Top GKToday’s News Headlines-12 May 2020

Top GKToday’s News Headlines-12 May 2020


  • Passenger services on Indian Railways to be partially restored from May 12
  • Fifteen pair of special trains (thirty trains) shall be operated
  • These will be addition to the Shramik specials Special trains already running
  • They will have only airconditioned classes i.e. First, Second & Third AC
  • Tickets can be booked online only through IRCTC website
  • Maximum Advance Reservation Period (ARP) will be of 7 days
  • Passengers will be required to reach the station at-least 90 minutes in advance to facilitate thermal screening
  • No Linen will be provided inside the train
  • Only packaged food and hand-sanitisers will be made available
  • All passengers will be required to wear face masks during the journey.


  • Govt. issued guidelines to be followed for data processing of Aarogya Setu app users
  • Few clauses added that may lead to imprisonment of persons found guilty of violating certain norms
  • The new rules prohibit storage of data beyond 180 days and enable individuals to seek deletion of their data from the government’s Aarogya Setu related record within 30 days of raising the request.
  • The new norms allow collection of only demographic, contact, self-assessment and location data of persons infected by the coronavirus or those who come in contact with the infected person.


  • National Technology Day celebrated on May 11; the day 3 nuclear tests were conducted at Pokhran, Rajasthan in 1998
  • Chandigarh-based Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory of DRDO develops contactless sanitizer dispenser
  • Centre extends deadline to complete seeding of Aadhaar numbers with ration cards till September 30
  • MP government launches country’s first ever ‘FIR Aapke Dwar’ Yojana; people can lodge FIR by calling at Dial 100 vehicle
  • Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launches Central University of Odisha Helpline “Bharosa” on Cognitive Emotional Rehabilitation Services for University Students of Odisha



  • Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar 2020 launched integration of 117 additional wholesale mandis (APMC mandis) with the electronic National Agriculture Market (eNAM) platform, taking the total number of online mandis to 962 across the country.
  • e-NAM platform provides a distant bidding facility for wholesale produce in APMC (Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee) mandis without physical presence of buyer/trader near the auction site for bidding.


  • Grammy winning-singer Betty Wright dies at 66 in US


  • China wins inaugural FIDE Online Nations Cup; India fifth
  • Tennis player Sania Mirza becomes 1st Indian to win ITF’s Fed Cup Heart Award for Asia/Oceania zone through online voting by fans
  • Para-athlete Deepa Malik retires; takes charge as President of the Paralympic Committee of India

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