Current Affairs India - 9 April 2014

1. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected India-s economic growth rate at 5.4% for next financial year 2014-15 and 6.4% for 2015-16 due to global economic recovery and improved export competitiveness and implementation of recently approved investment projects.


The IMF said is its latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) that overall growth is expected to firm up on policies supporting investment and a confidence boost from recent policy actions, but will remain below trend. IMF projections are based on market prices whereas estimation by the India-s statistics office is on the basis of 2004-05 prices.


2. India-s Software industry body Nasscom appointed Cognizant India Executive Vice-Chairman R Chandrasekaran as its Chairman for the year 2014-15. He succeeds Krishnakumar Natarajan, who is the CEO and MD of IT firm Mindtree. It has also appointed BVR Mohan Reddy, the founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Infotech Enterprises, as the Vice-Chairman for the year 2014-15.


3. Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has made it to the cover of the 151st edition of the Wisden Cricketers- Almanack. The 40-year-old cricketer is the first Indian to feature on the cover of the Almanack. He was earlier chosen to feature on the cover of the second edition of the Wisden India Almanack.


The yellow page shows Tendulkar walking out of the Wankhede stadium after playing his last innings against the West Indies in November last year. The photograph captured Tendulkar acknowledging the crowd with his bat raised. The Wisden said: -Tendulkar played Test matches in front of the most demanding fans in the world for 24 years.-


4. India's opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has been named as one of the Five Cricketers of the Year, an honour dating back to 1889, by Wisden for his performance in 2013. The 28-year-old Dhawan was the highest run-scorer during India's triumph in the ICC Champions Trophy, scoring 363 runs in five ODIs at an average of 90.75. He was awarded Man of the Series for his performance that included centuries against South Africa and West Indies.


His performance during the tournament in England was acknowledged by Wisden, which also named Australian duo Chris Rogers and Ryan Harris, England batsman Joe Root and England women's captain Charlotte Edwards in the list.