1. World Telecommunication and information society day observed on 17 May 2020
World Telecommunication Day has been celebrated annually on 17 May since 1969.The theme for the year 2020 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is “Connect 2030: ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” The theme focuses to achieve five SDGs and aim for environmental, economic, and social sustainability. These five plans include growth, inclusiveness, sustainability, innovation, and partnership.
2. World Hypertension Day is Observed on 17 May 2020.
Every year, 17 May is dedicated to World Hypertension Day (WHD). This is an initiative of the World Hypertension League (WHL).The day was first inaugurated in May 2005. The day aims to spread awareness about hypertension disease, early detection, prevention, and control.
3. Cyclone Amphan
Cyclone Amphan (pronounced as UM-PUN) is a tropical cyclone formed over Bay of Bengal that has intensified and likely to turn into a “super cyclonic storm (maximum wind speed is 120 knots)”. It has been named by Thailand. Affected Regions:West Bengal, Odisha and Bangladesh.
4. Coronavirus Vaccine by US Moderna becomes first to show Positive Response: Know Results & Side Effects.
Moderna vaccine mRNA-1273 has proved out to be promising for Coronavirus treatment after the it produced protective antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19).The ‘mRNA-1273’ vaccine has been developed by US-based Biotechnology firm Moderna Inc in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
5. India supplied COVID-19 essential medicines to 123 countries.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the Union Health Minister represented India at 73rd World Health Assembly and told India has supplied COVID-19 related essential medicines to 123 nations under PM Narendra Modi’s leadership.
About World Health Assembly:World Health Assembly is a forum through which its 194 member states govern the World Health Organisation (WHO). At the first assembly held in 1948, the original membership of WHA numbered at 55 states which now currently is 194 states.
6. ‘National Migrant Information System’ launched to track movement of migrants.
The central government launched the ‘National Migration Information System’ to facilitate the smooth movement of migrant workers traveling across the country. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has informed the states to upload data on NMIS to ensure better coordination, contact tracing, and movement monitoring of the migrant workers.
7. Exoplanet Climate ‘decoder’ helps in search for life.
The astronomers from Cornell University have been successful in developing a practical model- an environmental colour ‘decoder’- to get the climate clues of potentially habitable exoplanets in the faraway galaxies. The model was developed after examining a dozen types of a roster of planet surfaces and suns.
8. ICC Cricket Committee recommends ban on use of saliva to shine ball.
The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) cricket committee on May 18 recommended the ban on the use of saliva to shine balls during matches. The recommendation will help in mitigating the risks posed by COVID-19 and will protect the players and match officials.As per the ICC release, the cricket committee heard from the Chair of the ICC Medical Advisory Committee, Dr. Peter Harcourt, who stated the elevated risk of the virus transmission through saliva. The committee then unanimously agreed to recommend that the use of saliva to shine the ball must be prohibited.
9. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has decided to shelve three major acquisition projects worth Rs. 8000 crore as the central government push for indigenisation.
The Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria informed that they will not be going forward with the planned projects and plans have been shelved at the moment for different reasons including Make in India.
Additional hawks (trainer aircraft) were also in the plan but they have been but the purchase has been shelved at the moment.
• There was also a Jaguar re-engining plan which was totally imported but the force has decided to shelve that project as well. The plan was to equip Jaguar fighter aircraft with new engines from Honeywell Corporation from the US.
The deal of 20 additional hawk planes that have been expected to worth around Rs. 2000 crore has been shelved as the project was stuck for over 3-4 years mainly because of the price of the planes.
10. Jack Ma resigns from SoftBank’s board of directors.
Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma will be stepping down from Softbank Group’s board of directors, after serving for nearly 13 years. Ma is expected to resign from the Group’s board on June 25, when the group is scheduled to convene its annual shareholder meeting.The Softbank Group has not given any official reason for Ma’s resignation. The news comes as the group posted record financial loss of USD 13 billion.