Daily GK Update 30 April &1 May 2017

National News

Maharashtra CM inaugurated state’s 1st automatic weather station
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis
 has inaugurated the State’s first automatic weather station at Dongargaon in Vidarbha region.the stations would help farmers plan and manage the sowing process better.In the first phase, information will be shared using SMS, and in the second, all gram panchayats will get half-hourly information on weather conditions.

Ganga Cleanliness Pledge Day to be observed on May 2
The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) will observe Ganga Cleanliness Pledge Day’ on 02nd May 2017 at various places in the river’s basin states to spread awareness and ensure public participation in the program.

Former minister Ashwani Kumar to get Japan Imperial Decoration
Former Union minister Ashwani Kumar has been selected by Japan for this year’s Spring Imperial Decorations, for his contribution to the strengthening of bilateral ties and promotion of friendship between the two countries.
The Presentation Ceremony for the Investiture of the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun will be held at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on May 9.

International News

International Labour Day: 01st May
International Labour Day
, also known as International Worker’s Day or May Day is observed on 01st of May every year to promote and encourage the international labour associations.
In India, Labour and Employment Minister Bandaru Dattatreya

India to give Rs 35 cr to Bangladesh under ‘Muktijodha scholarship’ scheme
India will give Rs 35 crore to children of freedom fighters in Bangladesh in the next five years under the new Muktijodha scholarship’ scheme. 
India initiated the Muktijodha Scholarship Scheme in 2006 for descendants of the 1971 Freedom Fighters. Until now, more than 10,000 scholarships worth Tk150 million have been disbursed

The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2017 (RERA) comes into effect from today (01st May 2017)

The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2017 (RERA) has come into force today, aimed to protect the interests of homebuyers across the country and bring transparency.
Here are some key features of the Act-

  • It aims to protect the interests of home buyers across the country and bring transparency.
  • The real estate developers will not be allowed to take advances and booking amounts from customers in yet to be launched projects till they are registered with RERA.
  • According to the current guidelines, developers have to register their under-construction projects along with all the relevant details with RERA by July 31.
  • In case a customer makes three consecutive defaults in payments, the developer will have to give three weeks’ notice to the customer, and if no response is received, the developer can cancel the agreement.
    So far around 13 states and Union Territories (UTs) have reportedly notified their rules. These include Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and Delhi.

Google introduces ‘Solve for India’ campaign
Google has announced the new “Solve for Indiainitiative, especially for tier-2 cities such as Pune, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kochi, Indore, Nagpur, Nashik, Madurai, Kanpur, and Chennai

  • CEO of Google is Mr. Sundar Pichai and is headquartered in California, USA

 Appointments

Yusra Mardini appointed UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
 has appointed Syrian refugee and Olympic athlete Yusra Mardini as a Goodwill Ambassador

  • Filippo Grandi is the 11th United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Kerala’s Aymanam Becomes Country’s First Digitised Panchayat ward
Aymanam ward in the Kerala district
 on became India’s first digitalised panchayat ward.
The minister launched the website www.digitalaymanam.com at the function.

  • CM of Kerala is Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan and its governor is Mr. P Sathasivam

 Sports

Joshna Chinappa becomes first Indian to win Asian Squash title
Joshna Chinappascripted history by becoming the first Indian to clinch the Asian Squash titlewith a thrilling win over compatriot Dipika Pallikal Karthik in the women’s final.
The event was organized in Chennai.

Pankaj Advani wins silver at Asian Snooker Championship
India’s top cueist Pankaj Advani lost to China’s Lv Haotian in the summit clash of Asian Snooker Championship held in Doha, Qatar.

Rafael Nadal Clinches his 10th Barcelona Open Title
Rafael Nadal
 won a record-extending 10th Barcelona Open title by defeating Dominic Thiem of Austria. He collected his second claycourt title in a row.

Russian Grand Prix 2017: Valtteri Bottas wins his first F1 race
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 
claimed his first Formula One victory, taking the flag at the Russian Grand Prix after a tense final few laps as he was chased down by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

 Obituary

Sufi legend Begum Yaman passes away at 52
Famous Sufi singer and daughter of legendary Sitar Maestro (late) Ustad Vilayat Ali Khan, Begum Yaman K. Khan has passed away after multiple organ failures.

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