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The following post covers all the important news from national and international dailies and government releases for aspirants of examinations like UPSC IAS, CDS, SSC CGL, NDA, etc. We hope this is useful for both, revision and awareness purposes.
National Important Current Affairs – 3 May 2019
- The Election Commission has given a clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi with regard to a complaint concerning alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct in his speech at Barmer in Rajasthan. The EC has also given a clean chit to Congress President Rahul Gandhi in a complaint concerning alleged violation of Model Code of Conduct in a speech in Sihora, Madhya Pradesh.
- The Supreme Court has asked the Election Commission to decide on a plea seeking to advance the voting timing to 5’o’clock in morning for the remaining phases of the Lok Sabha election in view of heat wave conditions and the holy month of Ramzan.
- The Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu has released a postage stamp to commemorate the 750th birth anniversary of Sri Vedanta Desikan.
- Vedanta Desika (1268-1369 C.E.) is one of the most prominent preceptors in the vaishnava tradition.
- A polyglot, Desika was proficient in eight languages, including Sanskrit, Tamil, Manipravalam, Prakrit and Pali
- Sri Vedant Desikan’s philosophy was the aspect of inclusion, anyone irrespective of caste and creed could join the Sri Vaishnava fold. He led the truly democratizing movement that obliterated caste distinctions.
- Desika wrote two works on Krishna — Gopala Vimsati and Yadavabhyudaya, and a gadya (prose work) on Rama.
- The Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the Government of India and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding today in New Delhi for setting up a Centre of Excellence for Waste to Wealth Technologies. In order to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, this centre will work for implementation of sustainable, scientific and technological solutions for waste management, using available technologies for transformation of waste to wealth.
Note that: The waste to wealth mission project has been approved under the recently constituted Prime Minister’s Science Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC).
- The State Government of Karnataka’s long-drawn-out battle against Kerala to keep roads through Bandipur National Park closed at night have been supported by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH). The ministry has informed the Supreme Court that they have accepted the recommendation of maintaining status quo on National Highway 766. The Centre has recommended continuation of the night traffic ban (NTB) in Bandipur National Park from 9 pm to 6 pm.
Note that: In 2010, the Karnataka High Court had enforced a 9 hour ban from 9 pm to 6 am on the busy NH-212 in view of high wildlife killings. It allowed only a restricted and equal fleet of both Kerala and Karnataka road transport buses during the ban hours.
International Current Affairs Capsule – 3 May 2019
- Former ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar has been conferred with France’s highest civilian award for his contribution to India-France space cooperation. Chairman of the French space agency Jean-Yves Le Gall was present at the special investiture ceremony held in New Delhi to present the Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Lgion d’Honneur to A S Kiran Kumar. As the ISRO chairman from 2015 to 2018, Kumar fostered the historic and ambitious space cooperation between India and France.
Note that: It was created in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, the Ordre national de la Lgion d’Honneur (National Order of the Legion of Honour) is the highest civilian award given by the French for outstanding service to France, regardless of the nationality of the recipient.
- The 1st part of the Indo-French joint naval exercise, ‘Varuna’ has begun in the Arabian Sea off the Goa coast. This joint exercise will be conducted till May 10. Aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya is taking part in the drill along with French carrier Charles De Gaulle. Destroyer INS Mumbai, the Teg-class frigate, INS Tarkash, the Shishumar- class submarine, INS Shankul, and the Deepak- class fleet tanker, INS Deepak, will also be participating in this exercise.
Note that: The Indo French joint naval exercise was first initiated in 1983 and was named as ‘Varuna’ in 2001.
- World Press Freedom Day is being celebrated on 3rd April. It is an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, defend the media from attacks on their independence, and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference. The theme of the 2019 World Press Freedom Day is “Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation.”
Note that: According to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), at least 95 journalists were killed last year during the course of their work. In 2018 the killing of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi attracted global attention and outrage. He was murdered after going to the Saudi consulate-general in Turkey last October.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a “sovereign internet” bill which aims to expand Government Control of Internet to isolate the country’s internet. The measures under this bill include creating technology to monitor internet routing and to steer Russian internet traffic away from foreign servers, to prevent a foreign country from shutting it down.
Under the new law Russian Internet access providers will also need to ensure that their networks have the technical means for “centralised traffic control” to counter potential threats.
Note that: This move is being publicly denounced by all rights groups in country because it is being alleged that these laws clampdown on media and internet freedoms. It is also being criticized as a vaguely worded bill which gives enormous censorship powers to government and is aimed at restricting information and communication online.
- The United Kingdom has become the world’s first country to declare an environment and climate emergency. The UK Parliament approved Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s motion which calls to aim to achieve net-zero emissions before 2050. The decision marks a renewed sense of urgency in tackling climate change, following a visit to Parliament by teenage activist Greta Thunberg , the broadcast of David Attenborough’s documentary Climate Change: The Facts and 11 days of protest by environmental group Extinction Rebellion that had paralysed parts of London. This also calls for proposals within the next six months to restore the UK’s natural environment and deliver a “zero waste economy”.
Sports Current Affairs – 3 May 2019
- World number one Bajrang Punia has won the gold medal in men’s 65kg freestyle category in the Ali Aliyev wrestling tournament held at Kaspiisk in Russia. Bajrang defeated the local favourite Viktor Rassadin 13-8 in his final bout to win the gold.
- In cricket, India has retained its top position in the ICC Test rankings, while England has remained the number one on the ODI side in the latest annual rankings released in Dubai.
“Current Affairs Questions for UPSC IAS Prelims – 3 May 2019 “
Q1. Recently, archaeologists excavated a rare life-size stucco Buddhist sculpture in which among the following states?
- A) Kerala
- B) Andhra Pradesh
- C) Telangana
- D) Uttar Pradesh
Q2. 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
Q3. Pakistan & _________ have signed an agreement on space exploration, marking a new phase in space science cooperation.
- A) China
- B) Russia
- C) India
- D) Afghanistan
Q4. Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar has been named as a global terrorist by ___________.
- A) UNSC 1267 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee
- B) UNSC 1367 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee
- C) UNSC 1467 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee
- D) UNSC 1567 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee
Q5. Cyber Exercise on Scenario Building & Response has been recently held in _______.
- A) Bhopal
- B) New Delhi
- C) Chandigarh
- D) Kochi
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