Current Affairs India - 23 September 2015

1. The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has approved a multi-billion dollar deal to purchase Military helicopters from United States aviation giant Boeing under which India will purchase 22 Apache Attack helicopters and 15 Chinook heavy-lift choppers from Boeing. This deal is significant step just before PM Narendra Modi-s visit to USA this month.

2. The Union Cabinet has also approved setting up of Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC). It will be set up as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and initially will be located at the Institute for Physically Handicapped, New Delhi.

It will be established under the aegis of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities which comes under Union Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment. The aim will be to provide equal opportunities to hearing impaired persons to fully participate in every sphere of life.

3. Marathi film 'Court' was selected as India's official entry for the Oscars which will now represent the country in the Best Foreign Film category at the Academy Awards. The winner will be announced in February. This is a movie by debutant director Chaitanya Tamhane which was made with a budget of only 3.5 crore Rupees.

4. Famous Hindi writer Dr Kamal Kishore Goenka was conferred with 24th Vyaas Samman for the year 2014 yesterday for his work 'Premchand ki Kahaniyon ka Kaal Kramanusaar Adhyayan'. The aware includes a citation along with a cash amount of 2.5 lakh rupees. The award was instituted by the KK Birla Foundation in 1991 and Ii is awarded to an outstanding literary work in Hindi published during the last 10 years.

5. Hindustan Times Group chairperson Shobhana Bharatia and PepsiCo Chairman Indra Nooyi have been awarded 2015 Global Leadership Award of the US-India Business Council (USIBC) for their roles as top women leaders in the Business world. Famous Indian-American artist Natvar Bhavsar was awarded the Artistic Achievement Award for his abstract expressionism and colour-field painting. All of them were presented the awards during the annual gala of the USIBC.

6. Vikram Pawah was appointed as the Managing Director of India operations of US bike maker Harley Davidson with immediate effect. Pawah succeeded Anoop Prakash, who was appointed as the Managing Director of Harley Davidson Canada. Post this change, Pawah will manage Harley Davidson India-s leadership team responsible for sales, dealer network management, marketing, service and operations activities within India.

7. Zayn Khan was unanimously elected as the President of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI). His succeeded R Bharath Raj, who passed away while serving as President on 15th August this year.

FMSCI was formed in the year 1971 as a federation of five clubs to promote motorsporting events in the country. It is a Private Limited company registered under Section 25 of the Indian Companies Act 1956.