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Actor-producer Aamir Khan was on July 4th, 2011 named the brand ambassador of the Women and Child Development Ministry for spreading the message of curbing malnutrition among childen.
Imprisoned Iranian journalist Ahmad Zeidabadi was on April 7th, 2011 selected as winner of this year’s UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. He is a former editor-in-chief of the Azad newspaper and contributor to the Tehran-based daily Hamshahari.
Ajit Kumar Seth
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet oh May 24th, 2011 approved the appointment of Ajit Kumar Seth, as the next Cabinet Secretary with effect from 14.06.2011 for a period of two years or till further orders, whichever is earlier and also his appointment as OSD in the Cabinet Secretariat with effect from the date of his assumption of charge to 13th June, 2011, in the rank and pay of Secretary.
The prestigious Moortidevi award, instituted by the Jnanpith Trust, has been conferred on noted poet Akkitham Achuthan Namboodiri on February 12th, 2011. Akkitham was chosen for the 23rd Moorti devi award for his collection of poems by a selection committee chaired by T N Chaturvedi and comprising poet K Satchidanandan and Bharatiya Jnanpith director Ravindra Kalia.
Alassane Ouattara was sworn in as President of strife torn African nation Ivory Coast on May 6th, 2011. His appointment comes five months after the election and the post-result violence that left hundreds dead when the loser incumbent Gbagbo refused to concede defeat.
Ali Javed, an Urdu writer and professor at Delhi University was on June 8th, 2011 elected general secretary of the Progressive Writers’ Association ( PWA ). The position was vacant since February 2011 following the death of Professor Kamala Prasad.
Sierra Leone’s Aminatta Forna was on May 21st, 2011 awarded the prestigious Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2011 for Best book for her novel “The Memory of Love” at Sydney. The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First book was awarded to New Zealander Craig Cliff for his collection of short stories “A Man Melting”.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has topped the Forbes list of the world’s most powerful women, followed by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Merkel was elected for Indira Gandhi Award for 2009 in India.
Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva secured a landslide victory in the first round of voting on January 23rd, 2011, promising to help drag the country out of the current debt quagmire. According to the National Electoral Commission, Silva got 52.9 percent of the vote while his main rival Manuel Alegre, a candidate backed by the ruling Socialist Party, came as a distant second with 19.8 percent.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has selected Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group ( ADAG ) chairman, Anil Ambani, to head the India-China CEOs Forum. The Forum aims to achieve $100 billion worth of two-way trade by 2015, according to a statement issued by ADAG on September 2nd, 2011.
Anusha Rizvi, director of ‘Peepli Live’, has been chosen for the 14th ‘Gollapudi Srinivas National Award’ for the year 2010 by the Gollapudi Srinivas Memorial Foundation in Maid 2011. The award, instituted by the Gollapudi Srinivas Memorial Foundation, is given to a debutant director annually in memory of Gollapudi Srinivas, who passed away in an accident while making film.
Veteran Congress leader and former MP CM and Union Minister Arjun Singh passed away on March 4th, 2011. Incidentally, Singh was on the same day dropped from the party’s highest policy making body, Congress Working Committee, and made a Permanent Invitee. He was sworn in as Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh three times, the first term being between 1980 and 1985.
Mauritius President Anirudh Jagannath on April 16th, 2011 presented the prestigious “Pride of India Leadership” Award 2011 to Andhra Pradesh Information and Public Relations Minister D K Aruna. in ‘Social Service’. The awards were instituted by the Mauritius based ‘NR1 Institute’ to honour Indians who rendered services in various fields.
Singing legend Asha Bhosle entered the Guinness World Records on October 20th, 2011 for the most single studio recordings. The 78-year-old has reportedly recorded up to 11,000 solos, duets and chorus – backed songs in over 20 Indian languages since 1947. She was also awarded the prestigious Akshaya Mohanty Samman for 2011 in recognition of her outstanding contribution in the field of music later this year.
Ashok Chawla took over as the new Chairman of the Competition Commission of India ( CCI ) on October 20th, 2011. Chawla retired as Finance Secretary on January 31. He was heading a committee on allocation, pricing and utilisation of natural resources till recently.
Aung San Suu Kyi
Myanmar democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi has won this year’s Chatham House prize for her contribution to the improvement of international relations on September 23th, 2011. She was- the winner of Benazir Bhutto Award in 2010.
Bali Ram Bhagat
Former Lok Sabha Speaker Bali Ram Bhagat died on 2nd January 2011, at the Apollo hospital in New Delhi. Bhagat was elected Speaker of the fifth Lok Sabha on January 5, 1976 when the country was under Emergency.
Baliram Kashyap, veteran Parliamentarian and the man who prepared saffron ground in the red zone, passed away in Raipur on March 11, 2011. He was representing Naxal-infested Bastar Lok Sabha constituency as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member. Kashyap was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1998 and represented the constituency since then for the fourth consecutive term.
Ban Ki – moon
Ban Ki – moon on June 21st, 2011 formally elected for a second five year term as UN Secretary General from the beginning Ban has presented himself as a man of quiet diplomacy, which set him apart from his outspoken predecessor Kofi Annan.
U.K. Bansal was on September 29 2011 appointed as the next Director General of the Border Security Force ( BSF ). He will take the place o: Raman Srivastava who retire or 31.10.2011. Bansal is currently Secretary ( Interned Security ) in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Beji Caid Essebsi
Tunisia’s interim president Foued Mebazaa on February 27, 2011 announced the appointment of Beji Caid Essebsi, a former minister, as the new Prime Minister to succeed Mohamed Ghannouchi who resigned. Ghannouchi stepped down following protests calling for the resignations of some ministers in the transitional government.
Nepal’s Parliament elected Baburam Bhattarai, Vice-Chairman of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal ( Maoist ) as the new Prime Minister on August 28th, 2011. In the House of 594 MPs, 575 members participated in the election and around 340 voted for Dr. Bhattarai, helping him secure a simple majority.
Acclaimed Chinese author Bi Feiyu on March 17th, 2011 won Asia’s top literary prize for his “Three Sisters”, set during the Cultural Revolution. Bi edged out four other shortlisted authors to secure the USD 30,000 Man Asian Literary Prize with the story of three women who “strive to change the course of their destinies” in one of China’s most chaotic political periods.
Burhanuddin Rabbani, former President of Afghanistan and Chairman of the High Peace Council — leading the year – old Afghan effort to negotiate with the Taliban — was killed in a suicide bomb blast at his residence in the centre of Kabul’s high – security diplomatic district on September 21, 2011.
Burt Reinhardt, one of CNN’s first presidents and a television pioneer who is credited with helping to build the. global news network in its formative years, died at his home near Atlanta on 11th May, 2011.
Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helu remained the richest person in the world with USD 74 billion in assets, while NRI steel magnate Lakshami Mittal ranked sixth and Indian industrialist Mukesh Ambani is placed ninth in the US magazine Forbes annual list of world’s top billionaires released on March 10th, 2011.
The United Nations Development Program ( UNDP ) on January 24th, 2011 appointed the World Cup winning Spanish soccer goalkeeper Iker Casillas as a Goodwill Ambassador for the Millennium Development Goals ( MDGs ). Casillas is joining eight other UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors, including footballers Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and Didier Drogba, in the programme that aims to promote poverty reduction, education and health on the planet. The MDGs are a set of eight globally agreed targets that seek to halve world poverty by 2015 by combating hunger, disease, illiteracy, environment degradation and discrimination against women.
Senior Congress leader from Kerala and four-time Lok Sabha member P.C. Chacko has been named Chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee ( JPC ) to probe the alleged scam in the grant of 2G spectrum and telecom licences from 1998 to 2009. Speaker Meira Kumar approved the government recommendation to nominate Chacko to head the multiparty committee in the first week of March 2011.
S.C. Chetal took over as Director of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research ( 1GCAR ) at Kalpakkam, Chennai on April 30th, 2011. He succeeds Baldev Raj. The IGCAR is the architect of Fast Breeder Reactor programme and it has designed and developed the 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor ( PFBR ) under construction at Kalpakkam.
Chiranjeevi, who had merged his Praja Rajyam Party with the Congress earlier this year, on August 20th, 2011 formally joined the party and hailed Rahul Gandhi as the country’s “ray of hope” and future PM.
The world’s last known combat veteran of World War I, Claude Choules, passed away on May 5th, 2011 in Australia aged 110. British-bom Choules joined the Royal Navy at 15 and went on to serve on HMS Revenge. He moved to Australia in the 1920s and served in the military until 1956.
Dr. Daffern -Director of London-based International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy which works across several academic fields for study and application of peace and philosophy to various spheres of life was awarded Anuvrat Ahimsa international peace award.
K.S. Dasgupta, Director, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, and K.N. Ninan, Emeritus Professor, have been selected for the performance excellence award – 2009 of 1SRO. The names of the awardees were declared by K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman, ISRO, at Bangalore on June 8, 2011.
Playwright Sir David Hare was selected for this year’s Pen/Pinter Prize on August 26, 2011. The award, set up by the writers’ charity Pan in memory of playwright Harold Pinter, is given to a British writer who caste an “unflinching, unswerving” gaze upon the world. He was presented the prize on 10 October at the British Library.
Environmentalist, lawyer and former Union Minister Mohan Dharia was selected as the – winner of the 26th Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration on October 12th, 2011. The 86 years old, who currently runs the Vanrai NGO in Pune, was selected for the 2011 award, which carries a citation and cash prize of 5 lakh.
Dominique Strauss – Kahn
Dominique Strauss – Kahn, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund jailed over allegations of sexual assault on a New York hotel maid, has quit his official role four days after the incident. He cleared the charges on rape on 21st October, 2011.
British-born legendary Hollywood actress and AIDS activist Elizabeth Taylor expired on 23rd March 2011. Taylor was born 27th February 1932 in London to American parents, she became a box office star with 1944’s National Velvet, the story of a girl who trains and rides her horse to victory in the Grand National.
Dhrupad maestro Ustad Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar, Fellow of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, passed away on July 27th, 2011. He had been honoured with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1993, the Sahitya Kala Parishad Samman in 1996 and the Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2003.
Fateh Singh Rathore
Conservationist Fateh Singh Rathore was felicitated with Lifetime Achievement Award by Worldwide Fund for Nature in Jaipur on February 16, 2011. Rathore is credited with making Ranthambhore the most known destination in the world for tigers.
Fathimath Dhiyana Saeed
The newly-appointed secretary-general of the SAARC ( South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation ), Fathimath Dhiyana Saeed of Maldives, assumed office at the SAARC Secretariat in the Nepali capital Kathmandu on March 2, 2011. Saeed is the tenth secretary-general of SAARC and the first woman to occupy this position.
Moammar Gadhafi, Libya’s dictator for 42 years until he was ousted in an uprising – turned – civil war, was killed as revolutionary fighters overwhelmed his hometown of Sirte and captured the last major bastion of resistance two months after his regime fell. The 69 – year – old Gadhafi is the first leader to be killed in the Arab Spring wave of popular uprisings that swept the Middle East, demanding the end of autocratic rulers and the establishment of greater democracy.
President Michel Martelly on September 5th, 2011 chose physician Garry Conille as the new Prime Minister of Haiti as he seeks to end an impasse with parliament over the makeup of his government. Conille, has been serving as chief of staff to former US president Bill Clinton, the UN special envoy for Haiti.
General David Petraeus
US President Barack Obama on April 28th, 2011 nominated General David Petraeus, the US head of international forces in Afghanistan, as the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency ( CIA ).
George Atkinson, a 16 – year – old British schoolboy became the youngest person ever to climb the highest mountains of all the seven continents when he ascended Mount Everest, on May 26th, 2011. Atkinson climbed the 8,850-metre Everest summit from the Tibetan side of the mountain, which abuts Nepal and China, beating the feat of the previous record – holder, American Johnny Collinson’s, of ascending all seven summits when he was 17.
Dr. Gullapalli N. Rao
The US – based Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology ( ARVO ) has honoured the founder of L.V. Prasad Eye Institute ( LVPEI ), Dr. Gullapalli N. Rao, by presenting him with Kupfer Award for distinguished public service and his outstanding accomplishments as a researcher, ophthalmologist, and humanitarian, committed to moving forward the agenda of eliminating avoidable blindness by 2020. The award was presented to Dr. Rao at the annual meeting of ARVO at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA in May 2011.
Current Persons in News 2011
Harsh Mariwala, Chairman and managing director of Marico Ltd, on March 4th, 2011 took over as President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry ( FICCI ) at the conclusion of its 83rd annual general meeting in New Delhi.
Helle Thorning – Schmipt
The bloc led by Social Democrat party leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt had won a narrow majority in parliament on September 16th, 2011 and is set to become Denmark’s first woman Prime Minister.
Brazil’s former central Bank chief, Henrique Meirelles, was on March 15th, 2011 appointed to lead preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro by President Dilma Rousseff. As head of the Olympic Public Authority, he will manage a multi-million dollar budget and a staff of around 170. Brazil is also hosting the football World Cup in 2014.
Hina Rabbani Khar was sworn in as Foreign Minister on July 19, 2011, five months after she entered the Ministry as Minister of State ( MoS ). At 34, Khar is the youngest and first woman Foreign Minister of Pakistan. Born into a political family, she switched from the Pakistan Muslim League ( Q ) to the Pakistan People’s Party before the 2008 elections.
One of China’s most prominent activists, Hu Jia, was reunited with his family after serving three-and-a-half-years in jail on subversion charges. Before he was jailed, Mr. Hu pursued an energetic career as an environmental protection campaigner and as an advocate for rural victims of AIDS. Regularly tipped as a potential candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize, Mr. Hu has won overseas human rights awards from bodies such as the European Parliament
M.F Husain, India’s foremost modem painter and an internationally recognised artist, passed away in London on June 9th, 2011 at the age of 97. Husain lived in Dubai, London and Qatar after being forced to leave India in 2006. A number of legal cases based on the charge of hurting, religious sentiments were slapped on him. In 2007, he was offered citizenship by the monarchy of Qatar which he accepted.
Ismail Omar Guelleh
The president of Djibouti Ismail Omar Guelleh has secured a third term in office after a landslide election victory, despite recent protests against his rule. Ismail Omar Guelleh has won 80% of the votes cast, according to the country’s electoral commission.
Jacob Mathew, Executive Editor of the Malaysia Manorama Group of Publications, has unanimously been elected president of WAN – IFRA at its annual general meeting held in Dublin, Ireland. He is the first Indian and second Asian, after Seok Hyun Hong of Korea, to be elected to this office. He will take over from Gavin K O’Reilly, Group Chief Executive Officer of The Independent News and Media Group, Ireland, on July 1, 2011. Tomas Brunegard, CEO, Stampen Group, Sweden, has been elected vice-president.
Jaganmohan Reddy Y.S.
Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, founder of the YSR Congress and son of former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ( YSR ), on May 14th, 2011 created a record in the electoral history of Andhra Pradesh. He retained the Lok Sabha seat of Kadapa, which he had won in 2009 on a Congress ticket, by defeating the rival Congress and Telugu Desam Party ( TDP ) candidates with a margin of 543,053 votes in a by – election.
Governor, J.J. Singh, on May 9, 2011 administered the oath of offices to newly elected leader of Congress legislative party, Jarbom Gamlin, as new the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh. Gamlin, who was the power minister in the late Khandu government, was also the member of 13th Lok Sabha and also considered his close confidante. He resigned with in 6 months of tenure.
AIADMK legislators D Jayakumar and P Dhanapal were on May 27th, 2011 unanimously elected as Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the 14th Tamil Nadu Assembly. Jayakumar was led to the Speaker’s chair by Leader of the House, Finance Minister O Panneerselavam and Opposition Leader Vijayakanth, keeping to the custom. Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and DMK floor leader M K Stalin were among those present on the occasion.
Jose Graziano Da Silva
Jose Graziano da Silva of Brazil has been elected Director – General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the U.N. agency tasked with reducing world hunger at a time of record high food prices. Mr. Graziano, currently FAO’s regional representative for Latin America and ttv; Caribbean, won on the second ballot with 92 of the 180 votes of FAO member states.
M. C. Joshi has taken over as the Chairman, Central Board of Direct Taxes ( CBDT ) with effect from August 1, 2011. Joshi belongs to the 1974 batch of the Indian Revenue Service ( IRS ). Earlier, he was the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Uttaranchal, after having served in the Income Tax department in various capacities.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was awarded the Sydney Peace Foundation’s top honour for “exceptional courage in pursuit of human rights”. Mr. Assange, an Australian former computer hacker who is fighting extradition from Britain to Sweden over alleged sex crimes, was praised and rewarded with the Sydney Fteace Prize’s Gold Medal.
British novelist Julian Barnes was on October 18, 2011 declared as the winner of this year’s £50,000 Man Booker Prize for his novella, “The Sense of an Ending”, hailed as an “exquisite” meditation on growing old, the nature of memory and relationships.
Junrey Balawing of Philippines was named world’s shortest man on his 18th birthday on June 12th, 2011. Balawing measures 23.6 inches tall: The previous record – holder, Nepal’s Khagendra Thapar Magar, is 26.3 inches tall and held the title for about eight months. Although the shortest living man, Balawing missed the title of shortest man in history, which is held by Gul Mohammed of India, who was 22.5 inches tall and died in 1997.
RD. Dinakaran Chief Justice of the Sikkim High Court RD. Dinakaran on July 29th, 2011 resigned from his post, ahead of the commencement of the removal proceedings against him by the three – member panel on July 30th, 2011. He was facing several charges including land-grab in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruvallur district.
Justice Prabha Sridevan
Justice Prabha Sridevan, a retired Judge of the Madras High Court, on May 9, 2011 assumed charge as Chairman of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board ( IPAB.) The IPAB has been constituted to hear appeals against the decisions of the Registrar under the Trade Marks Act, 1999, Patents Act, 2003 and the Geographical Indications of Goods ( Registration and Protection ) Act, 1999.
Jyotendra Dey, Editor, Special Investigations, MiD Day, was shot dead in a Mumbai suburb on June 11th, 2011. Dey, was a well-known name in the city’s media, police and political circles. He reported extensively on crime, notably on Mumbai’s underworld. He authored ‘Khallaas – an A to Z Guide to the Underworld9 and ‘Zero Dial – The Dangerous World of Informers’.
The Board of Directors of Infosys Lid, decided to appoint K.V. Kamath as Chairman of Infosys after its founder, N.R. Narayana Murthy, steps down from his position as Chairman on August 20th, 2011.
The winners of the Pantaloons Femina Miss India ( PFMI ) 2011 pageant were declared in Mumbai on April 14, 2011. Mumbai’s Kanishtha Dhankhar won the PFMI World while Ankita Shorey was PFMI International. Delhi’s Hasleen Kaur was crowned PFMI Earth.
India’s first World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev was on April 7th, 2011 was chosen for the Global Diversity Award for Sports 2011 in London for his outstanding achievements in cricket and his recent induction into the ICC Hall of Fame 2010.
Former Army general and BJP leader B C Khanduri, took over as the new Chief Minister of Uttarakhand on September 11th, 2011, barely six months ahead of assembly polls following the resignation of Ramesh Fbkhriyal Nishank.
Indian – origin steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, with an estimated wealth of 17.51 billion pounds, has retained his position as the richest person in the UK for the 7th year in a row in 2011, though his we declined by 4.93 billion pound during the last one year. The Sunday Times Rich List 2011 unveiled on May 8th, 2011 shows that Mittal continues to top Britain’s wealthiest with a personal fortune of 17.5 billion pounds.
Google Inc co – founder Larry Page will take over as CEO from Eric Schmidt, the company announced on January 22th, 2011. Experts see this as a move to make the company more nimble at a time when competition heats up with fast – growing rivals like Facebook.
Leila Lopes of Angola was crowned Miss Universe 2011 in the 60th anniversary of the Miss Universe pageant organised in Sao, Paulo, Brazil on September 12th, 2011. Contestants from 89 countries and territories participated in this year’s pageant. Olesya Stefanko of Ukraine and Brazil’s Priscila Machado were first and second runners-up respectively.
Harvard University academic Lobsang Sangay has been elected prime minister of the Tibetan government-in – exile and will take on the political role previously played by the Dalai Lama. Lobsang Sangay won 55% of the votes cast by Tibetans around the world.
Niger opposition leader Mahamadou Issoufou of the Social Democratic Patty won the Presidential run-off election organised on March 12th, 2011 with nearly 58% of the vote. Niger, a largely desert nation in West Africa, has huge reserves of uranium and has attracted billions of dollars of investment.
Mallam Lamido Aminu Sanusi
Nigerian Mallam Lamido Aminu I Sanusi was on January 6th, 2011 named as the Central Bank Governor of 2010 for both the African continent and the entire world, by the prestigious Banker Magazine. The 49 – year – old was appointed head of the Bank of Nigeria in June 2009. He has been praised for salvaging a crumbling Nigerian financial sector, including implementing reforms that have put Africa’s most promising market back on the map for global investors
The Managing Committee of the Indian Banks’ Association has elected M.D.Mallya, Chairman and Managing Director, Bank of Baroda, as the Chairman, IBA, for the 2011-12 terms on May 21th, 2011. The committee also elected Aditya Puri, MD, HDFC Bank, K. R. Kamath, CMD, Punjab National Bank and Rana Kapoor, MD and CEO, Yes Bank, as Deputy Chairmen. Pratip Chaudhuri, Chairman, State Bank of India, has been elected as the Honorary Secretary of the Association.
Trinamool Congress President Mamata Banerjee was sworn in as the first woman Chief Minister of West Bengal on May 20th, 2011 in Kolkata. Governor M.K. Narayanan administered the oath of office and secrecy to Banerjee and 37 Ministers of the Trinamool Congress-Cbngress alliance government, which assumed power after more than 34 years of Left Front rule.
Mamta Sharma took charge ap.the new chairperson of the National Commission for Women ( NCW ) on August 2th, 2011. She took over from Yasmeen Abrar, who was the acting chairperson after Girija Vyas demitted office. Sharma, a Congress leader from Rajasthan, was a member of the Legislative Assembly and also president of the Rajasthan State Women Congress Committee. Charu Wali Khanna also took over as member of the NCW. She was the executive member of the Supreme Court Bar Association.
EU leaders on June 24th, 2011 appointed Italy’s Mario Draghi as the next president of the European Cerittal Bank from November 1st, 2011 to October 31th, 2019. The 63-year-old economist and banker will replace France’s Jean-Claude Trichet, who steps down at the end of October after eight years in the euro zone’s top monetary policy post.
The leader of France’s opposition Socialists, Martine Aubry, says she will seek the French presidency. The Socialists are France’s leading opposition party and their candidate is likely to be the chief challenger to the conservative and unpopular President Nicolas Sarkozy in the elections next April and May.
Zambian President Rupiah Banda has conceded electoral defeat to opposition leader Michael Sata of the Patriotic Front who was declared the winner on September 23rd, 2011 after polling 43% of the votes. Banda’s ‘Movement for Multiparty Democracy’ ( MMD ) has ruled Zambia for 20 years. Sata started in politics as municipal councillor and served as governor of Lusaka under Zambia’s first President, Kenneth Kaunda. Formed Patriotic Front in 2001, losing Presidential election that year and in 2006 and 2008.
Haitian President Michel Martelly on May 21st, 2011 chose US-educated businessman Daniel-Gerard Rouzier as prime minister. It is President Martelly’s first major appointment to his new administration.
Chairman of Great Eastern Energy Corporation, Y K Modi was on June 9th, 2011 elected to the governing body of the International Labour Organisation ( ILO ) for three years. He will represent South Asia as a voting member. With Modi, having been elected to the position, India will have three votes on the 56-member governing body. Labour union INTUC and the government each have a seat on it. The ILO governing body has 14 members each from the employers and 28 from different governments.
Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus was on March 2nd, 2011 sacked from his post of Managing Director of Grameen Bank. Yunus is a Bangladeshi economist and founder of the Grameen Bank ( 1983 ), an institution that provides microcredit ( small loans to poor people possessing no collateral ) to help its clients establish creditworthiness and financial self-sufficiency. In 2006 Yunus and Grameen received the Nobel Prize for Peace. Bangladesh Bank, the country’s central bank, sacked him saying he was past retirement, age and had been improperly installed in his post.
Congolese children’s rights activist Murhabazi Namegabe has won the $100,000 World Children’s Prize. The Stockholm-based award foundation, on April 26th, 2011, cited Murhabazi*s “dangerous struggle to free children forced to be child soldiers or sex slaves” in Congo.
The Vice – Chairman, Tata Steel Ltd and Chairman, lata International Ltd, B. Muthuraman, has been elected President of the Confederation of Indian Industry for 2011 – 12 on April 11th, 2011. Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Infosys S. Gopalakrishnan, been elected as Vice-President of CII for 2011 – 2012.
Famous Personalities News 2011
Nabil al – Arabi
Egypt’s Nabil al-Arabi on July 3rd, 2011 formally replaced his compatriot Amr Moussa as secretary general of the Arab League. On May 15th, Foreign Minister Arabi was selected to replace Moussa, whose 10 – year tenure was due to expire and who harbours ambitions to run for the Egyptian presidency. The 22-member Arab League, based in Cairo, is being tested as the Arab Spring overturns the region s political apple cart.
Vice Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal NAK Browne is the new Chief of Air Staff due to retirement of Air Chief Marshal PV Naik from, government service on July 31st, 2011. Born in Allahabad on 15 December 1951, Air Marshal NAK Browne was commissioned into the Fighter stream of Indian Air Force on 24 June 1972.
Actress – director Nandita Das has been conferred with the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters; one of the highest civilian awards of France, for her contribution to the development of Indo-French cooperation in cinema. The actress, known for her performances in films like Tire’, ‘Earth’ and ‘Bawander’, on April 15th, 2011 received the award from French Ambassdor Jerome Bonnafont.
Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan of the Democratic Party of Japan ( DPJ ) announced his resignation on August 26th, 2011 in Tokyo , undone by a backlash over his leadership after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami spawned the nation’s deepest postwar crisis.
Narayana Murthy N.R.
Infosys founder, Chairman and Chief Mentor, NR. Narayana Murthy, has been chosen to chair the Public Health Foundation of India. He succeeds erstwhile Reserve Bank of India governor Y.V. Reddy, who has been functioning as the interim chairperson.
Nassir Abdulazb al – Nasser
The 193 – nation UN General Assembly elected veteran Qatari diplomat Nassir Abdulaziz al-Nasser as its next President on June 22, 2011. Nasser, who has been Qatar’s ambassador to the United Nations since 1998, will replace Joseph Deiss of Switzerland in mid – September.
Nataraja’ Ramakrishna ( 88 ), the Kuchipudi legend known for his ‘Andhra Natyam’ and ‘Perini Shivatandavam,’ passed away on June 7th, 2011 in Hyderabad. Among the awards bestowed upon him were the Padma Shri in 1992, a doctorate from the Andhra University and a ‘Bharata Kala Prapoorha, apart from the NTR State Award. He is most known for reviving the 700-year-old dance form ‘Fterini Shivatandavam.’
Nepalese Sherpa guide has broken his own record for most climbs of Mount Everest by scaling the world’s tallest peak for the 21st time.
Teodoro Obiang Nguema, the President of Equatorial Guinea since 1979, took over as the new Chairman of the Addis Ababa-based African Union on January 31st, 2011. Nguema has ruled Equatorial Guinea with an iron fist for more than 30 years. With the discovery of petroleum, his country rose from being a Gulf of Guinea backwater to sub-Saharan Africa’s third oil producer’ after Nigeria and Angola. The African Union is a union consisting of 53 African states. The only African state not in the AU is Morocco.
Nileema Mishra and Harish Hande
Nileema Mishra, who works with the poorest in Maharashtra, and Harish Hande, who revolutionised the use of solar lights, are among six persons chosen for the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2011 on July 28th, 2011.
Nirmal Chandra Jha was on May 4th, 2011 appointed as Chairman of world’s largest coal mining company, Coal India Ltd ( CIL ). Jha, who was appointed interim Chairman in March, succeeded Partha S. Bhattacharyya, who retired on February 28th, 2011.
The foreign secretary, Nirupama Rao, will be India’s next ambassador to the United States after she retires in July 2011. She will succeed Meera Shankar in Washington. Rao, 60, had been due to retire in December last year, but got an extension till July 31. During her serve for term the government changed the rules stipulating that a foreign secretary would henceforth a fixed period of two years.
Kazakhstan’s President of two-decades Nursultan Nazarbayev was re-elected for another five-year term winning an astonishing 95 per cent of the vote in the poll on April 3rd, 2011 that saw a record 90-per cent turnout. European monitors criticised the election as falling short of democratic standards, citing cases of people being pressed to vote, ballot box-stuffing and lack of transparency in the vote count.
Former army officer Ollanta Humala of Peruvian Nationalist Party on June 7, 2011 won the Presidential election in Rsru defeating right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori of Force 2011 in the run-off election organised on June 5, 2011. Humala will succeed Alan Garcia, who could not stand for a second term.
Oommen Chandy was sworn in as Kerala’s 21st Chief Minister on May 18th, 2011 in Thiruvananthapuram, along with Chandy, six floor leaders of the UDF coalition were also administered the oath of office and secrecy by the Governor.
Osama Bin Laden
The most prominent face of terror in US and beyond, Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan on May 1st, 2011 by Navy Seals in Fire fight.
Padinjarethalakal Cherian Alexander
Radinjarethalakal Cherian Alexander, a former IAS officer who served in Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s staff died of cancer on 10 August 2011 in Chennai. Born in 1921, at Mavelikkara in Kerala, Alexander post-graduated from the then Travancore University. Joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1948.
Balakrishna Pisupati on August 14th, 2011 assumed charge as Chairman, National Biodiversity Authority, headquartered at Chennai. Prior to his assignment he was the head of Biodiversity, Land Law and Government Unit, Division of Environmental Law and Conventions ( UNEP – DELC ) based in Nairobi, Kenya. Pisupati has’ more than 20 years of experience in policy making at the regional, national and global level.
M.N. Prasad appointed as Executive Director, World Bank replacing Pulok Chatterji, for a period of three years. The ACC has also approved the appointment of Surajit Mitra as Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs following the retirement of Vivek Mehrotra on July 31st, 2011.
Pratip Chaudhuri on June 8th, 2011 took over as the new Chairman of the country’s largest commercial bank State Bank of India ( SBI ). Chaudhuri succeeds Managing Director R Sridharan, who was the acting chairman after O P Bhatt retired on March 31.
Jharkhand’s Premlata Agarwal on May 20th, 2011 became the oldest Indian woman to scale the Mount Everest at the age of 45. Premlata, is the first person from Jharkhand to go an expedition to the Mount Everest.
Priyanka Chopra, already UNICEFs goodwill ambassador for the girl child, has started work as the goodwill messenger of SABLA, the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development’s recently launched programme under the Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment ‘ of Adolescent Girls in September 2011.
Passed away at the age of 80 on April 11th, 2011. Professor Binford brought about a virtual revolution in archaeology in the 1960s and 1970s by elevating its status from a descriptive study of antiquities to a scientific discipline devoted to anthropological understanding of ways of life of ancient societies. Professor Binford’s field studies covered archaeological sites in North America, Europe, Africa and Middle East.
The Union government on 28th July, 2011 appointed IAS officer Pulok Chatterji as principal secretary to the Prime Minister. Chatterji succeeded T.KANair who served as Manmohan Singh’s principal secretary for more than seven years.
The 22nd Moortidevi Award for the year 2008 was presented to eminent Hindi writer and thinker Dr. Raghuvansh for his outstanding work “Paschimi Bhautik Samskriti Ka Utthan Aur Patan” on May 16th, 2011 by Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari. The Award has been instituted by Bhartiya Jnanpith in the year 1983 and is given annually for any thought provoking .literature which depicts Indian philosophy and culture. The Award constitutes a cash prize of Z2 lakh and a momenta alongwith a citation.
Rajendra S Pawar
NUT Ltd co-founder and chairman Rajendra S Pawar was on April 27th, 2011 appointed as the next Chairman of IT industry body National Association of Software and Services Companies ( NASSCOM ) for the year 2011 – 12.
Rajiv Kumar, a well-known economist, was on May 23rd, 2011 appointed’as the FICCI Secretary General, a post vacated by Amft Mitra who has joined the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal as Finance Minister.
The 22nd Moortidevi Award for the year 2008 was presented to eminent Hindi writer and thinker Dr. Raghuvansh for his outstanding work “Paschimi Bhautik Samskriti Ka Utthan Aur Patan” on May 16th, 2011 by Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari. The Award has been instituted by Bhartiya Jnanpith in the year 1983 and is given annually for any thought provoking .literature which depicts Indian philosophy and culture. The Award constitutes a cash prize of 2 lakh and a momenta alongwith a citation.
Rajendra S Pawar
NUT Ltd co-founder and chairman Rajendra S Pawar was on April 27th, 2011 appointed as the next Chairman of IT industry body National Association of Software and Services Companies ( NASSCOM ) for the year 2011 – 12.
Rajiv Kumar, a well-known economist, was on May 23rd, 2011 appointed’as the FICCI Secretary General, a post vacated by Amft Mitra who has joined the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal as Finance Minister.
USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, who is the highest ranking Indian-American official in the Obama Administration, received the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman award 2011 from Indian Ambassador to the US Meera Shankar in Washington on July 7th, 2011.
Dr. Rajnikant Arole
Social activist and Magsaysay award winner Dr Rajnikant Arole passed away on May 26th, 2011 at Ahmednagar. Arole was the founder president of Maharashtra Social Forum, a popular NGO network in Maharashtra.
S. Ramadorai was on January 31st, 2011 appointed as Advisor to the Prime Minister in the Prime Minister’s National Skill Development Council in the rank of Cabinet Minister. Ramadorai, currently Vice Chairman, TCS has been its former CEO and Managing Director for the last 15 years. During the period he was instrumented in building TCS into a 6 billion dollar global software and services company with 144,000 highly trained and qualified professionals.
Yoga guru Ramdev who fasted against corruption and black money said his protest against corruption would continue as long as the he lives. Ramdev also demanded that black money be declared a national asset under the Constitution.
N Rangasamy, who ended the 15-year-reign of his former party, the Congress, in a stunning electoral debut for his All India NR Congress, was sworn in as Chief Minister of Puducherry for the third time on May 16th, 2011. Rangasamy, became the 18th CM of the Union Territory. Rangasamy was Congress CM of Puducherry between 2001 and 2006, and 2006 and 2008, when he was sacked following a revolt in his cabinet.
The Supreme Court will soon get one more woman judge Justice Ranjana pesai of the Bombay High Court with the collegium of judges clearing her name for elevation along with two others.
Ranjit Sinha was on September 1st, 2011 appointed Director General Indo – Tibetan Border Pblice ( ITBP ). His tenure will end on 31st March, 2013 or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
Noted Indian statistician Prof. C.R. Rao, a nonagenarian, was on June 29th, 2011 awarded the Guy Medal in Gold of the Royal Statistical Society, UK. It is a rare honour for he is the first Asian, first non-European and non-American to be selected. Prof Rao is a former Director of Indian Statistical Institute, Eberly Professor Emeritus of Statistics and Director, Center for Multivariate Analysis Pennsylvania State University, US. He has authored 14 books and 350 research papers.
Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata was on October 18th, 2011 honoured with ‘Swiss Ambassador’s Award for Exceptional Leadership’, which recognises individuals who have contributed to the promotion of Indo – Swiss bilateral relations or have stood out for their exceptional role in the society and industry.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
The Justice and Development Party ( AKP ) of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won a third term after winning 50% of the vote and 326 seats in the 550-member Grand National Assembly in the general election held on June 12th, 2011. The AKFs majority is 41 seats short of the two-thirds majority needed to amend the country’s constitution unilaterally. From the time it first came to power in 2002, the conservative AKR with a vision rooted in political Islam, made clear it did not embrace the strict secularism bequeathed by Turkey’s founder Attaturk Mustapha Kemal.
Senior lawyer Rohinton Nariman was appointed the Solicitor General of India for three years with effect from July 27th, 2011. Nariman, son of eminent jurist Fali S Nariman, replaces Gopal Subramanium who resigned to protest Nariman’s appointment, without his knowledge, as special government counsel in a 2G spectrum allocation scam case.
Rohit Nandan, Joint Secretary; Ministry of Civil Aviation was appointed as Chairman & Managing Director of Air India Limited on deputation for a period of three years on August 12th, 2011. Nandan replaces senior IAS officer Arvind Jadhav, who has been repatriated to his parent cadre in Karnataka. Jadhav’s three-year term was to end in May 2012.
Kyrgyzstan’s President Roza Otunbayeva was on March 8th, 2011 given the prestigious US state department Women of Courage award. Otunbayeva, Central Asia’s first female leader, came to power last year after a popular uprising in Kyrgyzstan.
Current Affairs Persons in News 2011
Sandra Samuel, the Indian nanny who became famous for showing exemplary courage in saving the life of a toddler risking her own during the 26/11 terror attacks on Nariman House in Mumbai, was honoured by the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation in Jerusalem.
Peruvian author Santiago Roncagliolo on May 27th, 2011 won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for his third novel, ‘Red April’. The writer beat competition from the likes of Nobel Prize-winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk to become the youngest person to win the prize at 36. He shares his £10,000 award with the translator of his novel, American Edith Grossman.
D. Seshagiri Rao, cardiologist and Head of the Department, of Hyderabad-based Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences ( NIMS ), has been selected for ‘The Pride of India Leadership Award’, an international award given by NRI Institute, a Delhi-based not-for-profit NGO of People of Indian Origin. The award is being given to Dr. Rao for the ‘outstanding service and excellence in cardiology. It will be presented on April 15 by Mauritius President Sir Anerood Jugnauth in Delhi.
Eminent Urdu poet, and Hindi film lyricist A. M. K. Shahryar was on August 21st, 2011 honoured with the Sir Syed Lifetime Achievement Award by the Aligarh Alumni Association, New York, US, for his outstanding contribution to Urdu language and literature. Prof. Shahryar was presented a citation, a memento and a cash award of 1 lakh.
Veteran actor Shammi Kapoor passed away on August 14th, 2011 at the age of 79. Born on October 21st, 1931, Kapoor was one of the leading stars of Hindi cinema during the late 1950s and 1960s.
Another barrier has been broken in the Army with a mother of two becoming the first woman jawan on October 3rd, 2011. Women are allowed to join the armed forces only as officers in the non-combat units but Tigga has earned the unique distinction of being the first lady jawan in the 1.3 million strong defence forces.
Shivaraj V. Patil
Former Supreme Court judge Shivaraj v Patil was on July 26th, 2011 appointed the new Lokayukta ( Ombudsman ) of Karnataka. Patil will be in office for five years. He succeeds Santosh Hegde, who is retiring on August 2, after completing his tenure of five years. Governor H.R. Bhardwaj accepted the recommendation of the state government and appointed Patil as the next Lokayukta. The governor also appointed r Gururajan, former judge of the Karnataka High Court as the second Upalokayukta.
Dr. Shoji Shiba
An honorary professor at I FT Kanpur, Dr. Shoji Shiba, was June 27, 2011 honoured with the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by the Emperor of Japan for his contribution toward fostering academic exchanges between Japan and India. The honour is a decoration bestowed in recognition of an individual’s ( both Japanese and foreign ) notable long-term public service.
Shrivardhan Goenka, Director, Duncan Goenka Group, was on July 1st, 2011 elected as the President of the Kolkata-based Indian Chamber of Commerce ( ICC ) for the year 2011 – 2012.
US comic book artist Art Spiegelman won the top prize for his craft at the World Comic Strip Festival at Angouleme, France on January 31, 2011. Spiegelman, is best known as the creator of “Maus”, an animal fable of his Jewish father’s experience in the Holocaust – the only comic book to have won a Pulitzer Prize, the top US book award. He also published political cartoons about the aftermath of the September 11th, 2001 attacks.
Sri Ravi Shankar
Act of Living’ founder Sri Ravi Shankar has become the first Indian to receive the Crans Montana Forum Award. The honour was conferred upon him at * ceremony in Brussels on June 24th, 2011.
Srinath Reddy K.
Leading cardiologist K. Srinath Reddy was on July 8th, 2011 awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Science by Scotland’s Aberdeen University for his pioneering work in the field of public health. Currently president of the Public Health Foundation of India and a former head of the Department of Cardiology at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi
The Prime Minister on August 9, 2011 announced an extension of Duvvuri Subbarao’s term as the Reserve Bank of India ( RBI ) Governor by two years till September 2013. Subbarao’s current three-year term was to expire in September
A commemorative postage stomp on freedom fighter Subhadra Joshi was released on March 23rd, 2011. Born in 1919 in Sialkot (now in Pakistan), she was one of the veterans of freedom struggle who dedicated her life to preserving and promoting national integration / communal harmony, social justice for the minorities, weaker sections and the handicapped.
Professor Subhasis Chaudhuri of Indian Institute of Technology-Mumbai was on May 26th, 2011 selected for the prestigious G. d. Birla Award for Scientific Research.
Jammu and Kashmir is all set to get its first Information Commission after a high-power committee cleared the name of a senior Indian Revenue Service Officer for the post of Chief information Commissioner. The committee, headed by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah with Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand and Leader of the Opposition Mehbooba Mufti as members, met in Jammu on January 27th, 2011 and cleared the name of G.R. Sufi, Chief Commissioner Income Tax, Amritsar, as the first CIC of the State.
Renowned economist Suresh Tendulkar, passed away on June 22nd, 2011 in Pune. A Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and Professor of Economics at the Delhi School of Economics ( University of Delhi ) from 1978 to 2004, Prof. Tendulkar was a member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council ( PMEAC ) from 2004 to 2008 and its Chairman from 2008 to 2009.
Sushil Munhot, Executive Director, IDBI Bank, was in April 2011 appointed as Chairman and Managing Director of the Small Industries Development Bank of India I ( SIDBI ).
Rajiv Takru, Additional Secretary in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, was on January 3rd, 2011 appointed the officiating CEO of the Prasar Bharti following the recent suspension of B S Lalli against whom an inquiry has been ordered for alleged financial irregularities.
India’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Talmiz Ahmad has become the first Indian diplomat to be conferred the p King Abdulaziz Medal of First Class for his contribution towards elevating f Indo-Saudi ties. The honour was bestowed upon him at Jeddah on r July 10, 2011.
Tarun Gogoi was on May 19th, 2011 sworn-in as the Chief Minister of, Assam for the third consecutive term. Gogoi, first became the chief minister of the state in 2001; by defeating the I Prafulla Kumar Mahanta led Asom i Gana Parishad ( AGP ) government. In 2011, putting to rest every speculation, the Congress party i stormed back to power with a thumping mandate, winning 78 seats 1 in the 126 member assembly.
Serbian-American author lea Obreht was on June 8th, 2011 awarded the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction for her debut novel ‘The Tiger’s Wife’. The 25-year-old, who is the youngest author to scoop the honour, was praised by the judges as a “truly exciting new talent” for her “exceptional book”. Set in the Balkans, The Tiger’s Wife tells the story of a young doctor who traces the life of her grandfather.
Teenager Padmanabh Singh
Teenager Padmanabh Singh -grandson of the erstwhile Jaipur ruler, the late Brigadier Sawai Bhawani Singh – ascended the titular throne of the Pink City at a coronation ceremony at the City Palace in Jaipur on April 27th, 2011.
Parliament in Kosovo on February 22nd, 2011 elected former rebel leader Hashim Thaci as Prime Minister for a second term. The vote came despite Thaci being at the centre of a controversy after a report by the Council of Europe linked him to organised crime and organ-trafficking. Organs were taken from prisoners killed by the Kosovo Liberation Army after the 1999 war against Serb forces, the report alleged. Lawmakers in Pristina also elected Behgjet Pacolli as president.
Tripurari Sharan took over as the new Director General of Doordarshan in August 2011. He replaced Leeladhar Mandloi, who has been the Acting DG of the government broadcaster for several months.
Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma Bharti was on June 7th, 2011 re-inducted into the BJR She was appointed CM after leading her party to a three fourths majority in the 2003 Assembly polls but had to resign from the post in August 2004, when an arrest warrant was issued against her regarding the 1994 Hubli riot case in Karnataka.
The Election Commission on October 20th, 2011 delivered a historic first verdict against the trend of “paid news”, disqualifying the Rashtriya Parivartan Dal MLA from Bisauli in Uttar Pradesh, Umlesh Yadav, from contesting any election for three years as she did not include in her poll expenditure the money spent on advertisements which were masqueraded as news items in the Hindi dailies Dainik Jagran and Amar Ujala.
The Government on May 2nd, 2011 appointed R.K. Upadhyay as the Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. Upadhyay is a 1975 batch officer of Indian Telecom Services and currently heads Telecom Consultants India Ltd.
Upendra Kumar Sinha
The Prime Minister’s Office ( PMO ) on January 27th, 2011 cleared the appointment of U. K. Sinha as the chairman of India’s market regulator, SEBI. Sinha was the Chairman and Managing Director of Unit Trust of India ( UTI ) Asset Management Company. He was also the Chairman of Association of Mutual Funds in India ( AMFI ), the organisation representing the Indian mutual .fund industry. Sinha succeeds CB Bhave, whose three-year term ends on February 17th, 2011.
Ustad Asad Ali Khan
Rudra Veena exponent Ustad Asad Ali Khan, one of the last existing advocate of the Khandarbani dhrupad school, passed away on June 14th, 2011. The classical musician represents the 12 generation of Jaipur’s Beenkar Gharana.
Ustad Azizuddin Khan
Music maestro Ustad Azizuddin Khan, an illustrious member of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana, passed away on August 23rd, 2011 at the age of 90. Some of his noted disciples include Mallikarjun Mansur, Dhondutai Kulkarni and Shruti Sadolikar-Katkar.
MR Veerendrakumar, chairman and managing director of the Mathrubhoomi group of newspapers, was elected chairman of the Board of Directors of Press Trust of India ( PTI ) after the annual general meeting of the agency’s shareholders in New Delhi on August 24th, 2011. Veerendrakumar, who has served as PTI chairman twice earlier, succeeds Vineet Jain, Managing Director of the Times of India Group.
Eminent astrophysicist Venkatraman Radhakrishnan, who is known for his work on pulsars, passed away on March 3rd, 2011. Professor Radhakrishnan’s colleagues at the Raman Research Institute ( RRI ), where he was director for over two decades (between 1972 and 1994), described him as “a free-spirited and strong personality.
Prof. Victor Yohoi
Prof. Victor Yohoi of Argentina was conferred the International Award in Statistics in Memory of Prof. R C. Mahalanobis at the 58th World Statistics Congress of the International Statistical Institute at Dublin Ireland on August 23, 2011.
The Maharashtra Government on February 23rd, 2011 roped in Vijay Kelkar, chairman of the 13th Finance Commission, to head & committee on alternative approaches to balanced regional development. This is the second such committee, after one chaired by VM Dandekar had submitted its report in 1984.
Vijay Kumar Singh
The Chief of Army Staff ( CoAS ) General V K Singh on March 11, 2011 became the first Indian officer to be inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ of US Army War College, Carlisle, USA.
Thy Comptroller and Auditor General of India ( CAG ) Vinod Rai was on September 30, 2011 chosen as the external auditor of two major UN organisations — the International Atomic Energy Agency ( IAEA ), Vienna, and the World Intellectual Property Organisation ( WIPO ), Geneva.
US President Barack Obama on January 28th, 2011 named two Indian-Americans – Vivek Murthy and Islam Siddiqui – for key posts in his Administration. Murthy has been appointed as member of the advisory group on Prevention, Health, Promotion and Integrative and Public Health. Siddiqui would be Obama’s Chief Agricultural Negotiator.
Wajahat Habibullah took over as the new Chairperson of the National Commission for Minorities on February 3rd, 2011 for a period of three years. The post had been lying vacant for the past five months. His predecessor, Mohammad Shafi Quereshi, retired on September 2nd, 2010. An ex-IAS officer, Habibullah earlier served the Government of India in various capacities; and also as the Chief Information Commissioner. Keki N. Daruwalla also took over as a Member of the National Commission for Minorities.
Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan environmentalist who started out by paying women a few shillings to plant trees and went on to become the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize, died on September 25th, 2011 at the age of 71.
Yasmeen Abrar, member of the National Commission for Women, has assumed charge as Chairperson of the National Commission for Women following completion of the tenure of Girija Vyas. She will hold the Office of Chairperson, NCW till the vacancy is filled by a fresh nomination under sub – Section IV of Section IV of NCW Act 1990.
The Pheu Thai Party led by the sister of ousted fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, swept the general elections in Thailand on June 3rd, 2011 and became the country’s first female Prime Minister
54-year old Yoshihiko Noda of Democratic Party of Japan ( DPJ ) was elected Prime Minister of Japan by both houses of Parliament on August 30th, 2011. He is the sixth Prime Minister in five years. The outgoing Finance Minister takes the place of his party colleague Naoto Kan, who resigned after just 15 months in office.
Uganda’s incumbent President Yoweri Museveni was on February 19th, 2011 won in a landslide victory in the country’s presidential elections that were held on February 11. Results from the country’s Electoral Commission ( EC ) showed that Museveni won the election by 68.38 percent, followed by his rival Kizza Besigye who garnered 26.01 percent of the 8.3 million votes cast.
Miss Venezuela, lvian Sarcos ( 22 ) has been crowned the 2011 winner of the Miss World beauty pageant at a glittering final ceremony in London. Last year’s Miss World, Alexandria Mills of the United States, placed the sparkling crown on her successor’s head. Miss Philippines, Gwendoline Ruais, was named the runner-up, while Miss Puerto Rico, Amanda Perez, came third in the contest, which was back in its home city to celebrate its 60th anniversary.