South African cricketer AB De Villiers has hit the fastest 150 in one-day internationals (ODI’s). He achieved this feat in 64 balls in World Cup Pool B match against West Indies held at Sydney and also broke the previous record of Australia’s Shane Watson by 19 balls. AB De Villiers in the innings scored 162 runs from 66 balls and it comprised of 8 sixes and 17 fours. In this match, South Africa scored 408 runs which is the second-highest total in World Cup history. Fastest 150s in ODIs AB de Villiers (South Africa) – Scored in 64 balls against West Indies. Shane Watson (Austraia) – Scored in 83 balls against Bangladesh in 2013. Luke Ronchi (New Zealand) – Scored in 92 balls against Sri Lanka in 2015. Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) – Scored in 95 balls against England in 2006. Ricky Ponting (Australia) – Scored in 99 balls against South Africa in 2006.
Justice Amitava Roy has sworn in as a judge of the Supreme Court (SC). He was administered the oath of office by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) H. L. Dattu and will have a tenure of three years. Prior to this appointment he was Chief Justice of Orissa High Court. It should be noted that Amitava Roy was appointed as judge of SC through traditional collegium system rather than newly created National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC). With the elevation of Justice Amitava Roy, the strength of the SC judges has gone up to 29 out of total sectioned strength of 31 judges. At present only one woman judge, Justice R Banumathi is among SC judges.
Justice Roy had started his legal career by practicing in the district courts in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia in Assam from 1976 to 1981. Later in 1981, he shifted his lawyer practice in Gauhati High Court and focused mainly on the Constitutional, Civil, Criminal, Labour and Revenue cases. In February 2002, he was appointed as judge of the Gauhati High Court. In 2013, Justice Roy was appointed as Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court and later in August 2014 as the Chief Justice of Orissa High Court.
Ex-chairman of the Tata Group Ratan Tata has been honoured with Doctorate of Automotive Engineering by the Clemson University. He was conferred with Doctorate for his contributions to the global automotive industry at the South Carolina Automotive Summit.
Ratan Tata holds bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cornell University. He also has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. In 1962 he had joined the Tata Group. In 1981, he was named chairman of Tata Industries and led the group in various fields including transportation, consulting, communications, chemicals, hospitality and steel. During his stint as chairman of Tata group, he was responsible for transforming the group into a strategy think tank and a promoter of new ventures in high technology businesses. Ratan Tata serves as director on the boards of Alcoa Inc., Mondelez International. He is also on the international advisory boards of, JP Morgan Chase, Rolls-Royce, Mitsubishi Corp., Temasek Holdings and the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
The Supreme Court on 27 February 2015 held that a person can be accorded Scheduled Caste (SC) status even on re-conversion to Hinduism. The status can be accorded if the person is accepted by people of his caste and he proves that before converting either he or his forefathers previously belonged to SC caste. The ruling was given by two member Supreme Court bench of justices Dipak Misra and V Gopala Gowda on a plea of K P Manu, a Kerala resident, who had challenged the Kerala High Court verdict. Supreme Court bench held that Beneficiary person for the caste certificate are Absolute proof that he belongs to the caste that has been recognised by the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950. Converted to other religion from original religion to which the parents and earlier generations had belonged. There must be evidence establishing the acceptance by the community. Background Petitioner K P Manu was born as a Christian. But his grandfather had embraced Christianity after leaving Hinduism. Petitioner later again became a Hindu and was C certificate of a Hindu caste, to which his ancestors belonged. Earlier, the scrutiny committee also had held that the petitioner cannot be treated as a Hindu on the grounds that his forefathers were Christians. Employer of the petitioner was directed to remove him from service and also to recover a sum of 15 lakh rupees towards the salary paid to him by the state government on the basis of the report of the scrutiny committee. Kerala High Court also had given the ruling in favour of scrutiny committee and against Petitioner.
Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Gujarat Forest Department on 26 February 2015 have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for conversation of Asiatic lion and its habitat. As part of MoU, ZSL with its expertise in managing zoo will provide Technical assistance to forest department to manage rescue and treatments centres. Technical support in veterinary support and expertise in managing the landscape and the habitat of the area and also training the staff in handling rescue operations. It will also help to manage Sakkarbaug Zoo in Junagadh. State Forest Department will use smart software jointly developed by the ZSL and the Gujarat forest department for tracking the movement of their staff and even the lions. Earlier in 2014, ZSL had launched charity’s new Lions400, a fundraising campaign and had raised over £135,000 towards helping to save the Asian lions.
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