Following is the 20 May 2018 Current Affairs For Government Exam
1. Free treatment for victims of road accident.
Gujarat government has decided to take the financial responsibility of the accident cases within its state limits.
The government will provide up to Rs. 50,000 in medical treatment for the first 48 hours for each individual who meets with a road accident in the state.
The free treatment will entail the initial first aid, X-ray, treatment in ICU along with all the other emergency facilities.
2. Train connecting NE to the west coast began.
The Northeast Frontier Railway has started operating one lease Parcel Cargo Express Train (PCET) on fortnightly basis, connecting Northeastern part of the country to the West Coast.
The route of this Parcel Cargo Express Train is – New Guwahati in Assam to Kalyan in Maharashtra.
The PCET has been started in line with the Government’s priority to provide connectivity to the Northeast region.
3. Venture Capital Symposium 2018 began.
NITI Aayog, in association with Vision India Foundation, is organizing Venture Capital Symposium 2018 to deepen the economic relationships between France and India.
Venture Capital Symposium 2018 is an event where French investors will be interacting with 100 early to mid-stage Indian start-ups.
The Symposiums aims to support the Start-up India programme that was launched by PM Modi in 2015.
4. Netherlands PM to visit India.
Prime Minister of Netherlands Mark Rutte will visit India on May 24 & 25 with an aim to boost the economic and political cooperation between the 2 countries.
It will be Rutte’s second visit to India since June 2015 but the first after being re-elected as Prime Minister in 2017.
Netherlands is the 5th largest investor in India with a cumulative investment of $23 billion from 2000 to Dec 2017.
5. World’s first floating nuclear power station.
Russia has unveiled the world’s first floating nuclear power station to meet its growing electricity needs.
The ship holds two 35 megawatt nuclear reactors that can produce enough electricity to power a town of 200,000 residents.
It will be primarily used to power oil rigs as Russia pushes further north into the Arctic to drill for oil and gas and needs electricity in far-flung locations.
6. UN to send War Crimes Investigators to Gaza.
UN Human Rights Council has voted to send a team of international War Crimes Investigators to probe the deadly shootings of Gaza protesters by Israeli forces.
The resolution was backed by 29 members while 2 members US and Australia voted against and 14 abstained.
Israel has defended the killing of protesters, saying it was acting in self-defence to protect its borders and communities.
7. ‘Green Good Deeds’ gets global recognition.
Green Good Deeds, the societal movement launched by Union Minister for Environment, Dr Harsh Vardhan has found acceptance by the global community.
The movement aims to protect the environment and promote good living in the country.
The ongoing BRICS Ministerial on Environment in South Africa, has agreed to include “Green Good Deeds” in its official agenda in the next Ministerial in Brazil.
8. J&K Chief Secretary got extension.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary B B Vyas has been given one year extension in service, beyond May 31, 2018.
The move came days after the Centre amended a rule to provide a longer tenure to the Chief Secretary.
With regard to others states, a Chief Secretary may get an extension in service, beyond the superannuating age, for a period not exceeding six months.
9. Yeddyurappa resigns as Karnataka CM.
The Karnataka government led by B.S. Yeddyurappa resigned before facing a crucial trust vote in the assembly.
The floor test was to be conducted after Congress-JD (S) alliance claimed the right to form the government on the basis of the 117 seats it had.
BJP with 104 seats, was eight short of the majority-mark of 111.
10. Rajinder Singh named Hockey India president.
Rajinder Singh has been named the president of Hockey India, following Mariamma Koshy’s resignation from the post.
He is currently the Senior Vice President of Hockey India.
Koshy was appointed as the President of Hockey India in November 2016 following Narinder Batras decision to step down after being elected as the President of International Hockey Federation.
11. Anil Kumar Jha appointed CMD of Coal India Ltd.
Anil Kumar Jha has been appointed as the Chairman-Cum-Managing director (CMD) of Coal India Limited.
Anil Kumar is at present the CMD of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd.
Anil Kumar will replace acting chairman Suresh Kumar, an IAS officer, who has been holding the post of additional secretary at the ministry of coal.
CIL is a state-owned coal mining company headquartered in Kolkata.
12. World Bank extends $300 million credit.
The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved a $220 million loan and an $80 million (Rs 544 crore) guarantee for the India Energy Efficiency Scale-Up Program.
The Program will be implemented by the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL).
This will help scale up the deployment of energy saving measures in residential and public sectors, strengthen EESL’s institutional capacity.
13. Shoplifters won Palme d’Or 2018.
The Japanese family drama Shoplifters has received the coveted award for best film, the ‘Palme d’Or’, at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
‘Shoplifters’ has been hailed as a modest masterpiece from a veteran filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda that centres on a small-time thief who takes a young girl home to his family.
The Palme d’Or is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival.
14. Simona Halep retained top spot in WTA rankings.
Romanian tennis star Simona Halep has retained her numero-uno spot in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Rankings.
Halep maintains a lead of 425 points over second-placed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.
After the 2017 Wimbledon Championships, Simona Halep became the active player with the most consecutive weeks within the Top 10.
Halep started her 2018 season by winning the Shenzhen Open.
15. Jagriti Yatra won charity award in UK.
Jagriti Yatra, an Indian charity that organizes train journeys to understand & build India of smaller towns & villages has won an award in London.
It was among a series of worldwide charities and individuals recognized for their impact on their communities at the Asian Voice Charity Awards.
It organizes 15-day train journeys, covering 800 km for 400 change-makers across India every year.
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