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News in Short - 30-May-2019

World Menstrual Hygiene Day: May 28

Date: 30 May 2019 Tags: Days & Dates
  • The World Menstrual Hygiene Day is observed every year on May 28 to highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene management (MHM). The theme for this year is “It's Time for Action”.
  • This day was initiated by German-based NGO WASH United in 2014 and aims to benefit women and girls worldwide.
  • Why May 28? The date 28th was selected to acknowledge that 28 days is the average length of the menstrual cycle.

Indian Overseas Bank launches Bank on Wheels facility

Date: 30 May 2019 Tags: Financial Inclusion
  • Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) has launched ‘Bank on Wheels’ facility in 14 of its lead districts in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, besides in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.
  • The mobile van facility will enable public, especially senior citizens, conveniently get door-step banking facility available at identified locations of lead districts.
  • It will be accompanied by dedicated banking correspondent with micro ATM inside van to take care of services such as account opening, passbook printing, enrollment of customers in social security scheme, and other financial inclusion activities.

India ranks 121 in Speedtest Global index

Date: 30 May 2019 Tags: IT, Mobile & Computers
  • In recently released Ookla’s Speedtest Global index for April 2019, India has slipped to 121 position of 138 countries in terms of mobile internet speeds.
  • Average speeds of mobile downloads in India stood at 10.06 Mbps in December 2018, improving only marginally to 10.71 Mbps in April 2019. Other countries like China, Sri Lanka, Myanmarand Pakistan are far better then India.
  • On the other hand, India fares much better in terms of fixed broadband download speeds. It was ranked 68th rank, among 179 countries/ Download speeds in this category stood at 29.25 Mbps.

Renowned Assamese Artist Benu Misra passes away

Date: 30 May 2019 Tags: Obituaries
  • Renowned Assamese artist Benu Misra passed away in Guwahati.  He was 80 years old at the time of his demise.
  • He was the founder president of Guwahati Artists’ Guild (formed in 1976) which is one of the most important platforms for aspiring artists in the State.
  • He was also former senior art adviser and deputy director of state Directorate of Information and Public Relations. Misra was born in 1939 at Barpeta district. He later moved to Guwahati in 1946.