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February 04, 2017

4th February 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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

Daily Current Affairs of 4th February 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Today (4th February) is World Cancer Day.
    • This Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008.
    • This day is dedicated to spread awareness about one of the deadliest diseases in the world, Cancer.   
    • The primary goal of the World Cancer Day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer by 2020.
    • Theme of World Cancer Day 2016-18 : 'We can. I can'
  • Today (4th February) is Independence Day of Sri Lanka.
    • Important Points to Note
      • Official languages : Sinhalese / Tamil
      • Currency : Sri Lankan rupee
      • Anthem: Sri Lanka Matha
      • Capitals :   
        • Administrative Capital : Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
        • Commercial Capital : Colombo
      • President : Maithripala Sirisena
      • Prime Minister : Ranil Wickremesinghe
      • Speaker of the Parliament : Karu Jayasuriya
      • Chief Justice : K. Sripavan
  • India has further liberalised its visa policy for Afghans, the Indian Embassy in Kabul announced today. 
    • The duration of a tourist visa has been increased to one year with a continuous stay of 3 months, against the existing one month. 
    • Afghan businessmen investing in India will be issued visas for 1-5 years, with a continuous stay of 6 months.
  • Russia has imposed a temporary ban on imports of beef and beef products from New Zealan.
    • The measure comes after a feed additive used for promoting muscle growth was discovered in some samples of beef. 
    • Note : Russia might also ban fish imports from New Zealand after finding traces of mercury in some supplies.
National Current Affairs
  • India continues to remain the largest contributor to cancer deaths at 22 lakh every year, out of the global figure of 88 lakh. 
    • According to doctors, 70% of Indian cancer patients consult the doctor at the terminal stage. 
    • Smoking, alcohol and unhealthy diet are the leading factors, with lung, breast, colon, prostate and stomach being the most frequent cancer types.
  • The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will discontinue its international curriculum from 2017-18, the next academic session. 
    • The curriculum was facing problems because of unavailability of quality reading material of global standards. 
    • The move will impact around 50 schools in India and 26 schools in the United Arab Emirates and Singapore among others.
  • West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today announced a "cremation/burial allowance" of ₹2,000 for people of Below Poverty Line (BPL) families in the state.
  • The 2017 Assembly elections have started as voting for the single-phase polls in two states, Goa and Punjab, has begun. 
    • In Punjab, 1.98 crore electors are eligible to vote to choose from among 1,145 candidates to elect a 117-member assembly. 
    • In Goa, 11 lakh voters will decide the fate of 250 nominees for 40 seats.
    • Note : The Goa authorities have set up pink polling booths in the state to encourage women voters to cast their votes.
Awards & Honors
  • Indian skipper Virat Kohli features on Cover Page of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.
    • Note : Kohli becomes only the third Asian origin player after Sachin Tendulkar and England all-rounder Moeen Ali to be featured on the cover of the magazine.
  • Oscar-winning Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar will head the jury at the 70th Cannes Film Festival which will be held from May 17 to 28 this year. 
    • Note : Almodovar has had five of his films shown in competition at the festival.
Science & Technology
  • Social networking site Facebook turns 13 today.
    • The Facebook website was launched on this day in the year 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg, along with fellow Harvard College students and roommates, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes.
MOUs & Agreements
  • The Union Ministry of Railways and Italy’s public sector rail company Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane Group (FS Group) has signed MoU for technical cooperation in rail sector especially in the area of safety and modernisation. 
    • The MoU comes in the backdrop of emphasis given Railway Ministry on safety in railway operation.
  • Former Director  of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Joginder Singh passed away.
    • Singh, who was an Indian Police Service officer and served as the CBI director between 1996-97, has been serving as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Sunil Healthcare Ltd since 2000.
New Appointments
  • The government today appointed noted economist and former Deutsche Bank Managing Director Sanjeev Sanyal as the Principal Economic Adviser in the Ministry of Finance.
    • He has been appointed on contract for a period of three years. 
    • Sanyal is an alum of Delhi’s Shri Ram College of Commerce as well as the University of Oxford.
  • The National Stock Exchange (NSE) board has approved the appointment of current IDFC MD and CEO Vikram Limaye as its next Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
    • The appointment is pending markets regulator SEBI's approval. 
    • Note : Limaye has also been appointed as one of the four members of the governing body of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
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