Following is the 4 May 2018 Current Affairs For Government Exam
1. EPFO introduces View Pension Passbook service.
EPFO introduced ‘View Pension Passbook’ Service for the pensioners through ‘UMANG app’.
On clicking ‘View Passbook’ option, it requires PPO Number and Date of Birth information to be entered by the pensioner.
Other e-services of EPFO already available through UMANG app includes EPF Passbook, Raise claim, Track Claim, eKYC services etc.
2. Maharashtra Chief Minister launched mobile weather information app.
Maharashtra Chief Minister launched ‘MahaVedh’, a mobile application which provides weather-related information to farmers.
The application will provide real-time information on temperature, humidity and a forecast for 15 days.
The application will also provide forecasts of lightning.
3. Sushma to chair session on Act East Policy.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will be chairing an interactive session on Act East Policy in New Delhi.
Chief Ministers of 8 North Eastern states – Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Sikkim, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura have been invited to attend this meeting.
They will be accompanied by senior officials from the States who deal with policy issues related to the subject.
4. NPS subscribers allowed to withdraw fund.
Pension fund regulator PFRDA has said National Pension System (NPS) subscribers will now have the option to partially withdraw funds.
Funds can be used for setting up new business or pursuing higher education.
NPS and Atal Pension Yojana, both regulated by the PFRDA, currently have a cumulative subscriber base of over 2.13 crore with total asset under management of over Rs 2.38 lakh crore.
5. Central Board of Direct Taxes signs 200th unilateral advance pricing agreement (UAPA) in April.
The CBDT has signed its 200th unilateral advance pricing agreement (UAPA), which is aimed at promoting government’s resolve of the non-adversarial tax regime.
The Central Board of Direct Taxes had entered into one UAPA during April, thus taking the total count to 200.
The UAPA entered into during April 2018 pertains to the provision of sourcing support services.
6. India to organise cultural festival in Egypt.
India is organising a 5 day cultural festival in Egypt to commemorate the 157th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.
Festival is being organised by Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture, the cultural wing of Indian Embassy in Cairo.
An exhibition of paintings of Tagore titled ‘Rabindranath Tagore: Rhythm in Colours’ will be held at Museum of Ahmed Shawky at Giza.
7. Pakistan reopend major trade route with Afghan.
Pakistan has reopened a major trade route with Afghanistan, the Ghulam Khan pass after four years.
Authorities had closed Ghulam Khan border crossing in 2014, after the launch of military operation in North Waziristan.
Pakistan’s army claims that 95% of the area is now militant-free and all the militants’ hideouts have been destroyed.
8. US to reschedule the 1st two-plus-two dialogue with India.
The US is looking to reschedule the first two-plus-two dialogue with India, following the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as President Donald Trump’s new Secretary of State.
The dialogue involves defense and foreign ministers from the two countries.
The dialogue is likely to take place sometime this summer, most probably after the historic summit meeting between Trump and Kim Jong un.
9. PM Modi most liked leader in world on Facebook.
According to the study “World Leaders on Facebook” released by Burson Cohn & Wolfe PM Modi is the most ‘liked’ world leader on Facebook.
With 43.2 million likes, Prime Minister Modi is almost double of USA President Donald Trump, who has 23.1 Million likes.
Modi also has the second highest number of interactions and interaction rate behind Trump.
10. Kidambi Srikanth became Deputy Collector in AP.
Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth formally took charge as the Deputy Collector of Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, his native town.
In June 2017, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu had offered Srikanth a Group 1 officer post after he won the Indonesian and Australian Open titles.
Recently, Srikanth bagged his maiden singles’ silver medal at Commonwealth Games.
11. Justice AK Mittal to be acting CJ of Punjab & Haryana.
Justice AK Mittal has been appointed as the acting Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court, Chandigarh.
Appointment of Justice Mittal, who is the first puisne Judge of the HC, has been notified by centre because of the retirement of CJ Vazifdar.
Collegium had recommended the appointment of Justice Krishna Murari as the CJ of High Court but the Centre did not act on this recommendation.
12. Former Chief Economic Adviser Ashok Lahiri appointed full-time member.
Former Chief Economic Adviser Ashok Lahiri has been appointed as full-time member of the 15th Finance Commission.
He is at present the part-time member of the commission, headed by N.K. Singh.
He will be accorded the status of the Minister of State.
The 15th finance commission’s chairman is N. K. Singh, with its full-time members being Shaktikanta Das and Anoop Singh.
13. Former tennis star Mary Pierce named ambassador for TCS World marathon.
Former tennis star Mary Pierce has been named the International Event Ambassador for TCS World 10K 2018 Marathon.
The marathon, scheduled to be held in Bengaluru for May 27.
Mary Pierce reached her career high ranking of World No. 3 in 1995, post her first Grand Slam Singles title – that of the Australian Open in January 1995.
14. MT Vasudevan Nair wins ONV Literary Award.
Legendary writer M T Vasudevan Nair has been selected for the ONV Literary Award instituted by the by the ONV Cultural Academy. The award carries Rs 3 lakh.
The ONV award for young promising writer has gone to ‘Amma urangunnilla’, a poetry collection by Anuja Akathoottu.
The awards were presented by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
15. RBI asks FPI data from listed companies.
The Reserve Bank asked all listed companies to provide information on Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPI) investments to depositories before May 15.
Currently, the RBI receives data on the investment made by FPIs and Non-Resident Indians on Stock Exchanges from banks.
Depositories have to provide the necessary infrastructure and systems for operationalising the monitoring mechanism.
16. 4th Regional Conference of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
The 4th Regional Conference of AIIB on Futuristic, Resilient and Digital Infrastructure was organised in Bengaluru on May 3.
It was organised by the Ministry of Finance, Confederation of Indian Industry, and Research and Information System for Developing Countries.
The 2-day Conference is a lead-up to the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
17. Former Australian cricketer Justin Langer appointed as Head Coach of Australian Cricket Team.
Former Australian cricketer Justin Langer appointed as Australian cricket team’s head coach for all three formats.
Langer replaces Darren Lehmann, who had stepped down after Australia’s tour of South Africa amid the ball-tampering controversy.
18. India’s Neeraj Goyat is WBC Asia boxer of the year.
Indian pugilist Neeraj Goyat has been conferred with the ‘WBC Asia Boxer of the Year Award’.
Neeraj is the current WBC Asia champion in welterweight category.
19. Shuttler Srikanth climbs to 3rd spot in BWF Rankings.
India’s star shuttler and Commonwealth silver-medallist Kidambi Srikanth climbed to the third spot in the latest rankings released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
Fellow Indian HS Prannoy and London Olympic bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal climb up two places to reach career-best eighth spot and tenth spot respectively.
In the women singles section, Indian star PV Sindhu continues to hold on to the third spot.
20. Noted Malayalam novelist Pushpanath passes away.
Noted detective novelist” Kottayam Pushpanath, who expanded the world of horror fiction in Malayalam literature, died due to age related ailments.
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