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This post covers relevant news from national dailies and government releases for aspirants of examinations like UPSC IAS, CDS, SSC CGL, NDA, etc. It is highly useful for both, revision and awareness purposes.
National Important Current Affairs – 2 May 2019
- In Maharashtra Gadchiroli district, 15 police personnel were martyred and many others injured in a powerful landmine blast by naxals. The jawans were from an anti-Maoist squad of Gadchiroli Police. The landmine blast attack was triggered by the naxals when the jawans were on their way to participate in Maharashtra Day ceremony on the occasion of 59th anniversary of formation of the state.
- Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria took over as Vice Chief of the Air Staff. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Air Marshal Bhadauria has been commissioned in the fighter stream of Indian Air Force in 1980 and won the coveted ‘Sword of Honor’ for standing first in the overall order of merit.
Note that: During his illustrious career, he has been commended by the Chief of Air Staff and has been awarded Param Vishist Seva Medal, Ati Vishist Seva Medal and Vayu Sena Medal.
- The Researchers from Pune University have identified Aspergillus terreus strain fungi from mangrove rhizosphere soil which can potentially help degrade polythene and reduce plastic pollution. The plastic degradation fungi are identified from mangrove rhizosphere soil from 12 different locations in five coastal states Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat.
Note that: Polythene contributes to around 64% of the total plastic waste and takes about 1,000 years to degrade under natural environmental conditions.
- Child rights and anti-trafficking activists have welcomed the observations made by the Madras High Court, viz, the definition of Child under Section 2(d) of the POCSO Act can be redefined as 16 instead of 18. Any consensual sex after the age of 16 or allied acts can be excluded from the rigorous provisions of the POCSO Act and such sexual assault, if it is so defined can be tried under the more liberal provision, which can be introduced in the Act itself.
Note that: The POCSO Act, 2012 has been enacted to Protect the Children from Offences of Sexual Assault, Sexual harassment with due regard for safeguarding the interest and well-being of children.
International Current Affairs Capsule – 2 May 2019
- New Emperor of Japan, Naruhito ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne as its 126th emperor, a day after his father Akihito abdicated from the world’s oldest monarchy and ushered in a new imperial era – the Reiwa era. The new imperial era of Reiwa, meaning “beautiful harmony”, will last throughout Naruhito’s reign. As emperor, Naruhito will not have any political powers, instead, he will be responsible for ceremonial duties, such as greeting state leaders.
Note that: The 59-year-old, Naruhito is a keen historian, water transportation researcher, and environmental activist.He also spent two years studying at Oxford University, and wrote a memoir about it.
- World Password Day is being celebrated today every year on the first Thursday in May. It aims to promote good security hygiene and password habits.
- United Nations Sanctions Committee has decided to designate Jaish-e-Mohammad Chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, The decision is in accordance with New Delhi’s position and in line with the information that India shared with the members of the 1267 Sanctions Committee of the UN regarding Azhar and Jaish-e-Mohammad’s terror activities. Masood Azhar is a blue-eyed boy of Pakistan’s spy agency ISI who masterminded several audacious attacks on India.t is a huge diplomatic victory for India, after China lifted its hold on a proposal to ban him.
Note that: France, the US and the UK had moved a fresh proposal to declare Azhar as global terrorist at the UN following the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed in February. Jaish-e-Mohammed had claimed responsibility for this attack. While China had earlier put a technical hold on the proposal, blocking it for fourth time to designate Azhar, this time it lifted its technical hold after finding no objection to the listing proposal.
- French Envoy to India has supported India’s Anti-Satellite (ASAT) missile test. According to the French envoy India’s ASAT missile test is a response to the growing threat posed by the defence and offensive space technologies which are being developed with different aims of spying, gaining control, deactivating service and destroying. India had recently completed Mission Shakti. Mission Shakti is an Anti-Satellite missile test.
Note that: ASAT are missile-based systems to attack moving satellites. The mission has been carried out by bringing down one of the Indian satellites in the low earth orbit.
- Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena has taken an extraordinary step of effectively banning the niqab, a face covering worn by some Muslim women, under the country’s Emergency regulations after the Easter Sunday bombings claimed by ISIS.
Note that: It makes Sri Lanka the only country outside Europe to take such a decision.
Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 2 May 2019
- OYO has acquired a majority stake in European vacation rental company @Leisure Group from German media house Axel Springer SE, as the Indian hospitality chain deepens its global presence after raising more than $1 billion from investors including Airbnb.
Note that: OYO operates more than 18,000 franchised and leased hotels in more than 500 cities across 10 countries including India, China, Malaysia, the UK, the UAE and Indonesia.
- The Goods and Services Tax collection scaled all-time high of over 1.13 lakh crore rupees in the month of April. The total gross GST revenue collected in April, Integrated GST is Rs. 54,733 crore and cess is Rs. 9,168 crore. For 2019-20, the government proposes to collect 6.10 lakh crore rupees from CGST and Rs. 1.01 lakh as compensation cess.
Note that: The Goods and Services Tax revenue for month of April is 16.05% higher than the monthly average of 98 thousand 114 crore GST revenue in 2018-19.
Sports Current Affairs – 2 May 2019
- Indian shooting ace Apurvi Chandela has obtained the world’s number one position in the women’s 10-meter air rifle event while compatriot Anjum Moudgil stood number two after consistent performances in recent years.
Note that: Apurvi Chandela from Jaipur is among the five Indian shooters to have already secured 2020 Olympics quotas for the country.
“Current Affairs Questions for UPSC IAS Prelims – 2 May 2019 “
Q1. The Army is in the process of procuring Igla-S Very Short Range Air Defence Systems (VSHORAD) from which among the following countries?
• A) France
• B) Israel
• C) Russia
• D) UK
Q2. Pakistan & _________ have signed an agreement on space exploration, marking a new phase in space science cooperation.
• A) China
• B) Russia
• C) India
• D) Afghanistan
Q3. Union Environment Ministry has constituted a committee to implement the NCAP. Expand NCAP.
• A) National Cleanliness Air Programme
• B) National Clean Air Project
• C) National Clean Airy Programme
• D) National Clean Air Programme
Q4. _________ is to take over as the Vice Chief of Indian Air Force.
• A) Rakesh Bhaduria
• B) Sanjay Manohar
• C) Anil Khosla
• D) Teerath Singh
Q5. Who was recently appointed as the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the office of Lokpal?
• A) Akash Verma
• B) Dilip Kumar
• C) Satish Mishra
• D) Renuka Chopra
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