Following is the 2 May 2018 Current Affairs For Government Exam
1. 14 Cities In India are World’s most polluted.
Delhi and Varanasi are among the 14 Indian cities that figured in a list of 20 most polluted cities in the world in terms of PM 2.5 levels in 2016, according to the data released by the WHO.
Other Indian cities were Kanpur, Faridabad, Gaya, Patna, Agra, Muzaffarpur, Srinagar, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Patiala and Jodhpur.
PM 2.5 includes pollutants like sulfate, nitrate and black carbon.
2. Goods and Services Tax (GST) receipts cross Rs. 1 lakh crore in April.
Revenue from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for April 2018 crossed the Rs. 1 lakh crore threshold, coming in at Rs. 1,03,458 crore.
It Indicates that the indirect tax regime was stabilising and that economic revival was picking up pace.
The GST was rolled out across the country on July 1, 2017.
3. Government extends MEIS export benefits.
Over 35 handicraft products such as candles, paper and clay articles would be entitled for export benefits.
These export benefits are provided under Merchandise Export from India Scheme (MEIS).
Under this scheme, the government provides duty credit scrip to exporters.
The rates vary from product to product and the export destination, as envisaged in the foreign trade policy.
4. eOffice system launched by Hyderabad police.
The Hyderabad city police launched the ‘eOffice’ System in the city Police Commissionerate office as a citizen-friendly initiative.
eOffice is a ‘product suit’ developed by NIC and it aims at handling files in a more efficient and transparent manner to improve the responsiveness to citizens.
The system helps in faster clearance of files and it envisions a paper-less office.
5. CPCB has banned party poppers.
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has banned party poppers — a popular decorative used at parties and celebrations.
Party poppers contains low-intensity chemical explosives and plastic streamers that are linked to a variety of health issues and pollution.
The reason behind the ban is primarily due to the impact of the chemicals like red-phosphorous have on the eyes.
6. Commission clears connectivity in flights within Indian airspace.
The Telecom Commission on May 1st approved the TRAI’s recommendations for offering voice and data services in flights within Indian airspace.
The operation of Mobile Communication on Aircraft should be permitted with a minimum height restriction of 3,000 meters in Indian airspace.
In January, TRAI had recommended mobile communication on domestic and international flights in India.
7. Core sector growth slows to 4.1% in March 2018.
According to index of eight core industries released by Ministry of Commerce and Industry, core sector growth in March 2018 slowed to 4.1%.
It was a three-month low due to weak performance in six sectors.
Cumulatively, the eight core sectors grew 4.2% in 2017-18.
The growth was 4.8% in the previous fiscal.
The previous low was 3.8% in December 2017.
8. South Western Command conducts exercise Vijay Prahar in Rajasthan.
South Western Command of Indian Army is conducting ‘Vijay Prahar’ exercise in Mahajan area close to Suratgarh in Rajasthan.
In this exercise, over 20,000 troops are participating with fighting equipment for couple of weeks to fine-tune jointmanship with the Indian Air Force.
9. DoT releases draft National Telecom Policy.
The draft of National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2018 aka National Digital Communications Policy 2018 has been uploaded for public consultations on the Department of Telecom’s (DoT).
One of the key strategies in the draft talks of recognising spectrum as a key natural resource for public benefit
The draft proposes one Gbps connectivity to all Gram Panchayats by 2020 and 10 Gbps by 2022.
10. India & Japan to work together.
India and Japan have agreed to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in energy development space as well as contribute to worldwide energy security and solutions to climate change issues.
Both countries agreed to initiate the discussion towards development of Electric Vehicles.
They will work together in promoting well-functioning energy markets.
11. NASA to track ice and water around the world by detecting variations in Earth’s gravity.
NASA is gearing up for the upcoming launch of its Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission.
The mission will map changes in water and ice around the world by detecting variations in Earth’s gravity & it involves 2 identical spacecraft that will orbit the Earth.
The mission is a joint project between NASA and the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences, Germany.
12. Sitanshu Kar takes over as DG of Press Information Bureau.
Mr Sitanshu Ranjan Kar (1983 batch officer of Indian Information Service) took over as the 27th Principal Spokesperson of the Government of India and Director General of Press Information Bureau in New Delhi.
13. Subhash Chandra appointed as IRDAI Chairman.
Former IAS Officer Subhash Chandra Khuntia was appointed as the new Chairman of Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India (IRDAI) for three-years.
Khuntia will succeed T S Vijayan, who completed his five-year term in February.
His appointment was approved by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).
IRDAI regulates Insurance sector of the country.
14. Salah named writers’ Footballer of the Year.
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been named the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year.
The Egypt star – the first African winner of the award – also won the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year award in April.
Salah has scored 31 goals in 34 league appearances for Liverpool this season.
15. RBI allowed FPIs to invest in treasury bills.
Easing foreign investment rules, the RBI on 1st May permitted Foreign Portfolio Investments (FPIs) to invest in treasury bills issued by the Central Government.
The RBI also asked the FPIs to bring down their total exposure in debt instruments (G-secs or corporate bonds).
Treasury Bills are short term (up to one year) borrowing instruments of the Government & they are auctioned by RBI.
16. Telecom sector to get ombudsman.
In a move aimed at empowering mobile consumers, the Telecom Commission cleared a proposal for creation of an Ombudsman under the sector regulator to resolve subscriber complaints.
As per the decision of Telecom Commission, the Ombudsman will be created by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
The TRAI will be free to set up as many Ombudsman as per requirement.
17. Harendra Singh to coach men’s hockey team.
Hockey India has appointed Harendra Singh as coach of India’s men’s team, while Sjoerd Marijne will take over as chief coach of women’s side.
Harendra led the junior men’s hockey team to the World Cup title in 2016.
Before joining the Indian women’s team, Marijne had a successful tenure with the Netherlands’ women’s team.
18. Legendary singer Asha Bhosle honored with PC Chandra Puraskaar.
Legendary singer Asha Bhosle was honoured with 26th PC Chandra Puraskaar for her contribution in the field of Indian music.
Sharmila Tagore was the Chief Guest at the event who also presented the prestigious award to Asha Bhosle.
19. Marxist economist Ashok Mitra dead.
Eminent Marxist economist and politician, and former finance minister of West Bengal, Ashok Mitra, at age 89 on Tuesday.
He served as Chief Economic Adviser during Indira Gandhi’s prime ministerial tenure.
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