Current Affairs India - 26 June 2013

1. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi have inaugurated a train service between Banihal in Jammu region and Qazigund in Kashmir today. The prestigious rail link, which includes the longest rail tunnel in India, has been constructed at a cost of 1,800 crore rupees. This train service will provide an all-weather link to the Kashmir valley, which often gets cut off in the winter season due to heavy snowfall.

2. Shri Krishna Chaudhary, IPS has been appointed as Director General, National Disaster Response Force and Civil Defence (NDRF&CD). He will succeed P M Nair who retired on 31st May this year.  Calamities brought about the realization of the need of having a specialist response mechanism at National Level to effectively respond to disasters. This realization led to the enactment of the Disaster Management Act on 26 Dec 2005. The NDMA was constituted to lay down the policies, plans and guidelines for disaster management.

3. Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd (TCGL) has won the prestigious "CNBC Awaaz Travel Award 2013" for the best state tourism board for a second time in row in Mumbai on Monday.  The award was received by Vipul Mittra, State Principal Secretary, Tourism, Civil Aviation and Pilgrimage. The seventh series of the awards, presented by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), aims to recognise organisations, destinations, infrastructure and service providers dealing in the tourism industry, according to a press release here. Earlier this month, Gujarat also won the "Best Emerging Destination (Indian)" for the Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards 2013.

4. CEO of Bharti Walmart, Indian arm of global retail giant Walmart, Raj Jain has resigned from the company after heading the company for nearly six years.  Ramnik Narsey, Senior Vice-President for Walmart International will serve as interim leader for India. Walmart has been facing several pressures in India including probe by the Government on foreign exchange violation and also lobbying charges.