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1.Mithali Raj will lead the Indian women’s cricket team for the limited-overs series against Australia starting at the Adelaide Oval on January 26.
2.The Indian girls are scheduled to play three One-Day Internationals (ODI) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20I) from January 26.
3.Fast bowling all-rounder Jhulan Goswami will be the vice-captain for the side which was announced here on Friday.
4.India will kick-start their campaign with a T20I match in Adelaide on January 26, followed by the second T20I on January 29 (Melbourne), and third on January 31 (Sydney).
5.The first ODI will be played on February 2 at the Manuka Oval in Canberra, while the Blundstone Arena in Hobart will host the second and third ODIs on February 5 and 7 respectively.
RBI DY GOVERNOR PATEL GETS SECOND TERM
1.Urjit Patel, Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in-charge of the monetary policy department, has been re-appointed for a term of three years.
2.Mr. Patel, 52, who will complete his three-year term on January 10, could become the longest serving deputy governor in recent times if he serves the full three-year term. Most of recent deputy governors served a maximum of five years.
3.According to the agreement, the RBI will target 4 per cent inflation by the end of financial year 2016-17 and for subsequent years, with a band of +/- 2 per cent.
4.RBI has four Deputy Governors, two are from outside, a commercial banker and an economist while two others are promoted from within its ranks. The other three Deputy Governors of RBI are: H.R. Khan, S.S. Mundra and R. Gandhi.
BHANUMURTHY IS THE NEW COO OF WIPRO
1.A few days after the appointment of Abidali Neemuchwala as CEO of India’s third largest IT services provider, Wipro has made more changes in its senior leadership structure.
2.It has elevated company veteran Bhanumurthy B. M. as the President and Chief Operating Officer and also appointed another senior leader G. K. Prasanna as the head of a newly formed created unit, Marketing, Innovations and Technology (MIT).
3.These announcements were made by newly appointed CEO Abidali Neemuchwala in an internal mail sent to Wipro employees.
4.According to the company, the changes will be effective from February 1, 2016.
ICC CONFIRMS 16 TEAMS FOR U-19 WORLD CUP, ANNOUNCES SQUADS
1.The 11th edition of the tournament will be held across eight venues in four Bangladesh cities from January 27 to February 14, and will feature nine Test playing countries as well as seven Associate and Affiliate Members.
2.The Associate and Affiliate Members are Afghanistan, Canada, Fiji, Ireland, Namibia, Nepal and Scotland.
3.The warm-up matches will be played from January 22-25, the ICC said in a statement.
4.Australia had withdrawn from the U-19 World Cup due to concerns over security in Bangladesh and Ireland had taken their place.
PREMJI MOST GENEROUS INDIAN, MUKESH RANKS SIXTH
1.Azim Premji, 70, chairman of Wipro, is the most generous Indian of the year for the third time in a row with donations worth Rs. 27,514 crore to the education sector, says Hurun India Philanthropy List 2015.
2.The top five contributors on the list belonged to the information technology industry. Mr. Premji is followed by Nandan Nilekani and wife, Rohini Nilekani, with donations of Rs. 2,404 crore, while Infosys co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy stood third with donations of Rs. 1,322 crore.
3.The top five are also the biggest wealth creators on the Hurun India Rich List. The richest Indian, Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries (RIL), stood sixth on the philanthropy list with donations of Rs. 345 crore.
4.K Dinesh, after retiring from Infosys in 2011, has been actively involved in philanthropic ventures in education, entrepreneurship encouragement and health care. With donations of Rs. 1,238 crore, he shot into the top 10 for the first time with fourth rank.
FRENCH SOLDIERS TO PARTICIPATE IN REPUBLIC DAY PARADE
1.In a first, French soldiers will march down the Rajpath on Republic Day along with Indian troops in the presence of President Francois Hollande who is the chief guest for this year’s celebrations.
2.This is a the first time when a foreign army would be marching down the Rajpath along with Indian troops as part of the Republic Day celebrations.
3.The French soldiers are taking part in counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency joint exercise called ‘Shakti 2016’.
JALLIKATTU IN T.N., BULLOCK CART RACE IN MAHARASHTRA CLEARED
1.The Centre on Friday issued a notification to permit jallikattu, Tamil Nadu’s traditional bull-taming sport, ahead of the Pongal festival.
2.The notification overturns a 2011 notification that prohibited the exhibition or training of bulls, and some other animals, as performing animals. The Supreme Court had in 2014 upheld the 2011 government order.
3.The present order permits jallikattu — and bullock cart races in Maharashtra, etc. — despite Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi reportedly advising the government against revoking the ban in view of the Supreme Court’s ruling.
IN A FIRST, CFTRI SENDS A FOOD ITEM FOR CLINICAL TRIAL
1.In what may signal a new approach to verification of the health benefits of food, the Mysuru-based Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) is teaming up with hospitals to conduct “human clinical trials” on an “anti-obesity” cooking oil it has developed.
2.The four organisations involved in the trial, which is set to begin later this year, are JSS Medical College, Mysore Medical College and Research Institute, Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences and Manipal University.
3.The institute says the oil does not promise to make a person thin, but helps the body use the energy from fried food more efficiently.
4.The CFTRI usually does not market its products on its own but licenses out its technology to private companies.
FANS AT BOTH SIDES OF WAGAH BORDER CHEER FOR FIRST PAKISTANI SIKH RANGER
1. Making a historic moment, for the first time ever at the Wagah Border, a Sikh ranger from Pakistan participated in the traditional Beating the Retreat Ceremony.
2.When Abhijeet Singh came for the ceremony on Thursday evening, with a huge round of applause, audience from both the sides of the border welcomed the Sikh ranger. When he shook hands with the Indian ranger, those present clapped and cheered.
3.The ranger is from Nankana Sahib, the holy city of Sikhs which is situated in Pakistan. He is said to be the first person ever to join the Pakistani army, from the Sikh community.
FOR A CLEAN GANGA, CENTRE GOES BACK TO 100-YEAR-OLD DOCUMENT
1.The Centre has fallen back on a century-old document signed between the British-India government and princely states in an attempt to save the Ganga, a key initiative of the National Democratic Alliance government.
2.Citing a 1916 pact, an affidavit filed by the ministry of environment and forest to the Supreme Court on Thursday said that hydroelectric projects on the Ganga will be subjected to a 100-year-old rule that they ensure the natural flow of the river does not fall below 1,000 cusecs.
INDIA TO LAUNCH ITS FIRST MAJOR CROP INSURANCE SCHEME IN APRIL: AGRICULTURE MINISTER
1.India will launch its first major crop damage insurance scheme for farmers in the fiscal year starting April 1, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said on Friday, in what could be Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first significant move to address the distress plaguing the country’s agricultural sector.
2.The impact of unseasonal rains and two straight years of drought on agriculture that sustains over two-thirds of India’s 1.25 billion people has dented Modi’s popularity in the countryside, contributing to a humiliating loss for the premier in elections last year in the largely rural state of Bihar.