1. Girish Chandra Gupta sworn-in as Calcutta HC chief justice:
- Justice Girish Chandra Gupta has sworn in as the Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court.
- He replaces Manjula Chellur, who has taken over as Chief Justice of Bombay High Court.
- Earlier, Mr. Gupta was functioning as the acting chief justice of the high court since 22nd August after Chellur’s transfer.
- Justice Gupta was born on December 1, 1954.
- The Incredible India Tourism Investors Summit (IITIS) 2016 has begun in New Delhi after it was inaugurated by Union Finance Minster Arun Jaitley.
- The three day summit has been organized by the Union Ministry of Tourism in association with Tourism Finance Corporation of India (TFCI) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
- Niti Aayog has devised a short-term and medium-to-long term action plan to help India achieve 50 medals in 2024 summer Olympics.
- According to Niti Aayog, it will polish the talent of Indian sports persons and make them at par with their global counterparts.
- The short-term vision (4-8 years) envisages targeting a group of priority sports, organising sports persons into three groups for each priority sport, harnessing the potential of indigenous and regional sports, selecting world-class coaches as well as a grading system for coaches.
- Medium to long term vision (8-15 years) will focus on identifying talent at a young age, having sports curriculum in schools, a dedicated training program for coaches, encouraging development of sports infrastructure through private or PPP mode and developing a health and psychological support division.
- The Union Cabinet approved the provision of a direct communication link through a dedicated submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) between Mainland (Chennai) and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
- The project to be completed by December 2018 will connect the mainland Chennai with Port Blair & five other islands viz. Little Andaman, Car Nicobar, Havelock, Kamorta and Great Nicobar.
- Oxford University (UK) topped the list as the world’s leading university in the latest Times Higher Education world rankings index.
- The United States had 63 institutions in the top 200, while the UK had 32 and Australia had 8.
- Asian region’s top institution, National University of Singapore was ranked 24th.
- Indian Institute of Science of Bengaluru has been placed in the rank segment of 201 to 250 while IIT Bombay is in the 301 to 350 segment.
- a record 31 Indian institutes have found a place in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-17.
The top 5 universities are as follows:
University of Oxford (U.K.)
California Institute of Technology (U.S.)
Stanford University (U.S.)
University of Cambridge (U.K.)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (U.S.)
7. Union Cabinet approves Agreement between India and Samoa for exchange of information with respect to Taxes:
- The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing and ratification of Agreement between India and Samoa for the exchange of information with respect to Taxes.
- It will help to stimulate the flow of exchange of information between India and Samoa for tax purposes which will help curb tax avoidance and tax evasion.
- The Chairman of Godrej Group Adi Godrej has conferred the 10th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Award for leadership in business and philanthropy.
- The award has been presented by Hikmet Ersek (CEO and the President Western Union) in the presence of former US President Bill Clinton in New York.
- Clinton Global Citizen Awards established in 2007, embody the former US President’s call to action by honouring outstanding individuals who exemplify global citizenship through their vision and leadership.
- Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) and GAIL (India) Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dhamra LNG Terminal Private Limited (DLTPL) for taking equity stake in the 5 MMTPA capacity LNG Receiving, Storage and Regasification Terminal.
- The Dhamra LNG terminal is being built by Adani Enterprises Ltd at Dhamra Port, Odisha.
- Indian Oil and GAIL will acquire 39% and 11% equity respectively in DLTPL, with the balance 50 percent stake being held by Adani group.
- Anandi Ramalingam has appointed as the Director Marketing of the Public sector Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL).
- She will be the first woman director of BEL.
- Earlier, she was the General Manager heading the Military Communication Strategic Business Unit (SBU) at BEL’s Bangalore Complex.
- Ramalingam has completed her B.E. in Electronics and Communication engineering (ECE) from the PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore.
- Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar has sworn in as new Chief Justice of Kerala High Court at a function held at Raj Bhavan Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
- Governor Justice (Retd) P Sathasivam administered the oath of office to Justice Shantanagoudar, who was the acting Chief justice.
- Captain of the Indian national cricket team in limited-overs formats Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been named the captain of the all-time India Test XI chosen by cricket magazine Wisden.
- The openers in the side are Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag, followed by Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, all-rounder Kapil Dev and Dhoni (wicket-keeper batsman).
- The celebrated team has been picked ahead of India’s 500th Test which will be played against New Zealand in Kanpur.
- The Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) has lifted the Obaidullah Khan Heritage Cup Hockey Tournament in Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh).
- The BPCL team defeated Railways by 3-0 (penalty shoot -outs).
- Earlier, both the teams scored one goal each till the end of prescribed time.
- The Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. team has received 51 lakh rupees.