Current Affairs India - 15 February 2016

1. Mysuru has been ranked as the country-s cleanest city followed by Chandigarh and Tiruchi in a sanitation survey conducted by the Ministry of Urban Development under the Swachh Bharat Mission. The results of -Swachh Survekshan-2016- were released by Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu in Delhi today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency Varanasi was ranked 65th among 73 cities while Dhanbad has been ranked at the bottom of the list.


2. Ashok Kumar Bhargava, Managing Director of Apeejay Tea Limited, was re-elected as the Chairman of the Indian Tea Association and will also hold chairmanship of Consultative Committee of Plantation Associations (CCPA), the apex body of Tea Plantation Association in India. 


3. Bollywood actress Vidya Balan was awarded the 'Pride of Kerala' award by the World Malayalee Council and Kairali TV. She won National award in 2011 as Best Actress for the movie -The Dirty Picture- and was given Padma Shri Award in 2014.


4. India-s exports dropped by 13.6% in January compared to same month last year to USD 21.07 billion which is 14th consecutive monthly decline. At the same time, Imports dropped by 11.01% to USD 28.71 billion in the same month. Trade deficit stood at USD 7.63 billion in January compared to USD 7.87 billion same month last year.


Total cumulative exports for the April-January period of financial year 2015-16 stood at USD 217.67 billion compared to 264.322 billion in the same period last financial year. Total value of imports for the same period stood at USD 324.52 billion compared to USD 383.87 billion in the same period last year.


5. India-s Index of industrial production (IIP) dropped for the second month in a row, contracting by 1.3% in December 2015 due to drop in manufacturing and capital goods output. IIP growth stood at 3.6% in December 2014. Production of capital goods contracted 19.7% and manufacturing sector contracted 2.4% in the same month. Mining sector production jumped by 2.9% while consumer durables production grew by 16.5% in the same month.


6. India-s retail inflation, measured by the Consumer price index (CPI), increases marginally to 5.69% in January compared to 5.61% in December due to higher food inflation. Retail inflation stood at 5.19% in the same month last year.


7. India-s overall inflation, measured by the Wholesale Price Index (WPI), dropped to minus 0.9% in January due to lower prices of food articles, mainly vegetables and pulses. Overall inflation stood at minus 0.73% in December 2014. This is the 15th straight month since November 2014 that inflation stood at the negative zone. The food inflation stood at 6.02% in January compared to 8.17% in December.