Current Affairs India - 15 March 2015

1. The government of India has appointed world boxing champion and Olympic medal winner Mary Kom as a Brand Ambassador for the North East states. She was selected for the promotion of culture and tourism in the North East states of India.

2. Famous Gandhian and Narayan Desai was passed away in Tapi district in Gujarat on 14th March. He was 90. He was the son of Mahadev Desai who was the personal secretary of Mahatma Gandhi.

He was accorded with many awards including Jamnalal Bajaj Award in 1999, UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize and Moortidevi Award In 2004. He was also awarded with Sahitya Akademi Award in 1993 for his book on biography of his father Mahadev Desai and Ranjitram Suwarna Chandrak - the highest award for Gujarati literature in 2001.

3. India-s foreign exchange (forex) reserves jumped by USD 3.886 billion to all time high USD 338.079 billion in the week ended 27thFebruary, as per weekly report published by the RBI.

The jump was mainly due to increase in foreign currency assets which was increased by USD 3.902 billion to USD 312.2 billion in the same week. However Special Drawing Rights and India-s reserve position in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were also decreased by USD 11.4 million and USD 4.6 million in the same week. Gold Reserves remained unchanged at USD 20.183 billion in the same week.

4. Services team won the Santosh Trophy football title after defeating Punjab in the final match held at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana today. With this win, Services have now won the title for the fourth time besides finishing runners up on five occasions.

5. Indian women hockey team won the Women's Hockey World League Round Two competition title today after defeating Poland by 3-1 in New Delhi. Both teams have already qualified for the World League Round Three of the competition.