Top Ten News of the world in May 2020
1. INDIA AND CHINA -FACE TO FACE IN GALWAN VALLEY IN LADAKH REGION.
Thousands of PLA troops have forced their way into Indian territory in this area, putting up tents and dug trenches, the Indian Army has put its foot down firmly and there were fistfights and stone-pelting among soldiers from both sides leading to some of them getting injured too. Both the militaries are sticking to their positions. India has termed action by Chines troops unwarranted and unprovocative. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh maintains that there are certain issues at the LAC in Ladakh region and it is being discussed both at appropriate Military and diplomatic Levels with Chinese.
According to Gautam Bambawale, former ambassador to China, “Better infrastructure, enhanced transportation and communication facilities have increased the probability of Indian and Chinese patrols coming face-to-face”. Indian officials have recorded ‘transgressions’ along the LAC in Pangong Tso Lake, Trig Heights, Burts, the Doletango area, and the Galway river valley in Ladakh and also at strategic points in Sikkim.
2. CHINA ANNOUNCES NEW SECURITY LAW FOR HONG KONG.
The National People’s Congress, the top legislature of China enacted the new law on Establishing and Improving the Legal System and Enforcement Mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to Safeguard National Security, which became effective upon its release on Thursday. The Chinese spokesperson declared that the legislation aims to tackle secession, subversion, terrorism, and foreign interference in the Chinese territory of Hong Kong. A large number of protestors gathered against this legislation as suppression of democratic rights and the special status of Hong Kong.
3. WORLD STILL BATTLING WITH COVID-19.
Almost 5,905,751 cases worldwide with 3,65,250 deaths till 30 May. The US has a maximum number of cases, almost 1.6 million reported with almost 100,000 deaths. India, too, reported about 182,000 cases with a recovery rate of touching 50% and around 5000 deaths. South Korea Closes schools again as Corona Cases jump again.
4. INDIA SUPPORTED INVESTIGATION INTO ORIGIN OF COVID-19 AT WHO.
India supported an Impartial and comprehensive investigation into the origin of the coronavirus disease at the73rd session of the World Health Assembly of WHO. The resolution was passed by nearly 120 nations at this crucial conference of this World Health body.
5. US AND RUSSIA NEED TO RUSH UP THEIR NUCLEAR TREATY SOONER THAN LATER.
President Donald Trump may find himself short of time if he doesn’t act timely on the new START( Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) with Russia or renew the existing one to control nuclear proliferation. President Donald Trump’s arms control envoy said he expects Russia to help the U.S. bring China into nuclear weapons talks as uncertainty surrounds the future of a key treaty and about the importance of involving Beijing in future nuclear arms control negotiations. the US Official said that the US feels that U.S. and Russian officials had “concrete ideas” for their next meeting on arms control talks, and had settled on a venue for discussions. But emphasized on the need to involve China into this Nuclear Arms control regime for long terms results.
6. PROTESTS BROKE OUT IN US OVER THE KILLING OF A BLACK MAN BY POLICE.
George Floyd, 46 yrs. the old black man was reportedly suspected of trying to present counterfeit bills at a corner eatery, where he was kneeled by a white officer, arrested and taken by an ambulance. Later on, he was declared dead the same night. His death led to widespread protests and encounter with riot police. Later on, the police officers have been dismissed and an investigation has ordered.
7. COSTA RICA JOINS THE NATIONS OF ‘LEGALIZING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE’.
Costa Rica has become the sixth Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage, taking the total count to 28 nations. This ruling was welcomed by a large number of gay couples and legal rights groups. Providing equal rights to the LGBT+ community was also one of the election promises by the Costa Rican president.
8. AMPHAN devastates Coastal areas in WB and Odisha.
The AMPHAN cyclone has created havoc in the coastal areas of West Bengal and Bangladesh. The severest in the last 100 years, AMPHAN cyclone, with almost 190 kmph wind speed, damaged fragile dwellings along the coastal line, affecting lakhs of people in West Bengal and Odisha coastal regions. 72 persons were killed and Two districts of WB were almost completely damaged. PM Modi and CM West Bengal took a joint aerial survey of the affected areas and assured the nation that all possible help and care will be provided to the affected citizens.
NDRF informed that 20 NDRF teams were put in rescue operations in Odisha, while 19 NDRF teams were deployed in West Bengal to shift to safer areas. The world’s largest banyan tree—one of the two ‘kalpvriksha’, also known as Indian olive—in the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden in Howrah have been badly damaged in the devastating cyclone. It left in its wake a trail of destruction as localities and streets cowered and lay blanketed in darkness as power was switched off to avoid accidents.
9. US TARGETS CHINA OVER HONG KONG’S SPECIAL STATUS.
US spokesperson says that the US will end Hong Kong’s special status with the US if China continues to suppress the Freedom of Hong Kong’s people. President Trump while speaking to media focused instead on his intent to revoke Hong Kong’s special customs status, impose some sanctions on officials in the mainland and Hong Kong governments, and take other steps. His announcement could have implications for Chinese companies or banks and Hong Kong’s status as a major Asian financial center.
10. ROGER FEDERER IS THE HIGHEST PAID ATHLETE IN THE WORLD.
Roger Federer earned $106.3 million in the last 1 year to top the Forbes’ latest list. Only two Female athletes, Naomi Osaka and Serena are in the list of 100 highest-paid athletes of the world.
Virat Kohli is the only Indian sportsperson in the Forbes list of the top hundred sportspeople of the world. He is also the only cricketer in the world who figured in this list.