Current Affairs : 16-05-2020 in English

Important Day

  • International Day of Living Together in Peace - 16 May.
  • International Day of Light - 16 May.


  • Indigenously designed & built offshore patrol vessel that commissioned in Indian Coast Guard on 15 May - ICGS Sachet.


  • In the 2019-20 crop year, India's foodgrain production has been estimated to touch a record of - 295.67 million tonnes (MT).


  • According to the UNFAO’s Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020 report, the rate of forest loss during 2015-2020 declined to an estimated - 10 million hectares (mha).


  • Country that named a street, 'Rehov Tagore', after celebrated Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore – Israel.
  • to deliberate on cooperation to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual conference of Foreign Ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation member countries was hosted by - Russia.
  • Indian institution that participated in the roll out of Global Solidarity Trial which was launched by the World Health Organization to help in finding an effective treatment for Covid-19 - Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR).
  • Indian company that has been selected by GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) as its partner for the company's Digital Transformation program - Infosys.


  • The Government of India, the Government of West Bengal and this international financial institution signed a loan agreement for a US$145 million project to improve irrigation services and flood management in the Damodar Valley Command Area (DVCA) in West Bengal - Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
  • Announced by Finance Minister on May 15, an amount of Rs 20,000 crore will be reserved for the welfare of fishermen through - Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY).
  • New programme that is designed to provide mentorship to tribal youth through digital mode - “GOAL - Going Online As Leaders”.
  • The World Bank approved 'Accelerating India's COVID-19 Social Protection Response Program' with an amount of - USD 1 billion.
  • "Samarth", an e-governance platform under the National Mission on Education in Information and Communication Technology Scheme (NMEICT), has been implemented at the - National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra

Persons in News

  • New director general (DG) of National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO) - Rajesh Goel.
  • Veteran Bengali author, who was conferred the Sahitya Akademi award for his novel 'Teesta Parer Brittanto', died in Kolkata on 14May - Debesh Roy.
  • Head of the World Trade Organisation who announced his mid-term resignation - Roberto Azevedo (Brazil).
  • New Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) - V. Vidyavathi.

State Current Affairs

  • Scheme that launched by the West Bengal Government to utilise 50,000 acres of barren land in 6 districts - ‘Matir Smristi’ scheme.
  • Sohrai Khovar painting is a traditional and ritualistic mural art in this state that got GI tag – Jharkhand.


  • CSIR is working with this Tech company and International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad to help achieve faster and less expensive COVID-19 testing - Intel India.
  • Person who is developing porous carbon materials which have the potential to replace lead grid in lead-acid batteries - Dr. Rajeev Kumar (CSIR-AMPRI, Bhopal).

General Knowledge

  • First Indian who won the Nobel in 1913 - Rabindranath Tagore.
  • The International Day of Light is celebrated on the anniversary of the first successful operation of the laser in 1960 by - Theodore Maiman.
  • Commonwealth of Nations - Founded: 11 December 1931; Headquarters: London, England.
  • Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) - Founded: 28 June 2008; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Badminton World Federation (BWF) - Founded: 1934; Headquarters: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Power Grid Corporation - Founded: 23 October 1989; Headquarters: Gurugram.
  • World Trade Organisation (WTO) - Founded: 01 January 1995; Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) - Founded: 1861; Headquarters: New Delhi.
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