COAI appoints Vodafone CEO Sunil Sood as Chairman
Telecom industry body Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has appointed Vodafone MD and Chief Executive Officer Sunil Sood as its new Chairman and Bharti Airtel COO Ajai Puri as vice-chairman.
The World's Most Powerful People 2018
Like every year Forbes has published World's most powerful person's list for 2018. Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China has spot on the top the list followed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in second position, US President Donald Trump falls to the No. 3 spot. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spot the 9th place in that list.
Justice Krishna Murari appointed Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana
The Central Government has notified the appointment of Allahabad High Court judge, Justice Krishna Murari as the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Justice Murari has been serving as a judge of the Allahabad High Court since 2004.
Agni-5 missile Successfully Tested
The long range ballistic missile Agni 5 is successfully flight tested from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island). All the Radars, Electro Optical Tracking Stations and Telemetry Stations tracked the vehicle all through the course of the trajectory. All the mission objectives have been achieved.
Former Supreme Court Judge Justice RK Agrawal is appointed as NCDRC President
Justice RK Agrawal, who recently retired from the Supreme Court, has been appointed as the President of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC). Justice Agrawal will take over from Justice DK Jain who retires on May 31. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has reportedly approved Justice Agrawal’s appointment as the President of the Commission.
Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first player to win five Champion League titles
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo created yet another UEFA Champions League record as Real Madrid went on to clinch the trophy by beating Liverpool 3-1 in the final. The Portugal international became the only player to win five titles in the Champions League era.
Kummanam Rajasekharan is appointed as Mizoram Governor and Ganeshi Lal is appointed as Odisha Governor
Kerala BJP president Kummanam Rajasekharan was appointed as the new governor of Mizoram. He will be replacing Lieutenant General (retd) Nirbhay Sharma who is completing his tenure on May 28. Professor Ganeshi Lal has been appointed as the Governor of Odisha with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office. Lal would be replacing Satya Pal Malik.
Olga Tokarczuk wins Man Booker Prize 2018
Olga Tokarczuk has won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for her novel Flights. The novel, translated by Jennifer Croft, narrates tales of travelling, mobility and movement and makes them a metaphor for life itself.
Tejaswini Sawant wins gold, Chain Singh silver at Munich World Cup
Tejaswini Sawant nailed a gold in the women’s 50m Rifle Prone event on the opening day of ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol stage in Munich. Sawant shot 621.4 to pip younger teammate Anjum Moudgil, who shot 621.2 to win Silver in the event. Chain Singh also won a silver in the men’s 50m Rifle Prone event, shooting a score of 627.9 to finish behind USA’s Matthew Emmons, who took gold with a score of 628.9.
Nicolas Maduro declared winner in disputed Venezuela presidential election
Venezuelan officials declared socialist leader Nicolas Maduro the easy winner of presidential election, while his leading challenger questioned the legitimacy of a vote marred by irregularities and called for a new ballot to prevent a brewing social crisis from exploding. The National Election Council announced that with almost 93 percent of polling stations reporting, Maduro won nearly 68 percent of the votes, beating nearest challenger Henri Falcon by more than 40 points.
Rafael Nadal win Italian Open
Rafael Nadal beat defending champion Alexander Zverev 6-1 1-6 6-3 in the Italian Open final.The win gave the Spaniard his 56th title on clay and he will reclaim the world number one ranking from Roger Federer.
Modi opens controversial power station in held Kashmir
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the hydroelectric power plant in India-held Jammu and Kashmir, amid protests from Pakistan. The 330-megawatt Kishanganga hydropower station is one of the projects that India has fast-tracked in the disputed Himalayan region amid frosty ties between the two countries.
Muri Linggi becomes the third woman from Arunachal to scale Mt Everest
Muri Linggi, a 40-year-old resident of Roing in Lower Dibang Valley district, has earned the distinction of becoming the third woman from Arunachal Pradesh to scale Mount Everest, after Tine Mena and Anshu Jamsenpa.
Indore is India’s cleanest city yet again
The union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs declared Indore as the cleanest among 4,203 urban local bodies (ULBs) in the country in the Swachh Survekshan 2018 carried out earlier this year. This is the second time in a row that Indore — the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh, venue for the state government’s investment summits, and the constituency of Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan — has been crowned India’s ‘cleanest city’.
Father-daughter first from India to scale Everest
Ajeet Bajaj and Deeya Suzannah Bajaj became the first father-daughter duo from India to summit Mount Everest.
Shri Uttam Pacharne appointed regular Chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi
The President of India has appointed Shri Uttam Pacharne, as regular Chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi. Shri Pacharne is an eminent artist and sculptor. He is a widely respected person in the field of art and has held various important positions.
Ambika Sharma to head USIBC in India
The U.S. India Business Council (USIBC) named Ambika Sharma as its head for India. Ms. Sharma was director general for ‘International’ at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Ms. Sharma will be responsible for overseeing and guiding USIBC’s growth strategy in India through its offices in New Delhi and Mumbai, and leading the charge on policy advocacy issues for its diverse membership, the group said. She will join the USIBC on June 15.
Petra Kvitova wins record third Madrid Open title
Petra Kvitova outlasted the unseeded Kiki Bertens to win a thrilling Madrid Open final and become the first player to lift the trophy for a third time.Czech Kvitova, ranked 10th in the world.
Heena Sidhu takes gold in air pistol
Former World record-holder Heena Sidhu win a gold medal in air pistol at the international shooting championship.
Federer back as No. 1
Federer returns to the top spot despite not having played since March. Former World No. 1 Novak Djokovic slipped six places to 18th after his second-round defeat in Madrid, his lowest ranking since October 2006. Madrid winner Alexander Zverev remains third, but Dominic Thiem, dropped a place to eighth.
Mahathir Mohamad elected as new Prime Minister on Malaysia
Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad is elected as prime minister after historic poll win. At the age of 92, Mahathir Mohamad will be sworn in as the world's oldest elected leader. Official results showed that Mahathir's Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) won 113 of parliament's 222 seats, clinching the simple majority required to rule.
NITI Aayog and Google sign SoI to help grow AI ecosystem in India
Aiming to foster growth for India’s nascent artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) ecosystem, NITI Aayog and Google have come together to work on a range of initiatives to help build the AI ecosystem across the country. A Statement of Intent (SoI) was signed to this effect by Ms. Anna Roy, Advisor, NITI Aayog and Shri Rajan Anandan, Vice President, India and South East Asia, Google in the presence of the Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog.
Sabyasachi Mukherjee win the Intellectual Property Award
Sabyasachi Mukherjee became the first Indian designer to win the National Intellectual Property (IP) Award, 2018. Mukherjee was given the award in the category, 'Top Indian Company/Organisation for Designs & Communications'. It was awarded by Minister of Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu on April 26 in the Capital, under which over 700 of Sabyasachi's designs will be protected under Design Act 2000.
Mihika bags gold
Mihika Poore has bagged the women’s air rifle gold in the Grand Prix of Liberation international shooting competition.
Dr. Rakesh Kumar is appointer as Chairperson of NPPA
Dr. Rakesh Kumar Vats is appointed as Chairperson, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), under the Department of Pharmaceuticals.
Madhya Pradesh conferred Most Film Friendly Award
State of Madhya Pradesh was conferred the award for the Most Film Friendly State for its efforts towards easing filming in the State by creating a well-structured web site, film friendly infrastructure, offering incentives, maintaining databases, undertaking marketing and promotional initiatives, unanimously by the Jury from among the 16 States that participated.
Subhash Chandra Khuntia is new Irda chairman
Subhash Chandra Khuntia, a 1981-batch Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer who was a former Karnataka Chief Secretary, has been appointed as Chairman of Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDA).
Shri Sitanshu Kar takes over as DG, PIB
Mr Sitanshu Ranjan Kar, a 1983 batch officer of Indian Information Service, took over as the 27th Principal Spokesperson of the Government of India and Director General of Press Information Bureau.
Pawan Chamling become India's longest serving CM
Sikkim's Pawan Chamling has set a new record in the country by becoming the longest serving chief minister of a state, a title that Jyoti Basu, the former CPI(M) patriarch of West Bengal, had held so far.
Indu Malhotra appointed as SC Judge
The Ministry of Law and Justice has notified the appointment of Senior Advocate Indu Malhotra as the Judge of the Supreme Court. Indu Malhotra is the first woman to be elevated directly from the Bar to the Supreme Court and only the seventh woman judge Supreme Court has ever had. Malhotra will also be the second woman sitting judge of the Supreme Court. Justice R Banumathi is the sole sitting woman judge in the Supreme Court for over three years now.
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