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Person Current Affairs May 2nd Week 2016
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1) Indian scientist Manvendra K. Singh bags SGD 3 million grant from Singapore`s NRF.

  • Dr. Manvendra K. Singh, a scientist from Uttar Pradesh`s Gorakhpur city, was awarded a grant of SGD 3 million (about 14.7 crore rupees) by Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF).
  • Dr. Singh’s name was announced that he is among the seven young scientists from across the world to be endowed with the Singapore NRF fellowship.
  • The scientist has been awarded the fellowship to pursue research in the field of congenital and adult cardiovascular diseases.

About Manvendra K. Singh:

  1. He works as an assistant professor in the cardiovascular and metabolic disorders programme at Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore.
  2. He is also an adjunct assistant professor at National Heart Research Institute Singapore and Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Pennsylvania, USA.
  3. He obtained his masters degree in Biotechnology from Madurai Kamaraj University.
  4. After completing his masters, he joined MD/ Ph.D program in Molecular Medicine at Hannover Medical School, Germany.

2) Shashank Manohar resigns as BCCI president.

  • Shashank Vyankatesh Manohar resigned as the President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
  • He also stepped down as the BCCI representative in the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).
  • He had succeeded Jagmohan Dalmiya as the cricket body’s president after the former’s demise in October 2015.
  • It was Manohar’s second stint as the president of the BCCI. Earlier, he served as the president of the cricketing body from 25 September 2008 to 19 September 2011.
  • He is holding the office of the president of the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) who is one of the three full members in the state of Maharashtra.
  • He is also referred to as Mr. Clean and is also known for his spotless track record and integrity in cricketing circles.

3) Bangladesh executes Jamaat chief Nizami for war crimes.

  • Bangladesh executed Islamist party Chief Motiur Rahman Nizami for convicted criminal during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.
  • The Jamaat leader was hanged at Dhaka Central jail, after the Supreme Court rejected his final plea against a death sentence imposed by a special tribunal for genocide, rape and arranging the massacre of top intellectuals during the war.
  • He became the fourth Jamaat leader and the fifth person hanged after being convicted of war crimes by one of the two International Crimes Tribunals.
  • The war crimes tribunal set up by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2010 has erupted violence and drawn criticism from opposition politicians, including leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami.

4) Shashank Manohar elected unopposed as ICC`s first independent chairman.

  • Veteran cricket administrator Shashank Manohar was elected unopposed as ICC’s (International Cricket Council) first independent Chairman.
  • He was the sole nominee for the position and the ICC Board has unanimously supported his appointment. He will have tenure of two years.
  • He was elected to the post after the ICC Full Council’s approval of constitutional amendments proposed by the Board following its April 2016 meeting.
  • In order to comply with provisions of ICC rules, Shashank Manohar had resigned from the post of BCCI president.

About Shashank Manohar:

  1. Shashank Manohar by profession is a prominent lawyer.
  2. He had twice served as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), from 2008 to 2011 and from November 2015 to May 2016.
  3. As a cricket administrator he is known for his impeccable clean image and track record & integrity in cricketing circles.

5) A.R. Rahman named Goodwill Ambassador for Olympics.

  • Renowned Music composer A.R. Rahman has accepted the Indian Olympic Association`s offer to become the Goodwill Ambassador for Rio Olympics.
  • Rahman is India`s fourth Goodwill Ambassador after Bollywood actor Salman Khan, Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.
  • Notably, this time, India is to send its largest ever contingent of about 90 athletes to the Rio Olympics starting August 5.

6) Brazil new interim President Michel Temer calls for trust in values for Brazil`s recover.

  • Brazil new interim President Michel Temer has addressed the nation after the Senate voted to back the impeachment trial of Dilma Rousseff.
  • He has named a business friendly cabinet that includes respected former central bank chief Henrique Meirelles as Finance Minster.
  • Mr. Temer, has now taken over as President for up to 180 days, the maximum time allowed for the impeachment trial of Ms Rousseff.
  • Earlier Brazil`s president Dilma Rousseff was suspended for at least six months after the country`s Senate voted 55-22 to impeach and put her on trial.
  • The Senate`s upper house will try Rousseff for allegedly manipulating the government`s accounts ahead of the last election.
  • The judges will reportedly be Senators, many of whom are accused of more serious crimes.

7) ASI core committee chairman G.C. Mitra resigns from his post.

  • Archeological Survey of India (ASI) technical core committee chairman G.C. Mitra, who is looking after the repair work of Jagamohan, the chamber facing the sanctum sanctorum of Sri Jagannath Temple in Puri, resigned from his post.
  • Mitra has sent his resignation letter to ASI DG and the superintendent.
  • It is believed he might have taken the decision after ASI rejected the estimation and the repair plan of Jagamohana at Srimandir prepared by the core committee.

Archaeological Survey of India:

Inception: 1861
Headquarters: New Delhi.