Current Affairs India - 3 November 2014

1. Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has been awarded with one of Japan's top national awards for his contribution to India-Japan ties. He was chosen for the "The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers" for his significant contribution to improve bilateral relationship and friendship between Japan and India for about 35 years. Also the former Prime Minister is the first Indian to be awarded with Japan's top national awards.


2. In a major blow to Congress party, Senior Congress leader and former union minister GK Vasan quit the national congress party today and announced his decision to float a new party in Tamil Nadu. He and his supporters have announced this decision during a press conference today.


3. The India Economic Summit will be held in New Delhi from 4th November to 6th November under the theme "Redefining public-private cooperation for a new beginning". The World Economic Forum and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) will jointly host the India Economic Summit.


This summit will focus on issues such as gender equality, smart cities and climate change, apart from business and industry. In this summit, 700 participants from 45 countries and Indian Union Ministers Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitaraman, Smriti Irani, Nitin Gadkari and Piyush Goyal are expected to attend.


4. Justice Mukul Mudgal panel which was probing the spot fixing scandal in the IPL has submitted its final report on the role of N. Srinivasan and others in the scam to the Supreme Court in a sealed envelope today. The hearing of the case will happen on 10th November.


5. India's manufacturing sector activity jumped marginally in October due to strong demand conditions and increase in new order flows. The HSBC India compiled Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), an important parameter to judge the performance of manufacturing sector, increased from 51 in September to 5.16 in October.


Any reading higher than 50 indicates growth in the sector. With this manufacturing activity increase for the 12th consecutive months in October.


6. Veteran actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar, famous of playing some iconic villain characters in Hindi cinema, passed away at a Mumbai private hospital today. He was 64. He was suffering from a lung infection.


Before making his Hindi film debut with Ardh Satya, the actor had already established himself in Marathi theatre. He was also awarded with two Filmfare awards during his entire career.


7. Central Zone won Duleep Trophy title of cricket for the year 2014-15 after defeating South Zone by 9 runs in the final match played at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in New Delhi. This is the first Duleep trophy won by the Central zone in last 10 sessions and also it is the narrowest win in the long history of the tournament.