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- Tamil actor Nitish Veera passed away due to COVID-19 in May 2021. He was known for his performances in movies such as ‘Pudhupettai’ and ‘Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu’.
- Former Director of Press Information Bureau Chennai, C. Muthuvel passed away in Chennai in May 2021 due to Covid-19. He was an officer in the Indian Information Service and had worked in All India Radio, Doordarshan, etc.
Tamil Nadu Govt forms 13 member committee
- The Tamil Nadu Government has formed a 13 member all-party committee chaired by Chief Minister M.K Stalin.
- The committee includes three political representatives who are doctors by profession.
- The representatives will share and discuss the status of the COVID 19 pandemic situation.
- It has been specified that the vaccination camps should have separate ramps for differently-abled persons.
Chhattisgarh Govt launches virtual school
- In Chhattisgarh, a virtual school is being set up so that children’s education is not affected due to the Corona crisis.
- This virtual school will operate under the Chhattisgarh State Open School.
- Students from class 9 to 12 will be able to take admission in this virtual school.
- Students will also have the facility to choose a mentor of their choice and get their doubts cleared online.
Tejaswini Shankar bags men’s high jump titles
- India’s Tejaswini Shankar has bagged men’s high jump titles in the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Manhattan, USA.
- The athlete cleared the bar at 2.28 meters to win high jump gold on 15 May 2021.
- However, despite the spectacular performance, Shankar fell short of the Tokyo Olympic Games qualification standard of 2.33 m.
Rafael Nadal wins Italian Open title
- In tennis, Rafael Nadal beat world number one Novak Djokovic to win a 10th Italian Open title on 16 May 2021.
- Nadal won through 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 against the defending champion.
- He also equaled Djokovic’s record of 36 ATP Masters 1000 titles in his 12th Rome final.
- In the men’s doubles, Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic won the title, beating Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury.
Richard Bland wins British Masters Golf
- Leading Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma ended up Tied-34th at the Betfred British Masters in Wishaw, Scotland, on 17 May 2021.
- England’s Richard Bland won the title, getting in a pole position for a chance to earn a place in the US Open.
- The only Indian to make the cut among four participants, Sharma had five birdies in his final round.
UNSC holds meeting on Israel and Palestine
- A UN Security Council meeting took place on 17 May 2021 as hostilities between Israel and Palestine entered the 7th day.
- The international community has called for an end to the escalating conflict.
- US envoy Hady Amr has arrived in Tel Aviv to take part in talks with Israeli, Palestinian, and UN officials.
- Since the fighting began on 10 May’21, at least 145 people have been killed in Gaza.
State of Working India 2021 Report
- The State of Working India 2021 report was released by the Azim Premji University (APU).
- The report covers the period March 2020 to December 2020, dwells on the impact of one year of Covid-19 on employment, incomes, inequality, and poverty.
- It has found a correlation between the reduction in mobility of people in a state owing to the lockdown in 2020 and the drop in family income.
2nd vaccine dose to be given after 84 days
- The COVID Working Group chaired by Dr. N K Arora had recommended extension of the gap between the first and second doses of COVISHIELD vaccine to 12 to 16 weeks.
- This has been accepted by the government of India.
- Additionally, already booked online appointments for the 2nd dose of Covishield will remain valid and are not being canceled by COWIN.
Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ honored
- International Invincible Gold Medal for 2021 has been conferred to Union Education Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.
- He has been recognized for his extraordinary commitment and outstanding service to humanity through his writings, social and illustrious public life.
- The award will be formally presented to the Union Minister on Guru Purnima 2021.
Iga Swiatek wins Italian Open
- Poland’s Iga Swiatek defeated Karolina Pliskova from the Czech Republic 6-0, to win the Italian Open on 16 May 2021.
- The French Open champion took just 45 minutes to win the match.
- Swiatek, ranked 15, claimed her third WTA title having followed her Roland Garros success with a win in Adelaide in January 2021.
Monkey Census conducted in Haryana
- At least 600 people throughout Haryana participated in a three-day Monkey Census between 28-30 April 2021.
- They documented approximately 6,000 monkeys on a specially designed mobile application.
- The mobile application, titled ‘Wildlife Census Haryana’, was designed by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun.
Virus situation worsens among PVTGs
- The COVID-19 situation has worsened in certain areas inhabited by Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) in Odisha.
- 23 persons belonging to the Dongria Kondh community, a PVTG in the Niyamgiri Hill range in Odisha, have tested positive for COVID-19.
- Similarly, in Malkangiri district, Bonda Hill, home to the Bonda community, another PVTG, has been declared as a containment zone.
Business and Economy
- Zensar Technologies has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire M3bi, an Arizona-based data, and digital engineering firm.
- Media agency Mediabrands India has announced the launch of Mediabrands Content Studio (MBCS) in India.
- Eli Lilly has signed a voluntary licensing agreement with Natco Pharma to further expedite the availability of baricitinib for COVID-19 patients in India.
McDonald’s plans ₹100 crore investment
- Westlife Development, which operates McDonald’s restaurants in the southern and western regions in India, plans to invest ₹100 crores to open up to 30 outlets of the quick-service restaurant brand in the current financial year.
- In the last financial year, the company had opened 5 McDonald’s outlets.
- In the last quarter of 2020-21, 55-60% of the company’s sales came from convenience channels.
M&M announces ₹1-lakh health insurance
- Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd has announced an initiative to support its new tractor customers amid the second wave of the COVID-19.
- It will provide health insurance of ₹1 lakh and pre-approved emergency financial support to farmers.
- Under its ‘M-Protect COVID’ plan, the company aims to safeguard new Mahindra tractor customers and their families against the eventuality of contracting COVID-19.
Flipkart appoints Dinkar Ayilavarapu as Head
- Flipkart has appointed a former partner at management consulting firm Bain & Co. Dinkar Ayilavarapu as its new Head of strategy.
- Ayilavarapu is joining as Vice-President, corporate strategy.
- Ayilavarapu has worked at Bain for 14 years in their India, New York, and South Africa offices and was a part of their technology, media, telecom, and M&A practices.
- He has also worked with ITC Ltd.
Cloudflare’s new authentication system
- Popular web infrastructure provider Cloudflare has unveiled a way to eliminate CAPTCHAs from the Internet.
- The company will use USB security keys to do the same, using a method it calls the Cryptographic Attestation of Personhood.
- With Cloudflare’s new system, users will be able to authenticate logins to websites by using physical USB keys.
Max Life Saral Pension plan launched
- Max Life Insurance Co. Ltd has announced the launch of ‘Max Life Saral Pension’, a non-linked, individual immediate annuity plan.
- It means that one pays a lump sum as a purchase price and gets a fixed payment at regular intervals for the rest of his life.
- The plan is available to customers in the entry age group of 40-80 years, there are two options, i.e single life, and joint-life annuity.
- Subodh Chopra, who wrote dialogues for films such as Irrfan Khan’s Rog, passed away in May 2021. He had directed a Malayalam film titled Vasudha.
- Former badminton coach Balachandran Nair passed away in May 2021.
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