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July 3rd week 2015 current affairs
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1) Burmese Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin meats External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at defense assistance program.

  • India and Myanmar announced that they would deepen their defence cooperation.
  • A joint consultative commission, chaired by Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Burmese Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin in New Delhi announced a defense assistance program.
About Myanmar (Burma):
  1. Capital: Naypyidaw.
  2. Currency: Kyat.
  3. President: Thein Sein.
2) Mass killer Breivik to study at Oslo University, from jail.
  • Anders Breivik, the Norwegian serial killer, has been admitted to a course at the country’s oldest and most illustrious university - though he will study from his prison cell and will not come into contact with staff or students.
  • Norway’s most infamous citizen, jailed for 21 years for shooting dead 69 students at a summer camp in 2011 after a bomb he planted in Oslo killed a further eight people, announced his intention to study politics and write books in 2012.
  • He applied to Oslo University the following year but was turned down because he did not meet its criteria. Since then he has taken courses in prison and now qualifies for admission.
  • All Norwegian prisoners have the right to pursue higher education if they meet the admission requirements and compete successfully against other applicants.
About Norway:
  1. Country: Norway.
  2. Capital: Oslo.
  3. Currency: Krone.

3) Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein is now a billionaire.

  • The legendary Wall Street titan, who grew up in a housing project in Brooklyn and ended up earning degrees from Harvard University, has seen his net worth surge to $1.1 billion (£704 million).
  • According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the massive surge in his wealth is due to him being the largest individual shareholder in investment banking giant Goldman Sachs, which manages nearly $911.5 billion (£583 billion) in assets.
  • He was an American Business Executive and CEO and Chairman of Goldman Sachs.

4) Russian billionaire invests $100m in search of intelligent alien life.

  • Russian tech billionaire Yuri Milner, known for his successful investments in social networking sites Facebook, Twitter, and closer home in Flipkart and Ola, is on a search of a different kind.
  • Far removed from his big-ticket investments in hot tech companies globally, the 53-year-old is funding an ambitious $100 million science project to discover whether intelligent life exists outside planet earth.
  • A non-profit initiative - Breakthrough Listen - was announced by Milner with cosmologist Stephen Hawking in London.
  • It is arguably, one of the most well-funded science projects to be undertaken in quest of extraterrestrial life.
5) Rainmaker Bhinde tops in I-bank pay.
  • The Indian internet economy`s most prolific dealmaker Aashish Bhinde emerged as the top paid investment banker last year after stringing together transactions worth over $1 billion.
  • Bhinde, 43, an executive director and head of digital and technology practice at Avendus Capital, took home a little less than $2 million in total remuneration.
  • This makes Bhinde - a relatively low-profile name until the consumer internet deals roared in - the first rainmaker from a home-grown, middle market I-bank to top the earnings chart in more than a decade.
  • The Wall Street and European banks that ramped up domestic teams since 2005 have dominated the earnings table on the deal street for a while.
6) Ismail Merchant nominated to be the face of Britain`s 20 pound bank note.
  • Indian born film director and producer Ismail Merchant to become the next face of Britain`s 20 pound bank note.
  • The Bank of England has just finished asking the British public to nominate artists who they believe helped to shape British thought.
  • Around 30,000 nominations have been received.
  • About Ismail Merchant
  • Merchant was born in Mumbai in 1936 as Ismail Noormohamed Abdul Rehman. He was a producer and director, known for highly acclaimed films like The Remains of the Day (1993), A Room with a View (1985) and Howards End (1992). He met his partner James Ivory at a screening of Ivory`s documentary The Sword and the Flute (1959) in New York City.
  • Merchant and Ivory formed Merchant Ivory Productions in May 1961. Merchant died on May 25, 2005 in London at the age of 68 following surgery for abdominal ulcers.