Current Affairs India - 30 January 2014

1. India remembered Mahatma Gandhi on his 66th death anniversary today with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh leading the country in paying homage to the Father of the Nation. Mukherjee, Vice-President Hamid Ansari and Singh paid floral tributes at Gandhi-s memorial in Rajghat in Delhi. Senior Congress and BJP leaders along with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at his memorial.

2. The government raised quota of subsidised LPG cylinders to 12 cylinders per household in a year from the current 9 today. The hike will be effective from 1st of April. However, consumers will get one extra cylinder each during February and March this year, beyond the quota of nine. Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister M Veerappa Moily also said the direct benefit transfer scheme for LPG has been put on hold for the time being as there were complaints about its implementation and a committee has been set up to look into the issues. It will make fate of Aadhaar linked direct subsidy transfer uncertain for now.

3. Anand Kumar, a mathematician and founder of Super30 classes was awarded with the 2014 Ramanujan Mathematics Award in Rajkot this week. The award was given to him at the Eighth National Mathematics Convention organized in Rajkot. Ramanujan Mathematics Award is an annual award that is given to a person who has at least three papers published in international journals and is involved in teaching mathematics.

The 41-year-old mathematician from Patna is better known as the founder of Super30 - an institute that offers free residential mentoring on how to crack the entrance test for IITs to 30 students selected from underprivileged families each year. Mr Kumar's papers have been published in a number of international journals including Mathematical Spectrum and Mathematical Gazette of the UK. He has been invited many times by the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society to present his papers.

4. Arun Kumar Gupta has assumed charge as the Chairman and Managing Director of Shipping Corporation of India (SCI), a navratna public sector undertaking under the aegis of the Ministry of Shipping.  He joined the company in 1976 and he has the experience of working at the senior management level of SCI, which includes serving as Director, Irano-Hind Shipping Company, at Tehran with additional charge of safety and quality department for a period of over three years.

5. US auto major has appointed Nigel Harris as President of its Indian business replacing the incumbent Joginder Singh. Harris, Vice President Sales and Service, Ford Asia Pacific, has been appointed as President, Ford India effective February 1, 2014. Singh will repatriate to US as Director Corporate Strategy, Ford Motor Company.