December, 2014

India’s first woman DGCA

Ms. M. Sathiyavathy was appointed as the first woman Director-General of Civil Aviation of India on Dec. 31, 2014. Currently, Ms. Sathiyavathy in Additional Secretary and Financial Advisor in the Civil Aviation Ministry. A 1982-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Union Territories cadre, she was earlier chief secretary in the Puducherry government.

First Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog appointed

Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi appointed noted Indian-American economist Mr. Arvind Panagariya as the Vice-Chairman of the newly formed National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog on Jan. 5, 2015. Mr. Bibek Debroy, another economist, and former DRDO chief Mr. V.K. Saraswat were appointed as full-time members. Union Ministers Mr. Rajnath Singh, Mr. Arun Jaitley, Mr. Suresh Prabhu and Mr. Radha Mohan Singh were appointed as Ex-Officio members while Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Ms. Smriti Zubin Irani and Mr. Thawar Chand Gehlot will be Special Invitees.

Beji Caid takes over as Tunisian President

Mohamed Beji Caid Essebsi was sworn in as the President of Tunisia on Dec. 31, 2014. He became the first freely elected leader of Tunisia since it gained independence from France in 1956.

Chennai on Resilient Cities List

The Chennai Corporation has come up with a revised plan to keep the Marina beach clean by engaging 120 sanitary workers to exclusively maintain the 4-7 km stretch from Napier’s Bridge to Light House. “Poor maintenance has dragged the Chennai Corporation into litigation with the National Green Tribunal besides prompting newspapers to publish critical reports,” the resolution read. The Corporation also announced that Chennai has been selected for the 100 Resillent Cities (100 RC) Centennial Challenge, a $100 million initiative to build urban resilience in world cities promoted by the Rockefeller Foundation (RF). With promised supply of ‘significant resources’ to the civic body, RF would share its expertise and help leverage funds from private sectors predominantly. As a member of the 100 RC Network, is would gain knowledge of successful resillience models implemented world over.

Give to State Unallocated KKNPP Power

In line with the allocation of 100 MW out of 150 MW of unallocated power from the first unit of the Kudankulam Atomic Power Plant (KKNPP) to Tamil Nadu on September 27, 2012, Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on 29th Dec. urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure that Tamil Nadu is granted 100 MW of unallocated power generated from unit II of KKNPP. The Chief Minister pointed out that Tamil Nadu had provided all necessary inputs like land, water etc. for the expenditious and successful completion of the project even as neighbouring states were not forth coming to take the initiative.

Minor Reshuffle of Governors

In a minor reshuffle of Governors announced by the Rashtrapati Bhavan on December 30, 2014, Mr. Aziz Qureshi, Governor of Uttarakhand, was transferred and appointed as Governor of Mizoram for the remainder of his term. Meghalaya Governor, Mr. Krishan Kant Paul was appointed as the new Governor of Uttarakhand; he will also continue to hold the additional charge of Manipur till further orders. Mr. Keshari Nath Tripathi, Governor of West Bengal, will discharge the functions of the Governor of Meghalaya, in addition to this own duties.

Kohli will lead India in the Test Cricket Matches

Mahendra Singh Dhoni retires from Test Cricket after the third Test between India and Australia concluded in a draw at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia. Virat Kohli will lead India in the final Test in Sydney.

Dhoni announces his retirement from Test Cricket

India’s World Cup-winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his retirment on Dec. 30, 2014 from Test cricket shortly after the third Test between India and Australia ended in a draw at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia. Dhoni, who is one of the world’s highest-earning sportsmen, has chosen “to retire from Test cricket with immediate effect in order to concentrate on the 50-over and Twenty-20 formats of the game”, a statement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India said.
Dhoni : Test debut (cap 251) 2 Dec. 2005 v Sri Lanka; Last Test 26 Dec. 2014 v Australia.

Next-generation ‘thinking’

Indian-origin researchers develop a next-generation ‘thinking’ robotic sea turtle capable of performing complicated tasks such as surveillance and energy harvesting.

Online Regn to give Boost to Make-in-India

All legal hurdles would be removed for ensuring growth of industries under the ‘Make In India’ campaign, Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmal Sitharaman said on 27th Dec. “The Central government’s ‘Make In India’ concept is to change of mindset of the industry. Entrepreneurs are lacking confidence and they should have the ‘killer instinct’ for achieving success,” she said addressing the third edition of ‘Resilient Tirupur’ organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). She said industrialists have not so far questioned the irrelevant rules and regulations, which are posing a threat to them. “We are keen on removing those legal obstacles soon,” she said.