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18th May Current Affairs – Daily GK Updates
1. Lockdown 4.0: States to Decide on Red, Orange, Green Zones
– The nationwide lockdown has been extended yet again till May 31, 2020. The lockdown 4.0 will include certain relaxations and some restrictions will continue as before, especially in the containment zones.
– The guidelines for the same were released by the Union Home Ministry on May 17, 2020. The guidelines include measures to be taken by the various ministries and departments of the Indian Government and the state/UT authorities for the containment of coronavirus in the country.
– The inter-state & intra-state movement of passenger vehicles and buses will allowed depending on the decision of the states and UTs.
2. FDI limit in defence sector raised to 74%
– In a major step towards opening the Indian defence manufacturing sector, the government permitted foreign companies to have a majority stake in Indian defence companies through the automatic route.
– It also announced that the government-owned Ordnance Factory Board would be corporatized.
– Defence FDI cap through the automatic route is being raised from 49 per cent to 74 percent subject to security clearances.
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Defence Minister of India: Rajnath Singh
3. Government allocates Rs 40,000 crore more for MGNREGS
– The government announced an additional Rs 40,000 crore allocation for the rural employment guarantee scheme to help provide jobs to migrant workers returning home.
– Announcing the fifth and final tranche of the economic stimulus package, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the allocation for MGNREGS is being increased by Rs 40,000 crore over and above the Rs 61,000 cr budgeted earlier.
– Also, borrowing limit of states has been raised from 3 percent of Gross State Domestic Product to 5 percent in 2020-21.
4. Cyclone Amphan to intensify into severe cyclonic storm
– The India Meteorological Department has warned that the cyclonic storm Amphan is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours.
– Weathermen have warned of heavy rain in Odisha and West Bengal under its impact.
– The coastal districts of Gangetic West Bengal, including North and South 24 Parganas, Kolkata, East and West Midnapore, Howrah and Hooghly will experience heavy rain.
– The fishermen in Odisha have been asked not to venture into the deep sea in view of the impending cyclone.
5. National Dengue Day: 16 May
– India observes Nation Dengue Day on May 16 as suggested by the Union Health Ministry to create awareness about the disease. Measures to prevent and preparing to control the spread of dengue are among a few things that are discussed and shared on this day.
– Dengue fever starts with sudden onset of fever, followed by severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, and rash. Though there are no specific antiviral medicines for dengue, early clinical diagnosis by physician puts the fatality rate from this disease below 1%.
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Dengue is spread by several species of female mosquitoes of the Aedes type.
5. World Telecommunication and Information Society Day: 17 May
– World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is observed on 17th May to raise awareness about the use of technology and the importance it plays in the current scenario. The world is connected despite being geographically distant because today we can connect to each other at any time using the technology.
– The theme for World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2020 is “Connect 2030: ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.
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May 17 marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union.
6. Landing Craft Utility Ship ‘INLCU L57’ commissioned into Indian Navy
– Landing Craft Utility Ship ‘INLCU L57’ commissioned into Indian Navy in Port Blair. The indigenously designed ship has been built by Garden Reach Shipbuilder and Engineers, GRSE, Kolkata.
– This is the seventh Landing Craft Utility (LCU) MK-IV class to be inducted into Indian Navy. It is an amphibious vessel with a designated primary role of transporting and deploying main battle tanks like Arjun, T72 etc. armoured vehicles, troops and equipment from ship to shore.
– The ship can also be deployed for multirole activities like search and rescue, disaster relief operation, supply and replenishment and evacuation from distant islands. The ship is fitted with state-of-art equipment and an advanced system.