1. Which Indian hockey player has become a member of International Hockey Federation (FIH) Athletes’ Committee?
[A]V R Raghunath
Ans: PR Sreejesh
The Indian hockey team captain, PR Sreejesh has become a member of International Hockey Federation Athletes’ Committee. The committee consists of a total of 8 current and former hockey players who have the responsibility to act as a liaison between the FIH and the athletes to make sure the players have voice in the FIH decision making process. The FIH Athletes’ Committee will also get to develop, collate, provide and promote resources for athletes on topics of direct concern including athlete health and welfare, career preparation and management, anti-doping, betting and match-fixing. Continue reading
1. Who has been appointed as the new chairman of Tata Sons?
Ans: Natarajan Chandrasekaran
Natarajan Chandrasekaran, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director (MD) of TCS, has been appointed as the new chairman of Tata Sons. He’ll be first non-Parsi chairman of Tata Sons and will take charge from Feb 21, 2017. His appointment comes after the Tata sons removed Cyrus Mistry as the Chairman. Chandrasekaran is only the third non-Tata after Nowroji Saklatwala and Cyrus Mistry to be named as Tata Sons chairman. Continue reading
1. Who has been selected for the prestigious 2016 Jnanpith Award?
Shankha Ghosh, the well-known Bengali poet, critic and academician, has been selected for the prestigious 52nd edition of the Jnanpith Award (2016) by the Government of India (GoI) for his poetic idiom and experiments with various poetic forms mark his greatness as a creative talent. With this, Ghosh has become the 6th Bengali author to win India’s highest literary award after Mahasweta Devi, Tarashankar Bandopadhyay, Ashapurna Devi, Subhash Mukhopadhyay and Bishnu Dey. The Jnanpith Award is presented every year to a literary figure for their outstanding contribution in literature. The award carries a citation, prize money of Rs. 12 lakh and a bronze replica of Goddess Saraswati.
1. Which of the following islands in India was once named “New Denmark”?
[D]Andaman & Nicobar Island
Ans: Andaman & Nicobar Island
In 1759, the Nicobar Islands were made a Danish colony, first named New Denmark and later as Frederick’s Islands.
1. Who has been conferred with the ICFA’s 2016 Global Agriculture Leadership Award?
Ans: Ratan Tata
The Indian Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA) has conferred the 2016 Global Agriculture Leadership Award to Tata Sons interim Chairman Ratan Tata in Mumbai, Maharashtra for his transformational role in scaling Tata Group as the globally admired group during his stint of two decades as Chairman. The ICFA is an apex body of India that act as think tank, policy research, trade facilitation, development catalyst and monitor centre for food and agriculture sector and serve as global platform for partnerships.