Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open World number two, Naomi Osaka has decided to withdraw from the ongoing French Open Tournament. The announcement came amid her decision of boycotting the press conferences at the French Open. In a statement, the Tennis Player explained that she suffered long bouts of depression and finds it stressful to engage in conversation. WHO names COVID-19 variants first found in India The World health organization has named the B.1.617.1 and B.1.617.2 variants of COVID-19 first found in India. They have been named Kappa and Delta respectively. The different variants of COVID-19 have been named to simplify the public discussion as well as in removing the stigma from the names. Indian economy contracts by a record 7.3%
As per the official data by the Statistics Ministry, India’s economy has contracted by 7.3% in the FY 2020-21. The country has recorded its worst recession since Independence. The third-largest economy of Asia has been hit hard by the strict national lockdown to contain COVID-19, which had put millions out of work for months. China reports a first human case of H10N3 Bird Flu The world’s first known human case of H10N3 Bird Flu has been reported in China. A 41 years old man in the Eastern Jiangsu Province of China has been found infected with the bird flu strain. He was hospitalized after developing a fever and other symptoms and was diagnosed with the virus on May 28, 2021. T V Narendran of Tata Steel has become the new President of CII The CEO and Managing Director of Tata Steel, T V Narendran has been announced as the new President of Confederation of Indian Industry for 2021-22. He will take over from the CEO and MD of Kotak Mahindra Bank, Uday Kotak. T V Narendran has been involved with CII for many at both the state and regional levels.
🛑National Security Advisor (NSA) of India on May 29, 2021, commissioned the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) ship ‘Sajag’, the third in the series of 105 m offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). Ajit Doval, Kirti Chakra, National Security Advisor on May 29 commissioned Sajag in the presence of Dr Ajay Kumar, Defence Secretary and Director General Krishnaswamy Natarajan, PVSM, PTM, TM, Director General Indian Coast Guard, and senior officials of the Central and state government. Sajag, meaning ‘vigilant’, is an Indian Coast Guard ship that reflects the ‘Ready, Relevant and Responsive’ will and commitment towards the maritime interest of the nation. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval commissioned 'Sajag' on May 29, 2021. Sajag has been designed and built in India by Goa Shipyard Limited. It harbors advanced technology, communication equipment, navigation, machinery, and sensors.
The ship is equipped with a 40/60 Bofors gun, two 12.7 mm SRCG guns with FCS along with an Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS), Integrated Bridge System (IBS), High Power External Firefighting (EFFF) system, and Power Management System (PMS). Two 9100 KW diesel engines propel the ship to reach a maximum speed of 26 knots. The ship displaces around 2,350 tons (GRT). The ship is built with an endurance of 6,000 nm at an economical speed. The ship equipped with a modern system and technology is capable to perform tasks to fulfill the Coast Guard charter. Deputy Inspector General Sanjay Negi will command the ICG ship Sajag along with 12 officers and 99 men. Sajag will be based at Porbandar along with the Coast Guard fleet. The ship will be used extensively for EEZ surveillance and duties mentioned by the Coast Guard charter. Sajag will boost the operational capability of the Indian Coast Guard to perform various maritime tasks and uplift the maritime protection of the Western coastline of India. Currently, ICG houses a fleet of 62 aircraft and 157 ships. While 16 Advance Light Helicopters are under building stage at HAL, Bengaluru and 34 surface platforms are under construction at different shipyards. 🛑UP announces Rs 10 lakh for kin of journalists who died of Covid-19
• Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on May 30, 2021 released Rs 10 lakh aid for the family of journalists who succumbed to Covid-19. • The Information Department of the state has gathered the details of the deceased journalists and the financial assistance has been released to their families. • Uttar Pradesh is one of the worst affected states by the deadly second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
There should be one price for COVID-19 vaccines across the nation: SC to Centre
• The Supreme Court on May 31, 2021 questioned the centre on its dual procurement policy for Covid-19 vaccines and said that there needs to be one price for the vaccines across the nation. • The SC Bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao and Ravindra Bhat called for a uniform pricing policy to be adopted for COVID vaccines across the nation. • The court questioned the different pricing for centre and state governments saying that if the centre says it gets vaccines at low pricing since it buys in bulk, then why do states have the higher price? • The apex court asserted that there needs to be one price for the vaccines across the nation. • The court also noted that while the centre is supplying vaccines to states for vaccination of those above 45 years but to vaccinate those below 45 years, the state has to make its own arrangements. The court asked centre how does it justify this? • The court also pointed out the digital divide, asking centre how it is ensuring that the migrant workers can get vaccinated.
Bangladesh extends India border closure
• Bangladesh government has decided to extend the ban on public travel to India till June 14 in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. • Bangladesh's land border with India has been closed since April 26 and the ban was supposed to end on May 31. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by the country's foreign secretary on May 29, 2021. • The Bangladesh government has also decided to stop travel through two more land ports to stop the spread of coronavirus. The newly-closed land ports include Darshana of Chuadanga and Sona masjid of Chapainawabganj.
2021 Asian Boxing Championships: Mary Kom settles for silver after losing the high-octane final
• Indian boxer Mary Kom finished her campaign at the 2021 ASBC Asian Boxing Championships with silver after going down against the two-time world champion Nazym Kyzaibay in a high-octane 51kg final in Dubai on May 30, 2021. • Though the five-time Asian Championships gold medallist used all her experience against the Kazakh boxer, it wasn't enough as Kyzaibay tilted the hard-fought game successfully in her favour and emerged as the winner with a narrow 29-28, 28-29, 30-27, 29-28, 28-29 scoreline. • This is the second time that Mary Kom has won silver at the Asian Championships. Her previous silver was in 2008. She won the Championship on five occasions --2003, 2005, 2010, 2012 and 2017.
Centre allows oxygen supply to certain industries on 'temporary basis'
• The Central government on May 31, 2021 allowed oxygen supply to certain industries on a 'temporary basis subject to ensuring an adequate supply of medical oxygen to hospitals and other medical purposes'. • The Home Ministry had received a request from oxygen manufacturing industries to allow the supply of oxygen to industries other than the industries exempted by it. • The industries that made the requests include continuous process industries such as refineries, furnaces, steel, aluminum and copper processing plants that require a continuous power supply and Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and infrastructure projects and plans that require oxygen for production and food processing units. • The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) may allow usage of liquid oxygen to these industries on a temporary basis subject to ensuring an adequate supply of liquid medical oxygen to hospitals and other medical purposes as per demands of States/ UTs.