Current Affairs India - 27 October 2014

1. Haryana's first chief minister from the Bharatiya Janata Party, Manohar Lal Khattar took oath on Sunday in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Haryana governor Kaptan Singh Solanki administered the oath of office. Six cabinet ministers and three ministers of state (independent charge), were also sworn in along with him.


BJP won 47 seats out of total 90 assembly seats to create a new history in Haryana. With this BJP secured absolute majority and formed first government in the state.


2. The former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh has been designated to chair a global research platform panel on sustainable development named as "Future Earth Engagement Committee". This committee was instituted by an alliance of international organisations including the UNEP, the UNESCO and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) with focus in sustainable development.


The Committee is a strategic advisory group of thought-leaders from different areas like business, and civil society etc. which will work to address the challenges of global environmental change.


3. Indian movie director Ashwika Kapur became the first Indian woman to win prestigious Wildscreen Panda Award. She won the coveted wildlife photography award in best newcomer category for her film, "Sirocco - how a dud became a stud". The documentary is about a New Zealand parrot who is the official spokesbird for conservation.


Sirocco beat other documentary movies including US film "Pride" and the UK film "We Are Rhino" to win the award. This award, also known as Green Oscar of the natural history and wildlife film industry, was announced at the annual Wildscreen Film Festival held at Bristol, UK.


4. The World Bank has Projected India's GDP growth at 5.6% in the current financial year 2014-15 and also said GDP growth will accelerate further to 6.4% in 2015-16 and 7% in 2016-17. The World Bank said in its report, "India's long run growth potential remains high due to favourable demographics, relatively high savings and policies and efforts to improve skills and education, facilitate domestic market integration and incentivise manufacturing activities."


5. Indian tennis player Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black won the WTA Women's double title after defeating Su-Wei Hseih of Chinese Taipei and Shuai Peng of China by 6-1, 6-0 in the final match in Singapore. With this win, they have ended this year with a remarkably high position.


6. Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri won his second title of the year, the Venetian Macau Open. This is also his fifth career win on the Asian Tour. His sensational one-stroke helped him to defeat Scott Hend of Australia and Thai Prom Meesawat by one stroke to win the title.