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News in Short - 01-June-2020

SpaceX rocket with NASA astronauts takes off

Date: 01 June 2020 Tags: Space
  • A rocket ship designed and built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company has lifted off with two NASA astronauts on a history-making flight to the International Space Station.
  • The mission was supposed to be launched on May 27 but it was delayed due to adverse weather conditions at the last minute.
  • This is the first time after nine years since NASA shut down its space shuttle program back in 2011. This is also the first time that a private spacecraft company used its own rocket to put humans into space.

COVID-19 recovery rate jumps to 47.4%

Date: 01 June 2020 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • India’s COVID-19 recovery rate improved to 47.4% from 38.29% on May 18, according to Union Health ministry data.
  • Meanwhile during the past 24 hours, a total of 11,264 COVID-19 patients have recovered. This is the highest number of recovered patients recorded in a day.
  • The average number of new cases per day for the six-day period of May 8-14 was 3, 675. This figure stands at 6,738 for the period May 22-28. The average number of deaths per day for the two periods is 116 and 164 respectively.

PM CARES not public authority under RTI act

Date: 01 June 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has refused to disclose details on the creation and operation of the PM CARES Fund, telling that the fund is not a public authority under the ambit of the RTI Act, 2005.
  • The Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) Fund was set to accept donations and provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic, and other similar emergencies.
  • The relevant section of the Act defines a “public authority” as any authority or body or institution of self-government established or constituted — (a) by or under the Constitution; (b) by any other law made by Parliament; (c) by any other law made by State Legislature; (d) by notification issued or order made by the appropriate Government.

Neeraj Chopra nominated for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award

Date: 01 June 2020 Tags: Sports
  • Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has been recommended for the coveted Khel Ratna Award by the committee constituted by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) for the third time in a row.
  • The 22-year-old Chopra is the only track and field athlete to be recommended by the AFI for the country's highest sports award this year.
  • Chopra has already been conferred with the Arjuna Award in 2018 after winning a gold in the Gold Coast Commonwealth. In that year, he was also recommended for the Khel Ratna.

US postpones G7 summit

Date: 01 June 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • U.S. President Donald Trump said that he would postpone the Group of Seven summit that he wanted to hold in late June and expand the list of countries invited to include Australia, Russia, South Korea and India.
  • G7 is a forum of the seven countries with the world's largest and most advanced economies — France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Heads of States of these countries meet annually on international economic and monetary issues.
  • The US holds the presidency of the G7 this year. During the summit, G7 president normally invites heads of States of one or two countries to attend the meeting as a special invitee.