Current Affairs India - 28 December 2013

1. Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal was sworn in as the seventh and youngest Chief Minister of Delhi today at a function in Ramlila Maidan. Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung administered the oath of office and secrecy to Kejriwal. Apart from Kejriwal, six other MLAs of Aam Aadmi Party Manish Sisodia, Somnath Bharti, Saurabh Bhrdwaj, Rakhi Birla, Satyendra Kumar Jain and Girish Soni also took oath as Cabinet Ministers.


Kejriwal will take charge of Home, Finance, Vigilance, Power, Planning and Services departments. Manish Sisodia will take charge of Education PWD, Urban Development, Local Bodies, Land and Building departments ministry Somnath Bharti took charge of Administrative Reforms, Law, Tourism and Culture ministry. Rakhi Birla, the only woman in the seven-member Cabinet, got Social Welfare and Women and Child Development departments. Girish Soni will take charge of Labour and SC, ST departments and Satyendra Jain will have Health and Industries departments.


2. Union Minister of State for HRD Shashi Tharoor has been awarded with the "Person of the Year" award by animal rights campaigner PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) for initiating steps for animal protection. Tharoor used the power and prestige of his office to advocate for the protection of animals, as per PETA release. Earlier, Hema Malini and R Madhavan won the PETA India's Person of the Year Award.


3. Veteran Hindi actor Farooq Sheikh, who is best remembered for his performances in films like 'Garm Hava', 'Shatranj Ke Khiladi', 'Chashme Buddoor' and 'Kissi Se Na Kehna', passed away yesterday after suffering a heart attack in Dubai. He was 65. Farooq Sheikh was in Dubai apparently for a concert when he suffered the heart attack on Friday night. He worked with Directors like Satyajit Ray, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Muzaffar Ali.