Most Important Current Affairs for SSC Selection Post Phase VIII: Current Affairs is an important part in SSC exams. In General Awareness section, Let’s analyse the current affairs section for SSC Selection Post Phase VIII exam.

Most Important Current Affairs for SSC Selection Post Phase VIII

Most Important Current Affairs for SSC Selection Post Phase VIII

Current Affairs is an important part in SSC exams. In General Awareness section, the current affairs based questions covers at least 4 to 5 questions i.e 8 to 10 numbers. The most recent pattern of all TCS conducted exams indicates that last 3-4 months current affairs plays the role.So here are the compilations of current affairs of March, April and May 2020.You can expect many questions from this article in upcoming SSC Selection Post Phase VIII exam which is scheduled to held from 7th July  to 9th July,2020. Also note that this article is designed to benefit all the students appearing for SSC Selection Post Phase VIII as all the points are categorized systematically. Let’s jump into the points.

Appointments

  • Janez Jansa became the PM of Slovenia
  • Sameer Aggarwal has been appointed the CEO of Walmart India
  • Muhyiddin bin Haji Muhammad Yassin has been elected as Malaysia’s Prime Minister
  • UB Pravin Rao has been appointed new chairman of NASSCOM
  • Viswanathan Anand Appointed Ambassador for World Wildlife Fund India
  • Shafali Verma named as brand ambassador by PepsiCo
  • Badminton World Federation (BWF) names PV Sindhu as one of its ambassadors for the “I am badminton” awareness campaign
  • Sanjay Kothari takes oath as Central Vigilance Commissioner of India
  • Tarun Bajaj has been appointed the Director on RBI Central Board.
  • Manoj Ahuja has been appointed the new Chairman of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
  • Benjamin Netanyahu was elected Prime Minister in Israel for the fifth time.
  • Govinda Rajulu has been appointed Chairman of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)
  • Carmen Reinhart has been appointed as Vice President and Chief Economist of World Bank Group.
  • Tsai Ing-wen has been re-elected as the President of Taiwan.
  • Arun Singhal appointed chief executive officer (CEO) of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

 

Awards and Honour

  • Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was conferred the Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee award 2020 for Politics
  • PV Sindhu has been awarded the BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year 2019
  • Eminent writer Dr.Paramananda Majumder was awarded the 10th Moghai Ojah Award
  • Prachi Salve and Pradeep Dwivedi won 2019 Road Safety Media Fellowship award
  • 70th Berlin film festival 2020 awards was held in Berlin, Germany. The movie “There Is No Evil” won Golden Bear Award for Best Film
  • Indian NGO ARMMAN wins Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship
  • Mirza Waheed has been awarded the “Hindu Prize 2019” in the fiction section
  • SPACEX has won NASA award for planned lunar space station
  • Tata Power becomes the winner of Edison Award for its social innovation campaign
  • Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has been conferred with the ‘Hero to Animals Award’ by animal rights body PETA
  • Ben Stokes becomes first English player since 2005 to be named Wisden’s Leading Cricketer
  • Prof. Shobhana Narasimhan has been honoured by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Professor Saurabh Lodha won the Young Career Award in Nano Science & Technology for the year 2020.
  • IIT-Madras Professor & Padma Shri awardee Thalappil Pradeep awarded 25th Nikkei Asia Prizes 2020 in S&T
  • The Kempegowda International Airport which is situated in Bengaluru has won the SKYTRAX Award 2020 for Best Regional Airport in India and Central Asia.
  • Vice Admiral Vinay Badhwar has been awarded the Alexander Dalrymple Award 2019 for his contribution to Indian Hydrography.

Government Schemes

  • Shri Dr. Jitendra Singh, the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), inaugurated the ‘Pension Adalat’ in Jammu.
  • Om Birla (Lok Sabha Speaker) launched “Suposhit Maa Abhiyan” in Kota, Rajasthan.
  • The Assam government has announced that Assam will construct 33 stadiums in the state under the Uttaran scheme
  • Gujarat’s water conservation scheme Sujalam Sufalam Jal Sanchay Abhiyan started its 3rd edition
  • Assam govt launched new medicine delivery scheme called ‘Dhanwantari’ where medicines will be delivered to patients at home.
  • Madhya Pradesh launches Jeevan Shakti Yojana. The scheme serves an opportunity to women in urban areas to earn by making masks at at Rs 11 per mask at their home.
  • Madhya Pradesh government has launched Jeevan Amrit Yojana.
  • The Himachal Pradesh (HP) state government has launched an employment guarantee scheme called “Mukhya Mantri Shahari Rojgar Guarantee Yojana”. The Yojana will provide 120 days of employment in urban areas.
  • Bengaluru city corporation has launched Pranavayu programme with an aim to create awareness on the need to self-examine the respiratory health of the people.
  • The West Bengal Government launched ‘Matir Smristi’ scheme for income-generating activities like horticulture and pisciculture for the locals.
  • West Bengal government launched two schemes ‘Sneher Porosh’ to provide support for the migrant workers and ‘Prochesta’ to help unorganised workers of West Bengal to help them to earn for their living during lockdown.
  • Chhattisgarh State government will launch Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana to stimulate the rural economy in the state
  • Charan Paduka initiative for the migrant labourers is launched by Madhya Pradesh

Science and Technology

  • Minal Dakhave Bhosale is the head of the designing team for the coronavirus testing kit called ‘Mylab PathoDetect COVID-19 Qualitative PCR kit.
  • Shri Vallabhbhai Vasrambhai Marvaniya developed a Madhuban gajar which is a biofortified carrot variety with high Beta-Carotene & iron. He is a farmer scientist from Gujarat.
  • The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) develpoed a diagnostic machine called TrueNat  that can run multiple diseases such as COVID-19, HIV, and TB in a four-way.
  • IIT Roorkee and AIIMS-Rishikesh jointly prepared low-cost portable ventilator ‘Prana-vayu’
  • IIT Hyderabad developed a low-cost ventilator ‘Jeevan Lite’
  • COVID Sample Collection Kiosk (COVSACK) is developed by DRDO
  • IT Delhi develops Dashboard PRACRITI to predict Covid-19 spread
  • IIT Bombay student team makes low-cost ventilator “Ruhdaar”
  • IIT Ropar develpoed ‘WardBot’ to deliver food, medicines to COVID-19 patients
  • Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Pune and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have jointly developed a microwave steriliser named as ‘ATULYA’ to disintegrate coronavirus.
  • CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) Bangalore has developed a Non-Invasive Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) Ventilator. The BiPAP ventilator has been named as ‘SwasthVayu’.
  • COBAS 6800 is a first COVID-19 testing machine procured by GOI. It is fully automated, high-end performance machine to carry out RT-PCR test and is able to take 1200 samples in 24 hours.

Art and Culture

  • Chapchar Kut festival began in Mizoram
  • Kobita Utsav began in Kolkata
  • Namaste Orchha festival commences in Madhya Pradesh
  • Hola Mohalla festival was celebrated at Anandpur Sahib Punjab
  • The Katkari is a Scheduled Tribe of Maharashtra. They are in news due to implementation of Van Dhan Yojana.

Index and Ranking

  • World Press Freedom Index is compiled by Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) or Reporters Without Borders. The index has been topped by Norway. India ranked at 142nd
  • World Economic Forum (WEF) has published the Global Energy Transition Index (ETI). India has secured the 74th position on the and Sweden has topped the ranking.
  • The Global Nutrition Report 2020 by WHO has stated that India is among 88 countries that are likely to miss global nutrition targets by 2025.
  • Virat Kohli becomes the only cricketer and the only Indian to be listed in the Forbes’ Top 100 highest paid athletes of 2020. Virat Kohli is ranked at 66. Tennis player Roger Federer Topped the list. Naomi Osaka became the highest paid female athlete ranked at 29

Important days and themes

  • 8 March International Women’s Day Theme I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights
  • 20th March World Sparrow Day. Theme of World Sparrow Day 2020 is ‘I Love Sparrow.’
  • 22nd March World Water Day.Theme for the 2020 World Water Day is ‘Water and Climate Change.’
  • 24 March World Tuberculosis Day. Theme of the 2020 World Tuberculosis Day is “It’s time.”
  • 7 April World Health Day. Theme-Support nurses & midwives
  • 22 April World Earth Day. Theme- Climate Action
  • 24 April National Panchayati Raj Day
  • 25 April World Malaria Day. Theme- Zero Malaria Starts with Me
  • 3rd May 2020 World Press Freedom Day. Theme 2020: “Journalism Without Fear or Favour.”
  • 5th May 2020 World Asthma Day. Theme 2020-“Enough Asthma Deaths”
  • 11 May- National Technology Day
  • 12th May 2020 International Nurses Day. Theme 2020: ‘Nursing the World to health’
  • 17th May 2020 World Hypertension Day. Theme 2020- ‘Measure Your Blood Pressure, control it, live longer.’
  • 29th May 2020 International Day of UN Peacekeepers. Theme of 2020: ‘Women in Peacekeeping: A key to Peace’
  • 31 May-World No Tobacco Day. Theme for 2020: Tobacco Exposed

Defence News

  • Search, and Rescue Exercise SAREX 2020 concluded in the sea at Vasco, Goa by the Indian Coast Guard (ICG).
  • Indian Army has launched ‘Operation Namaste’ to to curb the spread of coronavirus.
  • The Indian Air Force delivered 6.2 million tonnes of essential medicines to Maldives. This operations is as Sanjeevani.
  • The United States approved missiles sales to India. They are the Torpedoes lightweight missiles and Harpoon air-launched missiles. The missiles are be being sold at 155 million USD
  • Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) reports that US, China and India are the three top most military spenders in 2019.
  • The Indian Army commemorated Siachen Day on April 13, 2020. The day is observed to celebrate the courage and success of Indian Army under “Operation Meghdoot”
  • The Indian Navy has launched ‘Samudra Setu’ to bring back Indian citizens from abroad.INS Jalashwa and Magaron were involved in this operation.
  • The government of India launched “Mission Sagar”to provide Food Items, COVID related Medicines including HCQ Tablets and Special Ayurvedic Medicines with Medical Assistance Teams to Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar, and Comoros.

NASA/ISRO Space news

  • NASA announces new SunRISE (Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment) mission to study Giant Solar Particle Storms
  • CubeSat Imaging Radar for Earth Sciences (CIRES) is a Mission Under NASA. The mission will use Interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) will give the prediction of Volcano and Earthquake
  • NASA announced the Artemis Program involving landing of humans on the moon by 2024.
  • SpaceX launches Falcon 9 carrier rocket with 60 satellites under Starlink project
  • Iran launched their 1st military satellite called “Noor” into orbit by launch vehicle ‘Qased’
  • NASA has partnered with SpaceX, Blue Origin and Dynamics to build lunar landing systems that can carry astronauts to the moon by 2024. Extra Shots: Owner of SpaceX:  Elon Musk and Blue Dynamics: Jeffrey Preston Bezos
  • Arktika-M is Russia’s 1st Satellite to Monitor Arctic Climate.
  • China successfully launched ‘Long March 5B’ rocket to space as it steps up Moon landing plans.
  • Missile Park ‘Agneeprastha’ will be set up, 2 MW Solar Power Plant has been inaugurated at INS Kalinga

Banking/Economy/Finance/Business

  • Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) launched Arogya Sanjeevani insurance policy for all general and health insurance companies that will cover COVID-19 hospitalisation expenses.
  • Voice banking services on Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant launched: ICICI
  • The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned Rs 1,500 crores for Punjab to ensure continuous credit flow to farmers, through state cooperative banks, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Facebook had acquired the animated graphics startup GIPHY.
  • Kotak Mahindra Bank becomes 1st bank in India to allow video to serve Know your customer (KYC) facility for customers.
  • The finance ministry established International Financial Services Centers Authority (IFSCA) to regulate the financial services in IFSCs. Extra shots-HQ of IFSCA: Gandhinagar Gujarat

Indian Railways

  • Jeevan, a low-cost ventilator has been developed by Indian Railways at its Kapurthala rail coach factory.
  • Ahmedabad railway station becomes 1st station to get sanitizing tunnel
  • Indian railways designs mobile doctor booth called ‘CHARAK’ for zero-contact check-ups
  • Mumbai Central Station will be renamed after Nana Shankarseth
  • South Central Railway has developed ‘Rail-Bot’ or ’R-BOT’ which is a robotic device to help in the hospitals to supply  medicines,medical accessories, to serve food to the patients.
  • Indian Railways is now ready to use indigenously develpoed Powerful Engine WAG 12.

Sports

  • Rafael Nadal won the Mexican Open 2020 defeating Taylor Fritz to claim the title. Women’s Singles is won by Heather Watson (Britain)
  • Khelo India Winter Games was organised at Gulmarg in Kashmir
  • PV Sindhu awarded with the BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year 2019
  • Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying won the women’s singles title in Yonex All England Badminton Championships 2020 in Birmingham, England.
  • Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri is named for FIFAs campaign ambassador to combat COVID-19 crisis
  • American Basketball player Kobe Bryant inducted into Naismith Hall of Fame
  • International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has banned Thailand and Malaysia from weightlifting at Tokyo Olympics
  • Indian football team stands at 108th position in FIFA’s ranking 2020. Belgium is ranked at top
  • 4th Asian Para Games 2022 which is scheduled to be held in Hangzhou releases mascot as ‘Fei Fei’ bird
  • Iran’s Alireza Firouzja beats world chess champion Magnus Carlsen to win Banter Blitz cup 2020
  • Charles Leclarc, Monégasque racing driver of Ferrari won the Chinese Virtual Grand Prix
  • FIFA launched a campaign #WeWillWin via a video to pay tribute to health workers who are working hard to combat COVID-19
  • Sania Mirza becomes the 1st Indian to win ITF’s Fed Cup Heart Award.
  • NADA (National Anti-Doping Agency) suspends Indian Powerlifters Savita Kumari and Ankit Shishodia for violating anti-doping rules.
  • Kiranjeet Kaur who is India’s long-distance runner is banned from her sports by World Athlete’s Anti-Doping Body (WADA)

Apps and Portals

  • HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal e-launches VidyaDaan 2.0 program on DIKSHA platform
  • Karnataka Government Launches mobile app “Apthamitra” to combat COVID-19
  • PM Modi launched e-Gram Swaraj portal & Swamitva Scheme on Panchayati raj day
  • Haryana launched a mobile app ‘HelpMe’ for corona outbreak
  • Civil Servants launched an initiative to fight COVID-19 pandemic CARUNA
  • Gujarat launched a mobile application “SMC COVID-19 Tracker”
  • The Krishi rath app launched by the Agriculture Ministry, will help the farmers in hiring trucks amid the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown
  • CSIR-Central Road Research Institute (CSIR-CRRI) has developed Kisan Sabha to supply chain and freight transportation management systems.
  • Civil Aviation Ministry launched GARUD portal to fast-track approval to COVID-19 related drone operations.GARUD is the acronym for Government Authorisation for Relief Using Drones (GARUD)
  • Ayush Sanjivani mobile app is developed by the ministry of AYUSH and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) to generate data among the COVID 19.
  • ‘CatchUp’ is a calling application launched by Facebook

Obituary

  • Bengali actor Santu Mukhopadhyay passed away
  • Renowned architect Satish Gujral passed away
  • Chuni Goswami was a former Indian football team captain
  • Debesh Roy– He was Bengali author and was awarded the SahityaAkademi award.
  • IAF veteran Chandan Singh Rathore passed away
  • Noted Classical musician Shyamala G. Bhave, who was well versed in both the Hindustani and Carnatic styles passed away.
  • Hema Bharali was a Freedom Fighter and Padma Shri winner activist passed away
  • Chuni Goswami was a former Indian football team captain
  • Debesh Roy– He was Bengali author and was awarded the SahityaAkademi award.
  • M.P. Veerendra Kumar- He was Rajya Sabha member and former union minister
  • Gigi Simoni was an Italian Football player and former inter head coach.
  • Noted Classical musician Shyamala G. Bhave, who was well versed in both the Hindustani and Carnatic styles passed away
  • M.P. Veerendra Kumar- He was Rajya Sabha member and former union minister
  • Debesh Roy– He was Bengali author and was awarded the SahityaAkademi award.
  • Gigi Simoni was an Italian Football player and former inter head coach.
  • Hema Bharali was a Freedom Fighter and Padma Shri winner activist passed away

Places and State in news

  • Centre to extend Gevra Opencast coal mine, Chhattisgarh
  • Delhi Government has launched ‘Operation Shield’ to combat and control the spread of COVID-19 virus.
  • Odisha Govt in collaboration with UNICEF launches “Mo Prativa” programme to engage kids during lockdown
  • Tamil Nadu started ModiKitchen to serve 500 meals every day
  • To sanitize people from corona, VsafeTunnel installed in Telangana
  • Jharkhand deployed ‘COBOT’ Robotics to serve COVID-19 patients
  • Goa becomes the 1st state to use Ayurveda to COVID-19 patients and it is also the first state to be Corona free.
  • UP becomes the first in the country to geo-tag community kitchens
  • Manipur Govt launched ‘Food Bank’ initiative for poor and needy people. Theme ‘Help End Hunger Today’
  • Jim Corbett National Park of Uttarakhand becomes India’s 1st quarantine centre for animals
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute launched plasma research in view of Covid-19
  • The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has constructed 484-meter permanent bridge connecting Punjab’s Kasowal enclave with rest of the country over Ravi river
  • UP becomes 1st state in India with in-house facility of virtual courts.
  • KGMU (Lucknow) is India’s 1st govt hospital to start plasma therapy for COVID-19
  • Pangong Tso Lake in eastern Ladakh is in the news, mostly famous because of standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers.
  • A group of conservationists has asked to the Environment Ministry to reject the Etalin Hydro Electric Project in the Dibang Valley district of Arunachal Pradesh.

Books and Author

  • Union Minister Zubin Irani released a book, titled ‘Chronicles of Change Champions’
  • Padma Vibhushan awardee Montek Singh Ahluwalia authored a book titled ‘Backstage: The Story Behind India’s High Growth Years’
  • Satyarth Nayak written the book ‘Sridevi: The Eternal Screen Goddess’
  • The Pulitzer Prize-winning American reporter Mary Jordan has written a book titled ‘The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump’
  • ‘Shuttling to the Top: The Story of P V Sindhu’: Krishnaswamy V
  • “How the Onion Got Its Layers”: Sudha Murty
  • Vijyant at Kargil: The Life of a Kargil War Hero:Colonel VN Thapar and Neha Dwivedi.
  • “Wuhan Diary: Dispatches from a Quarantined City” authored by Chinese writer Fang Fang
  • ‘Hop-On: My Adventures on Boats, Trains and Planes’ Author: Ruskin Bond
  • ‘The Ickabog’ is written by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling

GI Tags

  • The Chak-Hao, the black rice of Manipur
  • Gorakhpur (UP) terracotta received the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
  • Kashmir Saffron (a spices product) was granted GI tag.
  • Sohrai Khovar painting- It is a traditional and ritualistic mural art of Jharkhand.
  • Telia Rumal cloth  a Fabric for making oily handkerchiefs originating from Telangana.
  • Arambavur Wood Carvings  is a wooden sculpture of Tamil Nadu
  • Thanjavur Pith Work – It is a kind of artwork of Tamil Nadu.

 

International Affairs

  • Luxembourg has become the first country to allow free public transport free.
  • North Macedonia became the 30th member of the NATO, the capital of North Macedonia is Skopje
  • Slovenia becomes first COVID-19 free country in Europe.
  • Israel named a street in Tel Aviv after Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore on his 159th birth anniversary
  • Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) has developed “i-Feel you”, an smart bracelet which will help users respect social distancing rules.

Miscellaneous

  • WHO named 2020 as Int’l Year of the Nurse & Midwife
  • India invoked the lockdown as per Epidemics Diseases Act of 1897
  • ‘Lost at Home’ report is published by UNICEF. The report says that More than five million people were internally displaced in India due to natural disasters, conflict and violence in 2019.
  • The incident of Styrene gas leakage occurred in a chemical plant LG Polymers industry in the RR Venkatapuram village, Gopalapatnam Mandal in Visakhapatnam District, Andhra Pradesh on 7 May.
  • India became the second largest PPE (Personal Protective Equipments) manufacturers in the world. China is the leading producer of the PPE.

 

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