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International Current Affairs

Here we are providing very important current affairs of international category for 5th April 2017.

  • The US has ruled that being an entry-level computer programmer will no longer qualify as a specialist profession, which is a requirement for applying for an H-1B work visa.
    • The US Citizenship and Immigration Services issued the guidelines to prevent employers from temporarily hiring foreign workers on low salaries to displace local American workers on higher salaries.
  • Russia has sought India’s EVM technology for 2018 presidential elections.
    • Note : During the Uttarakhand Assembly polls, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Election Commission, Nikolai Levichev, had visited the state to closely monitor the functioning of EVMs and the electioneering process.
  • Malaysian PM Mohd Najib Tun Razak today announced the launch of multiple-entry e-visas, allowing Indians to fly to Malaysia and visit South Thailand, Singapore, and Indonesia using just one visa.
    • Malaysia will serve as the gateway to ASEAN for Indians, officials said.
    • Note : Malaysia also decided to not charge visa fees and approve online applications within 48 hours for Indians.
  • China has announced plans to build a new city, a special economic zone, in Hebei province to decongest its capital Beijing.
    • The city will cover an area nearly three times that of the US city of New York.

National Current Affairs

UPSC

The National Current Affairs as on 5th April 2017 are as follows:

  • Today (5th April) is India’s National Maritime Day.
    • On this day in 1919 navigation history was created when SS Loyalty, the first ship of the Scindia Steam Navigation Company, journeyed to the United Kingdom.
    • Theme of the year 2017 : “Connecting India through Shipping
    • Note : World Maritime Day is observed on 29th September.
  • During the first Cabinet meeting of the new Uttar Pradesh government today, CM Yogi Adityanath waived farmers’ loan of up to ₹1 lakh.
    • The state will spend around ₹36,000 crore to fund the loan waiver which will benefit around 86 lakh farmers.
    • Adityanath has also directed officials to take steps to make Yoga, along with a self-defence programme for girls, compulsory in all state government-run schools.
  • The Madhya Pradesh government has increased the minimum wages of workers on the basis of the revised dearness allowance (DA) rates in the state with effect from April 1.
    • As per the new rates, unskilled workers would get ₹7,125/month at the rate of ₹274/day, while semi-skilled workers would get ₹7,982/month at the rate of ₹307/day.
  • Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore today announced a new category of visas for foreign filmmakers.
  • Union Road Minister Nitin Gadkari today said the first express highway project in India’s Northeast region will be developed along the Brahmaputra river in Assam at an estimated cost of ₹40,000 crore.

New Appointments

  • Geetha Johri has been appointed as the Director General of Police of Gujarat.
    • With this she became the state’s first woman police chief.

Banking & Economic Affairs

  • The Aditya Birla Group today announced that it has received licence from the Reserve Bank of India to start its payments bank.
    • Headed by Kumar Mangalam Birla, Aditya Birla Nuvo had set up a joint venture with telecom major Idea called Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank.
    • Important Note : At present, Airtel and India Post are offering payments bank services in the country.
  • Following SBI’s new rules, including charges on certain transactions, effective April 1, some customers have taken to social media to call for a “no transaction day” on April 6.
    • They are calling for protests from April 24-April 26, if the bank does not remove the charges.
    • Customers of six banks that merged with SBI also have to follow the rules.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that allows the transfer of cash from Russia to Ukraine only through companies controlled by the Russian Central Bank.
    • This comes after Ukraine forced local banks to ban six Russian payment systems last year. Notably, money transfers from Russia to Ukraine dropped from $1 billion in 2015 to $622 million in 2016.

Awards & Honors

  • World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee has won the 2016 Turing Award.
    • Note : Turing Award is regarded as computing’s highest award.
  • Virat Kohli has been named as the Leading Cricketer in the World for 2016, in this year’s edition of the Wisden Cricketer’s Almanack.
    • Note : Kohli becomes the 3rd Indian to be bestowed with the honour, with Virender Sehwag winning it twice in 2008 and 2009, and Sachin Tendulkar in 2010.

New Appointments

  • Geetha Johri has been appointed as the Director General of Police of Gujarat.
    • With this she became the state’s first woman police chief.

Deaths

  • Hindustani classical singer Kishori Amonkar (84), who received the Padma Vibhushan in 2002, passed away.
    • Amonkar, who sang in the Jaipur gharana style, was also a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, Rashtrapati Award, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and Sangeet Samragni Award.

Sports Current Affairs

All Sports updates as on 5th April 2017 are as follows:

  • The Indian Premier League‘s 10th edition is set to begin today, with defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad beginning their title defence against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
    • Important Points to Note :
      • IPL’s inaugural edition was won by Rajasthan Royals after defeating Chennai Super Kings in the final in 2008.
      • Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders have each won the tournament twice.
      • Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli leads the list of highest run-getters in IPL, scoring 4,110 runs in 131 innings.
        • Kohli also holds the record for most runs in a single IPL season, scoring 973 runs in 16 innings in 2016.
      • Mumbai Indians pacer Lasith Malinga has claimed most wickets in IPL history, taking 143 wickets in 98 innings at a strike rate of 16.
  • Bangladesh cricket team’s limited overs captain Mashrafe Mortaza has announced that he will retire from T20 international cricket after the end of the series against Sri Lanka.
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