Top Headlines : 20 May 2020

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International
– Ladakh becomes COVID-19 free after recovery of all active cases
– 73rd session of World Health Assembly held via video conferencing
– ARCI & SCTIMST jointly develops biodegradable metal implants
– International Museum Day celebrated on May 18; theme: ‘Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion’
– World Hypertension Day observed on May 17; theme: “Measure Your Blood Pressure, Control It, Live Longer”

India
– India Post exhibits Special Postal Cover dedicated to Migrant Workers
– CySecK launches programme “H.A.C.K” for Cyber Security Start-ups
– CSIR-CMERI develops disinfection sprayers to combat COVID-19
– 7th LCU Ship ‘INLCU L57’ commissioned into Indian Navy
– Canara Bank starts gold loan business vertical
– Kotak Mahindra Bank becomes 1st bank in India to allow video KYC
– Government implements Lt. General D. B. Shekatkar Committee’s recommendations related to creating border infrastructure
– Ministry of Home Affairs drops order that required all employers to pay wages to workers for the period the units were shut during lockdown

ECONOMY & CORPORATE
– Sensex at Bombay Stock Exchange fell 1,069 points, or 3.44 per cent to 30,029
– Nifty at National Stock Exchange settled 314 points, 3.43 per cent down, at 8,823
– World Health Assembly (WHA) being held virtually in Geneva on May 18-19
– China’s President Xi Jinping announces USD 2 billion fund to help countries fight COVID-19
– WHA is the decision-making body of the Geneva-based World Health Organisation
– India backed a European Union resolution seeking a probe into the response of WHO during the worldwide coronavirus crisis

State
– Cyclone Amphan intensifies into Super Cyclonic Storm; West Bengal and Odisha coasts likely to be affected
– Madhya Pradesh launches Charan Paduka campaign for migrant labourers

Sports
– COVID-19: Anil Kumble-led ICC Cricket Committee recommends banning use of saliva to shine the ball
– Bundesliga becomes 1st major sports event to resume post COVID-19 lockdown

Appointment and Resignations
– Alibaba’s Jack Ma resigns from SoftBank board
– Rajesh Goel becomes new DG of NAREDCO

Honorable Death
– Marathi writer, playwright Ratnakar Matkari passes away

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