3rd September 2014 Current Affairs

3rd September 2014 - Daily Current Affairs

International Affairs
  • On the eve of his India, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he plans to sign a nuclear cooperation agreement that would allow Australia to sell uranium to India, which is expecting a "signification outcome" from his visit.
National Affairs
  • PM Narendra Modi concludes successful visit to Japan. Some of the highlights of this visit are:-
    • Japan promised to give USD 35 billion to India over the next 5 years for developmental projects.
    • Japan has lifted the ban on six Indian entities including Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) which was imposed in the aftermath of 1998 nuclear tests.
    • Modi has asked NRIs to visit India at least once a year to boost tourism.
    • Both sides have signed five pacts while vowing to take their relationship from strategic partnership to a special strategic partnership. These pacts cover the following five issues:-
      • Defence Exchanges
      • Cooperation in clean energy
      • Roads and highways
      • Healthcare
      • Women
    • In Kyoto, a pact was signed under which Modi's Lok Sabha Constituency Varanasi will be developed on the pattern of Kyoto "Smart City" with the help of Japan.
    • Signed a MoU for cooperation in heritage conservation, city modernization and cooperation in the fields of art, culture and academics.
    • India has decided to set up a Special Management Team directly under the PMO to facilitate proposals from Japan.
    • The two sides agreed to enhance their defence and strategic cooperation to a new level and also decided to speed up negotiations on a civil nuclear deal that could not be concluded now.
    • Tokyo will help India in providing financial technical and operational support to introduce Bullet trains,a project that Modi has been actively pursuing.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee today released a set of Eight Commemorative Postage Stamps featuring renowned Indian classical musicians at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
    • The set features icons form the world of Indian classical music:-
      • Padndit Ravi Shankar
      • Pandit Bhimsen Joshi
      • D.K. Pattammal
      • Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur
      • Gangubai Hangal
      • Pandit Kumar Gandharva
      • Ustad Vilayat Khan
      • Ustad Ali Akbar Khan
  • National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to organize three-day long 19th Annual General Meeting of the Asia Pacific Forum (APF) in New Delhi.
  • The Supreme Court today expressed dissatisfaction and directs Centre to submit stage-wise plan for cleaning Ganga river, directs it to submit a power-point presentation on its plan.
  • The Project Management Office (PMO) asked government departments to publicize the scheme of 100% tax exemption for contributions to PM's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) to help the needy.
Appointments Affairs
  • Ex-Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam appointed as Governor of Kerala.
Sports Affairs
  • FC Goa have signed the legendary Brazilian footballer Arthur Antunes Coimbra, better known as Zico, as their Head Coach for the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League (ISL), a franchise-based football tournament that commences from October 12.
  • US Open 2014 :- Sania Mirza and Cara Black enter women's doubles semifinal after defeating Zarina Diyas-Yi-Fan Xu.

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