Wrestler Prem Nath, a gold medallist at the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games, passed away on 1 June 2015. He was 64. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. Prem Nath, a President’s Medal-winning retired Delhi Police official, was known for his efforts to popularise wrestling in Delhi.
In 1976, he took over an akhara established by Guru Baijnath in the Kamla Nagar area of New Delhi. Today, the akhara is known as the Guru Prem Nath akhara. In 1974, he bagged the 57kg Commonwealth Games title in New Zealand. He got the Arjuna Award for the year 1972.
Actor Hiroshi Koizumi passed away on 31 May 2015 following pneumonia. He was 88. Making debut in 1951 on silver screen, Koizumi appeared in a string of monster films including Mothra vs Godzilla, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster and Dogara, the Space Monster. In 1955, Koizumi appeared as a pilot in movie Godzilla Raids Again.
Koizumi also acted in numerous non-monster productions, including the 47 Samurai in 1962, alongside the legendary Toshiro Mifune. During 1970s, he became the presenter of Fuji TV’s popular Quiz Grand Prix. Later, he appeared in The Return of Godzilla in 1984 and in 2003’s Godzilla: Tokyo SOS.
Born in 1926, Koizumi graduated from Tokyo’s Keio University, Japan’s oldest, and joined public broadcaster NHK as an announcer.
Andhra Pradesh (AP) circle of India Post in the first week of June 2015 decided to sell River Godavari water as GOD-JAL (Godavari Pushkaram Jal) during Pushkaram festival season between 14 July and 25 July 2015.
The GOD-JAL will be sold at post offices across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and will be available for citizens who will not be able to take a dip in the river during the Pushkaram festival. 500 ml of purified GOD-JAL will be duly bottled and purified as per ISI standards and will be delivered at door step for as low a cost as 20 rupees per bottle. The GOD-JAL will be sold through 95 post offices, 2360 sub post offices and 13611 branch post offices of the two states.
The water can also be ordered online at www.appost/in/eshop by devotees till 14 July 2015. Even the abroad orders will be delivered through WorldNet Express, while domestic orders will be delivered through EMS Speed Post. The decision to sell the waters of River Godavari in the two states by AP Postal circle was taken in lieu of the fact that most of the river length lies in both the states where the Pushkaram festival is taking place.
Godavari Mahapushkaram is a unique event which happens once in 144 years. It is once in a life time opportunity for believers to dip in the river and get purified.
Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejunivetion Uma Bharti on 5 June 2015 launched nationwide Jal Kranti Abhiyan (campaign) from Jaipur, Rajasthan. The aim is to consolidate water conservation and management in the country through a holistic and integrated approach involving all stakeholders, making it a mass movement.
On the broad level, the campaign envisages following strategies
On the pilot basis, the project will run in one water stressed village in each 672 districts of the country. Success of the campaign will be reviewed after one or one and a half year. The project will be implemented till the objective of solving water problems in every house and farm is achieved.
R Seshasayee was on 5 June 2015 appointed as the Non-Executive Chairman of Infosys Limited. He succeeded KV Kamath, who resigned to head the proposed BRICS New Development Bank in China. Seshasayee will assume his new role with immediate effect. He will lead the Infosys board for three years until 2018, when he will turn 70 and retire, as per company rules.
The post of Chairman in Infosys was lying vacant since June 2014, when its co-founder NR Narayana Murthy resigned from the post. Seshasayee joined Infosys board in January 2011. He has been an independent director on the board since then and is the Chairperson of its audit committee. Presently, Seshasayee also serves as Non-Executive Vice-Chairman of Ashok Leyland and Chairman of IndusInd Bank.
A chartered accountant by profession, Seshasayee started his career with Hindustan Lever Ltd in 1971. Later, he joined Chennai-based auto maker Ashok Leyland in 1976, where he became executive director in 1983 and managing director in 1998.
Doctors from Texas State of United States have done the world’s first partial skull and scalp transplant from a human donor. This rare medical feat which opens new frontier in transplant surgery was achieved by team of Doctors from Houston Methodist Hospital and MD Anderson Cancer Center. The recipient patient was Jim Boysen, a 55-year-old software developer who had suffered a large head wound from cancer treatment
In a 15-hour transplant operation about a dozen doctors and 40 other health workers were involved. In this operation, Boysen was given a cap-shaped, 25-by-25 centimeter (10-by-10-inch) skull graft, and a 38-centimeter (15-inch)-wide scalp graft. This transplanted part extends from patients forehead across the top of his head and over its crown. It ends 2.5 centimeters above one ear and 5 centimeters above the other. It should be noted that in 2014 doctors in the Netherlands had replaced most of a woman’s skull with a 3-D printed plastic one.
India’s first green police station was inaugurated on the occasion of World Environment Day at Maurice Nagar in north Delhi. It was inaugurated by Delhi Police Commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi. The police station has various provisions for preservation and safety of the environment. Students of Delhi University along with police officials had worked on the renovation of this police station to make it unique.
Roof of station has coating of fresh lime based upon Medieval Indian Construction Methodology. It will increase Albedo of the station and reduce the heat which helps to save electrical power. All light fittings at the police station have been changed to LED lights in order to reduce consumption of electricity. All fans installed at this police station will be of five star ratings. It also planned to use solar panels to light the police station. The toilets installed in this station are biodegradable and are capable of converting fecal matter into water and biogas through technique of anaerobic bacterial decomposition. It is also planned to replace the furniture with bamboo and cane which are believed to be environment friendly as they do not require cutting of trees. 400 areca palm plants have been planted in the police station and its premises in order to bring down the carbon presence, as these plants are strong in carbon consumption. Recycled paper for filing public’s complaint will be used in bid to promote the use of recycled paper.
Kotak Mahindra Bank and ING Bank have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for exploring opportunities arising from cross-border business, investment and trade flows across various regions, including Europe. It was signed between the two parties and covers an array of co-operation in various areas such as trade remittances, finance. It also includes services related to non-resident Indians, corporate relationships, funding to counterparties’, fee-based products, direct banking and digital strategy and cross-border debt capital markets, mergers and acquisitions.
Under the ambit of MoU, ING Bank will give its clients from The Netherlands and the other 39 countries commercial banking access to Kotak’s services in the vast Indian market. At the same time it will also offer the combined clients in India the opportunities of ING’s international network. It should be noted that Kotak Mahindra and associates are significant shareholders in Business Standard Private Ltd. ING Bank holds 6.5 per cent stake in Kotak Mahindra Bank which is India’s fourth largest private sector lender.
Bellandur Lake, the largest lake of Bengaluru, was in the news in first week of June 2015. It was in news as a team of researchers from Indian Institute of Science (IISc) found that the fire on the water of Bellandur Lake on 16 May 2015 was caused due to industrial effluents in the water. The findings were published in a study titled, Pathetic status of wetlands in Bengaluru: epitome of inefficient and uncoordinated governance.
The study was led by environment scientist Prof TV Ramachandra of Centre for Ecological Sciences (CES). The group in the study found that the foam was formed due to phosphorous present in detergents. The study conducted on Bellandur Lake along with Varthur Lake suggested that the water of these lakes were harmful for domestic and irrigation purposes and it may contaminate groundwater. It also suggested that the foam may cause an environmental problem and can be a great threat for the wetlands of Bengaluru.
Foams are enriched with particulate organic and inorganic compounds like nutrients (Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Carbon) and Cations (atoms that have lost an electron to become positive, such as Sodium, Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium).
UK Author Ali Smith on 3 June 2015 won the 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for her novel How to be Both. Other nominees for the award were English author Laline Paull, Canadian author Rachel Cusk, Pakistani author Kamila Shamsie and Welsh author Sarah Waters.
Ali Smith, a Scottish author, has also won the 2014 Goldsmiths Prize and the Novel Award in the 2014 Costa Book Awards for the same book. Earlier, the book was shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize and the 2015 Folio Prize.
The book is about George and Francesco del Cossa. While the former is a pedantic 16-year-old girl living in contemporary Cambridge, Francesco del Cossa is a 15th century Italian renaissance artist. The story is about how the lives of these two persons are connected together surpassing the boundaries of time, space and gender. Two versions of the book were published simultaneously; one in which George’s story appears first, the other in which Francesco’s comes first.
Baileys Prize was set up in 1996 with an aim to celebrate and promote international fiction by women throughout the world. Earlier it was known as the Orange Prize. This prize is awarded annually and it celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing. The winner of the prize receives a cheque for 30000 pounds and a limited edition bronze known as a ‘Bessie’, created by the artist Grizel Niven.
Previous winners of the award include Eimear McBride for A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing (2014) and AM Homes for May We Be Forgiven (2013).
Indian Medical Association’s (IMA) first-ever Jan Aushadhi Generic Drug (JAGD) Store was inaugurated on 5 June 2015 at its headquarters in IP Estate, New Delhi. The store will offer over 118 commonly used drugs at a 10 to 20 percent lesser price than market value. The store was launched by the Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Hansraj Gangaram Ahir.
The pharmacist at the store will not only dispense drugs at the store but also counsel patients about the drug-drug and drug-food interactions and report adverse events. All medicines, which will be offered at the IMA’s, the country’s largest non-government organisation of doctors, JAGD store have been approved and quality controlled by the Bureau of Pharma Public Sector Undertakings of India (BPPI) under the aegis of Department of Pharmaceuticals.
The Jan Aushadhi Campaign was launched by Union Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers and Steel to ensure access to quality Medicines and Health Care for all. It was launched on 23 April 2008 and the first Jan Aushadhi Store with the active participation of the CPSUs namely, IDPL, HAL, BPC was opened on 25 November 2008 at Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi.
The High Court of Himachal Pradesh on 5 June 2015 asked the state government to establish separate homes for differently-abled, shelter less, destitute and mentality challenged people. The state government was asked to complete the work within a year. The court also directed the Principal Secretary (Social Justice and Empowerment) to release adequate funds for the purpose within eight weeks. In order to ascertain that people in old age homes are provided with the basic amenities or not, the court also asked the Director Welfare to visit the old age homes.
It directed that if the amenities are not being provided then, the same should be made available to them within two weeks after visiting the homes. A division bench comprising Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed these orders, taking cognizance of a letter written by Chairman, Umang Foundation, Ajai Srivastava, wherein he had raised questions on the pathetic living conditions provided to the inmates at the Old Age Home, Basantpur near Shimla.
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