Current Affairs of 20 September 2015

1. Indira Gandhi International Airport bags Best Airport Award
Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has bagged the Best Airport Award (under class X cities category) for 2013-14.
The award, part of the National Tourism Awards (NTA) was presented by the President Pranab Mukherjee at a glittering ceremony held at Vigyan Bhavan.
The best airport awards were judged on seven parameters including tourist-friendly infrastructure, maintenance and upkeep, adaptation of eco-friendly practices, availability of transport facility from airport to nearest city center and facilities for the physically challenged persons.
DIAL is joint venture between Airports Authority of India (AAI) and GMR Group-led consortium. The GMR along with its consortium partner Fraport holds 74 per cent stake while the rest are with AAI.
The Ministry of Tourism presents National Tourism Awards to various segments of the travel, hospitality and tourism industry every year.

2. President visits Shauryanjali
President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday visited ‘Shauryanjali’, an exhibition being held on the Rajpath commemorating the golden jubilee of the 1965 Indo-Pak war.
He was given a detailed briefing as he was escorted through the 700 metre long exhibition.
“A heart warming exhibition showcasing the grit and valour of the Indian Soldier. I salute the brave martyrs of the Indian Armed Forces who sacrificed their present for our today. Every Indian should be proud to walk through this exhibition glorifying our victory in the 1965 war. My compliments to the team for organizing this at such a grand scale,” he wrote in the Visitor’s Book.
The President also interacted with the next of kin of the winners of Param Vir Chakra during 1965 War, Lt Col A B Tarapore and Abdul Hamid, and a number of war veterans.

3. Stanchart revises FY16 CAD forecast to 1.5% of GDP
Lower commodity prices are unlikely to narrow India’s current account deficit (CAD), Standard Chartered has said, while revising its CAD forecast for the fiscal to 1.5 per cent from 1.1 per cent of GDP earlier.
According to the global financial services major, the positive impact of lower commodity prices are likely to be offset by a slowing export volumes due to weak global demand and the continued gradual recovery in the economy.
The global brokerage firm has also revised down its fiscal year 2015-2016 balance-of-payments (BoP) surplus forecast to USD 31.7 billion from USD 48.5 billion to reflect a wider current account deficit and lower capital flows.
Standard Chartered expects capital inflows of USD 64 billion in this financial year, down from its previous estimate of USD 75 billion

4. Jackie Collins, doyenne of the steamy Hollywood novel, dies at 77
 Jackie Collins, the best-selling author of dozens of steamy novels who depicted the boardrooms and bedrooms of Hollywood's power crowd, died on Saturday of breast cancer at age 77.

5. Renowned Marathi cricket commentator and writer Bal Pandit died
Renowned Marathi cricket commentator and writer Bal Pandit died  in Pune, Maharashtra. He was 89.
He played a contributing role in popularizing cricket among masses through his vernacular Marathi commentary in radio, articles in news papers and magazines and books.

6. Davis cup: Vesley beats Bhambri crashing India’s World Group entry
A profligate Yuki Bhambri missed chances galore in a tame defeat against world number 40 Jiri Vesley as India lost the Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie against top seeds Czech Republic 1-3 in New Delhi .
The Delhi boy’s 3-6 5-7 2-6 defeat in sweltering heat in the must-win fourth
 rubber means that India will remain in the Asia | Oceania Group 1 for next year’s competition while the top seeds and three-time Champions Czech Republic regained their place in the elite 16 nation World Group.
India needed Yuki to win to remain alive in the tie but the 23-year-old ton .
Yuki lost both his matches here over the weekend after playing an excellent tie against New Zealand in July when he won both the matches, including the deciding fifth one that helped India reach the Play-off stage.
The doubles loss for the fancied Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna also hurt India’s chances in the tie.

7. Ajay Jayaram's dream run ends in disappointment at Korea final 
A fairytale ending eluded him as Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram's rampaging run was brought to a halt by defending champion and World No. 1 Chen Long of China in the final of the $600,000 Korea Open Super Series event
After producing a giant-killing run to earn a maiden Super Series final appearance, Jayaram failed to breach the Chinese wall as his fight ended with a 14-21 13-21 loss to the current world champion Long in a 40-minute men's singles final. 

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