Current Affairs, News & Facts of 03 Jun 2014

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  • Palestine finally gets a united government; Rami Hamdallah has been sworn in as the new Prime Minister by President Mahmoud Abbas. - read more cat
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  • Union rural development minister and senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde dies in a road accident on his way to the Delhi airport.  
    • He, the OBC face of BJP in Maharashtra and an MP from Beed district, was also seen as a prospective CM candidate for Maharashtra for the upcoming assembly election.
    • He was the Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly during 1992-1995. 
    • He has been the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra during 1995-1999. 
    • He has also served as the Deputy Leader of the BJP in the Lok Sabha.
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  • Spanish monarch Juan Carlos I to abdicate the throne in favour of his son and Crown Prince Felipe.  
    • The decision to quit after nearly 40 years on the throne seems to be influenced by his failing health and depleting popularity.
    • He is still fondly remembered for ensuring the nation's smooth transition to democracy following the death of the dictator Francisco Franco in 1975.
    • He, however, was losing public support recently due to corruption scandals and gaffes involving him and his family.
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  • Congress nominates senior leader and former Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge as the Leader of the party in the Lok Sabha.   
    • He can be the next Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha if the speaker decides to grant him that title.
    • Though its uncertain as any party must have at least 55 MPs, 10% cent of the total strength, to earn that status; Congress just have 44.
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  • Mahindra Group Chairman Anand G Mahindra becomes the first Indian to receive the prestigious Harvard Medal.   
    • He was awarded for his dedication, generosity and service to the university.
    • He, an alumnus of Harvard, did his graduation and MBA from there.
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  • Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been appointed as India's Governor on the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank.  
    • He succeds P Chidambaram for this post which is held by the union Finance Minister of the country.
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  • Tapan Sikdar, face of BJP in West Bengal, passes away at 69.   
    • He was elected to Lok Sabha twice (1998, 1999) from Dum Dum constituency in West Bengal - the only BJP candidate to win from the state then.
    • He was a union minister of state for telecom in the NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. 
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