Current Affairs 3rd April 2019 | Daily GK Update

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The General Awareness Section plays an important role in scoring well above cut off marks in any competitive exam. The Banking Awareness and Static Awareness questions asked in the General Awareness Section are based on Current Affairs mainly. So you need to prepare well this section to score good marks. Here is the Daily GK Update to get you acquainted with the top events that made the headlines today!!


National News

1. Indian Army Builds Longest Suspension Bridge Over River Indus In Leh-Ladakh

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i. The Indian Army has successfully built the longest suspension bridge ‘Matiri Bridge’ over the Indus River in the Leh-Ladakh region. Built in a record time of 40 days ‘Maitri Bridge’ is longest Suspension Bridge over Indus River.
ii. The 260-feet long suspension bridge was built by the combat engineers belonging to the Sahas aur Yogyata regiment of Indian Army’s Fire & Fury Corps.

2. Kandhamal Haldi Gets Geographical Indications Tag
i. ‘Kandhamal Haldi’, a variety of turmeric indigenous to southern Odisha, has earned the Geographical indication (GI) tag from Intellectual Property India, an organization functioning under the auspices of the Union ministry of commerce & industry.
ii. The recognition coincided with the state’s Foundation Day (Utkal Divas). Kandhamal in Odisha’s southern hinterland is famed for its turmeric
Static/Current Takeaways Important for LIC AAO Exam:
  • Odisha, on April 1, 1936, was carved out as a separate state in the then British India on a linguistic identity.
  • Odisha CM: Naveen Patnaik, Governor: Ganeshi Lal.

3. Government Sets Up Tribunal To Review Ban Imposed On Jamaat-e-Islami, JKLF

i. The Centre has set up a tribunal, headed by Justice Chander Shekhar of the Delhi High Court, to adjudicate if there exists sufficient cause to ban the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir (JeI) and the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front-Yasin Malik (JKLF-Y) faction. 
ii. The decision has been taken by the Home Ministry exercising the powers conferred under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

4. NuGen Mobility Summit To Be Held in November 2019

i. The International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) is organizing a NuGen Mobility Summit, 2019, at Manesar, NCR, from 27th to 29th November 2019. 
ii. The objective of the Summit is to share new ideas, learnings, global experiences, innovations and future technology trends for faster adoption, assimilation and development of advanced automotive technologies for a smarter and greener future.
International News
5. Japan Unveils Name of Its New Imperial Era ‘Reiwa’

i. Japan has announced that the name of its new imperial era, set to begin on 1 May, will be ‘Reiwa’, signifying order and harmony. The country’s current era, Heisei, will end in April.
ii. The name ‘Reiwa’ which consists two Chinese characters, the first meaning ‘good’ or ‘beautiful’ as well as ‘order’ or ‘command’ and the second meaning ‘peace’ or ‘harmony’.
Source: BBC
Static/Current Takeaways Important for LIC AAO Exam:
  • Japan Capital: Tokyo, Currency: Japanese Yen, PM: Shinzo Abe.
6. Algeria’s President Bouteflika Resigns

i. Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has resigned from the post with immediate effect, ceding power in the face of massive street protests against his 20-year rule.
ii. Bouteflika has come under mounting pressure to step down since his decision to seek a fifth term despite rarely being seen in public after suffering a stroke in 2013.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains Exam:

  • Algeria Capital: Algiers, Currency: Algerian dinar.

Sci-Tech News

7. South Korea Launches World’s First National 5G Networks

i. South Korea launches the world’s first fully-fledged 5G mobile networks. The system will bring smartphones near-instantaneous connectivity 20 times faster than the existing 4G allowing users to download entire movies in less than a second.
ii. It is crucial for the future development of devices ranging from self-driving vehicles that send data traffic to one another in real time, industrial robots, drones and other elements of the Internet of Things.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for LIC AAO Exam:
  • South Korea Capital- Seoul, Currency- South Korean won.


8. UN Appoints Nicholas Koumjian As Investigation Head For Myanmar

i. The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres announced the appointment of Nicholas Koumjian of the United States as the head of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar.
ii. International criminal justice lawyer Nicholas Koumjian will serve as the first head of the Independent Investigative Mechanism (IIM) for Myanmar, which was established by the Human Rights Council in September 2018 and welcomed by the UN General Assembly in December 2018.

                                            Economy News

9. ADB Cuts India’s Growth Rate To 7.2%

i. The Asian Development Bank downgraded economic growth forecasts for India and Southeast Asia for 2019 as global risks from trade tensions to Brexit mount.
ii. According to the ADB’s latest Asian Development Outlook report, gross domestic product in India will probably increase by 7.2 % in 2019, down from a December forecast of 7.6%. Southeast Asia’s growth estimate was lowered by 0.2 percentage point to 4.9%.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for LIC AAO Exam:
  • Asian Development Bank Headquarters: Manila, Philippines, President: Takehiko Nakao.

Books and Authors

10. Garuda Prakashan Launches ‘Saffron Swords’

i. The Indian Publishing company, Garuda Prakashan Private Limited, launched its book ‘Saffron Swords- Centuries of Indic Resistance to Invaders’. 
ii. Written by Manoshi Sinha Rawal, it is a book on 52 unsung warriors of India from the last 1300 years.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for LIC AAO Exam:
  • Garuda CEO: Sankrant Sanu.
Sports News

11. Saurav Ghosal Becomes 1st Indian Man To Enter Top-10 In Squash

i. Saurav Ghosal became the first Indian male squash player to enter the top 10 in latest Professional Squash Association (PSA) world rankings. 
ii. Egypt’s world champion Ali Farag, meanwhile, maintains his position at the top of the ladder. Indian women squash players Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal had earlier reached top 10 in the world rankings.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains Exam:
  • World Squash Federation is the highest governing body of squash.

12. Eminent Dramatist Kartik Chandra Rath Passes Away

i. Kartik Chandra Rath, a veteran dramatist, theatre organiser, and Economics teacher passed away at the age of 70 in Cuttack, Odisha due to the heart attack. 
ii. In 1963, he wrote the first play titled ‘Ei Desha, Ei Maati’

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