Current Affairs, News & Facts of 03 Mar 2014

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  • South Africa lifts its maiden Under-19 cricket world cup by thrashing 2-time champion Pakistan by six wickets in the final.  
    • This was Proteas 3rd final after ones in 2002 & 2008.
    • This is only the second ICC tournament title for the South Africans after winning the inaugural ICC knockout title in 1998.
    • Defending champion India finished a disappointing 5th. 
    • The next ICC U19 Cricket World Cup will be held in Bangladesh in 2016.
  • Centre approves revision of ceiling on election expenditure.  
    • It will be Rs.70 lakh per constituency for General Elections in all States except Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Sikkim, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Lakshdweep and Puducherry which has been kept at Rs.54 lakh. 
    • The maximum limit for assembly election is to be Rs.28 lakh in all States except the ones mentioned above where it will only be Rs.20 lakh.
  • Government includes Jat community in the Central List of OBCs for the States of Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand and Bihar.  
    • It will enable them avail the goodies of reservation. 
  • Arvind Bhat becomes the 1st Indian shuttler to clinch men's singles title at German Open Grand Prix Gold.  
    • He beat Danish Hans-Kristian Vittinghus to bag the prize money of $120,000.
    • He is also the first Indian to win title here in any category. 
  • The Union cabinet approves 'special category' status to Seemandhra for 5 years. 
  • India's first electric bus begins operation in Bangalore.   
    • The bus with zero emission levels operates on a battery that lasts five hours and can cover a distance of 250 km.
  • Bangaru Laxman, the 1st Dalit president of BJP, breathes his last at 74.  
    • His political career had ended in 2001 after a sting operation by Tehelka where he was caught on camera receiving bribe from a supposed arms dealer.
  • Italian film 'The Great Beauty' secures Best foreign language film title at Oscar Awards 2014. 
    • The award for best picture went to 12 Years a Slave.
  • Centre to set up NTPC's 2640 MW Bundelkhand Super Thermal Power Project at Barethi, Chattarpur (Madhya Pradesh).   
    • The plant will be equipped with environment friendly super critical technology.

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