Weekly Current Affairs (22nd to 31st May 2020) Part - 2 Current Affairs Notes | EduRev

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New Appointments

1. Who has been appointed as the chairman of the11-member committee constituted by the Ministry of Health to simplify and expedite” the drug approval process in India _________ Rajesh Bhushan.
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➢ The Ministry of Health & Joint Drug Controller of India Eswara Reddy will assist the committee to adopt global standards for drug and medical device regulation amid COVID-19 pandemic.

2. Who has been appointed as the new Vice President (VP) and chief economist of World Bank _________ Carmen Reinhart.
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➢ Reinhart’s appointment is effective on June 15, 2020.
➢ Reinhart has a PhD from Columbia University and currently teaches international economics at the Harvard Kennedy School.

3. Who has been appointed as the 37th National President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Ladies Organization (FLO) __________ Jahnabi Phookan.
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➢ She took over the position from Harjinder Kaur Talwar at the 36th FLO session in the presence of Om Birla, Lok Sabha Speaker.
➢ FLO is the oldest women-led and -focused business chamber of Southeast Asia and the Women’s wing of the apex chamber FICCI.

4. Who has been appointed as World Bank’s Practice Manager for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management for South Asia _________ Abhas Jha.
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➢ In his capacity, Jha will be responsible to nurture, lead, inspire and position a team of highly qualified professionals to provide the best solutions for South Asian countries.

5. Who has been appointed as the President of the New Development Bank ________ Marcos Prado Troyjo.
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➢ He will succeed eminent Indian banker Kundapur Vaman Kamath who took over as the first president of the bank in 2015. The decision regarding appointment was taken during the special virtual meeting of the Board of Governors.

6. Who has been appointed as the vice president of the New Development Bank (NDB) ________ Anil Kishora.
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➢ Before joining the NDB, he worked as the deputy managing director and chief risk officer of the state-run SBI.

7. Who has been appointed as the member of the Olympic Channel Commission by International Olympic Committee (IOC) ________ Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra.
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➢ Batra also heads the International Hockey Federation (FIH).
➢ Batra also served as the president of Hockey India (2014-2016) and Asian Hockey Federation (2003-2013)

8. Who has been appointed as the chairman of JP Morgan South and Southeast Asia after Kalpana Morparia retirement in 2021 ________ Leo Puri.
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➢ Leo Puri is the former Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of UTI Mutual Fund. ➢ Puri had joined the asset management company (AMC) in 2013 from Warburg Pincus India.

9. Who has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer(CEO) and Managing Director(MD) of Wipro _______ Thierry Delaporte.
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➢ He will take over the position from Adidali Neemuchwala who will be stepping down from his position on June 1.
➢ The operation of Wipro until July 5th will be monitored by its chairman Rishad Premji.
➢ He will be based in Paris and report to Rishad Premji.

10. Sandip Mukund Pradhan has been given two-year extension as Director General (DG) of which organization ________ Sports Authority of India (SAI).
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➢ The proposal was put forward by the Sports Ministry of India to extend the tenure of Pradhan and was then approved by the cabinet.
➢ Pradhan was appointed as the Director-General of SAI in August 2017.

11. Who has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of State-run Power Finance Corporation (PFC) ________ Ravinder Singh Dhillon.
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➢ He will be the successor of Rajeev Sharma as he retires on May 31, 2020.
➢ PFC is one of the largest profit-making CPSE (Central public sector enterprises) on a consolidated basis.

12. Who has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Delhi-based Oriental Insurance Company (OIC) _______ SN Rajeshwari.
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➢ She will be the successor of AV Girija Kumar, 60 years old, who retires on May 2020.
➢ Rajeshwari will serve as the CMD of OIC till May 2022.

Important News – India

1. National Thermal Power corporation (NTPC) has signed an MoU with which another public sector unit to set up a joint venture company for renewable energy projects ________ ONGC.
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➢ The MoU will enable both companies to achieve their respective targets in renewable energy business.
➢ As per the MoU, NTPC and ONGC will explore and set up renewable power assets including offshore wind, in India and overseas

2. The National Skills Development Corp. (NSDC), along with an artificial intelligence company will create a platform to map ______ skilled and certified workers.
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➢ The skill management information system aims to create a local ecosystem in every region to minimise the need to depend on migrants, as well as to provide workers with opportunities closer to their homes.
➢ NSDC is the implementing body of the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship.
➢ The platform will map details of skilled professionals by region, as well as demand across industries, using artificial intelligence-based solutions.

3. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has launched a scheme for 100% solarisation of which city of India ________ Konark.
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➢ The scheme has been launched to develop the historic Sun Temple in the town of Konark.
➢ Also, the scheme will develop the town into Surya Nagri.
➢ The scheme mainly aims at promoting solar energy.

4. Which of the following organization has organized the E-Conclave of Defence MSME which was chaired by the Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh ________ CII.
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➢ The E-conclave was organized by CII (Confederation of Indian Industry), SIDM (Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers) and Department of Defence Production.
➢ Around 800 Defence MSMEs participated in the conclave that was held through video conferencing.

5. Name the public sector oil company which get the environmental clearance for extension drilling and testing of hydrocarbons at 7 locations inside the Assam’s Dibru-Saikhowa National Park (NP) _______ Oil India Ltd(OIL).
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➢ The clearance was given as part of the Centre’s target to reduce 10% imports and the Northeast Vision 2030
➢ And the commercial production from this area shall also enable OIL to meet the same centre’s target

6. What is India’s position in manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) body coveralls _______Second.
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➢ PPE body coveralls are crucial to safeguard against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
➢ China is the world’s leading producer of PPE body coveralls, crucial to safeguard against the COVID-19 pandemic.

7. What is the nodal agency for the implementation of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) ________ National Health Authority.
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➢ Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare(HFW), Harsh Vardhan to mark 1 crore treatments(milestone) of the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana(AB-PMJAY).
➢ The National Health Authority(NHA) is responsible for implementing the scheme.

8. In the first meeting of the 15th Finance Commission’s on Fiscal Consolidation Roadmap it estimated India’s GDP growth to ________-5% to 1%.
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➢ The first meeting of the 15th Finance Commission’s (XVFC) committee on Fiscal Consolidation Roadmap was held through video conferencing (VC).
➢ The committee headed by Nand Kishore (NK) Singh has recommended the judgement of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on monetisation of fiscal deficit.

9. Which Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm has partnered with TajSATS to provide specially-made nutritious meal packets for medical staff in Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi _______ REC Foundation.
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➢ REC is already providing cooked meals and ration to the needy across the nation in collaboration with various district authorities, NGOs and electricity distribution companies.
➢ Every day, 300 food packets are being delivered as a gesture of gratitude to the frontline healthcare warriors of New Delhi.
➢ Now with REC- TajSATS initiative, over 18,000 meals will be delivered in New Delhi.

10. Which Indian software company has launched ‘Ignio’ an AI Digital Workspace solution ______TCS.
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➢ Tapping into the rising demand for automation amid the covid-19 pandemic, Digitate, a software venture of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), has announced the launch of ignio AI.Digital Workspace.
➢ It is an end-user experience management software that helps employees and service desk teams boost productivity.

11. Which organization has formed PPE kit with innovative breathable fabric material ________Indian Navy.
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➢ This PPE kit provides comfort to healthcare workers working against COVID-19 pandemic wearing multi-layered coverall PPE treating patients within the hot and humid condition for quite 12 hours.
➢ The ability of the material to permit water vapour to undergo and stop the water from entering is understood as Breathability.

12. Which DRDO establishment has developed an 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 ________ Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad.
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➢ AINA can be deployed with minimal upgradation to the legacy attendance infrastructure with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) readers.
➢ AINA can be installed on a normal desktop computer with a GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) based display adapter.

13. Market Regulator the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has imposed a penalty of ₹7 lakh on which of the following PSUs for delay in disclosing financial results ________NHAI.
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➢ The market regulator observed that NHAI had delayed filing half yearly financial results between FY16 and FY19. The delays ranged from 4 days to 78 days.
➢ According to Sebi's listing obligation and disclosure norms (LODR), the half yearly results have to be filed within 45 days from the end of the half year.

14. The Department of Textile and Fibre Engineering of which IIT has developed a breathable and light-weighted Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to fight COVID-19 ________ IIT Delhi.
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➢ The Head of the Department Professor Dr SM Ishtiaque along with his PhD student, Biswa Ranjan Das, Scientist 'D' and Assistant Director, DMSRDE (DRDO), Kanpur, developed an advanced version of PPE.
➢ Priced at ₹905 (including GST), the PPE overall would cost around ₹300 for one time given the option to reuse.

15. The Army Commanders’ Conference was held in which city of India ________New Delhi.
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➢ The Army Commanders’ Conference is an apex level biannual event that was earlier scheduled to be held in April 2020, but was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic.
➢ It was then planned to be conducted in two phases. The second phase of the conference will held in the last week of June 2020.

16. Which Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm has partnered with TajSATS to provide specially-made nutritious meal packets for medical staff in Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi ________ REC Foundation.
Note:

➢ REC is already providing cooked meals and ration to the needy across the nation in collaboration with various district authorities, NGOs and electricity distribution companies.
➢ Every day, 300 food packets are being delivered as a gesture of gratitude to the frontline healthcare warriors of New Delhi.
➢ Now with REC- TajSATS initiative, over 18,000 meals will be delivered in New Delhi.

17. What is the length of the tunnel built by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) on Rishikesh-Dharasu Highway (NH 94) in Uttarakhand _________440 Km.
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➢ Union Minister for Road Transport, Nitin Gadkari has inaugurated the 440 metre-long tunnel as part of the Chardham Connectivity Project in Chamba.
➢ The tunnel will significantly reduce the time taken by travellers on the Rishikesh-Dharasu and Gangotri stretch of the Chardham Highway (NH 94).

18. Which electric mobility company has acquired Amsterdam-based electric scooter-maker Etergo ________ Ola Electric Mobility.
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➢ It would leverage Etergo’s design and engineering capabilities to build its smart electric two-wheeler for international and Indian markets.
➢ Ola Electric aimed to launch its global electric two-wheeler in India in 2021.

19. Which IIT has developed magnesium alloy to replace steel, aluminium in cars ______ IIT Madras.
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➢ There has been an excellent deal of specialising in lowering the carbon footprint of vehicles by using light-weight material in their bodies.
➢ Lighter vehicles consume less fuel to run and are therefore play a strategic role in increasing energy-efficiency. Vehicular emissions alone contribute 27 per cent of total CO2 emissions currently.

20. Who will chair the 11-member committee constituted by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to monitor annual grant and affiliation fee of its members for the 2020-2021 cycle __________ Adille Sumariwala.
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➢ Besides Mr. Sumariwala, the panel includes D R Saini, Vagish Pathak, S M Hashmi, Sekhar Chandra Biswas, Vithal Shrigaonkar, M P Singh, D V Seetharama Rao, Abu Mehta, Madhukant Pathak and B K Roka.
➢ The committee will review and monitor issues concerning the disbursement of IOA’s annual grant to its members in coordination with the finance department

21. Recently, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) has started looking into allegations against which company _______ Alphabet.
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➢ According to the allegations, Google is abusing its market position to unfairly promote its mobile payments app (Google Pay) in the country.
➢ The complaint alleges the USA tech giant more prominently showcases its Google Pay app inside its Android app store in India, giving it an unfair advantage over apps of competitors.

22. Tejas Mk-1 FOC aircraft has been inducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF) into the recently resurrected No 18 Squadron the “Flying Bullets” at which Air Force Station ________ Sulur.
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➢ Tejas Mk-1 FOC is a single engine, light weight, highly agile and all weather multi role fighter aircraft.
➢ The aircraft is capable of air-to-air refueling and hence makes the Squadron the first in the IAF to induct this platform.

23. What is the name has been given to the plan to modernize the fisheries sector which is part of Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) _______ Swath Sagar.
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➢ Also, Government will register “Sagar Mitra” and encourage formation of Fish Farmers Producer Organizations (FFPOs) to help achieve the PMMSY goals by enhancing domestic fish consumption with corresponding health benefits.

24. What is the Name of the Missile Park being established in Eastern Naval Command(ENS) at INS Kalinga, Visakhapatnam ____________Agneeprastha.
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➢ Agneeprastha aims to capture glimpses of Missile History of INS Kalinga
➢ Agneeprastha is to provide a one-stop arena for motivation and stimulation of people regarding the missiles and related technologies, from school children to Naval personnel and their families.

Important News – State

1. Which state government has launched “Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana” on the occasion of death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi _________Chhattisgarh.
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➢ The farmer centered scheme aims to stimulate the rural economy in the state, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
➢ The provision of the scheme was made in the Budget 2020-21. The scheme is expected to benefit over 1.87 million farmers.

2. Which state government has set up a ‘Start-up Fund’ under the its Information Technology and Start-up Policy 2017 _______Uttar Pradesh.
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➢ An MoU has been signed between the Uttar Pradesh government and the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) and the fund will be managed by SIDBI. Initial contribution of Rs 15 crore has been made to the fund.
➢ The fund aims to support the registered start-up ventures present across different verticals in Uttar Pradesh.

3. In which state the women Rural Livelihood Mission started Didi Vehicle Service for rural women for the safe delivery and other emergency services _________ Madhya Pradesh.
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➢ The mission has been started in tribal-dominated Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh (MP).
➢ the women Rural Livelihood Mission started Didi Vehicle Service for rural women for the safe delivery and other emergency services.
➢ This vehicle service is completely free.

4. Which becomes the first state to release report on conservation of endemic, threatened floras _______Uttarakhand.
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➢ The project aims at Germplasm conservation so that species remain conserved with the forest department & also to promote conservation of plant species among the general public so as to end plant blindness.
➢ The report is one of the largest repositories of conserved plants & is carried out by the research wing of the state forest department.

5. Which NBFCs has entered into an agreement with Narmada Basin Projects Company Ltd. (NBPCL) to fund projects worth ₹22,000 crore in Madhya Pradesh _________ Power Finance Corporation (PFC).
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➢ The funds will be deployed by NBPCL for setting up hydroelectric projects of 225 MW and power components of 12 major multipurpose projects in state.
➢ Narmada Basin Projects Company Ltd. (NBPCL) is a wholly-owned company of Madhya Pradesh government.

6. The Mango Board and Marketing Corporation which state signed a memorandum of understanding with e-commerce firm Flipkart to sell mangoes on its platform_______ Karnataka.
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➢ The latest tie-up is part of Karnataka government’s efforts to enable farmers to sell their produce online as the covid-19 induced lockdown has hit sales and their earnings.
➢ Farmers produce organisations from Bengaluru Urban, Kolar, Haveri, Hubballi-Dharwad and Belgaum will be onboarded on the Flipkart platform as sellers.

7. Adani Power has received approval for setting up of a 1,320 MW thermal power plant in which state ________Madhya Pradesh.
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➢ Adani Power got an approval from the Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission for setting up of a 1,320 MW thermal power plant in Madhya Pradesh.
➢ The commission has also approved sale of entire electricity from the plant to the state through Adani Power arm Pench Thermal Energy.

8. Which state government has launched ‘Rozgar Setu Yojana’ for skilled migrant workers who returned to the state _________ Madhya Pradesh.
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➢ The government of Madhya Pradesh launched a portal ‘MP Rojgar Setu Portal’ for the unemployed migrants to register and find jobs in the field related to their skills.

9. Which state government has launched “Mukhyamantri Swarozgar Yojana” to retain the migrants who have returned to the state during the lockdown ________Uttarakhand.
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➢ The scheme aims at providing self-employment opportunities to youth and a boost to reverse migration, specifically entrepreneurs returning to Uttarakhand.
➢ The scheme will offer credit facility through nationalised banks, scheduled commercial banks and cooperative banks.

10. Which state government announced to develop 800 km herbal roads along the state and national highways through the state ________Uttar Pradesh.
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➢ These herbal roads will have herbal and medicinal trees on the both sides of the road.
➢ The trees on the herbal roads include Peepal, Neem, Sehjan along with herbal trees like Brahmi, Ashvagandha and Jatrofa.

Important News – World

1. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) partnered with which Indian telecom company to support the school children in the coronavirus affected areas of Africa ________Airtel Africa.
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➢ Under this partnership, UNICEF and Airtel Africa will use mobile technology to benefit an estimated 133 million school age children currently affected by school closures in 13 countries across sub-Saharan Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic.
➢ Airtel Africa will zero-rate select websites hosting educational content, which will provide children with remote access to digital content at no cost.

2. Alfanar group of which country is to sell 300MW wind power projects in India which is likely to be among the largest wind energy deals in India ________ Saudi Arabia.
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➢ Riyadh-based Alfanar Group has a clean energy portfolio of 1.4 gigawatts (GW) in West Asia, Africa, Europe and Asia. In India, Alfanar has a wind project portfolio of around 600MW that it won in auctions conducted by staterun Solar Energy Corp. of India (SECI).
➢ India is running the world’s largest clean energy programme, with an aim of having 175 gigawatts (GW) of clean energy capacity by 2022

3. India handsover war game centre named as “INDIA” to which country _______Uganda.
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➢ The state of the art military training facility was handover by the Indian Association Uganda (IAU), in association with the Indian Military Advisory and Training Team to the UPDF.
➢ The Ugandans of Indian origin made voluntary contributions for the establishment of war game centre.

4. NASA has renamed its next-generation space telescope “Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST)”, which is set to launch in 2025 in honour of _________ Nancy Grace Roman.
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➢ Nancy Grace Roman is the US space agency’s first chief astronomer, who paved the way for space telescopes focused on the broader universe.
➢ She left behind a tremendous legacy in the scientific community when she died in 2018.

5. Which social media platform has launched a group calling application named as “CatchUp” ______Facebook.
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➢ The app allows its users to engage in group calling with up to 8 members.
➢ However, this is not the first platform from Facebook that gives users this facility including WhatsApp, Messenger Rooms, etc

Honor & Awards

1. Who becomes the highest paid female athlete in the world _______ Naomi Osaka.
Note:

➢ Osaka has been ranked No.1 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).
➢ The complete Forbes list, due to be released next week.
➢ She toppled American great Serena Williams.

2. Name the Indian American inventor who 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 _______ Rajiv Joshi.
Note:

➢ He was awarded in recognition of his pioneering work in advancing the electronic industry and improving artificial intelligence capabilities.
➢ Dr Joshi, who is a master inventor with more than 250 patented inventions in the US, works at the IBM Thomson Watson Research Center in New York.

3. Who has been selected for the prestigious United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award (2019) along with Brazilian Naval Officer Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo ________ Suman Gawani.
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➢ Suman Gawani becomes the 1st Indian peacekeeper to win the award.
➢ The award will be given during an online ceremony presided over by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on May 29, the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.

4. Who has been awarded Christophe Merieux Prize 2020 for finding a topical gel could stop many women catching the HIV __________ Quarraisha Abdool Karim.
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➢ Christophe Merieux Prize is one of France’s top science prizes. She won the half a million-euro ($551,000) Prize for her work for the Durban-based Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), which she heads.

Sports News

1. Tennis player Jamie Hampton announced her retirement from the professional tennis belong to which country ________ UAS.
Note:

➢ American tennis player Jamie Hampton has proclaimed that she is taking retirement from the professional tennis. Former World Top 25 player played her last official match 6 yrs ago when she was ranked 24th in the world.
➢ The right hander player then suffered numerous injuries and was unable to play against Venus Williams in the semi finals of ASB Classic in Auckland in 2014.

2. The World Health Organization (WHO) has partnered with which world sport body to work together to promote health through sport and physical activity _______ International Olympic Committee (IOC).
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➢ The collaboration is to work with host countries to ensure Health of athletes, supporters and workers at the games.
➢ The two institutions will also work to ensure that the games leave a healthy legacy in host countries through enhanced awareness of the value of sport.

3. Name the Sri Lankan cricketer who has been suspended from all forms of cricket with immediate effect for alleged possession of heroin _______ Shehan Madushanka.
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➢ The decision to suspend will stand until the board conducts a full inquiry of the matter.
➢ Madushanka took a hat-trick against Bangladesh on his one-day international debut in January 2018.

4. Name the Indian sprinter who has been banned for four years by the World Athletics’ anti-doping body for testing positive for a banned substance ________ Kiranjeet Kaur.
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➢ She will be stripped of the gold medal she won at the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K. Her ban period begins from December 15 (2019), the date of in-competition sample collection. She was provisionally suspended by World Athletics on February 26.

5. Famous footballer Aritz Aduriz has announced his retirement citing medical reasons, held from which country _____Spain.
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➢ He has won 13 caps for Spain and also become the Spain’s oldest goalscorer in 2016, scoring at the age of 35 years and 275 days.

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