Current Affairs 03 May 2018

Current Affairs of May 03, 2018 are as follows:-

1.Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana approved beyond 12th Five Year Plan:-

  • The Union Cabinet on May 3, 2018, approved the continuation of  Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) beyond the 12th Five Year Plan for a period of three years from 2017-18 to 2019-20 with the financial outlay of Rs 14832 crores.
  • PMSSY has two components - setting up of AIIMS in various states and up gradation of existing Government Medical Colleges (GMC).
  • PMSSY will lead to the development of apex level medical education and nursing education and connected research facilities. 
  • AIIMS will add 100 UG (MBBS) and 60 B.Sc (Nursing) seats, 15-20 Super Specialty Departments and around 750 hospital beds.

2.World Press Freedom Day is celebrated on 3rd May:-

  • On3 May of every year is a date which celebrated as the World Press Freedom Day to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.
  • This year’s global theme for WPFD is ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law’.
  • In 2018, UNESCO will lead the 25th celebration of World Press Freedom Day.
  • The main event, jointly organized by UNESCO and the Government of the Republic of Ghana, will take place in Accra, Ghana.

3.India slip to the second position in ICC ODI Team Rankings:-

  • India has lost the top spot in the ICC ODI team rankings to England following the annual update.
  • England's rise up the table is large because of a forgettable 2014-15 season when they won only 7 out of 25 ODIs against other full members. 
  •  India lost a solitary point to be placed second with a total of 122 points. 
  • South Africa also dropped a place to be at the third position after losing four points, from 117 to 113. 
  • The other places remain unchanged, which means that the current top-10 ranked sides are the ones who will be playing in the 2019 World Cup.

4.Salah named writers’ Footballer of the Year:-

  • Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been named the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year. The Egypt star – the first African winner of the award – also won the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year award in April.

5.NASA’s Kilopower Reactor could power missions to Mars:-

  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) on May 2, 2018, demonstrated that the Kilopower portable nuclear fission reactor could enable crewed missions to the Moon, Mars and destinations beyond.
  • Killopower Reactor is a small, lightweight fission power system which is capable of providing up to 10 kilowatts of electrical power continuously for at least 10 years. 
  • Ten kilowatts of electrical power is enough to run several average households, while 4 Kilopower units can provide enough power to establish a station.
  • This prototype power system uses a solid uranium-235 reactor core, which is about the size of a paper towel roll. 

6.Cambridge Analytica Shuts Down All Its Operations:-

  • The controversial UK marketing analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, which has been at the heart of the Facebook data scandal announced to cease all its operations immediately and filing for insolvency in Britain and the United States.
  • The Cambridge Analytica, its British parent firm SCL Elections Ltd is to shutting down immediately.
  • The firm is currently facing allegations of improper use of data on 87 million Facebook users which was hired by President Donald Trump’s 2016 US election campaign.

7.ICICI Bank names Radhakrishnan Nair as Independent Director:-

  • Former IRDAI member Radhakrishnan Nair has been appointed to ICICI Bank’s board as an Additional Director for a period of five years. His appointment is subjected to the approval of shareholders.

8.World’s most polluted cities list of WHO: Indian Government claims pollution dipped in 2017:-

  • As per the data released by the World Health Organisation (WHO), 14 Indian cities figure in a list of world's 20 most polluted cities in terms of particulate matter PM2.5 levels in 2016. While, in terms of PM10 levels, 13 cities in India figured among the 20 most-polluted cities of the world in 2016.
  • As per the data released by WHO, Delhi’s PM2.5 level in 2016 was at 143 microgrammes/cubic metre, making it the sixth most polluted city in the world.
  • However, as per India’s Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, Delhi’s PM2.5 level was 134 microgrammes/cubic metre in 2016 and 125 microgrammes/cubic metre in 2017, showing an improvement. 
  • The WHO Global Urban Ambient Air Pollution Database ranked Kanpur as the most polluted city among 4300 world cities which were monitored for their air pollution levels in the year 2016.

9.Union Government Releases Draft New Telecom Policy:-

  • The union government released the draft of the new  Telecom policy named National Digital Communications Policy, 2018. 
  • The policy aims at creating 40 lakh new jobs by 2022, attracting 100 billion US dollars investment in the sector and ensuring broadband coverage at 50 Mbps for every citizen.
  • The draft proposes one Gbps connectivity to all Gram Panchayats by 2020 and 10 Gbps by 2022.

10.EPFO Introduces ‘View Pension Passbook’ Service for pensioners:-

  •  The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), which is providing a host of e-services for its stakeholders, has now introduced a new service - ‘View Pension Passbook’ service through ‘UMANG app’. 
  • On clicking ‘View Passbook’ option, the pensioners would be required to enter the PPO Number and date of birth information.
  • After successful validation of the information, an OTP will be sent to the registered mobile number of the pensioner.
  • On entering OTP, the ‘Pensioner Passbook’ will display the details of the pensioner like name, DOB along with the last pension credited information.
  • The facility to download the financial year wise complete passbook details will also be made available.

11.65th National Film Awards function underway:-

  • The 65th National Film Awards function is underway at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.President Ram Nath Kovind is presenting the awards. 
  • Vinod Khanna was conferred Indian cinema's highest honour Dadasaheb Phalke award posthumously for his contribution to Indian cinema.
  • Late eminent actress Sridevi was given Best Actress award posthumously for her movie -Mom.
  • The National Film Awards are given in three sections - Feature films, Non-Feature films and Best Writing on Cinema. 

12.Legendary Singer Asha Bhosle Honored With PC Chandra Puraskaar:-

  • Legendary singer Asha Bhosle was honoured with 26th PC Chandra Puraskaar for her contribution in the field of Indian music.
  • Sharmila Tagore was the Chief Guest at the event who also presented the prestigious award to Asha Bhosle.

13.Maharashtra Becomes first To Provide Digitally-Signed Documents:-

  • Maharashtra became the first state to provide digitally-signed land record receipts (also known as 7/12 receipts), which Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis claimed would check irregularities and bring in transparency.
  • The 7/12 receipt is the most important document which establishes the ownership of the land and is primarily used by farmers while applying for loans.

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