Current Affairs

MP's Prachi Yadav wins two gold at 2024 ACC Paracanoe Asian Championship in Japan

Madhya Pradesh's ace para canoer, Prachi Yadav delivered a remarkable performance at the ACC Paracanoe Asian Championship 2024, held in Tokyo, Japan and clinched two gold medals for the country.

The 29-year-old para athlete from MP's Gwalior secured medals in the Women's KL2 and Women's VL2 categories at the 2024 ACC Paracanoe Asian Championship.

The championship took place between April 18 and April 21 in Tokyo.



Sanjay Mashruwala resigns as MD of Reliance Jio

Sanjay Mashruwala, one of the two managing directors at Reliance Jio, has resigned from the company, the firm said in a stock exchange filing.

Mashruwala, 76, has been a key executive with Reliance since founder Dhirubhai Ambani's times and has been involved with several of its projects and business initiatives.

He will leave Jio effective from June 9, the firm said.

Pankaj Mohan Pawar, the other managing director, will continue, according to a BSE filing.

"This is to inform that Sanjay Mashruwala, Managing Director, has tendered his resignation as Director of the company, effective from June 9, 2024," the filing said.



Naima Khatoon becomes first woman in over 100 years to be appointed Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University

Naima Khatoon has been appointed as Aligarh Muslim University's Vice Chancellor for the next 5 years. She is the first woman to hold post in over 100 years.

Before Khatoon, the only woman to have held a top post at AMU was Begum Sultan Jahan who was appointed the Chancellor in 1920. Khatoon was appointed on Monday after receiving approval from President Droupadi Murmu, who is Visitor to the Aligarh Muslim University.

According to the official AMU notification, Naima Khatoon, Principal, Women's College, has been appointed as the Vice Chancellor of AMU for a period of five years or the date on which she completes 75 years of age, whichever is earlier.



Students with 4-year bachelor's degrees, 75% can directly pursue PhD

Students with four-year undergraduate degrees can now directly appear for NET and pursue PhD, according to University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Jagadesh Kumar. To pursue a PhD with or without a Junior Research Fellowship (JRF), the candidates will require a minimum of 75 percent marks or equivalent grades in their four-year undergraduate course.

So far, a candidate for the National Eligibility Test (NET) needed a master's degree with a minimum of 55 percent marks. The exam this year will be conducted in offline mode instead of a Computer-Based Test. Tests for all subjects will be conducted on June 16.

"The candidates with four-year undergraduate degrees can now directly pursue PhD and appear for NET. Such candidates are allowed to appear (for tests) in a subject in which they want to pursue a PhD irrespective of the discipline in which they have obtained the four-year bachelor's degree," Kumar told PTI.



Yuzvendra Chahal first bowler to take 200 wickets

Rajasthan Royals spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took his 200th IPL wicket on April 22 to become the first bowler to achieve the feat in the franchise tournament.

Chahal dismissed Mumbai Indians all-rounder Mohammad Nabi caught and bowled for 23 with his leg-spin as he celebrated the achievement at Rajasthan’s home ground in Jaipur.

He came into the game on 199 wickets ahead of Dwayne Bravo, who retired with 183 wickets and is now bowling coach of defending champions Chennai Super Kings.

The 33-year-old Chahal, who has also played for Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bengaluru, achieved the milestone in his 153rd IPL match.



Rashtriya Raksha University signs MoU with French Starburst Aerospace

Gandhinagar-based Rashtriya Raksha University (RRU) and Starburst Aerospace of France on Monday entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to advance aerospace, defence, and homeland security innovation. The MoU includes the creation of a venture capital fund of 100 million euros for aerospace, defence and security technology and provides export promotion support for Indian start-ups to explore international markets, the RRU said in a release. The partnership between Starburst and RRU is a reflection of the progress in the India-France Strategic Partnership in defence and space, it said.

The strategic alliance between RRU, Starburst, and Security and Scientific Technical Research Association (SASTRA), a not-for-profit company set up by RRU, is aimed at fostering innovation and driving advancements in the aerospace, defence and homeland security sectors, the RRU said.



Sakshi Mittal (IAS) appointed as Director in DoPT

Sakshi Mittal (IAS) has been selected for the appointment as Director in the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) on Monday. According to an order issued from the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), she has been selected for the appointment under the Central Staffing Scheme for a period of five years from the date of taking over charge of the post or until further orders, whichever event takes place earlier.

Mittal is a 2010-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of AGMUT cadre. She was recommended for the Central deputation by the Ministry of Home Affairs. "She may kindly be relieved of her duties immediately with instructions to take up her new assignment in DoPT," the order further added.



Air India's iconic Boeing 747 'Queen of the Skies' takes final flight from Mumbai

Air India bids farewell to its iconic Boeing 747 aircraft, fondly known as the 'Queen of the Skies' from the Mumbai's international airport. The double-decker plane took off for Plainfield, US, where it will be dismantled and stripped for parts, marking the end of an illustrious chapter in aviation history.

Sharing a video clip of the Boeing 747 taking off from the Mumbai airport and doing a 'wing wave', Air India said it will miss the aircraft's iconic presence.

"Today, we wave goodbye to the first of our last 'Queen of the Skies', the B747, departing Mumbai. Thank you for an era of majestic flights. We'll miss your iconic presence," the airline said in a post on X.



Nidhi S Jain (IA&AS) appointed as CVO of Cotton Corporation of India

The Central Government has approved the appointment of Nidhi S Jain (IA&AS) as Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of Cotton Corporation of India Limited (CCI) on Monday. According to an order issued from the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) on April 22, she has been appointed to the post for an initial period of three years with effect from the date of assumption of charge of the post or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

Nidhi is an Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS) service officer of 2009-batch. Presently, she is posted as Director of Audit (Environment & Scientific Departments), Branch office, Mumbai.



Ananth Technologies founder Pavuluri Subba Rao gets Aryabhatta award

Ananth Technologies Founder, CEO and Chairman Pavuluri Subba Rao has been conferred with the ‘Aryabhatta Award’ instituted by the Aeronautical Society of India (ASI). He was also presented with ASI’s ‘Distinguished Fellow’ title.

He received the award recognition of Rao’s “tremendous lifetime contribution to the promotion of astronautics in India.”

A former ISRO scientist, Rao incorporated Ananth Technologies Limited in 1992 to indigenously design and develop some of the country’s most sophisticated avionics for ISRO and the Defence sector.