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May 03, 2017

3rd May 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (3rd May 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 3rd May 2017

International Current Affairs
  • World Press Freedom Day, proclaimed by the United Nations in 1993, is celebrated today (May 3rd).
    • This day is being observed every year to draw focus on the freedom of information, protecting journalism from censorship, and ensuring safety for journalists.
    • This day marks the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek, a statement of free press principles put together by African newspaper journalists in 1991.
    • Theme of World Press Freedom Day 2017 : "Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media's role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies"
National Current Affairs
  • India's first full-length feature film 'Raja Harishchandra' was released 104 years ago on this day (3rd May) in the year 1913. 
    • This film was produced and directed by Dadasaheb Phalke.
  • The Madhya Pradesh Cabinet today decided to grant the status of "living human entity" to Narmada river
    • The proposal to grant the status to Narmada river came after the Uttarakhand High Court accorded the status to Ganga and Yamuna rivers.
  • Sualgiri and Swalgiri communities of Odisha have been notified as Scheduled Castes after President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Act, 2017. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the Patanjali Research Institute at Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar. 
    • This institute will be the first organisation in India to conduct clinical trials as per international standards in the field of Ayurveda. 
  • The Karnataka government passed an order putting a cap of ₹200, exclusive of taxes, on the price of movie tickets at cinema halls, including multiplexes, across the state.
  • World’s highest railway bridge which will be 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower is to come up over the Chenab River in Jammu and Kashmir at a cost of around Rs. 1,100 crore in around two years from now.
    • This bridge will connect Bakkal (Katra) and Kauri (Srinagar). 
Science & Technology
  • The Indian Army today successfully test-fired an advanced version of the BrahMos land-attack cruise missile in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. 
  • Israel showed off its three new F-35 stealth fighter jets recently delivered from the United States as part of an air show marking its annual Independence Day celebrations. 
    • Important Note : The F-35 jet is the most expensive weapons system in history, costing nearly $1.5 trillion throughout its decade and a half of development.
Awards & Honors
  • President Pranab Mukherjee will give way the 64th National Film Awards in New Delhi today.
    • These awards had been announced last month.
    • Akshay Kumar has been chosen for the Best Actor Award for Hindi movie 'Rustom'.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • After PM Narendra Modi pitched for shifting to a January-December financial year, Madhya Pradesh has decided to adopt the January-December financial year format from the present April-March cycle. 
    • Important Note : With this, Madhya Pradesh has become the first in the country to adopt the change. 
    • With this, the next budget in Madhya Pradesh will be presented in December 2017.
  • India's third largest IT firm Wipro has replaced its multi-coloured sunflower logo, which was introduced in 1998, with a new one. 
    • The new logo comprises dots, which according to Wipro, represent the way the company "connects the dots" for its clients. 
  • In just six months of launching its telecom operations, Reliance Jio has accounted for nearly 40% of India's broadband connections, according to data by telecom regulator TRAI.
    • Reliance Jio accounted for 102.84 million users, the highest, followed by Bharti Airtel at 46.69 million broadband connections. 
Sports Current Affairs
  • The Indian T20I team slipped a spot to the 4th place in the ICC T20I team rankings, according to the latest ICC rankings released today. 
    • Indian team, with 118 rating points, is three points behind World T20 2009 winner Pakistan and World T20 2010 winner England. 
    • New Zealand with 125 rating points is the top-ranked T20I team. 
    • Top 10 in the List :
      • New Zealand
      • England 
      • Pakistan
      • India
      • South Africa
      • Australia
      • West Indies
      • Sri Lanka
      • Afghanistan
      • Bangladesh
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