Current Affairs India - 30 July 2015

1. The entire nation has bid farewell to former President APJ Abdul Kalam, who was considered to be the most favorite Indian President ever. His mortal remains were laid to rest at Rameswaram, his home town with full state honors today.

He passed away at Shillong on 27th July while delivering lecture at IIM Shilong. He was 11th President of India and recipient of India-s top civilian aware, Bharat Ratna.

2. United Nations (UN) released the report title -World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision-at the UN Headquarters in New York on 29th July which said that India will surpass China to become the most populous nation in the world by 2022. The report has projected India to retain the top spot till 2100 and its population is projected to grow for several decades after 2022. It is forecasted to grow to 1.5 billion in 2030 and 1.7 billion in 2050.

3. Indian writer Anuradha Roy's latest book 'Sleeping on Jupiter' based on the malaise of sexual abuse in India has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015.The book tells the story of Nomi and is set in Jarmuli - a city of temples and a centre of healing on the edge of the ocean.

The list also includes Man Booker Prize-winning Irish author Anne Enright and the Pulitzer Prize-winning American author Anne Tyler, among others. The shortlist of six books will be revealed on 15th September and the final winner will be announced on 13th October this year.

4. French Bank BNP Paribas has acquire, one of the country-s popular broking and trading Platform Company. The company has been valued at about Rs 2,200 crore though the deal size was not disclosed.

Mumbai-based Sharekhan offers broking solutions across all asset classes to more than 1.2 million private clients and holds 7 per cent of the market share in terms of number of accounts.

5. Famous musician Vasundhara Komkali passed away on 29th July 2015 at her residence in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh. She was 85. Wife of eminent musician late Pandit Kumar Gandhrav, she is is regarded as one of the prominent Indian classical vocalists. She was awarded with the prestigious Padmashri award by Indian government.

6. Mobile marketplace and payments site Paytm won the sponsorship rights of BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) for Rs. 203 crore. The sponsorship rights were acquired for all the 84 series India will play till 2019 with the first home series will be against South Africa in September-OCtober. Paytm will pay Rs. 2.42 crore for every international match hosted by BCCI. T

7. Hockey India has appointed Roelant Oltmans of the Netherlands as coach of men-s national team, as per the official announcement made by the Hockey India President Narinder Batra today. He will replace Dutchman Paul van Ass, who was sacked by Hockey India. He has already been associated with the Indian hockey team as High Performance Director.