Current Affairs India - 30 September 2013

1. A Special CBI Court in Ranchi has held RJD Supremo and MP Lalu Prasad guilty in a case related to the fodder scam. 44 others found guilty in the case include former Chief Minister of Bihar Dr. Jaganath Mishra. The quantum of punishment would be pronounced on 3rd October. Lalu Prasad Yadav may lose his MP seat after being convicted in the scam.

2. BJP Party President Rajnath Singh has been appointed the BJP Campaign Committee Chief for the 2014 Lok Sabha Polls after Narendra Modi was selected as PM candidate for 2014 Lok Sabha election. He was appointed as the campaign committee chief after the parliamentary board meeting of BJP.

3. Ruchira Kamboj was appointed as the Permanent Representative of India to UNESCO, Paris with the rank of Ambassador. She will succeed VS Oberoi. Currently she is joint secretary in Ministry of External Affairs.

4. Rafiq Kathwari, an Indian-American poet has been selected for 2013 Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award for the collection of his debut poems. Rafiq Kathwari is the first non-Irish person to win the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award.

5. The current account deficit came as narrower than expected at USD 21.8 billion, or 4.9% of gross domestic product in the first quarter (April-June) of current financial year. This is much higher than current account deficit of USD 18.17 billion or 3.6% of GDP witnessed during previous quarter. The CAD is expected to reduce in the coming quarters as government steps to increase the import duty on gold have constricted imports of the metal.

6. India-s external debt at the end of the first quarter of the current fiscal declined by 0.9% on sequential basis to USD 388.5 billion due to strengthening of the US dollar against rupee. In absolute terms, the decline was of USD3.6 billion, as per the data released by the RBI. The share of ECBs continued to be the highest at 30.7% of total external debt, followed by short term debt (24.9%) and NRI deposits (18.3%).

7. BCCI President, N Srinivasan was elected unopposed as BCCI President for a third year during the Board's AGM here yesterday even though he will not take charge till further orders from the Supreme Court.  Srinivasan was the lone Presidential candidate put forward by the South Zone, from where he got the proposer and the seconder. The AGM asserted Srinivasan's supremacy in India's richest sporting body with not even a single voice of dissent being heard during the proceedings of the day.

8. A witness to some of India's most memorable triumphs in recent years, long-serving team manager Ranjib Biswal was on Sunday appointed chairman of the IPL in the Cricket Board's AGM in Chennai. Biswal has been with the Indian cricket team through some of its most memorable triumphs, including the 2011 50-over World Cup win at home. He succeeds Rajiv Shukla, who resigned after match fixing scandal broke out during this year IPL tournament.

9. All-rounder Yuvraj Singh has made a return to the limited over Indian cricket squad for the upcoming T20 and ODI series against Australia. He was seen in top form in List-A cricket recently which helped him to come back to Indian Cricket team again. At the same time, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Shewag failed to make it in the final list.

10. India beat Malaysia 3-0 in the final match held at Taman Daya Stadium in Malaysia yesterday to win the Sultan of Johor Cup U21 hockey tournament. Amon Mirash Tirkey (22nd), Affan Yusof (52) and Manprret (64th) were the goal-scorers for India who made up for last year's defeat in the final against Germany.

11. Former Junior World Champion Nikhat Zareen (54kg) won silver in the AIBA World Youth Boxing Championship held in Albena, Bulgaria this weekend. He lost to Yunzi Yuan of China. At the age of 15, Nikhat Zareen won the gold medal in flyweight division at the inaugural edition of the AIBA Women's Junior & Youth World Boxing Championship in 2011.