Current Affairs India - 27 September 2013

1. In a landmark verdict today, the Supreme Court announced today that citizens have right to cast negative vote rejecting all candidates contesting polls, a decision which would encourage people not satisfied with contestants to turn up for voting. Hearing a petition filed by the People's Union for Civil Liberties, an NGO, the apex court directed the Election Commission to provide 'None of the above options' at the end of the list of candidates in electronic voting machines (EVMs) and ballot papers to allow voters to reject those contesting polls.

2. The Kirit Parikh panel on fuel pricing has suggested that the diesel prices should be increased by Rs 1-1.50 a litre every month as against the 45-50 paise monthly hike followed currently. This is expected to help the public sector oil marketing companies sell diesel at market rate in two years- time. The proposal in the draft report of the panel will now be discussed among the stakeholders before the panel submits a final report.

3. Sanjay Govind Dhande, former director of IIT Kanpur, has been appointed as a member of UGC for a term of three years. Earlier, the Union Government had removed social scientist Yogendra Yadav from the membership of the University Grants Commission (UGC) for joining the Aam Admi Party.

4. Anupam Shah has taken over as the new Chairman of the Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC). Prior to this, he was the Senior Vice-Chairman of EEPC and has also been the past president of the Merchant Chamber, Kolkata. He succeeds Aman Chadha.

5. The Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI) has appointed Sundeep Sikka, Reliance MF President and Chief Executive, as its Chairman yesterday. Sandesh Kirkire, Chief Executive Officer of Kotak Asset Management Company has been elected as the vice-chairman.

6. The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) has elected Ravindra Kumar, Editor of -The Statesman- newspaper as its president for the year 2013-14. He succeeds K N Tilak Kumar of Deccan Herald and Prajavani. Kiran B Vadodaria (Sambhaav Metro) has been elected as Deputy President and P V Chandran of -Grihalakshmi- has been as Vice President.

7. RBI governor Raghuram G Rajan has been awarded the Fifth Deutsche Bank Prize for Financial Economics 2013, in recognition of his ground-breaking research work which influenced financial and macro-economic policies around the world. The academic prize is sponsored by the Deutsche Bank Donation Fund and carries an endowment of euro 50,000.

8. The University of British Columbia-s Faculty of Law has presented Anna Hazare with the inaugural Allard Prize for International Integrity at Vancouver, Canada. The Allard prize, established in October 2012 by UBC Law alumnus Peter A. Allard, is one of the world-s largest awards recognizing efforts to combat corruption and to promote human rights.

9. Pond's Femina Miss India World 2013 Navneet Kaur Dhillon won the Multimedia Award at the Miss World 2013 in Indonesia today. The Multimedia Award is given on the basis that how contestants presented their web section of the Miss World website and a Facebook page wherein they interact with fans through status updates, photos and videos. India won this award for the second time in a row. The award was first introduced by the Miss World Organization in 2012 and India's Vanya Mishra was its first winner.

10. The Supreme Court has restrained N. Srinivasan from assuming the charge of BCCI President, if elected to the post, but allowed the board to hold its proposed Annual General Meeting scheduled for Sunday. The Bench took strong exception to Srinivasan still holding the charge of Board of Control for Cricket in India when his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan has been charge-sheeted in connection with the IPL spot-fixing case.

11. Former Under-14 World Champion and Grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi won bronze medal at the World Junior Chess Championship after settling with a draw with winner Yu Yangyi of China in the 13th and final round, held at Kocaeli in Turkey.

12. India beat China in the 8th Asia Cup Women hockey tournament at Kuala Lumpur to win the Bronze. Indian team defeated China 3-2 via penalty shootout. Both the teams were locked 2-2 at regulation time. India had to win this tournament to qualify for the next year's World Cup at The Hague, Holland. However, it came at the third place. Japan beat Korea 2-1 to take gold and get qualified for the next year World Cup.