03-04 February 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

03-04 February 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

03-04 February 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Rishi Kumar Shukla takes charge as CBI Director

  • Senior IPS officer 58-year- old Rishi Kumar Shukla (1983 batch- Madhya Pradesh Cadre) has been appointed as the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) Director for a period of two years.
  • Rishi Kumar Shukla has served as the DGP of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Earlier, M Nageswara Rao was appointed as interim chief of the CBI (No. 3) after the government stepped in between the fight of CBI Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana.
Note:
  • The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is the premier investigating agency of India, headed by the Director.
  • CBI Operating under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.
  • The CBI headquarters are located at Lodhi Road in New Delhi.

2. Nilambar Acharya appointed Country’s ambassador to India

  • Former Nepal’s law minister Nilambar Acharya has been appointed as the Country’s Ambassador to India.
  • Mr. Acharya was Law Minister in the interim government (in 1990).
  • Earlier, Mr Acharya has been served as a member of Eminent Persons Group formed by India and Nepal on bilateral relations.
  • The post of Nepalese ambassador to India was lying vacant science Deep Kumar Upadhyay resigned in October 2017 to join politics.
Note:
  • An ambassador is a diplomatic representative that attends international meetings, banquets and parties and acts as a figurehead for their country of origin.
  • An ambassador is the ranking government representative stationed in a foreign capital.

Important Days

3. World Cancer day being observed today

  • The world cancer day is being observed on 4th February every year to raise awareness about cancer, its treatment and to encourage methods of its prevention.
  • The primary goal of the day is to reduce the illness and related deaths by 2020.
  • This year, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) is launching a new three years (2019-2021) campaign with the theme: “I Am and I Will.”
  • The Union Government has started AMRIT scheme in order to provide relief to poor people from the rising cost of Cancer drugs.
Note:
  • Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body.

4. 4th Feb: Sri Lanka celebrates 71st Independence Day

  • Sri Lanka celebrated the 71st Independence Day in a grand ceremony at the Galle Face Green in Colombo.
  • Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih attended the function as the guest of honour.
Note:
  • Ending 133 years of colonial rule, Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, gained independence from Great Britain on 4th February 1948.
  • Sri Lanka (officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka) is an island country in South Asia, located southeast of India and northeast of the Maldives.

5. National Road Safety Week launched today

  • The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has launched the National Road Safety Week with a host of initiatives planned for generating awareness and sensitizing people about safe road usage.
  • The Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari flag off a motor car rally to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, Rajghat, New Delhi.
  • The rally will travel through places historically associated with Gandhiji, both in India, as well as in Bangladesh and Myanmar.
  • It will conclude at Yangon in Myanmar on the 24th of this month, covering a total distance of 7250 km.

Obituaries

6. Former IIMC Director Hiten Bhaya passes away

  • Former Planning Commission member Mr. Hiten Bhaya (98-years) passed away in Delhi.
  • Bhaya was a member of the Planning Commission in the Rajiv Gandhi government.
  • He had also served as director of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) and chairman of Hindustan Steel.

National Affairs

7. Head of state of Monaco Prince Albert II arrives in New Delhi

  • The head of state of Monaco, Prince Albert II has arrived in New Delhi on a week-long visit to India.
  • Prince Albert will attend the India-Monaco Business Forum afternoon followed by a round-table on energy and climate.
  • Prince Albert II will visit Udaipur in Rajasthan.
Note:
  • Monaco is a sovereign city-state, country, and microstate on the French Riviera in Western Europe.
  • France borders the country on three sides while the other side borders the Mediterranean Sea.

8. President Opens Rashtrapati Bhavan's annual 'Udyanotsav'

  • Today, President ‘Ram Nath Kovind’ has opened the annual Udyanotsav of Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  • About 10,000 programmed Tulip bulbs in 8 varieties of different colour were imported from the Netherlands and have been planted in the Mughal Gardens.
  • The people will also be able to visit the Spiritual Garden, Herbal Garden, Bonsai Garden and Musical Garden.
Note:
  • The Mughal Gardens will remain open to the general public from 6th Feb to 10th of March between 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
  • From this year, an online booking facility (www.presidentofindia.gov.in) has been introduced under which visitors can plan their visitto the Gardens well in advance.
  • Online Booking can be done by visiting www.presidentofindia.gov.in.

9. India's tourism sector registers 19% growth in 2018

  • According to Union Minister K J Alphons, the country's tourism sector fetched 234 billion US Dollar revenue last year, registering a growth of over 19%.
  • The country is ranked third in the tourism sector, according to the 2018 report of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).
  • This revenue was contributed by 87 per cent domestic and 13 per cent foreign tourists.

Sports

10. Vani Kapoor becomes first Indian to Grab Australian LPGA Card

  • Vani Kapoor has become the first Indian golfer to receive Australian Women's PGA Tour (LPGA) card.
  • Vani played 71, 78 and 69 cards in the first qualifying tournament played at Balatar Golf Club.
  • He is jointly tied 12th with a score of 218.
  • In this 81 participants had participated, out of which the top 20 will get an opportunity to play in the Australian LPGA.
  • Vani has also qualified for Vic Open, co-sanctioned by the Australian LPGA and the US LPGA.

11. South Korean Footballer Ki Sung-yueng announces retirement

  • South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-yueng (30-years) has announced his retirement from the South Korean national team.
  • Ki played for South Korea in three World Cups (2010, 2014,2018) and three Asian Cups (2011, 2015, 2019).
  • Sung-yueng made his international debut on 5th September 2008 and ended his international career as the eighth-most capped South Korean player.
  • He is also a three-time KFA Player of the Year, having received the top honour in 2011, 2012 and 2016.

12. Haryana Hammers beats Punjab Royals to win PWL 4

  • Haryana Hammers defeated two-time defending champion Punjab Royals 6-3 in the final to lift the Pro Wrestling League season 4 title at the Gautam Buddha University indoor stadium, Greater Noida.
  • The Pro Wrestling League (PWL) is an Indian sports wrestling promotion that was established in 2015.
  • It was initiated by ProSportify and Wrestling Federation of India.
  • The Pro Wrestling League includes six franchises (Delhi Sultans, UP Dangal, Haryana Hammers, MP Yodha, Mumbai Maharathi and the NCR Punjab Royals) which represent cities throughout India.
Winners List:
S. No. Year                 Winners
1. 2019 Haryana Hammers
2. 2018 NCR Punjab Royals
3. 2017 NCR Punjab Royals
4. 2015 Mumbai Garuda

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