Current Affairs 2021: Today’s News Headlines: May 18, 2021

Here are Today’s News Headlines by GK Today for May 18, 2021:

India

  • MyGov launches innovation challenge for creating Indian Language Learning App
  • CoWIN portal reconfigured: Beneficiaries advised to reschedule appointment for 2nd dose of vaccine
  • Indian Navy deploys 3 ships to rescue people onboard 2 barges adrift off the Mumbai coast because of cyclone Tauktae
  • Virologist Shahid Jameel resigns as the chairman of scientific advisory group of Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG), a forum set up by union government in December 2020
  • Industrialist and former chairman of Usha International Siddharth Shriram dies at 76 from COVID-19

Economy & corporate

  • releases DRDO’s COVID therapy drug, 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) for emergency use; developed by DRDO and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL), Hyderabad
  • Shilpa Medicare arm inks pact with Dr Reddy’s to manufacture Russian Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine in Dharwad, Karnataka
  • Wholesale inflation soars to 10.49% in April on higher fuel prices

World

  • World Hypertension Day observed on May 17; theme: ‘Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer’
  • World Telecommunication and Information Society Day celebrated on May 17; theme: ‘Accelerating Digital Transformation in challenging times’
  • 6th UN Global Road Safety Week being held from May 17 to 23, theme: ‘Streets for Life #Love30’ calling for 30 km/h default speed limits
  • India at Security Council calls for ‘immediate de-escalation’ of Israel-Palestine hostilities
  • China bars foreign curriculum and foreign ownership in private schools

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