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16- JULY - 2016

 

WORLD YOUTH SKILLS DAY 2016 OBSERVED GLOBALLY

15 July: World Youth Skills Day

The World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) was on 15 July 2016 observed globally with the theme Skills Development to Improve Youth Employment.

On the occasion, United Nations organised the event facilitated by the UN Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi. The event was co-organized with the Permanent Missions of Portugal and Sri Lanka to the United Nations, UNESCO and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The day is observed to create more awareness and a discussion on training and the development of skills for the youth of today, in hopes of creating a better opportunity for them when it comes to employment.

Background
The World Youth Skills Day was established by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on 11 November 2014. The Assembly designated 15 July as the World Youth Skills Day in order to raise awareness about the importance of investing in youth skills development.

ASHOK PATNAIK APPOINTED AS CEO OF NATGRID

The Union Government appointed Ashok Patnaik as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID), one of the most ambitious intelligence projects that failed to take off during United Progressive Alliance (UPA) rule.

Patnaik is currently serving as Additional Director in the Intelligence Bureau and he will continue to hold this post till his superannuation in 2018.

Patnaik is a 1983-batch IPS officer of Gujarat cadre.

About National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID)

• The NATGRID is a centralised agency which stores sensitive personal information on citizens from almost two dozen agencies to be made available for counter-terror investigations.

• There are around 70 personnel, drawn from both the government and private sectors, in the NATGRID.

• The project will run in different phases and will connect data providing organisations and users.

• In the first phase, 10 user agencies and 21 service providers will be connected, while in later phases about 950 additional organisations will be connected followed by over 1000 organisations in future.

THERESA MAY APPOINTED PRIME MINISTER OF UNITED KINGDOM

Queen Elizabeth-II appointed Theresa May as the 76th Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK). She was appointed as prime minister following her election as the leader of Britain's ruling Conservative Party.

With this appointment, she became the second women to assume the office of Prime Minister of the UK. The first women prime minister was Margaret Thatcher who was in the office of PM from 1979 to 1990.

She succeeded David Cameron who resigned from the post on the same day following Brexit vote. Cameron tendered his resignation to the Queen. Britons on 22 June 2016 voted to exit the European Union.

The two ladies who were in race to succeed David Cameron were Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom. Andrea Leadsom withdrew from the race on 11 July 2016, citing overwhelming support for May among Conservative MPs.

Few appointments to May’s cabinet include

• Foreign Secretary: Boris Johnson, the former London Mayor and key Brexit campaigner

• Chancellor of the Exchequer (in charge of financial policy): Phillip Hammond, foreign secretary (since July 2014)

• Home Secretary: Amber Rudd, former Energy and Climate Change secretary (since May 2015)

• Secretary of State for European Union Relations (the new so-called Minister for Brexit): David Davis

• Secretary of State for International Trade: Liam Fox, former Defence secretary (between 2010 and 2011)

K V R MURTHY APPOINTED AS CMD OF JUTE CORP OF INDIA

India's Grand Master Harika Dronavalli won the Fide Women’s Grand Prix trophy in Chendu, China. This was the first Grand Prix Chess title for the Grand Master from Guntur.

Harika defeated Russia’s Olga Girya to win the title.

Harika finished on 7 points in the round robin tournament featuring the world’s top 12 players to be crowned the champion.

Other Indian Grand Master Koneru Humpy defeated Antoaneta Stefanova to catch up with her compatriot Harika Dronavalli on the shared first place with 7/11 points each. Harika, however, was declared winner for finishing with a better tie-break record in the tournament.

Ju Wenjun was awarded the trophy for third place, after edging Stefanova and Anna Muzychuk on tie-break.

K V R MURTHY APPOINTED AS CMD OF JUTE CORP OF INDIA

The Jute Corporation of India Limited announced that K V R Murthy has taken over as its Chairman-cum-Managing Director. He took over the position from 2 July 2016.

Murthy’s appointment is for a period of five years or till the date of his superannuation, whichever is earlier.

Murthy was earlier associated with Eastern Railways in the capacity of Chief Commercial Manager.

About Jute Corp of India

The Jute Corporation of India Ltd. (JCI) is an agency of the Government of India that assists jute cultivators in states where this crop is grown, providing minimum price support.

JCI was established in 1971.

It is based in Kolkata.

An audit issued in February 2010 identified various deficiencies in the JCI operations that were severely handicapping its effectiveness.

At first a small agency, it has steadily grown and now operates in the main jute-growing states of West Bengal, Bihar, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Orissa, and Andhra Pradesh.

RAJESH KUMAR CHATURVEDI APPOINTED AS CHAIRMAN OF CBSE

Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi was appointed as the Chairman of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for a five-year term. The post had been lying vacant since December 2014.

Until now, Joint Secretary of the Union Human Resource Development Ministry Y S K Seshu Kumar was holding the additional charge of Chairman of the CBSE.

Chaturvedi was appointed after the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) decided that CBSE Chairperson will be appointed through Central Staffing Scheme and not through Search-Cum-Selection Committee method.

Chaturvedi is a 1987- batch IAS officer from Madhya Pradesh cadre. Chaturvedi has wide-ranging experience in the revenue and commerce departments. However, he has never worked in the education sector.

Background
Chaturvedi's appointment came just after the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) rejected former Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani's choice Sarvendra Vikram Bahadur Singh for the crucial post and divested the Ministry of the power to send a panel of names for the appointment.

This was the second time that the name of CBSE chairperson recommended by HRD ministry has been rejected by the ACC.

In early 2015, a search-cum-selection committee had sent the name of Satbir Bedi for the post of Chairman of CBSE, but DoPT rejected him as well on the grounds that he didn't fulfil the basic qualification of having been education administrator for three years.

WHO MOVED MY INTEREST RATE? AUTHORED BY DUVVURI SUBBARAO

Who Moved My Interest Rate?: Duvvuri Subbarao

A book titled Who Moved My Interest Rate? authored by Duvvuri Subbarao, the former Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI), will be released.

The book gives an account of the dilemmas Subbarao confronted while leading the Reserve Bank through the extraordinary economic and political challenges India and world faced from 2008 to 2013.

The book is a chronicle of Subbarao’s attempts to demystify the RBI and explain to the public its impact on their everyday lives.

Subbarao’s term as the Governor of the RBI from 2008 to 2013 saw a turbulent period for the world and for India. The global financial crisis erupted within a week of his assuming office.

About Duvvuri Subbarao

Duvvuri Subbarao is an Indian Economist, Central Banker and Civil Servant.

He was the 22nd Governor of Reserve Bank of India from 5 September 2008, with an extension in 2011 till 4 September 2013.

He is a 1972 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre.

MISBAH-UL-HAQ BECOMES OLDEST CAPTAIN TO SCORE TEST HUNDRED

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq scored 110 against England at Lord's.

With this, the 42 years and 47 days old cricketer became the oldest captain to score Test hundred.

Misbah is also the oldest visiting player to play a Test on English soil in the last 31 years.

The previous oldest was Somachandra de Silva of Sri Lanka, who was 42 years & 73 days old when he played against England at Lord's in 1984.

About Misbah-ul-Haq

Misbah-ul-Haq is a Pakistani cricketer.

He is the current Test captain of the Pakistan national cricket team.

He was also the One Day International (ODI) captain until his retirement from ODI cricket after the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

He holds the record of the fastest test half century.

He also scored fastest test century, equalling the record of Sir Vivian Richards, which was later broken by Brendon McCullum.

WHO DECLARES INDIA AS MATERNAL AND NEONATAL TETANUS FREE

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared India as Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus free. In this regard, WHO presented certificates to the Union Health and Family Welfare Minister J P Nadda.

Previously in May 2016, WHO certified India yaws-free after a team of experts verified interruption of disease transmission in the country. India is the first country under the 2012 WHO neglected tropical diseases (NTD) roadmap to eliminate yaws.

Yaws is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the skin, bones and cartilages.

Comment
The Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination (MNTE) has been the result of India's focused approach on making maternal and newborn care accessible to all.

Reducing maternal and neonatal tetanus to less than one case per 1 000 live births in all 675 districts has helped improve access to immunization, antenatal care services and skilled birth attendance in the most vulnerable populations.

Both yaws and maternal and neonatal tetanus eliminations were achieved using the existing health system and health workforce.

 

 

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