Current Affairs India - 28 January 2013

1. India has successfully test fired a ballistic missile with a strike range of around 1500 kilometers from an underwater platform in Bay of Bengal. This is a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) which can be fired from a submarine if required. It was developed by DRDO's Hyderabad-based Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) and this will put India in the league of some selected countries including US, France, Russia and China who have this capability.


2. Tamil Nadu-s renowned playback singer Sreeramamurthy Janaki has refused to accept the Padma Bhushan award. She refused the award on the grounds that only some people from the Southern states were awarded in this year and she thinks the honour given to her came too late as she deserved this honour much earlier. She had won four national awards earlier as well.


3. Ajit Agarkar-led Mumbai won their 40th Ranji Trophy title after defeating Saurashtra by an Innings and 125 runs in just 3 days in the Ranji Trophy final at Wankhede today. This is Mumbai-s 44th appearance in the final match and 40th win which is way ahead of other states. Also Mumbai-s Wasim Jaffer scored a century and became the highest run-getter in Ranji Trophy, surpassing Amol Muzumdar in the same match.


4. The Reserve Bank of India has revised India's GDP growth forecast to 5.5% in 2012-13 compared to earlier forecast of 5.7% in its latest macroeconomic report for third quarter. This will lower the possibility of a rate cut in its next monetary policy review tomorrow.


5. Indian business executive Sanjoy Chowdhury has been appointed as the chief executive officer of the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI). He will succeed Hernaikh Singh who leaves SICCI to pursue other interests.