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M S Subbulakshmi to be honoured by A R Rahman at UN on Independence Day

Published on: 11-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

With this, Rahman will become the second Indian artist after Subbulakshmi to perform at the UN.  She was invited by the then UN Secretary General U Thant to perform at the UN headquarters in 1966.

Irom Sharmila ends 16-year-long fast

Published on: 10-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Sharmila went on a hunger-strike at the age of 28 with a primary demand of repealing the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) of 1958 from Manipur.

Nita Ambani becomes first Indian woman IOC member

Published on: 05-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

52-year-old Nita is the only current active individual member of the IOC from India and she will serve at the high-profile world body until she attains the age of 70.

Luke Aikins became first person to jump from 25000 feet without a parachute or wing suit

Published on: 01-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

42-year-old, Aikins, completed the stunt without mishap, landing almost in the middle of the 100ft by 100ft (30.5-by-30.5-meter) net.

Russian PM suspends Deputy Sports Minister Yury Nagornykh named in doping report

Published on: 20-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

WADA report said Nagornykh was told about every positive drug test across all sports from 2011 onwards, and he decided "who would benefit from a cover-up and who would not be protected.

Tathagata Roy sworn-in as Governor of Arunachal Pradesh

Published on: 11-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

His oath of office and secrecy was administered by the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court Ajit Singh. He is the 18th Governor to be sworn in as Governor of this Himalayan State.

Linda Burney becomes first Indigenous woman elected to Australia's lower house

Published on: 04-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

With this, she joins first Aboriginal MP Ken Wyatt of the conservative Liberal Party who was elected in 2010 and Olympian Nova Peris was the first indigenous woman in the Australian Senate of the Parliament.

Indian-origin lawyer Yasmin Sooka to chair panel on human rights in South Sudan

Published on: 25-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Sooka will serve together with Kenneth Scott from the US and Godfrey Musila of Kenya on the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan.

Virginia Raggi became first female mayor of Rome

Published on: 21-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Raggi, who will turn 38 in July 2016, is also the youngest mayor in Rome's history as well as the the first candidate from that M5S party to be elected to Rome's mayoralty.

Sunil Mittal elected Chairman of International Chamber of Commerce

Published on: 17-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

He is the 51st chairman of the ICC and the third Indian business leader to be elected as the chief of the ICC in its near 100-year history.

Vijay Mallya declared as Proclaimed Offender by Money Laundering Court

Published on: 15-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The court issued proclamation under Section 82 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) against Vijay Mallya.

Justice Rakesh Ranjan Prasad takes charge of Chief Justice of Manipur HC

Published on: 14-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

He succeeded Justice Laxmi Kanta Mohapatra who relinquished the office on 9 June 2016.

Priyanka Chopra nominated for Choice TV Breakout Star in 2016 Teen Choice Awards

Published on: 13-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

She was nominated for her role as FBI trainee Alex Parrish in American TV series, Quantico.

Dia Mirza named Ambassador for Swachh Saathi programme

Published on: 07-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

As the ambassador, the actress would interact with school and college students from across the country through awareness sessions, community cleaning activities and motivational videos.

Nita Ambani becomes first Indian women to be nominated for International Olympic Committee

Published on: 06-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Once elected, she will continue to be IOC member until she attains the age of 70.

Two Indian-origin women in Forbes' Self-Made American Women List

Published on: 03-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

India-born Neerja Sethi ranked 16th on 'America's Richest Self-made Women' list while president and CEO of Arista Networks Jayshree Ullal is ranked 30th. Sethi, co-founded IT consulting and outsourcing firm Syntel with her husband Bharat Desai.

Admiral Sunil Lanba takes charge as 21st Navy Chief

Published on: 31-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

Born on 17 July 1957, Lanba is a recipient of Param Vishist Seva Medal (PVSM) and Ati Vishist Seva Medal (AVSM) for distinguished service of an exceptionally high order.

Baciro Dja named Prime Minister of Guinea Bissau

Published on: 27-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Dja succeeds Carlos Correia, who was sacked earlier this month in a move that threatened to deepen political turmoil in the tiny West African nation.

Binali Yildirim set to become Prime Minister of Turkey

Published on: 21-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

He will succeed Ahmet Davutoglu, who earlier stepped down from the post following an increasing public rift with Erdogan.

Fatma Samoura named first female secretary general of FIFA

Published on: 14-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 20 people agreed

Samoura, 54-year-old, will assume the role of FIFA Secretary General before mid-June after undergoing an eligibility check administered by an independent review committee.

SC Collegium recommended transfer of Uttarakhand Chief Justice to Andhra Pradesh

Published on: 05-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

In April 2016, a bench of Uttarakhand High Court, presided over by him quashed the Union Government’s decision to impose President's rule in the state.

Indian American Sikh woman, Harmeet Kaur Dhillon, elected to key Republican position

Published on: 03-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Chandigarh-born Harmeet Kaur Dhillon was elected as the newest national committee woman of the Republican National Committee on 1 May 2016.

Sachin Tendulkar to endorse I Support Skill India campaign

Published on: 12-APR-2016
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

Tendulkar was signed for the campaign as he resonates the best with skills. He is a true global icon and brand that disrupted the game of cricket through his skill sets and inspired generation.

Vietnam Parliament approved Nguyen Xuan Phuc as Prime Minister

Published on: 08-APR-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Nguyen Xuan Phuc, 61, succeeded Nguyen Tan Dung who was removed from office on 6 April 2016.

Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson named as Iceland Prime Minister

Published on: 07-APR-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

He will succeed Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson who resigned on 5 April 2016 after his name was the leaked Panama Papers.

Poet Haldar Nag, a class III dropout, conferred Padma Shri

Published on: 31-MAR-2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

Sambalpur University is coming up with a compilation of his writings, Haldhar Granthabali-2. This compilation will be a part of the university's syllabus.

P Susheela entered Guinness World Records for recording highest number of songs in several languages

Published on: 30-MAR-2016
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

On the other hand, Asia Book of Records also officially recognised Susheela for singing most number of songs in Indian languages.

UN Population Fund appointed Ashley Judd as Goodwill Ambassador

Published on: 17-MAR-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

As a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador, the American actress will support the agency’s efforts to stop women dying giving life and to empower women to choose when and how often to become pregnant.

UNDP appointed Michelle Yeoh as Goodwill Ambassador

Published on: 17-MAR-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

She is internationally acclaimed for her roles in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, Ang Lee’s Academy Award-winning Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon.

Obama nominated Merrick Garland for Chief Justice of US Supreme Court

Published on: 17-MAR-2016
Important for Exam: 21 people agreed

Garland, the Chief Judge on the US Court of Appeals in D.C., will succeed Justice Antonin Scalia who died on 13 February 2016.

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