Current Affairs India - 9 November 2015

1. The Grand Alliance has secured a big win in Bihar by securing 178 seats in the 243-member legislative assembly compared to 58 seats by NDA. RJD won 80 seats, JDU won 71 and Congress won 27 seats. With this win former Bihar Chief Minister will take oath as Chief Minister for the third consecutive time.

2. India today test-fired its nuclear-capable strategic ballistic missile Agni-IV with a strike range 4,000 km, from a test range off the Odisha coast today. It was test fired from the launch complex-4 of Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Abdul Kalam Island, earlier known as Wheeler Island.

The indigenously developed surface-to-surface Agni-IV missile is a two-stage weapon system which is equipped with 5th generation onboard computer and distributed architecture.

3. Santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma was honoured with the Aditya Vikram Birla Kala Shikhar Award for lifetime achievement and the award was presented by the governor of Maharashtra C Vidyasagar Rao on 7th November. He is also the recipient of the Padma Shri and the Padma Vibhushan awarded by the Indian Government.

4. Chairperson of SBI, Arundhati Bhattacharya, has been ranked as the most powerful woman in the Indian business sector, as per Fortune India. She was followed by ICICI Bank's Chanda Kochhar and Shikha Sharma of Axis Bank at the second and third place respectively. HPCL Chairperson and Managing Director (MD) Nishi Vasudeva secured the fourth position, while AZB & Partners Co-Founder Zia Mody and Aruna Jayanthi Chief Executive of Capgemini India secured the fifth rank in the same list.

5. N Srinivasan was today removed as the ICC Chairman after the BCCI decided to recall him and nominate its recently-elected President Shashank Manohar as the new Chairman of the world Cricket body. N Srinivasan took over as ICC Chairman only in June last year. For the remainder of his term, Shashank Manohar will take over as new ICC chairman.

This decision was taken at the BCCI-s 86th Annual General Meeting owing to the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal in which Srinivasan-s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was held guilty of spot fixing by the Supreme Court.