Daily Current Affairs – 9th May 2020

Top Hizbul terrorist Riyaz Naiku killed

Hizbul Mujahideen’s top militant commander, Riyaz Naiku, was killed in an encounter with his accomplice at Beigpora village in Avantipora in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.

This is a major setback for local terrorist groups operating in the region.

He became a terrorist in May 2012 and was a close associate of former Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief Burhan Wani.

LG Polymer Gas Leakage

On 7 May 2020, at least eight people were killed and hundreds became ill in a gas leak incident at the LG Polymer plant in Gopalapatnam on the outskirts of Visakhapatnam.

The gas emitted in the leak, when inhaled, can cause nausea and dizziness.

The plant was closed since late March 2020 due to coronavirus lockdown.

Five villages have been affected by the gas leak.

UNICEF launched a report

More than ever, in 2019, an estimated 19 million children were living in displacement in their own countries due to conflict and violence.

The data was revealed in a new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The report, titled ‘Lost at Home’, states that, at the end of 2019, an estimated 46 million people were internally displaced by conflict and violence.

World Athletics Day was celebrated on 7 May

World Athletics Day 2020 is being celebrated on 7 May.

The date is changed because the IAAF sets the date every year, but the month remains in May.

The International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) started World Athletics Day to promote participation in athletics among youth.

It was first celebrated in 1996.

IIT Bombay Professor Award

Saurabh Lodha, Professor of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay, has received the Young Career Award in Nano Science and Technology for the year 2020.

The award was instituted by the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

The award was given to recognize his pioneering contributions to the development of logic transistor technologies beyond silicon and nano-electronic devices.

D. P.S. Negi: Director General of Labor Bureau

Indian Economic Service officer DPS Negi has taken over as Director General of the Bureau of Labor in the Ministry of Labor and Employment.

Apart from this, Negi also took over as Senior Labor and Employment Advisor of the Ministry.

For the first time an IES officer has been given dual charge.

Biography of Captain Vijayakanth Thapar

Captain Vijayant Thapar, who was martyred in the Kargil war in 1999, was only 22 years old.

Now, two decades after his death, his first biography has been released which narrates the untouched aspects of the life of one of India’s bravest soldiers.

The e-book released on 15 May 2020 is titled ‘Vijayant at Kargil: The Life of a Kargil Hero’.

The book Vijayanta’s father, Colonel V.N. Is written by Thapar.

PNB Housing Finance inks pact with IIT Delhi

PNB Housing Finance Limited has signed an MoU with IIT Delhi.

The MoU will support significant research and development of a unique prototype material used in the manufacture of washable and reusable personal protective equipment, surgical gowns and masks.

These will then be supplied to notable government hospitals and contribute to the well-being of health workers.

Niti Aayog started a campaign

The Niti Aayog in collaboration with the Piramal Foundation has launched a campaign ‘Safe Grandparents and Grand Parents’.

It focuses on ensuring the well being of senior citizens during the COVID-19 epidemic.

It aims to create awareness about various aspects of health and lifestyle of senior citizens, including preventive measures and necessary behavioral changes in the wake of COVID-19 epidemic.

UP government increases tax on alcohol, petrol

The Uttar Pradesh government has increased the tax on liquor, petrol and diesel in the state.

The increase in the prices of domestic liquor and foreign liquor is estimated to yield revenue of Rs 2,350 crore.

The price of petrol has been increased by two rupees per liter and diesel by one rupee per liter.

It will raise additional revenue of Rs 2,070 crore.

Tripura Chief Minister launched an online portal

In Tripura, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has launched an online portal scholarships.gov.in under the ‘Chief Minister Yuba Yoga Yoga Scheme’.

Under the scheme, the state government will provide Rs 5,000 to 14,608 final year youth in colleges or universities as a grant for smart phones.

Submission of online application for the scheme has started and will run till June 6.

Mustafa Al Qadimi: Iraq’s new Prime Minister

Iraq’s parliament elected a US-backed former intelligence chief as the new prime minister on 7 May 2020.

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Qadimi is the first de facto prime minister of Iraq, the last prime minister to resign in November 2019 after consecutive anti-government protests.

He has already promised to adopt a new approach to social unrest.

Government launched Arogya Setu IVRS Services

The central government has introduced the Arogya Setu IVRS service for feature phones or landlines.

This service is available nationwide.

It is a toll-free service where citizens are asked to place a missed call on the 1921 number and they will get a call back upon requesting information about their health.

The questions asked are aligned with the Arogya Setu app.

Prohibition on export of alcohol-containing sanitizers

The central government has banned the export of alcohol-containing hand sanitizers to other countries.

The move by the government is to increase the availability of hand sanitizer in the domestic market amid the outbreak of infectious Covid-19 disease.

Sanitizer is an essential component in the fight against deadly infections and is used as a disinfectant to prevent the spread of corona virus.

Dalit Agilmalai passed away

Dalit Ezhimalai, a former Union minister and former organizing secretary of AIADMK, died in May 2020.

Ezhilmalai, one of the founding members of the PMK, was the party’s first general secretary in 1989.

He became Union Minister of State for Health in the Vajpayee government in 1998–99.

He was the last Dalit MP from the state elected from a general constituency.

Adhir Ranjan again appointed as PAC President

Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary has been re-appointed as the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament.

Members of the Public Accounts Committee are elected every year.

The 22-member panel consists of 15 members of the Lok Sabha and seven members of the Rajya Sabha.

Chaudhary was appointed by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla as the chairman of the committee.

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