Daily GK Potion – 3rd and 4th May 2015
- CNR Rao conferred with Japan’s highest civilian award
- Eminent scientist C N R Rao was conferred with Japan’s highest civilian award for his outstanding contributions to science and Indo-Japanese science cooperation.
- The Emperor of Japan conferred the country’s highest award, the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star on Rao.
- Rao is also the only Indian to be elected as a foreign member of the Japan Academy in Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research.
- Indira Gandhi International adjudged world’s best airport
- Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has been adjudged the world’s best airport for the year 2014, under the category of handling 25 to 40 million passengers per annum.
- Airports Council International (ACI) presented the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) award to IGIA at a ceremony of the ACI Annual General Assembly.
- The Delhi airport scored 4.90 on a scale of 5 points measured by 300 members of the ACI ASQ benchmarking programme.
- World Press Freedom Day is observed on 3rd May every year across the world. The theme of 2015 year is: Let Journalism Thrive! Towards better reporting, gender equality and media safety in the digital age.
- Indian Railway girls clinch 5th National Hockey Championship title
- Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) have won the 5th National women hockey championship title.
- In the final match played at the Master Chandgi Ram sports stadium at Saifai, Uttar Pradesh the the RSPB girls team defeated Hockey Jharkhand by 12-2 goals.
- Syrian journalist Mazen Darwish honoured with UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2015
- Syrian journalist and rights activist Mazen Darwish was honoured with UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2015.
- He was bestowed with this award by the UN’s Cultural body for recognition of his work carried out in Syria for more than 10 years at great personal sacrifice, harassment, enduring a travel ban, as well as repeated detention and torture.
- Direct tax collection falls short by 14% in 2014-15
- The direct tax collection by the government during 2014-15 fell short of the target by about 14 per cent with Rs. 6,96,200 crore revenue coming to its kitty.
- The achieved collections are about Rs. 9,000 crore less or 14 per cent short of the projected target of Rs. 7,05,000 crore.
- The collections are, however, 19 per cent more than the last fiscal. In 2013—14, the mop—up was Rs. 5,83,000 crore.
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