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Current Affairs for 16 January 2016
January 16, 2016
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SANIA-HINGIS JUGGERNAUT CONTINUES TO ROLL, WIN SYDNEY TITLE

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1.Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis’ awe-inspiring run continued unabated as they lifted their second trophy of the season with the WTA Apia International title after clinching their 30th win in a row on Friday.

2.The triumph over Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic though was not without initial hiccups as the top seeds lost the first set meekly before eking out a 1-6, 7-5, 10-5 win in one hour and 13 minutes.

3.The world number one team trailed 1-6, 2-5 at one stage but they yet again came out unscathed, levelling the second set 5-5 and then sealed it to stretch it to a Super tie- breaker.

4.The US open and Wimbledon champions raced to a 8-3 lead in the decider and clinched the issue comfortably to stretch their unbeaten run to an incredible 30 matches.

5.It was the 11th title together for the Indo-Swiss pair as continuing the good show from 2015 when they won 9 titles including the year-end WTA finale.


 

FILMMAKER ANIL GANGULY DIES AT 82

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1.Noted filmmaker Anil Ganguly passed away today at his residence here after a brief illness.He was 82.

2.He breathed his last in the early hours and he was cremated around 1 pm, sources said.

3.Ganguly is a noted director and screenwriter, who worked in Hindi cinema from 1970s to the 90s.

4.He is best known for Jaya Bhaduri starrer, Kora Kagaz and Tapasya both of which won National Award.

5.His other notable films are Saaheb, Trishna, Khandaan,  Humkadam, Pyar Ke Kabil, Balidan (Bolidan -1990, Bengali), Dushman Devta among others.

6.His daughter Rupali Ganguly is a television and theatre actress and his son Vijay Ganguly is a director and choreographer.


 

START UP INDIA: THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF BIG BANG START UP BOOM IN INDIA, SAYS SOFTBANK CEO

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1.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday kick-started Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious Start-Up India mission at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.

2.The Start Up India mission to be unveiled on Saturday envisages technology business incubators and research parks.

3.The Human Resource Development Ministry and the Department of Science and Technology have agreed to partner in an initiative to set up over 75 such startup support hubs in the National Institutes of Technology (NITs), the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) and NIPERs or National Institutes of Pharmaceutical Education and Research.

 

In top gear

* With 4,200 startups, India ranks 3rd globally.

* Of $18 billion pumped into Indian startups between 2010-15, $9 billion came in 2015 alone.

* 9 Indian startups have been valued at more than a billion dollars.

* Increase in number of incubators: 80 in 2014, 110 in 2015; 50% outside Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai.


 

ARMY DAY 2016 CELEBRATED IN INDIA IN REMEMBRANCE OF FIRST ARMY CHIEF KODANDERA MADAPPA CARIAPPA

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11.India celebrated its 68th Army Day. India’s Army Day 2016 was celebrated on January 15, 2016 which also the 68th Army Day of India.

2.On this occasions, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh, Navy Chief Admiral Robin Dhowan and Air Force Chief Arup Raha paid homage to the martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate, New Delhi.

3.At the same time, soldiers who sacrificed their life for India in 2015 as well as soldiers who showed courage in the line of duty were awarded on January 15, 2016 (Army Day 2016).

4.Army Day in India is celebrated in the remembrance of Lieutenant General (later Field Marshal) Kodandera Madappa Cariappa who took over as the first Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) of Indian Army ( of Independent India) from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) of British Indian Army, on January 15, 1949.


 

KUMAR MANGALAM BIRLA, OTHER INDIA INC BOSSES MAY HEAD IIT BOARDS

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1.As it aims to “strengthen the partnership between industry and academia”, the Human Resource Development Ministry is understood to have contemplating appointment of leading business captains as chairpersons of Board of Governors of prestigious IITs.

2.According to sources, the ministry has sought the nod of President Pranab Mukherjee to appoint Kumar Mangalam Birla, chairman of the Aditya Birla group, to head the Board of Governors of IIT-Delhi.

3.Apart from Birla, the ministry is also understood to have zeroed in on some other leading figures from the industry to head these prestigious institutions.Sources said that Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Cadila Pharmaceuticals Rajiv I Modi is likely to be appointed as the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of IIT-Guwahati.

4.In this case too, the approval of the President has been sought, the sources said.

5.Approval of the President, who is the Visitor of these prestigious institutions, is needed for the appointments.

6.Another eminent business leader from the pharma sector Pankaj Ramanbhai Patel is understood to have been considered by the ministry to head the Board of Governors of IIT Bhubneswar while Mallika Srinivasan, Chairman and CEO of Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited, Chennai may be appointed as the Chairperson of Board of Governors of IIT Jodhpur.


MANPREET BADAL JOINS CONGRESS AHEAD OF PUNJAB POLLS

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1.Manpreet Badal, the estranged nephew of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, joined Congress after meeting party Vice President Rahul Gandhi. Hectic parleys were held between the former Akali leader and Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh and other senior party leaders before the decision was taken to merge Badal’s outfit, People’s Party of Punjab, with Congress, sources said.

2.The merger was sealed during a meeting between Badal and Rahul at the latter’s residence in the national capital where Singh and AICC General Secretary Shakeel Ahmad were also present, they said. A formal announcement in this regard is likely to be made soon, they added.

3.Manpreet Badal had unsuccessfully contested the 2014 General Elections from Bathinda on a Congress ticket against his sister-in-law and Akali leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal.


BREAK THE LANGUAGE BARRIER

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1.Eminent psycholinguist Frank Smith once said, “One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” Whether for recreational purposes or for educational ones, learning another language has become a common hobby among youngsters today.

2.While there are institutes such as Alliance Française and the Goethe-Max Mueller Bhavan that teach French and German respectively, colleges too offer foreign languages, either as an elective course or as a compulsory subject.

3.Here, some students share their perspectives on whether learning a foreign language is a necessity today or pursuing it as a hobby is good enough.

4.Learning a foreign language is definitely an advantage in academics as well as social life


 

DELHI-BASED WRITER WINS EUROPEAN PRIZE FOR WORK ON KHAPS

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1.Sensitive portrayal of life for young women facing the threat of the diktat of khap panchayats in Haryana has earned Ankita Anand, a journalist-writer based here, the European Commission’s prestigious Lorenzo Natali Media Prize for 2015 (Asia-Pacific).

2.Travelling across the areas in Haryana where Khap bodies or caste councils had handed down fiats against women, she interviewed some of the Khap members and also talked to a cross-section of women, including prize-winning sports personalities, for their views on the pronouncements from kangaroo courts and the gender bias in society.

3.Anand’s experience and efforts were contained in a write-up ‘No Country for the New Woman‘ was published in the summer number (April-June 2015) of the quarterly magazine ‘The Equator Line’, which centred on the theme of women’s freedom in India.


 

MAX GROUP SPLITS INTO 3, ANALJIT STEPS DOWN AS CHAIRMAN OF 2 FIRMS

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1.The group on Friday announced its demerger into three listed companies — Max Financial Services Ltd, Max India Ltd and Max-Ventures and Industries Ltd. The idea behind the split is to provide investors a choice to continue to be associated with all these businesses, or with respective businesses that suit their investment objectives.

2.Alongside, the company’s founder, Analjit Singh, has formally stepped down from the chairmanship and board of two companies — Max Financial Services Ltd and Max India Ltd. However, Singh will remain chairman of the company’s younger venture, Max Ventures and Industries Ltd (MVIL). “I will chair the new kid, MVIL, which is virtually a startup. Now I don’t want to be seen as a promoter but as a sponsor,” Singh said at a press conference.Singh will be the founder and chairman emeritus of Max Group and Rahul Khosla will be the new president.

3.HSBC India’s former chairman Naina Lal Kidwai, who joined the Max Group, will be the chairman of Max Financial Services. Singh’s son-in-law, Sahil Vachani, will be MVIL’s new MD.