Current Affairs – May, 2020

Shekatkar Committee: Abolition of 9,304 Military Engineering Services

Union Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh recently approved the abolition of 9,304 posts in the military engineering services. The posts were abolished based on the recommendation of Shekatar Committee. Highlights The late Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in 2016 appointed a 11-member committee. It was named the Shekatar Committee. Of all the recommendations made by the Read More…

UN released commemorative stamp on 40th anniversary of Small Pox Eradication

On May 9, 2020, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Postal Agency released a commemorative stamp to mark 40th anniversary of eradication of small pox. Highlights The World Health Organization small pox eradication campaign was initiated in 1967. In 1980, the organization officially declared that the world is free from small pox. Small Read More…

NMITLI Programme of CSIR to conduct “hmAbs” trial to neutrialize COVID-19

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) under its New Millennium Indian Technology Leadership Initiative (NMITLI) is to develop human monoclonal antibodies (hmAbs). These antibodies will neutralise COVID-19 virus in patients. Highlights The CSIR on one side is fighting hard against COVID-19 through its own researches. On the other side, it is also working Read More…

IEA Report: Global Energy Review, 2020

The International Energy Agency recently released Global Energy Review in 2020. The report highlights the global energy demand in 2020 and carbon dioxide emissions. Highlights The report was prepared by collecting data from 30 countries. This includes India and China. Key Findings of the report According to the report, 15% of the daily electricity demand Read More…

May 9: Birth Anniversary of Maharana Pratap Singh I

Maharana Pratap Singh popularly known as “Maharana” was the 13th king of Mewar (the present Rajasthan). He was born on May 9, 1540. Rana and the Mughals The “Siege of Chittorgarh” led to the loss of fertile eastern belt to the Mughals in 1568. Akbar wanted to establish a secure route to Gujarat through Mewar. Read More…