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Indian-origin Davinder Singh named vice-chair of ICC Commission on Corporate Responsibility and Anti-corruption

Published on: 12-FEB-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

With this appointment, Davinder Singh, a citizen of Singapore, became one of three vice-chairs of the commission. Other two vice-chairs are François Vincke of Belgium and Iohann Le Frapper of France.

Tamar Hahn of Israel took charge of Director of United Nations Information Centre in Buenos Aires

Published on: 11-FEB-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

She was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Saroj Kumar Jha appointed Senior Director for Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group at World Bank

Published on: 02-FEB-2016
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

He was appointed to provide strategic leadership to address the challenge of fragility, conflict and violence, working across the Bank Group and in close collaboration with partners.

IPS officer Aparna Kumar became India's first civil servant to scale Mount Vinson Massif

Published on: 28-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 20 people agreed

She set out on the Antarctic expedition on 5 January 2016, accompanied by a 10-member team of mountaineers from various countries.

Burkina Faso's president named Paul Kaba Thieba as Prime Minister

Published on: 10-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

The announcement was made a week after the president was sworn in as the country's first new leader in almost three decades following his election in November 2015.

Arunima Sinha scaled Mount Aconcagua in Argentina

Published on: 04-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 22 people agreed

Arunima started her mission on the morning of 12 December 2015 and hoisted the Indian tricolour on 25 December 2015.

Indian-origin official Sanjay Pradhan to lead Open Government Partnership

Published on: 18-DEC-2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

Pradhan will help ensure that OGP continues to succeed in its mission to promote government transparency, accountability and responsiveness to citizens.

French President Francois Hollande to be Chief Guest at Republic Day in India

Published on: 17-DEC-2015
Important for Exam: 18 people agreed

Hollande will be the fifth French leader to be a chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations.

Prithvi Raj Singh elected to Board of Governors of World Water Council

Published on: 18-NOV-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

He founded the Jal Bhagirathi Foundation in partnership with eminent water conservationaist Rajendra Singh.

Indian-origin barrister Kalyani Kaul sworn-in as Circuit Judge in the UK

Published on: 13-NOV-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Kalyani (54) is known for her extensive and wide ranging experience in heavy-weight criminal defence work. She has spent 32years defending serious and high profile cases.

Shekhar Kapur to head jury and Anil Kapoor to be chief guest at IFFI 2015

Published on: 04-NOV-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The Man Who Knew Infinity, a British film on Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan’s life, will open the 46th edition and Spain will be the focus country of the IFFI 2015.

Sekhar Basu took over as Chairman of AEC and Secretary of DAE

Published on: 26-OCT-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Basu was appointed as the chairman of AEC on 10 October 2015. He succeeds Ratan Kumar Sinha who headed the AEC for nearly 3.5 years.

Maldivian Vice-President arrested on suspicion of links to a blast on President's boat

Published on: 24-OCT-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

Vice President Ahmed Adeeb was arrested on suspicion of links to a blast on the Presidential boat that occurred on 28 September 2015.

Indian mountaineers climbed an untouched mountain peak, named it after APJ Abdul Kalam

Published on: 24-OCT-2015
Important for Exam: 27 people agreed

Newly named Mt. Kalam is located near Bara Shigri Glacier, largest glacier located in Himachal Pradesh. Bara-Sigri glacier is the second longest glacier in Himalaya after Gangotri.

Abdul Bari Siddiqui elected Bihar Cricket Association President

Published on: 24-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

BCA elections were held in accordance to a direction of the Apex Court, which had appointed former Patna High Court judge Dharampal Sinha as electoral officer-cum-observer for the polls.

Elattuvalapil Sreedharan to join UN's High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport

Published on: 21-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 22 people agreed

The formation of group was announced by the UN Secretary General on 8 August 2014 to formulate recommendations on sustainable transport actionable at global, national, local, and sector levels.

P Siva Kumar, CVRDE Director, elevated as Distinguished Scientist

Published on: 21-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Sivakumar’s elevation was in recognition of his dedication and diligence in self-reliance effort for defence combat vehicle systems including Arjun MBT tanks.

Ashok-Alexander Sridharan became first PIO to be elected as mayor of Bonn in Germany

Published on: 16-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

He was born in Bonn in 1965 to an Indian Diplomat and German mother.

Jeremy Corbyn elected as leader of Labour Party in UK

Published on: 16-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The election of Corbyn assumes significance to the UK politics in specific and the EU in general as he is long known for his radical left-wing leanings.

Indian-American Jagdeep Grewal Sworn-in as First Female Postmaster of Sacramento

Published on: 11-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

Jagdeep Grewal, a graduate from Punjab University, became the first female postmaster of Sacramento in 166 years.

Queen Elizabeth II became longest-reigning UK monarch

Published on: 09-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

She passed the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria on 9 September 2015 who ruled for 63 years between 1837 and 1901.

R Sampanthan became first tamilian to lead opposition in Sri Lankan parliament in 32 years

Published on: 04-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

While R Sampanthan is the second tamilian to hold the position, A Amirthallingam was the leader of the opposition between 1977 and 1983.

US designated Aziz Haqqani as global terrorist

Published on: 27-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

He was declared as a global terrorist for being involved in planning and carrying out attacks against Afghan government targets.

Union Government released Postal stamp on Ashoka

Published on: 25-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 214 people agreed

Ashoka, born to the Mauryan emperor Bindusara and a relatively lower ranked wife of his, Dharma, was the grandson of Chandragupta Maurya, founder of Mauryan dynasty.

Karnal Singh assigned additional charge of Director of Enforcement Directorate

Published on: 20-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

Singh, who is currently serving as Special Director in Centre Region of Enforcement Directorate, will replace Rajan S Katoch. Kotoch was given three extensions as ED Director.

Acharya Dev Vrat sworn-in as Governor of Himachal Pradesh

Published on: 13-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

He replaced Kalyan Singh, who was given the additional charge of Himachal Pradesh Governor on 28 January 2015 after Urmila Singh completed her term as Governor in the state on 25 January 2015.

Survey started to erect memorial for Dr. Kalam at Rameswaram

Published on: 13-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

Dr. Kalam expired on 27 July 2015 at Shillong and was laid to rest at Peikarumbu in Rameswaram on 30 July 2015.

Amitabh Bachchan accepted the proposal to be Maharashtra’s tiger ambassador

Published on: 11-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

To promote eco tourism, especially tiger tourism in Maharashtra, Mungantiwar requested Bachchan to represent the state as its tiger ambassador.

Tiju Thomas initiative emerged as UAE's first and biggest donor registry

Published on: 03-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

The initiative that had a soft launch on World Blood Donor Day on 14 June 2015 and was formally launched on 21 June 2015 on International Yoga Day.

China returned passport to dissident artist Ai Weiwei

Published on: 23-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

World renowned artist Weiwei is mostly remembered for his famous British installations Sunflower Seeds at Tate Modern in 2010.

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