Daily Current Affairs – 12th May 2020

1) Para-athlete Deepa Malik announces retirement, elected PCI President

Indian female para-athlete Deepa Malik publicly announced her retirement from active sports on 11 May. He made this decision before becoming the chairman of the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI). According to the National Sports Code, an active athlete cannot officially hold office in any federation.

Elected Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) President

49-year-old Deepa was elected the president of PCI in the elections held in February on the direction of the Delhi High Court. The Sports Ministry has not recognized PCI due to the lockdown.

Deepa, one of the country’s most respected sportspersons, was diagnosed with a spinal tumor in 1999, after which she became paralyzed.

Deepa won a silver medal in the F53 event of the Shot Put in the Rio Paralympic Games 2016. She is the first Indian player to win a medal at the Paralympic Games.

He won several international medals, including a silver medal in the F52-53 event of the 2011 IPC World Athletics Championship.

Deepa won four medals at the Asia Para Games including bronze in the F52-53 event of the Javelin Event in 2010, silver in the F52-53 event of the javelin throw in 2014 and two bronze medals in 2018.

Deepa was awarded the ‘Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna’, the country’s highest sporting honor in 2019. In 2017, he was honored with the Padma Shri and in 2012 the Arjuna Award.

2) May 12: International Nurses Day, Florence Nightingale’s birthday

International Nurses Day is celebrated every year on 12 May worldwide. This day is dedicated to the contribution of nurses in the society. On this day in 1820, Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, was born. Her birthday is celebrated as International Nurses Day.

Theme of International Nurses Day 2020

This year i.e. the main theme of International Nurses Day of 2020 – ‘Nursing the world to health’. The World Health Organization (WHO) has professed the year 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

History of international nurse’s day

International Nurses Day was first celebrated in 1965 by the International Council of Nurses (ICN). From January 1974, it started being celebrated on 12 May every year.

Florence Nightingale’s Birthday

International Nurses Day is celebrated on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Florence Nightingale was born on 12 May 1820 in Florence, Italy.

Nightingale used to take lanterns in her hand when she went to see patients at night. Because of this, soldiers started calling her as ‘Lady with Lamp’.

3) Internet shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir

Rejecting the appeal for reinstatement of 4G Internet services in the newly formed J&K Union Territory, the Supreme Court said that it was necessary to address the ‘special circumstances’ of the region-specific balance between ‘national security concerns’ and ‘human rights’ Be installed.

The Supreme Court underlined that ‘foreign forces are trying their best to infiltrate borders and destabilize the integrity of the nation, which necessitates a balance between human rights and national security’.

With this, the Supreme Court has also ordered the Central Government to set up a special committee to investigate all the issues in this regard.

It is noteworthy that several institutes of Jammu and Kashmir had filed a petition in the court in view of the problems facing the functioning of the state in the absence of 4G internet.

According to a petitioner ‘Foundation of Media Professionals’, it is becoming relatively difficult for doctors, health workers and media workers to function properly in the absence of 4G internet speed.

According to the petitioner, when the petition was filed in this regard, there were only 33 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in the state, but now COVID-19 infection cases have crossed 700.

According to the Foundation of Media Professionals, high speed internet is required to get the latest updates related to COVID-19 and to provide online counseling to patients, but this is not possible due to lack of 4G internet.

4) Bad Bank’s recommendation by the Indian Banks’ Association.

Recently the Indian Banks’ Association- IBA has recommended the Ministry of Finance to create a ‘Bad Bank’ based on the recommendations of a ‘strong panel’.

After the creation of ‘Bad Bank’, banks are expected to transfer more than Rs 60,000 crore ‘Bad Loan’ to Asset Reconstruction Company.

The government can invest up to 50% in Bad Bank with a contribution of about Rs 9,000-10,000 crore.

‘Bad bank’ is an economic concept under which the liabilities are transferred to a new bank by the loss-making banks in times of economic crisis.

When the non-performing assets of a bank exceed the limit, a bank is formed on the assurance of the state that holds the liabilities of the main bank for a certain period of time. In July 2018, suggestions were given for the solution of stressed assets under the chairmanship of Sunil Mehta. Sunil Mehta who is also currently the chairman of Project Sashakt. Hence, the ‘Sunil Mehta’ committee is also known as the ‘Sashakt Panel’. The board planned a ‘five-pronged approach’ to resolution stressed assets.

The panel recommended that large bad loans be resolved under the ARC.

5) Kovid Kavach Elisa

The Indian Council of Medical Research- ICMR and the National Institute of Virology (NIV) jointly teamed ‘COVID KAVACH ELISA’ to expedite the testing of COVID-19. Developed and certified.

It is noteworthy that ‘Kovid Kavach ELISA’ will detect antibodies to COVID-19 present in human body.

Up to 90 samples can be tested simultaneously in a continuous test of two and a half hours with ‘COVID KAVACH ELISA’. Also, ELISA testing is easily possible at the district level.

Two cities of Mumbai were identified for testing the ‘Kovid Kavach ELISA’. High sensitivity and specificity have been found in ‘Kovid Kavach ELISA’ during this test.

The indigenous ‘Kovid Kavach ELISA’ test kit developed by Pune’s National Institute of Virology to detect antibodies to COVID-19 may play an important role in understanding the ratio of infection.

‘Covid armor ELISA’ requires minimal biosafety compared to testing in real-time ‘Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction- RT-PCR’.

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