Current Affairs India - 30 September 2015

1. India has moved up 16 positions to rank 55th on a global index of the world's most competitive economies, as per the latest Global Competitiveness Report published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) today. This is significant improvement compared to last year.


Switzerland has retained its top position as the world's most competitive economy for seventh year in a row in the same report and it is followed by Singapore, the US, Germany and the Netherlands in the top-five. Other countries in top ten list are Japan, Hong Kong, Finland, Sweden and the UK.


2. Also India has received highest foreign direct investment (FDI) compared to China and United states in the first half of 2015 due to new initiatives taken by the Modi government, as per a report published in London's Financial Times. As per the report India has attracted roughly USD 31 billion FDI compared to USD 28 billion by China and USD 27 billion by the USA.


This growth in FDI investment in India came after the government has relaxed FDI norms in various sectors including defence, railways, construction, insurance and medical devices. India is currently ranked 142nd among 189 nations in the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business 2015 study.


3. The Central Government has appointed four brand ambassadors for its -Digital India programme-. They were appointed in the first week of July 2015 as part of the Digital India Week campaign. They are Satwat Jagwani and Krati Tiwari - both are students and All India IIT-JEE -Advanced Topper in 2015, famous author and ethical hacker Ankit Fadia and Pranav Mistry, working in Samsung USA as Computer Scientist and Author of 6th Sense.


4. India-Sri Lanka joint military exercise MITRA SHAKTI 2015 has started at Aundh Military Station in Pune, Maharashtra. This is the third edition of the joint training exercise between both countries which aims to build Military to Military co-operation and interoperability. Aim of MITRA SHAKTI 2015 Exercise is to share the best military practices between the two Armies and promote healthy military to military relations.


5. Indo-British van driver Dee Patel was awarded with the Pride of Britain Award by Prince Charles of Britain this week. He was given the award in the outstanding bravery category as he had risked his life to save others. The Pride of Britain Awards was founded by Peter Willis in 1999.


In May 2005, he noticed a car ahead of him that was dangerously out of control on the M25 motorway.  Soon, he realised that the driver of the car, a young woman, slumped unconscious over the steering wheel. Patel came for the rescue of the woman without wasting any time.


6. M.R. Poovamma and Babita Kumari have been awarded with the prestigious Arjuna Award 2015 for their individual achievements in sports. The award was presented to them by Union Minister of State (MoS) for Youth affairs and Sports Sarbananda Sonowal in New Delhi. M.R. Poovamma was awarded for her contributions in Athletics and Babita Kumari was awarded for her contribution in Wrestling.


7. Former world number one Heena Sidhu won the gold medal in women's 10 metre air pistol event at the 8th Asian Air Gun Championships in New Delhi today. She shot a total of 197.8 to win the top prize in the final. Another Indian Shweta Singh came second and won silver medal with score of 197.0 while Korean shooter Seon A Kim won the bronze with a total score of 175.8.India won total 17 medals, including six gold to finish as toppers in the continental event followed by Iran at second position.