Current Affairs India - 31 May 2014

1. Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath has been appointed as the Protem Speaker in the new Lok Sabha. President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Kamal Nath to perform the duties of Protem Speaker from the commencement of the 16th Lok Sabha session till the election of the new Speaker. The new government had recently recommended to the President to appoint Kamal Nath, who is the senior most member of the Lok Sabha, as Protem Speaker.

2. Senior police officer and former Intelligence Bureau Chief Ajit Doval, considered one of the finest operational brains, was appointed as the National Security Adviser. This is the second key appointment made after Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed charge earlier this week after appointing Nripendra Misra as Modi's Principal Secretary. He had met Modi at Gujarat Bhavan and gave him a brief on security challenges facing the country.

A 1968-batch IPS officer, Doval, is known as one of the best operational brains within intelligence circles. He was also India's main negotiator with the hijackers of Indian Airlines plane IC-814 taken to Kandahar in 1999.

3. The logo of Telangana, India's 29th State, was formally announced and will be launched on 2nd June. It is designed by the 50-year-old, native artist Laxman Aelay, who captures the essence of India, Telangana culture and Hyderabadi tehzeeb with local ethos in pleasing colours.

At the top of the logo is the Lion Capitol of Ashoka with the four lions back to back representing the national spirit. It is perched atop the richly decorated Gateway from the 11-12th Century Kakatiya dynasty that ruled the Telangana region. K Chandrasekhara Rao, the first Chief Minister designate of Telangana, has also approved the logo.

 Telengana Logo

4. Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar was selected as the goodwill ambassador of 35th National Games that is scheduled to be held in Kerala in January-February 2015. The games will be held in seven cities of the state. Sachin was selected as the ambassador during his meeting with Oommen Chandy, the Chief Minister of Kerala.

5. India's Fiscal deficit dropped to 4.5% of GDP in the last financial year 2013-14 due to steep fall in plan expenditure. This was much lower compared with 4.9% initially estimated in the 2013-14 budget and slightly lower compared with the revised 4.6% of GDP announced with the interim budget for 2014-15 in February.

6. Famous Hindi writer Vishwanath Tripathi received the prestigious Vyas Samman for the year 2013. The literary prize carries a citation and a cash amount of 2.5 lakh rupees and memento. He received the award for his work Vyomkesh Darvesh at 23rd edition of the annual ceremony.

The award was instituted in 1991 by the K K Birla Foundation. The award is presented for an outstanding literary work in Hindi published during the last 10 years.