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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 3RD MAY 2017

(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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1. HRD MINISTER PRAKASH JAVEDEKAR LAUNCHES VIDHYA –VEERTA ABHIYAN
i. Prakash Javadekar, The Minister for Human Resource and Development has launched Students for soldiers- a nationwide Vidya – Veerta Abhiyan.
ii. The portraits of Param Veer Chakra decorated soldiers were handed over to the Vice Chancellors of Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia Milia Islamia, Jammu and IIT Delhi.
iii. The “wall of heroes” depicting portraits of brave soldiers who showed exemplary bravery in defending the nation is expected to instill a sense of patriotism and nationalism among students.

2. 4TH NATIONAL STANDARDS CONCLAVE HELD IN NEW DELHI
i. 4th National Standards Conclave was held in New Delhi. It is organised by Department of Commerce, Govt. of India in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry, Bureau of Indian Standards and the National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies and other knowledge partners
ii. Objective of 4th National Standards Conclave is to bring awareness and prepare Industries, State Governments, Central Government Ministries, regulatory/standards setting and conformity assessment bodies on the growing importance of “Standards” in the changing scenario of global trade.
iii. 9 sessions were held during this conclave, wherein several issues pertaining to standards in various sectors were discussed.


3. ‘SECOND-TALLEST’ FLAG POST COMES UP IN KOLHAPUR, MAHARASHTRA
i. India’s 2nd tallest flag pole has been inaugurated in Kolhapur at Western Maharashtra.
ii. The pole is 90 feet long and 60 feet wide, weighs 24 tonne and it cost around 1.1 cr for the installation.
iii. Kolhapur Street Beautification Project, a registered trust, has installed the flag post. CM Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated the pole by unfurl a national flag of 5400sq ft as a part of the ‘Maharashtra Din’ celebrations in the state.
iv. State revenue minister and district guardian minister Chandrakant Patil inaugurated the flag post installed in Police Garden, located opposite the office of Kolhapur Superintendent of Police, by hoisting the tricolour on the occasion of Maharashtra Day.

4. INDIAN RAILWAYS TO INTRODUCE PREMIER TEJAS EXPRESS BETWEEN MUMBAI AND GOA IN JUNE
i. Indian Railways will launch the hi-tech Tejas Express on Mumbai-Goa route in June with state-of-the-art facilities.
ii. There will be 20 coaches in Tejas Express and have automatic doors and secured gangways for all coaches. There will be wi-fi facilities and toilet engagement boards.
iii. Tejas coaches will have 22 new features including fire and smoke detection and suppression systems and the improved aesthetics.
iv. Tejas coaches will also have braille displays, digital destination boards, and electronic passenger reservation charts.

5. DUBAI BECOMES 1ST CITY TO GET ITS OWN MICROSOFT FONT
i. Dubai has become the 1st city in the world to get its own Microsoft-designed font. It was created in partnership with Microsoft.
ii. The font was developed in Latin and Arabic script and is available in 23 languages in versions of Microsoft Office to 100 million Office 365 users around the world.
iii. The font, available in 3 styles as ‘Dubai’, ‘Dubai Medium’ and ‘Dubai Light’, can be in italics, underlined and bold. UAE has launched the ‘Dubai Font’ in line with its vision of becoming a regional and global leader in innovation.

6. ICICI TO MAKE 600 VILLAGES DIGITALLY-ENABLED IN 2017
i. ICICI Bank said it has made 100 villages digitally-enabled in 2017 and plans to transform 500 more by the year-end.
ii. The 100 villages which have been transformed into ‘ICICI Digital Villages’ are located across 17 states in India.
iii. These include 16 in Gujarat, 14 each in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, 12 each in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and 11 in Rajasthan among others.
iv. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley inaugurated the 100 ICICI digital villages and said “The ICICI initiative should be followed by other banks in rural areas.”
v. ICICI Bank’s 100 Village Project was taken up by the bank after noticing that minimum inconvenience was caused to people living in a model ‘digital village’ in Gujarat during the demonetisation period.
vi. ICICI Bank also imparted skill training and provided credit linkages to people living in these villages. Vocational training was provided to 11,300 villagers, including 70% women and more than 2 lakh bank accounts were opened in these 100 Digital Villages.

7. DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS WINNERS LIST 2017
i. Presentation ceremony of 44th Daytime Emmy Awards, was held in Pasadena, Los Angeles, US. Sheryl Underwood and Mario Lopez hosted the ceremony. These awards were given in recognition for outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production for the calendar year 2016.
ii. Outstanding Talk Show – Entertainment category won by The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Informative category won by The Dr. Oz Show.
iii. Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series won by Lexi Ainsworth as Kristina Davis on General Hospital. Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series won by Bryan Craig as Morgan Corinthos on General Hospital.

8. RAJIVE KAUL GETS DIPLOMATIC SERVICE AWARD FROM SOUTH KOREA
i. Former president and Chairman of Nicco group of CII Rajive Kaul was conferred with the Order of Diplomatic Service Merit Sungnye Medal of the Republic of Korea.
ii. The award was conferred by the acting President and PM of South Korea Hwang Kyo-ahn at a programme in New Delhi.
iii. Rajive got this award for his services rendered as honorary consul general of South Korea in Kolkata.

9. DEPARTMENT OF TELECOM LAUNCHES ‘TARANG SANCHAR’ PORTAL FOR INFORMATION ON MOBILE TOWER RADIATION
i. Department of Telecom, Ministry of Communications has launched Tarang Sanchar. It is a web portal for Information sharing on Mobile Towers and EMF Emission Compliances.
ii. It will allow tracking of radiation emitted from mobile towers within their locality. It checks their compliance with the Electromagnetic field emission norms defined by the govt.
iii. DoT has prescribed standards electromagnetic emissions from mobile towers that are 10 times stricter than the international standards prescribed by International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection.
iv. It is recommended by World Health Organization. Manoj Sinha, Minister of State (I/C) for Communications and Minister of State for Railways, formally launched the Tarang Sanchar portal.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. UNION HRD MINISTER PRAKASH JAVADEKAR LAUNCHED CENTRE’S _____ TO ENCOURAGE 1,000 EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS TO DISPLAY PORTRAITS OF WAR HEROES ON CAMPUS?
a)  Veer Shraddhanjali Abhiyan
b)  Veer Samman Abhiyan
c)  Vidya Veerta Abhiyan
d)  Veerta Gaurav Abhiyan
Q2. 4TH NATIONAL STANDARDS CONCLAVE WAS HELD ON 1ST AND 2ND MAY 2017 IN:
a)  Chennai
b)  Mumbai
c)  Bengaluru
d)  New Delhi
Q3. WHICH AMONG THE FOLLOWING BECAME THE 1ST CITY IN THE WORLD TO GET ITS OWN MICROSOFT-DESIGNED FONT?
a)  London
b)  Paris
c)  Dubai
d)  Bangkok
Q4. WHICH PRIVATE SECTOR BANK SAID IT HAS MADE 100 VILLAGES DIGITALLY-ENABLED IN 2017 AND PLANS TO TRANSFORM 500 MORE BY THE YEAR-END?
a)  ICICI Bank
b)  HDFC Bank
c)  Kotak Mahindra Bank
d)  Axis Bank
Q5. WHICH PORTAL HAS BEEN LAUNCHED BY GOVERNMENT TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO CHECK ELECTRO-MAGNETIC RADIATION COMPLIANCE STATUS OF MOBILE TOWERS?
a)  ‘Tarang Suchna’
b)  ‘Tarang Sanchar’
c)  ‘Tarang Jaanch’
d)  ‘Tarang Mahiti’

ANSWERS: 

1 - C    2 - D    3 - C    4 - A    5 - B

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