Current Affairs India - 15 December 2015

1. India with a score of 0.609 has been ranked 130 out of 188 countries in terms of Human Development Index (HDI), as per the United Nations Human Development Report 2015 published this week. India was ranked at 135 out of 187 countries in 2014 report. As per the report, nearly 2 billion people were lifted out of low human development across the world in last 25 years.

2. The Union Government has appointed Justice L Narasimha Reddy, retired Chief Justice of Patna High Court, to head the Judicial Committee which was set up to look into the implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme for the ex-servicemen. The Committee has been given a six-month time frame for submission of its recommendations.

3. Indian-origin Tamil author Jamaludeen Mohamed Sali won the prestigious South East Asian Write Award for Singapore for literary excellence. He produced books on famous people including martial art icon Bruce Lee and legendary boxer Muhammad Ali.

4. Tech Mahindra and Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd has acquired Italian car designer Pininfarina SpA for USD 165 million in an all-cash deal. Pininfarina is famous for designing cars for Ferrari, Maserati, Rolls-Royce and Cadillac. For the acquisition, Tech Mahindra and Mahindra and Mahindra have formed a 60:40 joint venture to complete the deal.

5. Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri won the famous Order of Merit crown of Asian Tour for year 2015. In the 2015 season, he has earned USD 1,139,084 compared to second-placed Scott Hend of Australia who has earned USD 491,631. With this, he has also become the only fourth Indian golfer to win this award after Jeev Milkha Singh (2006, 2008), Arjun Atwal (2003) and Jyoti Randhawa (2002).