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May 3 | Daily Current Affairs 2021
Table of Contents
1. In which date World Press Freedom Day celebrated?
a) 1st week of May
b) May 1
c) May 2
d) May 3
e) 1st Monday of May
Answer: d) May 3
- Hailed as the fourth pillar of democracy, the press – its reporters, editors and photographers – have always risked their reputations and lives for the truth behind events.
- Such tasks require a degree of freedom which is guaranteed by the constitutions of democratic nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
To celebrate the forthcoming World Press Freedom Day on May 3.
- It was in the year 1993 when the United Nations General Assembly declared May 3 as the World Press Freedom Day.
- This declaration came after a recommendation made in 1991 at the twenty-sixth General Conference session of UNESCO.
- The declaration also came as a result of 1991 Windhoek Declaration; a statement which was produced by African journalists about press freedom, presented at a seminar held by UNESCO, which concluded on May 3.
- The day is celebrated to ensure the protection and safety of the press in the face of attacks against its independence, to discuss journalistic ethics and to celebrate journalists who gave their lives in the pursuit of truth.
- There are ten nations – China, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Eritrea, Djibouti, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran and Cuba – where press freedom is severely limited.
- World Press Day remind us that many publications and their editors and reporters are often prevented from doing their jobs, censored and banned.
- The theme for World Press Day 2021 is “Information as a Public Good.”
- It is especially significant for the press, which deals with information on a global scale, to effectively use and disseminate it to the world citizenry while empowering journalists.
2. All-rounder Thisara Perera retires from International Cricket. He is related to which country?
b) New Zealand
d) Sri Lanka
Answer: d) Sri Lanka
- The 32-year-old made his debut for Sri Lanka in an ODI against India in Kolkata in December 2009.
- Since then, he has been a white-ball regular for Sri Lanka.
- He represented Sri Lanka in 166 ODIs (2338 runs, 175 wickets) and 84 T20Is (1204 runs, 51 wickets).
- He played the last of his six Tests back in 2016.
- Perera was an important part of some of Sri Lanka’s prominent highs in white-ball cricket over the last decade, like the T20 World Cup win in 2014 where he knocked off the winning runs against India in the final in Dhaka.
Capital- Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (Legislative), Colombo (Executive Judicial)
Currency-Sri Lankan Rupee
President- Gotabaya Rajapaksa
Prime Minister- Mahinda Rajapaksa
3. PV Sindhu and Michelle Li have been nominated as athlete ambassadors for IOC’s ‘Believe in Sports’ campaign. Michelli Li related to which country?
Answer: b) Canada
- World champion and Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu and world no 11 Canadas Michelle Li have been nominated as athlete ambassadors for International Olympic Committees Believe in Sports campaign, the Badminton World Federation.
- The pair have been global ambassadors for BWFs ‘i am badminton campaign’ since April 2020.
- It is an honour to be nominated by the IOC as an ambassador.
Prime Minister-Justin Trudeau
4. Lewis Hamilton wins Portuguese Grand Prix 2021. He represents which team?
e) Red Bull
Answer: d) Mercedes
- Lewis Hamilton fought back to pass both Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen for a brilliant victory in the Portuguese Grand Prix.
- Hamilton, who has moved on to 97 career Grand Prix victories and 2nd win of the 2021 season.
5. Which country topped by ICC T-20 ranking after annual update?
b) New Zealand
d) Sri Lanka
Answer: a) England
- India retained the second place in the ICC Twenty20 team rankings but dropped a rung to third in the ODI chart following the annual update carried out.
- India is trailing top-ranked England (277) by five rating points in the T20 team rankings.
During this period, England drew a three-match series against Pakistan 1-1, defeated
- Australia 2-1 and South Africa 3-0 before losing an away series to India by a 2-3 margin.
- New Zealand have also gained in the annual T20I update, moving up from fifth to third after series wins over the West Indies, Pakistan, Australia and Bangladesh.
- Australia have moved the other way, down from third to fifth.
- In other movements at the top of the T20I rankings table, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have gained one place each to reach eighth and ninth positions, respectively, while the West Indies have dropped two places to 10th.
- According to the ICC, these updates eliminate results from 2017-18 and halve the weighting of matches played in 2019-20, which includes the 2019 World Cup.
- In the annual update of the ODI Team rankings, India dropped a place to third behind Australia and new table-toppers New Zealand.
Prime Minister- Boris Johnson
BANKING AND FINANCE
6. How much amount allocated SBI to combat second wave of Covid-19?
a) Rs 60 crore
b) Rs 71 crore
c) Rs 75 crore
d) Rs 81 crore
e) Rs 90 crore
Answer: b) Rs 71 crore
- State Bank of India (SBI) has allocated Rs 71 crore to support various initiatives in combating the second wave of Covid-19 and is in talks with various designated authorities to explore partnerships for setting up makeshift hospitals.
- The country’s largest commercial bank has dedicated Rs 30 crore to set up 1,000 bed makeshift hospitals, 250 bed ICU facilities and 1,000 bed isolation facilities across some of the worst-hit states.
- These facilities will be set up in collaboration with government hospitals and municipal corporations of respective cities, the SBI said.
- SBI will also contribute Rs 10 crore for genome-sequencing equipment, lab and vaccine research equipment to the government.
- Besides, SBI has allocated Rs 21 crore to all its 17 local head offices to address urgent medical needs of citizens including procuring life-saving healthcare equipment and enhancing oxygen supply to hospitals.
- It will continue to provide PPE kits, masks, rations and cooked meals.
- The bank will also spend Rs 10 crore in partnering with NGOs to undertake community-based testing, strengthening vaccination drives, creating helpline for Covid-19 related matters, providing oxygen supply and other critical activities.
State Bank of India
Chairman-Dinesh Kumar Khara
Tagline- The Nation banks on us; Pure Banking Nothing Else; With you all the way;
A bank of the common man; The banker to every Indian
7. Who has been appointed as the Acting Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission?
a) Justice P C Pant
b) Justice Deepak Kumar
c) Justice S K Mittal
d) Justice R S Joshi
e) Justice P K Pillai
Answer a) Justice P C Pant
- The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind has authorized Justice Prafulla Chandra Pant, Member, National Human Rights Commission, NHRC India, to act as its Chairperson with effect from 25th April, 2021.
- Prior to his appointment as the Member, NHRC on 22 April, 2019, Justice Pant was a Judge of the Supreme Court of India from 13th August, 2014 to 29th August, 2017.
8. Which country hosts first G-7 foreign ministers meeting since start of pandemic?
Answer c) UK
- Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) nations are gathering in London for their first in-person meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
- The week is billed by the United Kingdom, which holds the group’s rotating presidency, as a chance to reassert the West’s influence and address issues such as coronavirus recovery, climate change and growing tensions with Russia and China.
- It will launch with talks between UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
- The ministers will also lay the groundwork for US President Joe Biden’s first scheduled trip abroad since taking office – a June G7 summit in the UK meant to revive cooperation with traditional allies after years of friction under former President Donald Trump.
- In addition to G7 member states Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US, the UK has invited ministers from Australia, India, South Africa and South Korea to this week’s event.
- External affairs Minister Jaishankar Visits London to participate in a meeting of foreign ministers of G7 countries.
Prime Minister- Boris Johnson
9. What is name of the operation launched by armed forces to fight covid-19 in India?
a) Operation Shakti
b) Operation CO-VEET
c) Operation CO-REET
d) Operation Samudra
e) Operation CO-JEET
Answer: e) Operation CO-JEET
- Treating the current coronavirus wave like a war, the armed forces have launched operation “CO-JEET” to aid anti-COVID-19 efforts, like strengthening medical infrastructure and oxygen supply chains, as well as take measures to ensure mental wellbeing of people.
- Besides medical therapy, patients need the reassurance that they will be fine and “in times of stress, if you have someone to talk to, it makes a huge difference”, said Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Medical) Lieutenant General Dr Madhuri Kanitkar.
- Lt Gen Kanitkar, who is the third woman to become a three-star general in the armed forces, is working round the clock to strategise and monitor steps to provide relief to COVID-19 patients.
- “Under the CO-JEET” plan, personnel of the three wings of the armed forces – the Army, the Indian Air Force and the Navy – have been pressed into service to help restore oxygen supply chains, set up COVID beds and provide help to the civilian administration
- in its fight to control the pandemic,” said the Lt General, whose post of deputy chief integrated defence staff (medical) comes under the Chief of Defence Staff.
- “CO-JEET stands for co-workers of all the three services who will finally achieve ‘Jeet’ (victory) over COVID.The whole team is working in a very energised way because a soldier is trained to fight under adverse situations and he doesn’t give up, we are not just doctors, we are soldiers,” the Lt General said.
10. Which Foundation partners SEEDS to setup COVID care centres?
e) Bobbi Brown
Answer: b) PepsiCo
- PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PepsiCo, on Monday said it has partnered with not-for-profit organisation, Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS) to launch a community COVID-19 vaccination drive and set up COVID care centres.
- Under the partnership, over 1 lakh vaccines doses will be provided to communities, to be administered through the local healthcare system, while five COVID care centres will be set up for three months that will be equipped with beds and medical facilities, including oxygen cylinders, PepsiCo India said.
- Moreover, over 100 oxygen concentrators will be provided to the Central government for distribution to various government hospitals across states.
- “The entire community relief program will be rolled out across the country with a special focus on five states — Maharashtra, Punjab, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Telangana” the foundation.
- As part of the initiative, extensive awareness drives will also be organised across various states to promote vaccination amongst the population at large.
- These sessions will be conducted in partnership with NGOs, including SEEDS along with the local government authorities
11. Mamata Banerjee to be sworn in as West Bengal’s Chief Minister for 3rd time. She won how many seats out of 292 seats?
Answer: b) 213
- Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee will meet West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and stake claim to form the state government, after her party’s stupendous win in the assembly elections, Raj Bhavan.
- The ruling TMC has won 213 seats in West Bengal, where polling was held in eight phases in March and April, and is leading in one where counting is still in progress.
- The BJP emerged as the main opposition party with 77 seats under its belt.
- It is for the second time in succession that Mamata Banerjee powered her party to a two-thirds majority in the state assembly.
Chief Minister-Mamata Banerjee