Top Headlines : 07 May 2020

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International
– More than five million people were internally displaced in India due to natural disasters, conflict and violence in 2019: UNICEF said in its ‘Lost at Home’ report

Award
– J&K based photographers Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan and Channi Anand awarded Pulitzer Prize for feature photography
– Russian President Vladimir Putin awards North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a commemorative war medal marking the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany
– Professor Saurabh Lodha of IIT Bombay receives Young Career Award in Nano Science & Technology 2020 instituted by the Department of Science and Technology (DST)
– Saurabh Lodha gets Young Career Award in Nano Sci. & Tech. 2020
– Vladimir Putin honoured World War II medal to Kim Jong-un
– The Marcus Wallenberg Prize 2020 announced

India
– Indian Navy launches Operation “Samudra Setu” (“Sea Bridge”) to repatriate Indian citizens from overseas
– Govt announces to operate 64 flights to repatriate stranded Indians abroad from May 7 to 13
– DGCA launches GARUD (Government Authorisation for Relief Using Drones) portal to fast-track approval to COVID-19 related drone operations
– Govt suspends all visas, bars travel by OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) card-holders till ban on air services
– NITI Aayog, Piramal Foundation launch ‘Surakshit Dada-Dadi & Nana-Nani Abhiyan’ campaign focussed on ensuring wellbeing of senior citizens
– “Exit App” launched by West Bengal government
– Bamboo Conclave held via Video Conferencing
– Indian Navy launches Operation “Samudra Setu”
– CSIR-IGIB partners with TATA Sons for licensing KNOWHOW for FELUDA
– DRDO develops Ultra Violet Disinfection Tower
– National Gallery of Modern Art presents “NGMA KE SANGRAH SE”

ECONOMY & CORPORATE
– Country’s unemployment rate rose to 27.11% for the week ended May 3 from below 7% before the start of the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March: Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE)

State
– Jharkhand govt launches 3 schemes to generate 25 crore man-days for MGNREGA to help returnee migrant workers
– Himachal Pradesh govt to launch ‘Nigah’ to sensitise family members of migrant returnees
– Chandigarh launches App “CHDCOVID” to provide COVID-19 information

Sports
– Badminton World Championships 2020 postponed to November 2021

Appointment and Resignations
– Lt Gen Raj Shukla assumes charge of ARTRAC
– Ashok Michael Pinto nominates as US representative to IBRD
– Krishnan Ramachandran becomes new MD & CEO of Max Bupa

Honorable Death
– Former dreaded dacoit Mohar Singh dies aged 92 in Bhind district of MP
– Former Union Minister Dalit Ezhilmalai passes away

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