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Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor passed away - 01 May 20

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Centre institutes International Financial Services Centres Authority - 01 May 20

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T.S. Tirumurti appointed as Permanent Representative of India to UN - 01 May 20

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Union Government sanctioned Rs.33,300 crore under MGNREGA Apr 30,2020 - 01 May 20

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Over 5 million people were displaced in India in 2019 reports 2020 GRID - 01 May 20

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  • According to the report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC),five million people were displaced in India last year, the highest in the world, due to disasters, including cyclones and monsoon floods.
  • The displacements were a result of a combination of increasing hazard intensity, high population exposure and high levels of social and economic vulnerability.
  • South Asia recorded 9.5 million new displacements associated with disasters in 2019, the highest figure since 2012 and the floods triggered by the monsoon in India and Bangladesh and cyclones Fani and Bulbul were among the events that forced most people to flee their homes both in the region and globally.
  • While India reported 50,37,000 displacements, Bangladesh recorded 40,86,520 in the year 2019.
  • The Other countries with new displacements are Afghanistan (5,78,000), Nepal (1,21,000) and Pakistan (1,16,000), according to the data provided in the report by the Geneva-based centre.
  • There were thought to be around 5,90,000 people living in internal displacement as a result of disasters across the country as of 31 December, but the figure is highly conservative given the high number of new displacements and the damages and losses recorded during the year.
  • According to the report, "conflict and violence" triggered about 19,000 new displacements in the country last year.
  • Political and electoral violence, primarily in Tripura and West Bengal in the first half of the year, accounted for more than 7,600. 
  • Lesser unrest and inter-communal violence continued to trigger displacement in the second half of the year.
  • The year was also the seventh warmest in India since 1901 and the monsoon was the wettest in 25 years. These conditions helped to fuel the destructive power of the eight tropical storms to hit the country during the year.
  • The most severe was cyclone Fani, which tracked across the states of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal in early May, before moving north to Bangladesh.
  • As it approached the coast of Odisha with maximum sustained windspeeds up to 240 km/h, the government organised the evacuation of more than 1.8 million people.
  • The states disaster management authorities were lauded for their lifesaving operations.
  • Another 2,89,000 people were evacuated in Gujarat in June ahead of cyclone Vayu, which changed track and reduced in intensity before making landfall later than expected.
  • The south-west monsoon triggered more than 2.6 million displacements in the months that followed.
  • The north-west monsoon continued to trigger displacement in October and November, along with cyclone Maha, which hit Kerala and the Lakshwadeep islands on October 31.
  • Cyclone Bulbul struck Odisha and West Bengal ten days later, triggering 1,86,000 displacements.
  • Drought displacement was also recorded in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.
  • The conflict and violence also triggered displacements in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan and to a lesser extent in Sri Lanka in 2019 with around 4,98,000 new displacements recorded across the region as a whole.
  • The annual total has fallen over the past decade, mainly because of the "de-escalation" of violence in Pakistan. 
  • Afghanistan's conflict, however, shows little sign of abating.
  • Around four million people were living in displacement as a result of conflict and violence as of the end of the year, with Afghanistan accounting for 75 % of the regional total.
  • IDMC's global report on in internal displacement (GRID) 2020 is the global reference for internal displacement data and analysis and is widely used by policy-makers, national governments, UN agencies, international NGOs, journalists and academics.

International Labour Day is observed on 1 May - 01 May 20

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Ajay Tirkey assumes charge as Secretary of Ministry of Women and Child Development - 02 May 20

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Ajay Tirkey: A fact file

India ranks 53rd in Budget Transparency and Accountability - 02 May 20

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NLC India Limited commences Coal production for the first time - 02 May 20

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DST launches programme communication ‘Year of Awareness on Science & Health (YASH)’ with focus on COVID-19 - 02 May 20

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Germany declared Hezbollah as Terrorist Organization - 02 May 20

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Iran-Israel proxy war : A fact file

ICC Test rankings -2020: India lost top spot in the ICC Test rankings to Australia - 02 May 20

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USAID to provide 3 million USD for India’s PAHAL project - 03 May 20

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USAID: A fact file

Prof Shobhana Narasimhan elected as International Honorary Member to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences - 03 May 20

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Professor Shobhana Narasimhan: A fact file

Ministry of Shipping launched new website - 03 May 20

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Yes Bank appointed Neeraj Dhawan as its Chief Risk Officer - 03 May 20

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Neeraj Dhawan: A fact file

Five more States, UTs added under One Nation One Ration Card platform - 03 May 20

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World Press Freedom Day is celebrated on 3 May - 03 May 20

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World Press Freedom Day:History

Environment Ministry approves the construction of new Parliament - 04 May 20

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Narendra Singh Tomar launched The Saras Collection on GeM portal - 04 May 20

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India ranks 3rd in scientific publication - 04 May 20

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International Astronomy Day is celebrated on 2 May - 04 May 20

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PM Modi to attend virtual summit of Non-Aligned Movement - 04 May 20

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NAM Summit: A fact file

Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi passed away due to COVID-19 disease - 04 May 20

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Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi: A fact file

IDEAthon: "The future of River Management" launched by Jal Shakti Ministry - 05 May 20

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IDEAthon: A fact file

Pulitzer Prizes-2020:Three Indian journalists honoured - 05 May 20

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Russia to launch the first Arktika-M satellite in 2020 December - 05 May 20

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Arktika-M satellite: A fact file

BDL partners with IIT-Kanpur to manufacture ventilators for COVID-19 treatment - 05 May 20

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World Asthma Day is celebrated on 5 May - 05 May 20

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International Firefighters Day is observed on 4 May - 05 May 20

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The Ribbon:A fact file

Lt Gen Raj Shukla assumed command of ARTRAC - 05 May 20

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Lieutenant General Raj Shukla: A fact file

Indian-American lawyer Ashok Michael Pinto represents as US representative for IBRD - 06 May 20

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Michael Pinto: A fact file

Indian women’s hockey team raises Rs.20 lakh to help people affected by COVID-19 - 06 May 20

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SC directs Cooperative banks come under SARFAESI Act - 06 May 20

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Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury took charge as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee - 06 May 20

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Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury : A fact file

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PM Garib Kalyan Package: Rs.34,800 crore financial help given to 39 crore beneficiaries - 06 May 20

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Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana: A fact file
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Tarun Bajaj appointed as Director on RBI Central Board - 06 May 20

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Russia awarded Kim Jong Un on its 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany - 07 May 20

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Russia-North Korea ties: A fact file

Himachal Pradesh to launch Nigah Scheme - 07 May 20

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Nigah Scheme: A fact file

Professor Saurabh Lodha received 2020 Young Career Award in Nano Science and Technology - 07 May 20

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SC extends period of limitation for cheque bounce cases - 07 May 20

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Irans parliament introduces new currency, Toman, to tackle inflation - 07 May 20

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World Athletics Day is celebrated on 7 May - 07 May 20

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World Athletics:A Fact File

Aarogya Setu Interactive Voice Response System implemented - 08 May 20

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Aarogya Setu IVRS: A fact file

"Lost At Home"-largest number of children displaced in 2019:UNICEF - 08 May 20

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World Thalassaemia Day is observed on 8 May - 08 May 20

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World Thalassaemia Day: A fact file
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Harsh Vardhan launched AYUSH Sanjivani App - 08 May 20

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AYUSH Sanjivani App: A fact file

UNEP extends Actress Dia Mirzas term as Goodwill Ambassador - 08 May 20

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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP): A fact file

World Red Cross day is observed on 8 May - 08 May 20

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Red Cross Society: A fact file

Rajnath Singh inaugurates Dharchula-Lipulekh road link to Kailash Mansarovar - 09 May 20

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Dharchula-Lipulekh Road: A fact file

‘Vande Bharat Mission’: A evacuation missio to cover more European nations - 09 May 20

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Babri Masjid demolition case - SC fixes August 31 as new deadline for judgement - 09 May 20

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NSafe mask-Reusable Antimicrobial Mask - 09 May 20

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Washable face mask: A fact file

World Migratory Bird Day is observed on 9 May - 09 May 20

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Giriraj Singh awards Startup India-Animal Husbandry Grand Challenge winners - 09 May 20

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Animal Husbandry Startup Grand Challenge: A fact file
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UP CM Yogi Adityanath launched Pravasi Rahat Mitra App to aid migrant citizens - 10 May 20

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Tamil Nadu state government forms high-Level Committee to assess impact of COVID-19 pandemic - 10 May 20

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Prime Minister of Iraq Mustafa al-Kadhimi assumed office - 10 May 20

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Mustafa al-Kadhimi: A Brief History

Aarogya Setu app promoting a few e-pharmacies: SJM - 10 May 20

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ICMR, Bharat Biotech tie up for Indian COVID-19 vaccine - 10 May 20

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Wipro CEO and MD Abidali Z Neemuchwala steps down - 10 May 20

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Abidali Z Neemuchwala: A fact file

National Technology Day is observed on 11 May - 11 May 20

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Centre launched Mission Sagar for assistance to Indian Ocean nations amid COVID-19 crisis - 11 May 20

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Mission Sagar: A fact file
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Registrar General of India released Birth rate, death rate: IMR - 11 May 20

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Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi assumes charge as Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy - 11 May 20

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Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi: A fact file

Ministry of Defence approves abolition of 9,304 posts in Military Engineering Service - 11 May 20

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Ministry of MSME Launches CHAMPIONS Portal www.Champions.gov.in - 11 May 20

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CHAMPIONS : A fact file

Atal Pension Yojana completes five years - 12 May 20

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Madhya Pradesh launched first-ever FIR Aapke Dwar Yojana - 12 May 20

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International Nurses Day is observed on 12 May - 12 May 20

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Theme of the year- 2020
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NAL develops BiPAP Non-Invasive Ventilator SwasthVayu in 36 days for coronavirus - 12 May 20

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Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan ranks among biggest in world - 12 May 20

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EAM S Jaishankar participated in the virtual meeting of Foreign Ministers of SCO - 13 May 20

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Haryana to provide tap water connection to all rural households by 2022 December - 13 May 20

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Anunta won VMware 2020 Regional Partner of the Year Award - 13 May 20

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NDB provides USD 1 billion loan to India to fight COVID-19 pandemic - 13 May 20

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FIFA U-17 Womens World Cup in India to begin in 2021 February - 13 May 20

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Jammu and Kashmir to provide tap water to every household by December 2022 - 13 May 20

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