Top GKToday’s News Headlines-21 May 2020

Top GKToday’s News Headlines-21 May 2020


  • Centre launches scheme for 100% solarisation of Konark Sun Temple and Konark town in Odisha
  • Extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’ hits coastal areas of West Bengal and Odisha


  • PMVVY (Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana) social security scheme for senior citizens extended for three years till March 31, 2023; rate of return reduced to 7.4% for 2020-21 from 8% in 2019-20
  • Cabinet approves Rs 3 lakh crore Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) for the MSME sector; loans at 9.25% rate
  • Govt. approves methodology for auction of coal blocks for commercial mining on revenue sharing basis
  • Finance Ministry exempts B2B firms from using only BHIM, RuPay for accepting payments
  • Govt mandates purchase of 26 military equipment only from domestic firms
  • UP CM launches ‘Uttar Pradesh Startup Fund’; hands over 1st instalment of Rs 15 crore to SIDBI
  • NCDEX to launch India’s first agri-futures index, NCDEX AGRIDEX, on May 26
  • The 30-share BSE Sensex settled 622.44 points or 2.06 per cent higher at 30,818.61
  • The 50-share NSE Nifty rose 187.45 points, or 2.11 cent, to end at 9,066.55.


  • Nepal unveils new map showing Kalapani, Limpiyadhura and Lipulekh regions of Uttarakhand, as part of its sovereign territory
  • India and Bangladesh on May 20, 2020 signed an agreement to operationalise five new ports of call and two new protocol routes
  • World Bee Day celebrated on May 20 with its theme as: ‘Bee Engaged’
  • On May 20, Anton Janša, the pioneer of beekeeping, was born in 1734 in Slovenia
  • China’s ambassador to Israel Du Wei (58) found dead in Tel Aviv


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