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November 04, 2017

4th November 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (4th November 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 4th November 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Donald Trump has begun his 12-day trip to five Asian nations.
    • With this, he will be the first US President in 25 years to make a state visit to South Korea
    • Note : This is also the longest official trip by a sitting US President since 1992.
  • China today amended its Criminal Law, making disrespecting the national anthem in public a criminal offence punishable by up to three years in prison. 
    • While people can choose not to sing the national anthem, they are not allowed to show disrespect or alter the anthem's lyrics. 
National Current Affairs
  • The central government today launched the Deen Dayal SPARSH Yojana, an annual scholarship to promote Philately (the hobby of collecting and studying postage stamps). 
    • The scholarship will be provided to 920 students who have a good academic record and pursue philately. 
    • Only students of Class 6 to Class 9 will be eligible for the scholarship, which would provide ₹6,000.
  • While hearing petitions on the validity of engineering courses offered by four deemed universities through correspondence, the Supreme Court has invalidated engineering degrees awarded by these universities since 2001. 
    • The court has, however, said that only the students of academic session 2001-05 could regain their degrees if they clear an examination held by AICTE within two attempts.
  • The Kerala government has decided to set up a 'Trauma care' policy to provide road accident victims free treatment for the first 48 hours
    • It plans to reimburse the treatment cost by first paying hospitals and later getting it back from insurance companies. This would be launched in government medical colleges, district and taluk hospitals and major private medical institutions
  • For the first time since Independence, the Mumbai Police have introduced a new cap for officers on field duty, replacing the traditional Gandhi-topi like caps. 
    • The new cap was designed by the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD). 
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The Supreme Court today asked banks and telecom service providers to mention the last date for the linking of accounts and mobile numbers with Aadhaar in their messages to customers. 
    • The court also slammed banks and telecom companies for creating panic among customers by sending messages saying their accounts and numbers would be deactivated if not linked to Aadhaar.
  • Indian Railways has increased the monthly cap on tickets booked on the IRCTC portal from 6  to 12 for Aadhaar-verified passengers.
    • However, passengers can continue to book up to six tickets a month without validating their Aadhaar number.
  • The government is going to make hallmarking along with carat count mandatory for gold jewellery sold in the country, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan announced today. 
Science & Technology
  • Shibuya Mirai, an artificial intelligence bot resembling a seven-year-old boy was today granted official residency of Japan. 
    • The virtually existing boy, developed jointly by Microsoft, has become Japan's first AI bot to be granted a residency
  • The Indian Air Force along with the Defence Research and Development Organisation successfully test-fired indigenously developed lightweight 'Glide' bomb named SAAW (Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon) in Odisha.
  • US-based Hennessey Performance Engineering has unveiled Venom F5 hypercar, the world's fastest road car with a top speed of 484.4 kmph. 
    • F5 has been named after the most powerful tornado speed winds on the Fujita scale and has a starting price of ₹10 crore.
Books & Authors
  • Technology giant Microsoft's India-born CEO Satya Nadella will be visiting India next week to promote 'Hit Refresh', the first book penned by him.
Awards & Honors
  • Hindi writer Krishna Sobti has been chosen for this year's Jnanpith Award, the Jnanpith Selection Board announced today. 
  • Air New Zealand has been named the Airline Of The Year 2017 for the fifth consecutive year by AirlineRatings.com. 
    • It also topped the Top Ten Airlines for 2018 list, and was followed by Qantas Airways, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic. 
New Appointments
  • Shamika Ravi, a senior fellow at Brookings India, has been appointed as part-time member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM).
    • Headed by NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy, the EAC-PM includes NITI Aayog's Principal Advisor Ratan Watal as its member and economists Surjit Bhalla, Rathin Roy and Ashima Goyal as part-time members.
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