Current Affairs India - 3 May 2015

1. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has announced that an extremely simplified income tax return form will soon replace the existing 14-page ITR that sought information like all bank accounts and foreign trip details. The Finance Ministry is considering easy taxation form which an individual tax payer can fill up easily without taking help from other advisers.


2. Indian government has announced to provide e-tourist visa to 31 more countries, including France and Canada. This will enable the citizens of these nations to get easy entry to the country. The e-tourist visa had been launched in November last year for 45 countries from nine designated Indian airports.


3. The Department of Telecom has extended the deadline to fully implement the mobile number portability across the country by another two months till 3rd July 2015. The earlier deadline to implement the full MNP was 2nd May 2015.


4. Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in New Delhi was ranked as the world's best airport for the year 2014, under the category of handling 25 to 40 million passengers per annum, as per Airports Council International (ACI) report.


The Delhi airport scored 4.90 on a scale of 5 points measured by 300 members of the ACI ASQ benchmarking programme. Airports Council International (ACI) presented the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) award to IGIA at a ceremony of the ACI Asia-Pacific/World Annual General Assembly.


5. Two Indians have been awarded with the prestigious Whitley Awards for their contribution to wildlife conservation. Dr Ananda Kumar was awarded the prize in recognition of his work using innovative communication systems to enable human-elephant coexistence in southern India. Dr Pramod Patil also won the Whitley Award, dubbed 'Green Oscar' for his work to protect the iconic great Indian bustard in the Thar Desert.


6. The Whitley Award, also known as Green Oscar, was established in 1994 by Edward Whitley and given by the Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN). The award recognises and celebrates effective national and regional conservation leaders across the globe.


7. The Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has appointed, actor and producer Mukesh Khanna as the Chairperson of the Children's Film Society of India (CFSI). He replaced Amole Gupte. Mukesh Khanna is known for his iconic role as Shaktimaan, a 1990s superhero series.


8. IPS officer, Surender Singh took over as the new chief of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). He succeeds Arvind Ranjan who retired as the Director General of the CISF.


Surender Singh is a 1980-batch police officer of West Bengal cadre. Earlier, he served as a Special Director in the Intelligence Bureau (IB).


9. Famous scientist and Bharat Ratna awardee Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao was conferred with Japan-s highest civilian award the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star. He was chosen for the award for his outstanding contributions to science and Indo-Japanese science cooperation.


10. India's foreign exchange reserves jumped by USD 1.4 billion in the week ended April 24 to touch all time high value of USD 344.6 billion, as per the Reserve Bank of India weekly report. The rise in exchange reserves was mainly on account of a USD 1.4 billion jump in the foreign currency assets (FCAs) which was jumped to USD 320 billion.


The special drawing rights (SDRs) with the International Monetary Fund were marginally up by USD 0.2 million and reserve position with the IMF remained stable at USD 1.29 billion while gold reserves remained unchanged at USD 19.03 billion.