Current Affairs India - 5 January 2016

1. Former Chief Justice of India Sarosh Homi Kapadia passed away yesterday in Mumbai. He was 68. He was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court in December 2003 and he was sworn in as the 38th Chief Justice of India by the President Pratibha Patil on 12th May 2010 till his retirement on 29th September 2012.


2. Famous Music director Ilaiyarajahas been selected for Kerala Tourism-s Nishagandhi Puraskaram 2016for his artistic excellence and contribution to the Indian film music industry. The award carries a purse of Rs.1, 50,000, citation and a statuette.


3. Paytm has acquired Delhi based free task-managing app Shifu for USD 8 million in order to provide to offer more personalised user experience to its customers. Shifu, a context-aware personal assistant application, mines the smartphone usage patterns of users and makes personalised and highly relevant recommendations to them.


4. Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, leading global insulin maker, has appointed Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar as its brand ambassador for the disease awareness campaign 'Changing Diabetes' launched specifically for India. In India 69.2 million people have diabetes and by 2035, nearly 123.5 million people will have diabetes. The company is also providing free diabetes treatment and education to 4,000 children, who have been suffering from Type-2 diabetes, in India.


5. Mumbai-s teenage cricketer Pranav Dhanawade broke a century old record of scoring highest run in any form of Cricket after smashing an unbeaten 1009 in an inter-school tournament in Mumbai. He scored 1009 runs in 323-balls with help of 59 sixes and 129 fours. He broke a 116-year-old record, taking over the reins of the highest individual score (including minor cricket) from A.E.J. Collins of England.


6. Former Cricketer Syed Kirmani was awarded with the Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award by BCCI in Mumbai. India-s Test captain Virat Kohli was awarded with the Polly Umrigar Trophy for Cricketer-of-the-Year and was awarded by BCCI President at the same time. Mitali Raj was given Best Woman Cricketer Award in senior player category for the season 2014-15 while Devika Vidya was the winner of junior woman player of the year award.


Karnataka all-rounder Robin Uthappa received the Madhavrao Scindia Award for being the highest run-scorer in Ranji Trophy. The top wicket-taker's award was shared this year by Karnataka's R Vinay Kumar and Mumbai's Shardul Thakur.