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Current Affairs 02 April: Shefali Sharan takes over as DG of PIB, India's defense budget crosses Rs 21 thousand crore for the first time


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Abdul Fatah al-Sisi became the President of Egypt for the third time. NHAI implemented 'one vehicle, one Fastag' rule. At the same time, two products of Tripura, Matabari Pera Prasad and Rignai Pachara cloth got GI tag.

Let us have a look at such major current affairs of today, which are important for the students preparing for government jobs…

International

1. Abdul Fatal Al Sisi becomes President of Egypt: On 2 April, Abdul Fatah al-Sisi was sworn in as President of Egypt for the third consecutive term in Cairo. Abdul Fatah has been in power for the last 10 years and has now started his third term.

Abdul Fatah Al Sisi won the presidential election by securing 89.6% of the votes.

Abdul Fatah Al Sisi won the presidential election by securing 89.6% of the votes.

  • Before this, he had also been the Chief of the Egyptian Army and Defense Minister.
  • He ousted President Mohammed Morsi from power in 2013 despite nationwide protests.
  • According to the Egyptian Constitution, the new six-year term is his last term.
  • Abdul Fattah was born in 1954 in the Gamaleya area of ​​Cairo.

Appointment

2. Shefali Sharan becomes DG of PIB: Shefali B on 1st April. Sharan assumed the charge of Principal Director General of Press Information Bureau (PIB). Shefali has been appointed in place of Manish Desai.

Shefali Sharan (first from right) is the 5th woman officer to be appointed to this post.

Shefali Sharan (first from right) is the 5th woman officer to be appointed to this post.

  • Shefali Sharan is a 1990 batch officer of the Indian Information Service (IIS).
  • She has also worked as a spokesperson for the Election Commission of India (ECI) and the Finance Ministry.
  • She has also held the post of OSD, Information Policy in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
  • Shefali has also worked as a director in LSTV and Lok Sabha Secretariat.
  • She has also worked as a director in the Health Ministry and Finance Ministry.

BUSINESS

3. India's defense budget Rs 21,083 crore: On April 1, Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh posted on social media that India's defense budget has crossed Rs 21 thousand crore for the first time. There has been an increase of 32.5% this year compared to the financial year 2022-23.

Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said that India is not only becoming self-reliant in defense products, but has also reached a position where it can sell these defense products abroad.  (file photo)

Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said that India is not only becoming self-reliant in defense products, but has also reached a position where it can sell these defense products abroad. (file photo)

  • India's defense exports to reach Rs 21,083 crore in 2023-24.
  • More than 100 companies of the country are exporting defense products to other countries.
  • These include many weapons like fighter aircraft, missiles and rocket launchers.
  • India makes defense deals with more than 85 countries.

NATIONAL

4. 'One vehicle, one Fastag' rule implemented: The 'one vehicle, one Fastag' rule of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has come into effect from April 1. This has been implemented to prevent the use of the same Fastag for multiple vehicles or the use of multiple Fastags from the same vehicle.

  • According to the new rule, now more than one Fastag cannot be installed on one vehicle.
  • Fastag is an electronic service of toll collection in India, which is operated by NHAI.
  • Fastag is installed on about 98% of the vehicles in the country, which has more than 8 crore users.
  • Fastag uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for toll payment.
  • Fastag scheme was started in the country in 2014.

5. Two products from Tripura got GI tag: On March 31, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took to social media to inform about two products from Tripura getting Geographical Indication (GI) tag. These products are Matabari Pera Prasad and Rignai Pachara Cloth.

Matabari pera prasad and riganai pachara cloth.

Matabari pera prasad and riganai pachara cloth.

  • Matabari Pera Prasad is a sweet prasad served at the famous Tripureshwari temple in Tripura.
  • Made from milk and sugar, this dish is famous for its distinct taste and deep cultural traditions.
  • Due to the increasing demand for this tree, local people have started marketing it across the world.
  • Rignai Pachara is a traditional hand-woven fabric.
  • The artisans make it with great precision with the help of indigenous equipment and techniques.
  • This cloth holds cultural significance in Tripura.

TODAY'S HISTORY

History of 02 April: The Coinage Act was passed on this day in 1792. This led to the establishment of the US Mint, whose job was to mint coins. Let us tell you that the first formal American currency was the silver dollar. People had to bring their silver, then the Mint would return it by minting it into coins. The purpose of this law was to make buying and selling easier, but this did not happen. At that time, silver dollars were not produced in large numbers, so they were difficult to obtain. In 1861, Congress found a practical solution to this. In this way, for the first time in America, paper currency was issued under government control, which was called Demand Notes.

The world's strongest currency, the dollar, was introduced on April 2, 1972.

The world's strongest currency, the dollar, was introduced on April 2, 1972.

  • In 2005, Pope John Paul II, one of the highest-ranking Vatican officials, died.
  • In 1984, Astronaut Rakesh Sharma became the first Indian astronaut to go to space in Mission Soyuz T-11.
  • Meghalaya, in the north-east of India, was given statehood under the Assam Reorganization Act in 1970.
  • Famous Bollywood actor Ajay Devgan was born in 1969.
  • The first motion picture theater opened in Los Angeles in 1902.

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