Daily GK Digest – Jan 3 – Top Current Affairs

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

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

Daily GK Digest : Top Five Current Affairs for Today

Service charges on restaurant billing is optional: Department of Consumer Affairs

  • Department of Consumer Affairs said in a statement, Service charges billed by restaurants are optional and it is up to the customers to pay it.
  • The department cited complaints that hotels and restaurants are levying an additional 5 to 20% in bills in lieu of tips, regardless of the kind of service provided.
  • The department asked state governments to sensitise companies, hotels and restaurants and advise them to display at appropriate places on their premises that service charges are discretionary/voluntary and can be waived if a consumer is dissatisfied with the services.

Joint Press Communique- India and Sri Lanka

  • India and Sri Lanka held Ministerial level talks on fishermen issues on 2 January 2017 in Colombo. Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare of India Shri Radha Mohan Singh met with Minister for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development of Sri Lanka Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera.
  • Both sides agreed to a set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to expedite the release and handing over of fishermen in each other’s custody on completion of respective legal and procedural formalities. The immediate release of the fishermen presently in custody was announced following the ministerial level talks.
  • The Ministers appreciated the efforts taken by the JWG in operationalizing the “Hotline” between Indian and Sri Lankan Coast Guard, which would ensure quick decision making and response.
  • Both sides discussed the issue of releasing fishing vessels in each other’s custody. The Indian side requested for the immediate release of Indian fishing vessels. The Sri Lankan side agreed to consider the request in view of the progress being made by the JWG.

AP government launches NTR Arogya Raksha Scheme

  • Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu launches NTR Arogya Raksha Scheme offering medical insurance to those who were not covered under any of the existing health schemes of the state government.
  • It is intended to provide health insurance cover to every individual in a family on payment of a monthly premium of Rs.100 per head.
  • The health insurance cover is offered up to Rs. 2 lakh and free treatment can be availed for 1,044 listed health ailments in any of the 432 corporate hospitals and 80 government hospitals in the state.
  • One can register for the scheme at any of the Mee Seva centres or through www.ntrvaidyaseva.ap.gov.in till February 28.

India successfully test-fired the Agni IV

  • Nuclear-capable, 4000km range, Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile Agni-IV successfully test-fired off Odisha coast.
  • The indigenously developed surface-to-surface Agni-IV missile is a two-stage weapon system. It is 20 metres long and weighs 17 tonnes.
  • It is being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program.
  • Agni-IV missile is equipped with 5th generation onboard computer and distributed architecture. It has the latest features to correct and guide itself for in-flight disturbances.
  • It had been flight-tested five times earlier — in 2011, 2012, twice in 2014 and in 2015. All the five missions were successful. This is the sixth success in a row.

104th Indian Science Congress inaugurated by PM

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and addressed the 104th Indian Science Congress at Tarakarama Stadium of Sri Venkateswara University in Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh today.
  • The theme for the five-day event is ‘Science and Technology for National Development’.
  • It is the second time that Tirupati is hosting the Indian Science Congress, the first being in 1983 when the 70th Science Congress was held.
  • The 104th Indian Science Congress will also witness Children Science Congress to be held from January 4 to 6 at Sri Padmavati Mahila Viswa Vidyalayam aimed at highlighting the need to create awareness about science among children and elders.