Current Affairs India - 31 October 2015

1. The National Unity Day was observed today (31st October) across the nation to honor the birthday of Sardar Vallabhai Patel, India-s first Home Minister and also an architect of United India. On this occasion of 140th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, PM Narendra Modi flagged off Run for Unity at Rajpath in New Delhi.

2. Union Government has nominated Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das to the Central Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). His nomination is effective from 30th October.

There are 21-members in Central Board of Directors of the RBI. It comprise of Governor, 4 Deputy Governors, 2 Finance Ministry representatives, 10 Directors nominated by Union Government in order to represent important elements from India-s economy and 4 directors are from local boards of RBI which are headquartered at Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and New Delhi.

3. Indian government was able to keep fiscal deficit within control at Rs 3,78,563 crore, or 68.1% of the Budget Estimate in the first half of financial year 2015-16 due to strong growth in revenue collection. Both the fiscal and revenue deficits were significantly higher in the first half of previous financial year 2014-15 at 82.6% and 91.2% of the Budget Estimates, respectively.

Overall expenditure touched Rs 9,10,545 crore or 51.2% of the full-year target. Plan expenditure increased to Rs 2,53,816 crore or 54.6% of the budget estimate during the same period.

4. Indian Sociologist and founder of Sulabh International Bindeshwar Pathak has been selected for the prestigious New York Global Leaders Dialogue Humanitarian Award for his contribution to sanitation and improving the quality of life for millions of manual scavengers. He will be presented with the award in April 2016 in New York. The activist first understood the difficulty of manual scavengers in 1968 when he joined the Bhangi-Mukti (scavengers- liberation) Cell of the Bihar Gandhi Centenary Celebrations Committee.

5. Indian para-athlete Amit Kumar Saroha won silver medal in men's club throw F51 event in the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha this week. With this win, He also sealed a berth for 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Amit won silver medal with an effort of 25.44m, slightly lower than Serbia's Zeljko Dimitrijevic who won gold with record of 26.29m.