17th May 2020 Daily GK Update: Read Daily GK, Current Affairs for Bank Exam

Read the daily GK update of 17th May 2020. In today's GK Update we are covering the following news headlines: Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, Lockdown 4.0, Iran, World Hypertension Day and many more. Read the daily GK update for upcoming competitive exams in 2020.

Here is the daily GK update of 17th May 2020 covering the following news headlines: Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, Lockdown 4.0, Iran, World Hypertension Day.

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 17th May 2020 to help you prepare the Current affairs part. After reading this section, you can successfully attempt Current Affairs Quiz.

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National News

1. FM announces 5th tranche of measures for “Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan”

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, the details of the 5th tranche of Economic Relief Package for “Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” have been announced by the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The 5th tranche is the part of economic package of Rs 20 lakh crore that has been announced with the prime objective of making India self-reliant.

Highlights of measures announced in 5th tranche, as part of Economic Relief Package for “Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan”:

1. Allocation for MGNREGS:

  • Government of India has decided to allocate an additional amount of Rs 40,000 crore under MGNREGS which will help in generating total work of nearly 300 crore person days.
  • With this allocation, GoI will ensure to address the need for more work including returning migrant workers in Monsoon season as well.

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2. Lockdown 4.0: Lockdown extended until 31st May 2020

The extension of the lockdown due to COVID-19 has been announced by the Ministry of Home Affairs with an official notice stating that the lockdown has been extended for a further period of 14 days i.e. 31st May 2020. The ministry has also released a new set of guidelines for the nation-wide curfew. In the set of guidelines given by the Ministry of Home Affairs, it is stated that states will decide the Containment, Buffer, Red, Green and Orange zones for lockdown till 31 May and interstate travel, all domestic and international travel, metro rail operation is still prohibited.

Check the details in the link given below:

MHA Orders Extension of Lockdown till 31 May- Download Guidelines

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Home Affairs: Amit Shah.

Obituaries News

3. Iran’s OPEC governor Hossein Kazempour Ardebili passes away

Iran’s representative at Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Hossein Kazempour Ardebili passed away. He had served as Iran’s OPEC governor for nearly 20 years. He had been Iran’s representative to OPEC since 2013, after previously holding the position from 1995 to 2008.

Important Days

4. World Hypertension Day observed globally on 17th May

17th May is observed globally every year as the World Hypertension Day to promote public awareness of increasing high blood pressure (BP) and to encourage citizens of all countries to prevent and control this silent killer. The theme for World Hypertension Day 2020: Measure Your Blood Pressure, Control It, Live Longer. The theme focuses on increasing high blood pressure (BP) awareness in all populations around the world. World Hypertension Day (WHD) is an initiative of the World Hypertension League (WHL), an affiliated section of the International Society of Hypertension.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • International Society of Hypertension President: Alta Schutte.
  • International Society of Hypertension Established: 1966.

5. World Telecommunication and Information Society Day: 17th May

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is observed globally on 17th May every year to raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies. The theme of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day of 2020: “Connect 2030: ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. The day is been celebrated annually on 17 May since 1969.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • ITU Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • ITU Head: Houlin Zhao.
  • ITU Founded: 17 May 1865.

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