Border Security Force gets first Woman combat officer
First woman combat officer Tanushree Pareek is the first combat officer in the 51 years of history since 1965 in BSF. Tanushree hails from Rajasthan is the first woman enter BSF in officer grade. She will now be posted to command a unit along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab.
India, Nepal renew fuel pact
India signed an agreement to renew supply of petroleum to Nepal for a period of five years. The agreement between Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL) and the Nepal Oil Company (NOC) was overseen by Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and his Nepali counterpart, Deepak Bohara.
NATO to Spend 3 billion euros on Satellite, Cyber defences
NATO plans to spend 3 billion euros ($3.24 billion) to upgrade its satellite and computer technology over the next three years as the Western military alliance adapts to new threats, said by a senior official.
Banking & Business
KVB bags ‘best small bank’ award
Karur Vysya Bank has been adjudged the ‘Best Small Bank for 2016’ (balance sheet size of less than Rs.1lakh crore). K Venkataraman, Managing Director, KVB, received the award from Sudhir Munguntivar, Minister of Finance and Planning, Government of Maharashtra, at a function in Mumbai. This is the eighth award won by KVB in the current fiscal.
HDFC Bank Aditya Puri listed in 30 best CEOs in the world
Barron’s an American financial magazine has listed 30 best CEOs in the world. HDFC bank CEO Aditya Puri is ranked at 23rd position. While Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is ranked at 30th position and the list is topped by Mary Barra of General Motors.
Bharat Dynamics Limited inks pact with L&T
Defence Public Sector Undertaking BDL (Bharat Dynamics Limited) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in New Delhi, with Larsen & Toubro for the export of the self-propelled underwater missiles Torpedeos (LWT – XP) designed and developed at NSTL in Visakhapatnam.
Vanita Gupta appointed president of ‘Leadership Conference’
Indian-American Vanita Gupta, who headed civil rights division in the Department of Justice in the Obama Administration, has been appointed as president and CEO of ‘The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’, becoming the first woman to head the prestigious organisation.
Roofandfloor appoints Lakshmi Narayanan as new director
Roofandfloor.com the online real estate market place of the Hindu Group, has appointed Vice-chairman and former CEO of Cognizant Technology Solutions Lakshmi Narayanan as new independent director of Roofandfloor.com.
Awards and Honours
‘Emerging Artist’ award for Odia artist
Odisha-based installation artist Sitaram Swain has been chosen as the Glenfiddich’s Emerging Artist of the Year 2017. The artist will be also awarded Rs. 10 lakh, which includes an international allowance of Rs. 1,20,000 per month and a work allowance of Rs 500,000, besides being given a solo show at Bestcollegeart.com Gallery.
Books & Authors
Paralympian, Gopichand release DU student’s book
Paralympian Devendra Jhajharia and the Chief National Coach of the Indian Badminton team Pullela Gopichand released a book titled ‘Sports: A Way of Life’ by Kanishka Pandey, a student of Faculty of Law, Delhi University.
Williamson equals New Zealand record
Captain Kane Williamson equalled the New Zealand record for Test centuries as his side reached 321 for four at the close of day three of the third Test against South Africa in Hamilton.
FIFA U-17 World cup to be hosted by Kolkata
The 21-member FIFA delegation led by Jaime Yarza and president Gianni Infantino stated that Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata will be the venue for Under 17 football World cup. The slogan for the tournament will be “Football takes overs”.
Renowned playwright Arun Sarma dies
Renowned playwright and Sahitya Akademi Award winner Arun Sarma died at a private hospital. Sarma has written more than 50 plays and books in his career. He also won a number of awards, including Padma Shri, Sahitya Academi and Assam Valley Literary.