Current Affairs India - 8-9 April 2016

1. The first ever two day North East-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Business Summit was inaugurated at the City Convention Centre in Imphal, Manipur this week. The summit is being organized by Manipur Commerce and Industries Department (MCID) in collaboration with the Union Ministries of External Affairs and Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Indian Chamber of Service Industries (ICSI).

2. Former Karnataka chief minister and BJP vice president B S Yaddyurappa has been appointed as new BJP party chief of Karnataka and Union Minister Vijay Sampla has been appointed as the BJP party chief of Punjab. Also BJP leader Kesahav Prasad Maurya has been appointed as the Party Chief of Uttar Pradesh just before the crucial vote next year.

3. The Union Information & Broadcasting Ministry has formed a committee headed by former Chief Election Commissioner B B Tandon to ensure that the Supreme Court's guidelines for government advertisements are followed. The three-member panel also includes senior TV journalist Rajat Sharma and ad guru Piyush Pandey. Earlier the Supreme Court has ordered that photos of leaders should not be published in government advertisements except those of the President, Prime Minister and the Chief Justice of India, Chief Ministers, Governors and ministers.

4. The Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani has launched a portal for registration and allotment of International Standard Book Number (ISBN) at a ceremony held in New Delhi today in order to facilitate both publishers and authors to register for ISBN online.  This interactive automated system would provide fast and efficient services to the Publishers and Authors.

5. IFS Officer Debraj Pradhan, current Ambassador of India to Chile, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Norway. Earlier he worked as the first Secretary and later Counsellor overseeing Commercial matters in Embassy of India, Buenos Aires and Deputy High Commissioner of India, Lagos.

6. India-s largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel has acquired Aircel-s 4G spectrum in eight circles for Rs 3,500 crore in a deal which will help Bharti Airtel to offer 4G services in all 22 circles of the country. This deal comes at crucial time just before the launch of Reliance Jio telecom services by Mukesh Ambani-s Reliance.

7. Kishore Biyani owned Future Group acquired online home furnishings and décor business company FabFurnish for an undisclosed amount. Post the deal, the Future Group will retain the FabFurnish brand and will use the store's online platform to take its Home Town retail stores online.This acquisition is India's largest home décor e-marketplace. 

8. Reliance Industries director Nita Ambani and State Bank of India chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya have been ranked at top two places in Forbes- -Asia 50 Power Businesswomen 2016- list published this week. As per the list, 6 other Indian business women have also been included in the list- at no. 14-Mu Sigma CEO Ambiga Dhiraj, 16- Dipali Goenka CEO Welspun India, 18- Vinita Gupta CEO Lupin, 22-Chanda Kochhar ICICI Bank Managing Director, 26-Vandana Luthra VLCC Health Care Founder, 28- Kiran Mazumdar Shaw Biocon Founder.

9. The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) has appointed CP Gurnani as its chairman for 2016-17 and Raman Roy has been appointed as the vice-chairman of the IT body. In his new role, Gurnani will lead Nasscom's vision 2020 for the industry, which includes programs to make India a digital and innovation hub in keeping with the Digital India campaign.

10. Global Clinical Research giant, Lambda Therapeutic Research has appointed Tausif Monif as its new President for Global Operations. Before this appointment, He was working with Sun Pharmaceutical as Vice President in Gurgaon and he has rich experience of more than 24 years in the Clinical Research Industry. 

11. Lamborghini India Pvt. Ltd has appointed Sharad Agarwal as head of its Indian operation. In his new role, he will take care of the entire activities of oversee sales, marketing, and network development of the company.Before this appointment, he was working with Audi India as the head of corporate sales and financial services.

12. Famous journalist and author Yogendra Bali has passed away this week due to a heart attack. He was 85. He was a member of the general council of the Lalit Kala Akademi and a member of its committees on Art Education, Publications, the Triennele and International Exhibitions. He wrote many books including The Communal Bogey' with foreword by late prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, 'Chandra Shekhar: A Political Biography,' 'Pawan Chamling: Daring To Be Different,' and 'Sri Satguru Ram Singh Ji and Freedom Movement of India'.

13. Famous Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has lost to Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying in stright games 19-21, 13-21 in the semifinals of the Malaysia Open Super Series Premier tournament today. This is her sixth consecutive loss against Tai, including in last month's All England Championship.

At the same time, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth slipped down the order in the latest Badminton World Federation ranking released yesterday. Saina lost two places to reach to World No. 8 in women's singles while K Srikanth dropped four spots to be placed at the 14th spot in men's singles ranking. Commonwealth Games champion P Kashyap also dropped to World No. 18 while P V Sindhu improved a place to be back in the top 10 of women's singles.