Current Affairs India - 1 February 2016

1. India-s top IT Services companies, Infosys and TCS have joined the list of companies in USA to support US President Barack Obama-s just announced -Computer Science for All- initiative in order to significantly increase the number of children with access to computer science training in the US and build a more technologically advanced nation.


Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys have announced to invest as part of a public private partnership through a National Science Foundation (NSF), which will put in USD 120 million to support and train computer science teachers in schools.


2. Former principal partner of Dentsu Mama Labs, Swati Bhattacharya has joined FCB Ulka Advertising as its chief creative head. She replaced Sarbir Singh, who resigned in December 2015.


3. Senior IFS officer Muktesh Kumar Pardeshi, a 1991-batch IFS officer, has been appointed India's next Ambassador to Mexico. He is currently working as Joint Secretary (Passport division) in the Ministry of External Affairs.


4. India-s core sector, consisting of key eight core sectors, grew by 0.9% in December 2015 compared to 3.2% growth seen in the same month last year. This growth rate is better than growth rate in the previous month of November which stood at (-) 1.3%.


Production of crude oil, steel and natural gas declined by 4.1%, 4.4% and 6.1% respectively in the same month. But coal production, petroleum products, cement, electricity generation and fertilizer production increased by 6.1%, 2.1%, 3.2%, 2.7% and 13.1% respectively in the same month.


5. Famous Indian shuttler K. Srikanth won the Men's Singles title of the Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships after defeating China's Huang Yuxiang by 21-13, 14-21, 21-14 in the final match played at Lucknow yesterday. This was his fifth title overall. Korean, Sung Ji Hyun won the Women-s singles trophy after defeating Japanese Sayako Sato by 12-21, 21-18, 21-18 in the final match.