Current Affairs India - 19 May 2014

1. Congress leader Nabam Tuki was sworn-in as the eighth Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh for the second consecutive term. Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma administered the oath yesterday.

2. Janata Dal (U) leader and former Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar chose senior minister Jitan Ram Manjhi today to succeed him as Chief Minister of Bihar. Manjhi would stake claim to form the government. Mr. Manjhi, a dalit leader, was SC & ST minister in the Nitish Kumar government.

Earlier, the Janata Dal (U) legislators of Bihar have asked Nitish Kumar to choose the new chief minister. Earlier, Nitish Kumar stepped down as state Chief Minister following announcement of Lok Sabha election results this weekend.

3. Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister C Rangarajan has resigned following massive defeat of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in the general election held recently. Dr Rangarajan met Dr Manmohan Singh this morning and submitted his resignation letter.

The PMEAC also has Saumitra Chaudhuri, V.S. Vyas, Pulin B. Nayak and Dilip M. Nachane as members.

4. Australia has appointed prominent investment adviser Ashok Jacob as the Chair of Australia-India Council. His appointment would be effective from this year till 2019.

AIC was established in 1992 to promote people-to-people and institutional links between the two countries with a focus on education, science and technology, sport, public policy, heritage and arts sectors. Jacob is Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Ellerston Capital and also a director of Crown Ltd, Consolidated Press Holdings, Visy Australia, Thorney Opportunities Ltd, MRF Ltd (Chennai) and Malayala Manorama Newspaper Group (Kottayam).

5. Payment services company MasterCard announced today that it would acquire Pune-based electronic payment software firm ElectraCard Services (ECS for an undisclosed amount. This acquisition will help MasterCard to expand its product offerings.

MasterCard entered into an agreement with Opus Software Solutions to acquire its subsidiary, ElectraCard Services.

6. Veteran nuclear scientist and Padma Bhushan recipient, N Srinivasan passed away on Sunday due to cardiac arrest. He was 84. Srinivasan joined the Department of Atomic Energy in 1953 and was the design engineer for the plutonium plant at Trombay. He established the indigenous technology for reprocessing spent fuels from thermal reactors. He was awarded with Padma Bhushan in 2000.

7. Indian snooker and billiards player and Eight-time world champion Pankaj Advani won the billiards event at the CCI Classic billiards & snooker on 14th May after defeating two-time world runner-up Dhruv Sitwala 1425-447 in the final.

Pankaj Advani is an 8-time World Champion.He is the only Asian to have ever won both the Billiards and Snooker World Championships.

8. Indian recurve archers bagged two medals, a silver and a bronze, in the second World Cup held at Medellin, Columbia today. While India-s recurve -B- team comprising Atanu Das, Thupuvoyi and Sanjay Boro lost to Korea in the shoot-off to return with a silver medal, the mixed team of Atanu Das and Bombayla Devi Laishram pocketed a bronze by beating a Mexican combination.