Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Current Affairs 3rd January 2017: Daily GK Update

Current Affairs, Daily GK Update 2017
1. PM inaugurate Indian Science Congress at Tirupati:
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the five-day annual Indian Science Congress at the Sri Venkateswara University in Tirupati.
  • ‘Science and Technology for National Development’ would be the focal theme of the Indian Science Congress, Prof D Narayana Rao, General President of Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA). 
2. Andhra Pradesh Government launches NTR Arogya Raksha Scheme:
  • Andhra Pradesh Government has launched NTR Arogya Raksha Scheme to provide the medical treatment to the people below Above Poverty Line (APL) at Rs. 1200 premium per annum
  • The new health scheme offering medical insurance to those who were not covered under any of the existing health schemes of the state government. 
  • NTR Arogya Raksha Scheme covers 1044 diseases and offers up to `2 lakh and free treatment. One can register for the scheme at any of the Mee Seva centres till February 2017.
3. Bengaluru to host 'Pravasi Bharatiya Divas' from January 7:
  • The annual overseas Indians' gathering  "Pravasi Bharatiya Divas" will be held from January 7-9 in Bengaluru
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) on January 8. 
  • The Announcement was made by the Ministry of External Affairs on Monday.
4. India 3rd among nations offering highest salaries to expats:
  • India has ranked third among the countries offering the highest average annual salary to expatriates, according to HSBC Holdings data. 
  • Switzerland offers an average salary of $188,275 a year to expats, the highest in the world and almost twice the global average. 
  • Further, the best employment packages, including health benefits, are found in Middle East countries like Bahrain.
5. India, Sri Lanka agree to exchange views to find permanent solution to fishermen issues:
  • India and Sri Lanka have expressed confidence for finding a long-lasting solution to the issue of fishermen between the two countries. 
  • In this regard, talks co-chaired by Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and Sri Lankan fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera were held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
6. Maharashtra Government Bans use of Purse Seine Nets for Fishing:
  • Maharashtra Government has declared to ban the use of Purse Seine Nets for fishing across Maharashtra from January 1, 2017 to safeguard the Fingerlings, a fish species
  • The move is aimed at curbing the exploitation of fish by safeguarding the fingerlings and its eggs to increase their population.  
7. Maharashtra government to organise Digi Dhan Mela in Mumbai:
  • Maharashtra government will organise a Digi Dhan Mela in Mumbai under the aegis of central government’s Lucky Grahak Yojana for Consumers and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana for traders. 
  • The day-long event, to be held at Mumbai University, aims to promote digital payment methods and inculcate a digital payment habit among all citizens.
8. Nepal hosts Elephant Festival in Chitwan:
  • Nepal recently celebrated the 13th Chitwan Elephant Festival to boost tourism
  • The 5-day event showcases elephant walk, elephant polo, elephant calf football, elephant beauty contest, elephant picnic, and elephant painting. 
  • The festival was attended about 20,000 domestic and foreign tourists.
9. British govt to launch new one-pound coin at end of March:
  • The British government has announced that it would launch a new one-pound coin at the end of March this year and scrap the current one pound coin by October.
  • The new 12-sided one pound coin would become legal tender on 28th March and the new coin would be produced by the Royal Mint in Wales.
  • A total of 1.5 billion of the coins will be issued in the first minting.
10. Pakistan approves Hindu marriage bill:
  • The Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights unanimously approved the Hindu Marriages Bill on 2nd January 2017.
  • The much-awaited bill to regulate marriages of minority Hindus in Pakistan moved closer to reality after a Senate committee approved the landmark draft legislation, nearly four months after it was passed by the National Assembly.
  • The bill will enable the Hindu community members to get their marriages registered. 
11. Birth Anniversary of Savitribai Phule: 3 January
  • Hailed as the country's first woman teacher, Savitribai Phule was also a social worker and a poet. Born on January 3, 1831, in Maharashtra's Naigaon. 
  • 2017 marks her 186th birth year. Savitribai Phule is credited with laying the foundation of education opportunities for women in India and played a major role in improving women's rights in the country during the British Raj. 
  • Many of her poems were against discrimination and spoke about the need to get educated. She campaigned against untouchability, Sati tradition, child marriage and other social evils most of her life.
12. David R Syiemlieh appointed new UPSC chairman:
  • President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Prof David R Syiemlieh as the Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) as per Article 316 of Constitution
  • He will take over from Alka Sirohi and shall remain the head of the organisation till his retirement on January 21, 2018 or till further orders.
  • Prior to this appointment, he was functioning as a UPSC member from June 25, 2012.
13. Amazon Wins Patent for Flying Warehouse to Deliver Parcels via Drones:
  • The U.S. e-commerce giant, Amazon has been awarded a patent for launching a giant flying warehouse that would act as a launch pad for drones to deliver items within minutes.
  • The U.S. e-commerce giant described plans for an "airborne fulfilment centre" (AFC) such as an airship or blimp that would float at an altitude of around 45,000. 
  • The airship will be stocked with lots of products

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