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Sachin Tendulkar to endorse I Support Skill India campaign

Published on: 12-APR-2016
Important for Exam: 10 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: 3 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: 5 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: 13 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.

Indian Scholar H Deep Saini appointed Vice Chancellor of Canberra University

Published on: 15-MAR-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Saini, currently the Vice-President of the University of Toronto and Principal of the University of Toronto Mississauga campus in Canada, will succeed Vice Chancellor Stephen Parker in September 2016.

Portugal nominated ex-refugee chief Antonio Guterres for UN Secretary-General

Published on: 02-MAR-2016
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

Guterres served as Prime Minister in 1995-2002 and as UN Refugee Agency High Commissioner in 2005-2015.

Bangladeshi cricketer Mashrafe Bin Mortaza appointed UNDP National Goodwill Ambassador For Youth

Published on: 26-FEB-2016
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

In his new role the national cricket team captain will advocate for youth employment in Bangladesh and help in country’s efforts in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals.

Indian-origin Sikh officer Amar Singh appointed Kuala Lumpur's Commissioner of Police

Published on: 23-FEB-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

He succeeded Tajuddin Mohamed, who will be moved to federal headquarters as the deputy director of commercial CID on 14 March 2016.

Sameer Anjaan entered Guinness Book of Records for writing 3524 songs

Published on: 20-FEB-2016
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

Sameer has written 3524 songs in 650 Bollywood movies, and is now the first Guinness Record possessor in this particular category.

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

Published on: 12-FEB-2016
Important for Exam: 2 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: 8 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: 12 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: 26 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: 10 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: 30 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: 20 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: 7 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: 7 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: 32 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.

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