Daily GK Update: 24th May 2020

India now among 10 worst countries in Covid-19 cases

  • With the highest one-day national surge of 6,634new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases, India on Sunday overtook Iran to become the 10th biggest hot spot of the pathogen, which has rapidly swept the globe, claiming new epicentres across continents and leaving health care systems overwhelmed in its wake.
  • The number of Covid-19 cases in the country stood at 138,474 on Sunday, nearly doubling over the course of 13days, even as graded relaxations in the fourth phase of the national lockdown were likely to push up the contagion over the coming days.

Source: Hindustan Times

Eid Mubarak: Wishes from PM Modi to President Kovind on festival of brotherhood and harmony

Eid-ul-Fitr 2019: President Kovind, PM Modi extend greetings to ...

  • President Ram Nath Kovid and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were among several leaders who extended their greeting on Eid-ul-Fitr as the festival is being celebrated across the country on Monday amid the lockdown to clamp the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
  • “Eid Mubarak! Greetings on Eid-ul-Fitr. May this special occasion further the spirit of compassion, brotherhood and harmony. May everyone be healthy and prosperous,” PM Modi tweeted.
  • The Prime Minister had last month thanked the leaders of the community for spreading awareness as the fasting month of Ramzan began, urging people to pray that “the world is freed of coronavirus before Eid”.

Source: Hindustan Times

India welcomes 3-day ceasefire in Afghanistan; hopes it will be extended further

India hopes 3-day ceasefire in Afghanistan will be further ...

  • India on Sunday welcomed the announcement of a three-day ceasefire in Afghanistan by the Taliban and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on the occasion of Eid, and hoped that it will be extended further to pave the way for durable peace and stability in the country.
  • The Taliban and Ghani on Saturday announced a three-day ceasefire ahead of Eid.
  • The Ministry of External Affairs said India stands with the people of Afghanistan in their quest for enduring peace, security, sovereignty and prosperity.
  • “India welcomes the understanding reached for a ceasefire in Afghanistan for three days during the Eid,” the Ministry of External Affairs said.
  • “We hope that this ceasefire would extend further and become permanent to address the dire humanitarian situation resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and pave the way for durable peace and stability for the people of Afghanistan,” it said in a statement.
  • India has been keenly watching the evolving political situation after the US inked a peace deal with the Taliban in February. The deal provided for the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, effectively drawing curtains to Washington”s 18-year war in the country.

Source: Outlook India

Can’t take our people without permission: UP CM Yogi Adityanath says govt nod must to hire workers from state

States will need permission to hire workers from UP CM Adityanath ...

  • Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath said any state that wants to hire migrant workers from UP will first have to seek an approval from the state government.
  • Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Sunday that the government’s nod is required to ensure socio-legal-monetary rights of the migrant workers.
  • The UP CM also announced on Sunday that the state government has decided to set up a Migration Commission for employment of migrant labourers in the state. The process of skill mapping of these migrant workers already being done in UP, Yogi Adityanath said.
  • “These workers are our biggest resource and will give them employment in Uttar Pradesh as state government is going to set up a commission for their employment,” Yogi Adityanath said as he added that migrant labourers were “not properly taken care of” by various states in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown.

Source: India Today