Current Affairs 2021: Today’s News Headlines: May 9, 2021

Here are Today’s News Headlines by GK Today for May 9, 2021:


  • SC sets up 12-member national task force to streamline oxygen allocation across country
  • Covid positive report not mandatory for hospitalisation: Health Ministry
  • Centre provides conditional exemption for experimental drone flights for COVID vaccine delivery to Telangana govt.
  • First-ever batch of 83 women jawans inducted into the Corps of Military Police (CMP) in the 13-lakh strong Indian Army
  • Govt allows cash payment of over Rs 2 lakh for Covid treatment at hospitals
  • DCGI gives emergency approval to anti-Covid oral drug developed by DRDO; ‘2-
  • deoxy-D-glucose’ comes in powder form in sachet, which needs to be taken orally by dissolving it in water
  • Ayush Ministry launches nationwide campaign to distribute AYUSH 64 & Kabasura Kudineer useful for out of hospital Covid-19 patients
  • Toll fee exempted for tankers carrying Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) across National Highways


  • India-EU leaders’ meeting held virtually hosted by PM of Portugal Antonio Costa
  • Portugal currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
  • India, EU announce Connectivity Partnership in Africa, Central Asia and the Indo-Pacific that will provide an alternative to China’s mega Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)
  • Union Minister of Earth Sciences Dr Harsh Vardhan participates in 3rd Arctic Science Ministerial (ASM3) online
  • ASM3 is the global platform for discussing research and cooperation in the Arctic region
  • World Thalassemia Day observed on May 8; a blood disorder characterized by abnormal formation of haemoglobin
  • World Migratory Bird Day celebrated on May 8; theme: “Sing, Fly, Soar – Like a Bird!”
  • UN observes Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War on May 8-9
  • World Health Organisation approves emergency use of China’s Sinopharm vaccine for Covid-19


  • Wrestler Seema Bisla wins gold in women’s 50kg at World Olympic Qualifier at Sofia in Bulgaria
  • Former hockey players Ravinder Pal Singh, M. K. Kaushik die from Covid-19, were in Indian team that won gold at 1980 Moscow Olympics
  • Nepal’s Kami Rita Sherpa creates new record, climbs Mt Everest for the 25th time


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