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Daily Current Affairs 4th February 2019

1. World Cancer Day
World Cancer Day is observed on 4th February annually.
  • The Day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year through education, raising awareness and by pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action against the deadly disease.
  • Union for International Cancer Control, which organizes World Cancer Day, is launching a new 3-year campaign with the theme: “I Am and I Will.”
Points to remember
  • Over 9.6 million People die each year from cancer which is more than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
  • India has around 2.25 million cases with over 1 lakh new cases being registered every year.
2. Pope Francis lands in Abu Dhabi, becomes 1st pontiff to visit Arabian Peninsula
Pope Francis landed in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on a historic visit, becoming the first pontiff to visit the Arabian Peninsula.
  • He was received at the airport by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed.
  • The Pope is visiting the UAE on the invitation of the Crown Prince to take part in an interfaith Conference.
Points to remember
  • An estimated 700 participants from different faith are expected to participate in the Human Fraternity Conference, which includes representatives of the Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh faiths.
  • Poojya Brahmvihariji of BAPS, who is spearheading the construction of the Hindu Temple in Abu Dhabi is also one of the keynote speakers at the Conference.
3. Russia to abandon nuclear arms treaty in retaliation to US withdrawal from treaty
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said, Moscow will abandon a centerpiece nuclear arms treaty but will only deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles if Washington does so.
  • US President Donald Trump had accused Moscow of violating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty by deploying banned missiles.
Points to remember
  • The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) was a 1987 arms control agreement between the United States and the Soviet Union.
  • Signed in Washington, D.C. by President Ronald Reagan and General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev on 8 December 1987, the treaty was approved by the United States Senate on 27 May 1988 and ratified by Reagan and Gorbachev on 1 June 1988.
4. CJI Ranjan Gogoi inaugurates Andhra Pradesh High Court
The Andhra Pradesh High Court new building at Amaravathy, was inaugurated by the Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi.
  • The two-storied building is  located at Nelapadu in Amaravati region has 16 court halls and the building costing Rs 150 Crore houses a 2.70 lakh square feet office space.
  • Thus, Andhra Pradesh is getting its own court four and half years after the state bifurcation.
Points to remember
  • The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, popularly known as the Telangana Act is an Act of Indian Parliament that bifurcated the state of Andhra Pradesh into Telangana and the residuary Andhra Pradesh state.
  • The bill was attested by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee on 1 March 2014 and published in the official Gazette on 2 June 2014.
5. ISRO to launch its 40th communication satellite GSAT-31 on Feb 6
The Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO, is all set to launch its 40th communication satellite GSAT-31 on February 6 from the spaceport in French Guiana.
  • The satellite with a mission life of 15 years will provide continuity to operational services on some of the in-orbit satellites and augment the Ku-band transponder capacity in Geostationary Orbit.
Points to remember
  • GSAT-31 is scheduled for launch onboard the Ariane-5 (VA247) from Kourou in French Guiana. The satellite provides Indian mainland and island coverage.
  • ISRO also said the GSAT-31 will be used for supporting VSAT networks, television uplinks, digital satellite news gathering, DTH television services, cellular back haul connectivity and many such applications.
6. 50% India's working-age population out of labour force, says report
Half of India’s working-age population (15 years and above), for the first time, is not contributing to any economic activity, according to the National Sample Survey Office’s (NSSO’s) latest jobs survey.
  • The labour force participation rate (LFPR) stood at 49.8 per cent in 2017-18, falling sharply from 55.9 per cent in 2011-12.
  • LFPR is the section of working population in the age group of 16-64 in the economy currently employed or seeking employment. People who are still undergoing studies, housewives and persons above the age of 64 are not factored in the labor force.
Points to remember
The National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) headed by a Director General is responsible for conduct of large scale sample surveys in diverse fields on All India basis.
The NSSO has four Divisions:
  • Survey Design and Research Division (SDRD): This Division is located at Kolkata.
  • Field Operations Division (FOD): The Division, is located at Delhi/Faridabad.
  • Data Processing Division (DPD): The Division is located at Kolkata
  • Co-ordination & Publication Division (CPD): This Division is located at New Delhi.
7. IPS officer Rishi Kumar Shukla takes charge as Director of CBI
Rishi Kumar Shukla took charge as the Director of Central Bureau of Investigation, CBI.
  • He took charge from M. Nageshwara Rao, who was working as Interim Chief of the Investigation Agency.
  • Mr Shukla will serve in the post for a period of two years. The High Level Committee chaired by Prime Minister had approved the appointment of Mr Shukla to the post.
Points to remember
  • The Central Bureau of Investigation is the premier investigating agency of India. Operating under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, the CBI is headed by the Director.
  • It was founded in 1963.
8. Smriti Mandhana becomes number 1 in latest ICC women's ODI rankings
Indian opener Smriti Mandhana has climbed three spots in the batters' list to become number one in the latest ICC women's ODI rankings.
  • Earlier, she was named ICC Women’s Player of the Year 2018.
  • Smriti Mandhana has been in supreme form in the 50-over format.
Points to remember
  • In June 2018, the Board of Control for Cricket in India named her as the Best Women's International Cricketer.

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