1. Former Chief Justice of India, Sarosh Homi Kapadia passes away
- 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
- 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.
- Justice Kapadia completed his
graduation from the Government Law College in Mumbai, which is the oldest
law institute in Asia.
- 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
- General Motors CEO Mary Barra
has been appointed as its Chairman, with immediate effect.
- Barra will replace Tim Solso, who
will continue to serve as the board’s lead independent director.
- Barra was appointed the CEO of
GM Motors in January 2014 and became the first female CEO of any major
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
- Nokia has acquired Alcatel-Lucent in a €15.6 billion deal to become one
of the largest broadband equipment providers in the world.
- 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.
- Alcatel-Lucent has expertise in
routers and broadband network materials that will add to Nokia’s wireless
- 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
- Ratan Tata has invested an
undisclosed amount in the intelligence platform start-up, Tracxn.
- The Bengaluru-based start-up
joins other companies such as Urban Ladder, Urbanclap, PayTm and Ola Cabs
that Tata has invested in.
- Tata has been associated with
venture capital firms like Kalaari Capital, IDG Ventures India and Jungle
Ventures as an advisor.
- 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.
- 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
- Filippo Grandi has been
appointed as the Chief of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
- 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.
- Grandi replaces Antonio
Guterres, who retired on 31 December 2015 after heading the agency for 10
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- This makes Jharkhand the first
state sign an MoU under the UDAY scheme that will help provide electricity
to 2200 villages in the state.
- 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.
- 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
- The ninth edition of the BCCI
Awards were conferred at a ceremony held in Mumbai.
- The awards were presented by
BCCI President Shashank Manohar, recognising various international and
Indian players for their performance in the year 2014-15.
- 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 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
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
Chidambaram Trophy for Best Woman Cricketer-Junior
Best Umpire in Domestic Cricket – O.
Hitachi Solutions India acquires Ignify
- Hitachi Solutions India, a subsidiary
of the Japanese giant Hitachi, has acquired Ignify for an undisclosed
- IT solutions provider Ignify has
offices in the US, India, the Philippines, Japan, Thailand and Singapore.
- This acquisition will help
Hitachi expand its presence in Asia Pacific and also add 450 technical and
- Ignify will now become a part of
Hitachi Solutions America and will be operating under the Business
Sternberg appointed as Vice-President of GM India
- General Motors India has
appointed Markus Sternberg as the Vice-President for after-sales services.
- Sternberg has more than 26 years
of work experience in the automotive and engineering industries domain.
- 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
- Malini Parthasarathy has
resigned from the post of Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, even before the
completion of one year.
- Parthasarathy was the first
woman editor of The Hindu.
- She was appointed by the Board
of Kasturi and Sons Ltd. on January 20, 2015 and took charge on February
- 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
- 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
- North Korea has successfully
conducted its first hydrogen bomb test.
- 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
- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo
Abe has called the tests a threat to Japan’s security.
- 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
- The world’s largest blue star
sapphire was recently mined in Sri Lanka.
- The sapphire weighs about
1,404.49 carats and is valued at $100 million.
- 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
- Dharavi in Mumbai is set to get
the world’s first slum museum.
- The first-of-its-kind museum
will showcase various objects from pottery to textiles, among other
things, annually manufactured and produced in Dharavi.
- Dharavi, which is one of Asia’s
biggest slums, will showcase a small mobile museum starting February 2016
for a period of two months.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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