1. Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Chief Minister of Assam, has appointed ‘Guardian Ministers.’
- In all 34 districts of Assam, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has nominated “Guardian Ministers” to oversee the execution of government policy choices, administrative reforms, and other social programs.
- For each of Assam’s 34 districts, 13 “Guardian Ministers” have been chosen to ensure that these districts grow in a balanced, timely, and sustainable manner.
- All centrally supported schemes, as well as the state’s own priority programs, shall be implemented by the ministers designated to them.
2. Rajnath Singh announces the inauguration of the SeHAT OPD portal.
- Through video conferencing, Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh launched the ‘Services e-Health Assistance & Tele-consultation (SeHAT) OPD portal.
- The portal’s major goal is to provide telemedicine services to active-duty military troops, veterans, and their families. To take advantage of the telemedicine services, go to https://sehatopd.in/.
- The final version of the SeHAT OPD site includes additional safety features. The trial version was launched in August 2020, and the beta version has already completed over 6,500 medical consultations.
3. Kerala’s Smart Kitchen Initiative
- Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala’s Chief Minister, has announced the formation of a secretary-level committee to develop rules and suggestions for the state’s implementation of the “Smart Kitchen Scheme” in order to meet the Left Democratic Front’s commitments (LDF).
- Its goal is to account for and lessen women’s domestic labor workload. By July 10, 2021, the Smart Kitchen Scheme will be released. State women would be offered a loan to renovate their kitchens under the plan.
4. In August, India will launch a mobile technology platform for UN forces.
- India has told the UN’s top organ that plans are afoot to establish a mobile tech platform in August this year that will deliver terrain-related information to the Blue Helmets in the line of duty, highlighting the role of technology in the protection of UN soldiers.
- The introduction of proper technology can help to improve the safety and security of peacekeepers.
5. The World Health Organization and the Swiss government will open a facility for sharing pathogen samples.
- The WHO BioHub Facility was approved through a Memorandum of Understanding between the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Swiss Confederation and will be the first facility to transmit viral and disease samples between laboratories globally.
- The BioHub laboratory will store and analyze infections from all across the world, as well as improve information sharing across labs around the world.
- The facility will be located in Spiez, Switzerland, within the Swiss Defense Ministry’s biological safety laboratory.
Banking & Finance
6. PNB Housing Finance and Punjab National Bank have signed a new brand agreement.
- The existing brand agreement, signed on December 7, 2009, will govern the use of the PNB trademark until PNB owns 30% or more of the Company.
- The new Agreement will replace the present Agreement once PNB’s shareholding falls below 30%.
7. PayNearby has partnered with Centrum Microcredit to help retailers obtain unsecured business loans.
- PayNearby, India’s largest branchless banking and digital payments network, has partnered with Centrum Microcredit Limited, the Centrum Group’s microfinance
- Loan requirements will be sourced through PayNearby’s extensive network of stores and disbursed by Centrum Microcredit Limited as part of the partnership.
8. ICICI Pockets is the first e-wallet to connect to the UPI network.
- ICICI Bank has announced the launch of a one-of-a-kind feature that allows users to link their UPI (Unified Payments Interface) IDs to their digital wallet ‘Pockets,’ a break from the conventional practice of linking such IDs to a savings bank account.
- New users, including those who are not ICICI Bank customers, can now acquire a UPI ID that is automatically linked to their ‘Pockets.’ Customers who already have a UPI ID will receive a new one when they use the ‘Pockets’ app.
Business & Economy
9. FlexiLoans has partnered with Vivriti Capital to provide Rs 300 crore in loans to MSMEs.
- FlexiLoans, a fintech firm, has teamed up with Vivriti Capital to provide working capital loans worth more than Rs 300 crore to micro, small, and medium businesses (MSMEs).
- Businesses will be able to apply for these loans online and receive in-principle approval without any manual involvement within 24-48 hours. According to FlexiLoans, the alliance aims to reach out to over 10,000 MSMEs in the next 12-18 months.
10. The Van Dhan Yojana will be implemented in collaboration between TRIFED and the NITI AAYOG.
- The Ministry of Tribal Affairs is partnering with TRIFED (Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India) to implement the Van Dhan Vikas Kendra (VDVK) program under the Van Dhan Yojna in 39 tribal aspirational districts chosen by NITI Aayog.
- Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Telangana, and Tripura are among the districts.
11. An expert committee on Investment Funds has been formed by the IFSCA.
- An expert committee on Investment Funds has been established by the International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA).
- Nilesh Shah, the Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Co. Ltd., is the Chairman of the Committee. It would analyze global best practices holistically and offer suggestions to IFSCA on the fund industry’s path in the International Financial Service Centres (IFSCs).
12. Jagjit Pavadia has been chosen as president of the INCB, which is situated in Vienna.
- The International Narcotics Control Board has elected Jagjit Pavadia, a former Indian Narcotics Commissioner and retired officer of the Indian Revenue Service (Customs), as its president (INCB).
- She is only the second woman to lead the Vienna-based organization, and she is the first Indian to do so.
13. Samoa’s first female Prime Minister takes the oath of office.
- The pacific island’s first female prime minister was sworn in in an unusual ceremony outside a sealed Parliament, underscoring the country’s protracted constitutional dilemma.
- Because the doors of Parliament were sealed to prevent MPs from entering, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, 64, had to be sworn in alongside her FAST Party within a homemade tent.
- While Fiame won a slender majority in the country’s April 9 election, outgoing Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi of the HRP Party has refused to acknowledge the results and resign from the job he has held for the past 22 years.
14. Himanta Biswa Sarma, the president of BAI, was elected to the BWF Council.
- Himanta Biswa Sarma, the president of the Badminton Association of India (BAI), was chosen to the BWF council for the period 2021-25.
- Sarma, who is also the Vice President of Badminton Asia, received 236 votes in the virtual AGM and Council election of the Badminton World Federation, when 20 council members were chosen from a field of 31 candidates (BWF).
15. Prof. CNR Rao has been awarded the Eni Award 2020 for his work on renewable energy.
- Bharat Ratna is the highest civilian award in India. Professor C.N.R. Rao has been honored with the International Eni Award 2020 for his work on renewable energy and energy storage. The prize is also known as the Energy Frontier award. This award is known as the Nobel Prize for Energy Research.
- His work on metal oxides, carbon nanotubes, and other materials and two-dimensional systems earned him the Energy Frontiers prize.
- Professor Rao has been researching hydrogen energy as a sole source of energy for the sake of humanity.
16. Robert Lewandowski has been named Europe’s Golden Shoe winner.
- Robert Lewandowski has won the European Golden Boot for the first time in his career. In 29 Bundesliga matches, the Bayern Munich striker scored an amazing 41 goals, making him Europe’s best scorer.
- Lewandowski had an outstanding season, breaking Gerd Muller’s 49-year single-season scoring record en route to winning the European Golden Boot.
17. Amartya Sen, a Nobel Laureate, was honoured with Spain’s highest honour.
- Amartya Kumar Sen, an Indian economist, and Nobel Laureate have been awarded the ‘Princess of Asturias Award’ in the social sciences category by Spain in 2021.
- The Princess of Asturias Awards is an annual prize given out by the Princess of Asturias Foundation in Spain to individuals, entities, or organizations from all over the world who have made significant contributions to science, the humanities, or public policy.
- The reward includes a 50,000 Euro cash prize, a Joan Miro sculpture reflecting and symbolizing the honor, as well as a diploma and insignia.
Science & Technology
18. Manipur’s Chief Minister has launched the MHIM mobile app for patients in home isolation.
- For home isolation patients, Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh inaugurated the Manipur Home Isolation Management (MHIM) Mobile Application. At midnight, the mobile app may be downloaded from mhim.in, and it will soon be available on Google Play Store.
- The Mobile App was created with the goal of providing real-time health data and information to COVID-19 patients in home isolation at the monitoring level.
19. IIT Ropar develops the ‘FakeBuster’ detector to detect imposters during a virtual conference.
- The Indian Institute of Technology in Ropar, Punjab, has created a unique detector called “FakeBuster” in collaboration with Australia’s Monash University to detect imposters attending a virtual conference without anyone’s awareness.
- The detector may also detect faces that have been modified on social media in order to slander or mock someone.
20. Only Indian referee Ashok Kumar officiated in wrestling at the Tokyo Olympics.
- Ashok Kumar will be the lone referee from India to officiate at the Tokyo Olympic Games’ wrestling competitions.
- The United World Wrestling Federation (UWWF) announced a list of officials (UWW).
- Ashok, who will be officiating in his second Olympics in a row. He’s also a UWW referees’ educator.
21. Aashritha V Olety is the first woman to work as a flight test engineer in India.
- As a flight test engineer, Squadron Leader Aashritha V Olety will be responsible for testing aircraft and airborne systems before they are inducted into the armed services. She is the first and only woman in the IAF to be certified for the position.
- Aashritha V Olety, a Karnataka native, has completed the 43rd Flight Test Course.
21. In November, India will reintroduce cheetahs from Africa.
- The cheetah, the world’s fastest land animal, was declared extinct in India in 1952 and is set to be reintroduced in November at the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh, according to state Forest Minister Vijay Shah.
- The last spotted cheetah died in Chhattisgarh in 1947, and the species was declared extinct in 1952. The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) prepared a cheetah reintroduction project a few years ago.
Books & Authors
22. Aditya Gupta’s book “7 Lessons from Everest: Expedition Learnings for Life and Business”
- From the profits of the sale of his recently launched book ‘7 Lessons from Everest – Expedition Learnings from Life and Business,’ a Delhi-based entrepreneur and climber hope to raise Rs 1 crore for COVID-19 assistance.
- Aditya Gupta wrote the coffee-table book, which has 350 gorgeous photos scattered across 250 pages. It recounts the author’s journey to the summit of Mt Everest at the age of 50 in 2019, emphasizing the need for “preparation, passion, perseverance, mental toughness, and tenacity.”
- The book’s earnings will be donated to the non-profit Child Rights and You (CRY).
23. Alka Raghuvanshi, an author and art curator, has died.
- Alka Raghuvanshi, an author and art curator, died. She was the first art curator in India, having studied at Goldsmiths College in London and the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford.
- She has curated and designed more than 25 major shows, many of which have toured across the country and around the world.
24. Babagouda Patil, a former Union Minister, has died.
- Farmers’ leader and former union minister Babagouda Rudragouda Patil died in Belagavi. He was 80 years old.
- In 1998, he ran for the Belagavi Lok Sabha seat as a BJP candidate and served in Atal Behari Vajpayee’s cabinet as the rural development minister.
- Mr. Patil was a driving force behind the farmers’ opposition to the new farm rules. He urged farmers to fight the BJP, which had approved anti-farmer legislation.
23. World Hunger Day: 28th May
- Every year on the 28th of May, the world commemorates World Hunger Day. The goal of this day is to raise awareness of the more than 820 million people in the globe who are chronically hungry.
- Since 2011, it has been noticed to not only raise awareness about the problem of chronic hunger but also to solve hunger and poverty through long-term initiatives.
- The Hunger Project’s World Hunger Day program began in 2011 and is now in its fifth year. This is the 11th annual World Hunger Day, which focuses on the issue of hunger as a whole.
24. International Day of Action for Women’s Health: 28 May
- Since 1987, the International Day of Action for Women’s Health (International Women’s Health Day) has been observed on May 28 every year to raise awareness about issues affecting women’s health and well-being.
- The day was kicked off by the Latin American and Caribbean Women’s Health Network (LACWHN) and the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR).
- Women, girls, advocates, and supporters have continued to take action and stand up for sexual and reproductive rights as an indivisible and inalienable element of our human rights, year after year.
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