AspirantWorld One liners : 31st May

• Bangladesh’s central bank has approved a $200 million currency swap facility for Sri Lanka, which will assist the country in dealing with its foreign exchange crisis.

• A Himachal Pradesh farmer has created an innovative self-pollinating apple variety that does not require long chilling hours to flower and set fruit. Commercial cultivation of this apple variety has started in the low-lying areas of Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Jammu, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Telangana.

• YUVA (Young, Upcoming and Versatile Authors) was launched by the government. YUVA-Prime Minister’s Young Authors Mentoring Scheme, this is a Author mentoring program to train young and up-and-coming authors (under 30), initiated by the Ministry of Education, Dept of Higher Education.

• A total of 166 new green zone sites have been approved for NPNT (No-Permission-No-Takeoff) compliant drone operations. The Ministry of Civil Aviation has granted permission for “No-Permission-No-Takeoff” (NPNT) compliant drone operations at 166 additional green zones.

• On May 28, the National Artificial Intelligence Portal celebrated its first anniversary. In May 2020, the portal will be launched. It is a collaboration between the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), the National e-Governance Division (NeGD), and NASSCOM.

• The government will provide monetary assistance via DBT under the MDM Scheme. As a special welfare measure, the Union Minister for Education has approved a proposal to provide monetary assistance to 11.8 crore students via Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) for the cooking expenses of the Mid-Day-Meal Scheme to all eligible children.

• The Cabinet Appointment Committee (ACC) has approved the appointment of B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary Jammu and Kashmir (Jammu and Kashmir), to hold unique positions the Ministry of Commerce, an order by the Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Appeals and Retirement.

• Each and Every year on May 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) and global partners celebrate World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). The annual campaign targets to raise awareness of the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure and prevent the opportunity to use tobacco in any form.

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