Current Affairs India - 21 September 2015

1. The Election Commission (EC) has introduced a symbol for "None of the Above (NOTA)" option to facilitate voters in exercising their NOTA option in elections. The NOTA option was made available to the voters with effect from 11th October, 2013, as per order from the Supreme Court issued on 27th September, 2013.

The symbol for NOTA option was designed by the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. The main objective of the NOTA option is to enable electors, who do not wish to vote for any of the candidates, to exercise their right without violation of the secrecy of their decision

2. India-s broadband penetration ranking dropped to 155 in 2014 compared to 113th rank in the previous year 2013, as per the State of Broadband 2015 report by the United Nations published today. This despite the fact that the number of people with broadband access on mobile phones has gone up to 5.5% of the population compared with just 3.2% in 2013. As per the report, 57% of the world-s people remain offline and unable to take advantage of Internet.

India's overall broadband penetration (mobile and fixed line) ranking improved to 136 in 2014 compared to 142 in 2013 but is still way behind countries such as Syria, Zimbabwe and Ghana.

3. Famous Urdu litterateur Shamim Hanfi won the inaugural Jnangarima Manad Alankaran award of Bharatiya Jnanpith. Jnangarima Manad Alankaran award was established in 2015 by Bharatiya Jnanpith to mark 70 years of the institution to recognize the contribution of writers in Indian languages. It consists of a Saraswati statue, a silver citation, a shawl and a stipend of Rs. 11,000 per month.

4. Jagmohan Dalmiya, the president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), passed away at a city hospital in Kolkata on 20th September after a massive cardiac arrest. He was 75. He has not been keeping well for a while now and was not actively taking part in the day-to-day functioning of the BCCI. As a notable cricket administrator, he is known to make BCCI the wealthiest and most powerful cricketing body in the world.

5. Famous Malayalam playback singer Radhika Thilak passed away in Kochi on 20th September 2015 due to cancer. She was 45.She was a known face on Doordarshan in the 1990s and one of the top-rated singers on All India Radio and one of the most popular stage singers of the time.

6. India-s Ajay Jayaram won silver medal in 2015 Korea Open Badminton tournament in the Men-s singles category after being defeated by World no. one Cheng Long of China by 14-21, 12-21 in the final match. With this win, Ajay Jayaram became first Indian badminton player to win a medal in Korea Open Badminton tournament.