1. Miscellaneous

PM Modi to lead International Yoga Day 2020 in Leh

The main national event for the International Day of Yoga will be held at Leh International day of yoga is held on 21st May every year Such a large congregation, of 15-20 thousand people, for Yoga will be taking place in a high altitude location like Leh for the first time

Quick Facts: Leh, the capital of Ladakh, is a cold desert city

2. National Affairs

Punjab government launches coronavirus app

Punjab government has launched ‘Cova Punjab’ mobile application Objective of the app is to sensitise people about coronavirus It also suggests the nearest hospital and nodal officer of district in case a person feels they are showing symptoms of coronavirus infection

3. Defence & Security

Govt sets up panel to prepare SFIO investigation manual

The government has set up a 12-member high-level panel to prepare an investigation manual for probe agency SFIO. The panel would be chaired by Corporate Affairs Secretary, Injeti Srinivas. The committee shall devise an all encompassing manual for carrying out effective investigations in tune with provisions of relevant Acts.

Quick Facts: SFIO investigates white collar crimes

4. National Affairs

Centre approves construction of Delhi-Baghpat highway

This highway would reduce travel time between Delhi-Dehradun by 2.5 hours The approval has been given to NHAI to complete the project in two phases The timeline for the project is five years

5. Persons In News

Nupur Kulshrestha becomes Indian Coast Guard’s first woman DIG

Nupur Kulshrestha has become the first woman to be promoted as DIG of Indian Coast Guard. She joined the Indian Coast Guard in 1999 The post of DIG in the Indian Coast Guard is equivalent to Brigadier in Army, Commodore in Navy and Air Commodore in Air Force

Quick Facts: The full form of DIG is Deputy Inspector-General

6. Science & Tech

COVID-19 officially declared a pandemic

COVID-19 has been officially declared a pandemic by WHO The viral disease has entered 114 countries and killed more than 4000 people This is the first pandemic caused by coronavirus

Quick Facts: A pandemic is an epidemic occuring on a scale which crosses international boundaries and affects a large number of people. A condition needs to be infectious in order to be called a pandemic.