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3 May : Current Affairs For SSC CGL-2018 Tier-1

Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana: Cabinet approves setting up of 20 AIIMS

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved plan to set up 20 AIIMS across the country and upgrade 73 medical colleges.
  • The decision to extend PMSSY is aimed at meeting shortfall in healthcare professionals and facilities across the country.
  • PMSSY was announced in 2003. Its objectives are correcting regional imbalances in availability of affordable and reliable tertiary healthcare services.

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India into world’s top five defence spenders

  • India has joined the U.S. and China as one of the world’s five biggest military spenders
  • India’s  defense spending rose by 5.5 percent to $63.9 billion in 2017 and has now passed France, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said in a report
  • According to the arms watchdog, the five top military spenders in 2017 were the US, China, Saudi Arabia, Russia and India.

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Govt appoints Subhash Chandra Khuntia as new chairman of IRDAI

  • The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) appointed former chief secretary of Karnataka, Subhash Chandra Khuntia as the new chairman of Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI).
  • He will succeed TS Vijayan whose five-year term ended in Feb 2018.
  • He will have tenure of period of three years from the date of joining.

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Lewis Hamilton won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2018

  • Lewis Hamilton took his first victory of the season at a dramatic and chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku.
  • Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas was forced to retire with just three laps to go.
  • It was the first victory of the season for champions Mercedes.

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India and France conduct final phase of Varuna naval exercise near Reunion Island

  • 2018 Varuna naval exercise between Indian and French Navy was conducted in three phases and included anti-submarine, air defence and asymmetric engagement exercises.
  • Indian Navy’s destroyer, INS Mumbai, and frigate INS Trikand were the vessels participating in the exercise.
  • Indian Navy and French Navy have been conducting naval exercises since 1983. These exercises were christened as Varuna in 2001.

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India has been ranked 6th in the list of doping violations with 69 cases

  • India has been ranked joint-sixth in the list of doping violations with 69 cases, same as that of Russia, according to World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report for samples collected in 2016.
  • India improved its position to sixth after being joint-third for three consecutive years from 2013 to 2015.
  • Italy topped the rankings of drug cases in 2016, followed by France (86), United States (76), Australia (75), Belgium (73).

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“2018 Vijay Prahar” exercise of Indian Army has started in Rajasthan

  • Over 20,000 troops of the strike formations of the Army are engaged in the exercise to fine-tune the joint-manship with the Indian Air Force (IAF).
  • The exercise that began a couple of weeks ago will conclude on May 9 and Army chief General Bipin Rawat and other senior officers are likely to witness the final phase.

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Biggest Airport, after Mumbai, to be developed in Mopa, Goa

  • Maharashtra State will get a new airport at ParuleChipi in Sindhudurg district, which is expected to be functional by September 2018.
  • This airport will have a 2500-meter runway and it will be able to handle 200 departing and 200 passengers arriving during peak hours.
  • This airport will provide better connectivity to the Konkan region of Maharashtra, parts of Goa, North Karnataka and Western Maharashtra.

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Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandan Yojana (PMVVY): Cabinet doubles investment limit for senior citizens

  • The Union Cabinet has approved doubling of investment limit from Rs 7.5 lakh to Rs 15 lakh under PMVVY.
  • It will boost social security initiatives for senior citizens and enable them upto Rs.10,000 pension per month.
  • The intended beneficiaries of the scheme are elderly persons aged 60 years and above.

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