- Appointments, Committees, bills
- Committees, Panels
- Awards: Civilian, Diaspora
- Awards: Movies, Music, Pageants
- Dead in News (DIN?)
- Controversies- Firangi
Appointments, Committees, bills
|43th CJI||Justice Tirath Singh Thakur replaced Justice H.L.Dattu. his biodata given in last month’s PIN.|
|CBDT||IRS officer Arun Kumar Jain becomes the new chairman of the statutory body Central board of direct taxes (CBDT)|
- Retired IAS from Tripura cadre-Radha Krishna Mathur became the new chief information commissioner of India, replacing Vijai Sharma.
- Usually among the information Commissioner (IC), one guy gets “promoted” to CIC. But this time government brought in a new “fresh” CIC, who has not served as an IC.
- CIC term limit is 5 years or 65 age; not eligible for re-appointment.
- CIC is selected by a panel of PM, 1 union Cabinet Minister, leader of single largest opposition party.
- CIC is appointed by the President of India.
|FSSAI||Pawan Kumar Agarwal becomes CEO of Food safety and standards authority of India (FSSAI).|
|Justice Virendra Singh||SC appointed this Lokayukta of UP by using extraordinary powers under Article 142 of the Constitution to enforce its own orders.|
|Navjot Singh Siddhu||(BJP) MP and cricketer from Punjab – he is appointed as a member of the National Commission for Minorities.|
|NITI Ayog CEO||Kerala cadre IAS Amitabh Kant takes additional charge as Niti Ayoa CEO since Sindushree Khullar retired.|
- India’s high Commissioner to Pakistan: Gautam H.Bambawale
- India’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia: IPS officer and ex-Mumbai police commissioner Ahmed Javed.
|Chairman||Purpose of the Committee apart from harassing UPSC aspirants|
|Gopal Subramaniam||This Former solicitor General will now head of the inquiry commission for DDCA scam .|
|M.L. Sharma Panel||This ex-CBI officer is looking into the 2G and coal scam charges against former cbi chief Ranjit sinha.|
- Narayana Murthy committee on crowd funding for startup companies.
- Nandan Nilekani committee: boosting mutual fund industry
|V.M.Katoch Panel||To reduce bulk drug imports from China.|
|Vijay Kelkar||By finance ministry on Revisiting & Revitalizing the PPP model of Infrastructure Development.|
Bills (List not exhaustive)
|Gujarat’s Labour Laws bill|
- President gave assent.
- Now employers can change the nature of job of the employee without prior notice.
- Out of court settlement between employers and employees with paying some fee to govt.
- Changed the definition of contractor and Lifted the restriction on sacking of workers and payment of compensation.
|NRI reservation in Lok Sabha|
- BJP MP Poonam Mahajan has moved a Private member Bill in the Lok Sabha seeking nomination of at least eight NRIs to the Lok Sabha.
- As of now, 2 Anglo-Indians are nominated in Lok Sabha because this community has no chance of winning a traditional election because of their small population.
- So Poonam Mahajan’s logic- NRIs too deserve similar treatment. Besides It is the centenary year of Mahatma Gandhi’s return to India from South Africa.
Awards: Civilian, Diaspora
|Captain Simratpal Singh||This Sikh US army officer got permission his to wear turban and have long hair and beard.|
|E-India award|| won by DDA (delhi development authority) for using manpower and resources efficiently through mobile applications|
|Genesis Prize 2015|
- Aka Jewish Nobel, booty- US$ 1 million.
- Itzhak Perlman won, for his contribution to violin music, teaching and disability rights.
|S. Balakrishnan||Ex-journalist who purchased the dawood property. (that’s also an achievement)|
|Shilp gurus awards||Shilp Guru award started in 2002 by textile ministry and carries Rs.2 lakh prize.|
|Time Person of the Year|
- German chancellor Angela Markel becomes time ‘Person of the year 2015’
For her leadership during Europe’s debt, refugee and migrant crises, as well as Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.
- Notable Runner ups- ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
|Tracey Curtis-Taylor|| British woman aviator lands near Delhi. is flying 13,000 miles across 23 countries in three continents in an open cockpit vintage biplane|
|UK Queen’s Young Leader award|
- Karthik Sawhney (Blind, first blind science student to enroll in class-11).
- Neha Swain (NGO- Rubaroo)
|US National Medal of Science|
- Prof. Rameskh K.Jain, Harvard Medical.
- He graduated from IIT-Kanpur, extensive research on tumors.
Awards: Movies, Music, Pageants
|Miss Universe 2015|
- Philippines’ Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach has won this beauty competition, held at Las Vegas in USA.
- Controversy erupted when Host Steve Jobs Harvey wrongfully declared Miss Columbia as winner butshe was only the 1st runner up.
- India’s Urvashi Rautela couldn’t even reach top-15 due to lack of coaching.
|Miss World 2015|
- Spain’s Mireia Lalaguna Royo won this beauty competition held in Sanya, China.
- India’s Aditi Arya couldn’t even reach top-20 due to lack of xeroxed study material.
|Bappi Lahiri and Kumar Sanu||Given lifetime achievement awards by the government of West Bengal during Bangla Sangeet Mela.|
- International film Festival of India held at Goa
- Bestmovie: the embrace of the serpent (Rs.40 lakh award), its about Emma is on rainforest.
- Ilyaraja: This south Indian music maestro given Centenary Award
|Naseeruddin Shah||Bollywood actor got awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF)|
Khopchaa King Silip Kumar
Tragedy king Dilip Kumar
- Given Padma Vibhushan. As such it was announced on 26 January 2015 but he could not attend the ceremony because of illness.
- Real name: Muhammad Yusuf Khan, born in the Peshawar, Pak.
- Method actor, nominated Rajya Sabha member,
- Recipient of (1) dadasaheb Phalke (’94) (2)Pakistan’s highest civilian award Nishan-e-Imtiaz (1998)
Dead in News (DIN?)
- Economist, agriculturist and prominent farmer’s leader .
- He was founder of ‘Shetkari Sanghatana’- meant for onion, cotton and sugarcane farmers across Maharashtra.
- Gave the slogan; ‘Freedom of access to markets and to Technology.’
- He served in Indian Postal Services, UN and Rajya Sabha.
- He was the lone member of the Upper House to vote against the Women’s Reservation Bill in 2010.
- Shetkari Sanghatana and the Shetkari Mahila Aghadi, were the first in the country to propose 100 per cent women panels in the Panchayati Raj elections in Maharashtra.
|Acharya Abhinavagupta||Shaivite philosopher from Kashmir who died in 1016 (one thousand years ago). He interpreted the ancient spiritual and cultural heritage of Kashmir. RSS wants to celebrate his birthday.|
|Andres Moreno||world’s most obese person from Mexico|
|Bahadur Singh Chauhan||Former international soccer referee|
|Chantala Sriramulu||Noted theater artist from Telangana.|
|Gen. Om Prakash Malhotra||Ex-chief of Indian Army during late 70s.|
|Hema Upadhyay||Noted artist, dead in Mumbai.|
|Ian Murdock||Founder of Debian Linux operating system.|
|Mangesh Keshav Padgaonkar||Marathi Poet. Translated Bible and Bhajans of Meerabai.|
|Noorul Huda||Noted communist leader from Manipur.|
|Peter Dickinson||UK author, Famous for his Detective novels, Won Carnegie medal twice.|
|Sadhana Shivdasani||Bollywood actress of the 60s. Famous for hit movies- Waqt, Mera Saya, Hum Dono.|
|Sathya Murthy and Srinivas Chakravarthy||(dead)Telugu film industry script writers.|
|Susanne Hoeber Rudolph|
- American author, political thinker and educationist
- Book: Modernity of Tradition: Political Development in India +
- She and her husband were given Padma Bhushan in 2014.
|Ustad Sabri Khan||Sarangi Maestro.|
|A.P.J.M. Haja Syed Ibrahim||Dr Kalam grand nephew + quit the BJP protesting against the Central government’s refusal to convert the house where Kalam stayed in New Delhi into a ‘Knowledge Centre’ for students and youth.|
- Human rights activist + lawyer
- Home ministry has sent her notice for allegedly receiving foreign funds when she held the post of Additional Solicitor General
|JNU Delhi||Tops on the list of sexual harassment cases. Perhaps Asha*** BAPU should be made its next Vice Chancellor|
|Kalikho Pul||Rebel congress MLA of Arunanchal Pradesh who was declared CM by all rebels . Case is under judiciary as HC stayed the process|
|Nabam Rebia||Arunanchal Pradesh assembly speaker. The Assembly passed a resolution to impeach him.|
|Raghu Raman (not Rajan)||NATGRID’s first and only CEO, not given renewal because of negative IB report.|
|Remo Fernandes||Goa police summoned this pop-star for verbal abuse of minor girl after hitting her by car (so Asharam + salman khan mixed personality, allegedly of course).|
|Sangeeta Rani Kalia|| IPS Haryana- Transferred after spat with state minister.|
|Y. Bhaskar Rao||This Karnatka Lokyaukta Resigned, since his son was arrested in an alleged extortion racket and karnatka legislature moved a resolution for his removal.|
|Y.S. Rao-||Indian Council of Historical Research chairman resigned. ICHR head’s position is an honorary one, for which no salary is paid.|
Pirates of Caribbean = “sea” version of Goonda’s of UP
- British actor noted for his role in The Lord of the Rings and Pirates of Caribbean.
- Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister had invited him to promote tourism
- but Orlando Bloom was deported back before getting a chance to see UP’s Goonda raj, since his e-visa application was not approved when he landed India.
- E-visa approval can take anything from 72 hours to 4 days.
- Visa function falls under Home ministry and not External Affairs ministry.
|Christine Lagarde||IMF chief facing trial in France for misappropriation of public funds when she was France’s Chindu (= Finance minister)|
|Donald Trump||Republican presidential candidate is in controversy over his recent anti muslim remarks that he saw Muslims celebrating 9/11 etc. and even ISIS using him in recruitment posters.|
|Gustavo de Aristegui||This Spain ambassador to India has resigned after controversy of him getting kickbacks from Spanish corporates to get contracts in third world.|
|Sepp Blatter (IFA) and Michel Platini (UEFA)||These football administrators are banned for 8 years for doing Srinivas-giri in FIFA.|
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