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  • Two Indians on Fortune's List of 'Most Powerful Women in International Business

    Two Indian women featured on Fortune's list of Most Powerful Women in business outside the US. Managing Director and CEO of ICICI Bank Chanda Kochhar was ranked fifth and Managing Director and CEO of Axis Bank Shikha Sharma was ranked at 21. The 50 global businesswomen represent 17 countries and many industries. The Top Three Most Powerful Women in business in the List are Ana Botin (Spain), Emma Walmsley (UK), Isabelle Kocher (France).

    Australia announces new space agency to develop domestic space industry

    Australia will establish a national space agency as part of long-term plan to develop the country’s domestic space industry. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham made the announcement at the International Astronautical Congress. The global space industry sector has been growing at a compound annual growth rate of 9.52 percent from 1998 to 2015. Globally, revenue from space-related activities in 2015 was about US$323 and the five-day Congress is expected to draw more than 4,000 space professionals, including astronauts, engineers, scientists, and innovators, from all over the world.

    Angela Merkel Wins 4th Term as Chancellor of Germany

    Angela Merkel won a fourth term as chancellor in Germany elections that lifted the far-right party Alternative for Germany into parliament for the first time since the immediate aftermath World War II. Her nearest rivals, the Social Democrats, and their candidate Martin Schulz came in the second position with a post-war record low 20.8 percent.

    Liliane Bettencourt, Richest Woman in the World Dies at 94

    French businesswoman and heiress of cosmetics giant L'Oreal Liliane Bettencourt, 94, has died. In March 2017, Forbes ranked Bettencourt the world's richest woman, putting her net worth at $39.5 billion.

    Man Sets Guinness World Record by eating most hamburgers in one minute

    A new Guinness World Record has been set in Philippines where a 24-year-old Filipino Ricardo won the title for the most hamburgers eaten in one minute after gobbling down five 107-gram patties in 60 seconds. The hamburger eating contest was held at Zark's burgers in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

    'Poorna' Film on youngest girl to climb Everest made tax-free in Maharashtra, Bangalore, Hyderabad

    After getting tax exemption from Telangana, Karnataka and Delhi, Rahul Bose’s directorial venture Poorna got tax exemption from Maharashtra. The film is based on a true story of Poorna Malavath, the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest. Featuring Aditi Inamdar, Rahul and Heeba Shah, Poorna hit the screens. About Malavath Purna:- Poorna Malavath, is an Indian mountaineer from Nizamabad district, Telangana. On 25 May 2014, Poorna scaled the highest peak of Mount Everest and, aged 13 years and 11 months, became the youngest girl to have reached the summit of Everest.

    South Korean Ex-President Park Geun-hye - Arrested in Corruption Probe

    Park Geun-hye, the former South Korean president, has been arrested and jailed over a high profile corruption scandal that has already seen her ousted from office and prompted early elections. Ms Park, 65, was immediately driven to a detention centre in the south of the capital, Seoul. Political crisis:- Park Geun-hye’s presidency reached a crisis in October 2016, after it was revealed she was being secretly advised by a female friend, Choi Soon-sil. Ms Choi, dubbed “Korea’s Rasputin”, guided President Park on everything from clothes to policy on North Korea. She is currently facing criminal charges of using her influence to extort millions of dollars from businesses. The Korean parliament voted to impeach Park Geun-hye in December 2016. She was arrested by South Korean prosecutors in March 2017.

    Sima Kamil - First woman to head major Pakistani bank

    Sima Kamil is appointed as the new president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the United Bank Limited (UBL), one of the Pakistan largest banks. She is the first woman to head a major commercial bank in Pakistan. She will take charge on June 1, 2017. Kamil has a business degree from Kingston University in the UK and an MBA from the City University, London. Kamil, who moved recently to UBL, had been leading Habib Bank Ltds (HBL) Branch Banking since 2011 and oversaw a large expansion of HBLs branch network. She dealt with HBLs retail, consumer, small and medium enterprises, and rural banking initiatives, as well as the banks wealth management division as head of the HBL Asset Management Company Ltd. UBL headquarter : Karachi, Pakistan UBL Founded in : 1959

    David Beasley to head World Food Programme - appointed by UN

    Former South Carolina Governor David Beasley is appointed to head the World Food Programme (WFP). Beasley will run the affairs of the world’s largest humanitarian organization, serving more than 90 million beneficiaries in 80 countries. He will replace another American, Etharin Cousin, who has been the WFP executive director since 2012. United Nations:- United Nations is an intergovernmental organization to promote international co-operation. Headquarters: New York, United States Founded: 24 October 1945. Secretary-General: Antonio Guterres World Food Programme:- The World Food Programme is the food-assistance branch of the United Nations and the world's largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security. Headquarters: Rome, Italy Founded: 1961

    Indian-origin British Filmmaker Gurinder Chadha honored with the Sikh Jewel Award for 2017

    Indian-origin British Filmmaker Gurinder Chadha has been honored with the Sikh Jewel Award for 2017 for her immense contribution to British cinema. Chadha, whose films include Bhaji on the Beach, Bend It Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice, received the award from UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon. The event was organized by the British Sikh Association. The High Commissioner of India to the UK, Y K Sinha, who was the Guest of Honour, was also present on the dais. Chadha’s latest film, "Viceroy’s House" tells the true story of the final five months of British rule in India and coincides with the 70th anniversary of the Independence of India and the founding of Pakistan.

    Anupam Kher receive Kala Ratan Award 2017

    Veteran actor Anupam Kher honoured with the Kala Ratan Award by Vice President Hamid Ansari. Anupam Kher has completed almost four decades in Bollywood and worked in more 400 films including several Hindi Blockbusters, superhits,  and Internation films. This highly acclaimed actor appeared as a villain and supporting roles in numbers of Hindi films. National Award winner actor Anupam Kher honored by Padma Shri in 2004, then received Padma Bhushan in 2016 by Government of India for his incomparable contribution to arts and Indian cinema. He is also a social activist, the actor is always been in limelight for raising his voice for the nation, now gets Kala Ratna Award.

    Carrie Lam - first woman head of Hong Kong

    Carrie Lam, who won an election to become Hong Kong's first female chief executive, is a former student activist who climbed the rungs of the civil service over 36 years, and a tough, capable and possibly divisive Beijing-backed leader. China's leaders had lobbied behind the scenes for the 59-year-old Lam, so her victory came as no surprise. After the votes were counted, she bowed to the crowd and shook hands with the second-place finisher, former Finance Secretary John Tsang. Lam received 777 of the 1,163 votes. Tsang got 365 votes, or 31 percent, while the third candidate, retired judge Woo Kwok-hing, had 21 votes.

    Arunachal Deputy Speaker's son shoots dead local Youth Congress leader

    Kajum Bagra, son of Arunachal Pradesh deputy speaker Tumke Bagra was arrested for the alleged murder of Kenjum Kamsi, a local Youth Congress leader in Aalo, headquarter town of West Siang district (Arunachal Pradesh).

    President of Yemen sentenced to death for treason

    Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. A court in Yemen’s rebel-held capital has sentenced President Hadi and six of his aides to death for “high treason”, a ruling that crushes hopes of peace talks to end the two-year civil war. Saudi Arabia and its Sunni neighbours launched an air campaign to reinstate their ally, resulting in a war that has killed more than 10,000 people. In Sanaa a court loyal to the Houthis sentenced the president to death in absentia for “instigating attacks by Saudi Arabia” and “undermining the independence and integrity of the Republic of Yemen”.

    First Indian girl to explore the route from Sea Link near Worli Koliwada to the Gateway of India

    Gauri Singh, 14-year-old girl became the first girl to explore the route from Sea Link near Worli Koliwada to the Gateway of India. She completed the 36 km long distance route in 6 hours and 30 minutes. Singh is a resident of Udaipur and a class 8th student. From her childhood, she started swimming and wanted to swim in the international channel, and therefore eyed the Arabian Sea.

    70 day-long road trip from Coimbatore to London - by 3 women

    Coimbatore-based Meenakshi Arvind (45), Mookambika Rathinam (38), and Priya Rajpal (55) of Mumbai commenced their 70-day-long road trip named 'XPD 2470’ from Coimbatore to London on March 26, 2017. The trip is undertaken to promote literacy and to commemorate 70 years of Indian Independence. This trip will cover 24 countries and a distance of 24,000 km. The trip will kick-start from Coimbatore and the ensemble will traverse Myanmar, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Austria, Czech Republic, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Netherlands and UK.

    SBI Chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya among Fortune's 50 greatest leaders of the world

    SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya and Indian-origin physician Raj Panjabi have been named by Fortune magazine among the world's 50 greatest leaders who are transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same.  Bhattacharya, Chairman of India's largest bank and the first-ever woman to do so, has been ranked 26th on the list while Panjabi, founder and CEO of Last Mile Health, follows closely on the 28th spot.  The list has been topped by President of Baseball Operations at Chicago Cubs Theo Epstein, followed by Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma on the second spot, Pope Francis (3), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Cochair Melinda Gates (4) and Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos (5).  The list also includes German Chancellor, Angela Merkel(10), Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen (17), former US Vice President Joe Biden (23), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (31) and London Mayor Sadiq Khan (48). 

    Tiny shrimp fossil named after Sir David Attenborough

    A group of researchers have found a tiny shrimp-like fossil, which is thought to be around 430 million-years-old. The creature was preserved in ancient volcanic rock. The researchers decided to name it after their favourite naturalist Sir David Attenborough. The creature has been named as Cascolus Ravitis, which is a combination of the Latin word for Attenborough, and the Roman word for Leicester, where the naturalist lived. Sir David Attenborough : Sir David Frederick Attenborough is an English veteran broadcaster and naturalist. He is best known for writing and presenting the nine Life series, in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit. The series collectively form a comprehensive survey of animal and plant life on the planet. He has also served as a former senior manager at the BBC. He served as controller of BBC Two and Director of Programming for BBC Television in the 1960s and 1970s.He is the only person to have won BAFTAs for programmes in each of black and white, colour, HD, and 3D. He was named among the 100 Greatest Britons following a UK-wide poll for the BBC in 2002.At least 15 species and genera, both living and extinct, have been named in his honour.  

    Indian-American Sandeep Matharani Ranks 4th Among 25 Overpaid CEOs in US

    An Indian-American CEO, Sandeep Matharani, has been ranked 4th on a list of top 25 overpaid CEOs in the United States, as per the report by US based NGO ‘As You Sow’. Sandeep Matharani, CEO of General Growth Properties, Chicago was paid a total compensation of USD 39.2 million in 2016. According to the report, he was overpaid by USD 26 million. The list was topped by Leslie Moonves, CEO of CBS. Moonves earned compensation worth USD 56.7 million in 2016. Marc Benioff of Salesforce ranked second on the list with a total compensation of USD 33.4 million. Discovery Communications David Zaslav was placed third with a compensation of USD 32.4 million. Among the top 25 overpaid CEOs on the list, 15 were appearing on it for a second time and 10 of them were listed for the third time. As You Sow is a non-profit organisation that promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility and takes a close look at CEO’s pay.

    Shashank Manohar steps down as ICC Chairman

    Shashank Manohar resigned as the Chairman of the International Cricket Council on 15 March 2017 stating personal reasons. His resignation would be effective immediately. Manohar had been elected to the position unopposed in May 2016. He had signed a two-year term with the international body that began with immediate effect after he stepped down as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). With the move, he had become ICC’s first independent chairman (one not affiliated to any of its member boards). He broke the news of his resignation through an email addressed to the CEO of ICC, David Richardson in which he wrote that he had tried to do his best in being fair and impartial in deciding matters in the functioning of the Board as well as in matters related to Member Boards with the able support of all Directors. He further stated that due to personal reasons it would not be possible for him to hold the august office of ICC Chairman and hence he was putting forth his resignation from the position with immediate effect. In response, the ICC released an official statement confirming his resignation and stated that the board will assess the situation and its next step before making any further announcement. Shashank Manohar :  He is a prominent Indian lawyer who has served as the President of BCCI twice, first from 2008 to 2011 and then from November 2015 to May 2016. During his Presidency India became the No 1 Test side and won the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup defeating Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the final. In June 2010, he took the much-praised decision of suspending Lalit Modi, the then chairman of Indian Premier League and Vice-President of BCCI, after giving him a fair hearing on his misdemeanours. He was nominated to be the Chairman of the International Cricket Council in November 2015. Since his appointment, Manohar had become a driving force behind decentralising the power held by ‘The Big Three’ - Cricket Australia (CA), England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and BCCI in the decision making processes of the ICC. In fact, in February 2017, the ICC had passed in principle a new constitution that undid most of the imbalance in power and finances that the BCCI, CA and ECB had wished to create in 2014. However, a final decision on the same was supposed to be taken at the ICC Board’s next round of meetings, which are scheduled to be held in April. Now since Manohar would not be heading the meetings, the future of the proposals remains uncertain.

    Double Olympic champion Joanna Rowsell Shand retires

    Double Olympic gold medallist Joanna Rowsell Shand on 14 March 2017 announced her retirement from international cycling. Shand had won the women's team pursuit at four editions of the World Championships (2008, 2009, 2012 and 2014). She grabbed the gold medal in the same discipline at the Olympic Games in London and Rio in 2012 and 2016. The cyclist also won the individual pursuit at the 2014 World Championship. Joanna Rowsell Shand : Born on 5 December 1988, Joanna Katie Rowsell Shand is a retired English cyclist on the Great Britain Cycling Team.She competed on track and road. In 2004, she was picked up by British Cycling's Talent Team programme. As a junior, she won the British National Track Championships pursuit in 2005 and 2006.In senior competition on the road, she won the 2006 British National Women's Series competition. She represented the United Kingdom at the European and World Junior Track and Road Championships in mid-2000s. Her greatest successes to date are the gold medals won in the women's team pursuit at four editions of the World Championships (2008, 2009, 2012 and 2014).She won the gold medal in the same discipline at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 games in Rio. She won the individual pursuit at the 2014 World Championship.She is a reigning Olympic and European champion in the team pursuit.She is reigning Commonwealth Games champion in the individual pursuit.  

    Sena's Vishwanath Mahadeshwar elected as Mumbai Mayor

    Shiv Sena's Vishwanath Mahadeshwar elected as the Mayor of Mumbai with the support of the BJP, marking a coming together of the two parties after contesting the civic polls separately. Mahadeshwar defeated Congress nominee Vitthal Lokare by 171-31 margin. He is the 76th mayor of the city.

    Seema Verma to be chief of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

    The US Senate on 13 March 2017 confirmed healthcare consultant Seema Verma as administrator of the 1 trillion dollars Centres for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The Senate voted 55-43 to approve Seema Verma to run the US health program. Seema Verma was a nominee of President Donald Trump. The Indian-American woman will be running the US government’s health program for the elderly, poor and disabled. Seema Verma : Verma is the owner of SVC Inc, a healthcare consulting firm She has helped redesign Medicaid programs in several States, including Indiana when Vice President Mike Pence was Governor.Verma will report to US Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. Earlier, the House Republicans released the text of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.  

    Mohan Bhagwat awarded honorary Doctor of Science degree

    Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat on 9 March 2017 was conferred honorary degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) by the city-based Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University.Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra, handed over the honorary degree to Bhagwat at the convocation of the varsity. Bhagwat is a veterinary doctor by training.The RSS chief was honoured with the degree for his contribution in the field of veterinary sciences and social work. About Mohan Bhagwat:Born on 11 September 1950, Mohan Bhagawat is the current Chief of the Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.In March 2009, he was chosen as the successor to K. S. Sudarshan.He is one of the youngest leaders to head the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh after Dr. K. B. Hedgewar and M.S.Golwalkar.He completed his schooling from Lokmanya Tilak Vidyalaya.He graduated in Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry from Government Veterinary College, Nagpur.Towards the end of 1975, he dropped out of his postgraduate course in Veterinary Sciences and became a pracharak of the RSS.From 1991 to 1999, he became Akhil Bharatiya Sharirik Pramukh for India.Later, he was promoted as Akhil Bharatiya Pracharak Pramukh.At Z+ VVIP security cover, he is one of the most protected Indians today.

    ICC appoint Sachin Tendulkar as official ambassador of womens World Cup 2017

    Former Indian cricketer and captain Sachin Tendulkar has roped as an ambassador of Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017 which will begin from 24th June, 2017 in England and Wales said by International Cricket Council (ICC).8 cricket teams from different  countries will play 21-day tournament having 28 matches to win the coveted trophy.

    KPMG appoints Bill Thomas as Global Chairman

    William B Thomas(49) has been elected as the global Chairman of Netherlands based KPMG International for a four-year term.Thomas will take charge from John B Veihmeyer on October 1, 2017.Presently he is working as Chairman of KPMG’s American region since 2014 and has been a member of the Global Board since 2009.

    Ford Foundation appoints Pradeep Nair as regional director for India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka

    The Ford Foundation appointed Pradeep Nair as regional director for India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.As regional director, Nair will guide the foundation’s operations out of New Delhi. He will assume his new position at the end of March, succeeding David Hulse.As India country director of the US-based Institute for Sustainable Communities, Nair established the organisation’s India office and was helped build strong relationships with the Indian government, the private sector and NGO communities across Asia.Nair holds an MBA in finance from Karnataka University, an engineering degree in electronics from Bharathiar University and has also studied filmmaking. Key Facts About Ford Foundation:The Ford Foundation is a New York headquartered, globally oriented private foundation with the mission of advancing human welfare.Created in 1936 by Edsel Ford and Henry FordPresident: Darren Walker Headquarters: New York City, New York, United States Founded: 15 January 1936 Chief investment officer: Eric Doppstadt COO: John W. Bernstein

    Donald Tusk re-elected as President of European Council

    Donald Tusk on 9 March 2017 was appointed to a second term as President of the European Council, one of the European Union’s governing bodies.Tusk won the elections despite objections from the government of his own country, Poland.Poland had argued that the decision should be delayed because of its displeasure with Tusk.However, Poland was overruled by leaders of the 27 other European Union member countries as they gathered for their spring summit meeting. It is the first time that such a decision was made without unanimity since the position was created in 2009. Who is Donald Tusk?Born on 22 April 1957, Donald Franciszek Tusk is a Polish politician and historian.He has been serving as the President of the European Council since 1 December 2014.Before that, he served as the Prime Minister of Poland from 2007 to 2014. He was the first Prime Minister to be re-elected since the fall of Communism in Poland.He is also a co-founder and chairman of the Civic Platform (Platforma Obywatelska) party.

    Vaikom Vijayalakshmi becomes first to play Gayathri veena for record five hours

    Kerala’s playback singer Vaikom Vijayalakshmi created a new world record by playing the maximum number of songs in the shortest time on Gayathri veena during a program in Kochi. She played a total of 69 songs including various classical and filmy songs on the Gayathri veena continuously for over five hours and became the first person to achieve the feat in the world.

    Sudanese President Bashir names long-time ally as new Prime Minister

    Omar Hassan al-Bashir, Sudanese President appointed Vice President Hassan Saleh as the new Prime Minister of Sudan on 1 March 2017. Saleh’s nomination was approved by President Bashir himself at a party leadership meeting chaired by him. This appointment makes Saleh Sudan’s first Prime Minister ever since Bashir took over in 1989 following an Islamist and military-backed coup. Highlights : Saleh was sworn in on 2 March 2017. He is now faced with the task of forming his new cabinet. He will continue to hold his position of the country’s Vice President. The position of Prime Minister was created, following an amendment in Sudan’s constitution in December 2016 on the demand of the opposition parties. The opposition parties of Sudan during a national dialogue with the government demanded for the creation of the new post with the aim of distributing some of the President’s powers. Though Bashir agreed to the proposal and introduced the new post, he reserved most executive authority for himself. Hassan Saleh : Saleh is a retired army general. He took part in the June 1989 military coup that brought Bashir to power. In fact, he is the last member from the group of officers in the coup to remain on Bashir’s side. He has previously held several prominent positions in the Sudanese security agencies including that of the Director of the National Security Service, Minister of the Interior, Minister of Presidential Affairs and the Minister of Defense. He was appointed as the Deputy Secretary-General of the Islamic Movement in 2012 and as the First Vice President of Sudan in December 2013. He is now being seen as a possible successor to Omar al-Bashir, especially if the president sticks to his promise of not contesting in the 2020 elections.

    Saina Nehwal to represent Olympic Committee in BWF

    Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal was appointed as a member of the International Olympic Committee's(IOC) Athletes' Commission (AC) in 2016, will represent the panel in the Badminton World Federation (BWF). Saina would join the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Athletes' Commission as a representative of the IOC AC.  Currently, ranked world number 10 in BWF rankings, Saina is now aiming to win the prestigious All England Championship in March 2017.

    John-John Dohmen, Naomi Van named best hockey players of 2016

    FIH Hockey Stars Awards 2016 were conferred on 23 February 2017 in Chandigarh. This was the first time in the history of Hockey that the ceremony was held to honour the best players, rising stars, goalkeepers, umpires and coaches. Belgium captain John-John Dohmen and Netherlands' Naomi Van were named as male and female International Hockey Federation's (FIH) Player of the Year (2016) awards respectively. The Olympic silver medallists Dohmen and Naomi were handed these awards at a ceremony hosted in Chandigarh. Other awards and awardees are Hockey Stars 2016 female Goalkeeper of the Year: Won by Great Britain's Olympic gold medallist Maddie Hinch. Hockey Stars 2016 male Goalkeeper of the Year: won by Ireland's David Harte. He won the award for the second year in a row.  Male Rising Star of the Year (2016): Belgium's Arthur Van Doren Female Rising Star of the Year (2016): Argentina’s Maria Granatto Coach of Year awards male: Great Britain’s Danny Kerry Coach of Year awards female: Great Britain’s Karen Brown  Umpire of the Year award male: Germany’s Christian Blasch Umpire of the Year award female: Belgium’s Laurine Delforge Indians in the fray for the award who returned empty-handed were Harmanpreet Singh (Rising Star of the Year) and captain and goalkeeper PR Sreejesh (for Goalkeeper of the Year). Hockey legend Balbir Singh Senior, 92, gave away the award to David Harte, while the Player of the Year, both in men’s and women’s category was given by the FIH President Narinder Batra. Details of the winners   Naomi Van: Dutch attacking ace Van, who was the joint winner of the FIH Player of the Year Award in 2009, was superb throughout 2016. During the year, she produced top class performances as the Netherlands took silver medals at both the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the Hockey Champions Trophy in London. John-John Dohmen: Dohmen, the captain of Belgium, as the midfielder produced a string of flawless displays his team won the silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Maddie Hinch: Her shoot-out against the Netherlands in the final at the Rio Olympics helped the Great Britain to clinch the gold medal. David Harte: He helped the hockey team of Ireland to make return to Olympic after 100 years. Earlier, he was judged as the 2015 Hockey Stars Goalkeeper of the Year. Maria Granatto: She was named as the Best Junior player at that event for scoring three times during Argentina’s title success at the Hockey Champions Trophy in London. Arthur Van Doren: Doren, the Olympic silver medallist from Belgium, has shown throughout 2016 that he is a world-class defender with composure beyond his years.  

    Kumar Sangakkara becomes 2nd Asian to Play 1000 Matches

    Former Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara created record on February 23, 2017 to become the 16th player worldwide and 2nd Asian Batsman to play 1000 matches acrossall forms of Cricket. The only Asian to become the first to achieve the feat was former Sri Lankan player Mahela Jayawardene. Currently Sangakkara is leading the Karachi Kings in the ongoing second edition of the Pakistan Super League. The player made the record while playing against the Quetta Gladiators. Though Kumar Sangakkara retired from the international cricket over a year ago, he continues to play his trade in different T20 leagues around the world. Of the 1,000 matches played by Sangakkara, 587 has been played for the Sri Lankan team.

    N Chandrasekaran elected chairman of Indian Hotels

    Tata Group hospitality arm Indian Hotels Company Ltd stated N Chandrasekaran has been elected as the Chairman of its board of directors. N Chandrasekaran has been elected as the Chairman of the board of directors of the company with effect from February 22, 2017 vide a written resolution of the Board.He was initially appointed as a Member of the board on January 27, 2017, it added. Chandrasekaran had taken over as Chairman of Tata Sons on February 21, becoming the first non Parsi Chairman of the USD 103 billion Tata Group after heading its crown jewel TCS for years.

    U.K. named Cressida Dick as first woman to lead Scotland Yard

    Cressida Dick(56) was appointed as the new commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police. With this, she become the first woman to lead Scotland Yard in 188 year UK history. Dick replace Bernard Hogan-Howe, who is stepping down from the position previous week. She left the police force in 2015 to work at the foreign office, led the security operation for the 2012 London Olympics and was highly regarded by many Scotland Yard peers.

    Shurhozelie Liezitsu sworn in as new CM of Nagaland

    The leader of Naga People’s Front (NPF), Shurhozelie Liezietsu, was sworn in as the 11th Chief Minister of Nagaland on 22 February 2017 at Raj Bhavan, Kohima. The 81-year-old is the oldest to take oath as the Chief Minister of the state. He has been a member of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) eight times. However, since he did not contest the 2013 election, he is not a sitting member of NLA and will have to get elected within six months of taking office. He was invited by the Governor of the state, P B Acharya to form the new government on 20 February after a vote that saw him emerge as the unanimous choice for the post. He had earlier met the Governor to stake his claim for the position. Shurhozelie will be succeeding TR Zeliang, who resigned from the post following widespread protests in the state by the Nagaland Tribes Action Committee (NTAC) over 33 per cent reservation for women in local body elections. The NTAC has called off its state-wide bandh following Zeliang’s resignation. To break the deadlock with the agitating tribal groups and the government, a vote was conducted on 15 February, in which 42 of the total 49 legislators had unanimously selected Shurhozelie as their new legislature party leader.According to Nagaland’s Rajya Sabha member K G Kenye, Shurhozelie was unanimously elected as the new legislature party leader of the NPF and also as the new leader of the government.  Shurhozelie Liezietsu : Born on 20 November 1936 in a village in Kohima, Liezietsu belongs to Angami tribe, one of the 16 major tribes in Nagaland. He started off as a clerk in the state secretariat and later switched to teaching. His political career began in 1969 when he along with some others jointly founded Nagaland’s first regional party, the United Democratic Front (UDF) and later the Naga National Democratic Party (NNDP).He also played a significant role in the formation of Nagaland Peoples’ Front (NPF) in 2002. His political career spans across 5 decades wherein he was elected as an MLA eight times and also held several other high-profile ministerial portfolios. He has written more than 40 books that include novels, poetry, drama, history and translations. He decided against contesting the 2013 elections as he wished to retire from politics but he was instead appointed as the President of NPF and Chairman of DAN (Democratic Alliance of Nagaland). Shurhozelie will now be faced with a tough task of managing the factions within the party and take decisions on holding the urban local body (ULB) polls with 33% reservation for women, a major issue that led Zeliang to step down.

    Shurhozelie Liezeitsu elected new Nagaland CM

    Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) president Shurhozelie Liezeitsu will be sworn in as the state’s eleventh Chief Minister. As Nagaland Former Chief Minister T R Zeliang stepped down from the post on February 19, 2017 facing revolt from his party MLAs against the decision to reserve 33% seats for women in urban local bodies.  Nagaland is a mountainous state in northeast India, bordering Myanmar. It's home to diverse indigenous tribes, with festivals and markets celebrating the different tribes' culture. Its capital city of Kohima suffered heavy fighting in World War II, commemorated by memorials at the Kohima War Cemetery. The Nagaland State Museum exhibits ancient weaponry, a ceremonial drum and other traditional Naga cultural artifacts.

    Shahid Afridi announces retirement from international cricket

    Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi on 19 February 2017 announced his retirement from international cricket. With the announcement comes an end to his illustrious 21-year career. Afridi had already quit Tests in 2010 and One Day International cricket after the 2015 World Cup. However, he still skippered the Pakistan Twenty20 team at the 2016 world championships in India.  Shahid Afridi : Shahid Afridi is a former captain of the Pakistan national cricket team. He made his debut on 2 October 1996 against Kenya. However, he did not bat and went wicketless. In his first international innings, he broke the record for fastest century in ODI cricket, reaching his hundred from 37 balls. With this, he became the youngest player to score an ODI century. The record was broken by New Zealand cricketer Corey Anderson on 1 January 2014. At present, South-African cricketer AB de Villiers holds the record for fastest century in ODI. He also holds a record of taking most wickets (97) and most player-of-the match awards in Twenty20 International cricket. He also holds the distinction of having hit the most number of sixes in the history of ODI cricket. On 21 November 2005, he was banned for a Test match and two ODIs for deliberately damaging the pitch in the second match of the three-Test series against England. On 25 May 2010, he was appointed captain of the national team in all three formats. In 2015, he was named among the top 20 most charitable athletes in the world by Do Something. At present, he is serving as the President for PSL team Peshawar Zalmi, which is owned by his cousin Javed Afridi.

    Nagaland: Chief Minister TR Zeliang resigned

    Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang resigned as Chief Minister of the state on 19 February 2017. He resigned against the backdrop of widespread protests in the state, which was triggered due to government’s decision to reserve 33 percent seats for women in urban local bodies. Zeliang’s resignation was accepted by the Governor PB Acharya. As per reports, the governor has asked Zeliang to continue till further arrangements were made. In a statement, the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said Zeliang was stepping down and a consensus leader will be chosen on 20 February 2017 at Naga People's Front (NPF) Legislature Party meeting. The NPF meeting will be followed by a meeting of DAN (Democratic Alliance of Nagaland) in Kohima. In the 60-member assembly, the ruling Democratic Alliance of Nagaland comprises 48 NPF legislators, including suspended legislator Imkong Imchen, four of BJP MLAs and eight Independents. As per reports, Neiphiu Rio, the former Chief Minister and sole MP from the state, appears to be a front-runner for the Chief Ministership. In the 60-member Assembly, Rio is said to be commanding the support of 49 MLAs, including eight Independents.  At least three MLAs, including Speaker Chotisuh Sazo, are with party President Shurhozelie Liezitsu.  

    Sandeep Singh Indian International Hockey Player Receives Honorary Doctorate

    Indian professional hockey player Sandeep Singh has been honored with an Honorary Doctorate Degree by Desh Bhagat University, a private educational institution in Amloh, Fatehgarh Sahib District of Punjab. He is the second Indian hockey player to receive this award.  The only first player was Dileep Tirkey, former captain and sitting Member of Parliament, to receive an honorary degree for sporting excellence from Sambalpur University in 2010. 

    Palaniswami Sworn in as new Tamil Nadu Chief Minister

    After days of speculation, AIADMK's Edappadi Palaniswami was sworn in as the New Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 16 February 2017. Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao took the decision to invite Palaniswami to form the government after conducting talks with both him and O Panneerselvam. The talks clearly proved that Palaniswami had more support from the state legislatures than Panneerselvam. Highlights : Palaniswami was sworn in at 4.30 pm at Raj Bhavan in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.His nomination for the CM post was chosen by Sasikala herself before she left to serve her four-year sentence for corruption in a Bengaluru jail. Palaniswami was called on by the Governor early morning on 16 February to reconfirm his support of 124 AIADMK legislatures out of the total 134. Palaniswami will now be expected to prove his majority in the state assembly within 15 days, according to an official release from the Raj Bhavan.  In spite of her jail term, Sasikala will continue to hold her position as the General Secretary of AIADMK.   Edappadi Palaniswami : He is currently serving as the Minister for Highways & Minor Ports and is the sitting Member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly for Edappadi in Salem, his home district.He is a four-time member of Tamil Nadu Legislature. His first election win was in 1989 when he won the assembly elections from the Edappadi constituency. While he retained his position in the next elections, he lost in the 2006 elections. He was re-elected in 2011 and then again in 2016. He was acknowledged as the Number 3 in Jayalalithaa’s cabinet, next only to Panneerselvam.  In fact according to reports, he was Sasikala’s first choice for the post of Chief Minister right after Jayalalithaa’s death but in the end, Panneerselvam was chosen.

    Norman Isaac became first Indian to be FIBA’s Technical Delegate

    Norman Isaac in February 2017 became the first Indian to be promoted by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) as the Technical Delegate (TD). His appointment/promotion was confirmed by the sport’s worldwide governing body. He was promoted to TD along with a select few aspirants, who successfully cleared a series of tests at Doha, Qatar. FIBA in an official letter affirmed his new status and asked Norman to prepare the preliminary rounds of matches in the qualifiers, which will kick off in November 2017 towards the first ever FIBA World Cup in China in 2019. As a Technical delegate, Norman will be assigned to any country and will be responsible for conducting an entire event which will range from actual competition management including media arrangements to logistics. However, any country will not include his country. Previous tasks of Norman : In 2006, as a FIBA Commissioner, Norman was conferred with the title at Muscat, Oman. His earliest assignments included in 2009 for the FIBA Asia women’s championship at Chennai and the FIBA Asia girls’ under-16 years’ tournament in Pune. His last assignment as the FIBA Commissioner was in the FIBA Asia Challenge Cup for men in Iran in September 2016. Norman and Basketball He played his first senior Nationals at Ludhiana, Punjab as a ball-handler in 1981 He represented Andhra Pradesh till 1992. After his playing days, he joined the Basketball Federation of India’s (BFI)’s B panel in 1993 Later in 1996, he graduated to the A level as the only one of 13 to pass the exams at Guwahati He became a FIBA Referee in 2001 In 2002, he officiated in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Kuala Lumpur  In 2004, he officiated in the FIBA Asia championship at Singapore In 2015, the BFI appointed him as its Chairman, Technical Commission FIBA World Cup  : FIBA’s mega quadrennial event has been planned in accordance to the FIFA World Cup. The organisers have planned the event in a way that it may not clash with world’s biggest sports events like Olympics.

    Justice Vikramajit Sen takes charge of Delhi and Districts Cricket Association

    Justice Vikramajit Sen, former Supreme Court Judge, on 15 February 2017 took charge of the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA). He officially took the charge from Justice Mukul Mudgal. Just after taking charge of the DDCA, Justice Sen formed various committees. In a three-page instruction, he laid out the ground rules while keeping most of the committees selected by Justice Mudgal. DDCA accounts manager Pritam Panwar and Vikrant will be signing authorities in all financial and bank related matters. The selection committees also remained same. Former Ranji cricketer Siddharth Sahib Singh was named in-charge of all Cricket Operations (International, Domestic and IPL). Salil Seth will look over the Media and Broadcasting Committee while former treasurer Ravinder Manchanda will be in charge of IPL Operations during Delhi Daredevils’ home matches at Kotla. Delhi and Districts Cricket Association : The Delhi and District Cricket Association is the governing body of the Cricket activities in Delhi and the Delhi cricket team.  The association is affiliated to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The Delhi cricket team is the team for Delhi and District Cricket Association in the Ranji Trophy. The association also plays with the name of DDCA President's XI, which participates in premier tournaments abroad or in India.

    Pakistani Batsman Jamshed Suspended from all forms of Cricket

    The Left-handed opening batsman of Pakistan Nasir Jamshed on February 13 has been provisionally suspended from all forms of cricket by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for violating its anti-corruption code. PCB is investigating into the corruption scandal that hit the Pakistan Super League. Earlier PCB had suspended Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, the two Islamabad United players for being involved in the PSL corruption scandal. According to the sources, the suspended Pakistan players Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif had claimed during their questioning by anti-corruption officials that Jamshed had asked them to meet with the person suspected to be part of an international match fixing. But the exact nature of his involvement has not been made clear. The 27-year-old has played in two Tests, 48 one-day internationals and 18 Twenty20 matches for Pakistan.

    Jean-Pierre Lacroix appointed as new UN peacekeeping Chief

    France’s Jean-Pierre Lacroix has been appointed as the Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations’ Peacekeeping Operations. He has been appointed for the period of one year beginning 1 April 2017. The announcement was made by the United Nations' new Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who took over from Ban Ki-moon on 1 January 2017. Besides this, Guterres also announced the extension of the term of three other officials including Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant-Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support and Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support until 1 April 2018. Highlights : The two Under-Secretary-General positions are among the most high-profile posts at the United Nations. In his new position, Jean-Pierre Lacroix will be replacing Herve Ladsous, who will step down in March 2017after six years of service. Hervé Ladsous had informed UN chief that he would be unavailable for an extension at the end of his current term. Lacroix will be taking over the role at a time when UN peacekeeping is struggling to overcome a scandal over increasing number of sexual abuse cases by troops serving in peacekeeping missions.Apart from this, Guterres also announced that he will be setting up an internal review team to look into the international body’s peace and security strategy, functioning, and architecture. Jean-Pierre Lacroix : Born on 2 May 1960, Lacroix holds a bachelor’s degree in law and master’s degree in political science. He was a technical advisor to the French Prime Minister from 1993 to 1995. He is currently serving as the Director of United Nations and International Organizations (NUOI). In total, he has over 25 years of political and diplomatic experience.He has handled several multilateral organisations, UN activities and programmes.  

    Australia’s Adam Voges Announces Retirement from International Cricket

    Australian cricketer Adam Voges has decided to retire from all formats of international cricket after playing his last match as captain of the team Prime Minister’s XI against Sri Lanka in Canberra on February 15, 2017. Voges has played only 20 Tests for Australia after debuting at the age of 35 in 2015 and became the oldest debut centurion when he scored an unbeaten 130 against West Indies in Dominica. During his career of test match period he scored 1485 runs with five centuries and four half-centuries. His batting average of 61.87 is second only to Donald Bradman among all batsmen with a minimum of 20 Tests. He played his last match in Western Australia’s Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania in November 2016.

    Sachin Tendulkar adopts another village for transformation

    Indian cricket icon and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar is now set to adopt Donja in Osmanabad (Maharashtra) under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna.  Tendulkar has sanctioned over Rs 4 crore from his MPLAD fund for development of Donja. The amount will be spent on development of a new school building, a water Supply scheme that would provide potable water to each household, concrete roads and a sewage line attached to the same . Five special village level meetings have been held since the village was adopted by Tendulkar, under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana with participation of women from the village.  The initial planning has already been completed and the issuing of tenders for the various works is expected to commence after the Zilla Parishad elections in the region.  Tendulkar had announced Donja as his second adopted village late last year after successfully completing the first phase of development in Puttamraju Kandriga in Nellore . Five special village level meetings have been held at Donja where women have also made suggestions to the district officials to plan the roadmap for the transformation.  Tendulkar has emphasised on addressing the issue of potable water since the entire region of Osmanabad has been facing a drought over the last couple of years.  The school building which is over 70 years old will also be replaced with a new one.  Anand Rayate (IAS), Chief Executive Officer of Osmanabad Zilha Parishad, has led the execution of various works in Donja.   

    Supreme Court convicted Sasikala in disproportionate assets case

    The Supreme Court of India (SC) on 14 February 2017 overruled a Karnataka High Court’s judgment in a disproportionate assets case related to Sasikala. The ruling of the SC renders Sasikala ineligible to contest Assembly elections. The judgment was delivered by a bench of the apex court comprising Justices PC Ghose and Amitava Roy. The SC delivered the judgment on the basis of appeals filed by Karnataka government and others, including DMK leader K. Anbazhagan. The bench restored the trial court conviction of the accused in September 2014. he trial court’s verdict was overruled by the Karanatak High Court in June 2015. The high court acquitted former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and three co-accused, including Sasikala, in the disproportionate assets case.  

    Frank-Walter Steinmeier elected President of Germany

    Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected as the new President of Germany on 12 February 2017 by a special Parliamentary assembly. He became the 12th person to hold the post in the post-war era. The special assembly comprised 630 federal Members of Parliament and an equal number of representatives from Germany’s 16 Federal states. Highlights : Steinmeier, a Social Democrat, won the election with an overwhelming majority. He got 931 out of total 1260 votes. There were 103 abstentions and 14 votes were declared invalid. The results were announced by Norbert Lammert, the President of Germany’s constitutional body, Bundestag. Steinmeier’s win was welcomed with a standing ovation by most members excluding a dozen belonging to the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, whose presidential candidate received just 42 votes. Steinmeier got a lot of support in the election from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “grand coalition”. The coalition comprises centre-right and centre-left parties. In his acceptance speech, Steinmeier encouraged the people of Germany to be brave and not be afraid of the future. He also spoke about how Germany, a difficult fatherland, has become an anchor of hope for many across the world. Steinmeier will be taking oath on 19 March 2017, a day after current President Joachim Gauck steps down from his position. Frank-Walter Steinmeier : Born in 1956, Steinmeier holds a doctorate in law and was formerly serving as a civil servant. He had close relations with Gerhard Schroder, the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony and served as his chief of staff from 1996. He was appointed as the Under Secretary of the State in the German Chancellery in 1998 when Schroder became Germany’s Chancellor. He was handed the responsibility of overseeing intelligence services. He has held the post of Germany’s Minister for Foreign Affairs twice from 2005 to 2009 and very recently from 2013 to 2017, both times under the rule of Angela Merkel’s ‘grand coalition’. He also additionally served as the country’s Vice Chancellor from 2007 to 2009. In 2016, he was elected as the Chairman-in Office of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).   Steinmeier is widely respected for taking a strong stand on issues significant to the people of Germany. With his win now, hopes are high that he will work to support the country’s reputation as a global defender of tolerant liberal values.

    Arundhati Bhattacharya Becomes the Ambassador for its SBI PO recruitment ad

    State Bank of India (SBI) put out a big advertisement seeking probationary officers for the bank. Half the advertisement has a smiling picture of the bank’s chairman, Arundhati Bhattacharya, who herself was part of the 1977 batch of probationary officers. India’s largest bank plans to recruit 2,200 probationary officers this year. “Are you next?” the ad says, as it offers to create “leaders of tomorrow”. Listing the reasons why one should join the bank, the ad says the topmost emolument could be “overseas exposure”. SBI has 196 foreign offices in 36 countries, which can offer global positions through “overseas postings even at an early career stage. The forms for the exam are already out and will be available till 6 March. Probationary Officers recruitment is a direct entry point into the bank’s management cadre.  As SBI offers the full array of financial services, the new entrants will get an opportunity work in the various departments, ranging from personal banking, rural banking, corporate banking, credit, forex and treasury, amongst others. 

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