DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 4TH APR 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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1. PRESIDENT 3 DAY VISITS TO WEST BENGAL, JHARKHAND AND BIHAR
i. Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, President of India is on an official visit to Jharkhand, West Bengal, and Bihar.
ii. 1st April – Kolkata, West Bengal: President was the Chief Guest at 52nd Annual Convocation of Indian Institute of Management – Calcutta.
iii. 2nd April – Jharkhand: In the capital city Ranchi, President laid foundation stone of Rabindra Bhawan and Haj House.
iv. Other functions and ceremonies attended by President in Jharkhand included: Inauguration of 44 Kms Deoghar – Basukinath Solar Street Light Project, laying foundation stone of Software Technology Parks of India, Centre and Employees State Insurance Corporation Hospital.
v. 3rd April – Bihar: President concluded his 3-day tour by visiting Vikramshila University Monument, Shyama Charan Lahiri Peeth, Museum at Vikramshila and Gurudham-Bounsi in Bihar.
2. CENTRE SANCTIONS RS. 98 CR FOR TOURISM SECTOR DEVELOPMENT IN ASSAM
i. Union Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned Rs 98.35 cr for tourism development in Assam.
ii. The information was announced by Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Dr. Mahesh Sarma while meeting Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal.
iii. The amount sanctioned will be used under the scheme of Swadesh Darshan. The cities to be developed are Majuli, Tezpur and Sivasagar.
iv. The 1st installment of Rs. 19.67 cr against the sanctioned amount was released by the Central government on March 31.
v. The Tourism Ministry has decided to work collectively to enlist Majuli in the coveted list of World Heritage Site.
3. FIRST BIO-GAS BUS WITH FLAT RE 1 FARE INAUGURATED IN KOLKATA
i. Phoenix India Research and Development Group in Kolkata have designed a bus that will run on biogas produced from cow dung.
ii. The company has tied-up with Ashok Leyland to manufacture the bus. The 1st bus will be flagged off on April 7 and will run between Ultadanga in the First bio-gas bus with flat Re 1 fare inaugurated in Kolkatanorth and Garia in the south in Kolkata.
4. MEGA-CONFERENCE OF WORLD PARLIAMENTARIANS HOSTED BY BANGLADESH
i. The 136th Mega-Conference of World Parliamentarians has begun in Dhaka. The conference was inaugurated by PM of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina. She will also release a commemorative postage stamp and launch Inter-Parliamentary Union web television.
ii. The main focus of this conference was to provide ways and means to end political and economic inequality for upholding democracy and human rights.
iii. The mega-conference was organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad.
iv. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi was the keynote speaker during the opening session of the debates.
v. The 137th conference is to be held at St. Petersburg, Russia on 14-18 October 2017.
5. TAX EVASION OVER RS 5 CR IS A NON-BAILABLE OFFENCE UNDER GST REGIME.
i. The Central government has decided to make tax evasion of over Rs 5 cr under the proposed Goods and Services Tax regime as a non-bailable offence.
ii. Earlier, the tax evasion of over Rs 2.5 cr was proposed by the Goods and Services Tax regime.
iii. This was mentioned in the Central GST Bill as, “if the offences relating to taxable goods and/or services where the amount of tax evaded exceeds Rs 5 cr, it shall be treated as cognizable and non-bailable”.
iv. Cognizable offence: A serious category of offences in respect of which a police officer has the authority to make an arrest without a warrant and to start an investigation with or without the permission of a court.
v. The Deputy (or) Assistant Commissioner of CGST and SGST has the power to provide bail to the person arrested under tax evasions.
6. DAWIT ISAAK TO RECEIVE UNESCO/GUILLERMO CANO WORLD PRESS FREEDOM PRIZE, 2017
i. An imprisoned Eritrean-Swedish journalist, Dawit Isaak has been chosen for the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2017 dedicated to promoting press freedom.
ii. Dawit Isaak is a Swedish-Eritrean playwright, journalist and writer.
iii. In 2016 it was won by Khadija Ismayilova of Azerbaijan.
7. VIPUL TAKES CHARGE AS NEW CONSUL GENERAL OF DUBAI.
i. Diplomat Vipul, a 1998 batch Indian Foreign Service officer succeeded Anurag Bhushan and took charge as the new Consul General of Dubai.
ii. Prior to this, he was working at the office of External Affairs Minister of India, Sushma Swaraj.
iii. He had also served at the India’s diplomatic missions in Sri Lanka and Egypt to bring peace among two nations.
8. LENIN MORENO TO SWORN IN AS THE ECUADOR PRESIDENT
i. Alianza PAIS, Ruling Party of Ecuador, candidate Lenin Moreno won the Ecuador’s presidential election.
ii. Moreno defeated conservative former banker Guillermo Lasso who demands a recount after three exit polls.
iii. Lenin Moreno was nominated as Presidential candidate by former President Rafael Correa.
iv. Out of 94% of voting acts counted, the National Electoral Council declared Moreno has defeated Lasso by 51% to 49%.
10. MIAMI OPEN 2017 – AN OVERVIEW
i. The 33rd edition of 2017 Miami Open presented by Itaú was a professional men and women’s tennis tournament being played on outdoor hard courts which took place from March 20 to April 2. All men and women events took place at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park, Florida in USA.
i. Roger Federer won Men’s single title after beating Rafael Nadal.
ii. Women’s single title was won by Johanna Konta. She defeated Caroline Wozniacki.
iii. Łukasz Kubot (Poland) and Marcelo Melo (Brazil) won Men’s doubles title.
iv. Women’s doubles won by Gabriela Dabrowski and Xu Yifan.
11. P V SINDHU WON WOMEN’S SINGLES CHAMPION OF INDIA SUPER SERIES TOURNAMENT
i. Rio Olympics silver medalist P V Sindhu won championship in India Super Series tournament.
ii. She defeated the Olympic champion Carolina Marin from Spain. This was her 2nd Super-series title win.
iii. The men’s championship title was won by Viktor Axelsen from Denmark. He defeated Chou Tien-Chen from Taiwan.
OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS
Q1. WHO HAS CLINCHED THE 2017 WOMEN’S SINGLES INDIA SUPER SERIES TOURNAMENT?
a) Carolina Marin
b) Sung Ji-Hyun
c) P V Sindhu
d) Saina Nehwal
Q2. WHO HAS WON THE 2017 MEN’S SINGLES MIAMI OPEN TENNIS TOURNAMENT?
a) Milos Raonic
b) Dominic Thiem
c) Rafael Nadal
d) Roger Federer
Q3. WHO HAS BEEN CHOSEN FOR THE 2017 UNESCO/GUILLERMO CANO WORLD PRESS FREEDOM PRIZE?
a) Mazen Darwish
b) Dawit Isaak
c) Ahmet Sik
d) Reeyot Alemu
Q4. VIPUL, AN INDIAN FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICER HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS THE NEW INDIAN CONSUL-GENERAL IN WHICH POPULAR ARAB CITY?
b) Abu Dhabi