Current Affairs India - 26 December 2013

1. In a big relief to BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, an Ahmedabad court rejected a petition filed by Zakia Jafri against the closure report of Special Investigation Team (SIT) which gave a clean chit to the Gujarat Chief Minister in connection with the 2002 post-Godhra riots case. Zakia Jafri is the wife of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, who was among 69 people killed in the Gulberg Society massacre in Ahmedabad in February 2002. In her petition, Jafri had contended that Gulberg massacre was cold-blooded conspiracy by Modi and others to facilitate state-wide communal violence. She also claimed her husband made frantic calls to the police and even to Narendra Modi, who refused to send help.

2. The Union Cabinet has approved granting of constitutional status to proposed Judicial Appointments Commission, JAC, for appointment and transfer of judges to the higher judiciary today. The status would ensure that composition of the commission cannot be altered through an ordinary legislation.

3. Ashok Lavasa, a 1980 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre, was appointed as Civil Aviation Secretary. He is currently Special Secretary in Ministry of Power. He will succeed K N Srivastava, a 1978 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre, who will retire this month end.

4. Senior IPS officer Arvind Ranjan who will take over as the full-time chief of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) in place of J N Choudhury. Mr. Ranjan, a 1977-batch officer of Kerala cadre with a wide experience in central paramilitary forces, took over the full charge of the 1.47-lakh strong CISF on Thursday at its headquarters here. The CISF guards vital government installations including airports and nuclear and aerospace facilities in the country.

5. At the same time, Senior IPS officer J N Choudhury has been appointed as head of National Security Guard (NSG). He will succeed Arvind Ranjan who will take over as the full-time chief of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). The NSG has specific tasks of undertaking special counter-terror and counter-hijack operations.

6. The Central Government has appointed Arun Tiwari as Chairman & Managing Director of Union Bank of India. Prior to this, He was an executive director at Allahabad Bank.

7. Couple of bitcoin operators in India have begun suspending their business after RBI's warning against use of such virtual currencies due to potential money laundering and cyber security risks.  While RBI is yet to come out with a clear regulatory framework for bitcoins, which have been gaining currency across the world over the past few months, it has issued an advisory cautioning general public against use of bitcoins and other virtual currencies.

8. India-s top ranked women recurve archer Deepika Kumari has created a national record in women's 50 metre round in the 34th Senior National Archery Championship in Jamshedpur. She shot 346 points breaking the previous record of 333 points held by Olympian L Bombayla Devi. Former Olympian V Praneetha finished second in the event with 332 points while Reena Kumari scored 322 to win the bronze. In the Men's category, Atanau Das emerged winner in the individual Olympic round. Olympian pair of Jayanta Talukdar and Deepika Kumari won the recurve mixed team event.