Current Affairs India - 9 December 2013

1. After facing a debacle in four states, Congress received cheer in Mizoram where it stormed back to power for a second consecutive term capturing 22 of the 40 seats, while leading in four. Four times Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla won from both Serchhip and Hrangturzo seats he had contested. He will form the next government of Mijoram.

2. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) with winning over 28 of the 70 seats in the Delhi Assembly elections on 8 December 2013 met the eligibility criteria of Election Commssion to become a State Party. The Aam Aadmi Party registered as a political party by the Election Commission in March 2013. To be recognized as a state party, A political party should secure at least six percent of the total valid votes polled during general election to a State Legislative Assembly and should, in addition, win at least two seats in that Assembly, or the party should win at least three percent of the total number of seats or three seats in the Legislative Assembly, whichever is more.

3. Three times Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, resigned from her post on 8 December 2013 after Congress party faced a defeat in the Delhi Assembly polls. She sent her resignation to the Lt Governor. Sheila Dikshit was defeated in her constituency in New Delhi from Arvind Kejriwal of Aam Aadmi Party by over 22,000 votes.

4. PepsiCo India has appointed former Nokia senior executive D. Shivakumar as new head of its India business. He has been appointed as the Chairman and CEO of India region with immediate effect. He will be responsible for deploying the Rs 33,000 crore investments in India that PepsiCo announced last month. He will succeeed Gautham Mukkavilli, current General Manager for PepsiCo India Beverages, who has been named the senior Vice-President , Business Transformation - AMEA at PepsiCo.

5. STAR India has now extended their relationship with BCCI by winning Team India's sponsorship rights today for next three years. The BCCI announced the sponsors after bids were opened in Chennai on Monday afternoon. STAR India won the rights after Sahara India's bid was found "ineligible." The rights are from January 1, 2014 to March 31, 2017 and covers BCCI, International Cricket Council and Asian Cricket Council events

6. Kerala emerged as the champion state in the 29th Junior National Athletics Championships which concluded last weekend at Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru. Kerala ended the competition with a 585 score, way ahead of the second placed Tamil Nadu and third placed Haryana.