Current Affairs India - 18 December 2013

1. Parliament passed the Lokpal bill with the Lok Sabha adopting the measure as amended by the Rajya Sabha after a short discussion today, passing the iconic bill after almost six decades. Members from Samajwadi Party and Shiv Sena, opposed the bill and staged a walkout in protest, as their counterparts from other parties, including Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and the Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj, supported the measure.

Social Activist Anna Hazare broke his 9-day long fast today after hearing the news. He has been fighting for last 2 years to get Lokpal bill passed in the Parliament.

2. More than a year after allowing FDI in multi-brand retail segment, the government received the first application yesterday from UK based retail giant Tesco Plc in the sector. The UK-based retailer asked for approval to open retail stores in India with an investment of USD 110 million in joint venture with the Tata Group. Tesco has proposed an equal joint venture with its existing partner, Trent, a Tata group company, to open stores, initially in Maharashtra and Karnataka.

3. Eminent historian Bipan Chandra  was awarded Itihas Ratna from Asiatic Society Bihar on his 86th birthday. He was honoured by O.P. Jaiswal, the Secretary of the Asiatic Society of Bihar in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Campus, New Delhi. Bipan Chandra is the fourth historian to be honoured with the Itihas Ratna by the society.

4. India's first World Cup winning captain, Kapil Dev will be awarded with the Col. CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award for the year 2013. The Board of Control for Cricket in India, BCCI said that the award's committee, which includes BCCI President N. Srinivasan and Secretary Sanjay Patel, met in Chennai today to nominate a winner and unanimously selected the legendary all-rounder's name. He will receive the award at the BCCI Awards Ceremony for the year 2012-13.

Sunil Gavaskar won the award last year. Other cricketers to have bagged the coveted award include, Lala Amarnath, his son Mohinder Amarnath, Ajit Wadekar, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, Syed Mushtaq Ali and Capt. Vijay Hazare.

6. Kerala Governor Nikhil Kumar inaugurated south India's first high altitude cricket stadium at Krishnagiri in Wynad district yesterday evening. The picturesque stadium, spread over 4.4 hectares, is situated at about 2800 feet above sea level and it was constructed by the Kerala Cricket Association.