03 January 2017 Current Affairs
David R Syiemlieh appointed as new UPSC Chairman:
President Pranab Mukherjee on 2 January 2017 appointed professor David R Syiemlieh as the Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Syiemlieh will take over the position with effect from 4 January 2017 till completion of his term as member on January 21, 2018. Syiemlieh, who is serving as the Member of UPSC, was succeeded Alka Sirohi, a former IAS officer of the Madhya Pradesh Cadre.
Birth Anniversary of Savitribai Phule- 3 January:
Hailed as the country’s first woman teacher, Savitribai Phule was a social worker and a poet. Born on January 3, 1831 in Maharashtra’s Naigaon. 2017 marks her 186th birth year. Savitribai Phule was credited with laying the foundation of education opportunities for women in India and played a major role in improving women’s rights in the country during the British Raj. Many of her poems were against discrimination and spoke about the need to get educated. She campaigned against untouchability, sati tradition, child marriage and other social evils most of her life.
PM Modi inaugurate Indian Science Congress at Tirupati:
Tomorrow’s experts will come from investments we make today in our people and infrastructure. Science must meet the rising aspirations of our people. The Nation will always be grateful to the scientists who have worked tirelessly to empower our society. By 2030 India will be among the top three countries in Science & Technology. The brightest and best in every corner of India should have the opportunity to excel in Science.
BHIM becomes the most popular Android app in India:
Just days after launch, government’s on line Payments app BHIM (Bharat Interface for Mobile) has become the most popular Android app in India. The app is topping the charts on Google’s play store in India with a rating of 4.1. PM Modi launched the BHIM app last week at an event in New Delhi. The app is based on the Unified Payment Interface (UPI) and common across all banks and financial institutions.
Union Govt launches mobile app for Haj Piligrimage:
The Indian government Monday launched a mobile app on HaJ Piligrimage which would help people of India seeking to visit the holy place by providing detailed information on how to apply, e-payments rules and regulations, HaJ department, relevant ministry and related support system.
India’s First transgender school opens in Kerala:
Kerala opened first transgender school in India. “Sahaj International” in Kochi will serve as a skill development centre to transgender school dropouts. They were trained under the National Open School System. The country’s first transgender school will also guide students with examinations equivalent to class X and XII. The school will have boarding facility. It will provide opportunities for soft skill training and organic farming.
A.P Govt launches NTR Arogya Raksha Scheme:
Andhra Pradesh Government has launched NTR Arogya Raksha Scheme. It is intended to provide health insurance cover to every individual in a family on payment of a monthly premium of Rs.100 per head of a year. It was launched by AP’s CM N. Chandrababu Naidu in Vijayawada. The new health scheme offering medical insurance to those who were not covered under any of the existing health schemes of the state government.
Delhi registers India’s highest per capita income:
National capital Delhi has registered the highest per capita income among all states and union territories of the country, during 2015-16 at about Rs.2,80,000. Delhi’s per capita income is over three times the national average (Rs.93,293). It is followed by Chandigarh and Sikkim with per capita incomes of Rs.2,42,386 and Rs. 2,27,465 respectively.
Malayali becomes Major General of Kyrgyzstan:
Shaik Rafiq Mohammad, a Keralite was appointed Major General by Kyrgyzstan Defence Minister Ali Mirza. This is the first time a oversees Keralite has been included in top military leadership of a foreign country. Rafiq worked as an advisor to the former President Kurmanbek Saliyevich Bakiyev (2005 to 2010).
Seeking votes on religious basis a corrupt act, Supreme Court:
The Supreme Court on 2nd January ruled that seeking votes on the basis of religion, caste, creed, or language of a candidate or his rival or even that of the voters is a corrupt act in electrical process. A constitution beneh headed by Chief Justice T.S. Thakur, by a 4:3 majority judgement, said election was a secular exercise and the functioning of an elected representative too had got to be secular.