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Daily Current Affairs 3rd February 2019

1. Special Postage Stamp on Kumbh Mela Released
Union Minister of State for Railways and Communication Mr Manoj Sinha released a special postage stamp of the Indian Postal Department on Kumbh Mela.
  • Its cost is five rupees.
Points to Remember
  • Prayagraj Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019 is the Ardh Kumbh Mela being held at Triveni Sangam in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh from 15 January to 4 March 2019.
2. 20th Bharat Rang Mahotsav inaugurated in New Delhi
The  Minister of State for Culture, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, inaugurated the 21-day-long nationwide theatre spectacle ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ in New Delhi.
  • It is the international theatre festival of India, is organized by National School of Drama (NSD), one of the prominent training institutions in the world.
  • The 20th BRM comes with 111 national and international acts in its basket that includes folk and other traditional theatre forms, invitee plays, and productions by the students of the National School of Drama
Points to Remember
  • The National School of Drama (NSD) is an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India.
3. Kala Ghoda Arts Festival inaugurated
The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival - KGAF, India’s begins in Mumbai.
  • It is the India’s largest multi-cultural street festival.
  • KGAF 2019 will celebrate two glorious decades of art and culture through cinema, theatre, dance, literature and sculpture.
  • The festival will end on 10th February.
  • The theme 2019 is retrospection.
4. Indus River dolphin declared as state aquatic animal of Punjab
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh declared the endangered Indus River dolphin, found only in the Beas River in the country, as the state aquatic animal.
  • As per the WWF figures, the number of dolphins presently is 1816, mostly found in the lower parts of the Indus River in Pakistan between Chashma and Kotri barrages in the Indus River.
  • Points to Remember
  • Punjab has Black Buck as its state animal, and Baaj, also known as northern goshawk (accipiter gentilis), as the official state bird.
5. PM dedicates 294-km-long electrified railway lines in West Bengal
The Prime Minister launched the 294-km-long Andal - Sainthia-Pakur- Malda and Khana-Sainthia electrified railway line.
  • The electrification of the two railway lines will immensely benefit the rural people of the state.
  • These electrified railway lines will facilitate faster movement of goods and passengers of the region.
Points to Remember
  • Capital: Kolkata
  • Chief minister: Mamata Banerjee
  • Governor:  Keshari Nath Tripathi
  • Lok Sabha: 42 seats 
  • Rajya Sabha: 16 seats
  • Legislative Assembly : 295
6. Rishi Kumar Shukla appointed as new CBI director
1983 batch IPS officer of Madhya Pradesh Cadre Rishi Kumar Shukla will be the new Director of Central Bureau of Investigation, CBI.
  • He will serve in the post for a period of two years.
  • He is appointed weeks after the controversial removal of Alok Kumar Verma from the post.
  • Rishi Kumar Shukla has served as the DGP of Madhya Pradesh.

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