Current Affairs India - 1 September 2014

1. Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala was sworn in as the 17th Governor of Karnataka today as he was administered the oath of office by the Chief Justice of Karnataka D H Waghela. Vajubhai Vala replaces Tamil Nadu Governor Mr K Rosaiah who was holding the additional charge after Governor Hans Raj Bhardwaj completed his term in June this year.

2. Former Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam will be appointed as the Governor of Kerala after former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit resigned from the post last week. He served as the Chief Justice of India from 2007-14.

3. Famous Telugu artist, filmmaker and humourist Sattiraju Lakshminarayana, popularly known as Bapu, passed away in Chennai. He was 80. He and his long-time friend Mullapudi Venkata Ramana made some of the memorable works in Telugu literary world and film industry. He directed films such as Mutyala Muggu, Pelli Pustakam and Sampoorna Ramayanam.

4. Eight core sector growth dropped to 2.7% in July due to negative growth in crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilisers and steel sectors. This is much lower compared to 5.3% growth in the same month last year. During April-July period of current financial year, the eight core sectors grew by 4.1% compared to 4.1% in the same period last year.

Crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilisers and steel recorded a negative growth of 1%, 9%, 5.5%, 4.2% and 3.4% respectively in July which pulled down the overall core sector growth. However, coal, cement and electricity production grew by 6.2%, 16.5% and 11.2% respectively in the same month.

5. Indian badminton player PV Sindhu settled for her second bronze at the World Badminton Championship as she was defeated by Carolina Marin of Spain in straight games at the semifinals on 30th August.

6. The Jaipur Pink Panthers, defeated U Mumba by 35-24 to win the inaugural Pro Kabaddi League at NSCI's Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium on 31st August. The score was 18-14 after first half while second half was completely dominated by the Jaipur Pink Panthers.

7. New Delhi-s Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung announced the decision to appoint wrestler Sushil Kumar as the Sports Brand Ambassador of Delhi Government last week. He also doubled sports budget for the capital to Rs 44 lakh.

Jung announced this at a felicitation ceremony of the medal winners from the national capital region in the 2014 Commonwealth Games held at Glasgow recently.  Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt and Amit Dahiya won the gold medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games while The silver medals bagged by Bajrang Kumar, Rajiv Tomar, Shreyasi Singh and bronze medals bagged by Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Pawan Kumar.