National - 2020 MAY

May 21

Limits on air fares set in seven bands as per flight durations
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that a minimum and maximum fare has been set for the domestic flight services, which resume from May 25. This is operative for three months till August 24.
* The government has divided routes in seven sections for fare control; first section is where flight duration is less than 40 mins. For fare control second section of domestic aircraft route is where flight duration is between 40-60 min, rest all are between 60-210 min.

Bangladesh and India add five new ports of call
India and Bangladesh have added five new ports of call to boost the bilateral trade.
* The five new ports of call in Bangladesh's side are Rajshahi, Sultanganj, Chilmari, Daudkandi, and Bahadurabad. India's side is Dhulian, Maia, Kolaghat, Sonamura, and Jogigopha.
* Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das and Bangladesh's Shipping Secretary Mezbah Uddin Chowdhury signed an agreement to the Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade in Dhaka.

May 20

Ayushman Bharat beneficiaries crosses 1 crore mark
The number of people who have benefited from the 'Ayushman Bharat' scheme has crossed the one crore-mark in less than two years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.
* In September 2018, Modi had launched the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana-Ayushman Bharat. It has been termed as the biggest government-sponsored healthcare scheme in the world.

May 19

India gives USD 2 mn aid to UN agency
India has contributed USD 2 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for the welfare of Palestine Refugees. This aid will support the agency's core programs, education, and health amid the coronavirus crisis.
* India has contributed USD 1.25 million in 2016 and USD 5 million in 2019 to UNRWA. india pledged another USD 5 million for 2020.


May 18

At 7.1 cases per lakh, India's Covid-19 ratio lowest in world: Govt
The Union Health Ministry informed that India has about 7.1 cases per lakh population whereas the average of the whole world is 60 cases per lakh population. The recovery rate has also improved to 38.29 per cent.
* Spain has reported 494 cases per lakh population, which is the highest, followed by the US, which has 431 cases per lakh population. Italy has 372 cases per lakh population and the UK has 361 cases per lakh population.