Current Affairs India - 14-15 May 2016

1. India has successfully test fired an indigenously developed Advanced Air Defence interceptor missile today which is capable of destroying any incoming hostile ballistic missile. Named as Ashwin, the missile was test-fired from the launch complex of Abdul Kalam Island in Bhadrak district of Odisha. It will help India to join the list of other countries having interceptor missiles.


2. Justice Naveen Sinha has sworn in as the 31st Chief Justice of Rajasthan after he was administered the oath to the office by Governor Kalyan Singh in Jaipur this week. He was appointed by President Pranab Mukherjee as per provisions Article 222 of Constitution after recommendation of the Supreme Court collegium headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) T.S. Thakur.  Before this appointment, he was Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court.


3. The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) will honour renowned space scientist Prof U R Rao with the 2016 'IAF Hall of Fame Award" for his remarkable contribution to the progress of astronautics. With this, he has also become the first Indian to be chosen for this honour. He is a former chairman of ISRO and under his leadership the first Indian satellite 'Aryabhata' in 1975 and more than 18 satellites including Bhaskara, APPLE, Rohini, INSAT-1 and INSAT-2, among others were designed and launched.


4. Capital Market Regulator has approved the appointment of Ashok Chawla, former head of fair trade watchdog Competition Commission of India (CCI), as the Chairman of the National Stock Exchange. He will hold the post till March 2019.


5. Hindupur Pradeep Rao has been appointed as the Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) from 1st July 2016, after receiving required approval from the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. He is a 1981 batch officer of Indian Audit and Account Service and currently working as Additional CAG.


6. Anjali Chandrashekar, a 22-year-old Indian artist has been chosen among the three winners of a UN poster competition on creating awareness about nuclear disarmament. She was appreciated by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for the poster depicts a peace dove slicing through a nuclear weapon which won the 3rd prize in UN Poster for Peace contest presented by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (ODA) to raise awareness of the need for nuclear disarmament.