Important Weekly Current Affairs PDF Download (23rd to 31st May 2020)

Dear Readers, Here we have given the list of Important Weekly Current Affairs of 4th week May 2020. Candidates those who are preparing for Upcoming SBI Clerk 2020 and other competitive exams can make use of it.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: DAYS

World Turtle Day

  • World Turtle Day is celebrated on May 23 in order to bring attention and increase knowledge and our respect for turtles and tortoises.

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

  • The United Nations has observed the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula since 2013. Theme 2020: “End gender inequality! End health inequities! End Fistula now!”

International Missing Children’s Day

  • International Missing Children’s Day is an international day celebrated on May 25, the same day as the United States’ National Missing Children’s Day designated by Ronald Reagan in 1983.

World Thyroid Day

  • World Thyroid Day 2020 is observed on May 25. The thyroid gland situated in the front part of our neck. It produces thyroid hormone which is essential to various metabolic processes of the body.International Thyroid Awareness Week May 25th  to 31st.

World Hunger Day

  • Every year on May 28is celebrated as World Hunger Day.
  • The objective of this day is to raise awareness about more than 820 million people living in chronic hunger worldwide.

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

  • Every year on 29 May, the United Nations commemorates the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. The theme for Peacekeepers’ Day 2020 is “Women in Peacekeeping – A Key to Peace.”

World Digestive Health Day

  • World Digestive Health Dayis celebrated every year on 29th May.
  • The theme for the World Digestive Health Day 2020 campaign is “Gut Microbiome: A Global Perspective.”

World Menstrual Hygiene Day

  • World Menstrual Hygiene Day is observed on May 28. It’s mission is to break the silence, raise awareness and change negative social norms surrounding MHM around the world. World Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020 themeis ‘Periods in Pandemic’.

International Everest Day

  • International Everest Day is observed on May 29. This day was declared in the memory of Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary belonging to Nepal and New Zealand respectively

CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL

Prakash Javadekar launches NBA-UNDP India’s Biodiversity Samrakshan Internship Programme

  • Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar launched NBA-UNDP India’s Biodiversity Samrakshan Internship Programme and addressed the virtual celebration of International Day for Biological Diversity

High-level panel formed to recommend reforms in India’s drug regulatory system

  • A high-level committee of experts has been formed by the government to recommend reforms in India’s drug regulatory system so that approval processes can be fast-tracked.
  • The committee chaired by Rajesh Bhushan, the OSD to the Union health minister.

India’s KHUDOL declared one of Top 10 Global Initiatives to fight COVID-19

  • The United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth has listed Manipur’s Khudol (gift) among the top 10 global initiatives for an inclusive fight against the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Khudol is a crowdfunded initiative of Ya_All, an Imphal-based NGO that had created India’s first transgender football team.

Fmr SC judge Justice Sikri inaugurates Indian Dispute Resolution Centre

  • Former Supreme Court judge Justice A K Sikri has inaugurated the Indian Dispute Resolution Centre (IDRC), which provides a paperless dispute resolution environment.

Nitin Gadkari inaugurates breakthrough event of Chamba Tunnel under ‘Chardham Pariyojana’

  • Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari inaugurated an event of Chamba Tunnel under Chardham Pariyojana through video conference.

Webinar on “Van Dhan Scheme organized by DST, Rajasthan in association with TRIFED, M/O Tribal Affairs: learnings for post COVID-19”

  • A Webinar under Know Your Scheme-Lecture Series on “Van Dhan Yojana : Learning For Post Covid-19” was organized by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Rajasthan in association with Trifed, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India

CIPET Renamed As Central Institute Of Petrochemicals Engineering And Technology

  • Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET) has been renamed as Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering and Technology (CIPET), a premier national institution under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India.

Finance Minister launches free instant e-PAN card facility through Aadhaar

  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman formally launched the facility for instant allotment of PAN on near to real time basis.
  • This facility is now available for those PAN applicants who possess a valid Aadhaar number and have a mobile number registered with Aadhaar.

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Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change:

  • Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises- Prakash Javadekar
  • Constituency: Maharashtra

MoHFW

  • Union Minister– Harsh Vardhan
  • Constituency- Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
  • Minister of state– Ashwini Kumar Choubey

Manipur:

  • Capital– Imphal
  • Governor– Najma Heptulla
  • Chief minister– N. Biren Singh

IDRC

  • Chairperson- Mehar S Rathi
  • Head Office- New Delhi

MoRTH

  • Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSME- Nitin Gadkari
  • Constituency- Nagpur, Maharshtra

TRIFED:

  • It came into existence in 1987 & is a national-level apex organization functioning under the administrative control of the M/O Tribal Affairs. It has a network of 13 Regional Offices located at various places in the country.
  • Head Office– New Delhi, India
  • Managing Director– Pravir Krishna

Department of Science and Technology

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Minister of State Dr. Harsh Vardhan is head of the department,
  • Ashutosh Sharma :secretary

CIPET

  • HQ- Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  • Director- General– S. K. Nayak.

Ministry Of  Finance:

  • Nirmala Sitharaman, Cabinet Minister
  • Constituency : Rajya Sabha, Karnataka
  • Anurag Thakur, Minister of State for Finance
  • Ajay Bhushan Pandey ,IAS, Finance Secretary & Revenue Secretary

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL

Australian researchers achieve world’s fastest Internet speeds

  • Researchers from Monash, Swinburne, and RMIT universities of Australia have successfully tested and recorded the world’s fastest internet data speed. The researchers achieved this from a single optical chip – capable of downloading 1000 high definition movies in a split second, as per the Swinburne Insitute’s official release.

U.S. to pull out of Open Skies treaty

  • The United States stated it would withdraw from the 35-nation Open Skies treaty allowing unarmed surveillance flights over member countries, the Trump administration’s latest move to pull the country out of a major global treaty.

World Bank approves USD 500 million loan for Pakistan

  • The World Bank has restored Pakistan’s budgetary support after four years and approved a policy loan of USD 500 million to help the cash-strapped country mitigate adverse impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a media report.

India builds state-of-the-art training facility for Ugandan defence forces

  • The Indian Association Uganda (IAU), in association with the Indian Military Advisory and Training Team there, handed over a state-of-the-art military training facility to Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF). The war game centre, named ‘INDIA’, was inaugurated by Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, the Army stated.

UAE-based Secure Cam to launch surveillance campaign in India

  • Secure Cam IT Solutions, UAE-based security surveillance and IT solutions, has plans to install around 10,000 cameras for free in one city of about 150 countries by 2025 as part of the $1.5-billion worldwide campaign announced in October last.

US joins G7 artificial intelligence group to counter China

  • The United States (US) has joined an international panel for setting ethical guidelines for the use of artificial intelligence. The Trump administration had earlier dismissed the idea.

Switzerland launches first app based on Google, Apple’s Exposure Notification API

  • Switzerland has launched the world’s first app that utilised the Exposure Notification API developed by Apple and Google. The app called “SwissCovid” is currently available to members of the Swiss army, civil servants, and hospital workers.

Donald Trump announces America is terminating its relationship with WHO over its handling of Corona virus

  • United States President Donald Trump has announced that America is terminating its relationship with World Health Organization over its handling of the Corona virus. He blamed WHO and China for the deaths and destruction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe.

IMF approves 732 million emergency assistance to Bangladesh for COVID-19

  • The IMF Executive Board approved an emergency financial assistance worth dollar 732 million for Bangladesh to address the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The IMF stated that the assistance has been approved for Bangladesh to meet its urgent Balance of payment and fiscal needs as Corona pandemic has led to sharp decline in its exports and income from remittances.

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Australia:

  • Capital: Canberra
  • Currency: Australian dollar
  • Prime Minister: Scott Morrison

USA:

  • Capital: Washington, D.C.
  • President: Donald Trump
  • Currency :United States Dollar

World Bank:

  • Headquarters– Washington D.C., United States (US).
  • Motto– Working for a World Free of Poverty.
  • President– David Malpass.

Pakistan :

  • Prime Minister: Imran Khan
  • Capital: Islamabad
  • Currency: Pakistani rupee

Uganda:

  • Capital– Kampala
  • Currency– Ugandan shilling

UAE:

  • Capital: Abu Dhabi
  • Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham

G7:

  • The Group of Seven is an international intergovernmental economic organization consisting of the seven largest IMF- advanced economies in the world: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States

Switzerland :

  • Currency: Swiss franc (CHF)
  • Capital : Bern

WHO:

  • Director-General: Tedros Adhanom
  • Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Founded: 7 April 1948

IMF:

  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C. U.S.
  • Managing Director: Kristalina Georgieva
  • Chief Economist: Gita Gopinath

Bangladesh :

  • Capital: Dhaka
  • Currency: Bangladeshi taka
  • Prime minister: Sheikh Hasina

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING AND FINANCE

Canara Bank releases emergency credit facilities for MSMEs

  • Canara Bank has announced ‘CANARA CREDIT SUPPORT’ for all of their borrowers who have been affected by COVID-19.
  • The Canara Credit Support is extended as a quick and hassle-free loan to overcome the temporary liquidity mismatches for payment of statutory dues, salary/wages/electricity bill, rent.

BoB plans to sanction Rs 10,000 crore emergency working capital facility for Covid-19 affected businesses

  • Bank of Baroda (BoB) will sanction Rs 10,000 crore as emergency working capital facility to COVID-19 affected businesses, including micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), according to Sanjiv Chadha, MD & CEO.

LIC launches modified PM Vaya Vandana Yojana

  • Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) announced the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (Modified- 2020) Scheme.
  • This plan will be available for sale commencing from May 26 for three financial years – up to March 31, 2023. This scheme can be purchased offline as well as online from LIC of India

BSE launches eKYC services on StAR MF platform

  • BSE StAR MF has launched BSE eKYC services based on Aadhaar and Video KYC.
  • Open for onboarding mutual fund investors initially, it will be opened to stock brokers and other approved intermediaries. It will soon issue APIs for stock brokers and other intermediaries to connect their IT systems to BSE’s eKYC system

ADB signs 177 million dollars loan to upgrade major roads, highways in Maharashtra

  • The Asian Development Bank -ADB signed a 177 million US dollars loan to upgrade 450 km of state highways and major district roads in Maharashtra .

RBI imposes penalty on 3 lenders

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), stated it has imposed a monetary penalty on Bank of India (Rs.5 crore), Karnataka Bank (Rs.1.20 crore) and Saraswat Co-operative Bank (Rs.30 lakh).

NABARD sanctions Rs 1,050 crore credit support to West Bengal

  • The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned credit of Rs 1,050 crore in the current fiscal so far to West Bengal for benefit of farmers and poor people in rural areas.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairs 22nd Meeting of the Financial Stability and Development Council

  • Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman chaired the 22nd Meeting of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC).

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Canara Bank:

  • CEO: Lingam Venkat Prabhakar
  • Headquarters: Bengaluru
  • Tagline :Together we Can

Bank Of Baroda:

  • Headquarters: Vadodara, Gujarat, India
  • Hasmukh Adhia: Chairman
  • Sanjiv Chadha: MD & CEO
  • Tagline :India’s International Bank

LIC:

  • Headquarters :Mumbai, India
  • M R Kumar :chairman
  • T C Suseel Kumar : managing director

BSE:

  • Location: Mumbai, India
  • Chairman: Vikramajit Sen
  • MD & CEO: Ashishkumar Chauhan

ADB:

  • Headquarters: Mandaluyong, Philippines
  • President: Masatsugu Asakawa

Bank Of India :

  • Headquarters: Mumbai, India
  • Non-Exe Chairman: Padmanabhan
  • MD & CEO : Atanu Kumar Das
  • Tagline :Relationship Beyond Banking

Karnataka Bank:

  • Headquarters: Mangalore
  • CEO: Mahabaleshwara M. S
  • Tagline :Your Family Bank Across India

NABARD

  • Headquarters- Mumbai
  • Formation- July 12, 1982
  • Chairman- Chintala Govinda Rajulu

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

Salman Khan Launches His Own Grooming And Personal Care Brand ‘FRSH’

  • Actor Salman Khan has recently launched his own grooming and personal care brand FRSH and starts from selling sanitisers because it is very essential to do sanitisation and as per the need of the hour, sanitiser is their first product to enter the market.

Fintech startup Zaggle ties up with Visa for innovative payments solutions for SMEs

  • Fintech startup Zaggle has partnered with payments technology major Visa to launch innovative payment solutions for SMEs and startups.

Bengaluru-based startup launches collection VoiceBot for BFSI customers

  • ai, an artificial intelligence (AI) startup announced the launch of “Gnani Collection VoiceBot”, a multilingual conversational voice bot. Gnani stated that the collection VoiceBot is built with an aim to leverage the latest AI technologies to help BFSI customers digitise manual collection processes.

Adidas hosts global virtual sports event to fight COVID-19

  • The #HOMETEAMHERO Challenge is a sporting event for the world’s athletes & creators to unite and help make a difference by dedicating their workouts to the community heroes who keep the world’s essential services moving.

GDP to contract by 5% in FY21: Crisil

  • Rating agency Crisil expects India’s economy to shrink by 5% during the current financial year as the nationwide lockdown crippled economic activity.

Indian economy to shrink by 5 per cent during FY21, says S&P

  • In line with various agencies, S&P Global Ratings estimated that the Indian economy will register de-growth of 5 per cent during fiscal year 2020-21 (FY21), ending March 31. However, for next three years, it forecasts growth rate between 6.5 to 8.5 per cent.

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Zaggle

  • Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Founder & Chairman– Raj N Phani
  • Managing Director & CEO– Avinash Godkhindi

Visa

  • Headquarters- Foster City, California
  • Chairman and CEO- Alfred F. Kelly, Jr.

Adidas :

  • Headquarters: Herzogenaurach, Germany
  • CEO: Kasper Rørsted

CRISIL:

  • CEO: Ashu Suyash
  • Headquarters: Mumbai

S&P Global Ratings:

  • Founder: Henry Varnum Poor
  • Headquarters: New York, USA

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATES

Madhya Pradesh CM to inaugurate ‘Everybody will get employment’ scheme through video conferencing

  • In Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will inaugurate the ‘Everybody will get employment’ scheme through video conferencing.  Under this scheme, MNREGA job cards will be distributed to the labourers.

Madhya Pradesh CM inaugurates ‘Shram Siddhi Abhiyan’ to provide jobs to labourers

  • Under ‘Shram Siddhi Abhiyan’, labourers will be registered under skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled categories and work will be provided to them accordingly, Shivraj Singh Chouhan stated.

Chhattisgarh to observe May 25 as Jhiram tribute day

  • The Chhattisgarh government will observe May 25 as ‘Jhiram Shraddhanjali Diwas’ to pay tribute to Congress leaders who were killed in a Maoist attack in Bastar district on this day in 2013 as well as other victims of Naxal violence.

In a first, Uttarakhand releases report on conservation of endemic, threatened floras

  • Uttarakhand has become the first state to release a unique report highlighting its conservation efforts to save over 1,100 rare plants from extinction.

Tamil Nadu begins work on implementing Solar Fence Farmland Protection Programme

  • The Tamil Nadu government has started preliminary works for implementing the unique Solar Fence Farmland Protection Programme, under the Central Agriculture Improvement Scheme.

UP govt to form commission to map skills of migrant labourers

  • The Uttar Pradesh government stated it will form a migration commission to identify the skills of returning migrant workers and provide employment to them. The government also plans to provide insurance to these workers.

Mizoram grants ‘industry’ status to sports

  • The northeastern state of Mizoram has accorded ‘industry’ status to sports. The Cabinet cleared the Sports and Youth Service department’s proposal to recognise sports as an ‘industry’ in the state.

Uttar Pradesh govt to develop 800 km roads as Herbal roads

  • Uttar Pradesh government will develop 800 km roads as Herbal roads in the state. These herbal roads will have medicinal and herbal trees on both sides.

Karnataka govt to launch a project to maintain health database of all citizens

  • Karnataka government will soon launch a project to maintain the health database of all its citizens. A first of its kind initiative State Health Register will be a robust and standardized health repository of all the citizens.

Kargil’s first Solar Lift Irrigation Plant inaugurated in Ladakh

  • In Ladakh, Director of Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Dr Mohammad Raza inaugurated the first Solar Lift Irrigation Plant of Kargil with five KW Solar Plant and three HP Submersible Pump (Kargil Renewable Energy Agency-KREDA )at Yak Breeding Farm, Bodh Kharboo keeping in view the protocols of social distancing and Standard Operating Prcedures.

Free online coaching for Tamil Nadu NEET aspirants from June 15

  • The Department of School Education in association with Amphisoft Technologies E – box will be offering a free online crash course to government and government-aided school students registered for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2020, Tamil Nadu government has announced.

MP Govt is preparing database under ‘Swamitva’ scheme

  • The Madhya Pradesh Government is preparing a database under the Swamitva scheme launched on a pilot basis by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24th April. The scheme aims to provide land ownership rights to people in rural areas.

MP Govt creates ‘Rojgar Setu Yojana’ to employ migrant workers

  • The State Government has created ‘Rojgar Setu Yojana’ to employ migrant workers, who have come back to the State from other states amid coronavirus-induced lockdown, stated Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. CM Chouhan stated State Government is preparing details after surveying skilled labourers

Uttarakhand launches Mukhyamantri Swarozgar Yojana for returnee migrants

  • Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat inaugurated the Mukhyamantri Swarozgar Yojana. This scheme is to retain the migrants who have returned to the state during the lockdown.

Centre approves Rs. 445 cr for implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in Chhattisgarh

  • Centre has approved 445 crore rupees for implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in Chhattisgarh during 2020-21. The aim of the mission is to provide adequate potable drinking water of prescribed quality on regular and long-term basis to every rural household of the country by the 2024.

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Madhya Pradesh:

  • Capital: Bhopal
  • Chief minister: Shivraj Singh Chouhan
  • Governor: Lalji Tandon

Chattisgarh

  • Capital- Raipur
  • CM- Bhupesh Baghel
  • Governor- Anushya Uikey

Uttarakhand

  • Capital- Dehradun, Gairsain (Summer)
  • Chief minister- Trivendra Singh Rawat
  • Governor- Baby Rani Maurya

Tamil Nadu:

  • Capital : Chennai
  • Governor :Banwarilal Purohit
  • Chief Minister: Edappadi K. Palaniswami

Uttar Pradesh:

  • Capital- lucknow
  • CM-. Yogi Adityanath
  • Governor- Anandhiben Patel

Mizoram :

  • Capital: Aizawl
  • Governor: P. S. Sreedharan Pillai
  • Chief minister: Zoramthanga

Karnataka:

  • Chief minister: B. S. Yediyurappa
  • Capital: Bengaluru
  • Governor: Vajubhai Vala

Ladakh

  • Lieutenant Governor– Radha Krishna Mathur
  • Capital – leh, kargil

ASSAM

  • Capital- Dispur
  • Chief minister- Sarbananda Sonowal
  • Governor- Jagdish Mukhi

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPS AND PORTALS

Aspiring Chartered Accountants Launch India’s First Chat-Based ‘JJ Tax App’

  • Aspiring chartered accountants Mehak Malik and Leesha Arya teamed up to launch JJ Tax App – a chat-based tax app. This app offers a wide range of solutions in taxation and allied services to customers, offering real-time solutions by tax experts.

Aarogya Setu becomes open source

  • Arogya Setu, India’s Covid-19 contact tracing, syndromic mapping and self assessment mobile app is now open source. It is a unique thing as no other government product anywhere in the world has been open sourced at this scale.

NPCI launches AI virtual assistant PAi to create product awareness

  • National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) has launched an artificial intelligence (AI) based chatbot, PAi, to create awareness around its products like FASTag, RuPay, UPI, AePS on a real time basis.

Dibrugarh District administration takes to cloud-based application for citizen centric services

  • “Swagatam- Gateway to visit Government”, an application software was launched in Dibrugarh by Deputy Commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha, to facilitate the process of taking an appointment to meet the Deputy Commissioner for the common man of the district.

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NPCI

  • Headquarters- Mumbai
  • Non Executive Chairman- Biswamohan Mahapatra
  • Managing director and chiefexecutive officer- Dilip Asbe

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOU

ONGC, NTPC sign MOU to set up joint venture for renewable energy business

  • India’s top oil and gas producer ONGC and country’s biggest electricity generator NTPC have signed a preliminary agreement to set up a joint venture company for renewable energy projects

REC Ltd ties up with TajSATS to provide meals to frontline healthcare workers

  • REC Foundation, the CSR arm of REC Limited, has partnered with TajSATS (a joint venture of IHCL and SATS Ltd) to distribute specially-made nutritious meal packets for medical staff in Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi.

Maruti Suzuki partners ICICI Bank to offer retail financing schemes to customers

  • The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) has joined hands with ICICI Bank to offer retail financing schemes to its customers.

Airtel Payments Bank (APBL) ties up with Mastercard to develop products for farmers, SMEs

  • Airtel Payments Bank (APBL) has partnered with Mastercard to develop customized products catering to customers across the underbanked spectrum including farmers, small and medium enterprises, and retail customers.

Flipkart signs MoU with Karnataka Mango Board to enable farmers sell produce online

  • India’s leading ecommerce marketplace Flipkart has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Karnataka State Mango Department and Marketing Corporation, to enable mango farmers to sell their produce online.

Tamil Nadu inks 17 MoUs with firms totalling investments of Rs.15,128 crore

  • Tamil Nadu signed 17 MoUs with various companies involving investments totalling15,128 crore.
  • Nine of the MoUs were signed in the presence of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and the rest through video conference. This is likely to generate over 47,150 jobs.

PFC signs MoU with NBPCL to fund 225 MW hydro-electric projects, Multipurpose projects in MP

  • Power Finance Corporation (PFC), the central PSU under the Ministry of Power and India’s leading NBFC, signed an agreement with Narmada Basin Projects Company Ltd. (NBPCL), a wholly-owned company of Government of Madhya Pradesh, to fund projects worth 22,000 crore for 225 MW hydro-electric projects & multipurpose projects in the State of Madhya Pradesh.

Vakrangee ties up with LIC for micro insurance products

  • Vakrangee Ltd has tied up with Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) to distribute micro insurance products in unserved and underserved areas through its centres across the country.

CSIR-IIIM & Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) to develop RT-LAMP based test for Coronavirus

  • CSIR-IIIM, Jammu a constituent laboratory of CSIR has partnered with Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) to develop and scale-up a new Reverse Transcriptase-Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification (RT-LAMP) based COVID-19 diagnostic kit for which a formal MOU has also been signed between CSIR-IIIM, Jammu and RIL.

UP govt to sign MoUs with industry associations to create 10 lakh jobs for migrant workers

  • In a major breakthrough in the ongoing process of Employment generation for migrant workers in Uttar Pradesh, stage is now set for employment of 10 lakh workers.
  • Many industries associations will sign MoUs with state government in this regard which will give a boost to the MSME sector in state.

Infosys partners up with Avaloq for digital wealth management services

  • Infosys announced a strategic partnership with Zurich-based software company Avaloq to provide end-to-end (e2e) wealth management capabilities through digital platforms.

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ONGC

  • Chairman & Managing Director – Sashi Shanker
  • Headquarters – New Delhi

NTPC

  • Chairman & Managing Director – Gurdeep Singh
  • Founded- 1975
  • Headquarters- New Delhi, India

Maruti Suzuki

  • Chairman- R.C Bhargava
  • MD & CEO- Kenichi Ayukawa
  • Head office- New Delhi

ICICI Bank

  • MD & CEO- Sandeep Bakhshi
  • Head Quarters- Mumbai

APBL

  • MD and CEO- Anubrata Biswas
  • Headquarters- New Delhi, India.

Mastercard

  • Division President, South Asia – Porush Singh

Flipkart

  • CEO- Kalyan Krishnamurthy
  • HQ- Bengaluru, Karnataka.

KSMD&MCL

  • Chairman- Rajendra Kataria

NBPCL:

  • Managing Director- I.C.P Keshari,IAS.,(1988 batch)

 PFC:

  • Chairman- Rajeev Sharma
  • Established- 16th July, 1986

Vakrangee Ltd

  • Managing Director & CEO– Mr. Dinesh Nandwana

Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC)

  • Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Chairman– M R Kumar

Infosys

  • Headquarters– Bangalore, Karnataka
  • President– Mohit Joshi

Avaloq

  • Headquarters– Freienbach, Switzerland
  • CEO- Juerg Hunziker

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATION

Assam’s Jahnabi Phookan appointed FICCI FLO National President

  • Assam-based entrepreneur Jahnabi Phookan has been appointed as the National President of FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO), the women wing of the leading industry chamber of the country.
  • Phookan took over from outgoing National President Harjinder Kaur Talwar at the 36th FLO Annual Session in presence of Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan assumes Chair of the WHO’s Executive Board

  • Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, India, assumed the Chair of the World Health Organization’s Executive Board.

Indian economist Abhas Jha appointed to key World Bank position in South Asia

  • Abhas Jha, an Indian economist, has been appointed by theWorld Bank to a key position on climate change and disaster management in South Asia.

P Kumaran appointed India’s High Commissioner to Singapore

  • Periasamy Kumaran was appointed as India’s High Commissioner to Singapore.
  • He will replace Jawed Ashraf, who took over as High Commissioner of India to Singapore in November 2016.

Sandip Mukund Pradhan gets two-year extension as DG, SAI

  • 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.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen Begins Her Second Term

  • Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen took the oath for her second four-year term, buoyed by record-high popularity as the country continues its successful response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Leo Puri to take over as Chairman of JP Morgan

  • Veteran banker Kalpana Morparia, Chairman, South and South-East Asia at JP Morgan, plans to retire after nearly 12 years with the investment banking firm. She will be succeeded by Leo Puri.

BBB selects SN Rajeswari as CMD of Oriental Insurance Company

  • SN Rajeswari, general manager,New India Assurance(NIA),has been selected by the Banks Board Bureau (BBB), as the CMD of the Delhi based Oriental Insurance Company(OIC). AV Girija Kumar,CMD, OIC,is retiring this month end after reaching 60.

Marcos Troyjo Elected As The Next NDB President

  • Marcos Prado Troyjo was unanimously elected as the President of the NDB from July 7, 2020, succeeded K. V. Kamath.
  • The Board of Governors of the NDB also appointed Anil Kishora as Vice President of the Bank.

IOC appoints Narinder Batra as member of Olympic Channel Commission

  • Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra has been appointed as a member of the Olympic Channel Commission.

Food delivery unicorn Zomato elevates Mohit Gupta as co-founder

  • Ant Financial-backed food delivery unicorn Zomato has elevated Mohit Gupta, CEO of its food delivery business, as its co-founder.

LS Speaker nominates Dr Jitendra Singh, others as Delimitation Commission Members

  • Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has nominated the Associate Members of Delimitation Commission for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir along with Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur under Article 5 of the Delimitation Act, 2002.
  • The members nominated in J&K are MoS PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh and Members of  Parliament, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Hasnain Masoodi and Jugal Kishore Sharma.

Wipro appoints Thierry Delaporte as CEO & Managing Director

  • Wipro has appointed Thierry Delaporte as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Managing Director effective from July 6. Abidali Neemuchwala will relinquish his position as CEO & MD on June 1.

R. Sreelekha set to become Kerala’s first woman DGP

  • ADGP R. Sreelekha is all set to become the first woman Director General of Police in Kerala as she assumes charge as the new head of the Fire and Rescue Services on June 1. Presently, Sreelekha is the State Transport Commissioner.

Aiman Ezzat appointed new Capgemini CEO

  • Aiman Ezzat succeeded Paul Hermelin as French technology major Capgemini’s new CEO. Hermelin continues as Chairman of the Board.

PFC board clears R S Dhillon’s appointment as CMD from June 1

  • State-run Power Finance Corporation (PFC) announced the appointment of Ravinder Singh Dhillon as Chairman and Managing Director from June 1 following superannuation of Rajeev Sharma this month.

PR Jaishankar assumes charge as IIFCL Managing Director

  • India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL), a State-owned Infrastructure lender, has a new Managing Director in R.Jaishankar. PR Jaishankar, who was till recently Executive Director at National Housing Bank, has assumed charge of his new role.

IIT-IIM alumnus S Gopalakrishnan appointed as additional secretary in PMO

  • S Gopalakrishnan, a senior Tamil Nadu cadre IAS officer, has been appointed as additional secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office. Gopalakrishnan’s appointment was cleared by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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NDB

  • Headquarters location- Shanghai, China
  • First president- K. V. Kamath

Wipro:

  • Owner: Azim Premji
  • Headquarters: Bengaluru

Singapore

  • Capital: Singapore
  • President: Halimah Yacob
  • Currency: Singapore dollar

Sports Authority of India

  • Headquarters: Delhi
  • Sandip Pradhan Indian Revenue Service, Sports Secretary-cum-Director General

Taiwan:

  • Capital– Taipei
  • Currency– New Taiwan dollar

JP Morgan:

  • CEO: Jamie Dimon
  • Headquarters: New York, United States

Oriental Insurance Company

  • Headquarters location- New Delhi
  • Founded- 12 September 1947

International Olympic Committee (IOC)

  • Headquarters– Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • President– Thomas Bach.

Zomato

  • Headquarters– Gurugram, Haryana.
  • Founders– Deepinder Goyal and Pankaj Chaddah.

Capegemini

  • Headquarters- Paris, France

PFC

  • Headquarters- New Delhi

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MERGERS AND ACQUISTIONS

CCI approves 100% acquisition of Emami Cement by NVCL

  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved acquisition of 100% of the total issued and paid up share capital of Emami Cement Limited (ECL), on a fully diluted basis, by Nuvoco Vistas Corporation Limited (NVCL). The Emami group and Nuvoco had signed a deal to open the account with Kotak Bank.

KKR to buy 2.32% Jio Platforms stake for Rs.11,367 crore

  • Private equity giant KKR will buy 32% stake in Jio Platforms for Rs11,367 crore.
  • The latest transaction gives Jio Platforms an equity valuation of 91 trillion and an enterprise value of Rs5.16 trillion.

IRDAI allows Union Bank of India to continue 30% holding in IndiaFirst Life Insurance

  • Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has allowed Union Bank of India’s proposal to continue with its 30 percent holding in IndiaFirst Life Insurance with the condition that the lender will hold no control in the management of the insurer.

ITC to acquire spice-maker Sunrise Foods

  • FMCG major ITC Ltd will acquire city-based packaged spice-maker Sunrise Foods for an undisclosed sum. The company has entered into a share purchase agreement to acquire 100 per cent of the equity share capital of Sunrise Foods Private Ltd (SFPL).

RITES signs agreement for acquiring 24% stake in IRSDC

  • RITES stated it has signed an agreement for acquiring 24% stake in Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC) for Rs 48 crore with Rail Land Development Authority and IRCON International being the other equity partners.

Ola Electric acquires Etergo BV, a Netherlands-based electric scooter OEM

  • Ola Electric Mobility Pvt Ltd announced the acquisition of Etergo BV, an electric scooter OEM based out of Amsterdam. With this acquisition, Ola Electric plans to leverage Etergo’s design and engineering capabilities to build its smart electric two-wheeler for international and national markets, with the India launch planned for 2021.

IL&FS gets NCLT nod to sell stake in GIFT City to Gujarat govt

  • Debt-laden IL&FS will sell its entire stake in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City Limited (GIFTCL) to the Gujarat government.

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NVCL

  • NVCL is a Nirma promoter group company and currently operates cement manufacturing units in the states of (i) Chhattisgarh, (ii) Jharkhand, (iii) West Bengal, (iv) Rajasthan and (v) Haryana.
  • Chairman– K. K. Patel

ECL

  • ECL is a part of the Emami group and owns and operates cement manufacturing units in the states of (i) West Bengal, (ii) Chhattisgarh, (iii) Bihar and (iv) Odisha.
  • FounderExecutive Chairman– R S Agarwal

 RIL

  • HQ– Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Chairman & MD– Mukesh D. Ambani

 KKR

  • Headquarters- New York, United States.
  • CEO- George R. Roberts

 UBI

  • Headquarters- Mumbai
  • CEO- Rajkiran Rai G.
  • Tagline- Good people to bank with

India First Life Insurance

  • Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • MD & CEO– RM Vishakha

 ITC:

  • CEO: Sanjiv Puri
  • Headquarters: Kolkata

RITES Ltd.

  • Chairman & Managing Director (CMD)– Rajeev Mehrotra
  • Headquarter– Gurugram, Haryana

 IRSDC:

  • Chairman– Vishwesh Chaube
  • Headquarter– New Delhi

OLA:

  • CEO: Bhavish Aggarwal
  • Headquarters location: Bengaluru

Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS):

  • Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Chairman– Uday Kotak

National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT):

  • Headquarters– New Delhi
  • Officiating Chairperson– Justice Bansi Lal Bhat

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOURS

HSL India Wins ET Iconic Brand for Year 2019-20

  • Hahnemann Scientific Laboratory (India) Pvt Ltd, popularly known as HSL (India) wins Economic Times Iconic Brand for the year 2019-20.

Tennis star Naomi Osaka becomes world’s highest paid female athlete

  • Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has become the highest paid female athlete in the world, topping American great Serena Williams.

IIT Mumbai alumnus & IBM scientist Rajiv Joshi named Inventor of the Year

  • Prolific Indian-American inventor Rajiv Joshi has bagged the prestigious Inventor of the Year award in recognition of his pioneering work in advancing the electronic industry and improving artificial intelligence capabilities.

Major Suman Gawani to be honoured with UN Military Gender Advocate award

  • Major Suman Gawani, an Indian Army officer and woman peacekeeper who has served with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), has been selected for the prestigious United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award (2019).

SA scientist Quarraisha Abdool Karim wins R10m French prize

  • Acclaimed HIV researcher Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim won the €500 000 (about R9 577 995) Christophe Merieux Prize for her work for the Durban-based Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa), which she heads.

TCS Wins Two Stevie Awards for 2019 TCS New York City Marathon App

  • Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, has won two Stevies in the 2020 American Business Awards, the nation’s premier business awards program, for the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon app. TCS received a Gold Stevie in the category Mobile Marketing Campaign of the Year and a Silver Stevie in the category Best User Experience.

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HSL:

  • Located: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  • Head :Dr K B Rastogi

United Nations:

  • Secretary general: António Guterres
  • Headquarters: New York, United States
  • Founded: 24 October 1945.

Tata Consultancy Services:

  • CEO: Rajesh Gopinathan
  • Headquarters: Mumbai

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SUMMITS AND CONFERENCE

‘Hunar Haat’ to make a comeback in September 2020 after a gap of over -months due to COVID-19

  • Hunar Haat’,the flagship initiative by the Minority Affairs Ministry, will make a comeback in September 2020 with a ‘Local to Global’ theme.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: RANKING

After China, India is now the second largest producer of PPE coveralls during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • India has become the world’s second-largest manufacturer of personal protective equipment (PPE) body coveralls within a short time span of two months.
  • China is the world’s leading producer of PPE body coveralls, crucial to safeguard against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anish Kapoor tops list of ”Most Successful Indian Artists Alive Today 2020”

  • London-based Anish Kapoor, has topped the Hurun India Art List 2020 for the second year with Rs 44.39 crores.
  • New Delhi-based painter Rameshwar Broota shot up 9 places to second place with sales of Rs 11.89 crores, followed by modernist painter Krishen Khanna in third place with Rs 6.87 crores.

With investments worth USD 14.67 billion, Singapore was top source of FDI in fiscal year 2019-20

  • Singapore was the top source of foreign direct investment into India for the second consecutive financial year, accounting for about 30 per cent of FDI inflows in 2019-20.  In the past two financial years, FDI from Singapore has surpassed that from Mauritius.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Researchers at IIT-M develop solar parabolic trough collector

  • A new trough collector equippedwith enhanced energy to serve industries has been developed by Indian Institute of Madras (IIT-M).
  • The ‘Parabolic Trough Collector’ is a lightweight and low-cost system with high energy efficiency and can operate under the country’s varied climatic conditions.

US Navy successfully tests a laser weapon that can destroy aircraft mid-flight

  • A US Navy warship has successfully tested a new high-energy laser weapon that can destroy aircraft mid-flight. Images and videos provided by the Navy show the amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland executing “the first system-level implementation of a high-energy class solid-state laser” to disable an aerial drone aircraft.

DRDO’s RCI develops AI-based Attendance Application

  • The Research Centre Imarat (RCI), DRDO, here has developed a AI-based Attendance Application (AINA) which allows non-contact based personnel verification, using facial features of the person, in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic making it unsafe to use contact-based biometric verification for attendance marking systems.

Southern reaches of Western Ghats yield 3 new plant species

  • A team of scientists of the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) have reported the discovery of three new plant species from the evergreen forest patches of the southern end of the Western Ghats in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
  • The three new species found are:
  • Eugenia sphaerocarpa of the Myrtaceae or Rose apple family. …
  • Goniothalamus sericeus of the Annonaceae family of custard apple. …
  • Memecylon nervosum of the Melastomataceae (Kayamboo or Kaasavu in local parlance) family.

Indian start-up makes world’s first contactless visitor management software

  • A Mumbai based start-up VAMS Global has come up with world’s first contactless Visitor Management Software with temperature scanner and mask detection.
  • VAMS SafeGuard scans body temperature, read faces with a mask on while monitoring social distancing on the premise. The software uses ‘AI’ to allow entry of visitors, only who are only complying to all COVID protection measures.

Indian-American Couple Develops Low-Cost Ventilator For Coronavirus Patients

  • An Indian-American couple , Devesh Ranjan, a professor and associate chair in the prestigious Georgia Tech’s George W Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and his wife Kumuda Ranjan, a practising family physician in Atlanta, developed the a low-cost emergency ventilator from concept to prototype in just about three weeks time.

IIT Delhi researchers develop lighter, breathable PPE to fight Covid-19

  • Department of Textile and Fibre Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi has developed a breathable and light-weighted PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to fight COVID-19.

NASA Renamed Its WFIRST Telescope after ‘Mother of Hubble’ Nancy Grace Roman

  • NASA has renamed its Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), a next-generation space telescope set to launch in 2025, in honor of Nancy Grace Roman, the US space agency’s first chief astronomer, who paved the way for space telescopes focused on the broader universe.

IIT Madras develops light-weight alloy to replace steel, aluminium in cars

  • Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), along with the University of North Texas and US Army Research Laboratory, have developed a magnesium alloy with significantly improved properties, that can replace steel and aluminium in automotive and aerospace components.

Facebook launches CatchUp, an audio-only calling app that shows who’s ready to chat now

  • Facebook’s internal R&D group, NPE Team, has launched a new app called CatchUp that makes it easier for friends and family in the U.S. to coordinate phone calls or set up group calls with up to 8 people.

IIT Madras dredging methodology helps Odisha’s Chilika Lake to triple Irrawaddy Dolphin population

  • A research project by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has helped Odisha’s Chilika lake, Asia’s largest brackish water body, in tripling the population of the Irrawaddy dolphins.

LPU researchers develop ‘Oxigeno’, a multipurpose algae-based respirator

  • A team of Lovely Professional University (LPU) researchers have developed ‘Oxigeno’, a first of its kind multipurpose algae-based respirator which neutralizes 99.3 per cent of the harmful gasses and particulate matter in the air. It also boosts the amount of oxygen passing through it, as per the LPU official release.

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DRDO:

  • Minister responsible: Rajnath Singh, Minister of Defence
  • Dr G. Satheesh Reddy, Chairman, DRDO
  • Head quarters: Delhi

Botanical Survey of India (BSI):

  • Location– Kolkata, West Bengal
  • Parent organization– Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

NASA:

  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
  • Administered by: Jim Bridenstine

Facebook:

  • CEO: Mark Zuckerberg
  • Headquarters: Menlo Park, California, United States

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BOOK AND AUTHORS

JK Rowling to release her latest children’s book ‘The Ickabog’ online for free

  • Author JK Rowling will release her latest children’s book, The Ickabog, online for free.
  • The first two chapters of The Ickabog are available for free here: We are pleased to announce @JK_Rowling’s story #TheIckabog is now available to read online for free at http://theickabog.com/read-the-story.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: DEFENCE

IAF to launch its squadron Number-18 – Flying Bullets with a fleet of LCA Tejas at its Sulur base near Coimbatore

  • The Indian Air Force is set to operationalize its squadron called the Number-18 – Flying Bullets with a fleet of the Light Combat Aircraft, LCA Tejas at its Sulur base near Coimbatore. It will be launched by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria.

Missile Park ‘agniprastha’ to be arrange in Ins Kalinga

  • The Foundation stone of missile park ‘Agniprastha’ laid at INS Kalinga.
  • After the missile park ‘Agniprastha’ is constructed, it is going to be devoted to all of the officers, sailors and assist workers of INS Kalinga, who’ve served within the ENC op-support base since its institution in 1981

UV sanitisation bay set up at Western Naval Command: Navy

  • The Indian Navy stated an ultraviolet (UV) sanitisation bay to decontaminate things like tools, masks and clothes was set up at the naval dockyard in Mumbai, which is a part of the Western Naval Command.

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Indian Air Force:

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Chief of the Air Staff (CAS): Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria

Indian Navy:

  • Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind
  • Chief of the Naval Staff: Admiral Karambir Singh,

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SPORTS

US tennis star Jamie Hampton announces retirement

  • Former World Top 25 and US tennis star Jamie Hampton has announced her retirement from professional tennis.

Spanish Striker Aritz Aduriz Announces Retirement from Football

  • Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz announced his retirement from football.
  • The 39-year-old Aduriz took decision after finding out he needs a hip replacement.

UEFAs eEuro 2020 won by Italy

  • With the Euro2020 postponed until next summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, the eEuro 2020 finals were conducted this weekend as 16 nations came together to compete in the biggest international virtual soccer championship ever.

FIFA and WHO launch campaign to help domestic violence victims amid coronavirus lockdown

  • FIFA, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Commission have announced the #SafeHome campaign designed to support women and children at risk of domestic violence during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sri Lanka suspends fast bowler Shehan Madushanka

  • Sri Lanka fast bowler Shehan Madushanka has been suspended from all forms of cricket with immediate effect after he was arrested for alleged possession of illegal drugs.

English Premier League to restart on June 17

  • The Premier League season will restart on June 17 provided all safety requirements have been put in place. The season will get back under way with Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal.

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FIFA:

  • President: Gianni Infantino
  • Headquarters: Zürich, Switzerland

CURRENT AFFAIRS: OBITUARY

Renowned vocalist Shyamala G Bhave passes away

  • Renowned vocalist Shyamala G Bhave, who had an equal command over Hindustani and Carnatic music, has passed away.

Hana Kimura: Netflix star and Japanese wrestler passes away

  • Hana Kimura, a professional Japanese wrestler who appeared in the latest series of Netflix’s reality show Terrace House, has passed away at the age of 22.

Former Tamil Nadu football player and coach R Shanmugam passes away

  • Former Tamil Nadu football player and coach R Shanmugampassed away due to age-related illness. Shanmugam had also played for Mohun Bagan in 1968.

Four-time Grand Slam singles champion Ashley Cooper passes away

  • Former Australian tennis player Ashley Cooper, who won four Grand Slam singles titles including the Australian, Wimbledon and U.S. championships in 1958, has passed away. He was 83.

Ready’ actor Mohit Baghel passes away at 26 due to cancer

  • Actor Mohit Baghel, best known for playing Amar Chaudhary in superstar Salman Khan’s “Ready”, has passed away of cancer. He was 26. Mohit has also acted in films “Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami” and “Gali Gali Chor Hai”

Hockey Player Balbir Singh Passes Away

  • The famous Indian hockey player Balbir Singh (95) passed away.
  • He was a former hockey player from India. He was a three-time Olympic gold champion having played a key role in India’s wins in London (1948), Helsinki (1952) (as Vice Captain), and Melbourne (1956) (as Captain) Olympics.

Former Football Inter coach Simoni passes away

  • Former Inter Milan coach Gigi Simoni, winner of the UEFA Cup with a side which included the Brazilian Ronaldo, has passed away.

Noted Urdu writer& satirist Mujtaba Hussain Passes away

  • Renowned Urdu writer and satirist Mujtaba Hussain, who had returned the Padma Shri award to the union government last year, passed away.

Rajya sabha M P Veerendra Kumar dies at 84

  • M P Veerendra Kumar, the Managing Director of leading Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi and a member of PTI’s Board of Directors, died at a private hospital following cardiac arrest.

Stanley Ho, ‘King of Gambling’ who built Macau, dies at 98

  • Stanley Ho, a onetime kerosene trader who built a casino empire in Macau that propelled the Chinese island past Las Vegas as the world’s biggest gambling hub, has died at age 98, Known as the King of Gambling.

Ajit Jogi, first chief minister of Chhattisgarh, passes away

  • Ajit Jogi, the first chief minister of Chhattisgarh, passed away. He was 74.
  • Ajit Jogi had served as the first Chief Minister of the state of Chhattisgarh from November 2000 to November 2003.

Lyricist Yogesh passes away

  • Veteran lyricist Yogesh Gaur, known as Yogesh in the film industry, passed away. He was 77. Yogesh wrote the lyrics of hit songs “Kahin duur jab din dhal jaye” and “Zindagi kaisi hai paheli” that defined the superhit film Anand (1971)
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