Current Affairs India - 28 January 2014

1. India ranks 155th out of 178 countries in the 2014 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) issued by Yale University yesterday. Despite an improvement in overall performance, India comes out worst among other emerging economies, including China, in efforts to address environmental challenges, with dramatic declines on air quality, as per the study. Very low GDP per capita coupled with the second highest population in the world means India-s environmental challenge is more formidable than that faced by other emerging economies.

India is the worst performer among the BRICS countries as China ranks 118th, Brazil 77th, Russia 73rd, and South Africa 72nd in the same list. Even India-s rank is lower compared to Pakistan (148) and Nepal (139) as well.

2. Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Kumari Selja has quit Union Council of Ministers and will work for the party. She was nominated by the Congress for a Rajya Sabha seat from Haryana, filed her nomination from Chandigarh.

3. H C Meena, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1976 batch, has been appointed as the Secretary Security in the Cabinet Secretariat last week. She will hold the post till his superannuation on 30 September 2014. Earlier, she has served as the director general in Rajasthan.

4. As per RBI announcement, India-s current account deficit (CAD) has shown improvement. India-s trade deficit during April-December 2013 was 25% lower than last year. Consequent to the lower trade deficit, CAD has declined from 4.9% of gross domestic product (GDP) in the first quarter of the current fiscal to 1.2% of GDP in Q2 of 2013-14. -The full-year CAD is likely to be below 2.5 per cent of GDP,-- the RBI said in the Macro-Economic and Monetary Developments released by the RBI in the third quarter review 2013-14 today.