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17 May Important Current affairs

World Hypertension Day

Every year, 17 May is dedicated to World Hypertension Day (WHD)– The main aim of the day is to educate the public and increase awareness of hypertension, which is also commonly known as high blood pressure. Hypertension is a major cause of a range of health problems such as strokes, heart attacks, and kidney disease, and can also contribute to dementia. Many people who suffer from hypertension are not aware that they have it as there can be no symptoms, often people only find out after suffering a heart attack or stroke. The expanded theme for World Hypertension Day is Measure Your Blood Pressure, Control It, Live Longer, with a goal of increasing high blood pressure (BP) awareness in all populations around the world. Postpone celebration of World Hypertension Day (WHD) 2020 until October 17, 2020, due to global COVID-19.

The Hindu and PIB important

Every year on 17 May, World Telecommunication and Information Society Day – The theme “Connect 2030: ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”

2. Project 39A was conducted by a team of National Law University, Delhi- According to the project, the Indian Courts invoke “Collective Conscience” of the society in most of the death penalty cases

3. India attended the 32nd Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting through video conferencing

4. The meeting was held under Theme: Delivering a coordinated Commonwealth COVID-19 response.

5. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman announced the second tranche of the Rs 20 lakh crore economic package under Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.

6. Food and Agriculture Organization released the Global Forest Resources Assessment Report, 2020

7. The Union Minister Shri Piyush Goyal represented India at the second G20 Virtual Trade and Investment Ministers Meeting through video conferencing

8. The video conferencing was hosted by the current chair of G20 grouping, Saudi Arabia

9. United Nations recently released the World Economic Situation and Prospects Report, 2020 10. According to the report, the world economy is to shrink by 3.2% in 2020.

Important Facts

Computer Emergency Response of Team

The Computer Emergency Response of Team (CERT) of India has issued warning against a new malware called “EventBot”. The malware according to CERT steals personal financial information from Android phone users. It cheats victims secretly attacking a computer or phone operating system. Currently, the malware is capable of targeting more than 200 different financial applications. The malware has already looted cryptocurrency wallets, bank accounts in Europe and the US. It targets money-transfer services, financial applications.

Vocal for Local

Prime Minister announced “Vocal for Local”. The KVIC (Khadi and Village Industries Commission) has come forward to become “Vocal for Local”. The Vocal for Local aims to promote local produce. This is because, with lockdown and the threats of COVID19, it was the local produce that helped people run their routine. This mainly included the supply of essential goods.

In order to achieve, “Vocal for Local”, the KVIC has issued guidelines to implement the flagship projects under PMEGP (Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme).

Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC)

• The KVIC is a statutory body formed in April 1957 by the Government of India, under the Act of Parliament, ‘Khadi and Village Industries Commission Act of 1956’.

• In April 1957, it took over the work of former All India Khadi and Village Industries Board.

• Its head office is in Mumbai, whereas its six zonal offices in Delhi, Bhopal, Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Guwahati.

Founded: 1956

Purpose: To plan, promote, facilitate, organise and assist in the establishment and development of khadi and village industries

Headquarters: Mumbai

Agency executive: Vinai Kumar Saxena (Chairperson)

Parent agency: Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

3100 Crore from care funds allocation for Vantilatos and migrants

• The PM CARES Fund trust was created on March 27, 2020. • The allocated funds are to be used to buy 50,000 ventilators. The ventilators are to be purchased at a cost of Rs 2,000 crores. These ventilators will be supplied to government-run COVID-19 hospitals. • Around 1000 crores will be provided to state governments and union territories.

• They will put at the disposal of municipal commissioners and district collectors. It is to be used for making food arrangements, transport arrangements and providing medical treatment to the migrants. This 1000 crores will be split to the states based on their population as of 2011 census and number of persons affected by COVID-19.

• In order to support vaccine developers, Rs 100 crores has been allocated. The disposal of this fund is to be supervised by the Principal Scientific Advisor.

• The PM CARES Funds was dedicated to COVID-19 situation- On the other hand, the Prime Minister National Relief Fund (PMNRF) was meant for all-natural disasters.

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