Famous Greek singer Demis Roussos passed away in Athens, Greek. He was 68. He was best known for his hit operatic pop ballads in the 1970s and 1980s and for his high-pitched voice and melodies inspired by Greek folklore which sold about 60 million records worldwide.
He was born as Artemios Ventouris Roussos in Alexandria, Egypt in 1946. He had started his music career at age of 17, when he joined band called The Idols. He was best known for his solo hits in the 1970s and 80s, including Forever and Ever, Goodbye and Quand je t’aime. He was also a member of progressive rock group Aphrodite’s Child.
Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed K Durga Prasad as the special director general (DG) of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). He will be in office for next three years or till further orders, whichever is earlier.
He is IPS officer of 1981 batch from Andhra Pradesh cadre. Before this appointed, he was director of the Special Protection Group (SPG), but was removed from this post in November 2014. It should be noted that SPG provides security to the prime minister, former prime ministers and their family members.
CRPF is the largest Central Armed Police Forces in India. It operates under the aegis of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). It was established in 1939, under Crown Representative’s Police but after independence it was made statutory Central Reserve Police Force after the enactment of the CRPF Act, 1949. At present CRPF is the world’s largest paramilitary force with 228 battalions and over three lakh personnel.
Function: Its primary role is to assist States/Union Territories in police operations to maintain law and order and contain insurgency.
US President Barack Obama has become the first American President to be Chief Guest on Republic Day celebrations. He is also the first American President to visit India twice (earlier he had visited India in November 2010).
In this Parade, US President witnessed India’s military might and cultural diversity. This year’s parade was more based on cultural diversity rather than showing on military might. For the parade, Barack Obama arrived in his own vehicle named cadillac one (The Beast) and not with President Pranab Mukherjee. Thus, breaking the traditional practice, as the Chief Guest usually comes to the venue with the President, the Head of the State. Several States displayed tableaux depicting their local flavor and traditions. While, some Union government departments displayed tableaux related to government initiatives like Make in India and ‘save the girl child. For first time in history, all women contingents of the three services Army, Navy and Air Force marched in the parade. Some of India’s latest military arsenal was displayed in this year’s parade. However, Nuclear-capable Agni missiles- a highlight for the past several years was not displayed this year.
Church of England has consecrated Reverend Libby Lane as its first female bishop in a ceremony held at York Minster (a Gothic cathedral) in northern England. With this consecration, Church of England ended its 500 year old male dominated tradition and considered as a historic move towards widening female participation in the Church.
Earlier in December 2014, she was appointed Bishop after Church formally had adopted legislation to allow women bishops. In this regard General Synod- the law-making body of the Church of England had given nod to this legislation in November 2014 which was passed by UK Parliament in October 2014.
Since April 2007, she was Vicar of St Peter’s Hale and St Elizabeth’s Ashley, in Greater Manchester, England. In 1993, she was ordained as deacon and later in 1994, as priest. In January 2010, she was appointed as Dean of Women in Ministry for the Diocese of Chester.
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Supervisory Cooperation and Exchange of Supervisory Information with Brazil’s Central Bank- Banco Central do Brasil (BCB). This MoU was signed by Anthero de Moraes Meirelles, Deputy Governor for Supervision, BCB and S.S. Mundra, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India. RBI by signing such MoU with supervisors of other countries is seeking to promote greater co-operation and share supervisory information among the authorities. In this regard, RBI in total has signed 23 such MoUs, one Letter for Supervisory Co-operation and one Statement of Co-operation (SoC), with different Central Banks of other countries and overseas regulators/supervisors.
Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed Divya Prakash Sinha as secretary (security) in the cabinet secretariat. Since November 2013, this post was lying vacant after Yashovardhan Azad who was holding the post then, was appointed information commissioner.
He is IPS officer, belonging to 1979 batch of the Manipur-Tripura cadre. Before this appointment he was special director with Intelligence Bureau (IB). He is associated with IB for several years handling operations in key regions such as the northeast and even Delhi. He known to be instrumental in neutralization of banned terrorist outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM) and various extremists groups in North east India.
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