Current Affairs India - 1-2-3 July 2016

1. India-s indigenously built Light combat aircraft 'Tejas- have been inducted in Indian Air Force with maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) handed over the first two Tejas aircraft to IAF. Tejas will replace the MiG-21 series and this is a significant steps towards -Make In India- initiatives.

2. Four Indian Americans including Google CEO Sundar Pichai were named in the list of 42 US nationals to be honoured with this year's prestigious "Great Immigrants: The Pride of America" award for their inspiring professional accomplishments. The other three Indian-Americans are Hari Sreenivasan, anchor and senior correspondent, PBS NewsHour, Vikram Malhotra Chairman of the Americas, McKinsey & Company and Bharati Mukherjee National, Book Critics Circle Award-winning author.

3. President of India, Pranab Kumar Mukherjee has presented the Dr. B C Roy national awards for 2008, 2009 and 2010 at Rashtrapati Bhavan this week on the occasion of National Doctor-s Day on 1st July. Top Five Awardees are Dr. Mammen Chandy, Prof. Rajeshwar Dayal, Dr. Rohit V. Bhatt, Dr. Neelam Mohan and Prof. Mohan Kameswaran.

4. Indian PSU Bharat Earth Movers Ltd. (BEML) has appointed D K Hota as the chairman and Managing Director. Currently he is working as the Director (HR) on the board of the company. He will replace P Dwarakanath.

5. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has released the "Payment and Settlement Systems in India: Vision-2018" in order to build a "less-cash" society by encouraging greater use of electronic payments by all sections. As per report, RBI would frame policy that would increase access to mobile banking services even to non-smartphone users in multiple languages. Also RBI will review guidelines relating to mobile banking, ATM, NEFT and other prepaid methods to improve payment systems.

6. India-s E Commerce giant FlipKart has formed a Joint Venture with bike maker Royal Enfield to sell its branded gears and accessories, which is also for the first time for Royal Enfield.

7. Norwegian football club Stabaek FC has chosen Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu for their Europa league qualifying match against Welsh Premier League side Connah's Quay Nomads FC. With this, he became the first Indian player to play in the Welsh Premier League.

8. Famous Marathi author R C Dhere passed away this week. He was 86. He was known for his research in folk literature and Bhakti tradition of Maharashtra.

9. Indian sprinter Sameer Mon won gold in 100 meter dash in 10.60 seconds at the 56th National Inter-state Senior Athletics Championships held in Hyderabad. He also broke the earlier record and became the fastest athlete of India.