1. Benjamin Netanyahu sworn-in for the 5th time as the PM of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally swore in his new government for the fifth time. The ceremony of the swearing-in of Israel’s new government, the Knesset, was held in accordance with coronavirus social distancing directives. Netanyahu will be in power until 13 November 2021.
This ended the 18-month political crisis in the country. Benny Gantz will serve in the specially created role of alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister.
2. Zubair Iqbal appointed as MD of J&K Bank, Chibber to continue as chairman
The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) administration approved the appointment of senior vice president (SVP) of HDFC bank Zubair Iqbal as the new Managing Director (MD) of Jammu and Kashmir Bank, for a period of 3 years.
In another order, Rajesh Kumar Chibber, who is currently MD and Chairman of J&K bank, has been reappointed as the Chairman for the period of 3 years.
The RBI had extended the tenure of Chibber as MD of the bank for a period of 3 months in April 2020.Parvez Ahmed was removed by the erstwhile state government on alleged charges of corruption, nepotism and favouritism.
3. A Book titled “Wuhan Diary: Dispatches from a Quarantined City” authored by Fang Fang released
The book titled as “Wuhan Diary: Dispatches from a Quarantined City” authored by Chinese literary writer Fang Fang is a compilation of online diary entries and social media posts that document 60 days of lockdown during COVID-19, captures the challenges of daily life and the changing moods and emotions of being quarantined without reliable information & is a remarkable record of the extraordinary time.
The book was released in India in an ebook format published by HarperNonFiction, the audio will follow on May 26.
4. World AIDS Vaccine Day observed every year on 18th May
World AIDS Vaccine Day or HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, is observed on May 18 across the world.
It is primarily celebrated to emphasise upon the need for a vaccine for Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and recognises the efforts of health professionals and researchers who have been working towards this goal.
The first World AIDS Vaccine Day was observed on May 18, 1998. Exactly one year ago, on May 18, 1997, the then United States president Bill Clinton had asserted upon the importance of creating a vaccine for the deadly disease.
5. India joined EU resolution of 61 countries at WHO meet seeking a probe into coronavirus crisis
India is among 62 countries that have moved a proposal at the World Health Assembly to “identify the zoonotic source” of the coronavirus. China and the US are not part of the resolution.
The proposal is part of a seven-page draft resolution moved by 35 countries and the 27-member European Union, and is likely to be taken up at the Assembly, which is the decision-making body of the WHO. The resolution is being backed by three of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — UK, Russia and France — along with Japan, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, South Africa and Turkey, among others.
This is the first time India has taken a position in an international forum on the origin of the virus and the need for an independent evaluation of WHO’s response to the crisis.