Daily Current Affairs 2 May 2019: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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National News

1. Chandrayaan-2

  • Indian Space Research Organisation’s second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 will launch in July 2019.
  • Chandrayaan-2 is India’s second lunar exploration mission after Chandrayaan-1. Developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation, the mission is planned to be launched to the Moon by a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III.
  • It includes a lunar orbiter, lander and rover, all developed by India.
  • Launch date: 2019 || Rocket: Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III || Manufacturer: Indian Space Research Organisation || Launch mass: Combined: 3,877 kg (8,547 lb) || Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Centre

2. Income Tax Department to share ITR with GSTN

  • Government of India has authorised Income Tax Department to share details disclosed by businesses in their Income Tax Returns with Goods and Services Tax Network.
  • Goods and Services Tax is an indirect tax imposed in India on the supply of goods and services. It is a comprehensive multistage, destination based tax. Comprehensive because it has subsumed almost all the indirect taxes except few.
  • The Income Tax Department is a government agency undertaking direct tax collection of the Government of India. It functions under the Department of Revenue of the Ministry of Finance. Income Tax Department is headed by the apex body Central Board of Direct Taxes.
  • Minister responsible: ArunJaitley, Finance Minister || Agency executive: : Pramod Chandra Modi, IRS (IT:1982), Chairman, Central Board of Direct Taxes || Founded: 1922

3. Naval Exercise ‘Varuna’

  • Indo-French joint Naval Exercise ‘Varuna’ has started in Goa.
  • INS Vikramaditya will take part in the drill with French carrier Charles De Gaulle.
  • INS Vikramaditya is a modified Kiev-class aircraft carrier which entered into service with the Indian Navy in 2013. She has been renamed in honour of Vikramaditya, a legendary emperor of Ujjain, India.

International News

1. ‘Operation Swift Retort’

  • Pakistan Air Force will observe its retaliatory action against Balakot strike of Indian Air Force as ‘Operation Swift Retort’.
  • Currency: Pakistani rupee || Capital: Islamabad || Prime minister: Imran Khan || President: ArifAlvi || Population: 19.7 crores (2017) World Bank

2. Environment and Climate Emergency

  • The United Kingdom has become first country in the world to declare an environment and climate emergency.
  • UK Parliament approved a motion from Jeremy Corbyn (Labour leader) which aimed to achieve net-zero emissions before 2050.

3. Financial Action Task Force (FATF)

  • India will request to block Pakistan by Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
  • Pakistan is in FATF’s ‘grey list’ since June 2018
  • The Financial Action Task Force, also known by its French name, Grouped’actionfinancière, is an intergovernmental organization founded in 1989 on the initiative of the G7 to develop policies to combat money laundering. In 2001 its mandate expanded to include terrorism financing.
  • Headquarters: Paris, France || Founded: 1989 || Membership: 38 || President: Marshall Billingslea || Purpose: Combat money laundering and terrorism financing || Type of business: Intergovernmental organization

4. Masood Azhar as a Global terrorist

  • Masood Azhar was listed as an international terrorist by United Nations Security Council.
  • Masood Azhar is the founder and leader of the Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed, active mainly in the Pakistani-administered portion of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. On 1 May 2019.

Business News

1. New MD of Mother Dairy

  • Sangram Chaudhary has been appointed as the new MD of Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable Pvt Ltd.
  • Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable Pvt Ltd is an Indian company that manufactures, markets and sells milk, milk products and other edible products. Its milk products include cultured products, ice cream, paneer and ghee under the Mother Dairy brand.
  • Headquarters: Noida || CEO: S. Nagarajan || Founded: 1974 || Parent organization: National Dairy Development Board

2. Indian Oil Corporation’s Research & Development centre

  • Indian Oil (Indian Oil Corporation’s Research & Development centre) has crossed 1000-patent milestone.
  • IOCL is the first among oil and gas PSUs to achieve this.
  • Indian Oil Corporation Limited, commonly known as Indian Oil is an Indian state owned oil and gas company with registered office at Mumbai and primarily headquartered in New Delhi.
  • Headquarters: New Delhi || Chairperson: Sanjiv Singh

3. India Ratings & Research – Ind-Ra’s GDP Prediction

  • India Ratings & Research has lowered India’s Growth forecast for the current fiscal to 7.3%, from 7.5%.
  • Headquartered in Mumbai, Ind-Ra has seven branch offices located in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Pune. Ind-Ra is recognised by the Securities and Exchange Board of India, the Reserve Bank of India and National Housing Bank.
  • Ind-Ra is a 100% owned subsidiary of the Fitch Group.
  • Fitch Group is a global leader in financial information services with operations in more than 30 countries. Fitch Group is comprised of: Fitch Ratings, a global leader in credit ratings and research; Fitch Solutions, a leading provider of credit market data, analytical tools and risk services; BMI Research, an independent provider of country risk and industry analysis specializing in emerging and frontier markets; and Fitch Learning, a preeminent training and professional development firm. With dual headquarters in London and New York, Fitch Group is majority owned by Hearst.

4. OYO’s New Acquisition

  • OYO has acquired Amsterdam-based vacation rental company @Leisure Group.
  • OYO Rooms, commonly known as OYO, is India’s largest hospitality company, consisting mainly of budget hotels. It was founded in 2013 by Ritesh Agarwal and has since grown to over 12,000 hotels in 337 cities in India, Malaysia, UAE, Nepal, China and Indonesia.
  • Founder: Ritesh Agarwal || Founded: 2013 || CEO: Ritesh Agarwal || Headquarters: India

Sports News

1. Stuttgart’s Porsche Grand Prix 2019

  • Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic has won Stuttgart’s Porsche Grand Prix.
  • She defeated Anett Kontaveit of Estonia.
  • The Stuttgart Open, also known by its sponsored name Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, is a women’s tennis tournament held in Stuttgart, Germany. Held since 1978, the tournament is the oldest women’s indoor tournament in Europe.

2. Stéphanie Frappart :- Association football referee

  • Stephanie Frappart became the first woman to referee a French Ligue 1 match.
  • Ligue 1, also called Ligue 1 Conforama for sponsorship reasons with Conforama, is a French professional league for men’s association football clubs. At the top of the French football league system, it is the country’s primary football competition.
  • Stéphanie Frappart is a French football referee. She has been on the FIFA International Referees List since 2011. In 2014 Frappart became the first woman to referee in Ligue 2, the second tier of professional men’s football in France.

3. Asian Road para-cycling Championships

  • The Asian Road para-cycling championships was held at Tashkent in Uzbekistan.
  • India has secured a Silver and 2 Bronze medals.
  • Divij Shah has clinched silver
  • Gurlal Singh and Sudhakar Marathe clinched bronze.

4. President of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)

  • Kumar Sangakkara has been named as next President of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).
  • He has become first non-British President of the club.
  • Kumar Sangakkara is a Sri Lankan cricket commentator and former cricketer and captain of the Sri Lankan national team. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s most influential cricketers and one of the greatest batsmen of all-time.
  • Marylebone Cricket Club is a cricket club founded in 1787 and based since 1814 at Lord’s cricket ground, which it owns, in St John’s Wood, London, England. The club was formerly the governing body of cricket in England and Wales and, as the sport’s legislator, held considerable global influence.

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