Current Affairs India - 25 November 2015

1. India and Singapore have signed 10 agreements on mutual co-operation in fields of Defence, Civil Aviation, National Planning and cyber Security in presence of Prime Minster of Narendra Modi and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Narendra Modi was on a two-day visit to Singapore this week, during which these agreements have been signed.


2. The nuclear-capable Dhanush missile was successfully test fired from warship Subhadra off the Puri coast of Odisha in the Bay of Bengal by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Dhanush is one of the five missiles indigenously developed by the DRDO under its strategic Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP). The missile is single-stage, liquid propelled with a strike range of 350 kms.


3. Famous Marathi actor Prashant Damle was selected for the Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Award for his contribution in the field of theatre, film and music. He will be conferred with the award by Lata Mangeshkar in April 2016 on the occasion of the death anniversary of Master Dinanath Mangeshkar, father of Singer Lata Mangeshkar. Prashant Damle has been associated with Marathi theatre, television and Cinema for more than 3 decades.


4. Veteran Journalist and author Kuldip Nayar was awarded with Ramnath Goenka Lifetime Achievement Award this week for his contribution in journalism field. The award for the years 2013 and 2014 was handed over by Union Minister of I&B Arun Jaitley including several awards in different categories to over 56 journalists for their contribution in both print and broadcast media.


5. Rishi Gour has been appointed as President of Sodexo India On-site Services with effective from 1st September this year. In his new role, he will oversee Indian operation of the support services company. Before joining Sodexo in 2011, He was associated with WNS Global Services, Accenture and CITIL.


6. Former Indian long jump world champion Anju Bobby George has been appointed as the chairperson of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) and she will take charge in the first week of December 2015. Her appointment was approved by the Union Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs. The post of the chairperson was lying vacant after the resignation of Anurag Thakur, who is now the Secretary of India-s cricketing body Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI).