Daily GK Digest – Feb 3 – Top Current Affairs

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Daily GK Digest – February 3rd, 2017 for top current affairs of today. 

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Here is the daily GK Digest for February 3rd, 2017.

Daily GK Digest : Top Five Current Affairs for Today

Joint Military Exercise between India and Maldives

  • India and Maldives conduct joint military exercise named ‘Exercise EKUVERIN’ alternatively in India and Maldives with participation of an Infantry platoon from each side.
  • The latest exercise was conducted in Maldives in December 2016.
  • The objectives of the exercise are to enhance defence cooperation and interoperability between the army of both countries with emphasis on Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorist operations under UN mandate.
  • This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Naranbhai Kachhadiya in Lok Sabha today as per PIB.

AG’s Office Does Not Come Under RTI: Delhi HC

  • The office of the Attorney General of India (AGI) does not come under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act as it is not a “public authority”, the Delhi High Court ruled today.
  • The verdict by a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath came on the appeals by the Centre challenging the decision of a single judge who had held that the office of the AGI is a public authority falling under the ambit of the RTI Act.
  • The Law Ministry had filed the appeals against the March 10, 2015 order of the single judge bench bringing the AGI’s office under the ambit of the RTI Act on the grounds the top law officer performed public functions and his appointment was governed by the Constitution.

Local body polls deferred in Nagaland

  • The Nagaland government Thursday night decided to withhold the election process to 12 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) following clashes that left two persons dead and several others injured during bandhs called by tribal bodies opposed to the polling.
  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh rang up Chief Minister TR Zeliang to enquire about the law and order situation in the state.
  • Subsequently, State Election Commissioner Sentiyanger Imchen directed to withhold the ongoing process of elections to 12 ULBs where polling was supposed to be held today.
  • The clashes began following the goverment’s decision to hold ULB elections despite opposition by tribal bodies. These organisations have been opposing the ULB elections with 33 per cent reservation for women, stating that it infringes on the special rights for Nagaland guaranteed by Article 371(A) of the Constitution.

India Art Fair 2017:

  • The ninth edition of the India Art Fair that began in New Delhi on Thursday exhibits a rare mix of colours, grandeur and, with its continued focus in nurturing global interest in South Asian arts.
  • The three-day fair is joined by participating South Asian galleries like Britto Arts Trust from Dhaka, Nepal Art Council from Kathmandu, Theertha International Artists’ Collective from Colombo and Blueprint 12 from New Delhi.
  • The Speakers’ Forum at the fair will also have an exciting programme that presents artists, curators, critics, administrators, academics, gallerists and collectors.
  • Founded in 2008, India Art Fair is one of South Asia’s leading platform for modern and contemporary art.

Over 6 Lakh People Win Rs. 97.07 Crore Under Digital Payment Scheme

  • Over 6.26 lakh people have been awarded a total of Rs. 97.07 crore in the last 35 days under the Niti Aayog’s schemes to promote digital payments.
  • Among those lucky winners 5.55 lakh consumers have won prize of Rs. 1,000 under the Lucky Grahak Yojana – Daily scheme, while 26,145 consumers won under the Weekly scheme between December 25, 2016 to January 31, 2017, Niti Aayog said in a statement.
  • In addition to that over 35,000 merchants have been declared winners under the Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana weekly scheme, it added.
  • The two schemes were launched on December 25, 2016 and shall remain open till April 14, 2017.