Current Affairs India - 4 December 2015

1. Justice Tirath Singh (TS) Thakur was sworn in as 43rd Chief Justice of India (CJI) by President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 3rd December. He succeeded incumbent Justice H L Dattu who retired on 2nd December 2015 after attaining 65 years of age. He will have the tenure as CJI for over one year and will retire on 4th January 2017 when he will be 65 years old.

2. The Union Cabinet has approved setting up of six new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in Andhra Pradesh, Chhatisgarh, Goa, Jammu, Kerala and Karnataka this week. The Cabinet also approved the operationalisation of these IITs by forming Societies under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 in order to give a legal status to them till the amendment for their incorporation in The Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 is enacted.

3. Himachal Pradesh became the first Indian state to launch Rotavirus vaccination project with the aim of controlling the child mortality rate (under five years of age) due to diarrhoea. Rotavirus vaccines are administered orally to infants in three dose course at ages of six, ten and fourteen weeks and are part of Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP).

4. Senior Janata Dal (United) leader Vijay Kumar Chaudhary was unanimously elected new Speaker of the Bihar Legislative Assembly. The pro-tem Speaker and Congress MLA Sadanand Singh announced the election of Chaudhary as the new Speaker.

5. Pulin Kumar, Group Senior Legal and Compliance Director of Adidas India, was awarded with the Indian National Bar Association's (INBA) General Counsel of the year 2015 - Retail Award in New Delhi. Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani presented the award to Kumar on the occasion of INBA's Annual International Conference-66th National Law Day.

6. Online video portal YouTube has opened its first video production studio in India along with Subhash Ghai-owned film school Whistling Woods International, named as YouTube Spaces. YouTube has similar collaborations in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, New York City, Sao Paulo, Paris and Berlin.

Through this collaboration, India-s popular up-and-coming YouTube creators will have free access to Whistling Woods- studios, high-end audio, visual and editing equipment, in addition to training programs, workshops and community events.

7. Famous sarangi player Ustad Sabri Khan passed away on 30th November in New Delhi due to breathing problems. He was 88. He was initiated into Sarangi by his grandfather Ustad Haji Mohammed Khan. Later, Sabri Khan continued his training under his father Ustad Chajju Khan. He had received numerous awards including the Sahitya Kala Parishad Award, UP Sangeet Natak Academy Award, National Sangeet Natak Academy Award. The Government of India also honoured him with the prestigious Padma Shree Award in 1992 and Padma Bhushan Award in 2006.