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May 03, 2015

3rd May 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • World Laughter day is being observed today (first Sunday of May).
    • The first World Laughter Day was observed on 10th January 1998, in Mumbai, India. 
    • This day was arranged by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement.
  •  World Press Freedom Day is being observed today.
    • This Day gives people the chance to pay tribute to media professionals who risked or lost their lives in the line of duty.
    • This year, the global theme to mark this day is "Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media" which focuses on safety of journalists‚ the issue of impunity‚ and online safety. 
    • Note : There is also a special focus on the implementation of UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.
  • India today welcomed UNSC’s assurance of taking up the issue of Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi’s release at its next meeting, and questioned Pakistan’s “sincerity” in the matter.
  • Tunisians have unfurled a national flag the size of 19 football pitches in a bid to set a Guinness world record and promote patriotism in the face of Islamist extremism.
    • Tunisian President : Beji Caid Essebsi
    • Tunisian Prime Minister :  Habib Essid
  • Nepal seeks UNESCO help to assess damage to monuments.
    • Apart from the colossal loss of life, over 200 historical monuments have also been badly damaged in the Nepal earthquake, including some world heritage structures in the capital, forcing the country to approach UNESCO to assess the overall destruction to the buildings.
  • One of Russian ballet’s most iconic dancers, Maya Plisetskaya (89) has died of a heart attack in Germany.
  • Philip S. Goodman, a film, television and stage writer and director passed away at New York.
    • He is famous for the episodes of the 1950s and 1960s TV shows such as “Profiles in Courage”, “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”, and “Johnny Staccato”.
    • He directed the 1963 feature “We Shall Return”, which centred on anti-Castro Cuban fighters in Miami and starred Cesar Romero.
Science & Technology
  • India has sought assistance from Japan on the latest technologies and expertise to tackle cyber criminals in Internet espionage, cyber terrorism and stealing personal as well as critical data.
    • Last week, officials from the Ministry of Telecom and the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) met with a visiting top Japanese trade delegation led by Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yoichi Miyazawa.
    • Both sides discussed how the two countries can join hands to check cyber crime.
    • The major area of focus was technologies that can help in securing the flow of information on the Internet as well as protect critical government data on cloud. 
    • India has also asked Japan to help it with technologies that can check hackers and network intrusions, the source added.
Awards & Honors
  • President Pranabh Mukherjee presented the 62nd National Film Awards in in a glittering ceremony at New Delhi today.
    • Best Actress : Kangana Ranaut for Queen
    • Best Acto r: Vijay Kumar B for Kannada film Nanu Avanalla Avalu
    • Dada Saheb Phalke award : Shashi Kapoor
    • Best feature film : Marathi film Court
    • Best popular film : Mary Kom
    • Best Directo r: Srijit Mukherji for Bengali film Chotushkone.
    • Best Children's film : Jointly bagged by Tamil Film Kaakkaa Muttai and Marathi film Elizabeth Ekadashi.
Business & Economy
  • In a major restructuring exercise, Aditya Birla Group today announced merger of all its branded apparel businesses into one entity, Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd, through an all-share deal.
    • The new entity will have a combined turnover of Rs 5,290 crore and a retail network of 1,869 exclusive stores, becoming the largest pure play fashion company in the country.
  • American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. wins unified World Welterweight title defeating Manny Pacquiao of Philippines.

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