This Daily Current Affair Capsule aims to be a time-saving tool for going through relevant news from national dailies and government releases on PIB. Aspirants for UPSC IAS, CDS, SSC CGL, NDA, etc. will find it highly useful to cover for revision and awareness purposes.
National Important Current Affairs – 3 February 2018
■ The Maharashtra government has approved Ghodazari in Chandrapur district as a new wildlife sanctuary in the state. This sanctuary is located in the North East of Tadoba, and will include 159 sq km of Brahmapuri forest.
■ The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) in collaboration with Department of Forests, Assam government is organising the national-level celebration of World Wetlands Day (WWD), 2018 at Deepor Beel, a Ramsar Site in Guwahati. He appealed for developing a strong movement for Green Good Deeds” in this country.
About Deepor Beel:
Assam’s only Ramsar site, Dipor Bil is located 18 km south west of capital of Assam Guwahati city, on the National Highway 31, on the Jalukbari Khanapara bypass. It is a permanent freshwater lake, located in a former channel of the Brahmaputra River. Birdlife International has also declared Dipor Bil as an Important Bird Area (IBA). It is considered as one of the largest Beels in the Brahmaputra valley of Western Assam, it is categorised as representative of the wetland type under the Burma Monsoon Forest biogeographic region.
■ Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the two-day Global Investors’ Summit ‘Advantage Assam’ in Guwahati. The Summit aims to project Assam as India’s expressway to the South-East Asian nations. It will showcase the state’s manufacturing opportunities and geostrategic advantages to foreign and domestic investors.
- The Summit will showcase the opportunities offered by the state in terms of export-oriented manufacturing and services to ASEAN and Bhutan, Bangladesh, India and Nepal.
- The state has identified a number of focus sectors, including agriculture and food processing, organic cultivation and bamboo, handloom, textile and handicrafts, inland water transport, port township and riverfront development.
■ Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has announced the government’s plan to build a tunnel through the Sela Pass that is located at an elevation of 13,700 ft which will ensure faster movement of troops in Tawang, a strategically- located town in Arunachal Pradesh bordering China. The proposal to build the Sela pass comes amid concerns in the defence establishment over China’s growing assertiveness along the nearly 4,000 km-long Sino-India border. The BRO’s Project Vartak has already started land acquisition and double landing of the national highway as part of the larger plan.
About the Sela pass:
The Sela pass is located between the Tawang and West Kameng districts of Arunachal Pradesh and considered crucial from strategic perspective. Sela Lake is one of approximately 101 lakes in the area that are sacred in Tibetan Buddhism. The Sela pass is located between the Tawang and West Kameng districts of Arunachal Pradesh and considered crucial from strategic perspective.
■ Odisha has bagged Geospatial World Excellence Award-2018 for successful IT application on tracking of mineral production, dispatch and value accrued on real-time basis through its i3MS website-based software.
Geospatial World Excellence Awards was initiated in 2007. It is an internationally-acclaimed private award recognizing exemplary innovations and practices in the global geospatial industry.
■ Magahi writer Shesh Anand Madhukar has been honoured with this year’s Sahitya Akademi Bhasha Samman award. He has been working extensively for the development of the ‘maghi’ language. He is the second writer of Magahi language to be given the award. The award comprises a Rs 1 lakh cheque and a memento.
About Magahi language:
The Magahi language, also known as Magadhi, is a language spoken in Bihar-Jharkhand region of eastern India. Magadhi Prakrit was the ancestor of Magadhi, from which the latter’s name derives. It is believed to be the language spoken by Gautama Buddha. It was the official language of the Mauryan court, in which the edicts of Ashoka were composed.
■ The government has proposed to establish Ekalavya Residential School in each block of the country where tribal people constitute a majority of the population. By the year 2022, every block with more than 50% ST population and at least 20,000 tribal persons, will have an Ekalavya Model Residential School.
The Eklavya Model Residential School Scheme was started in 1998 and first school was started in the year 2000 in Maharashtra. EMRSs have been functioning as institutions of excellence for tribal students. The capital cost for setting up the school complex, including hostels and staff quarters etc. has been earmarked at Rs. 12 crore with a provision to go up to Rs.16 crore in hill areas, deserts and islands.
■ The 32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2018 has started at Faridabad, Haryana. The 17-day cultural extravaganza is organized by the Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism in collaboration with Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture and External Affairs. This year, Uttar Pradesh is the theme state and Kyrgyzstan is the Partner Nation. The Mela celebrates the unique diversity of Indian traditions and culture.
International Current Affairs Capsule – 3 February 2018
■ A Bhutanese consulate office was opened in Guwahati, jointly inaugurated by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Bhutan’s Foreign Minister Lyonpo Damcho Dorji. The consulate general’s office will benefit the Bhutanese and North East people. A Drukair flight between Bhutan and Singapore via Guwahati has also been announced.
Note that: Drukair or Royal Bhutan Airlines has been operating a periodic flight between Paro, Bhutan’s only international airport, and Bangkok via Guwahati.
■ Canada’s Upper House of Parliament has passed a bill to modify the country’s National Anthem in order to make it gender-neutral. The words “thy sons command” in the second line of the anthem will be replaced with “all of us command”.
Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 3 February 2018
■ The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) and Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited (RUMSL) has signed a sub-loan agreement for financing the shared infrastructure of two solar power projects in the state of Madhya Pradesh.
Sports Current Affairs – 3 February 2018
■ Assam Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi has released a postage stamp as a mark of respect to the legendary footballer Dr Talimeren Ao on the occasion of his birth centenary year. Dr. Talimeren Ao was born in 1918, and he was instrumental in popularizing football in Assam. He was captain of the first official Indian Football Team in 1948 London Olympics.
“Current Affairs Questions for UPSC IAS Prelims – 3 February 2018 “
Q1. Which state government has won the 2018 Geospatial World Excellence Award?
- A) West Bengal
- B) Gujarat
- C) Punjab
- D) Odisha
Q2. Mary Kom has won gold in which weight category at the 2018 India Open boxing Tournament?
- A) 64kg category
- B) 60kg category
- C) 54kg category
- D) 48kg category
Q3. Which country has recently joined Ashgabat agreement?
- A) India
- B) China
- C) Israel
- D) Iraq
Q4. Which city is hosting the 2nd edition of Nobel Prize Series-India 2018?
- A) Panaji
- B) Chandigarh
- C) New Delhi
- D) Kochi
Q5. Who has been honoured with the 2018 Sahitya Akademi Bhasha Samman award?
- A) Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai
- B) Rahul Sankarnarayan
- C) Shesh Anand Madhukar
- D) Visvanatha Satyanarayana
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