Current Affairs India - 17 September 2014

1. Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived at Ahmedabad today afternoon for his three-day India visit during which he is expected to improve bilateral relationship between these two neighbor countries. Gujarat Governor Om Prakash Kohli and Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, among others, received the President in a traditional Gujarati cultural style.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the Chinese President at the Hyatt hotel today and both the leaders have signed three MoUs including setting up Industrial Park in Gujarat. These agreements include Sister City pact between Guangzhou in China and Ahmedabad, setting up of an industrial park in Gujarat and the last one is between Gujarat government and china.

2. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan appointed BJP veteran L.K. Advani as the chairman of the prestigious Ethics Committee of Lok Sabha. He succeeds Manikrao Gavit of Congress who was heading the Committee in the last Lok Sabha.

He is also a member of the Committee on Public Undertakings headed by Shanta Kumar (BJP) and Committee on Information Technology headed by young BJP MP Anurag Thakur. Another BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi is heading the Committee on Estimates. Party senior Maj Gen B C Khanduri is heading the Committee on Defence.

3. The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development has appointed Lalitha Kumaramangalam as the new chief of the National Commission for Women (NCW). The Union Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Menaka Gandhi announced her appointment today.

Ms. Kumaramanglam runs Prakriti, an NGO and contested the Lok Sabha elections in 2004 and 2009.

4. Not a single Indian higher education institution has made it to the top 200 of the QS World University Rankings, published yesterday. The best rank is achieved by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay which is ranked at 222 followed by IIT Delhi at 235 and IIT Kanpur, Madras and Kharagpur are in the 300 range.

Other Indian institutions that have made it to the rankings are Calcutta University, Benares Hindu University, Pune University, the Indian Institute of Science and Jawaharlal Nehru University.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology retained the first position in the ranking for the second consecutive year while all the top 10 positions in the rankings list are taken by the U.S. and U.K.-based universities. The National University of Singapore was ranked at 22nd globally and leads the ranking among Asian institutes. US is the dominant nation with 51 institutions in the list followed by the UK (29), Germany (13), the Netherlands (11), Canada (10), Japan (10) and Australia (8).

5. The board of directors of DCB Bank Ltd has reappointed Nasser Munjee as part-time chairman for another three years with effect from 19th August 2014. The private sector bank said Munjee-s reappointment is pursuant to the approval of the Reserve Bank of India, as per its filling to stock exchange.

6. Indian boxer Manoj Kumar, a 2010 Commonwealth Games gold-medalist, will be awarded with the Arjuna Award as the Sports Ministry has finally accepted his nomination after taking legal action for being denied the honour initially. .

The controversial recommendation of boxer Jai Bhagwan for the Arjuna Awards had led to Manoj approaching the Sports Ministry officials, who, he said, had assured him that his name would be added to a list of 15 athletes in a review meeting. But after being snubbed for a second time in the review meeting, Manoj took the legal route and filed a case in the Delhi High Court.