- World Press Freedom Day: 03 May 2020
Theme: Journalism without Fear and Favour
- International Day for Biological Diversity: 22 May 2020
Theme: Our Solutions are in Nature
- World No Tobacco Day: 31 May 2020
- Pulitzer Prize 2020
Category : Feature Photography
Winners: Channi Anand, Mukhtar Khan and Dar Yasin of Associated Press
- New Currency of Iran
Toman is the new currency of Iran which is equal to 10,000 rials, introduced Iran after a sharp fall in the value of the currency as a result of crippling U.S. sanctions.
- Kashmiri Saffron
The agricultural product from Kashmir which has been granted GI (Geographical Indication) tag GI Registry.
- Mission SAGAR
The mission under which India has dispatched Food Items, COVID related Medicines including HCQ
Tablets and Special Ayurvedic Medicines to Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar and
- Cyclone Amphan
The super cyclonic storm which originated in Bay of Bengal near Sri Lanka and made landfall in West
Bengal causing large scale loss of lives and property.
- Sania Mirza
The Indian tennis player who has become the first from the country to win International Tennis Federation’s Fed Cup Heart Award for Asia/Oceania zone for her successful return to the court postmotherhood.
- Visakhapatnam Gas Leak
The city in which leakage of styrene gas from the LG Polymers chemical plant killed 13 people and affected more than 1000 people.
- The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr.
Harsh Vardhan has been elected as the Chair of the Executive Board of World Health Organization for the year 2020-21.
- Roberto Azevedo resigns
The Head of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Roberto Azevedo has announced his resignation, a year before his term expires. He will step down on 31 August 2020.
- Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally swore in his new government on 17 May for the fifth time. The ceremony of the swearing-in of Israel’s new government, the Knesset, was held in accordance with coronavirus social distancing directives. Netanyahu will be in power until 13 November 2021.
- Facebook acquires GIPHY.
Facebook had acquired the animated graphics startup GIPHY and would integrate the company in its Instagram visual social network. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the news site Axios said the California-based tech giant was paying $400 million. GIPHY is a platform and search engine for “stickers” and other products using the graphics interchange format or GIFs.
- Kotak Mahindra Bank
Kotak Mahindra Bank becomes 1st bank in India to allow video Know your customer (KYC) facility for customers opening savings accounts on Kotak 811 – the banks digital banking platform.
- Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY)
The Union Cabinet chaired Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) on 20 May 2020. The scheme aims to boost investments in the fisheries sector and increase of competitiveness of fish and fisheries products. The total estimated investment for the scheme is Rs.20,050 crore comprising of the Central government share of Rs.9,407 crore, State government share of Rs.4,880 crore, and Beneficiaries’ share of Rs.5,763 crore.
- KKR invests in Reliance Jio Platform
KKR invests Rs 11367 crore in Reliance Jio Platforms to buy a stake of 2.32 percent in a fully diluted basis. The deal is subject to regulatory and customary approvals. This is fifth global investment deal in last one month. Earlier, Facebook, Silver Lake, Vista Equity and General Atlantic invested in the Jio Platforms.
- Monetary Policy
The Reserve Bank of India on May 22, 2020 addressed the media and announced reduction in the Policy Repo Rate from 4.4% to 4%. The reverse repo rate was also reduced to 3.35 percent. The decision was taken RBI’s Monetary Policy Committee to maintain the accommodative stance. The GDP is expected to remain negative for 2020-21.
- Hop On: My Adventures on Boats, Trains and Planes
Popular author Ruskin Bond has authored a book titled ‘Hop On: My Adventures on Boats, Trains and Planes’. The e-book format was released on the occasion of his 86th birthday. The illustration has been done Samrat Halder and published Speaking Tiger’s children’s imprint Talking Cub.