at the Asian
    Development Bank (ADB) as principal operations
    coordination specialist.
  • He was working as Resident Commissioner of
    Karnataka in the national capital.
  • The state government has relieved him from the
    current post to take up the long-term foreign
    assignment at ADB headquartered in Philippines.
  • JNCASR Professor elected to AAAS
  • Professor Shobhana Narasimhan from the
    Theoretical Sciences Unit at the Jawaharlal Nehru
    Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
    (JNCASR), has been elected as an International
    Honorary Member to the American Academy of Arts
    and Sciences.
  • The American Academy of Arts and Sciences honours
    scholars and leaders who have distinguished
    themselves in the sciences, arts, humanities and
    public life.
  • Troy Alstead Independent member of board OYO
  • OYO Hotels Homes has announced the appointment
    of former Starbucks Corporation COO, Troy
    Alstead, as an independent member of the board
    of directors.
  • Alstead worked with Starbucks Corporation for 24
    years, and most recently served as Chief
    Operating Officer.
  • Currently, OYOs board has industry experts
    including Gerardo Issac (Gerry) Lopez.
  • Yes Bank appointed Neeraj Dhawan as CRO
  • Yes Bank has appointed Neeraj Dhawan as its chief
    risk officer with immediate effect.
  • He has been appointed for a period of 3 years.
  • He assumed charge from 2 May 2020 in place of
    Ashish Agarwal, the current chief risk officer,
    who will be transitioning to a new role.
  • Prior to this, Dhawan was holding the position of
    chief risk officer for retail and business
    banking at Yes Bank.

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  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet had
    approved the appointment of Aramane as the new
    highways secretary on April 26, 2020.
  • Aramane took charge from incumbent Sanjeev
    Ranjan, who has been appointed as secretary in
    the Ministry of Shipping.
  • Tarun Bajaj Economic Affairs Secretary
  • 1988 batch IAS officer Tarun Bajaj assumed charge
    as the Economic Affairs Secretary on 1 May 2020.
  • Prior to this, he was the Additional Secretary in
    Prime Minister's Office.
  • Mr. Bajaj replaces Atanu Chakraborty, who retired
    on 30 April 2020.
  • Before joining Prime Minister's Office in 2015,
    Bajaj was Joint Secretary in the Economic Affairs
    Department.
  • Ajay Tirkey Secretary of WCD Ministry
  • Ajay Tirkey, an IAS officer, has assumed charge
    as Secretary in Ministry of Women and Child
    Development.
  • He succeeds Rabindra Panwar who retired on 30
    April 2020.
  • Before assuming the charge of Secretary, Ajay
    Tirkey was holding the post of Special Secretary
    and Additional Secretary in the Ministry.
  • He has also worked in Ministry of Defence as
    Director and Joint Secretary from 2004 to 2009.
  • Shikha Sharma Advisor of Google Pay India
  • Google Pay appointed Shikha Sharma, former CEO of
    Axis Bank, as an advisor.
  • She will help Google accelerate its payment
    journey.
  • Sharma left Axis Bank at the end of 2018.

Obituaries
  • Astrologer Bejan Daruwalla passed away
  • Famous astrologer Bejan Daruwalla passed away in
    May 2020.
  • Daruwalla was a known Ganesha devotee who
    combined the principles of various techniques
    like Vedic astrology, Numerology, Palmistry,
    I-Ching, Tarot, Kabalah and even Western
    astrology for his predictions.
  • His website, Ganeshaspeaks, was one of the
    most-accessed sites in astrology, and commanded a
    huge following, globally.
  • Veteran lyricist Yogesh passed away
  • Veteran lyricist Yogesh Gaur passed away in May
    2020.
  • He is known for his famous songs like 'Kahin Door
    Jab Din Dhal Jaaye' and 'Zindagi Kaisi Hai
    Paheli' in 'Anand',
  • Yogesh was a prominent lyricist in '70s Hindi
    cinema and gave some of his best songs in films
    of Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee.
  • Ajit Jogi passed away
  • First CM of Chhattisgarh Ajit Jogi passed away in
    May 2020.
  • A bureaucrat-turned politician, Jogi had served
    as the first CM of Chhattisgarh from November
    2000 to November 2003 in then Congress
    government.

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  • Jogi parted ways with the Congress in 2016 after
    he and his son got embroiled in a controversy
    over a by- election.
  • Later, he quit the Congress and formed Janata
    Congress Chhattisgarh (J).
  • M.P. Veerendra Kumar passed away
  • M.P. Veerendra Kumar, Rajya Sabha MP and a doyen
    of Keralas socialist politics, passed away in
    May 2020.
  • Kumar, apart from his exemplary political career
    as the leader of several socialist outfits, was
    also an acclaimed writer, orator and thinker.
  • His travelogue Haimavatha Bhoovil won the
    prestigious Kendra Sahitya Akademi award in 2010.
  • Urdu Writer Mujtaba Hussain passed away
  • Renowned Urdu writer and Padma Shri winner
    Mujtaba Hussain passed away in Hyderabad in May
    2020.
  • He was known for his humorous writings and
    columns in Urdu newspapers and books.
  • Some of his notable works include his
    autobiographical satire titled Apne Yaad Mein.
  • He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2007.
  • Former footballer Shanmugam passed away
  • Former Tamil Nadu footballer and coach R.
    Shanmugam passed away in May 2020.
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