Current Affairs India - 14 September 2015

1. India's goal of becoming a permanent member of the UN Security Council took a significant step forward today when The UN General Assembly adopted a negotiating text by consensus for the long-pending Security Council reforms amid protests from China, Russia and Pakistan.


UN General Assembly President Sam Kutesa convened a plenary meeting to take action on the draft decision on the "Question of equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council and related matters". India welcomed the decision, saying, "We look forward to early commencement of text-based negotiations with a view to securing concrete outcomes during the 70th session of the UNGA. We call upon all member states to constructively engage in this process so that the long pending reform of the UN Security Council can be achieved."


2. Hindi Divasor Hindi Daywas observed on 14th September 2015 across India to promote the language and show its importance of Hindi as a language. President Pranab Mukherjee presented the Rajbhasha awards for various categories at a function held in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi today.


3. Prabhat Kumar Singh took over as the new Managing Director and CEO of Petronet LNG Ltd, India-s biggest liquefied natural gas importer. Earlier, he was the Director of Marketing at state gas utility GAIL India Ltd before his appointment at Petronet. He replaced A K Balyan, who had completed his five-year term on 15th July.


4. Hormusji N Cama was unanimously elected as the new chairman of the Press Trust of India (PTI) today. He is the Managing Director of Bombay Smachar, which is the oldest continuously-published newspaper in India from 1855. He succeeded Mohan Gupta, Chairman and Managing Director of the Jagran Prakashan Limited (JPL).


5. CEO of India-s two largest banks, Chanda Kochhar and Arundhati Bhattacharya have been ranked as top two in a list of most powerful women in Asia-Pacific published by the global business magazine Fortune. Chanda Kochhar, CEO of ICICI Bank, secured the first place followed by Arundhati Bhattacharya, CEO and MD of State Bank of India.


Nishi Vasudeva, Chairman and MD of State-run oil marketing company Hindustan Petroleum Corporation, secured fifth rank while Shikha Sharma, CEO of Axis Bank, secured ninth spot in the list.


6. Famous Classical dancer, Kalamandalam Sathyabhama passed away in Palakkad district of Kerala. She was 77. She was considered as a matriarch of Mohiniyattam and was well-known for her experimental reforms in this classical dance form which helped to preserve and popularise the traditional art form. She was awarded with the Padma Shri award by Indian government in 2014 and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardin 1994.