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May 01, 2015

1st May 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • International Labour Day being celebrated through out the country today.
    • The date was chosen for International Workers' Day by the Second International to commemorate the Haymarket affair, which occurred in Chicago on 4 May 1886. 
    • This Day has its origins in the labour union movement, specifically the Eight-Hour Day Movement.
      • Note : Eight-Hour Day Movement advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.
  • India today rejected outright the stand by Pakistan that creation of any “devoted” townships in Kashmir Valley for displaced Kashmiri Pandits would change the demographic make-up of the state and be in violation of UN resolutions.
    • In a forceful assertion, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stated the Kashmiri Pandits together with Muslims and Sikhs are an integral a part of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and NSA Ajit Doval are on a visit Kathmandu.
    • They directed all involved Indian agencies to carry relief and rescue operations in full swing.
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked PM Narendra Modi for helping Israel in its rescue work in quake-hit Nepal.
National Affairs
  • Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi today greeted the people of Gujarat and Maharashtra on the foundation day of the two western states.
    • Gujarat
      • Established on : 1st May 1960
      • Governor : Om Prakash Kohli
      • Chief Minister : Anandiben Patel
    • Maharashtra
      • Established on : 1st May 1960
      • Governor : C. Vidyasagar Rao
      • Chief Minister  :  Devendra Fadnavis
    • Imoprtant Points to Note :
      • The state of Maharashtra and Gujarat were formed as a result of a movement according to the Bombay Reorganisation Act, 1960 enacted by the Parliament of India on 25 April 1960.
      • This act came into effect on 1st May 1960.
  • Mumbai State transport commissioner Mahesh Zagade today issued a circular banning the use of the phrase "Horn Ok Please" on the rear side of commercial vehicles, such as trucks and tempos, across Maharashtra.
    • Reason for the Ban : The phrase is giving licence to motorists to honk unnecessarily and there have been numerous complaints of excessive honking in silence zones such as near hospitals, schools and colleges. 
  • Adilabad recorded a maximum temperature of 42.3 degree Celsius today, making it the hottest day in the season so far.
  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stressed on the need for a law to prevent money laundering.
    • He said that the target of the government is to make all international transactions transparent by 2017.
    • Note : New law on undisclosed income and assets abroad to be taken up in Parliament next week.
  • Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu today flagged off the phase one of Namma metro in Bangalore.
People in News
  • Maharashtra’s Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) today said it has ordered filing of FIR against e-commerce major’s CEO Kunal Bahl and directors of the company in a case related to alleged online sale of medicines, including prescription drugs.
Science & Technology
  • Wrapped under secretive ‘Project Spartan’ so far, Microsoft has unveiled Edge as its new web browser, which would eventually replace the existing Internet Explorer.
    • About Edge : This is lighter and faster than Internet Explorer and comes with new features like a built—in notation tool, a distraction—free reading mode, and website information from Cortana, a personal voice—assistant app for Windows.
  • The Broad Sustainable Building Co, a Chinese construction company claimed to be the world’s fastest builder after erecting a 57-storey skyscraper in 19 working days in central China.
Business & Economy
  • Leading mobile operators cut roaming call rate by upto 40 per cent and SMS by upto 75 per cent from today due to cut in ceiling rate by TRAI.

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