Current Affairs India - 16 December 2013

1. The Lieutenant Governor, Najeeb Jung has recommended imposition of President-s rule in Delhi among other options as no party got absolute majority and none is ready to assume power. The Central rule with the Assembly being kept in suspended animation was one of the options listed by Jang in his report submitted to the President after having wide ranging consultations with BJP, the single largest party, followed by the Aam Aadmi Party.

2. Vijay Diwas was observed today (16th December) across the country to celebrate the India-s military victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war. Vijay Diwas honors the victory of the Indian Armed Forces and the Mukti Bahini in the Indo-Pak war which ended in the liberation war of Bangladesh, then East Pakistan, on 16th December 1971 after the historic surrender of over 93000 Pakistani soldiers to the Indian Armed Forces, which led by the then General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Lt. Gen. Jagjit Singh Aurora.

3. The Centre has appointed Harsh Kumar Bhanwala as Chairman of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard). He succeeded Prakash Bakshi, who retired as Nabard Chairman in September. Before this appointment, Bhanwala was an Executive Director at India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd (IIFCL), a state-owned infrastructure lender.

4. Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan won the best actor award for his brilliant performance in his film -The Lunchbox- at the 10th edition of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). Ritesh Batra, the Writer-Director of the film The Lunchbox, got a special mention for screenplay for the film in the same category. The Dubai International Film Festival was held last week. The jury at the DIFF was headed by renowned filmmaker Shekhar Kapur.

5. Union Labour and Employment Minister Sis Ram Ola passed away at a Gurgaon hospital on Sunday after a prolonged illness. The 86-year-old Congress leader had been suffering from various ailments, sources in Medanta Medicity said. He represented the Jhunjhunu constituency of Rajasthan and was a member of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly from 1957 to 1990, and from 1980 to 1990 he was a cabinet minister in the Government of Rajasthan.

6. India-s squash player Mahesh Mangaonkar became the first Indian squash player to win the IMET Open, in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. The 19-year-old World No.98 from Mumbai defeated defending champion Greg Lobban, the No.2 seed from Scotland 7-11 11-8 11-4 6-11 11-7 to win the title.

7. Malaika Goel and Prakash Nanjappa won Gold in their respective categories at the 57th National Shooting Championship being held at Tughlakabad on 14thDecember 2013. Malaika won the Gold in women-s 10-meter air pistol whereas Prakash won Gold in 50-meter free pistol. The 16-year-old Malaika beat seasoned Harveen Srao by 5.3 points in the final to win the gold.