Monday, May 18, 2020


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Current Affairs section is updated daily with the latest Current Affairs and Current Events of MAY 2020 for UPSC, IAS/PCS, PSI, KAS, PC AND MORE.



Current Affairs MAY  2020 section is updated daily with the latest Current Affairs and Current Events of March 2020 for UPSC, IAS/PCS, PSI, KAS, PC AND MORE.


1.World Hypertension Day: 17 May

  • World Hypertension Day is observed on May 17 every year to help raise awareness about high blood pressure, how it can be prevented and managed.
  • The main aim of celebrating the day is to promote public awareness of increasing high blood pressure (BP) and to encourage citizens of all countries to prevent and control this silent killer
  • The day was celebrated for the 1st time in May 2005.
  • World Hypertension Day (WHD) is an initiative of the World Hypertension League (WHL), an affiliated section of the International Society of Hypertension.
  • 2020 theme : ‘Measure Your Blood Pressure, Control It, Live Longer’.

2.World AIDS Vaccine Day: 18 May

  • World AIDS Vaccine Day or HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, is observed on May 18 across the world.
  • It is primarily celebrated to emphasise upon the need for a vaccine for Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and recognises the efforts of health professionals and researchers who have been working towards this goal.
  • The first World AIDS Vaccine Day was observed on May 18, 1998.
  • Exactly one year ago, on May 18, 1997, the then United States president Bill Clinton had asserted upon the importance of creating a vaccine for the deadly disease.

3.International Museum Day: 18 May

  • International Museum Day 2020 is celebrated every year on 18 May.
  • Every year, all the museums across the globe are invited to participate in the International museum day to promote the role of museums.
  • The IMD provides the opportunity for museum professionals to meet the public and alert them as to the challenges that museums face.
  • International Museum Day serves as a platform to raise public awareness on the role museums play in the development of society today, on an international level.
  • The theme for International Museum Day 2020 is Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion.

4.Israel’s parliament swears in new unity government with PM Netanyahu at helm

  • Israel's parliament swore in a new unity government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his former rival Benny Gantz, ending the longest political crisis in the nation's history.
  • fter more than 500 days without a stable government and three inconclusive elections, lawmakers in the 120-seat parliament approved a three-year coalition, with 73 voting for and 46 against.
  • The new government was set to confront serious crises in its first weeks, including the economic devastation wrought by the coronavirus and a looming battle over Israel’s possible annexation of large parts of the occupied West Bank.
  • Under the coalition deal, Netanyahu will serve as prime minister for the coming 18 months.

5. ‘PM eVidya’ Programme for digital education in India

  • In order to promote digital education in the country and make e-learning feasible for students and teachers, Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman launched the PM eVidya programme.
  • With this scheme, students and teachers will get multimode access to digital education.
  • The government will earmark one TV channel for each grade as part of the PM eVidya program.
  • The top 100 universities in India will be permitted to “automatically” start online courses by May 30.

6.Iran’s OPEC governor Hossein Kazempour Ardebili passes away

  • Iran’s OPEC governor Hossein Kazempour Ardebili died after suffering a brain hemorrhage and spending nearly two weeks in a coma.
  • Kazempour, 68, had served as Iran’s governor to OPEC since 2013 and was seen as a key aide to Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh.
  • Kazempour Ardebili was a key figure in Iran’s oil industry and served as the country’s deputy foreign minister and deputy oil minister in the 1980s.
  • He was ambassador to Japan in the early 1990s, while at the same time serving as OPEC governor.

7.The book titled “Wuhan Diary: Dispatches from a Quarantined City” authored by Fang Fang

  • An eyewitness account of events as they unfolded in Wuhan during the COVID-19 outbreak is now available as an ebook in India, published by HarperCollins.
  • The book, Wuhan Diary: Dispatches from a Quarantined City, is a compilation of online diary entries and social media posts by Chinese literary writer Fang Fang.
  • Documenting 60 days of lockdown during the COVID-19 epidemic, the book captures the challenges of daily life and the changing moods and emotions of being quarantined without reliable information.
  • On January 25, after the central government imposed a lockdown in Wuhan, Fang Fang began publishing an online diary.
  • Translated by Michael Berry, the book documents the author’s voice against social injustice, abuse of power that impeded the response to the epidemic.


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