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Microsoft appoints Sriram Rajamani as MD of India Research Lab

Microsoft on 11 August 2016 announced the appointment of Sriram Rajamani as the new Managing Director (MD) of its India Research Lab.
•    The appointment is effective from 1 August 2016.
•    Rajamani replaced Chandu Thekkath, who previously worked as Managing Director of the lab for two years.
•    Rajamani is a renowned computer scientist.
•    He holds a proven research and managerial track record spanning 17 years in Microsoft's research organisation.
•    He has expertise in programming language design, security and privacy, cloud security and probabilistic programming.
•    Prior to joining the India lab, he headed the software productivity tools group within Microsoft's Redmond research lab.
•    He is a PhD holder in Computer science from University of California.
•    Microsoft Research Lab India was founded in January 2005.
•    It is located in Bengaluru.
•    The lab conducts long-term basic and applied research in different areas, such as cryptography, security, and algorithms etc.
•    Microsoft Research India also collaborates extensively with research institutions and universities in India and abroad to support scientific progress and innovation.
 

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President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service and Police Medal for Meritorious Services

On the occasion of Independence Day, 2016 the Hon’ble President of India has awarded President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Services and Police Medal for Meritorious Services to the following RPF/RPSF personnel- 
President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service :
•    Shri G.V.Sanjeeva Rayudu, Inspector/RPF/SCR
Police Medal for Meritorious Services:
•    Shri Ajoy Sadany, DIG-cum-Addl. CSC/NWR
•    Shri Vijay Kumar Khatarkar, DIG-cum-Addl. CSC/NER
•    Shri R.P.Tomar, ASC/NCR
•    Shri Farid Ahmed, Inspector/RPF/ER
•    Shri Vishwambhar Nath Dwivedi, Inspector/RPF/NCR
•    Shri Bonoda Bihari Samantara, SI(M)/10BN/RPSF
•    Shri R.Suresh, SI(M)/7 BN/ RPSF
•    Shri Satyanarayana Vadiyala, SI/RPF/SCR
•    Shri Madan Lal, SI/RPF/NWR
•    Shri Subhasis Gupta, ASI/RPF/ER
•    Shri Rajaram, ASI/RPF/NER 
•    Shri Balmik Prasad Patel, ASI/RPF/WCR
•    Shri Jayanta Kolay, Head Constable/RPF/ER
•    Shri Suresh Mahto, CT(SW)/6BN/RPSF

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Independence Day Fire Service and Home Guard & Civil Defence Medals Announced

67 personnel have been awarded Fire Service Medals on the occasion of the Independence Day this year.  
•    President’s Fire Service Medal for Gallantry have been awarded to 04 personnel, Fire Service Medal for Gallantry have been awarded to 04 personnel, President’s Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service to 10 personnel and Fire Service Medal for Meritorious Service to 49 personnel.
•    59 personnel have also been awarded Home Guard & Civil Defence Medals on the occasion of the Independence Day this year.  
•    President’s Home Guard & Civil Defence Medal for Gallantry have been awarded to 04 personnel, Home Guard & Civil Defence Medal for Gallantry has been awarded to 01 personnel, President’s Home Guard & Civil Defence Medal for Distinguished Service to 04 personnel and Home Guard & Civil Defence Medal for Meritorious Service to 50 personnel.

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K M Hanumantharayappa has assumed charge as the new Chairman of Central Silk Board (CSB)

K M Hanumantharayappa has assumed charge as the new Chairman of Central Silk Board (CSB), for a period of three years. 
•    He is the 25th Chairman of the Central Silk Board and succeeds N S Bissegowda. 
•    KM Hanumantharayappa by profession is sericulture’s and a weaver. 
•    He hails from Doddaballapura, a traditional silk weaving cluster in Karnataka. 
•    He is a senior political leader from BJP. He is the President of Karnataka State Nekarara Horata Samithi. 
•    Earlier from 2000 to 2002, he had served as a Member to the Central Silk Board. He also had served as Chairman, Karnataka Silk Marketing Board (KSMB) during 2010 to 2013.
•    Government of Karnataka has bestowed upon him Best Agriculturist Award. 
•    CSB is a statutory body established under the Central Silk Board Act, 1948. 
•    It functions under the aegis of Union Ministry of Textile. 
•    It is a national organization for overall development of silk sector in India.
 

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Dinesh Kumar Khara was appointed Managing Director (MD) of State Bank of India (SBI)

Dinesh Kumar Khara on 9 August 2016 was appointed Managing Director (MD) of State Bank of India (SBI).
At present, Khara is working as MD and Chief Executive Officer of SBI Funds Management Pvt Ltd.
On the other hand, Ashok Kumar Garg and Raj Kamal Verma have been appointed as Executive Director (ED) of Bank of Baroda and Union Bank of India respectively. 
Gopal Murli Bhagat and Himanshu Joshi have been appointed as ED of Corporation Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce respectively.
•    State Bank of India is an Indian multinational, public sector banking and financial services company.
•    It is a government-owned corporation.
•    Its headquarters is located in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
•    As of 2014-15, it had assets of 310 billion US dollar.
•    It is ranked 232nd on the Fortune Global 500 list of the world's biggest corporations as of 2016.
•    It is one of the Big Four banks of India, along with ICICI Bank, Bank of Baroda and Punjab National Bank.
•    The Presidency banks merged on 27 January 1921, and the re-organised banking entity took as its name Imperial Bank of India.
•    On 1 July 1955, the Imperial Bank of India became the State Bank of India.
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Nita Ambani 1st Indian woman to award Olympic medals

Newly-elected International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Nita Ambani today distributed the medals to women’s 400m freestyle podium finishers at the Rio Games here to become the first Indian woman to do the honours at an Olympic victory ceremony.
•    Ambani, who became the first Indian woman to join the IOC when she was elected to the prestigious body on August 4, gave away the gold medal to world record-holder American Kathleen Ledecky, silver to Jazz Carlin of Great Britain and bronze to another American Leah Smith.
•    Ledecky won the event in a world record timing of 3 minutes 56.46 seconds, while Carlin and Smith came second and third in 4:01.23 and 4:01.92 respectively.
•    The 52-year-old Nita is the only current active individual member of the IOC from India and she will serve at the high-profile world body until she attains the age of 70.
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Irom Sharmila broke world's longest hunger strike

Irom Chanu Sharmila, the Iron Lady of Manipur, on 9 August 2016 ended her 16-year-long hunger strike outside the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences in Imphal, Manipur.
•    Sharmila, 44, has been fed through nasal tube since November 2000. Moreover, she spent most of her time in judicial custody in a hospital in Imphal.
•    Born on 14 March 1972, the Iron Lady of Manipur is also known as "Mengoubi" .
•    She is a civil rights activist, political activist. She is also a poet.
•    She began her hunger-strike, the world's longest hunger strike till date, on 2 November 2000 by refusing food and water for more than 500 weeks.
•    On International Women’s Day 2014, she was voted the top woman icon of India by MSN Poll.
•    Amnesty International has declared her as a Prisoner of Conscience.
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Nita Ambani becomes first Indian woman member of IOC

Noted sports promoter and founder chairperson of Reliance Foundation, Nita Ambani was elected as an individual member of International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 4 August 2016. 
•    With this, she also becomes the first Indian woman to join the prestigious body which governs Olympic sports in the world.
•    Sir Dorabji Tata was the first person to represent India in the IOC. 
•    Raja Randhir Singh is currently holding the post of an honorary member after serving the international body from 2000-2014.
Besides Nita, seven other IOC Members were elected at the 129th IOC Session ahead of the Olympic Games Rio 2016. They are:
•    Sari Essayah (Finland)
•    Ivo Ferriani (Italy)
•    Luis Moreno (Colombia)
•    Auvita Rapilla (Papua New Guinea)
•    Anant Singh (South Africa)
•    Tricia Smith (Canada)
•    Karl Stoss (Austria)
Apart from this, two Vice-Presidents were also elected on the executive board. They are:
•    Juan Antonio Samaranch (Spain)
•    Ugur Erdener (Turkey)
 

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Vijay Rupani named new Gujarat Chief Minister

Vijay Rupani will take over as the new chief minister of Gujarat. Nitin Patel will be the deputy chief minister of Gujarat. The oath taking ceremony will take place on Sunday, 7 August, 2016.
•    Rupani was picked by party MLAs at a meeting on Friday. 
•    The meeting saw the participation of BJP president Amit Shah and senior leader Nitin Gadkari as observers.
•    Vijay Rupani is the state president of the BJP and was the minister for transport, water supply, labor and employment in Anandiben's cabinet. 
•    He was elected an MLA for the first time in 2014, winning the Rajkot West seat vacated by Vajubhai Vala. 
•    Rupani was considered the most non-controversial prospect as her successor, and enjoys wide acceptance among party cadre. 
 

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Pushpa Kamal Dahal elected as 39th Prime Minister of Nepal

Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Chairperson (CPN-MC) Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' on 4 August 2016 was elected the 39th Prime Minister of Nepal.
•    Pushpa Kamal Dahal had served as the Prime Minister of the country from 2008 to 2009.
•    He led the CPN (M) as it launched a communist insurgency on 13 February 1996. In the ensuing civil war, more than 17000 Nepalese died.
•    He resigned as Prime Minister on 4 May 2009 after his attempt to sack the army chief, General Rookmangud Katawal, was opposed by President Ram Baran Yadav.
•    He is also widely known by his nom de guerre ‘Prachanda’, a name he went by during his guerrilla days.
 

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