03 May 2019 Current Affairs
Daily GK Updates & Current Affairs for Government Exams
World Tuna Day was observed on 2nd May
03 May 2019 Current Affairs: The United Nations (UN) established the World Tuna Day on May 2. In December 2016 the United Nations General Assembly voted to officially observe the Day in its resolution 71/124. May 2, 2017, was the first internationally-recognized World Tuna Day.
The day aims to spread information about the possible impact of drastically declining tuna stocks and to highlight the economic and social benefits of establishing more sustainable fishing practices. It is observed for the first time in 2017. According to the UN, a large number of countries worldwide depend on tuna for both food security and nutrition. At the same time, more than 80 countries have tuna fisheries, and their capacity is constantly growing.
World Press Freedom Day is celebrated on 3rd May
03 May 2019 Current Affairs: World Press Freedom Day is celebrated on 3rd May every year. It was started by the UN General Assembly in 1993, on a recommendation from UNESCO. The day aims to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, assess its state around the world, defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have laid down their lives in the exercise of their profession.
The theme for this year’s World Press Freedom Day is Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation. The theme discusses current challenges faced by media in elections, along with the media’s potential in supporting peace and reconciliation processes. UNESCO’s mandate is freedom of the press and freedom of expression. UNESCO believes that these freedoms allow for mutual understanding to build sustainable peace.
Netherlands is now the 3rd largest FDI in India
03 May 2019 Current Affairs: The Netherlands is now the third largest foreign direct investor (FDI) in India. The Netherlands has invested around $2.67 billion across sectors in India during 2017-18. The Netherlands is also the second largest destination for foreign investment by Indian companies, after Singapore, with investments worth $12.8 billion in 2017.
G Sathiyan becomes 1st Indian to break into top 25 of World Rankings in Table Tennis
G Sathiyan becoming the first Indian to break into the top-25 of the latest world ranking list released by International Table Tennis Federation. Sathiyan rose four spots to be 24th in the ITTF rankings, following his impressive sixth place finish in the Asia Cup in Yokohama earlier this month to secure a place in the World Cup in Chengdu from October 25 to 27.
India’s number one female player, Manika Batra, slipped three spots to be 59th, following her round of 64 loss in the World Championships.
Veteran Sharath Kamal, who lost in the round of 64 in Hungary, dropped nine places to be in 46th position.
Centre mandated all Electric Vehicles (EVs) to use the green number plates
The Central government has asked the state transport departments to make it mandatory for all Electric Vehicles (EVs) to use the green number plates, irrespective of the year in which they were bought.
According to the announcement, all EVs should use green number plates wherein the private electric vehicles will get white lettering on a green background and commercial EVs will get yellow lettering. The aim is to help distinguish green vehicles to provide easy identification for preferential treatment in parking, free entry in congested zones besides other proposed benefits like concessional toll.
IIT Indore pips older peers to feature in top 50 Asia University Rankings
03 May 2019 Current Affairs: The second generation Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Indore yet again pipped its older peers like IIT Bombay, Delhi, and Madras to be the only IIT to rank in the top 50 Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings.
The latest rankings, however, have seen the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru maintain its lead position at 29th, same as last year.
On the other hand, IIT Bombay which ranked 44 last year, fell 10 places to be ranked at 54th position this year. The other institute to debut along with IIT Indore is Mysore-based JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research at 62nd position.
Among the older IITs, while IIT Roorkee rose from 65th position last year to 54th this year, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur, and IIT Delhi fell from 60, 81 and 86 ranks to 76, 82 and 91 ranks this year. IIT Indore judged across all the above-mentioned performance indicators with an overall score of 44.8, with individual scores of 29.8 in teaching, 25.1 in research, 86.5 in citations, 18.2 in international outreach and 34 in industry income.
Bajrang Punia wins gold at Ali Aliev tournament in Russia
03 May 2019 Current Affairs: Wrestler Bajrang Punia defeated Viktor Rassadin in the finals of men’s 65kg freestyle in Ali Aliev wrestling tournament in Russia’s Kaspiisk to bag his second title in two weeks. Bajrang, who was 0-5 down at one stage, went on to win the bout 13-8.
The 25-year-old had won gold medal at the Asian Championships in China’s Xi’an on April 23.
PayPal India launched One Touch with the help of Google Smart Lock for seamless transactions
03 May 2019 Current Affairs: PayPal India used Google Smart Lock and launched its OneTouch experience in India.
OneTouch feature permits Indian consumers to register their android device with PayPal and stay logged into PayPal for further PayPal purchases on that device, thus removing the issue of repeated log-ins and enabling a seamless payments experience.
The integration with Google Smart Lock will offer a hassle-free payment procedure as well as maintain security to prevent fraud. India becomes the first market where the feature of Google Smart Lock has been integrated.
PayPal’s Buyer Protection feature will provide an extra layer of security to this feature for eligible transactions, that is, if items that are purchased online mismatch with the description of the product that was sold, the Buyer Protection feature enables them to claim a refund for eligible transactions.
BHEL and ARAI together signed MoU on different projects related to e-mobility
03 May 2019 Current Affairs: Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) for effective cooperation on different projects related to e-mobility and implement solutions for electric & trolley bus, EV (Electric Vehicles) chargers, battery and charger testing.
The MoU was signed by Rashmi Urdhwareshe, Director, ARAI and Renuka Gera, BHEL.
Jayshree Vyas appointed as BSEs first independent woman director
03 May 2019 Current Affairs: BSE, formerly known as the Bombay Stock Exchange, has finally appointed its first independent woman director Jayshree Vyas. The appointment was still late by at least a few weeks from the deadline of April 1 given to all top 500 listed companies based on their market capitalisation for appointing an independent woman director on their board.
UK Parliament becomes the first national government to pass an Environment and Climate Emergency.
03 May 2019 Current Affairs: UK Parliament becomes the first national government to pass an exemplary measure, that is, a national declaration of an Environment and Climate Emergency. This move marks a serious emergency in dealing with climate change.
The declaration was preceded by a visit by teenage activist Greta Thunberg (to the Parliament) , the feature of David Attenborough’s documentary movie titled ‘Climate Change: The Facts’ and the 11-days of constant protest by an environmental group ‘Extinction Rebellion‘.
Britain’s opposition Labour Party called for this serious action.
49 million people are currently living under national, city and local declarations of a climate emergency around the world.
The decision of emergency in Parliament caters to national reductions and investment in the reduction of carbon emissions and saving the planet.
Compared to its 1990 levels, UK (United Kingdom) was later legally committed to a 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 and recently featured as 1 of 18 developed economies to decrease CO2(carbon dioxide) emissions in the last 10 years.