GK Update In English 04th May 2018

By: D.K Chaudhary
1. Maharashtra Becomes 1st to Provide Digitally-Signed Documents

i. Maharashtra became the first state to provide digitally-signed land record receipts (also known as 7/12 receipts), which Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis claimed would check irregularities and bring in transparency.
ii. The 7/12 receipt is the most important document which establishes the ownership of the land and is primarily used by farmers while applying for loans.
  • C Vidyasagar Rao is the present Governor of Maharashtra.
  • The Jayakwadi Dam built over Godavari River is located in Maharashtra.
2. India Rises to 5th Spot in World’s Top Five Defense Spenders
i. India has surpassed France to become one of the world’s five largest military spenders, Swedish arms watchdog Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Report.
ii. India spent $63.9 billion on its military in 2017, an increase of 5.5% compared with 2016. The other countries in top five include the US, China, Saudi Arabia, and Russia.
3. World Press Freedom Day: 3rd May
i. Every year, 3 May is a date which celebrated as the World Press Freedom Day to evaluate press freedom around the world. This year’s global theme for WPFD is ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law’.
ii. In 2018, UNESCO will lead the 25th celebration of World Press Freedom Day. The main event, jointly organized by UNESCO and the Government of the Republic of Ghana,will take place in Accra, Ghana.
France’s Audrey Azoulay- 11th DG of UNESCO, Headquarters- Paris, France.
4. Cambridge Analytica Shuts Down All Its Operations
i. The controversial UK marketing analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, which has been at the heart of the Facebook data scandal, has announced to cease all its operations immediately and filing for insolvency in Britain and the United States.
ii. Cambridge Analytica, also said, its British parent firm SCL Elections Ltd is to shutting down immediately. The firm is currently facing allegations of improper use of data on 87 million Facebook users which was hired by President Donald Trump’s 2016 US election campaign.
  • Cambridge Analytica is an analytics firm based in the United Kingdom.
  • SCL Elections Ltd is the parent firm of Cambridge Analytica.
5. Justin Langer Appointed Head Coach of Australian Cricket Team
i. Former Australian cricketer Justin Langer has been appointed as Australian cricket team’s head coach for all three formats. Langer replaces Darren Lehmann, who had stepped down after Australia’s tour of South Africa amid the ball-tampering controversy.
ii. The 47-year-old, who represented Australia in 105 Tests, will begin his four-year term ahead of limited-overs series against England in June.

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