Current Affairs India - 13 May 2016

1. The Central government has decided to replace the five year plans with 15 year vision documents which will be framed to meet the country's social goals without wavering from the sustainable growth agenda. The NITI Aayog has been directed to prepare a vision document at the earliest as it will be implemented after the 12th five year plan which ends in 2017.


2. A survey based on urban air quality database from WHO said that Delhi is no longer the most polluted city in the world though India is still a home to four of the five worst cities. Zabol, which frequently suffers from dust storms, has the dirtiest air in terms of PM 2.5 (fine particulate pollution) followed by four Indian cities Gwalior, Allahabad, Patna and Raipur. Delhi has been ranked at 11th spot.


3. Maharashtra government declared drought in 29,000 villages most of which are located in the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions. Maharashtra has been allotted with Rs. 3,049 crores to fight against the drought.


4. Uday Kotak, the CEO of Kotak Mahindra Bank has become the only Indian who has been ranked in the Forbes list of 40 most powerful people in the financial world, published by the magazine this week. He has been ranked at 33rd in the list called 'Money Masters: The Most Powerful People in the Financial World- while Stephen Schwarzman, CEO of the Blackstone Group topped the list.


5. VR Raghunath, Dharamvir Singh and Ritu Rani have been recommended for the Arjuna Award, Sylvanus Dung Dung has been recommended for the Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award and veteran Coach CR Kumar is recommended for the Dronacharya Award by the Indian Hockey committee.


VR Raghunath was a part of the Indian team that won the bronze in the 2007 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, silver in 2008, gold in the 2007 Asia Cup and silver in 2013. Dharamvir was also a part of the Asian Games gold medal winning team. Coach CR Kumar served as the head coach for the junior men's hockey in 2011 and helped it achieve Junior world cup in Hobart.


6. Former India captain Anil Kumble has been re-appointed ICC Cricket Committee chairman for a second term of three years till 2018. Another former Indian Cricket team captain Rahul Dravid and ex-Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene have been appointed to the ICC Cricket Committee.


7. Indian spiritual guru and the head of Sant Nirankari Mission Hardev Singh passed away in a road accident in Canada. He was 64. He had been leading the organisation since 1980, after the assassination of his father, previous head of the Sant Nirankari Mission.