21st MAY 2020 CURRENT AFFAIRS

🌍 International
– WHO: Independent Inquiry in handling of COVID-19
– India gives USD 2 million in aid to UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) working for the welfare of Palestinian refugees
– World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that WHO will initiate an independent review into its handling of the coronavirus pandemic
– A fast-track process set in motion to issue the certificates within a stipulated time of 15 days
– The new process will allow West Pakistan refugees, sanitation workers and children of women who married non-locals to apply for jobs in J&K
– Central govt. officials who have served in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir for a total period of ten years, are eligible for the certificate.
– Children who can produce Class 10 or Class 12 certificate from any J&K school will also be eligible for domicile certificates.
🇮🇳 India

– India gives $2 million aid to UN agency for Palestinian refugees’ welfare
– Cyclone Amphan intensifies into Super Cyclone
INDIA-NEPAL BORDER ISSUE
– Nepal launches new map including Lipulekh, Kalapani, Limpiyadhura claimed by India as its territory
– Kalapani is claimed by India as part of Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district while Nepal claims it as part of its Dharchula district
– In October 2019, India had issued a new political map incorporating Kalapani and Lipulekh on its side of the border
📈
– Deadline for fulfilment of contractual obligations of all govt. projects that were due for completion on or after February 20, extended by up to six months in view of COVID-19 crisis
– Railways’ most powerful 12000 HP Made in India locomotive makes maiden commercial run; built by French company Alstom at factory in Madhepura, Bihar
🗾 State
– Ambikapur (Chhattisgarh), Rajkot, Surat, Mysore, Indore and Navi Mumbai declared as ‘5-star garbage-free cities’ by the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry for the assessment year 2019-2020
👨🏻‍💼 Appointment and Resignations 
– Dilip Oommen, CEO of Arcelor Mittal Nippon Steel India, appointed new President of Indian Steel Association (ISA)

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