Current Affairs India - 10 November 2014

1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government has expanded its council of ministers yesterday as 21 new ministers were inducted in the union cabinet. Ministers including former Goa CM Manohar Parrikar and former NDA minister Suresh Prabhu were sworn in by the President.

The portfolios for the new ministers were announced late on yesterday night. Parrikar was given the defence portfolio while Prabhu was given railways. IIT-Delhi and Harvard Business School alumnus Jayant Sinha was named the new minister of state in the finance ministry while Olympic Gold medalist Rajyavardhan Rathore was made minister of state for information & broadcasting (I&B). Sadananda Gowda was moved from railways to the law ministry. He takes over from Ravi Shankar Prasad, who retains telecom ministry. Jaitley was given the additional charge of I&B ministry. Former Army Chief VK Singh was moved from northeast development to statistics and programme implementation.


2. India has successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable Agni-II missile with a strike range of more than 2000 km from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast yesterday as part of a user trial by the Indian Army.It has a launch weight of 17 tonnes and can carry a payload of 1000 kg over a distance of more than 2,000 km.


Agni-II is part of the Agni series of missiles developed by DRDO which includes Agni-with more than 5,000 km range though the latest version is still under trial.


3. Famous Hindi poet Dr Kedarnath Singh was awarded with the 49th Jnanpith Award for his outstanding contribution towards Indian literature. He was presented with the award by the President Pranab Mukherjee at a function in New Delhi.


4. India's software product committee Indian Software Product Industry Round Table (iSPIRT) has launched iSPIxB2B index for the top 30 B2B software product companies. As per the index, there are 30 IT software product companies in India, which have a combined valuation of USD 6.2 billion. Also these companies together employ 18,250 people.


27% of these companies are having head quarter in Bangalore, 20% in NCR and rest are in different cities including Singapore and Silicon Valley in the USA.


5. Famous Indian batsman Virat Kohli has become the fastest cricketer to reach 6000 One-Day International run mark in the history of ODI. He cross 6000 ODI runs in his 144th match and 136th innings. He broke almost 2 decades old record of legendary West Indian Vivian Richards who crossed 6000 runs in 156 matches and 141 innings. With this, he has also become the eighth Indian to have scored 6000 or more runs and 47th overall.