Daily Current Affairs 3 January 2018: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation
This post contains important current affairs of 3 January 2018. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 3 January 2018. A brief explanation of every current affair is provided to further enhance your general knowledge. Once you have gone through these current affairs we would recommend to you to try 3 January 2018 Current affairs test.
1.GAIL commissions India’s second largest rooftop solar plant in UP.
- State-owned utility GAIL India Ltd has installed a 5.76MWp(Mega Watt peak) solar plant at its petrochemical complex at Pata in Uttar Pradesh.
- Tata Power Solar commissioned a 12MW solar rooftop project in Amritsar, Punjab which is India’s largest rooftop solar plant.
2.Open defecation will have Rs.500 fine in Maharashtra.
- According to the rules framed by the state govt of Maharashtra, a spot fine of Rs.500 will be imposed on people found defecating in open.
- While a fine of Rs.180 will be imposed for littering and Rs100-150 will be imposed for spitting in public.
3.FIR filed against Mewani over provocative speech before Maha riots.
- Police complaint has been filed against Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mewani and JNU student Umar Khalid for allegedly making inflammatory speeches in Maharashtra a day before the Bhima-Koregaon violence broke out.
- A 28-year-old man was killed in the violence sparked in Pune.
4.No plan to make all vehicles In India electric by 2030: Govt.
- There are no plans to make all vehicles electricity-powered by 2030, said Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Babul Supriyo.
- Earlier, Minister of State for Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal stated no petrol or diesel cars should be sold by 2030.
1.6 nations join UNSC as non-permanent members.
- Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Peru and Poland formally joined the United Nations Security Council as non-permanent members while Egypt, Italy, Japan, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay left the council last week.
- The UNSC has 15 members, of which five members are permanent while ten non-permanent members are elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly.
2.Turkey’s endangered ‘Bird language’ entered in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
- UNESCO has accepted the “bird language” of Black Sea villagers as an endangered part of world heritage in need of urgent protection.
- This “bird language” is unusual and very efficient whistle language used as a means of communication by villagers in remote northern Turkey.
3.Iran re-opened two border crossings with Iraq’s Kurdistan.
- Iran closed the border posts in last year in response to the region’s independence vote which was deemed illegal by the Iraqi government.
- Over 92% Iraqi Kurds had voted in favour of independence from Iraq in the referendum. Kurds are the fourth-largest ethnic group in Middle-East.
4.Yuan for Bilateral trade and Investment activities allowed by Pakistan.
- According to Pakistan external affairs ministry, both public and private sector enterprises of Pakistan and China are free to choose Yuan for bilateral trade and investment activities.
- Yuan is an approved foreign currency for denominating foreign currency transactions in Pakistan, as per current foreign exchange regulations.
1.SBI, NABARD tie up to promote Joint Liability Groups in Bengal.
- SBI and NABARD have signed an agreement with 5 NGOs in Bengal for the promotion of 2,500 joint liability groups(JLGs) in select districts of State.
- JLGs are informal groups of 4-10 members engaged in similar economic activities and willing to jointly undertake the responsibility to repay loans taken by the group from a bank.
2.HDFC Bank partners with Rajasthan Govt. to promote startup culture.
- HDFC bank, India’s largest private bank by market capitalisation, has announced a partnership with Rajasthan govt to promote and nurture startups in the state.
- RBI has labelled HDFC bank as ‘domestic systematically important bank’ i.e. too big to fail.
3.India’s GDP growth will accelerate to 7.6% in FY20: HSBC.
- HSBC, headquarters at London, reported that India’s growth rate is expected to accelerate at around 6.5% in 2017-18 and is likely to improve further to 7.6% by 2019-20.
- The result is expected as key sectors would revive from disruptions related to the implementations of GST and Demonetisation.
4.RBI bond schemes being replaced by Saving bonds scheme.
- RBI bonds has not been closed but the interest rates on such papers have been lowered to 7.75%, according to the finance ministry.
- The 8% Saving bond scheme, also known as RBI bond scheme, is not being closed but is being replaced by 7.75% Saving Bond Scheme.
1.G Sathiyan became Highest Ranked player in ITTF for India.
- G Sathiyan has become India’s highest-ranked player in the latest International Table Tennis Federation rankings.
- The current ranking of Sathiyan is 49. He surpassed his compatriot Sharath Kamal who has 51st rank.
2.Colin Munro became the 1st batsman to hit 3 T20I hundreds.
- New Zealand opener Colin Munro became the first cricketer to hit 3 centuries in T20I cricket after smashing a 47-ball ton against West Indies.
- Munro scored 104 runs off 53 balls to help New Zealand post their highest-ever T20I total of 243/5.