Current Affairs, News & Facts of 03 May 2014

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  • India slides to 78th place in Freedom of the press ranking for 2014.   - read more cat
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  • India introduces Election Queue Management System in Burdwan district (West Bengal) during Lok Sabha election 2014.  
    • Its designed to help voters to find out the level of crowd in the polling booths online or through SMS.
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  • Air India to become the first Indian carrier to join the world’s largest airline grouping, Star Alliance.  
    • This association will bring multiple benefits to Indian fliers enabling them to earn-and burn miles, get access to lounges across the globe and enjoy seamless connectivity across the world on Star members.
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  • World Press Freedom Day 2014 is celebrated across the world on May 3.  
    • It was declared as such by UN General Assembly to promote and protect freedom of expression and press worldover.
    • UNESCO marks the day by conferring the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize to deserving candidates who have contributed significantly in upholding this right especially amidst grave threat/danger to life.
    • Guillermo Cano Isaza is a slain Colombian journalist who was murdered in the capital Bogota (17 December 1986) as his writings had offended the nation's powerful drug barons.
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  • Waqar Younis has been appointed as the head coach of Pakistan's cricket team for a two-year stint.   
    • He has earlier coached the national side in 2010 and 2011. 
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  • India gets 3rd rank in the US Green Building Council (USGBC) list preceded by Canada and China respectively.  
    • The index list countries outside US for constructing energy efficient green buildings.
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  • Government approves setting up of the Polavaram Project Authority (PPA) for the execution of the Polavaram irrigation project.  
    • The multipurpose Polavaram project will help in irrigation, drinking water supply and generating hydroelectricity.
    • Its located primarily across Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh.
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