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Current Affairs for 23 March 2016
March 23, 2016
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INTEL MASTERMIND ANDREW GROVE PASSES AWAY AT 79

Andy Grove, the Silicon Valley elder statesman who made Intel into the world’s top chipmaker and helped usher in the personal computer age, died on Tuesday at age 79, Intel said.

The company did not describe the circumstances of his death but Grove, who endured the Nazi occupation of Hungary during World War II, living under a fake name, and came to the United States to escape the chaos of Soviet rule, had suffered from Parkinson’s.

Grove was Intel’s first hire after it was founded in 1968 and became the practical-minded member of a triumvirate that eventually led “Intel Inside” processors to be used in more than 80 per cent of the world’s personal computers.

With his motto “only the paranoid survive,” which became the title of his best-selling management book, Grove championed an innovative environment within Intel that became a blueprint for successful California start-ups.

Grove, who was named man of the year by Time magazine in 1997, encouraged disagreement and insisted employees be vigilant of disruptions in industry and technology that could be major dangers – or opportunities – for Intel. In doing so, he could be mercurial and demanding with employees who he thought were not doing enough and in 1981 required the staff to work two extra hours a day with no extra pay.


 

INDIA TO HOST 8TH BRICS SUMMIT IN OCTOBER IN GOA

India will host the eighth annual Summit of BRICS from October 15-16 in Goa in its capacity as chair of the influential bloc comprising five countries with 42 per cent of the world population and combined GDP of over $16 trillion.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swarajmade the announcement today during a function where she also unveiled a logo and a website of the Summit.

India assumed chairmanship of BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India- China-South Africa) from Russia on February 15 and it will last till December 31.

MAHARASHTRA ADVOCATE GENERAL SHREEHARI ANEY RESIGNS AMID REMARKS OVER SEPARATE MARATHWADA

 

Advocate General Shreehari Aney today resigned amid a row over his remarks about a separate Marathwada state.

Aney drove to Raj Bhavan this morning and handed over his resignation to Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, an official said.

“Shreehari Aney has submitted his resignation to the Governor. Whether to accept it or not, is his (Governor’s) prerogative,” an official from the Governor’s office said.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is expected to make a statement on the issue in the state Legislature today.

Fadnavis had asked Aney to put in his papers, a senior minister said.

The move comes after the AG stoked a controversy by advocating separate statehood for the Marathwada region.


 HARYANA VARSITY GETS NAAC NOD

NCR-based O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) has become the first private university in Haryana to receive an accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), which has awarded the highest “A Grade” rating to the institution.

A non-profit global university spread over 80 acres at Sonepat, JGU, which was established in 2009, provides Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees across five schools of education.

Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University, has credited the efforts of the varsity’s deans, faculty members, alumni, and students for the achievement.


GOPI CHAND’S NEW ACADEMY INAUGURATED

This facility is in addition to the one located in the same locality for nearly a decade.

“The whole idea of the new academy is to build a system to make things happen in the world of badminton,” insisted P. Gopi Chand after the formal inauguration of the new SAI-Gopi Chand Academy at Gachibowli on Tuesday. This facility is in addition to the one located in the same locality for nearly a decade.

What exactly is the difference between the existing and the new academy? “Nothing major except that this is a new facility. It is not just the play facilities but also the atmosphere in which the players train that is important,” explained Gopi.

“The focus will be more on doubles. It doesn’t mean singles will be ignored. We are working out a long-term programme to take care of doubles and ensure that India is a force to reckon with in team events in the big league,” Gopi concluded.


 

AUNG SAN SUU KYI TO RUN MYANMAR FOREIGN MINISTRY

Aung San Suu Kyi, whose party won historic elections in Myanmar, is to take a place in the new cabinet.

Ms Suu Kyi is barred from the presidency herself and had been widely expected not to take a ministry.

But her name was on a list of 18 submitted to parliament by President-elect Htin Kyaw.

The BBC’s Jonah Fisher in Yangon says she will head up foreign affairs, energy, education and be minister in the president’s office.

There are no other women appointed to the cabinet, he adds.

Myanmar’s constitution, drafted by the outgoing military rulers, prevents Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president because her two sons have British passports.

Despite weeks of negotiation, the NLD was unable to persuade the military to remove or suspend the clause.