Current Affairs India - 30 November 2013

1. Indian Cricket legend and Bharat Ratna awardee Sachin Tendulkar has been appointed as UNICEF's first brand ambassador for South Asia. Sachin Tendulkar will work for promoting hygiene and sanitation in the South Asian region for two years. Sachin Tendulkar was already involving with the UNICEF campaigns for polio and global hand washing.

2. Famous Hollywood actress Michelle Yeoh, known for her roles in 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon', 'Tomorrow Never Dies' and 'Memoirs of a Geisha', will attend the closing ceremony of the 44th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to be held on November 30. The 50-year-old Malaysian actress's documentary film 'Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey' on which she served as an executive producer, will also be screened at the on-going festival. Michelle Yeoh will be the chief guest at the closing ceremony.

3. Global tech giant Google setup an election portal in India to provide polls and politics related news to users in India. The launched search engine will also provide information on the political parties. This portal will help the voters of India to get the answers on elections and voting-related queries to make an informed decision. It will cover news from leading publications and broadcasters both in English and Hindi.

4. As per latest notification published by the RBI, Pin numbers will be compulsory for all debit card transactions from tomorrow onwards. Debit card holders will be required to punch in their PIN numbers every time they use the card from tomorrow. This move will minimize frauds involving debit cards.

5. Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd (MCX) has appointed Satyananda Mishra as the new chairman of MCX-s board. Market Regulatory authority, the Forward Markets Commission (FMC) also approved the appointment of Satyananda Mishra as the independent Director of MCX's board till 31 March 2016. Earlier, the exchange had appointed R M Premkumar, a former bureaucrat as its interim chairman. Mr Premkumar will continue to remain independent director on the board.

6. Indian-origin doctor Jaswinder S. Bamrah, consultant psychiatrist in Manchester, won Asian Lite Professional Excellence Award for his contribution to the medical field in the UK. Peter W. Mount, Chairman of the Central Manchester Foundation Trust, presented the award to Dr Bamrah at a ceremony in Manchester last night.

7. The Assam Pavilion was adjudged -First for Excellence in display amongst State Governments and Union Territory Pavilions- and was given the award of Gold Medal in the India International Trade Fair 2013 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi this week. This is the first time in the 33 years of history of the IITF that a State Government has consecutively won the gold medal after winning the same in 2012. The theme of this year was -Inclusive Growth- and the theme Pavilion set up reflected the growth of various sectors in the State.

8. Veteran choreographer for several Tamil and South Indian films R. Raghuram passed away at his residence in Chennai yesterday. He was 64. One of the most respected choreographers in Tamil film industry, Raghuram 'Master' had celebrated his golden jubilee (50 years) in film industry last year.

9. The Sports Ministry on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Department of AIDS Control with the objective to "reach a large number of youth engaged in sports activities" at village, district and state level with information on STI/HIV/AIDS prevention and related services. The MoU was signed between Secretary, Department of Sports Ajit M Saran, and Secretary, Department of AIDS Control, Lov Verma, in New Delhi this week.

10. Indian weightlifters ended their Commonwealth Youth, Junior & Senior Championships in style, bagging six medals today to take their overall tally to a staggering 117, including 57 gold, 39 silver and 21 bronze, on the final day of the event in Penang, Malaysia. The biggest contributors to the tally were the youth boys, who notched up 24 medals, including 16 gold and eight silver. The youth girls won 21 medals, inclusive of 12 gold.

11. India's rising shuttler PV Sindhu has entered into the Women's final of Macau Open Badminton tournament. She defeated China's Qin Ching in a tough game by 21-13, 18-21, 21-19 in the semi-finals today. In the finals she will take on seventh seeded Canada's Lee Michel on SUnday.