Current Affairs 2021: Today’s News Headlines: May 12, 2021

Here are Today’s News Headlines by GK Today for May 12, 2021:

India

  • World Health Organization declares Indian coronavirus variant, known as B1617, as a “variant of global concern”; earlier deemed a ‘variant of interest’
  • PM Modi speaks with Lotay Tshering; thanks Bhutan for support in wake of COVID pandemic
  • National Technology Day celebrated on May 11, marks Pokhran nuclear tests on May 11, 1998
  • 15 organisations win awards given by Technology Development Board (TDB) for innovation and entrepreneurship under 3 categories — National Awards, MSME awards and Startup awards
  • IREDA (Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd) wins “Green Urja Award” from Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Covid-19: Haryana Government to provide Rs 5,000 to the families below the poverty line (BPL) in the state
  • Veteran Communist leader K.R. Gowri dies in Thiruvananthapuram at 102, was MLA till 2006
  • Maharashtra govt. appoints committee headed by former Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court Dilip Bhosale to study Maratha quota judgement
  • 1971 war veteran Squadron Leader Anil Bhalla (Retd) dies at 74
  • Rathnasree, Director of Nehru Planetarium, New Delhi, passes away

Economy & corporate

  • UN raises India’s growth forecast to 7.5% for calendar year 2021 in its World Economic Situation and Prospects report
  • Moody’s cuts India’s FY22 GDP forecast to 9.3% from 13.7% earlier; rules out rating upgrade
  • SBI’s Padmakumar Nair to take charge as first CEO of National Asset Reconstruction Company Ltd (NARCL)
  • ₹76.67 cr. attached by Enforcement Directorate in Chinese loan Apps case

World

  • NASA’s OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) spacecraft begins 2-year trip home with samples from asteroid Bennu
  • Israeli police storm al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, hundreds of Palestinians hurt

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