Daily Current Affairs Updates – 2nd September 2015

    Daily Current Affairs Updates – 2nd September 2015
    Daily Current Affairs Updates – 2nd September 2015:
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    1).Maharashtra government approved ordinance to amendMaharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities (MPDA) Act, 1981
    ·        This decision was taken in a meeting headed by the Maharashtra Chief MinisterDevendra Fadnavis
    ·        Illegal sand mining has been made non-bail able offence and the culprits arrested in such cases will not get bail for one year after their arrest
    ·        Sand smuggling and smugglers added insection II of the Act
    ·        Tampering of thePublic Distribution System (PDS) mechanism and food grain mafia will be brought under this Act

    2).Union Government approved the recommendation of the JusticeA. P. ShahCommittee report on theMinimum Alternative Tax (MAT) onForeign Institutional Investors (FII)
    ·        The recommendations given by the committee are as follows
    a.   No legal basis for levying20% MAT on past capital gains of FII
    b.   To AmendSection 115 JB theIncome Tax Act to clarify the issue with regard to levy of MAT on FII
    c.   MAT exemption will not applicable to FII
    ·        The government ordered theCentral Board of Direct Taxation (CBDT)field officers not to pursue cases against FII on issues of MAT

    3).National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)appointedA. K. Jhaas the interimChairman& Managing Director (CMD)
    ·        Mr. Jha is presently NTPC’sDirector (Technical)
    ·        He is given the additional charge of interim CMD which he will serve for3months from1st September 2015
    ·        He had joined NTPC in1977as an Executive Trainee and was directly associated with its flagship projectSingrauli

    4).Union government recognizedYogaas aSports discipline
    ·        TheUnion Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports decided to recognize Yoga as a sports discipline in thePriority category
    ·        Along with Yoga,Fencing was also upgraded from the Others category toGeneral category
    ·        This decision of the Ministry after reviewing and revising the categorization of various disciples

    5).Union Government developed a smartNational Common Mobility Card (NCMC) model to enable seamless metro travel and shopping
    ·        Union Minister of Urban DevelopmentVenkaiah Naidu approved theEMV Open Loop Card with stored value
    ·        National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) will be the nodal agency in indigenously developing and managing of settlement and clearing of payments
    ·        TheCentre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) will develop the specified standards and hardware forMetro gates

    6).NASA andUS Agency for International Development (USAID) commissioned theSERVIR-Mekong project, to strengthen the environmental monitoring inSoutheast Asia
    ·        It was launched in theAsian Disaster Preparedness Centerin Bangkok, Thailand
    ·        SERVIR – Mekong will serve the5 countries of theMekong River Basin often called as theRice Bowl of Asia namely
    a.   Cambodia
    b.   Myanmar
    c.   Thailand
    d.   Laos
    e.   Vietnam
    ·        This project will help the governments of the 5 countries to incorporate Earth observations andgeospatial technologies to improve water and natural resources
    ·        It also provides early warning of dramatic changes in the following areas
    a.   Regional water
    b.   Weather
    c.   Land cover
    d.   Land use
    e.   Climate
    f.     Food security

    7).India won the UNESCO’sAward of Excellence 2015 for its conservation efforts of theSree Vadakkunnathan Temple
    ·        150year oldSino-Portugese which is the former residence of aThai aristocratwon the UNESCO’sAward of Merit in Heritage award
    ·        This award recognizes the effort made by the countries in conserving sacred sites
    ·        Sree Vadakkunnathan Temple – an ancient Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva inThrissur district, Kerala
    ·        It was declared as aNational Monument under theAncient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958for its mural paintings

    8).Mumbai won theBuchi Babu Memorial Trophy in the All India Invitation Cricket Tournament
    ·        Mumbai defeated theTamil Nadu Cricket Association Districts (TNCA) XI team by6 wickets in the finals held in Chennai
    ·        Scores of the two teams are as follows
    a.   Tamil Nadu –163runs in 74 overs
    b.   Mumbai –166runs in 45.2 overs
    ·        Man of the series – Mumbai’sSurya Kumar Yadav
    ·        The 2 Mumbai players who played a significant role in this victory are as follows
    a.   Herwadkar– 108 runs
    b.   Tare– 53 runs
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