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Current Affairs – 3rd April 2017

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International Current Affairs

Here we are providing very important current affairs of international category for 3rd April 2017.

  • Germany has become the 1st NATO member to launch a “self-contained” cyber command unit designed to shield IT and weapons systems from growing attacks.
    • The Cyber and Information Space (CIR) command, which was launched today, boasts a status equal to that of the army, navy, and air force.
    • Note : It will have 13,500 military and civilian personnel by July.
  • The UK passport could turn Dark Blue again after Brexit under a nearly ₹4,000 crore redesigning contract.
    • Eurosceptics hope the passport, redesigned every five years, will ditch EU’s burgundy cover.
  • Passport Colors of Some Major Countries :
    • Red – Members of European Union (EU), Turkey, China, Serbia, Russia, Poland and Colombia
    • Blue – India, America, Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, 15 Caribbean countries of the CARICOM (Caribbean Community and Common Market)
    • Green – Islamic countries including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Morocco, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Senegal
    • Black – Zambia, Congo, Chad, Malawi, New Zealand

National Current Affairs

The National Current Affairs as on 3rd April 2017 are as follows:

  • The Indian Institute of Science Bangalore has been declared as India’s best university in ‘India Rankings 2017’ released by HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar.
    • Jawaharlal Nehru University and Banaras Hindu University came second and third respectively.
    • Further, Miranda House was declared as India’s best college, followed by Chennai’s Loyola College and Shri Ram College of Commerce.
  • The Election Commission is set to buy next generation EVMs that become “inoperable” the moment attempts are made to tamper with them.
    • The ‘M3′-type EVMs are also equipped with a self-diagnostic system for authenticating the genuineness of the machines.
  • Education, Healthcare, and Pilgrimages will continue to be out of the service tax net under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia announced today.
    • The Centre will also pitch for keeping concessional rate for services like transport at the current level, he added.
    • The rollout of the GST is being targeted from July 1.

Awards & Honors

List of some important Award winners and honours as on 3rd April 2017:

  • Actor Shah Rukh Khan will be honoured with a tribute at the 60th San Francisco Film Festival, which will be held from 5th to 19th April 2017.
  • LV Revanth from Andhra Pradesh was named the winner of Indian Idol 9
    • Former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar handed over the trophy to Revanth, who also won a car, ₹25 lakh prize money and a singing contract with a music label.

Science & Technology

  • Russian scientists are developing the first-ever civilian nuclear-powered submarine to conduct seismological surveys and search for natural resources under ice in the Arctic region, Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projects announced today.
    • The project is currently in its early design stage.
    • Note : Arctic is considered a major source of hydrocarbons, minerals, fresh water and fish.

People in News

  • K Prithika Yashini (26), scripted history today when she took charge as sub-inspector in Dharmapuri district in Tamil Nadu. 
    • Important Note : Yashini is the first transsexual to enter into uniform service in India.

Business & Economic Affairs

  • A new Japanese law that defines cryptocurrency, including Bitcoin, Ripple, Litecoin and others, as a legal payment method has come into force in Japan.
    • According to the new law, all virtual currency exchanges are to be regulated by the Japanese Financial Services Agency.
    • They must also be registered with the financial watchdog and must verify identities of customers opening accounts.
  • Delhi’s Connaught Place is the world’s 9th most expensive office location with annual rentals at ₹6,877 per sq ft, according to American property consultant CBRE.
    • Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex is at 19th position while Nariman Point’s Central Business District is at 30th place.
    • Hong Kong is the world‘s most expensive office market with annual rentals at ₹17,197 per sq ft.
  • The Union Tourism Ministry today sanctioned nearly ₹100 crore for a Heritage Circuit in Assam under the Swadesh Darshan scheme.
    • MoS for Tourism Mahesh Sharma announced the decision following a meeting with Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
    • Note : Kamalabari ghats and log huts will be constructed and Tezpur, Majuli and Sivasagar will be developed under the project.
  • Tax evasion of over ₹5 crore under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime would be non-bailable offence with the police having authority to make an arrest without a warrant.
    • The earlier threshold for treating tax evasion as a non-bailable offence was proposed to be at ₹2.5 crore.
    • The government is aiming for GST rollout from July 1.
  • The basic pay of RBI Governor has been retrospectively hiked to ₹2.5 lakh from ₹90,000 per month, with effect from January 1, 2016.
    • RBI Governor Urjit Patel, who assumed office in September 2016, will now receive around ₹3.7 lakh in total per month.
    • Note : The basic pay of RBI Deputy Governors was also increased from ₹80,000 to ₹2.25 lakh per month.

Sports Current Affairs

All Sports Updates as on 3rd April 2017 are as follows:

  • Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu defeated the Rio gold medal winner and Spanish shuttler Carolina Marin in straight sets to clinch her maiden India Open title today.
  • Switzerland’s Roger Federer defeated Spanish rival Rafael Nadal in straight sets to clinch his third Miami Open title and his first since 2006 today.
    • This was Federer’s third straight win over Nadal this season, following his wins over the Spaniard in the finals of Australian Open and Indian Wells Masters.