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July 1st week 2015 current affairs
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1) First woman tennis player from India to be top-seeded in Wimbledon.

  • Sania Mirza has become the first woman tennis player from India to be top-seeded in the ongoing Wimbledon, Grand Slam championship.
  • The only Indians top-seeded in a Grand Slam earlier were Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi in the 1999 French Open edition men’s doubles.
  • Ms. Sania Mirza, a three-time Grand Slam winner, is determined to complete a career Grand Slam, having won the mixed doubles titles in the Australian, French and the US Opens.
2) Sugata Marjit to take over as the new Vice Chancellor of Calcutta University.
  • Sugata Marjit, will take over as the new Vice Chancellor of the Calcutta University, as the present Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das takes over Jadavpur University.
  • Sugata Marjit currently the Director and Reserve Bank of India Professor of Industrial Economics at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata.
  • Das leaves Calcutta University in the midst of a huge controversy over teaching and non-teaching staff members having been allegedly assaulted by a section of the university’s Trinamool Chharta Parishad backed students.

 China nominated Jin Liqun, former Chinese Finance Minster, for the post of AIIB President.

Former Finance Minster of China Jin Liqun was nominated by China to be the first president of the Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
At present, Jin is Secretary General of AIIB`s interim secretariat.
Earlier, he has held positions at the World Bank and was the first Chinese national to serve as a vice president at the Japan-controlled Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Before joining AIIB in 2014, Jin was chairman of China International Capital Corporation, one of the mainland`s largest investment banks.
About the AIIB President:
In accordance with the Articles of Agreement signed by 50 countries, the President of AIIB shall be elected through an open, transparent and merit-based process by the Board of Governors.
The president should be a national of a regional member.
The term of office of the president will be five years, and a president can be re-elected once.

3) Kamal Bawa elected as Fellow to Royal Society.

  • Eminent Ecologist Kamal Bawa has been elected as Fellow to the London based prestigious Royal Society.
  • He was chosen in recognition of his pioneering contributions in the field of conservation science.
  • With this, he joins former and current eminent fellows of Royal Society such as Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, and Stephen Hawking etc.
About Dr. Kamal Bawa:
  1. Bawa is India’s most prominent biologist and an evolutionary ecologist.
  2. He is a professor of Biology at the prestigious of Massachusetts University of Boston, US.
  3. He is the founder President of Bengaluru based Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE).
  4. For his contribution to environmental research he has been bestowed with Midori Prize for Biodiversity (2014), Gunnerus Award in Sustainability Science (2012).
About Royal Society:
  1. Established: 1660. It is one of oldest society still in existence for science.
  2. Headquartered: London. Recognises and promotes excellence in science for the benefit of humanity.
  3. It is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, medicine and engineering.
  4. Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka entered Guinness World Records for spending 804 days on ISS.
  5. Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka entered Guinness World Records for spending most number of days in the space.
  6. He achieved the feat by spending 804 days on the International Space Station (ISS).
  7. He surpassed cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, also a Russian, record of 803 days, nine hours and 41 minutes in the space which Sergei achieved across six missions from 1998 to 2005.
About International Space Station (ISS):
  1. ISS is a space station that was launched in 1998.
  2. It is the largest artificial satellite body that orbits earth nearly 400 km above the surface and it can be seen with naked eye.
  3. ISS moves at a very high speed and it completes 15.54 orbits per day.