Current Affairs India - 6 April 2015

1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the National Air Quality Index to track air quality index across 10 cities in the country. The index will inform the public about air quality in a simple and an easily understandable form and would enhance public awareness and involvement in air quality improvement.

The AQI would be available for 10 cities, on a real-time basis. It aims to cover 46 cities in the next couple of years.

2. Indian Navy's first Scorpene submarine under Project 75 was undocked at the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) today in the presence of the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. The diesel-electric powered Scorpene submarine to be called INS Kalvari and this will undergo extensive sea trials before it will be cleared to formally join the Indian Navy.

India is building six Scorpene submarines with the help of French firm DCNS at Mazagon Dock Limited.

3. Golden Peacock National Quality Award for the year 2015 conferred on Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL). The award, founded by the Institute of Directors, India in 1991 and are globally regarded as a benchmark of corporate excellence, is given for the best in class quality process.

The National Quality Award Scheme was instituted to encourage total quality improvements in both manufacturing and service organizations in India.

4. According to the data published by the RBI, Central Bank of India has topped the list of public sector banks with maximum bad loans including restructured assets as a percentage of total advances. As per the list, Central Bank of India has 21.5% loans as either bad assets or has been termed as non-performing assets (NPAs).

The other banks which have significant amount of gross NPAs and restructured loans include, United Bank of India (19.04%), Punjab & Sind Bank (18.25%) and Punjab National Bank with 17.85% as on December 2014.

5. M Annadurai has been appointed as the new director of ISRO Satellite Centre. Annadurai graduated in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Government College of Technology, Coimbatore and obtained his Post Graduate degree in Applied Electronics from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore and Doctoral degree from Anna University, Coimbatore. He replaced S K Shivakumar.

During the period 1992 -2005, Annadurai was the lead member of ISRO's satellite mission team and managed eight INSAT Missions as the Mission Director.

6. Rajeev Shukla has been re-appointed chairman of the IPL Governing Council today. Earlier he was was the IPL chairman till 2013 when he resigned after the IPL 'spot-fixing' scandal.Also former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has been inducted into the IPL Governing Council while the senior national selection committee led by Sandeep Patil was retained for another season.