Daily Current Affairs - 25th May 2020

Emission Norms of L7 category of BS VI notified

  • The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways notified emission norms for L7 category for BS VI. With the notification, the BS VI process L, M and N category vehicles in the country gets completed.
  • The emission norms will encourage the production of quadricycles. The quadricycle segment in India was introduced in less than 2 years. Thus, the full-fledged production has not completely begun. The quadricycle segment was introduced in 2018 for both commercial and private use.
  • Quadricycle is a vehicle that is of the size of a three wheeler but runs with four wheels.

Fintech startup Zaggle joins hands with Visa to launch payment solutions for SMEs, startups

  • Fintech startup Zaggle informed that it has partnered with payments technology major Visa to launch innovative payment solutions for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and startups.
  • To enhance productivity, efficiency, automate processes, reduce costs & focus on easy and fast credit with a unique card which will have forex, prepaid & credit.

Former Inter coach Gigi Simoni dies aged 81

  • Former Inter head coach Gigi Simoni, who led a Ronaldo-inspired team to UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Cup glory in 1998, passed away at the age of 81 in Pisa, Italy.

Hana Kimura, Japanese Wrestler and Star of Netflix Series, Dies at 22

  • Japanese professional wrestler, Hana Kimura passed away. She won her first title at the Japan Pro-Wrestling (JWP) Junior plate in 2016 and joined Stardom in 2019. According to the report, she became a target of online bullying over her role on the “Terrace House” show on Netflix.

In a first, Uttarakhand releases report on conservation of endemic, threatened floras

  • Uttarakhand became the 1st state to release a report highlighting its conservation efforts to save over 1,100 rare plants from extinction.
  • The report is one of the largest repositories of conserved plants & is carried out by the research wing of the state forest department.
  • As many as 1,145 plant species have been conserved out of which 46 species are endemic to Uttarakhand and 68 species are rare, endangered or threatened, under red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) or under state biodiversity board, this project was undertaken by the research wing of the state forest department.

India helps Uganda to set up military war game centre

  • The Indian Association Uganda (IAU) and Indian Military Advisory and Training Team for Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) have jointly set up military war game centre called ‘INDIA’ at the Uganda Senior Command and Staff College in Kimaka in Jinja District of Uganda with a cost of over 1 billion Ugandan shillings or $2,65,000.
  • The centre was inaugurated by the Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

Indian economist appointed as World Bank's Practice Manager for Climate Change in South Asia

  • Indian economist Abhas Jha has been appointed as World Bank’s Practice Manager for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management for South Asia.
  • In his capacity, Jha will be responsible to nurture, lead, inspire and position a team of highly qualified professionals to provide the best solutions for South Asian countries. He will motivate and support the South Asia Region (SAR) Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change team to connect and unite across Global Practice boundaries.

International Missing Children’s Day: 25th May

  • International Missing Children’s Day is observed globally on 25th May every year. This day is observed for missing children who have found their way home, remember those that are victims of crime, and continue efforts to seek out those that are still missing.
  • 25 May is now widely referred to as Missing Children’s Day, with the forget-me-not flower as its emblem.

Justice Sikri e-inaugurates Indian Dispute Resolution Centre

  • Former Supreme Court judge Justice, A K Sikri has inaugurated the Indian Dispute Resolution Centre (IDRC) in New Delhi. The centre provides a completely paperless dispute resolution environment. The centre offers e-alternate dispute resolution (ADR) facility through its state-of-the-art e-arbitration, e-mediation and e-conciliation software portal.
  • The Arbitration panel of the centre has former judges of the supreme court, high court, district courts, senior advocates, former bureaucrats and others.
  • The e-ADR has a digital signature and document updation, replies and other applications and submission on secured IDRC cloud servers with 24×7 access to stakeholders and lawyers.

Mizoram provides industrial status to Sports

  • The Mizoram State Government has provided industrial status to Sports. This has been done by the government to attract investment in the Sports industry.
  • The Mizoram Government is framing new industrial policy under which the sports have been included . The State of Mizoram is known for its great interests towards sports. Of all the footballers in the north east states, Mizoram has pool of football players that play in leading clubs of India. The state has also done extremely well in hockey and weightlifting as well.
  • 11 member high-level committee under the chairmanship of Rajesh Bhushan formed to reform drug regulatory system in India

RITES signs agreement for acquiring 24% stake in IRSDC

  • IRSDC, a joint venture of Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) and IRCON International is tasked with redeveloping railway stations across the country.
  • During the lockdown, RITES delivered the 188 route kilometre Vijaypur-Pachore Road-Maksi section railway electrification project in Madhya Pradesh.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has constituted a committee to reform the Drug Regulatory System.

  • The committee comprises of 11 members including the senior health officials, scientists and representatives of the pharmaceutical industry. The committee is being headed by Rajesh Bhushan, Officer on Special Duty to the Union health minister.
  • The committee has been tasked with examining the current drug regulatory system and to give recommendations for reforms in order to make the system more efficient and to streamline it with global standards.

US Navy successfully tests a laser weapon that can destroy aircraft mid-flight

  • USS Portland (LPD-27) of the United States (US) Navy successfully destroyed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a solid-state laser, “Laser Weapon System Demonstrator (LWSD)” from Pacific.
  • Lasers, also known as, directed energy weapons (DEW), are effective defenses against drones or armed small boats.
  • LWSD was developed by Northrop Grumman.

WHO adopts “Human Challenge Trial” to develop new vaccine

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) announced eight candidates to enter human trials. Several people step forward to participate in human challenge trial as the race to develop new vaccine for the virus is increasing.
  • The trial involves infecting volunteers intentionally with COVID-19 virus. This is done to speed up the process of vaccine development.
  • The main benefit of the human challenge trial is that it accelerates testing. Many efficacious vaccines shall be available more quickly. Also, the number of people required in phase 3 of these trials is less than the regular trials.

World Thyroid Day: 25 May

  • World Thyroid Day is observed globally on 25 May every year. The main purpose of the WTD is to be aware of the importance of Thyroid and the prevention and treatment of thyroid diseases.
  • This day was first observed in 2008 as a part of the campaign led by European Thyroid Association (ETA) and the American Thyroid Association(ATA) followed by Latin American Thyroid Society(LATS) and Asia Oceania Thyroid Association (AOTA) to commemorate the patients with Thyroid diseases and doctors and physicians who treat them.