Daily GK Update 4th February 2015 Current Affairs

1. World Cancer day being observed today
i. World Cancer day is being observed today in order to raise awareness about the prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer.
ii. The theme for this year is "Not beyond us", which highlights the fact that there are many practical things that can be done by individuals and by communities to reduce the burden of cancer.

iii. Union Health and Family Welfare Minister JP Nadda called upon people to join hands in fighting the deadly disease by creating mass awareness.
iv. The 2015 campaign will focus on four key areas:
Choosing healthy lives
Delivering early detection
Achieving treatment for all
Maximising quality of life

2. Bihar to provide free education till Post Graduation to SC, ST and girl students
i. The Bihar government today decided to provide free education to Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and girl students till Post Graduation (PG) level in the state.
ii. The decision, taken at a meeting of the state cabinet, said that no fee would be taken from SC/ST and girl students at the time of admission in government universities and colleges in Bihar.
iii. The government would reimburse the financial loss to such universities/colleges after gathering information about it.
3. PM greets Sri Lankans on their Independence Day
i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today greeted the people of Sri Lanka on their Independence Day and said he was looking forward to the visit of President Maithripala Sirisena to India later this month.
ii. "On their Independence Day, my greetings to the people of Sri Lanka. The bonds of history, culture & shared values that we share are unbreakable.My best wishes for the development of Sri Lanka in the years to come", said the Prime Minister.
Sri Lanka's Independence Day is celebrated on the 4th of February, in accordance with Lipass/Joshua Louis Law to commemorate its internal political independence from British rule on that day in 1948.
The day is a national holiday in Sri Lanka. It is celebrated all over the country through flag-hoisting ceremony, dances, parades and performances. Usually, the main celebration takes place in Colombo, where the President raises the national flag and delivers a nationally televised speech.
4. India ranked on Number 3 in Hurun Rich List
i. India has been ranked 3rd in the Hurun Global Rich List 2015.
ii. The Hurun Global Rich List is a ranking of the dollar billionaires across the world.
ii. The US and China make up half of the world's billionaires. It is the first time that India has broken into the top three, the report said. India replaced Russia at 3rd position in the list.
iii. India has 97 billionaires, 27 more than last year. Their combined wealth adds up to $266 billion. Mukesh Ambani (worth $20 billion and ranked 41 on the Hurun List) retains his rank as the richest Indian.
iv. Russia has 93 billionaires and their combined wealth is $365 billion.
v. The Hurun Global Rich List 2015 ranked 2089 billionaires from 68 countries, up 222 from last year, in a record-breaking year for the world's billionaires. The Hurun Global Rich List 2015 is a ranking of the US dollar billionaires currently found in the world. Wealth calculations are a snapshot of 17 January 2015.  This is the fourth year that Hurun Report has released a ranking of the dollar billionaires in the world. The Hurun Global Rich List 2015 is sponsored by Chinese luxury home builder Star River Property.

Top five Hurun Global Rich List 2015
1. Bill Gates, 59, retains the number 1 spot with a fortune of US $ 85 bn.
2. Carlos Slim Helu, 75, regains second spot with a 38% surge in his fortune to US $ 83 bn.
3. Warren Buffett, 84, saw his wealth shoot up by US $ 12bn or 19%.
4. Amancio Ortega, 78, is out of the top three for the first time in three years, after seeing his stake in Zara drop by US$7bn, due in part to a drop in the Euro.
5. Larry Ellison, 70, with US $ 54 bn, saw his wealth increase by 13%. Ellison is a signatory of The Giving Pledge, committing to donate more than half his wealth to philanthropic causes.
Note: Mark Zuckerberg, at 30, the youngest member of the Top 10, has had a great year. His wealth soared 42%, moving him up 11 places to rank 7.
5. Madhusudhan Prasad appointed Urban Development Secretary
i. Madhusudhan Prasad has replaced Shankar Agarwal as Secretary, ministry of urban development (MoUD).
ii. He was a Director and Joint Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs and Additional Secretary in the Union Ministry of Commerce
iii. He also served as Economic Counsellor in the Indian Embassy in Washington, USA.
6. Saloni Dalal becomes youngest player to win a medal in National Games 2015
i. Saloni Dalal became the youngest player to win the bronze medal in the 200 m breaststroke event in the 35th National Games 2015.
ii. She is a class 7 student from Karnataka. She added another medal to her kitty when she won a silver in the 4 X 100 m relay medley with her teammates Anisha Gaonkar, Malika A Honagekar and Rutuja Pawar.
7. Netball player Mayuresh Pawar died during the 35th National Games
i. Mayuresh Pawar died due to drowning while taking bath at Shanghumugham beach in Kerala during the Day 2 of the 35th National Games.
ii. He was a 21-year old netball player of Maharashtra team.


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