Daily Current Affairs Short Updates: April 2-3, 2017

Daily Current Affairs Short Updates for April 2-3, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.

States Current Affairs

Hyderabad becomes first ‘Giga-enabled’ city in India

Hyderabad became first ‘Giga-enabled’ city in India after The Atria Convergence Technologies (ACT) Fibrenet launched 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) wired broadband internet service in the city. The ACT Fibrenet uses fiber optic technology and its 1 Gbps offers 400 times faster internet speed than the average speed of 2.5 megabits per second (mbps) in India. Hyderabad, city of pearls has highest internet penetration in India.

Justice Pradeep Nandrajog sworn in as Chief Justice of Rajasthan HC

Justice Pradeep Nandrajog was sworn in as Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court. He was administered oath of Office today by Governor Kalyan Singh at Raj Bhawan in Jaipur. Prior to this appointment, Justice Nandrajog was the Delhi High Court judge.

Mizoram becomes 27th state to join UDAY scheme

Mizoram became 27th state to join Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) scheme meant for revival of debt-stressed discoms. In this regard, Union Government and Mizoram Government signed a MOU for improving operational efficiency of the Power Distribution department of the State. The scheme would also allow speedy availability of cheaper power to more than 22 thousand households in the state that are still without electricity. The availability of 24X7 power to households will boost the economy, provide more employment opportunities and improve the standard of living of the people of Mizoram.

Persons in News

Vanaja Sarna appointed as Chairman of CBEC

Vanaja N. Sarna was appointed the new chairman of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC). She succeeded Najib Shah. She is 1980 batch officer of Indian Revenue Service (IRS). CBEC is the nodal government agency on Indirect Taxes responsible for administering Customs, Central Excise, Service Tax and Narcotics in India. Currently it operates and functions under the aegis of the Department of Revenue of Union Ministry of Finance.

Sunaina Singh appointed as Vice Chancellor of Nalanda University

Sunaina Singh was appointed the new vice chancellor of Nalanda University (NU). Currently, she is vice chancellor of the English and Foreign Language University (EFLU), Hyderabad. Nalanda University revived version of ancient Nalanda University located at Rajgir in Nalanda District in Bihar. It is a non-state, non-profit, secular and self-governing international institution functioning under Ministry of External Affairs. Its idea was mooted by former President APJ Abdul Kalam in 2006. It was established through Nalanda University Act, 2010. Dr.Vijay Bhatka, father of India’s first supercomputer and acclaimed scientist, is the Chancellor of the university.

PV Sindhu wins India Super Series tournament

Rio Olympics silver medallist P V Sindhu won the India Open Super Series title in women’s single category. In the final match, she defeated Rio Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain by 21-19, 21-16 score. Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen had won men’s singles title of the tournament after defeating Chinese Taipei’s Tien Chen Chou by 21-13, 21-10 score.

Pop Art pioneer James Rosenquist passes away

James Rosenquist, a leading pioneer of Pop Art passed away in New York. He was 83. He was known for appropriating industrial painting methods to cultivate his bold, graphic style. He had transitioned from a commercial sign-painter to a fine artist. Pop art is an art movement that emerged in 1950s in the United States and Britain. In it, material is visually removed from its known context, isolated, and combined with unrelated material. It had presented a challenge to traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular culture such as advertising and news.

American singer & song writer Bob Dylan accepts Nobel literature award

American singer and song writer Bob Dylan has finally accepted 2016 Nobel Prize for literature since December 2016 awards ceremony. He is the first song writer to win this prestigious award. He was awarded for creating new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition. He is first American to win the prize since novelist Toni Morrison in 1993.

LGBT rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker passes away

Gilbert Baker, creator of the rainbow flag as a symbol for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community passed away in Kansas, US. He was 65. He had created the eight-colour flag in 1978 for New York’s gay freedom day, which is now the modern pride parade. Since then his flag has been associated with LGBT rights causes across the world. The eights colours in the flag are Pink (represented sexuality), red (symbolised life, orange symbolised healing), yellow (signified sunlight), green (represented nature), turquoise (symbolised art), indigo (represented harmony) and violent (represented human spirit).

Days and Events

April 2: World Autism Awareness

The World autism Awareness Day is observed every year on 2 April across the world to raise awareness about autism and problems faced by people suffering from it. The theme for year 2017 is ‘Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination’. In India, the National Trust, a statutory body under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, had organised a National Conference on Autism in New Delhi. The day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) by passing resolution “62/139 in 2007. It is also one of only four official health-specific UN Days.

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