Current Affairs India - 9 December 2015

1. The Maharashtra has become the first Indian state to launch an online platform for its MLAs to send questions and move different motions in the House. The state government has launched a website as part of Digital MLAs initiative in the winter session of state legislature in Nagpur for the same purpose. The aim of the initiative is to move towards complete digitization of the legislative process to reduce paper work.

2. Indian-American entrepreneur and philanthropist, Frank Islam has been chosen for the Uttar Pradesh Ratna Award and will be awarded on 4th January 2016 at the inaugural UP Pravasi Diwas in Agra. The Uttar Pradesh Government will award him for his achievements and outstanding contributions in a foreign country.

3. Singapore has replaced Mauritius as the top source of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into India during the first half of financial year 2015-16. As per report published by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), India has attracted USD 6.69 billion FDI from Singapore compared to USD 3.66 billion from Mauritius during April-September period of FY2015-16.

4. Pune and Rajkot have been named as the interim franchises in the Indian Premier League (IPL) till 2017 and they will replace the suspended teams of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) after the Supreme Court ruling on IPL spot fixing scam. CSK and RR team are suspended till 2017, Pune and Rajkot will fill their gap.

Kolkata-based business man Sanjiv Goenka's company New Rising bought the Pune franchise while Intex Mobiles bought the Rajkot team.