1. Appointments, Committees, bills
  2. Committees, Panels
  3. Awards: Civilian, Diaspora
  4. Awards: Movies, Music, Pageants
  5. Dead in News (DIN?)
  6. Controversies-Desi
  7. 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.
Diplomatic appointments
  • India’s high Commissioner to Pakistan: Gautam H.Bambawale
  • India’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia: IPS officer and ex-Mumbai police commissioner Ahmed Javed.

Persons in News December 2015

Committees, Panels

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.
SEBI committees
  • 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

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.

Miss World 2015

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?)

R.I.P Why Important?
Sharad Joshi
  • 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.


Person Why Controversy?
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.
Indira Jaising
  • 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.

Controversies- Firangi

Will Turner Orlando Bloom

Pirates of Caribbean = “sea” version of Goonda’s of UP

Person Why Controversy?
Orlando Bloom
  • 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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