Current Affairs India - 5 October 2015

1. India and Germany signed 18 MoUs during visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel today in various sectors including renewable energy, skill development, higher education, civil aviation, railways, food safety and promotion of German language in India and modern Indian languages in Germany. The MOUs were signed in presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

2. Indian PSU Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) established the world-s highest terrestrial centre at 17,600 feet above sea level at Changla near Pengong Lake in Ladakh. It will serve as a natural cold storage for preserving rare and endangered medical plants and will act as an important utility for research work in frontal areas of food and agriculture and bio-medical sciences for wellbeing of the soldiers deployed in high altitude cold desert.

3. Ashish Bahuguna, the Chairman of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), was given an additional charge of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FSSAI. He succeeded Yudhvir Singh Malik who was shifted to NITI Aayog as an Additional Secretary in September 2015. He will hold the position of CEO until a new appointment is made for the position.

4. India-s e-commerce giant, Flipkart has appointed Sriram Venkataraman as the new Chief Finance Officer (CFO) and Pramod Jain as Vice President and Head of Taxation. Sriram Venkataraman, in his new role, will watch over all aspects of the finance function for CP. He will also be responsible to drive the CP business to deliver its goals while Pramod Jain will lead the tax department with the aim of improving engagement with revenue and government authorities.

5. Shashank Manohar has been elected unopposed as President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the second term during Special General Meeting (SGM) of BCCI. He succeeded Jagmohan Dalmiya who passed away recently after served as BCCI President for 7 months from March 2015. Earlier he had served as the 29th President of the BCCI from 2008 to 2011. He is known for his impeccable clean image and track record and integrity. With his new role, he promised to clean all spot fixing issues within BCCI.