1. Former Chief Justice of India, Sarosh Homi Kapadia passes away

  1. Sarosh Homi Kapadia, the former Chief Justice of India, passed away due to cardiac arrest at the age of 68. Some of his notable judgements
    include, quashing of appointment of the Chief Vigilance Commissioner PJ
    Thomas in 2011 and a dissenting judgement in Lalu Prasad Yadav’s bail
    cancellation case.
  2. He was also the chairman of the
    General Council of the Gujarat National Law University and a visitor of
    the National Law School of India University during his tenure as the Chief
    Justice of India.
  3. Justice Kapadia completed his
    graduation from the Government Law College in Mumbai, which is the oldest
    law institute in Asia.
  4. Prior to becoming the Chief
    Justice of India, he was a judge of the Bombay High Court, Chief justice
    of the Uttarakhand High Court and a judge of the Supreme Court.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra appointed as Chairman

  1. General Motors CEO Mary Barra
    has been appointed as its Chairman, with immediate effect.
  2. Barra will replace Tim Solso, who
    will continue to serve as the board’s lead independent director.
  3. Barra was appointed the CEO of
    GM Motors in January 2014 and became the first female CEO of any major
  4. Before
    taking charge as CEO, Barra served as executive Vice-President, Global
    Product Development, Purchasing & Supply Chain since August 2013, and
    as senior Vice-President, Global Product Development since February 2011.

Nokia acquires Alcatel-Lucent in a
15.6 billion deal

  1. Nokia has acquired Alcatel-Lucent in a €15.6 billion deal to become one
    of the largest broadband equipment providers in the world.
  2. Nokia will hold a 79% stake in Alcatel-Lucent. This is likely to
    make Nokia a major player in the tech world once again, after it sold its
    mobile handset business to Microsoft in 2013.
  3. Alcatel-Lucent has expertise in
    routers and broadband network materials that will add to Nokia’s wireless
    network experience.
  4. The acquisition of the wireless business of Alcatel-Lucent will
    also strengthen Nokia’s business in North America significantly.

Ratan Tata backs start-up intelligence platform Tracxn

  1. Ratan Tata has invested an
    undisclosed amount in the intelligence platform start-up, Tracxn.
  2. The Bengaluru-based start-up
    joins other companies such as Urban Ladder, Urbanclap, PayTm and Ola Cabs
    that Tata has invested in.
  3. Tata has been associated with
    venture capital firms like Kalaari Capital, IDG Ventures India and Jungle
    Ventures as an advisor.
  4. Tracxn, founded by former
    investors Neha Singh and Abhishek Goyal, has also received funding from
    Flipkart co-founders Sachin and Binny Bansal, Delhivery CEO Sahil Barua
    and SAIF Partners.
  5. Tracxn tracks analysis in over
    100 sectors, including mobile, digital marketing, health and education.
    Its clients include Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia, SoftBank, Google
    Capital, VMWare, GE and LG.

5. Filippo Grandi assumes office as UNHCR Chief

  1. Filippo Grandi has been
    appointed as the Chief of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
  2. UNHCR is an
    agency to protect and support refugees at the request of a government or
    the UN itself and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
  3. Grandi replaces Antonio
    Guterres, who retired on 31 December 2015 after heading the agency for 10
  4. Grandi is an Italian diplomat,
    who started his career in UNHCR in 1988. He has worked in countries like
    Kenya, Ghana, Liberia, the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa, Yemen and
  5. He holds a bachelor’s degree in
    philosophy from the State Universities of Venice and Milan, and from the
    Gregorian University in Rome and has served the UNHCR in different
    capacities. Formerly, Grandi was the head of the UN Relief and Works
    Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

Jharkhand government and JBVNL sign MoU under UDAY Scheme

  1. The Government of India, the
    State of Jharkhand and the JBVNL (Jharkhand Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited)
    signed an MOU under the Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana.
  2. This makes Jharkhand the first
    state sign an MoU under the UDAY scheme that will help provide electricity
    to 2200 villages in the state.
  3. The signing of the MOU would
    have significant benefits for the JBVNL, with the state of Jharkhand
    taking over 100% liabilities of outstanding dues with CPSUs and 75% of the
    outstanding debts of JBVNL as existing on 30th September 2015.
  4. Sustainability of operational
    and financial performance is at the core of the UDAY scheme. Signing of
    this MoU under UDAY will accelerate the process of reforms across the
    entire power sector and will ensure that power is accessible, affordable
    and available for all.

2014-15 BCCI Awards conferred in Mumbai

  1. The ninth edition of the BCCI
    Awards were conferred at a ceremony held in Mumbai.
  2. The awards were presented by
    BCCI President Shashank Manohar, recognising various international and
    Indian players for their performance in the year 2014-15.
  3. Former wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani
    was honoured with the prestigious Col. CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement
    Award for his contribution to Indian cricket, while Indian Test captain
    Virat Kohli was conferred with the Polly Umrigar Trophy for Cricketer of
    the Year.
  4. The list of the awardees are –

Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award –  Syed

Polly Umrigar Trophy for International Cricketer-of-the-Year-  Virat

Lala Amarnath Award for Best All-Rounder in Ranji Trophy –  Jalaj

Lala Amarnath Award for Best all-Rounder in Domestic Limited-Over Competitions
Deepak Hooda

Madhavrao Scindia Awards for Highest Scorer in Ranji Trophy –  Robin

Madhavrao Scindia Awards for Highest Wicket-Taker in Ranji Trophy – R.
Vinay Kumar and Shardul Thakur

MA Chidambaram Trophy for Best under-23 Cricketer –  Almas

MA Chidambaram Trophy for Best under-19 Cricketer-  Anmolpreet

MA Chidambaram Trophy for Best under-16 Cricketer –   Shubman

MA Chidambaram Trophy for Best Woman Cricketer-Senior –  Mithali

x) MA
Chidambaram Trophy for Best Woman Cricketer-Junior

Best Umpire in Domestic Cricket –  O.

Hitachi Solutions India acquires Ignify

  1. Hitachi Solutions India, a subsidiary
    of the Japanese giant Hitachi, has acquired Ignify for an undisclosed
  2. IT solutions provider Ignify has
    offices in the US, India, the Philippines, Japan, Thailand and Singapore.
  3. This acquisition will help
    Hitachi expand its presence in Asia Pacific and also add 450 technical and
    delivery resources.
  4. Ignify will now become a part of
    Hitachi Solutions America and will be operating under the Business
    Solutions Group.

9. Markus
Sternberg appointed as Vice-President of GM India

  1. General Motors India has
    appointed Markus Sternberg as the Vice-President for after-sales services.
  2. Sternberg has more than 26 years
    of work experience in the automotive and engineering industries domain.
  3. Sternberg moves to India from
    Germany, where he was the Director, Customer Services at Opel AG and
    Executive Director, Customer Experience (Europe) at Vauxhall Motors.

Malini Parthasarathy resigns as the Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu

  1. Malini Parthasarathy has
    resigned from the post of Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, even before the
    completion of one year.
  2. Parthasarathy was the first
    woman editor of The Hindu.
  3. She was appointed by the Board
    of Kasturi and Sons Ltd. on January 20, 2015 and took charge on February
  4. According to reports, the
    resignation came owing to the difference Parthasarathy had with the
    company board over expenses for the newly-launched Mumbai edition of the
  5. National Editor Suresh Nambath
    will temporarily be in-charge of day-to-day affairs till a new chief is

North Korea conducts its first hydrogen bomb test

  1. North Korea has successfully
    conducted its first hydrogen bomb test.
  2. As per the US Geological Survey
    that measured the event, seismologists recorded a magnitude of 5.1 and the
    bomb was tested 19 kilometres east-northeast of Sungjibaegam in North
  3. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo
    Abe has called the tests a threat to Japan’s security.
  4. North Korea is already under
    United Nations Security Council’s sanctions for its missile tests
    conducted in 2006 and then again in 2009 and 2013 at Punggye-ri nuclear
    test site. With this, it faces the prospect of additional sanctions.

World’s largest blue star sapphire discovered in Sri Lanka

  1. The world’s largest blue star
    sapphire was recently mined in Sri Lanka.
  2. The sapphire weighs about
    1,404.49 carats and is valued at $100 million.
  3. The sapphire was found in the
    region of Ratnapura, which is known as the ‘City of Gems’ in southern Sri
    Lanka. It is estimated that the blue sapphire could be sold for $ 175

World’s first slum museum to come up in Dharavi

  1. Dharavi in Mumbai is set to get
    the world’s first slum museum.
  2. The first-of-its-kind museum
    will showcase various objects from pottery to textiles, among other
    things, annually manufactured and produced in Dharavi.
  3. Dharavi, which is one of Asia’s
    biggest slums, will showcase a small mobile museum starting February 2016
    for a period of two months.
  4. Dharavi slums already are a
    tourist attraction and every year guides offer tours of the various
    workshops in Dharavi.

Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’ tops US bestseller list for 2015

  1. Harper Lee’s second novel, Go
    Set a Watchman, which was published in July 2015, decades after her first
    Pulitzer Prize-winning book ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ was published in 1960,
    has topped the 2015 US bestseller list.
  2. Her second novel features
    several characters from her first book, which was considered a masterpiece
    and became a standard reading in classrooms around the world to understand
    the issue of racial injustice during the Depression era in the US.
  3. The second and third bestseller
    included Jeff Kinney’s Diary of Wimpy Kid series, which sold 1.48
    million and British author EL James’ Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey, which
    sold 1.4 million copies in US.

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