08th May 2020 Daily GK Update: Read Daily GK, Current Affairs for Bank Exam

Read the daily GK update of 08th May 2020. In today's GK Update we are covering the following news headlines: AYUSH Sanjivani, Vande Bharat, Gas Leak Tragedy, Long March 5B. and many more. Read the daily GK update for upcoming competitive exams in 2020.

Here is the daily GK update of 08th May 2020 covering the following news headlines: AYUSH Sanjivani, Vande Bharat, Gas Leak Tragedy, Long March 5B.

Daily GK updates are incorporated with the important news that made the current affairs headlines for banking or other competitive exams. Daily GK Update is the complete bag of the important news that held all day long. One should have complete knowledge about the banking terms, current affairs news, etc. So, here is the GK update of 08th May 2020 to help you prepare the Current affairs part. After reading this section, you can successfully attempt Current Affairs Quiz.

National News

1. Union Health & Family Welfare Minister launches “AYUSH Sanjivani” App

Union Health & Family Welfare Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan has recently launched the mobile application ‘AYUSH Sanjivani’ App and two AYUSH based studies related to COVID-19 situation. The app was developed by the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY).

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Minister of State (IC) of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH): Shripad Yesso Naik

2. GoI launches ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ exercise to bring Indians from abroad

The Government of India has launched its biggest-ever evacuation exercises named the “Vande Bharat Mission”. In this exercise, the government bring back nearly 15,000 Indian nationals stranded abroad due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Minister of State (IC) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation: Hardeep Singh Puri.

3. Visakhapatnam Gas Leak Tragedy

Styrene gas leaked from LG Polymers Plant in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The plant was located about 15 km from the coastal city of Vizag. The changes in temperature inside a storage tank resulted in a leak.

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Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister: Y. S.Jaganmohan Reddy.
  • Governor of Andhra Pradesh: Biswa Bhusan Harichandan.

International News

4. China launches new rocket “Long March 5B” successfully

China has successfully launched a new rocket named “Long March 5B” into space as it steps up Moon landing plans. This rocket is launched in Wenchang launch site that is located on the island of Hainan, china.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • China Capital: Beijing; Currency of China: Renminbi.
  • President of China: Xi Jinping.

5. Iran introduces new currency “Toman” to tackle Inflation

The Government of Iran recently takes a decision of changing the name of its currency to a “Toman”.  Under the bill, Iran national currency is going to be changed from the rial to the Toman, which is adequate to 10,000 rials.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Iran Capital: Tehran;  President of Iran: Hassan Rouhani.

State News

6. Tamil Nadu government increases retirement age to 59

Tamil Nadu government increases the retirement age of the government staff, teachers and those in public sector units from 58 years to 59 years. More than 25,000 government employees were set to superannuate this financial year. Those who are due for retirement on May 31 this year will now retire on May 31, 2021.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu: Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami.
  • Governor of Tamil Nadu: Banwarilal Purohit.

7. MP becomes 1st state to provide Mid-Day Meal ration

Madhya Pradesh has become the 1st state in the country to provide mid-day meal ration. Distribution of the mid-day Meal ration with the help of Anganwadi workers, Panchayat representatives and local teachers was taken in sending ration to the students at their home after the school closing in April.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
  • Governor of Madhya Pradesh: Lal Ji Tandon.

Important Days

8. World Red Cross Day observed globally on 8 May

World Red Cross Day is observed globally on 8 May every year. This day is observed to commemorate the birth anniversary of the Red Cross and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) founder, Henry Dunant. This day is dedicated to the people who suffer from shortage of food, several natural calamities, war as well as from an epidemic disease.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • President of the ICRC: Peter Maurer.
  • Headquarters of ICRC: Geneva, Switzerland.

9. Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the World War II

Every year during May 8-9, the United Nations marks the Time of Remembrance and reconciliation for those who lost their lives during the Second World War. The day pays tribute to all the victims of the Second World War. This year is the 75th Anniversary of World War II.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Secretary-General of the United Nations: Antonio Guterres.
  • The United Nations (UN) is an organization between countries established on 24 October 1945 to promote international cooperation.

10. World Thalassaemia Day 2020: 8 May

World Thalassaemia Day is observed globally on 8 May every year. This day is observed to raise awareness about thalassaemia disease, its preventive measures and to avoid transmission and the importance of vaccination for children’s health, society and among the people throughout the world. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, World Thalassaemia Day 2020 will be celebrated through different online activities. The World Thalassaemia Day 2020 theme: “The dawning of a new era for thalassaemia: Time for a global effort to make novel therapies accessible and affordable to patients”.

Obituaries

11. Veteran director & story artist Rob Gibbs passes away

Veteran director, story artist and writer of many Pixar films Rob Gibbs passed away. He was well Known for successful Pixar films, including Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, Monsters.Up, Wall-E, Inside Out to Onward.

Miscellaneous

12. UNEP extends actress Dia Mirza term as goodwill ambassador till 2022

The United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP) extended the term of Bollywood actress and environmentalist Dia Mirza as the Goodwill Ambassador of India till 2022. The actress is also the United Nations Sustainability Development Goal Advocate. As a Goodwill Ambassador, Mirza will continue work with the UN to further spread the message on key areas including clean air, clean seas, wildlife protection and climate change.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters of United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP): Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP): Inger Andersen.

13. IMD’s forecast now includes PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan

The Indian Meteorological Department has begun to include Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Ladakh and Muzaffarabad into its meteorological sub-division of Jammu and Kashmir.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters of Indian Meteorological Department: New Delhi.
  • Indian Meteorological Department Founded: 1875.

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