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GKToday : 25th May Current Affairs – Daily GK Updates
1. Kangra tea can boost immunity against COVID-19, claims HP scientists
– After the well known herb Ashwgandha, now, Kangra tea has been marked as a potential coronavirus blocker.
Chemicals in Kangra tea could be effective in boosting immunity as they can block coronavirus activity better than anti-HIV drugs, claimed scientists at the Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT) in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh.
– According to experts, Ashwagandha, which is also popular as an aphrodisiac, has a natural compound called withanone (Wi-N), with the potential to block Covid-19’s enzyme responsible for replication.
– In addition, herbal green and black teas blended with AYUSH-recommended herbs were also launched, which the IHBT scientists claim can be useful for boosting immunity against COVID-19.
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HIMACHAL PRADESH – Also known as Fruit Bowl of India and Dev- Bhumi.
Capitals: Shimla (Summer), Dharamshala (Winter)
Chief minister: Jai Ram Thakur; Governor: Bandaru Dattatreya
2. ICC issues comprehensive guidelines for resumption of cricket
– ICC issues comprehensive guidelines for resumption of cricketThe International Cricket Council (ICC) has issued a set of comprehensive guidelines for the resumption of cricket across the world.
– The ICC has recommended the appointment of Chief Medical Officer or Biosafety Official and a 14-day pre-match isolation in training camps in its guidelines for the resumption of international cricket post-COVID-19 lockdown.
– The guidelines include a list of various dos and don’ts for cricket at the international, domestic and community level, while at the same time ensuring maintenance of the highest safety protocols.
– Several International teams are set to return to play. England on May 21, 2020 became the first major nation to restart training with 18 bowlers returning to individual training.
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ICC – International Cricket Council – was founded as the Imperial Cricket Conference in 1909 and took up its current name in 1989.Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates; CEO: Manu Sawhney.
3. Ladakh Police comes into existence
– In a historic development after the formation of Union Territory of Ladakh, Police in Leh and Kargil districts, Erstwhile known as J&K police, will be henceforth called LADAKH POLICE..
– The newly formed Ladakh Police after separating from Jammu and Kashmir will have its new symbols, insignia, formation sign and flag with a separate identity.
– The Logo has Ashoka with Satyameva Jayate, LP in symmetric design and Juniper leaves covering the Ashoka and LP.
– The red and blue colored Ladakh police flag with ‘Khidmat aur Himmat’ reads service and courage is ready to fly high.
– Last year, on October 31, Jammu and Kashmir was officially bifurcated into the two union territories, marking the beginning of the functioning of the two UTs at a bureaucratic level.
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Ladakh – Capitals: Leh, Kargil; Lieutenant Governor: Radha Krishna Mathur
4. Canara Bank announces credit support to borrowers affected by COVID-19
– Canara Bank announces credit support to borrowers affected by COVID-19Canara Bank, one of the largest public sector banks owned by the Indian government, has announced credit support for all its borrowers, who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
– The Canara Credit Support will be extended as a quick and hassle-free loan to all its borrowers to help them overcome temporary liquidity mismatches such as payment of statutory dues, salary, electricity bills, rent and wages.
– The bank is using different strategies such as emails, call centres, personal calls and SMS to reach out to all the eligible borrowers to explain the facility in order to sanction the loan.
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CANARA BANK – Founded: 1 July 1906; Headquarters: Bengaluru CEO: Lingam Venkat Prabhakar
5. Indian economist appointed as World Bank’s Practice Manager
– Indian economist Abhas Jha has been appointed by the World Bank to a key position on climate change and disaster management in South Asia region.
– His appointment comes at a time when the highly severe Cyclone Amphan hit Bangladesh and Indian coastal states- West Bengal and Odisha- causing widespread destruction and damage.
– His primary work objective will be to nurture, lead, inspire and deploy a team of highly qualified professionals to deliver the best solutions to these countries.
– Abhas Jha had joined the World Bank in 2001 in the office of the Executive Director for Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Sri Lanka.
– He was previously serving as the Practice Manager for Urban Development and Disaster Risk Management in the East Asia and Pacific region.
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WORLD BANK – Founded: July 1944; Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
President: David Malpass