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September 03, 2017

3rd September 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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

Daily Current Affairs of 3rd September 2017

International Current Affairs
  • 9th BRICS Summit was started today at Xiamen, China.
    • Chinese President, Xi Jinping called on BRICS countries to adopt a holistic approach to fight terrorism in all its forms and ensure that terrorists have no place to hide.
    • About 9th BRICS Summit :
      • Host Country : China
      • Motto : BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future
      • Note : For the second time the China has hosted the summit after the 2011 summit.
      • This summit will be held during 3rd to 5th September 2107.
      • BRICS Countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa
  • The Tajikistan government has banned women from wearing hijab and has introduced a legislation asking them to "stick to traditional national clothes and culture".
    • Important Note : 98% of Tajikistan's population are Muslims.
New Appointments
  • PM Narendra Modi expanded his Cabinet today, inducting 9 new ministers and promoting four
    • Former MoS Nirmala Sitharaman became the Defence Minister, only the second woman after Indira Gandhi. 
    • Piyush Goyal has been appointed as the Union Railway Minister.
    • This is the Third reshuffle since 2014. 
Science & Technology
  • 57 year old NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, the world's most experienced spacewoman, has returned to Earth after clocking cumulative 665 days in space.  
    • Whitson, also the only woman to command $100-billion ISS twice, earlier broke Sunita Williams' record of most spacewalks by a woman.
  • The government today issued an alert for 'Locky' ransomware that locks all files on a computer and demands 0.5 Bitcoins (around ₹1.5 lakh) to unlock them. 
    • The ransomware is being spread through a spam email in circulation through over 23 million messages containing common subjects like "please print" and "documents". 
  • Germany-based European XFEL (X-ray Free Electron Laser), the largest and most powerful X-ray laser in the world, has officially begun research operations. 
    • The 3.4-km-long underground laser can generate up to 27,000 pulses per second, 200 times more than other X-ray lasers. 
Recent Committees in News
  • The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has approved constitution of 13-member Empowered Steering Committee (ESC) to shape and influence India’s preparation for multi-disciplinary events, including 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
    • The decision to form ESC was taken on basis of recommendations made by Olympic Task Force headed by Abinav Bindra in its interim report.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The Rajaswa Gyan Sangam 2017, a two-day annual conference of senior tax administrators was recently held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. 
    • It was inaugurated Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
    • The conference was jointly organised by Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC).
    • Objective of Rajaswa Gyan Sangam 2017 : To enable two-way communication between policy-makers and senior officers in field offices with view to increase revenue collection and facilitate effective implementation of law and policies in key result areas.
  • The government waived off late filing fee for all registered taxpayers who failed to file their first GST returns within the deadline. 
Sports Current Affairs
  • Olympic silver medal-winning shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was named the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports.
    • With this, he became the first sportsperson to hold the position.
  • British F1 driver Lewis Hamilton broke the all-time record for pole positions by taking his career's 69th at the Italian Grand Prix today. 
  • 5-time world champion Viswanathan Anand will return to the FIDE World Cup after 15 years, leading a seven-member Indian team at the 128-player knock out tournament in Georgia.
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