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April 3rd week 2015 current affairs
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April 3rd week 2015 current affairs

1) Satya Nadella tops global CEO pay chart.

  • With a pay package of $84.3 million (Rs. 525 crore) a year, technology giant Microsoft`s Indian-origin chief Satya Nadella has emerged as the top-paid CEO in the US.
  • The Equilar 100 CEO Pay Study, an analysis of CEO salaries at the 100 largest public US companies as measured by revenue, was last year topped by Oracle`s Larry Ellison, who has been now pushed by Nadella to the second position.
  • Another Indian-origin CEO, Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo, is ranked 19th with $19.08 million. Legendary investor Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway is ranked last at 100th position with a total compensation of $464,011 million.
2) UN Yemen envoy Jamal Benomar resigns amid crisis.
 
  • Jamal Benomar, the UN special adviser on Yemen, has resigned after four years of efforts at a peaceful political transition fell apart amid the Houthi uprising and Saudi-led air strikes.
  • His resignation comes after UN Security Council adopted a resolution calling for the swift resumption of peace talks and an end to violence in Yemen on 14 April 2015.
  • The adopted resolution adopted calls on the Huthis to withdraw from Sanaa and all other areas they have seized.
 
About Jamal Benimar:
 
  1. Since 2012, Benomar was serving as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s special envoy for Yemen.
  2. He joined UN in 1994 and had served at various key of posts of different UN agencies. It included United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA).
  3. Benomar, who previously served as an envoy in Iraq and Afghanistan, had come under criticism from some in the Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia, as his recent efforts to broker peace showed little success.

3) V. Saritha set to join DTC as first woman driver.

  • Saritha, the first woman to join Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) as a driver.
  • Saritha, from Nalgonda in Telangana, was working as a private chauffeur in south Delhi when she was hired by DTC.
4) Masarat Alam arrested in Jammu and Kashmir.
 
  • Separatist leader Masarat Alam Bhat was arrested amid mounting outrage over raising of pro-Pakistan slogans and flags at a rally attended by him.
  • The 45-year-old hardliner was arrested from his home in Habbakadal area of the city.
  • Masarat, who was himself seen chanting slogans in support of Pakistan, besides Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, had been placed under house arrest in Srinagar.
  • Masarat Alam has been booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act after he waved the Pakistan flags to greet Geelani at a rally.
 
About Masarat Alam:
 
  1. Masarat Alam Bhat is a Kashmiri separatist leader currently General Secretary of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and is likely to succeed him as the Hurriyat head.
  2. He is also the Chairman of the Jammu Kashmir Muslim League. He played a significant role in the 2010 Kashmir stone pelting rallies which broke out against the Machil encounter carried out by the Indian army in Kashmir.
  3. After Kashmir flood disaster, Masarat created a huge controversy by saying that Kashmir valley does not need Indian forces to rescue people in case of natural disasters
5) Ashish Jakhar from Haryana sets National Youth record in hammer throw.
 
  • Ashish Jakhar from Haryana on set a national youth record in boys’ hammer throw event and won gold medal in the 12th National Youth Athletics Championships held in Bambolim, Goa.
  • In this event, Ashish had hurled 5kg ball-and-chain at record distance of 72.04 metres in a second throw which made a national youth record. In his opening throw he had hurdled at a distance of 71.92 metres.
  • With this, he broke the previous national record of 70.35 metres which was set by Haryana’s Sukhdev Singh in 2009. While, Uttar Pradesh’s Miraj Ali took the silver medal with a 68.35 metres throw in the meet.
  • Hammer throw event in the 12th National Youth Athletics Championships is also the selection trials for the inaugural Asian Youth Championships which are to be held in Doha in May 2015.
  • At present and so far this season, only Chinese thrower Xu Wenjie has a better mark than Ashish in the Asian rankings, with a 72.35 metres throw.

 

6) Zeena Joharn & Rahul Pandita named 2015 Yale World Fellows in US.

  • Two Indians Zeena Joharn and Rahul Pandita have been named by Yale University as its 2015 World Fellows, the signature global leadership development initiative at the prestigious US institution.
  • Zeena Johar is a founded of SughaVazhvu Healthcare and IKP Centre for Technologies in Public Health (ICTPH) to create a primary- care delivery network through rural clinics.
  • Rahul Pandita is a journalist and author from New Delhi has reported extensively about conflicts in Iraq and Sri Lanka and is known for his reportage on Maoist insurgency in central and eastern India, and on the turmoil in Kashmir.
  • Both will arrive at the university later this year for an intensive four-month period of academic enrichment and leadership training.
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About Yale Fellow:
 
  1. Yale World Fellows is an international fellowship program at Yale University for mid-career emerging leaders who have distinguished themselves in their profession, discipline, or geographic region.
  2. Each year, between fifteen and twenty participants, known as World Fellows, reside at Yale for the fall academic term.
  3. World Fellows are selected from a wide range of fields and disciplines including government, business, nongovernmental organizations, religion, military, media, and the arts.
  4. In November 2000, University President Rick Levin announced several internationalization initiatives, including the World Fellows program, in conjunction with the university`s tercentenary.
7) Goa based Vikram Patel named among Time’s 100 influential people.
 
  • Goa based psychiatrist Dr. Vikram Patel who is also a Professor of International Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, has made it to the TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.
  • A co-founder of Sangath, a mental health research NGO based in Goa, Patel’s research focuses on how to bring better mental health care to low-resource communities, where around 90% of people affected by mental illness go untreated because psychiatrists are in such short supply.
 
About Vikram Patel:
 
  1. Prof Patel was the founding and Joint Director of the Centre for Global Mental Health, a partnership between the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Kings Health Partners.
  2. Patel is a psychiatrist with a primary interest in global mental health.
  3. He was the Founding and Joint Director of the Centre for Global Mental Health, a partnership of the LSHTM with Kings Health Partners.
  4. Since 2011, he has served on two Government of India health committees, the Mental Health Policy Group and the National Rural Health Mission ASHA Mentoring Group.
 
About Time’s 100 Influent People:
 
  1. Now in its twelfth year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.
  2. The TIME 100 is a list of the world’s most influential men and women, not its most powerful, though those are not mutually exclusive terms.
  3. In recent years Time has assembled an annual list of the 100 most influential people of the year.
  4. Originally, they had made a list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.
  5. These issues usually have the front cover filled with pictures of people from the list and devote a substantial amount of space within the magazine to the 100 articles about each person on the list
8) Kim Jong-un `climbs North Korea`s highest mountain.
 
  • North Korea`s leader Kim Jong-un climbed his country`s highest mountain a whopping 2,744 metres to reach Mount Paektu`s peak in time to watch the sun rise over North Korea, the country`s state-run media claims.
  • Kim was photographed both ankle-deep in snow and being greeted by enraptured pilots, who are characterized as "red goshawks``.
 
About Kim Jong-Un:
 
  1. Kim Jong-un was born 8 January 1983 and he also romanized as Kim Jong-eun, Kim Jong Un or Kim Jung-eun is the supreme leader of the Democratic People`s Republic of Korea (North Korea).
  2. He is the son of Kim Jong-il (1941–2011) and the grandson of Kim Il-sung (1912–1994).
  3. He has held the titles of the First Secretary of the Workers` Party of Korea, the Chairman of the Central Military Commission, Chairman of the National Defence Commission, the Supreme Commander of the Korean People`s Army, and presidium member of the Politburo of the Workers` Party of Korea.
  4. He was officially declared the supreme leader following the state funeral of his father on 28 December 2011.
  5. He is the third and youngest son of Kim Jong-il and his consort Ko Yong-hui.
9) Former Egyptian president Morsy jailed for 20 years
 
  • An Egyptian criminal court sentenced ousted President Mohammed Morsy to 20 years in prison over the killing of protesters in 2012.
  • The Cairo Criminal Court issued the verdict as Morsy and other defendants in the case mostly Muslim Brotherhood leaders stood in a soundproof glass cage inside a makeshift courtroom at Egypt’s national police academy.
  • In addition to Morsy, 12 Brotherhood leaders and supporters, including Mohammed el-Beltagy and Essam el-Erian, also were sentenced to 20 years in prison.
 
About Mohammed Morsy:
 
  1. Mohamed Morsi is an Egyptian politician who served as the fifth president of Egypt, from 30 June 2012 to 3 July 2013.
  2. Morsi`s victory in the presidential election was announced on 24 June 2012 after he won the run-off election, winning 51.7 percent of the vote against Ahmed Shafik, deposed leader Hosni Mubarak`s last prime minister.
  3. He was the first democratically elected head of state in Egyptian history.

 

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