Current Affairs India - 27 April 2014

1. Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha, the senior most judge of the Supreme Court, was sworn in as the 41st Chief Justice of India (CJI) by President Pranab Mukherjee today. He took over from Justice (retd) P Sathasivam who demitted office yesterday after nine months as Chief Justice of India.

Justice Lodha will have a brief tenure of five months as CJI and is due to retire on September 27, this year. He is heading the Bench which is monitoring CBI-s probe into coal blocks allocation scam. He was also instrumental in passing orders making CBI free from any political interference.

2. India today successfully test-fired a new interceptor missile capable of neutralising any incoming long-range missile at higher altitude. The interceptor, positioned at launch pad-IV of the Integrated Test Range at Wheeler Island, about 100 km from here, roared into the sky at about 9.10 am to hit its target. The target, mimicking an incoming enemy missile, was first test fired from a naval ship at 9.06 am and after getting signals from the radars, the interceptor went into action.

Earlier Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) had successfully tested six interceptor missiles developed by it, both in the endo-atmosphere (within 30 km altitude above sea level and exo-atmosphere stage (above 30 km altitude).

3. The Reserve Bank of India has promoted NS Vishwanathan, US Paliwal and Chandan Sinha as Executive Directors from the post of Principal Chief General Managers.

As PCGM, Vishwanathan was heading the Department of Non-banking Supervision, US Paliwal (Human Resources Department) and Chandan Sinha (Department of Banking Operations and Development). Post these new appointments, the central bank now has nine Executive Directors.

4. Indian Grandmaster B Adhiban won a silver medal in the Asian Continental Chess Championships after ending up with six and half points out of a possible nine at Sharjah yesterday. The silver medal gives the Indian an entry in the 2015 World Chess Cup to be held at Baku, Azerbaijan. World junior champion Yu Yangyi of China emerged as the winner for the gold medal, ending with seven points.

5. Indian badminton player P V Sindhu settled with Bronze in Asian Championship after being defeated by top seed Shixian Wang of China in the semifinal match held yesterday. She fought hard for more than an hour and lost the game by 21-15 20-22 12-21.

At the same time, world No. 41 Indian pair of Ashwini-Jwala was defeated by world No.10 Chinese Luo-Luo pair by 21-12, 21-7 in just 33 minutes in the Women-s Doubles Semifinal match. They also settled with Bronze.