1. World Press Freedom Day: 03rd May
i. Every year, 3rd May is celebrated as the World Press Freedom Day. It is celebrated by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
ii. UNESCO, the Government of Indonesia, and the Press Council of Indonesia co-organized the World Press Freedom Day's main event and the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize Ceremony in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 1-4 May 2017.
2. 4th National Standards Conclave held in New Delhi
i. Department of Commerce, Government of India in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and the National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB) has organized the 4th National Standards Conclave on 1-2 May 2017 at New Delhi.
ii. The objective of the two-day Conclave was to bring awareness and prepare Industries, Central Government Ministries, State Governments, regulatory/standards-setting and conformity assessment bodies on the growing importance of “Standards” in the changing scenario of global trade.
3. Madhya Pradesh becomes 1st state to shift to January to December financial year
i. Madhya Pradesh has become the first state to switch to the January-December financial year from the existing April-March cycle.
ii. The move breaks a 150-year tradition as India started adopting the April-March financial year from 1867. So, now the Budget session of the next financial year will be held either in December 2017 or January 2018.
4. Department of Telecom launches 'Tarang Sanchar' portal
i. Manoj Sinha, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Communications and Minister of State for Railways, formally launched the 'Tarang Sanchar portal' in an event organized at New Delhi.
ii. The web portal is for Information sharing on Mobile Towers and EMF Emission Compliances. The portal aims to generate confidence among the public about the effectiveness of the EMF compliance process in India.
iii. Additionally, any person can request for EMF emission measurement at a location by paying a fee of Rs 4000 online. It is am an important move for Prime Minister’s vision of Digital India.
5. Mallikarjun Kharge appointed as new chairman of PAC
i. Mallikarjun Kharge is the new chairman of the 21-member (14 from Lok Sabha and 7 from Rajya Sabha) Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament.
ii. Kharge has replaced Congress leader K V Thomas whose term ended on April 30.
iii. The chairman of PAC is appointed by the speaker of Lok Sabha.
6. Shabana Azmi starrer 'The Black Prince' awarded at film fest in Houston
i. Hollywood film The Black Prince, featuring singer-poet Satinder Sartaaj and veteran actress Shabana Azmi, was awarded the Special Jury Remi Award at the 50th annual Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival (WHIFF).
ii. The film is a historic biopic on the poignant life story of the last king of Punjab - Maharajah Duleep Singh.
iii. The film is Directed by Kavi Raj.
7. Rajive Kaul gets diplomatic service award from South Korea
i. Chairman of Nicco group and past president of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Rajive Kaul was conferred with the Order of Diplomatic Service Merit Sungnye Medal of the Republic of Korea for his services rendered as honorary consul general of South Korea in Kolkata.
ii. The award was conferred by the acting President and Prime Minister of South Korea Hwang Kyo-ahn at a programme in New Delhi recently.
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