02 May 2018 - Daily Current Affairs

02 May 2018 - Daily Current Affairs

India's Neeraj Goyat is WBC Asia Boxer of the Year

  • Indian pugilist Neeraj Goyat has been conferred with the WBC Asia Boxer of the Year 2017 Award by the Asian Boxing Council.
  • Currently, Neeraj is the WBC Asia champion in welterweight category.
  • Since turning pro in 2011, Neeraj has won nine fights including two knockouts.

Hockey India names Harendra Singh as men's coach

  • Hockey India named Women's hockey coach Harendra Singh as chief coach of the Indian men's team.
  • Incumbent men's in-charge Sjoerd Marijne has been re-appointed as Indian women's hockey coach.
  • Harendra Singh coached the Indian men's team earlier from 2009 to 2011.
  • Under his guidance, the Indian women's team finished an impressive fourth at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
  • Earlier Harendra had led the Indian junior men's hockey team to the World Cup title in 2016.

National Appointment 

Subhash Chandra Khuntia is new IRDAI chairman

  • Former Karnataka Chief Secretary ‘Subhash Chandra Khuntia’ (1981-batch IAS officer Karnataka cadre) has been appointed as Chairman of Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) for three years.
  • The post was vacant after TS Vijayan’s tenure came to an end on 21st February this year.
  • Mr. Khuntia had taken over as Chief Secretary to the Government of Karnataka in October 2016 and held the position until last year.
Note:
  • The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) is an autonomous, statutory body tasked with regulating and promoting the insurance and reinsurance industries in India.
  • IRDAI is a 10-member body including the chairman, five full-time and four part-time members appointed by the government of India.

Shri Sitanshu Kar takes over as DG, PIB

  • Mr. Sitanshu Ranjan Kar (1983 batch-Indian Information Service officer) has taken over as the Principal Spokesperson of the Government of India and Director General (DG) of Press Information Bureau (PIB) in New Delhi.
  • He succeeds Mr. Frank Noronha.
  • Mr. Kar has worked in key positions in various Media Units of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
  • In 1988, he became the first Indian to win the prestigious Visnews Fellowship of London in a worldwide competition.
Note:
  • Mr. Kar had graduated in Humanities from BJB College, Bhubaneswar and secured the First Rank in Political Science Honours in Utkal University.
  • He earned his post-graduate degree in Political Science and M. Phil in Chinese and Japanese Studies from Delhi University.

Obituaries

Eminent Economist Ashok Mitra passes away

  • Eminent economist and Marxist politician Ashok Mitra (90-year) passed away in Kolkata.
  • Mitra left his job as chief economic adviser (CEA) to the government of India in 1972 and join as the first finance minister of the Left Front government in 1977.
  • Mitra authored the "Calcutta Diary" in Economic and Political Weekly and "Terms of Trade and Class Relations".

Bilateral trade between India and China resumes through Nathu La border

  • The bilateral trade between India and China through Nathu La border (at a height of 14,200 feet) has resumed.
  • Earlier, a meeting was held between the representatives of both sides on how to make this year's trade more efficient and cordial.
  • The trade will take place four days a week (Monday to Thursday) till 30th November.
  • As per the agreement, both countries agreed to the list of items to 36 as export items and 20 as import items.
Note:
  • Nathu La connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region.
  • Nathu La is one of the three open trading border (Shipkila in Himachal Pradesh & Lipulekh at the trisection point of Uttarakhand India & Nepal) posts between China and India.

14 out of world’s 20 most polluted cities in India: WHO

  • According to the WHO released data, Delhi and Varanasi are among the 14 Indian cities that figured in a list of 20 most polluted cities in the world in terms of PM2.5 levels in 2016.
  • In terms of PM10 levels, 13 cities in India figured among the 20 most-polluted cities of the world in 2016.
  • India accounts for 34% or 2.4 million of the seven million premature deaths caused by household and ambient air pollution together globally every year.
  • The PM2.5 includes pollutants like sulfate, nitrate and black carbon, which pose the greatest risk to human health.
Note: WHO’s global urban air pollution database measured the levels of fine particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) from more than 4,300 cities in 108 countries.

Exercise “Vijay Prahar” of South Western Command

  • About 20,000 troops of strike formation of the Army's South Western Command (SWC) are carrying out 'Vijay Prahar' exercise in the Mahajan Field Firing Ranges close to Suratgarh in Rajasthan.
  • The exercise is aimed to orchestrate wide spectrum of threats which are planned to be tackled through high tempo joint air and land operation.
  • It involves hundreds of aircraft, thousands of tanks and artillery pieces supported by real-time intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and just in time logistic support.

Legendary Singer Asha Bhosle honored with PC Chandra Puraskaar

  • Singing legend Asha Bhosle has been honored with the 26th Lifetime PC Chandra Puraskaar 2018 at the Science City auditorium in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • She has been awarded for her contribution in the field of Indian music.
  • It carries an honorarium of Rs 10 lakh which is tax exempted
  • Asha Bhosle made her singing debut in 1943 and sung in a great variety of musical genres.
Note: The award is a tribute to the founding father of the P. C. Chandra Group, the late Shri Purna Chandra Chandra.

Chhattisgarh extends the ban on CPI (Maoist) for one more year

  • The Chhattisgarh Govt. has extended the ban on the Communist Party of India (Maoist) and six of its front organizations for one more year (from 12th May 2018).
  • In April 2006, The CPI (Maoist) was banned, along with its affiliates, under provisions of the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act-2005.
  • The ban has been extended for a period of one year every year since then.

Sri Lankan govt declares a day of mourning for late Dr. Lester James Peiris

  • Sri Lankan government has declared a day of mourning in respect of late filmmaker Dr. Lester James Peiris(99-year), who passed away recently.
  • The day coincides with the funeral of Dr. Peiris which will take place with full state patronage.
  • A veteran filmmaker of Sinhala cinema since 1949, he was involved in over 28 films, including short films and documentaries.
  • His films often dealt with Sri Lankan family life in rural settings and conflicted characters and helped create an authentic expression of Sinhala Cinema.
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