Current Affairs India - 25 December 2013

1. Vinod Kumar Duggal, the former Home Secretary has been appointed the new Governor of Manipur on Monday. His appointment will come into effect from the date on which, he will assume the charge of the office. He will replace the present Governor of the state, Ashwani Kumar, who was handling charge of Manipur along with his own state Nagaland.

2. HDFC Bank has elevated its current Executive Director, Paresh Sukthankar to the position of Deputy Managing Director in order to make the possible successor of MD Aditya Puri. Sukthankar has been with the bank since its inception in 1994. He has direct or supervisory responsibilities for the bank-s credit and risk management, finance and human resources functions and for various strategic initiatives of the bank.

3. Sidharth Birla, Chairman of Xpro India Limited took the charge as the President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) last week. He succeeded the HSBC India Country Head Naina Lal Kidwai. Chairperson and Managing Director of Bharat Hotels, Joytsna Suri elected as Senior Vice-President of FICCI and Chairman of Ambuja Neotia group, Harshavardhan Neotia as Vice-President of FICCI.

4. President Barack Obama has named two Indian-Americans among 102 scientists as recipients of a presidential award. It is the highest honour bestowed by the US on young science and engineering professionals. The winners, including Karunesh Ganguly of San Francisco VA Medical Center and Hardeep Singh of Houston VA Medical Center, will receive the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers at a ceremony in Washington next year.

5. Ace shooter Ronjan Sodhi won gold in double trap in the 57th National Shooting Championship at Dr Karni Singh Range in New Delhi on Monday. This is his first gold at any National Championship. Ronjan Shot 27 out of possible 30 against silver medallist Ajay Mittal's score of 25-30. Mohammed Asab of Uttar Pradesh won the bronze.