Current Affairs India - 17 January 2014

1. Congress president Sonia Gandhi said today that the CWC decision on Rahul Gandhi not being named as party's prime ministerial candidate is final. Sonia Gandhi announced the same before she began her formal speech at the start of the day-long AICC session in New Delhi even if most of the delegates demanded Rahul Gandhi as PM candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha poll this year.

2. Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) headed by Union Minister of Finance P Chidambram approved the sale of 10% government stake in Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Oil India Limited (OIL) yesterday. ONGC and OIL will buy a part of the government's stake in Indian Oil Corp for a total of Rs 4700 crore to Rs 5000 crore. It will help the government to meet part of its disinvestment target of 40000 crore rupees set for the financial year 2013-14. Earlier Coal India has announced hefty dividend from which Indian government is expected to earn more than Rs 16,000 crore as well.

3. Taiwanese poet Yushi was awarded with the Thiruvalluvar award by the Tamil Nadu government in Chennai on the occasion of Thiruvalluvar Day of 15th January. With this, He is the first foreign scholar to receive Thiruvalluvar award. The award was given to him in recognition of his contribution to the Tamil language. Yushi has translated Tirukkural (one of the collection of sangam literature), the poems of poet Subramanya Bharathi and poet Bharathidasan in Mandarin, Chinese language.

4. Legendary actress Suchitra Sen, who was known as the Greta Garbo of Bengali cinema and had 60 films to her credit including the memorable 'Aandhi' and' Deep Jwele Jai', passed away today after suffering a heart attack at a super-speciality hospital in Kolkata. She was 82. The condition of the 82-year-old screen goddess had deteriorated last evening after which she suffered a massive cardiac arrest leading to her death at 8:25 AM. She acted in over 60 movies between 1952 and 1978. She went into recluse in her Soutk Kolkata flat after her last film was released and over the past three decades she withdrew herself from public life and did not meet people except her family members.

5. The spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin passed away in Mumbai today. He was 102. The leader was the eldest son of Syedna Taher Saifuddin, 51st Dai ul Mutlaq. He succeeded his father upon his death in 1965. Revered as the 52nd Dai-al-Mutlaq (direct in the line of Prophet Mohammed) by the Bohras, the Syedna-s love for environment, flora and fauna was legendary. He was also an Arabic scholar.