Current Affairs India - 16 November 2013

1. Iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar and Scientist CN Rao will be honoured with Bharat Ratna Award, India-s highest civilian award. Sachin will be the first sportsperson to win Bharat Ratna. In a befitting tribute to a stellar career, especially on the day he was given a tearful farewell, Prime Minister's Office (PMO) announced the country's highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna, for Sachin Tendulkar today. Prof Rao is an eminent scientist and a well recognised international authority on solid state and materials chemistry. He has published over 1,400 research papers and 45 books.

Tendulkar and Rao are recipients of Padma Vibhushan — the country's second highest civilian honour, join a list of 41 eminent personalities to get the award

2. ICC hails Tendulkar as a -sporting genius-. The ICC today paid rich tributes to Sachin Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket today after playing his 200th Test match, with its Chief Executive Dave Richardson saying that -sporting geniuses like Sachin are rare phenomenons-.

3. Global adulation continued to pour in for Sachin Tendulkar, as after being named Person of the Moment, Time magazine has now conferred the retiring batting legend with the -Person of the Week- honour. Tendulkar, who made an impressive 74 runs in his 200th and last Test, had previously been named -Person of the Moment- by Time. The US magazine had asked readers to vote online in a poll for -Person of the Week- for the week of November 10 and the 40-year-old got 54 votes, 88 per cent votes, way ahead of Yellen who got 13.41 per cent votes and Jinping with 6.1 per cent votes.

4.  National Press day is observed today (16th November) across the country. The day is symbolic of a free and responsible press in India. This is the day on which the Press Council of India started functioning as a moral watchdog to ensure that not only did the press maintain the high standards expected from this powerful medium but also that it was not fettered by the influence or threats of any extraneous factors.

5. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today performed the last of the five orbit-raising manoeuvre on its Mars Orbiter in the early hours, raising the apogee (farthest point from Earth) of the spacecraft to over 1.92 lakh km. After the successful completion of these operations, the Mars Orbiter mission is expected to take on the -crucial event- of the trans—Mars injection around 12.42 AM on December 1. It will reach the orbit of the red planet by September 24, 2014 after taking on a voyage of over 10 months.

6. Emergency response service provider GVK Emergency Management Research Institute (EMRI) has bagged the SKOCH award in the health category. It was conferred the platinum award for corporate excellence and outstanding contribution to the cause of nation-building at the 34th SKOCH Summit in New Delhi. Chidambaram and Montek Singh Ahluwalia appreciated the services provided by GVK EMRI in 14 States and 2 Union Territories, catering to over 700 million people. It operates with over 6,000 ambulances and over 25,000 staff.

7. Lord Swraj Paul, a leading NRI industrialist and educationist was presented with the International Indian of the Decade award yesterday. Swraj Paul was presented the award for his outstanding achievements in the fields of industry, education and philanthropy. Lord Swraj Paul is the founder of the UK-based steel and engineering multinational company Caparo.

8. Ram Kripalu Tripathi, popularly known as Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj passed away yesterday in New Delhi. He was 91 years old. He was given the title of Jagadguru (the world teacher) at the age of 34 years, in 1957.

India jumped one place to second on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings table after winning the two-Test series against the West Indies 2-0 in Mumbai today. This sets up an interesting two-Test series between number-one ranked South Africa and India to be played next month in Johannesburg and Durban.

9. Host West Bengal topped the medals tally of the 23rd All India G V Mavalankar Shooting Championship which concluded at the Chandmari Range, at Asansol in West Bengal today. It is for the first time that Bengal has topped the medal table of national level shooting championship. Shooters from Bengal won five gold, five silver and a bronze at the 10-day long championships. Maharashtra was second with four gold, five silver and three bronze medals while Chandigarh grabbed three gold, one silver and one bronze medal, finishing third on the chart.