One of Egypt’s best known actresses Faten Hamama has passed away. She was 83. She was known as the Lady of the Arabic Screen and was a star of the golden age of Egyptian cinema.
She was born in 1931. She had started her film career in 1939, when she was only 7 years old in Youm Saeed (Happy Day), alongside legendary singer Mohamed Abdel Wehab. She was an Arab film icon who had appeared in almost 100 films. Her film career was at its peak in the 1950s when she met fellow three-time Golden Globe winner actor Omar Sharif, later whom she married. She played important role in improving the cinema industry in Egypt and emphasized the importance of women in cinema and Egyptian society. She had appeared in films including Struggle in the Valley (1954), The Nightingale’s Prayer (1959), I Want a Solution (1974) and The Night of Fatima’s Arrest (1985). She also had appeared on several TV shows, such as 1992’s Dameer Abla Hekmat (The Conscience of Mrs. Hekmat) and 2000’s Wagh Al-Qamar (Face of the Moon).
Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani has laid the foundation stone for Indian Institute of Management (IIM)-Visakhapatnam at Gambheeram village of Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh.
It is the first institution among the 11 Central premier institutions to be established in the state as per the provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.
IIM- Visakhapatnam will start its functioning from 2015-16 from the campus of Andhra University till the construction of campus is completed. It should be noted that IIM- Visakhapatnam will be fourteenth IIM of the country. Union Government is also planning to introduce a bill on Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) in Parliament, in order to empower these public, autonomous institutes to award MBA degrees instead of postgraduate diploma certificates.
The 5th General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has began in Abu Dhabi. Government leaders from more than 150 countries including India and representatives from more than 110 international organizations are taking part in this two day meet. 5th meet of IRENA seeks to address global issues like enhancing the share of renewable energy in the overall energy mix and to tackle global challenges like climate change, energy access and energy security.
It is an intergovernmental organization to promote adoption and sustainable use of renewable energy. It is the global hub for renewable energy cooperation and information exchange within its member nations. It was founded in 2009 and its statute entered into force on 8 July 2010.
Headquarters: Abu Dhabi.
Members: In total it has 138 Members. India is one of the 33 Permanent members of IRENA.
Viktor Troicki of Serbia has won the men’s single title of Sydney International Tennis tournament 2015. In the finals, he defeated Russia’s Mikhail Kukushkin by score of 6-2, 6-3. It is Viktor Troicki’s 2nd career title. His first title was 2010 Kremlin Cup.
Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic has won the women’s single title of Sydney International Tennis tournament 2015. In the finals, she defeated Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic by score of 7-6, 7-6. It is Petra Kvitova’s 15th career title. She is two times Wimbledon Champion (2011 and 2014) and currently ranked World no. 4.
It is also known as Apia International Sydney, is one of the oldest professional tennis tournaments in the world, dating to 1885. It is currently noted as an ATP 250 point event on the men’s tour and a WTA Premier event on the women’s tour. It is played annually at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre in Homebush, New South Wales, Australia.
South African cricketer AB de Villiers has hit the fastest century and half-century in one-day internationals (ODI). He achieved the feat in second match as part of the 5-match ODI series against West Indies. Overall in this match, AB de Villiers made 149 off 44 balls.
Fastest century: He made the century in just 31 balls and broke earlier record of New Zealand’s Corey Anderson who had hit the century in 36 balls in 2013-14.
Fastest half-century: He also made fastest half-century, off 16 balls breaking Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya’s previous record who had made half-century in 17 balls. Most sixes in an innings: His innings included 16 sixes. It equalled the previous record set by India’s Rohit Sharma against Australia in Bangalore in 2013/14. Second Highest innings totals: In this match, South Africa scored 439, which is the second highest total in one-day internationals. They surpassed their previous record of second highest score of 438 which they had made in a record run chase against Australia in 2005/06. It should be noted that, Sri Lanka holds the world record of highest innings. They had made this record by scoring 443 runs against the Netherlands in 2006.
Andhra Pradesh government has signed a pact with the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) to boost sustainable farming in the state. In this regard, Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was signed by state government with ICRISAT.
It seeks to provide assistance in making agriculture sustainable and profitable in state by increasing productivity of agriculture and allied sectors.
Strategy paper: ICRISAT will prepare a strategy paper for primary sector mission, hold research and development (R&D) and establish sites of learning in districts of Andhra Pradesh.
Use of Technology: Best technological tools and scientific practices from across the world will be incorporated into primary sector activities of state.
International expertise: ICRISAT will bring in international expertise from CGIAR centres. It will include consortium of international organisations like International Livestock Research Centre (ILRI), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), International Water Management (IWMI), Asia Vegetable Research and Development Centre (AVRDC), International Centre for Improvement of Maize and Development Centre (AVRDC), World Fish Centre and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). This consortium will also bring in regional and national research institutions for the benefit of farmers.
Pilot sites: It will be established in 13 districts (10,000 hectares each) of state to educate farmers for increasing productivity, profitability and sustainability through science-led development and climate-smart agriculture
Quality assurance system for soil analytical laboratories: It will be developed to undertake capacity building for staff and upgrade existing soil labs for nutrient profile analysis.
Public–private partnership (PPP): ICRISAT will assist state government in developing PPP mode guidelines, mobilise private entrepreneurs and organise a Global Investors Meet.
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