Daily Current Affairs of 2nd August 2017
International Current Affairs
- China today formally opened its first overseas military base in Africa’s Djibouti.
- Important Note : Djibouti also hosts US, Japanese, and French bases.
- A US court has today ruled that politicians cannot block people on social media as it violates their right to freedom of speech.
- To connect Beijing with Zhangjiakou city, China is constructing a 12-km-long high-speed train tunnel through one of the portions of its iconic Great Wall.
- Important Note : Zhangjiakou is going to co-host 2022 Winter Olympics.
National Current Affairs
- Freedom fighter and designer of the Indian flag, Pingali Venkayya, was born on this day (2nd August) in the year 1876.
- Venkayya’s saffron and green flag design received inputs from Mahatma Gandhi and Lala Hansraj who suggested a white strip and Dharma Chakra, respectively.
- Note : In 2009, a postage stamp was issued to honour his contributions in the freedom struggle.
- The work on converting Bengaluru’s Puttenahalli lake into a bird reserve began today with the construction of a diversion channel for sewage water from surrounding areas.
- The ₹12 crore project is expected to be completed by February 2018.
- Note : Puttenahalli lake is home to several species of endangered and migratory birds from the Northern Himalayas and Siberia.
- The Uttar Pradesh government has made the registration of marriages compulsory for all religions and castes in the state.
- The Jharkhand government today cleared a draft Anti-conversion bill which aims to ban religious conversion through force or allurement.
- Pakistan‘s parliament today elected Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the country’s interim Prime Minister, after the Supreme Court last week disqualified Nawaz Sharif from the post over allegations that he lied on a wealth declaration.
- Note : Abbasi will hold the post for 45 days while Sharif’s brother Shehbaz Sharif runs in a by-election to eventually succeed him.
- The US Senate today confirmed former Justice Department lawyer Christopher Wray as the FBI Chief, nearly three months after the agency’s previous director, James Comey, was fired by President Donald Trump.
Science & Technology
- Mozilla, the maker of Firefox web browser, has launched a cross-browser tool called ‘Send‘, which lets users share self-destructing files of up to 1 GB.
- The tool generates a shareable link for the file which only work for a single download or for up to 24 hours, whichever comes sooner.
Awards & Honors
- Flight Lt Shikha Pandey, a member of the Indian women’s cricket team, was felicitated by Indian Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa for her performance at the Women’s World Cup 2017.
- Pandey, commissioned in the IAF on June 30, 2012, as an air traffic control officer, was awarded the Chief of the Air Staff commendation by the Air Chief Marshal.
- Playwright-actor Sam Shepard (73), who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for his play ‘Buried Child‘, passed away.
- He also received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor for his role in ‘The Right Stuff’.
- Jeffrey Brotman (74), Co-founder of world’s second largest retail firm Costco, passed away today.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
- During it’s bi-monthly policy review today, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has cut Repo rate by 25 basis points to 6%, the lowest in more than six-and-a-half years.
- Flipkart today announced that it has completed its merger with eBay India’s operations.
- The acquisition deal was announced earlier in April, when Flipkart raised $1.4 billion from eBay along with Microsoft and Tencent.