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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 2 SEP 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 2 SEP 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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1.   NARENDRA MODI INAUGURATE ANNUAL CONFERENCE ‘RAJASWA GYAN SANGAM’ IN NEW DELHI
i. PM Narendra Modi has inaugurated the annual conference – Rajaswa Gyan Sangam, 2017 in New Delhi. He addressed the tax administrators during the conference.
ii. The Conference have been jointly organised by the Central Board of Direct Taxes and the Central Board of Excise and Customs.
iii. The objective of the Conference is to enable a two-way communication between the policy-makers and the senior officers in the field offices.
iv. Its aim is to increase revenue collection and facilitate effective implementation of law and policies in key result areas.
v. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Ministers of State for Finance Santosh Kumar Gangwar and Arjun Ram Meghwal will also be present on the ocassion.


2.   INTERNATIONAL HINDU CONFERENCE HELD IN NEPAL
i. The 3-day International Hindu Conference began on 31st Aug 2017. Its aim is to reinstitute Kathmandu as the global capital of Hinduism.
ii. The theme of the conference is ‘Emerging spiritualism: Renaissance of Hinduism’. Hindu scholars, religious leaders, Hindu activists and officials from different countries including India, the US, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the UK are attending the conference.
iii. The aim of the conference is to make Kathmandu the global capital of Hinduism. The opening of the conference is addressed at the Pashupatinath temple premises.
iv. The conference will discuss papers on various contemporary issues including, scientific basis of Hinduism, climate change and global warming.

3.   KONKANI WRITER MAHABALESHWAR SAIL RECEIVES 2016 SARASWATI SAMMAN
i. Prominent Konkani writer Mahabaleshwar Sail was presented with the Saraswati Samman 2016 for his novel 'Hawthan'. The novel 'Hawthan', published in 2009, captures cultural lives of traditional potter community in Goa.
ii. He was awarded the Sahitya Akadami Award in Konkani language for his short story collection ‘Taranga’ in 1993. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh, a citation and a plaque of goddess Saraswati.

4.   SUNIL ARORA APPOINTED AS ELECTION COMMISSIONER
i. Former IAS Officer Sunil Arora was appointed as the Election Commissioner. While Achal Kumar Jyoti is the Chief Election Commissioner and Om Prakash Rawat is the other Election Commissioner.
ii. Before taking charge Sunil Arora was the Information and Broadcasting Secretary, and Secretary in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
iii. Senior bureaucrat Rajiv Kumar was appointed Secretary in the Department of Financial Services while Anita Karwal was named CBSE chairperson.
iv. Karwal, a Gujarat-cadre IAS officer, was appointed in place of Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi, who will now be the director general of National Skill Development Agency.

5.   RELIANCE FOUNDATION AWARDED RASHTRIYA KHEL PROTSAHAN PURASKAR
i. The Reliance Foundation was rewarded with the prestigious Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Award at Rashtrapati Bhawan. Chairperson of the foundation, Nita Ambani collected the award from President Ram Nath Kovind.
ii. For its contribution to the promotion of sports, the award went to Reliance Foundation. Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan  also received the Rashtriya Khel Protsahana Purushkar for its ‘Identification and Nurturing of Budding and Young Talent’ program.

6.   FORMER HOME SECRETARY RAJIV MEHRISHI APPOINTED AS COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL OF INDIA
i. Former Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi has appointed the next Comptroller and Auditor General of India. Shashi Kant Sharma completes his term as the CAG of India by September-end.
ii. The CAG is appointed for a term of 6 years or till the incumbent attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.

7.   RAJIV KUMAR TAKES CHARGE AS NITI AAYOG VICE-CHAIRMAN
i. Rajiv Kumar has taken over as the vice-chairman of government think tank Niti Aayog. Kumar replaced Arvind Panagariya, an Indian-American economist.
ii. Kumar was a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research. He holds a DPhil in economics from Oxford and a PhD from Lucknow University.

8.   INDIAN-ORIGIN CIVIL SERVANT J Y PILLAI APPOINTED SINGAPORE’S ACTING PRESIDENT
i. Indian-origin veteran civil servant JY Pillay has appointed Singapore’s acting President on 1st of Sept 2017. He has appointed until a new head of the state is elected.
ii. Pillay took over from Tony Tan Keng Yam who completed a 6-year term. He acted as president in May, when Tan made state visits to Europe.
iii. According to the report this is the first time the office has fallen vacant since the elected presidency was introduced in 1991.

9.   SAMURAI TETE 1ST WOMAN FROM JHARKHAND TO WIN DHYAN CHAND AWARD
i. On the occasion of National Sports Day Former India Women’s Hockey captain Sumurai Tete was awarded Dhyan Chand Award 2017 by the President Ramnath Kovind at a function held at Rasthrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.
ii. Sumurai has become the 1st woman from Jharkhand to bag the prestigious national award. She received statuettes, certificates and cash prize of Rs 5,00,000 each for her achievements and contribution to Field hockey in India.
iii. Sumrai is currently working as an office superintendent at Hatia station under South Eastern Railway.
iv. Chief Minister Raghubar Das announced earlier, Sumrai Tete as the brand ambassador for Jharkhand hockey.

10.           UNESCO DECLARES WINNERS OF 2017 INTERNATIONAL LITERACY PRIZESUNESCO-INTERNATIONAL-LITERACY-PRIZES-2017
i. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has announced the winners of the 2017 International Literacy Prizes on the occasion of International Literacy Day, celebrated on 8 Sept.
ii. It has been given to honors excellence and innovation in the field of global literacy. The awards will be handed out to five laureates from Canada, Jordan, Colombia, Pakistan and South Africa.
iii. The prize-giving ceremony will be organized at UNESCO Headquarters and has pledged to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all. This year’s Literacy Prizes and celebration will focus on literacy in a digital world.

11.           IMMORTAL INDIA BOOK BY AMISH TRIPATHI
i. Amish, a bestselling writer who has entertained readers with his mythological series on Lord Shiva and Lord Rama, has announced to launch his new book “Immortal India” in non-fiction category.
ii. It was published by Westland and Tranquebar Press. “Immortal India” brings together Tripathi’s fascinating style with his distinctively including original thoughts on a wide array of subjects like religion, LGBT rights, history, and feminism.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. WHERE DID THE INTERNATIONAL HINDU CONFERENCE HELD?
a)  Kathmandu, Nepal
b)  New York, America
c)  Tampines , Singapore
d)  Colombo , Srilanka

Q2. WHERE WAS PM NARENDRA MODI INAUGURATE THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE – RAJASWA GYAN SANGAM, 2017?
a)  Gandhi Nagar
b)  New Delhi
c)  Mumbai
d)  Chandigarh
Q3. RAJIV MEHRISHI APPOINTED AS COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL OF INDIA WAS A?
a)  Former Minister of Minority Affairs
b)  Former Secretary of Health and Family Welfare
c)  Former Minister of Human Resource Development
d)  Former Home Secretary
Q4. WHO IS THE AUTHOR OF “IMMORTAL INDIA” BOOK?
a)  Salman Rushide
b)  Jumpa Lahiri
c)  Amish Tripathi
d)  Kiran Desai
Q5. WHO TAKES CHARGE AS NITI AAYOG VICE-CHAIRMAN?
a)  Rajiv Kumar
b)  S.Chandrasekar reddy
c)  Arvind Panagariya
d)  JY Pillay

ANSWERS

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

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