Current Affairs India - 13 December 2015

1. India and Japan have inked a number of pacts in key areas of defence, nuclear energy and also for a project to build first bullet train network between Mumbai-Ahmedabad at a cost of about Rs 98,000 crore during 3-day India visit of Japan-s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The proposed bullet train network will connect India-s financial hub Mumbai with Ahmedabad which will reduce travel time on the 505 km route from 8 hours to around 3 hours. Japan has also proposed to give 80% of the total cost as a loan of less than 1 interest rate for 50 years.

2. Mumbai Police Commissioner Ahmad Javed has been appointed as the new envoy to Saudi Arabia effective from 1st February after his retirement. Also with this appointment, he has become the fourth IPS officer to be appointed as Indian Ambassador to a foreign country.

3. State-run Steel Authority of India (SAIL) has got Prakash Kumar Singh as its new Chairman after the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) has approved his name. The post of permanent chairman in the company has been lying vacant since incumbent CS Verma was refused an extension by the government in June this year.

4. India-born famous author Salman Rushdie has been awarded with the 2015 Mailer Prize for Lifetime Achievement. He was awarded by Laurie Andersonat a ceremony held at Pratt Institutein Brooklyn, New York City. The prestigious Mailer Prize honours writers who fully exercise their freedom of creativity and thrive on dialogue and debate.

5. Veteran actor Dilip Kumar has been conferred with the Padma Vibhushan award today at a special function held at the veteran actor's residence in Mumbai. The award was given by Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence.

The announcement to honour him with Padma Vibhushan was made by the government on the eve of Republic Day on January 25, 2015, but he could not attend the special function held in Rashtrapati Bhavan in April when other Padma awardees were honoured by President Pranab Mukherjee.

6. Indian IT Services Company Wipro won the 2015 Aegis Graham Bell Award for developing a solution for the Internet of Things (IoT). The Aegis School of Business established the Aegis Graham Bell Awards as a tribute to the father of the telephony, Sir Alexander Graham Bell.

7. Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan has been ranked at No 1 the list of 2015 Forbes India Celebrity 100 list in terms of overall earning. Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Amitabh Bachchan were ranked at second and third respectively on the list followed by cricketer M S Dhoni and actor Aamir Khan who were ranked at 4th and 5th respectively.

8. Indian female cyclist, Deborah Heroldhas been ranked at 4th position in the World Elite Women Rankingfor the 500m time trial event which was published by the cycling world body International Cycling Union (UCI). With this, she has become the first Indian women to achieve this feat for the 500m time trial event.