Current Affairs India - 15 September 2014

1. Public service broadcaster Doordarshan is celebrating its 55 years today as it was launched on 15th September in 1959 in India. On that day, the first experimental centre at Delhi with a small transmitter was inaugurated by the then President Rajendra Prasad.


Since its launch, Doordarshan has been serving as a major source of information, education and entertainment for years.


2. Meghalaya Governor K K Paul was sworn in as acting Governor of Manipur today. He was administered the oath of office by Manipur Chief Justice Laxmi Kant Mahapatra during a function at Raj Bhavan. He succeeded V K Duggal.


3. Former director general of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Scientist Raghunath Anant Mashelkar has been appointed as the chair of an expert panel to recommend best technologies for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Swachh Bharat" national sanitation campaign. He will head the 19-member expert committee which has been given responsibility to examine best technologies on sanitation and water which can be used on a sustainable basis in various states and scalable enough.


The terms of reference include achieving Prime Minister Modi's "Swachh Bharat" goals by 2019, with an emphasis on areas like potable water and sanitation. The programme will be formally launched Oct 2, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.


4. The Public Sector Enterprises Selection Board has named T.Suvarna Raju as the next Chairman of the defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. He will succeed current Chairman R.K.Tyagi who will superannuate at the end of January 2015.


5. Global Tech giant Google launched the much awaited Android One based mobile phones today with handset makers Micromax, Spice and Karbonn, at prices starting Rs. 6,399. While Micromax has launched Canvas A1, Karbonn and Spice have launched Sparkle V and Dream Uno, respectively to run on Android One.


These handsets will be sold through online e-commerce partners Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal in the beginning and later these phones will be available in stores. The company will launch handsets with manufacturers such as Intex, HTC, Lava, Xolo and Lenovo in the near future.


6. Indian shuttler H S Prannoy won his maiden title after winning the Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold yesterday. He defeated Firman Abdul Kholik by 21-11, 22-20 in the men-s singles finals held at Palembang, Indonesia.


The World No.43 reached the Vietnam Open Grand Prix final last week. He is also the third Indian to win a GP Gold title this year after Saina Nehwal won the India GP Gold in January and Arvind Bhat won the German Open GP Gold in March.