Current Affairs India - 9-13 October 2015

1. Sekhar Basu, director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), was appointed as the chairman of Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) last week and he will also occupy the office of secretary, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE). He succeeds RK Sinha who superannuates later this month.


He is currently working as the director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai and also Chief Executive of Nuclear Recycle Board (NRB). For his contributions to the Indian nuclear energy programme at various levels, he was conferred with several awards and honours including Indian Nuclear Society Award in 2002, DAE Special Achievement Award in 2007 and Padma Shri in 2014.


2. Oscar-winning Indian Music Director and Composer AR Rahman was chosen for the Cultural Ambassador of Seychelles for his contribution in enhancing the country-s Art and Culture Development. AR Rahman has won two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe, besides national recognition in his long career.


3. Famous Malayalam filmmaker I.V. Sasi was awarded with the prestigious J.C. Daniel Award for the year 2014 for his contributions towards the Malayalam film industry. He has made over 150 Indian films in various languages and genres. His film Aaroodam won the Nargis Dutt Award for the best feature film on National Integration in 1982.


4. P S Jayakumar, the former chief executive of VBHC Value Homes, took charge as the new MD and CEO of the state-owned Bank of Baroda for three years during a crisis time when the PSU bank is under the investigation for an alleged fraud and black money transactions worth over Rs 6,000 crore.


5. India-s second largest IT Services Company, Infosys has appointed Ranganath D Mavinakere as new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He will succeed current CFO of Infosys Rajiv Bansal who had resigned from the company for personal reasons. Before this, Mavinakere was EVP and head of strategic operations and CEO-s office of Infosys.


He holds a post graduate diploma in management (PGDM) degree from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and M Tech degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras. He has rich experience of about 18 years across banking and IT services industries including 15 years in Infosys.


6. Senior IAS officer Girish Shankarhas been appointed as Secretary of Department of Official Languageunder Home Ministry. Currently he is working as an Additional Secretary in the Tourism Ministry.


7. Nippon Life Insurance has signed an agreement to increase its stake in Reliance Capital Asset Management (RCAM), part of Reliance Capital, by 14% from its current stake of 35% to 49%. Nippon Life Insurance will invest around Rs 1,196 crore to acquire additional 14% stake.


8. The Reliance Power Ltd of the Anil Ambani Group has appointed N Venugopala Rao as its CEO. Before that, he was earlier CEO of Sasan Power, a subsidiary of the company. He is a power sector professional with over 34 years of experience in project development, project finance, project planning and contracts management. Under his leadership, all the six units of the Sasan Ultra Mega Power Project were put into operation.


9. Famous music director and lyricist Ravindra Jain passed away on 9th October 2015 following a multiple-organ failure in Mumbai. He was 71. He started his musical journey in Bollywood in the 1970s. Since then, he has composed music for almost 150 movies apart from working with Sagar Films for their television series. He has also been conferred with various awards for his work including Filmfare Award, Lata Mangeshkar Lifetime Achievement Award of Maharashtra Government and Padmashri in 2015.


10. Famous Tamil actress Gopishantha, popularly known by her stage name Manorama, passed away on 10th October due to multiple organ failure in Chennai. She was 78. She acted in over 1500 movies in her career spanning almost six decades. She also won a Guinness World Record for acting in more than 1000 number of films. She was awarded with the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for the movie Pudhiya Pathai in 1989 and also honoured by the Government of India with Padma Shri in 2002.


11. Extending their incredible unbeaten record, Sania Mirza and Martina won the WTA China Open after defeating sixth seed Taipei duo Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chan by 6-7 (9) 6-1 10-8 in the final match held on 10th October. This is their eighth trophy of the season and fourth consecutive win.